Announcing: The Book Club! (Invitation, Schedule, and First Book)

As you know, I am hosting a study of The Life Giving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson both here on the blog and in a Facebook group. Starting in February I am also officially kicking off my book club. We will study one book every two months focusing on the themes of motherhood, marriage, and homemaking. It will take place in the same Facebook group as The Life Giving Home discussion. You can choose to participate in as many or few of the studies as suits you.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

The goal of this book club is to study good books by Christian women whose writings are scripturally based in order to gain new insights and ideas to improve in our various roles as women of God. We are discussing them together in order to challenge, inspire, encourage, and hold each other accountable.

I agonized for a while on which books to include and how to pace the studies. I finally settled on two months per book as the right amount of time to study a good number of book and not get overwhelmed. I have a long and ever-growing list of books that would fit the goals for this group and it was quite difficult to narrow it to five for 2018. I don’t have anything scheduled for December because that is a very busy month for most people but we can always decide to add something in as the year progresses.

Here are my selections and schedule for 2018:

February and March: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

April and May: Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel Refutes Them by Rebekah Hargraves (physical book and study guide will be released March 30 so we will begin the second week of Aprilcheck out my review of this one.) 

June and July: Blessing Your Husband by Debra Evans

August and September: The Life Giving Table by Sally Clarkson (and The Life Giving Table Experience study guide) 

October and November: Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

I will also occasionally reference A Gracious Space by Julie Bogart (of Brave Writer). This series of books, which are tailored to each season of the year, have wonderful, short, uplifting entries to provide encouragement and inspiration for a mom’s soul. I don’t read mine every day but pick it up when I need a quick bit of refreshment. When I do and find something I think will uplift others I will share that in the book club. Feel free to get your own copy and share what stands out to you.

 

 

A bit about our first book: A Woman’s High Calling by Elizabeth George

I have not yet read this book; I will be reading it along with everyone else but want to give you a brief synopsis of what it is about. In this book, Elizabeth George suggests that there are ten essential areas that every woman should be focused on. She believes focusing on these will help to simplify life, bring you closer to God, and lead to a more fulfilling life. The ten areas she believes are most important are; wisdom, Godly speech, love of husband, love of children, ministry to others, purity, personal discipline, goodness, Godly behavior, and love of home. The book contains two chapters for each of these essentials. The first explains what it means and why it is important and the second gives practical tips on how to put it into practice in your own life.

I have the older version of this book. I am getting the study guide so that we can use that as well. The newer version (linked above) has the study guide included within the book.

Schedule for A Woman’s High Calling:

  • Feb 4-10  Introductions and Chapters 1-2
  • Feb 11-17 Chapters 3-5
  • Feb 18-24 Chapters 6-8
  • Feb 25- March 3 Chapters 9-11
  • March 4-10 Chapters 12-14
  • March 11-17 Chapters 15-17
  • March 18-24 Chapters 18-20
  • March 25-31 Wrap up and further discussion

This schedule is when I will post discussion questions and thoughts about each chapter. You are welcome to participate in each discussion as you are able. The threads won’t close or disappear so if you join later or get behind just jump in when you can.

Motherhood, Homemaking, and marriage book club February and March book A Woman's High Calling by Elizabeth George

Lies Moms Believe will begin in April. Since the physical book and study guide don’t release until March 30th, we will not begin discussing the chapters until April 8th but may do some introductions the first week in April. Plan to order your copy asap or get the digital copy!

*Note: It is likely we will not all agree with everything in all of these book selections. These are books written by flawed humans just like us. We are reading and discussing with the intent of learning and growing but should always measure everything against scripture ourselves and discern through our own reading and prayer if what the author says is in line with God’s word. Kind, healthy, peaceful debate is welcome in the book club. Feel free to question something and bring it up in the discussion, just keep that discussion respectful and considerate. 

Join us in the Facebook Book Club Group!

Book club study announcements and schedules will be posted here on the blog. I will also post a review of the books we study when the study is completed but most of the actual discussion will happen in the book club Facebook group. 

Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 2

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

You may also want to check out my journaling from this week last year!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

This week I was in the story of Jacob. His family is just full of drama. I’ve never really understood a lot of this story, I think there are some cultural elements that I would need to be familiar with for it to really make sense. First you have Isaac and Rebekah picking favorites, then you have Esau selling his birthright for a bowl of stew (really? I hope it was good stew!). Then Rebekah is encouraging Jacob to decieve his father even though there doesn’t seem to be any other issues in their relationship.

All of this leads to a broken relationship between the brothers causing Jacob to need to flea for his life. But he doesn’t escape the drama. He is tricked into marrying the wrong sister, then ends up married to both sisters with lots of drama between them and is continually tricked and cheated by his uncle.

Amazingly once he leaves his uncle and returns home he is welcomed home by his brother. God must have intervened with Esau to result in his forgiveness toward his brother.

 

 

The Journaling:

I wanted to try out my new Slicci pens so I chose a pre-printed page with block letters to color in. The new pens are finer tipped than my Metallic Slicci pens so they feel a bit different but I really like them. They are smooth and bold. I also realized I should probably start dating my journaling.

I have discovered a new Bible Journaling resource I thought you might be interested in; Bible Journaling Ministries. They offer a free beginner class as well as paid classes, a membership, and lots of printable journaling aids. I went ahead and joined the membership because it includes access to everything they produce. I haven’t had a chance to dig too much into it yet but am really looking forward to taking the classes. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will have some art work using one of their products or classes to share with you! In the meantime check it out, the monthly membership is very affordable. (I’m not an affiliate or anything I just think it’s a great resource!)

