Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Bible Journaling: Exodus 14:14

Bible journaling has become all the rage on Pinterest.

I've seen many pictures pop up as I would go through my Pinterest feed of beautifully made pictures to describe Bible verses.

As I looked more into it I became more and more intrigued. Because I love decorating with words. I love seeing words become pictures to give a visual expression of what is being said.

So I wanted to dive into it myself.

First things first: Pick a Bible that has wide margins and is in a translation that I like. I wanted it to be a hardcover binding so that it will lay flat and be sturdy when I work in it.

I chose this one:

It's not too big in size. Has readable print and wide margins. It's perfect for me.

And once I got it, I grabbed some colored pencils. I opted for pencils because I wanted to option of erasing if I needed and wanted to keep it as simple as possible for me. But I still wanted many color options and minimal fuss. Some people like to use paint or crayons, or painters pen. Some like stickers and glue and glitter. There is really no wrong way to do this.

And then I needed to choose my verse. I decided to stick with a verse instead of a big chunk of scripture. I wanted to be able to keep it simple and meditate while I created.

I chose Exodus 14:14- "The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still."

This is one of my favorite verses. That is why I chose it to start my Bible Journaling. You can read this chpater of Exodus here.

The Israelites were being pursued by Pharoah and his army after fleeing Egypt. They were at the shore of the Red Sea and could see the Egyptians approaching. They began to fear. They began to question what they were doing. They began to question God. And Moses tells them: "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still."

And Moses then listened in obedience to God and lifted his staff and the Red Sea parted before them.

You see, this was not a time for battle. This was a time for obedience. The Lord was already prepared for the fight. They just needed to follow his instructions and he would take care of the rest.

For me, it's all about getting out of God's way. I don't have to prepare to fight. I don't have to be in the battle. Instead I can hang up my gloves and step aside and just listen to God. And he will take care of the rest.

Have you dabbled in Bible Journaling?

I'll share more as I continue to add in my study.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

That Time there was a Donkey in My Car

Sometimes you just need a vacation. Even if it's just for a weekend. And about a month ago we were in need.

It seems like for months and months we have just been busy. Just working and living in a daily grind. Our lives are happy but we just needed something that was fun, just plain, just because we want to fun.

So off we went. We took a small weekend road trip that we had only planned a couple days before leaving. (Completely unlike us)

We packed up the kids and a small suitcase and we were off.

Heading Out. We love road trips!

Our first stop was Laughlin, NV. In Laughlin we just stuck to our hotel since we got there toward the evening. We went and saw Kung Fu Panda 3, had dinner and then went to bed because the real adventure was starting the next day.

View from our hotel window.
We woke up and headed out grabbing an on the go breakfast and headed out to Oatman, AZ.

Oatman is a little ghost town and a fun touristy place to visit. It has has a gun show fun shops and wild donkeys that wander through the town.

We wandered the town. Got a couple of souvenirs. And as we were heading out we ran into the wild donkeys as they were heading into town. We stopped and petted them and as we were getting back into our car one followed Sidda through the back door searching for food in our car.

When were finally able to get him out of the car he came to the drivers side to visit with Michael.

After a moments visit the donkey sneezed on Michael and then wandered away. And we laughed. Harder than I think we laughed as a family in a long time.

Sorry for the blurry picture. Just a quick shot of their smiles.
 After we drove out of Oatman and headed to Kingman, AZ for lunch. On our way we stopped and to look at the scenery along our way. And got a couple of awesome pictures and we built desert snowmen out of rocks.

My four favorite people.

Building desert snowmen
 We had lunch at Cracker Barrel. It was delicious.

Anya and MJ

Sidda and Me

Me and Michael
After lunch we headed home.

It was a short much needed adventurous vacation. We came home relaxed and tired. Road trips are a blast but they still take a lot out of us.

And the next day we were back to our normal everyday routine. But we were happier and ready to take it on.

Even the littlest of breaks can be exactly what you need.