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Joy Devotional - Day 6


Joy Devotional - Day 6

Good morning!

This is normally the day I do my “Love, Tuesday” post but I want to keep the devotionals in order so I will post Day 6 here today.

Have a beautiful day today everyone. I hope you are following along and writing in a journal as you go. It is one of the greatest JOYS to journal what the Lord is revealing to you through His Word and then going back and looking through your old journals to see what He has shown you over the years. This is not something I am super consistent with, but I wish I was, so I’m preaching to myself here… But I will tell you how easy it is to forget what you thought you would hold so close to your heart. So going back and re-reading your thankful journals or prayer journal or even church notes is a powerful thing.

Here is Day 6:


Day 6~

Mother Teresa… we all think of this little old lady as the woman who had a smile on her face even in such horrible conditions in the slums of Calcutta.  Let’s take a look at what she had to say about JOY.

“Never let anything so fill you with sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Christ.”

Joyfulness in Christ means:

~loving as he loves

~helping as he helps

~giving as he gives

~serving as he serves

~rescuing as he rescues

“A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. It is the gift of the {Holy} Spirit, a share in the joy of Jesus, living in the soul.”

Wow… love this ladies words already!

“What will strike people and invites some to embrace the “religious life”  (I would change that to say a RELATIONSHIP with Jesus Christ) ‘is the witness of our own lives, the spirit in which we react to our divine calling, the completeness of our dedication, the generosity and cheerfulness of our service to God, the love we have for one another, and the apostolic zeal with which we witness to Christ’s love for the poorest of the poor’.“  Mother Teresa

She brought the love of Jesus and a joyful heart to the poorest of poor.  What an amazing example!  I think of her life and testimony and wonder how our lives can also be a light to others?   How can we handle difficulties in our lives in such a way that can encourage others and draw His children closer to Him?

"Joy is prayer, joy is strength, joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

Read 1 Peter 1:8&9 & Romans 12:12&13

Here are a few things to write in your journal today:

  1. Think about what sad conditions she lived in, yet she had the JOY of Jesus shining through her life.  

  2. What can we learn from her life and example?

  3. Write in your journal what you are thankful for and need to be reminded of this week.

  4. Ask the Lord to show you where He could use you as a light and inspiration to others.

Your journey can become just the inspiration someone else needs.

Have a BLESSED day,



Love, Tuesday...


Love, Tuesday...

Hi everyone!

We are 20 days into 2015 and I don't know about you guys but I'm kinda falling short of some things I wanted to focus on the year...

Some of those things I talked about in my "one little word" post and some things that I didn't talk about but have been pressed down by for a while.

I'm going to be honest with you, I just don't have time for everything.  You probably don't either. At least I think I'm not the only one...  But boy don't we think when the New Year comes around we are GOING TO!  lol  

We have been remodeling our house and are STILL in the process of a complete make-over on the backyard.  We started this process last March.  I was REALLY hoping that we would be done by now.  But not so.  Tomorrow starts another big project; organizer closets in every bedroom!  It's very much needed as the builder of this home seriously didn't think people would have STUFF to put away.  But it's a HUGE undertaking and I just am tired of all of it.  I wanted to be focused on other things this year and there's still SO much to be done on the house.

Other things are still lingering too...  My health issues are not resolved yet and I know a surgery of some type is coming up soon.  I also know that there are a ton of little projects that need to be finished before we can call this remodel DONE.

But I say all this to let you know that even when we get down and are bummed about what we DIDN'T accomplish or didn't have time for... it's OK.  I try to take a minute and just step out of my thoughts and think LONG TERM.  Will all this be a big deal 2 years from now?  Will I look back and really care if the closest or the remodel got done in January of 2015 of June of 2016? Does is matter 5 years from now when my surgery was or is it just important to take care of our selves and do what needs to be done regardless of the timing...  We ARE making progress on things, and even though it's slow I know one day we will get to enjoy the benefits of the beautiful back yard we are creating and we will be happy when we have actual SPACE in our closets for the stuff we have and I will be back to walking and being healthy again.  So I need to remind myself these things and just BREATHE...  

Do you need to "just breathe" too?

Ok, here's my Health Tip of the day:

Go ahead... I'll wait for you.  Breathe in for 7 counts, hold for 7 counts, and breathe out for 7 counts.  (At least that's what Dr. Weil's says to do)  I actually do this breathing exercise at night in bed a lot and it really does help! I do it about 10 times and it just calms me down any time of the day. 

But I also have found that another thing that helps me is my bible journaling.  I don't have a lot of time for it, but when I am in the WORD, it helps me focus on what really matters.  Journaling in my bible is such an AMAZING new thing for me and I really can't say enough about it.  I love the Word of God and I love being creative.  Being able to blend these two things together brings me so much JOY.  Honestly, I really wasn't reading my bible every day before this.  I was doing a devotional a few times a week but if I'm being honest I just wasted focused on reading the word of God and having it be a daily part of my life.  I am so THANKFUL that I found this new way to connect with the Lord and use the talents HE gave me to draw close to Him and be IN THE WORD.  It's such a huge blessing and I really encourage everyone to give it a try!   I can't WAIT to share this with all the ladies at my Art & Faith Creative Retreat in Italy this Summer.  It's going to be a part of our day each morning after breakfast and I'm so excited to see what comes from this... So here is a page I just did when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed the other day:

Luke 12:22 - 31  

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[c] kingdom, and these things will be added to you."

I wrote "You are SO valuable" because if he loves and cares for those little birds every day, how much more does he LOVE us, and care for us and TAKES CARE of all our "stuff"...  So needed to hear this.  Now I can "just breathe"

I hope this blesses you as much as it did me. 

