Art Journal: 5 Random Things About Me

Target isles are fully stocking with school supplies, and that could only mean one thing…summer is almost over. So too is our summer art journaling series. This week’s prompt is 5 Random Things About Me.

Art journaling prompt: 5 random things about me

 

1. I believe chips & queso should be an acceptable meal option. Just chips & queso for dinner…not everyday, but some days.

2. My playlist looks like that of a 12-year-old girl’s. #TooOldForMeghanTrainor

3. I use fake names at Starbucks because the barista never spells my name right. My favorite is “Michelle”. Sometimes I used my daughter’s names too.

4. I am a font snob. I will never use Comic Sans or Papyrus. Ever. And I will secretly judge you for using either one.

5. My favorite super villain is Loki, but I have a Black Lab named Thor who is afraid of thunder. 

Here are a few of my favorite projects in my art journal:

Art journaling prompts and ideas

 

Art journaling prompts and ideas

 

Art journaling prompts and ideas

 

Art journaling prompts and ideas

 

The hot air balloon pictured above is cut from a magazine, then I used a pen to journal Psalm 51:8-12 on the page.

I hope you have enjoyed Art journaling this summer. Drop me a comment and let me know. Feel free to leave a link to your work too, I’ll check it out.

If you missed it, it’s never too late to Art Journal. Get your free Summer Art Journaling Prompts here.

Journaling Your Travel Memories

We’re fresh off our trip up to the Black Hills is South Dakota just a few weeks ago. It feels like longer. The girls and I have been busy working on our summer art journals, already starting a second journal! This week we are taking a break and working on journaling our travel memories of South Dakota.

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

A glimpse inside Parker’s travel journal using a mix of travel brochures and printed photos of our trip.

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

A glimpse inside my travel journal of South Dakota.

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

Journaling your travel memories this summer | Have Faith Everyday

The Rainbow Promise

The Rainbow Promise: God's beautiful promise to us is seen in the rainbow. | Have Faith Everyday

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Through the Bible, God makes a lot of promises to us. One such promise is a beautiful one. It’s the rainbow promise. In Genesis, after the great flood, we are reminded of His promise to never again flood the earth and destroy everything. 

GENESIS 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have establishment d between me and all life on the earth.”

Just like the rainbow itself, the symbolism is truly amazing. There are seven colors in a rainbow, (ROYGBIV) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Seven is a sign in the Bible of completeness.

Together, these colors make white light, or the color of the sun. Christ is the Light of the World (the 8th color). The rainbow, together with Christ, is God’s “solemn pledge which I have established between Me and all flesh upon this earth.”

It’s no mistake or coincidence that God created a rainbow as the symbol of His promise.

Next time you witness a rainbow, stop and remember His promises to us, no matter what is happening in our life, the Lord is with us.

Let’s Party Like it’s 1776…Two Free Patriotic Printables

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Free printable #1 of the above is available here. (then, right click the jpg to save to your desktop to print.) The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday in America that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776. Let’s party and set off some fireworks!

To all the service men and women who have served to protect this great nation, and the people of nations who cannot fight for themselves…thank you! We are blessed to live in this great country.

“Thank You” are two simple little words. Almost too simple. It’s an understatement that conveys gratitude to the people who have fought for this country. The ones who lost their lives to protect ours. America is a country of undying hope, an unbridled spirit, at times feverish differences, and a patriotic heart that bleeds red, white and blue.

free patriotic printable

Free Printable #2 A free printable (this weekend only) of my newest patriotic design is available to you here (then, right click the jpg to save to your desktop to print.) link expired, but you can buy this design in my shop printed on t-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, throw pillows, large wall art, mugs, and more! Go to my SHOP to check it out. It’s never too late to show your USA pride!

And, to say we are blessed is also an understatement. We are blessed for a reason. Let us not forget that with great freedom and blessings comes greater responsibilities. Let us not take our freedom for granted. Let us not fight among ourselves and lose sight of what makes this country great. Let us not get caught up in arguments that breed hatred because we have the right to difference of opinion. Let us use our advantage to help the disadvantaged. Let us not forget the price that we have paid for that freedom.

“Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.” Thomas Jefferson

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Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world.
And for that, I think God maybe disappointed and a little ashamed of me.
Some days it’s hard to display grace to others.
Some days I try hard to be a ‘good Christian’ but know, deep down I am failing.
And that makes me feel ashamed of myself.
Some days I am guilty of spending more time online, reading blogs, than reading the only Word that matters.
Some days I am scared when I see what is happening in this world.
Some days I am sick when I read the hate that comes out of a fellow Christian’s mouth, or from behind a computer screen. That also scares me.
Some days I don’t love thy neighbor.
Some days I wonder if I am doing this for His glory, or for mine.
Some days I see the evil in this world and I cry real, full-on tears.
Some days speaking the Truth is scary when the world demands you to be tolerant of every other belief, even when they are not tolerant of yours.
Some days I forget that I am a sinner too.
Some days I forget Christ died for my sins, all our sins.
Some days I forget that the laws made here on earth are not the laws made in heaven.
Some days I can’t find the words that I am feeling in my heart.
Some day I hope to get it right, but I won’t hold my breath.

Lately it feels like Christians have struggled with a lot of some days. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has caught many Christians off guard about how to respond.

Some days the world feels crushing and confusing and out of its mind, but Christians have a choice to make. How will we respond? Some days we will respond with love, other days not so much. Because we are human. Christian does not equal perfect.

Some days speaking the Truth gets you yelled at IN ALL CAPS, especially when it is not among popular opinion of this world. Thankfully, the opinion of this world is not the one I worry most about.

I wanted to share four posts that have made me stop and think this week in some way. This ruling has made me think deeper about my faith than ever before. Being Christian is not about being perfect, or having all the answers. It’s a journey.

We Are That Family | “This is What I am going to do today (in response of the Supreme Court Ruling)”
Into The Wild | “Dear Homosexual America: I am Sorry. An Open Letter From a Christian”
The Blaze, Matt Walsh | “Yes, Gay Marriage Hurts Me Personally”
Grace to You | “Why Biblical Christianity Is Intolerable in an Age of “Tolerance”

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15

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LINKING UP with these amazing bloggers who continue to speak truth: Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your Heart and Bonnie’s Spiritual Whitespace. l visit other bloggers writing from the heart.

9 Creative Quotes to Inspire

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Photo of my daughter, compliments of ReasonYou Portraits, Jen Richardson

Because creativity matters, here are 9 of my favorite create quotes. Hopefully they you inspire you as they do me:

1. “There’s no greater way to create a legacy than to inspire others than with your art.” Maria Brophy

2. “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” Albert Einstein

3. “Creativity is an act of defiance.” Twyla Tharp

4. “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” Sylvia Plath

5. “A life lived for art is never a life wasted.” Macklemore/Ryan Lewis

6. “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas

7. “You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

8. “Creativity is… seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.” Michele Shea

9. “Have not fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.” Salvador Dali

Top 7 Things People Fight About on Road Trips

Ah, nothing signals the official start of summer like a road trip fight. The open road can be exciting to some. The anticipation of the destination…the photo ops…the places never seen…travel stop food…the constant “Are we there yet?” question… and the “Don’t make me pull this car over!” response…

Pack several people in a small confined space of a car, or even a mini van can be too small, and you’re guaranteed to fight…at least once. And there will be meltdowns…there are always meltdowns (and not just from the kids either)!

I have had my share of road trips over the years. Some of which we now laugh about, and some we would like to forget.

We Drove all the Way to Albuquerque to Sleep in the Truck Road Trip: Hubby (boyfriend at the time) and I got a wild hair to drive to Santa Fe, NM for a weekend. It was hot in the city…“So, why not?” we thought. Turns out there was a Harley Davidson convention in Santa Fe and there was not one vacate hotel room. We drove on to Albuquerque where we found no hotel rooms. We then drove East on I-40 where we were met at a motel by a family who had be driving West from Amarillo, Texas looking for a spare hotel room! We gave up, parked at a truck stop, reclined the front seats back and slept until about 5 a.m. We drove back to Denver the next day. This is why I do not go anywhere without a hotel reservation to this day! Ever.

