fruit of the spirit goodness

Mummy Meditations – Goodness Week 4

fruit of the spirit goodness

Welcome to our final week looking at spiritual fruit of goodness, and what a refreshing month it has been.  We have spoken about good gifts, good deed, good fruit and this week we are talking about where our goodness is stored.  Hop over to Naomi’s blog first if you missed last week’s post and catch up!

matthew bible verseThree “Good’s”

Our verse this week comes once again from Matthew – “A good man brings good out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him“.  This passage has two opposite sections that mirror each other – one about a good man and the other about an evil man.  I am going to focus on the good man in this post, but we all know the opposite is true.  I am going to work backwards too (just to confuse you all!!) so hope you can follow my train of thought….

Storing up good

This phrase has really stood out for me this week – that the “good man” had good “stored up in him” to draw upon.  What are we storing up in our spirits?  Are we spending time filling up on God’s word, asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit and meditating on the good things that are contained in scripture?  Are we talking to friends who build us up and encourage us?  Are we avoiding situations where the people might be negative and deplete our good stores?  You know if we want to be good to others and to show the goodness of God through doing good deeds, giving good gifts and bearing good fruit then we need to prepare.

Someone once said to me that what we store up is what will squeeze out of us when we come under pressure.  Whether that pressure is a stressful place, a situation that riles us or a terrible situation that you just find yourself in, don’t you want what comes out of you in it to be good rather than evil??  Don’t you want love and goodness to squeeze out rather than hate and anger and evilness?

This week’s events in Manchester have seen mainly good reactions of love, support and unity, and have shown that most of us are storing up good.  But then, actually, we probably do have some bad, angry, evil words to speak about those who did these things.  Is that right?  Is that good?  I’ll let you decide.

Bring good things

Reading over the rest of this passage, you can see immediately that this isn’t referring to physical things, but actually is about our speech.  The verse before says “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” and the verse after says “But  I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned”. This is most definitely referring to the words that we say.  In the same way that gentleness is more about the way we speak and approach others, so too goodness can be about the words we say as much as deeds or gifts.  Are we watching what we say?  Do we do this all the time or only in front of certain people?  This part is so much easier when we have stored up good things already as the good words will just overflow out of your heart.

Sometimes when I am away from God and not spending much time in his word I get really snide and sarcastic in the way I speak to people.  But then I know other times when I am submersed in God’s word that I cannot bring myself to say anything bad, even if I know that there are reasons to say bad things.  Do you go through this too?

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A good man

Only if you’ve stored up good in your spirit and overflowed goodness in your words will people start to call you a “good man”.  To grow in this spiritual fruit you need to draw upon the goodness of God and fill up on it.  Make your stores full to bursting and then that is what will flow out.  And others will see.  I promise you that!

Next week

We move on to the penultimate spiritual fruit – faithfulness – next week and Naomi will be leading the discussions over on her blog and in our facebook group.  We will be looking at the following verse:

“Because God has said “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you”” Hebrews 13:5

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Mum on a Mission Reviews – Katy Day Designs Bible Verse Bracelet

review of fabric bracelet

At the beginning of 2017, I became a crowdfunder for a great Christian business called Cheerfully Given.  You may remember me sharing it in my monthly inspiration posts!  Cheerfully Given is an online marketplace that allows other Christian creatives to sell their products all in one place.  Which means that if you ever want to buy an amazing christian gift you only have to search in one place (yey!!).  Through being involved in this, I have started following some fabulous new craftspeople on instagram, including the lovely Katy Day Designs.

becoming a brand rep

bible verse fabric braceletEarlier in May, whilst on holiday, I spotted Katy Day putting out a plea for brand reps to help launch her new limited edition range of fabric bible verse bracelets.  These were one of the items that I had seen on her instagram and really loved – printed with different bible verses they would be a constant reminder of a key verse all the time.  So I put my hand up, ordered my favourite bible verse bracelet from the new ones being launched and the rest is history!  As a self-confessed “creative heart” who used to run a craft company, I know how hard it is.  I know how hard it is to do absolutely everything – think of new ideas, create in bulk, think up pricing strategies, promote your products, do the accounts, and everything else that being an independent business person entails.  So I want to help big up an amazing talent and hopefully show you one of her fabulous products that perhaps you might like for yourself or a friend.