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils
Pentel Slicci Pens
Pentel Oil Pastels
Sargent Art Watercolor Pencils
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

Last week we had my regular linkup participants Dani and Peabea! They are both amazing artists and you should definitely check out their work. I also want to welcome two new participants on the linkup, Annette from A Net In Time and Margaret from Creative Madness Mama! Make sure to check out all fo their posts!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

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Update:

The year is starting out very well for us. We are working towards our new daily routine and school routines. I’m changing up our approach to school (somthing I’ll share more about on Monday).  My OCC team is growing and I see God moving in that! I’m working on getting into a good blogging routine and have many ideas for additions and improvements to this blog I hope to work on through the year.

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
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Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 1

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

Sometimes when I’m reading Genesis I miss things because the stories are so familiar I find myself reading the words but not really paying attention. So I really try to look for things I have missed before. One thing I noticed is that in Genesis 15:6 it says “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” This is BEFORE Abram had any children, before Sarai gave her servant Hagar to him to bear children for her, and before Abraham laughed at God for promising him and Sarah a child in their old age. God KNEW that Sarai would not have faith and would try to take control of the situation in her own way, He also knew that Abraham would doubt God’s ability to give an 80-year-old woman a child….but God still “counted him as righteous because of his faith” IN THAT MOMENT. How lovely that when we do something right, even in our feeble, flawed, human way, God gives us more credit than we really deserve. It is like he is LOOKING for the good in us.

 

 

The Journaling:

This week was fun! I am determined to improve my art and expand my knowledge and techniques this year and, at least for this first week, I achieved that goal!! I was invited by a sweet friend to a hand lettering class and I thought that would be a perfect new skill for my journaling. I had a BLAST at the class and met some really wonderful ladies who I can’t wait to get to know better AND I learned a fun new skill! So, of course, I had to run to Hobby Lobby on my way home for supplies! Check out what I got:

New supplies for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible

The Pentel Slicci Pens aren’t for hand lettering but I LOVE my Metalic Slicci pens so much I picked up some in basic colors to use as well!

For hand lettering, I got Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and a Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium. Of course, I also needed a book and Creative Lettering and Beyond has been on my wishlist for a while!

In Genesis 17:1 Abraham calls God El-Shaddai. Y’all know I have a thing for the Names of God and love including that in my journaling so that was a perfect chance to try out my new lettering skills. I’ll be very honest, I cheated a bit. I was terrified to try the lettering directly on the Bible page so I cut strips of paper and worked on it on several until I had one I liked then taped it into my Bible.

 

My practice sheets for hand lettering in my Chronological Journaling Bible for the first week in 2018.

 

I definitely need to keep working on my lettering skills but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. It includes the Hebrew word in our alphabet, the English translation and the Hebrew word in Hebrew (to the best of my ability) which I looked up in my Knowing God By Name book.

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens
Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Markers

in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

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Update:

We have had a pretty good first week of 2018. We didn’t have many places to be so we were really able to start working on family routines. I’ve been focusing on smooth morning and bedtime routines with my kids and working on getting the baby to sleep better. We have another relatively slow week before more of our normal activities resume so I’m looking forward to more calm family time.

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that I linked directly to the Facebook group above. I’ve decided to make it easier for everyone by linking directly rather than requiring newsletter sign up. I’ve also made this change for the Bookclub Facebook group where we are discussing The Life Giving Home. I hope this makes it easier for everyone to find and I hope you will join us there!

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
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Journaling Through The Bible – Week 52 {Link Up}

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2017. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. I will also have a linky for anyone who would like to participate to share how their Bible reading and journaling is going!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

This is it! The last entry for the year!! I will be continuing this series in 2018 with extra ways to participate! See below for more details! 

 

The Reading:

Revelation. This is not a casual read through. It is an amazing book when you can study it in depth but not light reading at all. I read it and resisted the urge (it wasn’t hard because my kids don’t exactly give me a ton of time) to dig deeper out of commitmet to the process but I don’t have many thoughts to share right now.

 

The Journaling:

I thought this page was perfect for New Year’s Eve!! I played around with my gelatos and tried to give some depth to the flower by outlining in pen.  I haven’t decided yet if I like how it turned out.

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

What I used for this entry:

Loew-Cornell watercolor pencils
Pilot G – 2 Gel Pens
Gelato Set
Sargent Art Watercolor Pencils
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

The Link-up:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2017, join me on my linkup!

 

I want to thank Peabea and Dani for their regular participation in this series. I have enjoyed each of your posts so much throughout the year and they provided encouragement to keep going! We had a few other participants pop in throughout the year and I appreciate you as well! I would love if you would share this series and linkup with your friends and perhaps we can get more participants in 2018!

 

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up ONE post from your blog relating to reading through the Bible in a Year OR Bible Journaling in general.
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

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In 2018:

I will once again be reading and journaling through the Bible in 2018 and will continue to share my thoughts and journaling pages here. I will continue to host the linkup where you may share anything pertaining to what you are reading in the Bible, Bible journaling, scripture writing, or a similar topic. I will also host a group Pinterest board where you may pin related posts and a Facebook group for those reading through the Bible chronologically where we can discuss scripture reading in more detail and share our journaling. I am expanding my personal study with some scripture writing on specific subjects as I find those scriptures in my reading. The topics I will be looking for are Marriage and anything pertaining to women; parenting, family and behavior; and emotions and characteristics of God. I am putting each set of topics in its own notebook in hopes of gaining new insight into each of these subjects. I will share these scriptures in the Facebook group along with our other discussion.

Join us here:

Read and Journal Through The Bible Facebook Group

2018 Bible Journaling Pinterest Board*

*(follow then send me a message with your profile and I will add you as a contributor)

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy and the weekly Review Crew linkup.
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