CSB Study Bible for Women [Review]

Lifeway was kind enough to send me a copy of the new CSB Study Bible For Women to review on my blog, so today I will be focusing on this beautiful new Bible. Make sure you read until the end of the post to find out how you can win a copy for yourself!

To order a copy of the CSB Study Bible for Women on Amazon, click here.

This new study Bible is an update of a previous version, The Study Bible for Women (HCSB), originally published in 2014. The same editor team of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley are part of this updated 2018 version, which includes a new design, expanded concordance, and a new layout for the study content within the text. The text itself is the updated, highly readable and highly reliable Christian Standard Bible translation. This study Bible is written by women for women.

At the beginning of this Bible is an introduction and an article on how to study the Bible. I love that this article encourages women to study the text deeply for themselves, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s word, the resources included in this Bible as well as outside resources. This Bible isn’t about devotions and emotions, it’s about study God’s word to know him better. It gives lots of great suggestions about how to have personal Bible study and engage with the word of God.

The design and color palette in this Study Bible is feminine without being too “frilly.” The color scheme reminds me of the She Reads Truth Bible, which is done by the same publisher (read more about the She Reads Truth Bible here). The flowers adorn the top of the introductions to each book of the Bible, and the teal and coral colors are carried throughout to highlight word studies, Biblical Womanhood articles, and the Written on My Heart sections at the end of each book. The colors are subtle and visually appealing throughout the text.

Major female figures throughout the Bible are highlighted in Character Profiles. Other study features include Doctrine, charts and graphs, Word Studies, Biblical Womanhood articles that highlight different topics concerning women, Hard Questions, a features index, a large concordance, and maps in the back. The study notes included at the bottom of the scripture text help explain further the context and meaning, as well as helps to aid the reader to study further on their own.

One thing that I want to note about the content of the study material in this Bible is that the topics of womanhood, marriage, and motherhood are written from a strong complimentarian viewpoint. I took some time to read a few key passages and the corresponding notes and articles pertaining to these topics, and I found them to be more conservative. I felt it was worth mentioning for those who may hold different viewpoints, and as with any Bible or Bible study material, I always encourage you to read for yourself to decide if this is right for you.

Overall, I think the CSB Study Bible for Women is a great resource for women wanting to learn how to study the Bible deeper. It may not be the right Bible for every woman, so feel free to explore my other Bible reviews listed here. To order your own copy of the CSB Study Bible for Women on Amazon in the sand/turquoise hardcover as shown in the pictures, click here. To order the teal flowers LeatherTouch cover, click here.

I will be hosting a giveaway for this Bible on my Instagram @kountingsheepbiblejournaling starting after this post is published and running until Friday, May 25th at 11:59pm AZ time. Click here for more details on how to enter!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through the links at no additional cost to you. Lifeway sent me a copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

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Less Hustle More Jesus

The topic of the newest Illustrated Faith kit, “Less Hustle More Jesus,” is very timely for me right now, since this will be my last kit review for the Illustrated Faith launch team. With my daughter’s recent autism diagnosis, I had to assess what things I could remove from my plate in order to lighten my load. I’m the type of person that wants to do all the things, and I often take on way more projects than I can handle. I decided that stepping down from the launch team would help me continue to journal and review products without being on a specific schedule. It can be hard to meet deadlines when the demands of caring for my daughter often prevent me from accomplishing tasks when I want to finish them. I am so grateful for the past year that I’ve been able to receive the kits from Dayspring in exchange for doing unboxing videos and reviews, and I look forward to continuing as a regular Dayspring affiliate. That means I will still be posting about my favorite products, creating process videos, and my affiliate links will still earn me a small commission when you make a purchase at no additional cost to you. The proceeds go towards both supporting my Bible journaling ministry and supporting my family. Thank you to my readers and followers for your continued support!

To order “Less Hustle More Jesus,” click here.

Now let’s talk about this adorable kit for May, “Less Hustle More Jesus.” If you find yourself in a similar season of burnout or feeling like you’re doing too much, then this kit is perfect for you. The 4 session cards focus on 4 different scripture passages that encourage you to focus more on resting in Jesus. The 4 journaling cards also have scripture that leads you to explore this theme further either on the card itself or in your bible. Most of the die cut pieces also have scripture references on the back, so this kit is just saturated with God’s word!

A big change to the kit this month is the return of a full size 4×6 stamp set! In lieu of washi tape, the stamp set is a double alphabet that includes both solid block letters and letter outlines to create layered lettering on your page. I really appreciate when the stamp set from a kit is versatile even after I’m finished going through the content of the kit. An alphabet stamp set is an essential staple in the Bible journaler’s stash, because it can be used over and over again.

3 heart tip ins, die cut pieces, and cardstock stickers, including wordfetti, help round out this kit. The fun design helps to lead you into celebrating how wonderful it is to just simply rest. It’s okay to play, and not let our lives be dominated by work, by the hustle of every day life. The bright colors and cheerful icons put a smile on my face, and I feel like this kit just really helps to lighten my mood every time I use it. I decided to use “Less Hustle More Jesus” with my 100 Days of Bible Promisesbook, and it’s been fun to see the different elements of the kit fit in with the different promises of the book.