Limited edition braceletfabric bible verse bracelet up close

Katy makes these lovely bible verse bracelets.  In a way they reminded me of a much improved version of the “WWJD” bracelet that I used to wear as a teenager – proudly, yet discretely, showing off that I was a Christian (if you were also a christian you would know what it meant!) and reminding myself daily during the hardships of school/uni/whatever that God was with me. These fabric bracelets however are much prettier and easier to show off to others.  This means that not only will they look good and remind you during your daily activities of God’s presence with you, but will be a door opener to conversations with others.  I know that when Katy designed these she had evangelism in mind, so why not give it a go?  If you are someone who finds it hard to start up God conversations, then having little prompts and conversation starters around can only be a good thing.  Lets start to prepare for evangelism instead of just hoping it will happen.

Quality product

bible verse bracelet on backing cardWhen my new bible verse bracelet arrived, it was beautifully packaged in tissue paper and ribbon, on a lovely backing card displaying the verse that is printed on the bracelet (sometimes due to sewing and where the silver heart is you can’t always see the whole verse).  I kept thinking that this would be such a lovely gift to surprise someone with.  The fabric is a lovely pale blue colour and the sewing and attaching to clasps looks very good quality.  I have worn it everyday since receiving it and had no problems with it (except my lack of ability to put it on!).  My only recommendation would be to take it off if you are planning dirty/wet activities instead of embarking on a muddy gardening task with it on……

Affordable

These fabric bracelets start at only £10.99 and go up to £16.99 depending what charms and additions you want to add.  For the quality of product and hard work put into making it, prettiness and how it might help with evangelism I think it is well worth the price.  You can browse the different designs that are currently available here, or wait until 13th June for the limited edition designs for summer to be available!  However you better be quick in ordering as they will only be available until 9th August.

You can browse Katy’s products on Cheerfully Given or Etsy 

Note: I received a fabric bracelet at half price and am a brand rep for Katy Day Designs, but have expressed my own opinions in this post 

hidden yorkshire gems

10 Hidden Gems of the East Yorkshire Coast

hidden yorkshire gems

For the last three years, me and my family have camped along the East Yorkshire Coast as our family holiday.  From Hull up to Scarborough we have explored this coastal region in depth, and I wanted to share my 10 hidden gems for anyone thinking about holidaying (or day tripping!) in this beautiful region of the UK.