Did She Just Leave us Road Trip: A group of us (6 teenage girls) went on a road trip/canoe/camping weekend that ended with one of the girls (who will remain nameless) driving home without us. There was a fight (among teenage girls, imagine that), some hurtful words were said. She threw the other girls’ stuff from her car into the parking lot. She left us in a fiery at a laundromat in Lebanon, Missouri. Fortunately we had my car, but that was 5 girls, and all our crap crammed into a Ford Escort. We did eventually forgive her.

And, then there was the infamous He Threw What Across the Interstate Road Trip: A lot of my road trip misery started as a teenager. One such family trip included my Mom’s boyfriend, let’s call him “Roger”. Roger pitched a toddler sized fit about the luggage rack that had been rented for the trip. (Actually it was a hillbilly luggage rack that consisted of two 2×4’s and suction cups stuck to the roof of the car and “secured” with rope.) After many attempts to keep this thing in place speeding down I-70 in Kansas, Roger had had enough. He pulled over and ripped the rack right off the car and threw it across I-70 into the median. Needless to say, we didn’t get our security deposit back on that one.

road trip fights

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So, in honor of our road trip we are planning, here are the Top 7 Things People Fight About on Road Trips (drum roll, please)…

  1. Driving skills, this includes driving too slow, tailgating, or changing lanes to often. I drive the speed limit, Hubby drives 5-8 miles per hour over it. Let’s just say I have never got a speeding ticket on vacation. Hubby has not been so lucky.
  2. The temperature inside the car. Someone is always too hot, or too cold, or wants the windows down, or the windows up. Yep.
  3. Directions. Don’t fight. Just do as I do, us Google Maps navigation system on your phone, with turn by turn directions. And if you get lost? You can blame Google!
  4. Where to eat/get gas/stop for bathroom breaks. I like to get in, eat fast and get back on the road. Hubby hates eating fast food. But he loves his bathroom breaks.
  5. Swearing at other drivers or flipping them off. Never.
  6. The volume in the car. This includes the volume of the radio or the volume of the kids yelling at each other. Guilty.
  7. Smoking. To smoke, or not to smoke in the car, or smoking breaks. Neither of us are smokers so that is an easy one.

Are you surprised at what people fight over on road trips? I thought #6 would have ranked higher on the list. Do you have a memorable road trip fight? I’d love to hear about it.

{List Source: YourTango. This post first appeared on Have Faith Everyday on August 2013.}

God Created us to Create

I’ve thought a lot about creativity lately; and why we, as humans, are creative.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

This is God’s first act of creating something from nothing. He is the ultimate artist.

Later, in Genesis 1:27 it says, “God created mankind in his own image…” When he created Adam (Genesis 2:7), Adam was given the task of naming all the animals God had created. (Genesis 2:19-20)

This is the first recorded act of creativity in the history of mankind.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:17 God is an artist quote

God created us in his own image and if he is the ultimate artist, then it stands to reason that when we create we are His reflection.

Bezalel is a prime example of that reflection. If you’re like me, you probably skipped over the story of Bezalel tucked away toward the end of Exodus.

It’s here we read about Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery. They were having a self-pity party, wandering around in circles in the wilderness, and making their own idols. Because of this idol making, and wondering away from God, therefore God decided that a Tabernacle would be built.

The Tabernacle was a portable dwelling place built for God. Now, if you are going to build a dwelling place for God, well, you can’t just slap a few 2x4s together and call it good. Nope. It must be spectacular!

You need a fine craftsman to plan and build a grand Tabernacle. You call an artist. {Ring, Ring} “Hello, Bezalel.”

The Lord says to Moses that he has chosen Bezalel to “make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.(Exodus 31:1-11) God gave Bezalel an assistant named Oholiab, plus a whole bunch of other skilled craftsmen to help with the task.