My goal with this journaling kit is to use up every piece of it. I’ve gotten off to a good start with these 4 entries that I’ve already had the chance to work through in my book. For Day 15 after putting down some acrylic paint, I cut one of the heart tip-ins down a little bit to fit better into the space on the page, as well as cut out the section of Psalm 23 that was on one of the journaling cards. I used a die cut piece as my tab at the top of this page. I finished it off with some stamping and washi tape from my stash.

For my entry on Day 16, I wanted to use this cute vintage yellow bicycle from the first session card. I added some acrylic paint, marker, and pen marks to the page, then glued down the die cut and bicycle pieces, and then added some alphabet stickers to finish off my phrase. This washi tape from Documented Faith reminded me of bike tire tracks, so I thought it was the perfect way to finish off the page.

My Day 17 entry already had a lot of fun elements printed on the page, so I didn’t have to add much. I cut out the cake and fork from the journaling card, since this promise talked about God providing for us. I used the alphabet stamps from the kit to create the colorful layered letters. The washi tape from my stash was the perfect complement to the colors of this page. I finished it off with some stickers and journaling using my pink Illustrated Faith pen.

I jumped ahead a little bit in my book to find an entry that would pair better with the theme of this kit. Day 26 talks about finding strength in God by trusting him. I basically recreated my entry from Day 17 on this page by using the same techniques and elements. I like to recreate my own pages in my journaling because it helps me when either my creativity is low or I don’t have a lot of time to come up with something completely new.

I’m confident I’ll get at least 4 more entries out of this kit, if not more. The alphabet stamp set is truly my favorite part of this kit, and I’m so happy that I now have one like this in my stash. While I’m sad that there was no washi tape included with the kit this time, I have been surprised at how much washi I already had that complements this kit. The washi tape can be hit or miss for me in past kits, so I’m glad that the value of the kit went more towards a super versatile stamp set this time around.

If you would like to purchase your own “Less Hustle More Jesus” kit from Dayspring, click here. To purchase the 100 Days of Bible Promises book, click here.

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you shop through the link at no additional cost to you. Dayspring sent me this kit in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Miss Priss Hat

To continue the series from last week of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, I have both a pattern you can crochet or the item you can purchase as a gift: the Miss Priss Hat. This Hat pattern is one that I designed 10 years ago in April 2008, and I have revised and updated the pattern to improve it. New features include all 3 sizes in one pattern, toddler, child, and adult; new recommended yarn; new hook sizes; and a new bow pattern (Southern Style Bow by Southern Day Crochet, which can be found here). The Miss Priss Hat pattern is available to purchase on Ravelry here or in my Etsy shop here.

I was also able to partner with Oak Viking Designs to create several custom polymer clay crochet hooks to coordinate with the pattern. These hooks are featured in the pattern, and you can purchase your own custom hook for yourself or as a Mother’s Day gift through her shop here. I just love how my colorful glitter hooks turned out, and they are so comfortable to use!

If you don’t crochet, I offer already made Miss Priss Hats for sale in my shop! This sweet hat makes a great Spring accessory since it is lightweight and has an open stitch pattern. All the colors you see in the picture of this post are available to order through my Etsy shop here. Or you can custom order your own color combo by sending me a convo in my Etsy shop.

The Miss Priss Hat has a special place in my heart because it was designed for my sister, Heather, as she underwent cancer treatments. This was her favorite hat, and I made her at least 8 in different colors so that she would have many options to wear while she was bald. The hats were soft, washable, and breathable since it was summer in Arizona when she was going through chemo, but her head still got cold. This hat makes a great chemo cap for those going through cancer treatments. Everyone who saw Heather wearing a Miss Priss Hat loved it, and it has been one of my most popular requests in the last decade. Sadly, the above photos are the only ones I have of her wearing her pink Miss Priss hat, but I’ll never forget what she looked like while wearing them. This pattern is dedicated to her memory, Heather Nicole 1987-2009.

Give your mom the gift of handmade this Mother’s Day! Each Miss Priss hat is handmade with lots of love and care. If you purchase the pattern to make your own Miss Priss Hat on Ravelry here or Etsy here, make sure to tag your projects on Instagram with the hashtag #missprisshat and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep!

All the proceeds from patterns and items purchased in my shop go towards my daughter Ellie’s autism care. She was recently diagnosed, and we have some expenses that we need to raise funds for. Thank you so much for your support when you shop through the links on my blog posts! If you would like more information on how to donate directly to our cause, click here.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: In Bloom Book

My third recommendation in this blog series for Mother’s Day Gift Ideas is the amazing book In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee. I had the privilege of being on the launch team for this book back in February when it was released, and even though my review is a little late (better late than never, right?) I knew I just had to share this book for Mother’s Day. I seriously think every woman can benefit from reading this book! This post today is written more towards women, so I think this is a great gift to give to your fellow mom friends, soon-to-be moms, women who hope to be a mother someday, or even a gift-to-self this Mother’s Day.

To order In Bloom by Kayla Aimee on Amazon, click here.