  1. Withernsea Lighthouse – We visited this last year, and the views from the top are amazing.  It is one of only a handful of inland lighthouses, and is a very cheap afternoon at only £6.50 per family.  There were also two quizzes with prizes for the kids to help them when looking around the museum and gardens. We had a lovely picnic in the garden at the back.  www.withernsealighthouse.co.uk 
  2. Bondville Model Village – One of the highlights of this years camping trip,  Bondville Model Village is a lovely little family run attraction.  Only £10 per family and with a quiz of things to look out for around the village it is definitely worth a visit if you are near Bridlington.  Read my full review here.
  3. Mr Moo’s Ice Cream Parlour – Serving the most AMAZING ice cream, this is a great place to visit in the little coastal village of Skipsea.  My favourite flavour was apple crumble, with a stick of fudge to finish it off!  www.mrmoos.co.uk 
  4. Alpamare – Not really a hidden treasure, but this brand new waterpark in Scarborough is definitely worth checking out.  We loved the warm outdoor pools with bubble jets and the splash zone.  It is a bit pricey though, so save up or check out some special offers.  We managed to go for a 2 hour morning special which only cost us £18 for two adults and two under sixes.   www.alpamare.co.uk   
  5. North Bay Railway – I love the slightly quieter North Bay at Scarborough, and the North Bay Railway is the icing on the cake for anyone with train loving boys.  Perfect for teaming up with a visit to the Sea Life Centre and a picnic on the beach.  It is only £3.90 per adult and kids under 3 travel free. www.nbr.org.uk 
  6. Hull Fish Trail – with Hull the city of culture for 2017 you are guaranteed to find something exciting when you visit the city.  We found the fish trail was a useful way to keep the kids excited whilst walking around the city and getting to the many free museums and exhibits.  The free map and details of the trail can be downloaded here.
  7. Scarborough Sea Life Centre – I have visited both the sea life centre and the Deep in Hull, and personally I prefer the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough.  Their new penguin island, where you can walk through the penguin enclose, is fantastic, and you can go in and out all day with your tickets.  There are always offers to be found for here, so make sure you google search before you go.
  8. John Bull Rock Factory – have you ever wanted to roll your own piece of rock?  Well then the factory tour at John Bull’s in Bridlington is definitely a place to visit!  With a soft play area attached, this is a good rainy day activity.  The factory shop also has plenty of sweet treats for you to buy, and the tour is very affordable at £3.50 per adult and kids under 4 free.  It is £1 to roll rock. www.john-bull.com
  9. East Park Hull – Hull’s largest park, with plenty to explore and discover.  This has a great outdoor play area and gardens to explore.  Ideal for if you need a free fun day out with the kids.  www.hullcc.gov.uk
  10. Hornsea Folk Museum – A lovely little museum about the history of Hornsea.  There is a trail for kids to follow with little mice hidden around the museum (you can also buy on of the little mice at the end!).  Again a cheap day out as its only £3.50 per adult.  Whilst in Hornsea you could also visit the Trawlermen fish and chips shop and see photos of all the old fishemen.  www.hornseamuseum.com 

 

Yorkshire Tots

Mum on a Mission Reviews – Bondville Model Village

bondville model village review

Last week our little family went off on a camping adventure!  I have always loved camping, and being able to explore more of our home country. This time we chose to camp just south of Bridlington and explore this little part of the East Yorkshire coast.  Unfortunately the weather was not on our side, so on our one sunny day we headed off to visit Bondville Model Village.  Family run and maintained, this is a little gem hiding on the outskirts of this coastal town and well worth a visit for the following reasons:

  • Me at Bondville Model Village

    Amazing world to look around – everywhere you look there is something different to see.  I think we must have walked around the model village a good few times, and each trip round spotted different models or scenes that we had missed.  I had loved places like this when I was little so it was great to introduce the kids to it.

  • Made more fun with a quiz – upon entry into the model village we were given a quiz to complete on our way round.  This was really good for Sam as it meant he had specific things he had to look for.  It stopped him getting bored and meant that we actually looked more at the models to find the answers (although my husband wasn’t too keen on the “How many birds are there?” questions as they were tiny!! )
  • Lollies for the kids –  when we reached the end and found out how many answers we had got right (or wrong in our case!) the children we each given a lollipop for completing it.  It sounds silly, but these little touches really brighten up the kids day and Sam was over the moon with his lolly.
  • Good for train obsessed children – There is a model train that makes its rounds every few minutes around the model village.  This was met by very excited cries from my four year old train enthusiast!!
  • Buggy friendly – all the paths in the model village are buggy friendly and there are plenty of benches and stopping places if you need to have a sit down.
  • Tearoom and gift shop – there is also a small tearoom and gift shop on sight, which although we didn’t go into, would be a good way to break up your visit if you had easily bored kids.
  • Affordable – a family ticket is only £10, which makes it very affordable compared to a lot of attractions at seaside resorts.  Parking is free too.
  • Different fun to the arcades and flashy lights – when you visit the seaside it is so easy to waste all your money on the arcades and fairground rides.  This lovely little attraction is a break from all that flashy/trashy seaside stuff and a much nicer morning (in my humble opinion!!)
  • Be careful with toddlers – my only word of warning is to be careful if you are taking toddlers with you.  The models are fragile and shouldn’t be touched, so with an 18 month old who wants to walk on his own and investigate everything this was quite tricky.  Perhaps keep the littler ones in buggy’s so they can see the models but not touch them!  My four year old was fine though.
Summary of our visit

