Count Your Blessings {Think On These Things}

Sunday, October 22, 2017


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I open to the book of James and the verse strikes at me right between the eyes.  Count. It. All. Joy. It is the ALL that sticks in my throat.  Every last little thing?  Surely, God, You don't mean ALL. It is apparent that I have misread the words, right?  And I am like the little two year old on the cassette tape...skipping some of her numbers...counting to her momma and daddy... 1...2...3...5. I thought I had learned to count, but the recording of that toddler...of me..is just like the adult version who still has some learning to do in the counting department.  To learn to count it ALL. Learning to count the heartaches and the sorrows.  To count griefs as graces {Ann Voskamp}.  To count problems as praises.  To not skip any of life's challenges. To count it ALL joy.



There is a book that sits by my bed.  The one with the bird and "believe" on the cover.  It holds my new lessons in counting since it is blatantly obvious that numbers aren't my thing. The one where I count it all.  The one where I count the pains.  The one where I count the heartaches.  The one where I count them as gifts. These are the hardest to count, not because of the high numbers, but because of the high cost to me.  Thanksgiving is hard when it comes to having gratitude for grief.

The pages don't lie.  There are sorrows.  Painful abuse. Deaths. Rejection. Friendship failure.  And yet, He asks me to count them as JOY.  For several years now I have counted and tried to "believe" like the journal cover proclaims that the heartaches can become "heart joys".  And you know what I have found?  A Father that loves me.  That wants to give me joy.  That is only out for my good.  A Savior that in order to save me brought grief into my life because He knows that nothing and no one rises again unless there is death.  That pain brings peace as crazy as it sounds.  That counting griefs as graces bring gladness.  I wouldn't have believed it...but I lived it.  I can look back on the gratitude list of grief and be glad for a Father that loves me.

Will you join me in November as we learn to count all over again? We will write out these verses below on the ways God blesses us, and if you are up for the challenge start a list...starting counting the way He loves you.





You can download the file here.

If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here. Want to know why Scripture writing is so beneficial? See this post.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...




Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set

I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals



Let's Think On These Things!



Washi Wonder(ful)!

Monday, October 9, 2017



I use washi tape every day. Yes, without fail! Why? I use it to decorate the Scriptures I write out. (See this link with more information on the Scripture writing challenge I set up each month.) I have had a few people on Instagram ask me where I get my washi. Some of it comes from Michael's, but  a lot of it comes from Amazon.  Here's a look at some of my favorites...

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I love the seasons, and seasonal washi with a botanical bent (I love to garden) is my new favorite type of washi design. I recently bought this set that has three different seasons in it, but I can see where it could be used year round...



Here's the link to it on Amazon.  It contains spring, autumn, and winter patterns, but the green and blue patterns would work for summer also. Here's a look at some pages I did with this collection...




Here are some other sets I either have or want to get in the future...

Geometric washi is fun...



Geometric washi



This circle, triangle, and square pattern comes in different colors: Pink/Orange, Blue/Green


I adore birds!  Here are several bird-themed washi tapes: birds on a wire, bird collection, birds and cages.


Here's a set of washi gardening tape that I use a lot. It mainly has succulents in the design.

I love this nighttime gold and silver washi! It is on my to-buy list for this winter.

If you love coffee (like I do) this washi is cute!!





And because I love the watercolor effect, I am looking to add this watercolor design set with eight different colors.
Finally, if you are looking for creative ideas on what to do with washi, see my Pinterest board.




Trust {Think On These Things}

Monday, September 18, 2017

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I have serious trust issues. SERIOUS. I can't even explain the depths of it. Maybe it is because I am a survivor of abuse. Maybe it's the anxiety I battle on a constant basis. Or was it that time that friend betrayed me so much so my life changed forever? I am not sure where it all started, but I am here to say to trust is akin to torture for me. Slowly, over the past decade, God has confirmed my fears. I can't trust people. Circumstances aren't an anchor to hold onto. Financial stability is just a wave in the ocean. As I look around, there is seemingly no one and no thing to put my trust in. And maybe that is the point. My trust was never meant to be given to anyone or anything except the One. Will you join me in October as we write out verses related to trust? We will take a look at whom/what not to trust. We will peek into the life of Christ to see how even His closest friends failed Him. We will see how Christ trusted people (or not). I hope you will join me! See below to find out how you can follow along on Instagram day by day.





If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...

Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set

I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals

Let's Think On These Things!


Women of the Bible {Think On These Things}

Monday, August 21, 2017


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Some are midwives. And others are mothers. A prostitute and a queen. A foreigner. A women caught in a terrible sin. A childless women begging for children. They come from all walks of life...each with a story to tell. A story not so much about themselves as one that involves the God who penned the plot of their lives. Behind every women of faith stands the God who loves her without fail and without measure. In September, I am planning on focusing on these women and seeing how God decided to work in their lives. Want to join me? Pick up a pen and a journal and let's write out these verses about these courageous women who have an amazing God.





If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible allows you to make notes in the margins.



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...

Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens are great for writing out the verses...

Black Ink Pen Set
Black Artist Pen Set


I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals

Let's Think On These Things!