This is Big! $200 DaySpring Giveaway


21 Days of Encouragement

Hi Friends! This is so exciting! As you likely know already, I’m a big huge fan of DaySpring Cards and Gifts. (It doesn’t hurt that they are the main source of Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling supplies!) They have an incredibly beautiful assortment of cards and gifts that all have a touch of faith in addition to bible journaling supplies. I simply adore this company, their mission and products. And now, lucky ducks, they are hosting a $200 giveaway for you, my readers, and the readers of a select group of bloggers as part of their 21 Days of Encouragement Campaign. I told you this is exciting!

All you have to do is enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway to be eligible for $200 to but hurry and do it now because the giveaway ends May 30th. Don’t forget, you can get all kinds of bible journaling supplies at DaySpring, (I already said that, I know) in addition to beautiful cards and gifts – click the Illustrated Faith image in my sidebar to take a look!

If you haven’t heard of the currently running 21 Days of Encouragement Campaign you can read more about it here and visit DaySpring for all the encouragement you need to be a great encourager.

Again, enter the giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway and do it quick! Best of luck and lots of blessings to you!

DaySpring Gift You are Braver than You Know



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Kicking off the #BiJoChat (Bible Journaling) Twitter Chat


The time has come friends! I’m so ready and hopefully you are, too. We who bible journal love to share our pages and talk about bible journaling but it’s hard to do in the limited space we have on Instagram and Periscope. So, let’s get together and chat, shall we? Let’s bring our community closer and partake in some real discussion! (You know, the kind that isn’t only filled with hearts and emojis.)

The Details

Our first chat will be held Tuesday May 31st at 1 pm CST. If we need to fiddle with time and day at a later date, we can. But let’s try this out, shall we? I’m thinking eventually we will make this a weekly thing, but let’s start with bi-weekly for now. It may take a while for the chat to grow but even a few attendees will make for great conversation. Heck, even if it’s just me and one other person, it will be fun! At least for me.

My hope and prayer is that many will be blessed by this in time and find how wonderfully this method of journaling can deepen our relationship with God.

I’ll announce the topic from the @bijochat Twitter account and @mommymuddling as the day draws near. Please note that we will follow a standard Twitter chat format with one question posted at a time (Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.) followed by time for discussion. Please respond with Q1 (or Q2 or Q3, etc.) before your tweets and include the #bijochat hashtag so all can follow. Also, I highly recommend using TweetChat for Twitter chats. It makes participating and following along so much easier, in my opinion.

If you want to learn more about why I feel inspired to start this chat please ready my previous post on the topic here.

I cannot wait to see you at the chat! Really, I can’t wait. I have ants in my pants and I’m going to be counting down the days.

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Bible Journaling for My Mental Health

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If you have read any previous blog posts here, you know I struggle with mental health challenges. Since the fall of 2015 I have battled one of the worst episodes I have yet to encounter. Luck, or God’s grace, would have it that while on my journey of recovery from this dark period, I came upon Illustrated Faith and bible journaling. It came at just the right time. Funny how God works like that, huh? It’s amazing really.

I was making progress on my recovery but still really struggling when I found it. I needed new ways to connect with God because my old ways didn’t feel like they were working. During the darkest of times it felt like I couldn’t connect…like He was too far away. And then bible journaling entered my life. This spring I began to get to know this practice and more and more I find that it truly brings me peace and into a deeper relationship with Christ. I spend more time in the Word than before. I focus more on the scriptures and their meaning. I dig deeper and my art and creativity help me to hold on to the messages and truth God has for me, for us.

When I’m feeling anxious bible journaling helps bring calm and peace to my mind.

When I’m feeling depressed (not just blue, but depressed, depressed) I can turn my focus to God’s word, create a new page and my mood is lifted. (This works when I’m feeling just blue, too.) And guess what, if I’m really needing it, I can do multiple pages to distract from any dark thoughts and depression symptoms I am feeling.

I can write my prayers to God on these pages if I choose. I can spend extra time meditating on the scripture I have been led to for that page. I can just have fun with it, too. It’s a great reprieve from the day-to-day grind.

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The bible journaling community has blessed me, too. Connecting with others who share a love of Christ and long to deepen their relationship with him through art and creativity is energizing and helps to curb feelings of loneliness. I find that interacting with this community, particularly on Instagram and through the Illustrated Faith site and their social accounts, I am energized and rejuvenated, plus I learn SO much from them all.

Now, certainly, this isn’t a cure for my mental health issues, but I have found that through bible journaling I have a renewed and deeper desire for further developing my relationship with God. I feel closer to Him and I am learning more and more about His word and teachings. It’s a wonderful experience to have my creative juices flowing again after such a difficult time. Sometimes, as I reflect, it truly feels like one of God’s miracles in my life. As if He reached down, directed me to bible journaling, and put this in my life specifically to bring me out of the pit and to draw me closer to Him.

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***As a side note, check my side bar for links to Illustrated Faith and DaySpring…discounts, too! DaySpring is where you can purchase most of the Illustrated Faith products. The Illustrated Faith site has a wonderful community, inspirational and instructional posts and their recently launched #printprayshop where you can purchase downloadable printables.***


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