Overall we had a lovely morning visiting Bondville Model Village, and teamed it up with a picnic on the beach afterwards.  We spent a good hour and a bit wandering around and having fun completing our quizzes.  It is definitely a morning or afternoon to add to your itinerary if visiting Bridlington for the day.   Thank you so much to Jan and the family for making us welcome and we hope to visit again when we are next in Bridlington.

Gallery of our visit
Yorkshire Tots

Note: I was given free entry to this attraction in return for reviewing it, but all opinions are my own.

 

fruit of the spirit goodness

Mummy Meditations – Goodness Week 2

fruit of the spirit goodness

Welcome to our second week look at the spiritual fruit of goodness.  If you missed the opening post then do head over to Naomi’s blog to catch up!  Lets start off by reminding ourselves of the verse this week:
matthew 5:16

I am going to work through the verse in little sections this week, as each section has said something prominent and clear to me.  Lets start off with….

In the same way…

Looking back at the verses before this one in Matthew, he is talking about how we wouldn’t put a lamp under a bowl and hide it, how a city on a hill cannot be hidden.  I think this part of the verse just highlights how important this next bit is – it has had a two verse introduction and build up (a sort of drum roll if you please!).  It is like Matthew is trying to hold a big foam finger at this  saying “this verse and you are important!!!  You NEED/MUST/CAN’T NOT let your light shine“.  Part of goodness is recognising what is already inside of you.  Because of the Holy Spirit living in you, you have this amazing light and goodness that radiates from you.  To grow in this fruit of the spirit perhaps we just need to realise what lives inside us already?

Let your light shine before others….

Now that you’ve realised what lives inside you, the second part of growing in goodness is actually making sure that others can see the difference in you.  Its now time to start radiating the goodness that God has given to your life since becoming part of it.  Share it, own it, shout about it, let it be known!  Because what use is a Christian that hides away the GOOD NEWS of the gospel of Jesus?  I might not spell out all the details of the gospel to everyone I meet in the street, but I am always honest and open about my faith wherever I go, and try to share answers to prayer with others and encourage people with prayer when I can.  This week has made me think about how I can let my light shine more (or more obviously anyway!).

That they may see your good deeds….

Goodness requires action.  Good deeds means that we can’t just stand still and expect others to know that we are good, but that we have to actually do something that is good.   So what exactly is a good deed?  I think it is something that makes a positive impact on someone else’s life.  Good deeds don’t automatically happen though, so this will require some effort on our part.  Whether that is buying a gift for someone, offering to help someone in need with time, money, assistance, company – it all require planning and often stepping out of our comfort zones every now and then.  But there is a very good reason to do this..

And glorify your Father in heaven

As Christians, we never do good deeds just to big ourselves up.  It’s never for boasting or for points.  No.  It is so we can point to our good good Father in Heaven.  We can show that our DNA is the same as His – to show goodness to others.  God gets all the glory for our good deeds and so there is no limit to how good we can and should be.

Next week

Take part in our Mummy Meditations next week and join us in studying and pondering another verse from Matthew:

“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit” Matthew 7:17

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30 before 30

30 before 30 – less than ONE MONTH TO GO!!!

30 before 30

one month to go

Yes there is now less than one month before my twenties are over and I have suddenly realised how bad I have been at ticking off things from this list.  My lovely hubby has organised me 30 surprise presents leading up to my birthday, so I am secretly hoping that he is going to help me tick some off!

