Etsy to the Rescue!

So often I read comments from Bible journalers who haven’t quite discovered their art journaling style – I’m still finding mine, but I vividly remember wanting to create something “worthy” as all the posts I saw on Pinterest or Facebook… the thing is, we all have a unique style – just like our relationship with God! And while I could talk on and on about all the pitfalls of trying to “measure up” – perhaps today is a perfect opportunity to share tools instead.

If you’re like me, you might need a launchpad to that road of discovery…. and what better way than to learn from those that have gone before us!

I’ve shared different artists in the past (Sue Carroll, Stephanie Ackerman, Lynn Shokoples, and  Nicole Plymesser Nelson) and today I stumbled upon a precious Etsy Shop run by Tammy Thompson, called For His Glory Studio

Tammy’s shop provides traceable Bible Margin Art – take a look! It’s a fabulous way to get started with little cost and GREAT potential for the aspiring artist!  Here’s a little info on Tammy:forhisglory

It’s 2016 and I’m faced with a nearly empty nest. I’ve always loved creating and have been crafty since I was a little girl. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with the perfect mix of my very favorite things — my Bible and art. I love reading God’s Word. It has helped me through some very rough times in my life. Creating and meditating on God’s promises is very relaxing for me and it helps me to always remember where my strength comes from.

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My “Mess” is My Message

Today I received my copy of Stephanie Ackerman’s latest book Faith Journaling for the Inspired Artist. Did I need another book on Journaling or Art? Well, apparently I did! Not five pages in, the photo to the left smacked me upside the head…kinda crazy, right? Stephanie, among other wonderful women, have encouraged me from afar with their zest for art, an insane love for God, and the desire to intertwine the two.

For the past month, God has really been working on me & my obedience factor… at the forefront has been a host of new cancer challenges…. but those challenges have been the catalyst to realizing I haven’t consistently been giving God my best.  I’ve been giving what’s easy and through numerous experiences… sermons especially ….(thanks Pastor Jim!), I’ve been convicted as to how I’m living my life I’m for God.

Stage IV Cancer, like so many other chronic diseases, is HARD.  It doesn’t go away.period. and more often than not, you get new challenges… like wonky lungs, blood clots, and such.  I am very thankful though – just think if God allowed cancer to hit you with everything all at once? No bueno!

While I thought I’d learned my new normal, I was still entirely too focused holding tightly onto the things I could still do.  Like grocery shopping, housekeeping, or walking the dog… yeah, call it what it is….PRIDE.  Don’t get me wrong, staying active is essential, but holding too tightly onto things is a slippery slope and sets you…me… up for missing great God opportunities.

As it is today, I’m in a season where those types of activities aren’t necessarily adding value to my days. Instead, little things, like going out to the grocery store, have the potential to set me back vs propel me forward.  So I’m learning to choose more wisely and it’s definitely a process!

My 2018 goal (starting now!) is to be more mindful and dig deeper in my relationship with God.  While cancer isn’t exactly what I may have chosen, it has given me the opportunity to focus more time on Him by not trying to balance a demanding and stressful full time job….HE is my full time job…and that is pretty darn amazing – not many get that opportunity!

If you’ve read my blog, the consistent thread has been my lack of consistency in writing. And writing is a big part of my relationship with God…to be vulnerable and transparent, and to share how He leads me daily to walk closer with Him.

If I had to choose ONE thing that propelled me into deepening my relationship with God, it was a little book you may be familiar with called The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. It is a 40-day Christian devotional designed to strengthen marriages.  No, I’m not married – I’m not even dating or in a relationship.  God brought me the book as a dare to strengthen my relationship with Him.  Weird? Odd? Perhaps.  But I hope you will follow me as I share, and possibly help,  precious readers do the same… coming soon… My Love Dare with God.

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Stained Art for Everyone

I really enjoy http://www.hometalk.com – they gather some of the neatest DIY ideas!  I ran across this cute tutorial a few days ago…. ways to create faux stained glass – go figure!  I haven’t tried it yet, but wanted to share before I forgot about it – if you decide to give it a go, please let me know how it turned out & be sure to share a photo!

Click on the image below to open the tutorial 🙂

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Power of Prayer

Please continue to pray for all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey…. it is all so surreal it’s difficult to take in the devastation😞

Our God is mightiful & merciful! He will carry us through this storm. 
I am part of the minority – I am safe & dry, but so so many are not…literally THOUSANDS of boat rescues have taken place in Harris County over the past 48 hours
My heart aches for my fellow neighbors, but joyful to see those spared out helping – whether it’s offering boat rescues, food, shelter (yes! complete strangers opening their homes!), you name it, Texans rise above!

A part of me was frustrated that I couldn’t be one of them….boots on the ground per se, but what I CAN do???? PRAY! To some that may not seem like much, but I’m proof positive of the power of prayer! My body may not be able, but my spirit is STRONG and will prevail. 

Please share your prayer needs

God’s Guiding Hand

It’s still mind boggling to me to think back ten years ago….to a time when God was barely on my radar – thankfully, He never lost sight of me!  And I f you asked me five years ago how I expressed my faith, art was the last thing that would’ve come to mind – and yet, here I am today…thriving spiritually by creating and sharing faith art!

As a child (and adult!) I loved to color – it provides such a calming effect – the cares & concerns of everyday life melt away allowing my spirit to quiet and open the door to hearing God.  What started as an effort to help me relax and remain positive through chemotherapy, quickly developed into an untapped passion. Today, I combine my love of God’s Word with fun art supplies like watercolors, markers, gel pens, and my trusty iPad Pro.  

But as much as I enjoy the process of creating faithart, it’s sharing that really makes my heart smile!  I’m so blessed to share God’s promises through both social media and homemade items like bookmarks and small cards.  What does tomorrow hold? Only He knows, and my confidence lies in His Word as I  open myself to learning new ways to share God’s love. 

Rejoice!

I’m so excited! Earlier this year I sold my home and moved into a small cottage style apartment – the challenge is that my view leaves a bit to be desired…an 8′ fence! I was talking to my sister for ideas, and she said, “why don’t you design a banner?” Pretty brilliant, right? So….that’s just what I did!  I was a little slow getting started, but once I got going, it was a breeze – AND I got a great deal through VistaPrint (50% off!!!!)

FaithArt Fun

Tired of boring bottles???? Hand sanitizer is a must around my house….what better way to spruce up that big ole bottle than some #faithart ! I adjusted one of the  #couragecards I designed to fit the bottle & printed on white sticker paper ☺️I’m a #happycamper


Wanna give it a try????  Just save the photo below, import into your preferred program (I used MSWord), size as needed, print & apply! If you don’t have sticker paper, a good dose of glue stick should work just fine ☺️


I’d love to see your take on this idea ❤️