God didn’t set Bezalel out on his own, He gave him a team of talented artists to work with. I bet Bezalel was freaking out at the idea of building the great Tabernacle, but he trusted the talents God gave him and went for it. It worked out well for him.

How’s that for a holy commission? God could have picked a priest or a warrior for this job, but He didn’t. He picked an artist!

God loves beautiful things.

  • The very nature of the written Word is affirmation of creativity.
  • He created the stars and calls them by name. (Isaiah 40:26)
  • We are God’s ‘image bearers’. When we create, we are sharing his likeness.

Creativity looks different for each of us. We are given a variety of gifts. Like Bezalel, God chose to give you creative gifts…use them. Don’t hide them away or waste them. He created us to create.

I want to be like Bezalel. I want to create something beautiful for Him.

LINKING UP with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart and Suzanne Eller. As always, check out some amazing blogging inspiration. Choosing to lift you up, not bring you down!

Who Was the Real Mary Magdalene?

The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about Mary Magdalene’s past. Her back story is hidden from us, left to speculation by many.  Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, Jesus’ wife, the most loved disciple and Peter’s adversary? We can speculation all day long, or we can look to the Bible for clues about the real Mary Magdalene.

the real mayry magdalene

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Luke first introduces us to Mary Magdalene, “Mary who was call Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out…” (Luke 8:2)

Mary was called Magdalene because she was from the fishing village, Magdala on the northwest shore on the Sea of Galilee.

We know Jesus had exorcised many demonic possessions in that area, so we can assume that He was the one who released her from Satan, and because she was following Him. It makes sense if He saved her, she would then follow Him.

Satan tortured her with seven demons…SEVEN! The number seven in the Bible is symbolic of something being finished or complete. In other words, Mary was completely possessed. Read more about the number 7 in the Bible.

Demon possession is bondage of an evil spirit. Mary’s exact afflictions we don’t know, but because of the number 7 we know it was severe. There is enough information in the New Testament that we can imagine what her afflictions could have been. The New Testament tells us such afflictions included insanity, blindness, anxiety, self-loathing or any other disorder(s) commonly described as demonic possession.

Mary Magdalene was truly suffering.

No worries, though. Jesus Christ delivered Mary from all that torment.

Side note: people tormented by demons never sought out Christ for healing/deliverance. They were always brought to Him by loved ones. I assume that was because the demons were rightfully afraid of Christ.

Other than being saved from demons, we don’t know anything else about Mary’s past, but we do know her life after Christ.

So, what does the Bible tell us about the real Mary Magdalene?

  • Because Mary Magdalene was saved by Christ, she was free and righteous (Romans 6:18). Mary Magdalene was born anew.
  • Mary Magdalene traveled with Christ and his 12 disciples. (Luke 8:1-3)
  • Mary Magdalene used her “property and personal belongings” to help support Christ and his ministry. (Luke 8:3)
  • Mary Magdalene was faithfully devoted. She prepared cleaning spices after Christ’s death. (Luke 23:56, 24:1)
  • She was faithfully devoted to Christ. She was there at Pilate’s Hall when His death sentence was announced. She stayed with Him during the crucifixion. She was there when a Roman solider thrust his spear into Christ’s side and pronounced Him dead. She stayed to the bitter end. (Luke 23:54-55)
  • Christ revealed himself first to Mary Magdalene after the resurrection. (John 20:12-17) She was the first to know the most important event in human history. Christ chose a woman to reveal the Good News to the disciples.
  • Mary Magdalene loved Christ with all her heart and soul. He saved her from her demons and for that she gave her life to Him.

Mary Magdalene is a shining example of the power of Christ’s redemption. He is glorified when He rescues us from our demons then uses us for a greater purpose. His purpose. Like Mary Magdalene, we are rescued from a hopeless life to a life that knows the deep love of Christ, but only if we seek Him.

Let’s be like Mary Magdalene. Let’s seek Him. Always.

LINKING UP at these encouraging faith blogs: Counting My blessings, Simple Moments StickJennifer Dukes Lee, Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your Heart, and Missional Women. Go. Read something to lift you up this Friday morning.

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