  1. Go geocaching.  Think I need help from my neighbours mum with this one as she is a geocaching expert!
  2. Go on a camping trip with friends. Probably not enough time to do this now but we shall see!
  3. Spend a day at a spa- COMPLETED.  Thanks to both my lovely husband and some lovely friends I have now had the full spa day experience.  I loved being able to switch off from life, and my most favourite part was the salt and oil body scrub I had at the Belfry
  4. Visit 5 new museums – COMPLETED. Loved looking round all the museums in Hull last summer, and hoping to pop back again this year whilst it is the City of Culture (the fish trail was good fun too!)
  5. Knit something – my mum bought me a knitting book and I still haven’t got round to this!
  6. Sponsor a child
  7. Host a scavenger hunt – COMPLETED.  Hope this counts, but I hosted a  Nativity themed scavenger treasure hunt for all the kids on our estate this Christmas.  You can download your own copy here.
  8. Send a care package to someone – COMPLETED. I sent a care package last year to a uni student from our church.  Was a great feeling to bless someone away from home.
  9. Learn to juggle – no comment…
  10. Start a collection – COMPLETED – I absolutely LOVE collecting mugs!  This has seriously made my life better, as everytime I have a cuppa I think back to the time when I got the mug.  Each one has a memory and a story (so much so that I cried when one broke, and Rob went and bought me a replacement from the gift shop!)
  11. Learn yoga – COMPLETED 
  12. Take on a 30 day photo challenge – COMPLETED. Did my 30 days of REAL family life photo challenge last year, and loved it so much that I am planning on doing this again over the summer (want to join me?!)
  13. Visit another country that speaks a different language –  We were hoping to go to Rome this year as part of my 2017 plans , but with house move and other expenses mean this might not happen
  14. Have a proper exercise routine – COMPLETED  Am using my exercise bike much more regularly than any other exercise I have done before so counting that!
  15. Write an ebook
  16. Feed 500 people in my home – Unlikely!
  17. Memorise my favourite passage from the bible – COMPLETED Doing Mummy meditations mean that I have memorised loads of passages from the bible, and my favourite one changes all the time.
  18. Sleep under the stars
  19. Learn a new craft/creative skill – COMPLETED Loving exploring bible journaling and expressing my faith in this new creative way.
  20. Make a time capsule to bury in our garden
  21. See the Lion King musical on west end
  22. Grow my own vegetables – COMPLETED. I’m counting raspberries as a vegetable here.  With potential house move on the cards I probably wont be planting a veggie patch here, but will continue with my wild raspberries!
  23. Take my blog self hosted – COMPLETED. You are now looking at my new self-hosted website, and I think I just about know what that means!  Hopefully it means a bit more flexibility and customizable to what both I and you want.
  24. Reorganize my recipe box and books – COMPLETED.  Had a big sort through and threw out recipes I don’t use and laminated those I do!
  25. Write my will – COMPLETED.
  26. Learn how to give proper massages.
  27. Take Sam to an ice cream parlour
  28. Have a steak at a proper steakhouse
TOTAL COMPLETED:

So I stand at 14/30 tasks completed so almost half way.  I guess that’s better than nothing!  Hoping my last month of my twenties is filled with adventures and fun so I can tick a few more off.

 

pray more worry less

Pray More, Worry Less

Pray more, worry less” has kind of become my mantra recently.  Since the stress of HS2 news dropping on me last July, I have been slowly sinking in a sea of anxiety and stress.  I had been feeling overwhelmed to the point that is was physically affecting me.  I had constant headaches, normally dull enough to cope with, but more often than nope escalating as I felt the stresses of each day rising.  Normal painkillers had stopped working, and the doctors couldn’t find anything else wrong with me, so I deduced it must be stress.