You can find more information on bible journaling on Pinterest (my Pinterest link is at the bottom of this website if you want to see my pages) and you can also join the "Journaling Bible Community" FB page to learn more and get started with this great little community.

Have a GREAT Tuesday everyone!




P.S.  There are just a few spots left for my Art & Faith Creative Retreat this summer.  If you are at all thinking about joining us, send me an email soon.  I have one apartment left but I can try to get another or a hotel room next door.  I don't want to have to say no to anyone who feels lead to come to this because I know the Lord is going to work in the lives of these ladies and I can't WAIT to see what happens!  And I know Stephanie Ackerman and Jeanne Oliver are SO excited about it too!  Just today we were all talking about it (and booking flights) and it's going to be SO FUN!



Becoming | The Unfolding of You...


Becoming | The Unfolding of You...

I never was one to dream of traveling the world…  As I kid I didn't daydream of going to Paris or Rome or some exotic location.  It really wasn't even a thought until one specific night, and I still remember it… 

So I want to share with you my "Prayer of Jabez" story.

The Prayer of Jabez comes from the Bible in 1 Chronicles 4:10 ~  

"And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.  And God granted him what he requested." 

When Jeanne asked me to be a part of this online course I read the email she sent me with tears in my eyes.  It was such a touching email and I was SO moved, yet at the same time I was scared.  I don't know for sure what my "becoming" story is.  Quite honestly I'm still finding that out.  I don't feel like I "know" myself or exactly what the Lord has for my life yet.  But I think he's showing me little by little and this is just another part of my story.  And I feel the Lord quietly telling me to listen to Him.

So my prayer is that as I speak from my heart the Lord will speak His words through me and my story will UNFOLD even more…

Here is the information below for you to SIGN UP for this FREE online course.  I encourage you to see what the Lord will show you through this class.  There are 20 woman sharing their lives with you in a very REAL and HONEST way.   We all as woman should be learning and growing in our walk with the Lord and my hope and prayer is that this will be a blessing to everyone involved!

Sign up HERE

Course description:
This January join 20 women for an 8 week study all about finding your true identity in Christ.  Each week you will hear unfolding stories from the women in this study.  We will be sharing truths about who the Lord says we are and our personal journeys to accepting those truths.

We will also have fun creative videos that follow the study where the women will share one of their gifts. Think guitar playing, bread making, painting, entertaining and more.  You know I can't have a course without sharing how the Lord uses our creativity! My hope is that the study will give you fresh eyes for the Lord and yourself.  When we know who we are in Christ it changes everything and opens our paths and gifts in incredible new ways.
Some of us are carrying around "truths" about ourselves that are flat out lies and it time to lay them down

This study will be open and honest, real, Bible based and a bit of creativity too.  We hope you will join us January 6, 2015 for this free online study!

Directions to register:
To join this free study you just need to be registered at is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

To register for Becoming | The Unfolding of You

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Becoming | The Unfolding of You

4) Click on Becoming | The Unfolding of You

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 6, 2015

Here is the LINK to the Study

Here is the LINK to the Video Trailer

I'm the one wearing the stupid sunglasses… hahaha  I didn't even realize it when I sent the photo to Jeanne.  Oh well, such is life…

Now GO TELL YOUR FRIENDS!  Jeanne is being so gracious to offer this online class for FREE so you have no reason not to.

See you in January!




Guest Blogger today!


Guest Blogger today!

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am so honored to be a guest blogger today on Shanna Noel's Illustrated Faith blog!  If you don't know who she is let me tell you a little bit about her...

Shanna is an amazing lady with a heart for the Lord and His word!  She started the "Journaling Bible Community" on Facebook and I encourage you to go check it out.  It's a wonderful community of believers who have taken writing/journaling in your bible to a whole new level.  To back track a little…  I started noticing this kind of "art" on Pinterest at the beginning of this year.  I was just IN LOVE with it the minute I saw this…  In fact here is the first photo of what I saw on Pinterest:


It just got my attention like nothing has in a long time!  I knew the minute I saw this I wanted to find out more and start doing this as well!  So I did a little more digging and found this whole new world of bible journaling!  I found the community on FB that Shanna started and I instantly wanted to be a part of it.  I joined when there were around 200+ people in the group and now I think it is well over 5,000 in our group on FB!  It has really taken off and opened up so many doors for people to draw closer to the word AND use their God given talents at the same time.

So about a month ago Shanna asked me if I would guest blog for her and I was SO blown away by that.  I haven't really done as much bible journaling as I would like to because of my busy life and health issues I've been dealing with.  But I said YES immediately and prayed that I would know what to talk about and share from my bible.

I really felt like I wanted to share about how I came to find out about this creative expression in our bibles and wanted to share what my plans are for this in the future...

So please check out her blog and let me know what you think!  We would LOVE for you to join us on this journey of falling back in love with the WORD and sharing our thoughts, prayers, devotions and anything else that comes to our heart… IN our bibles!

Here are some of the pages in my bible that I've created.  You can find MANY more pages and SO much inspiration on the Pinterest Board called Illustrated Faith

There are SO many different levels of bible journaling and it really doesn't matter what your style is. It's not about showing others how talented you are or what you can do artistically, but it needs to be something that comes from your heart and whatever that expression is will be perfect in the eyes of the Lord.  I will share a few tips on how to paint on the thin bible paper, what kind of bibles works best for this and will list some of the products I like to use later on this week...

Have a GREAT Monday everyone!  I will be back on here tomorrow sharing my Love, Tuesday this week and it will be about this amazing weekend my hubby and I just had in Los Angeles...