I knew why.  I hadn’t been actually giving these worries to God.

pray more worry less

I knew the verses, and could tell you them before well meaning people quoted them at me if I mentioned my stress.  But it wasn’t until I actually accepted that I had a problem that I was able to start dealing with it.  When I went to Captivated Conference I decided enough was enough – I had to get over  this.  I bought a book dealing with anxiety and contentment and started reading.  I am still only a third of the way through, but one story in the first chapter hit me.

It was a story of a night when the author couldn’t sleep.  Something was worrying her.  She knew the verses too – pray about everything and give it over to God.  She prayed.  Got back into bed.  But it still kept bothering her.  I really identified with that.  I knew that there were times when I prayed out of habit but still kept hold of that worry, and so the thing she said next really hit me hard.

She said that she got up and prayed again.  And she repeated the process until she had actually given that worry to God.  That was when it hit me – I needed to keep persevering in prayer, to be praying until the anxiety went.  I had prayed but only briefly.

So now I am trying to pray until the feeling of uncertainty and anxiety leaves me.  I am trying to pray away the worry.  I am praying until I feel God lift the weight off me and take it into his burden.  And I do feel better.

I have had significantly less headaches since then (ask my husband if you don’t believe me!), although driving to unknown places often sets them off no matter how hard I pray!  I have had no more panic attacks or days of overwhelming anxiety.  I am now looking for physical reminders to do this and make it easier for me to remember to “pray more, worry less“.  I am thinking a notebook I can carry around with me might help, where I can write any and all prayers for any and all worries during the day.  We shall see!  Does anyone have any other ideas on how to deal with this?  Do share below….

(P.S  the artwork on this post is taken from an amazing notebook that I got sent by God at My House.  You can read my review of it here)

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May Monthly Inspiration

monthly inspiration from rachel ridler mum on a mission

I am super excited about May as it is the month I get to go on holiday with my little family, but before I get stuck into planning for that, here are a few links to inspire you…..

spiritual fruit of gentleness

Mummy Meditations – Gentleness Week 5

spiritual fruit of gentleness

Welcome to a bonus week on gentleness!  April was a five Sunday month so we got the pleasure of another week growing in this particular fruit of the spirit.  When we started off this “accidental” month on gentleness I had an idea in my head of what it was.  Being that meek and mild person, looking after others, that kind of thing.  But the gentleness that God has revealed to me (and hopefully to you as well) is far greater and of more purpose than that.

gentleness for all

I am so glad we got to look at this verse, as it brings all we have learnt back together.  Back in gentle to allweek 2 we looked at how gentleness should be shown to everyone, including those in authority and power above us.   Week 4 was all about restoring our brothers and sisters in Christ in a gentle way.  And week 3 was all about how we speak to non-Christians about our faith with gentleness.  All of these verses include other people, and this week we are told to “let our gentleness be evident to ALL”.  Those over and under us in authority, those who are Christians and also those who aren’t.

Naomi spoke in week two about gentleness being “founded on strength and prompted by love”  and I think that when you know it is something that needs to be EVIDENT TO ALL then you really do need to be strong to be able to do that.

The lord is near

This little sentence is tagged on the end, and I’m sure some of you overlooked this and doubted its importance to this week’s study – we just want to look at the bit where the word gentleness is included right?!  But the context is soooo important here, and this little throw away sentence brings it all back into focus.  I don’t think this is just a nice platitiude – God is close to you – kind of sentence.  It has a more urgent meaning than that.  Let me give it to you in the Message Version instead:

Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them.  Help them see that the Master is about to arrive.  He could show up any minute!”

You see this is not a nice “snuggly” kind of sentence of God being close, but one of urgency that actually Jesus could return any minute!  We need to be gentle with people for a purpose.  They need to not get their backs up at us because we are holding out a lifeline to them – one that they don’t realise they might need really really soon!!!  So actually our gentleness in the way we deal with ALL people might save their lives in eternity.  Wow.  Can you grasp how important gentleness is now?!

Gentleness as a fruit of the spirit

With it being our last week I wanted to quickly summarise all we have learnt about this amazing fruit of the spirit.  And Naomi hinted last week at how intertwined all the fruit really are.  I am seeing three themes and patterns come out in all the fruit and here is how they show in gentleness:

  • OUR CHOICE – It is always our choice to develop our fruit of the spirit, and often it is hard work to do so.  With gentleness it is a choice to control our words, to restore people rather than rebuke, to be respectful when sharing our faith and to do this to ALL people.  We need to choose this path to grow in it, but don’t worry – as with all the other fruit we are not left to our devises to do this….
  • WITH THE SPIRIT’S HELP – only as we grow closer to God and His Holy Spirit, become maturer in our faith, will we grow in these fruit.  As we read our bible and get to know the gentle character of God, who never forces but always lets us choose, then we grasp why we also need to be gentle with others.  With the Spirit’s help we see through his eyes the words that need to be spoken to bring healing and restoration.  We can’t do it on our own.
  • FOR A PURPOSE – There is always a purpose for each fruit.  Gentleness is the fruit that helps us to lead people to Jesus with our words and bring others back when they stray.  A seemingly weak and feeble fruit is actually one of the most powerful and important with an eternal purpose.
Next week

I am well and truly exhausted and inspired to “let my gentleness be evident to all” this week!  How about you?  Next week we are moving on to the spiritual fruit of goodness, starting off with this fantastic verse:

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11

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Bible Journaling Goodies from God at My House

Last year I bought myself a lovely new bible and started a “journey into bible journaling“.  I had never heard of it before then, but the idea of creating art as a response to God’s word thrilled me and I was intrigued.  I have dabbled over the last year, struggling to find time and not having the money to spend on supplies.  But the more I do it, the more I love it, and today I want to share with you a fantastic website with affordable materials to get your started doing some bible journaling.

parcel from God at my house

I was very excited to get in touch with Rachel from God at My House.  I had just sent some links to my hubby for some of her products for inspiration for my birthday (does anyone else do that?!) and thought I would ask if I could review some things and share with you, my readers.  Rachel happily agreed and I received this beautifully wrapped parcel a few days later.

Inside the lovely blue tissue paper were three special items.

I shall talk through each item and show you how I have used them in my bible journaling so far.

Bible journaling tabs

bible tabsAt only £2 for a pack of 14, these are a bargain and a definite must have!  There are two different styles on the website, colour pop and dreamy.  I got sent the dreamy ones which are in lovely pastel colours and patterns.  There are a few ways in which you can use these.  Some people like to tab all the books in their bible so they can find them easier.  Normally this is done will the tabs sticking out the side of the bible.  You can use these for this and write the book names on yourself, attaching the tabs with washi tape.

Alternatively you could use them to mark up special passages or pages where you have done artwork.  You might want to put the tabs along the top of your bible if you are doing this so you know it is different.  Again, just attached them to the top of the page using washi tape or glue.

Finally, you could use this in a scrapbook kind of way and stick on a page in your bible.  Be as creative as you want!  Here is what I did with mine:

bible tab in bible

Bible journaling cards

bible journaling cardsThese lovely little cards are printed on really good quality card stock and are another bargain at only £4 for 14 of them.  They are ideal for writing prayer requests of thoughts as you go through your bible.  Perhaps you are not in a really creative mood but you still want to mark a part of a passage, then you could put one of these cards in as a reminder for another day.  There are lots of different designs in the pack (no two are the same).

Here is an example of how you could use them:

card in bible

Pray more (worry less) journal

pray more worry less journalPerhaps the idea of drawing in your bible isn’t for you, but you still want to be creative in your time with God.  Then this journal would be ideal.  It is filled with blank white paper just ready for you to pour out your worship on to.  You could also use it as a prayer journal to document your prayer requests (and answers!)

These would make excellent gifts, perhaps for baptisms or other special occasions.  This is one of many designs that are only £5.50 on the website.  Why not treat yourself or a friend to a special gift.