In Bloom is part memoir of Kayla growing up in the 90s, part stories about navigating how to raise her daughter to be a confident woman of God, and part call to action to put aside insecurity once and for all to finally bloom into the confident woman God created you to be. This book not only was touching and witty, but it put into words many things I have felt myself, especially having grown up in the church in the 90s in a culture that viewed “biblical femininity” one way that I didn’t exactly feel like fit into.

To explain why this book spoke to me so much, I must explain a little bit about my background. My mom raised me to be a strong, outspoken/opinionated, independent woman, which seemed to be at odds with some of the teachings and cultures I was surrounded by in church while coming of age. I’ve had a lot of time in my adulthood to explore for myself what the Bible says and what it means to be a woman of God, and as I have shed some of the self-imposed misconceptions of my youth, I have seen God do a greater work in me than I would have planned for myself. If someone had told me 10 years ago that I’d be sharing my personal journaling publicly for everyone to see and read, I would have probably locked myself in my room and never come out (hello, introvert here). I am so grateful to now have a book like In Bloom to recommend to women who have felt insecure and need some encouragement for how to bloom into confidence, and hopefully do it a lot earlier in life than I did.

If you have ever felt out of place or that God got it wrong when he made you, then run to go read this book! Kayla writes: “When we imagine ourselves before and after, we think of the end of one thing and the beginning of another. But that’s where I think we get discouraged because we assume change means becoming someone completely different. Maybe we’re looking at change all wrong. It seems to me that if we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the beginning, then our renewing isn’t meant to keep changing us from one old thing to another totally new thing, over and over again. It’s meant to liberate us of our shame, enhancing our gifts and adorning us in grace” (page 142). Kayla’s writing in this book is so relatable and accessible, and I was flipping through chapter after chapter, not able to put it down. I think one of the biggest messages of this book other than confidence is that you don’t have to live in shame. What a liberating truth that God does not want us to live in our shame, but instead he wants us to be liberated through Christ to use our gifts and bear fruit!

This book is more than just a story. It’s a guide to help identify your sources of inadequacy and insecurity that have bombarded you throughout your life, and replace them with affirming truths from God’s word that you are accepted, loved, and filled with purpose. The text is saturated with biblical truth without being imposing and judgmental. Instead, In Bloom is a celebration of being a confident woman and embracing who God made you to be.

I enjoyed this book so much that I had to bring some of the lessons I learned into the margin of my Bible. I journaled this page in my Thrive Bible in Psalm 92:12-15 “But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted to the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is no evil in him!”

I highly recommend this book, and I think it’s a great resource for helping to instill a culture of acceptance, confidence, and flourishing in the next generation of young women, especially as mothers raising daughters. To order your own copy of In Bloom for yourself or as a gift on Amazon, click here.

I’m also having a giveaway over on Instagram @kountingsheepbiblejournaling for a copy of In Bloom, as well as other goodies. Head on over to my account to enter to win a copy of this book!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my link at no additional cost to you. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: God’s Call to a Deeper Life

For Day 2 in my Mother’s Day Gift Ideas series, I’m going to share this sweet little book titled God’s Call to a Deeper Life by Nancy Taylor. This book is a 366 day devotional specifically for women to experience the word of God in a new way. When I read the description for this devotional, I was intrigued: “God is calling to your heart from every page of His Word. Can you hear His voice? Or does it sometimes feel like you’ve read it all before, and the words enter your mind but fail to permeate your soul? Get ready to experience Scripture in an entirely new way through these 366 devotions. Open your heart to God’s truth in a way that is clear, personal, and relevant to your life. Let these devotions bridge the gap between the eternal, unchanging words written in the Bible and your heart’s desire to connect with the One who cares most deeply for you.”

To order a copy of God’s Call to a Deeper Life on Amazon, click here.

The style and design of this book is very beautiful and feminine, with the pink and gold colors being carried throughout. It was designed with gift-giving in mind for women who love to use devotionals, especially daily ones. The writing style reminds me of that used for the daily devotionals included in the Thrive Bible (review here), even thought it’s a different author.

The devotionals themselves start with the date, a key passage of scripture to explore for that day, a paraphrase of the passage written by the author, and a section at the bottom of the page for reflection. I will admit that I typically like my devotionals to dig deeper into scripture than this type of book, but I appreciate what the author is trying to communicate by paraphrasing. She’s trying to help the reader experience the truths of God with fresh eyes. The author has specifically chosen those verses which are often all too well known, and tries to reinvigorate the reader’s experience with the text.

From a Bible journaling perspective, I think this book would make a great supplement to help guide you through a year of scripture to explore further with journaling. Since each entry is fairly brief, it leaves room for further exploration in your Bible. It makes a great guide for choosing a daily passage , as well as guiding the reader to further reflection.

I think this book would make a great gift for moms who may feel discouraged or disconnected from their daily devotional time, or have a busy life with a demanding schedule. God’s Call to a Deeper Life is the perfect little daily push to reconnect with God and the Bible, without being too overwhelming. You can order God’s Call to a Deeper Life as a gift for the mom in your life on Amazon here.

Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you when you purchase through the links. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale publishers in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: One Year Bible Expressions

I know sometimes it can be hard to shop for moms, especially ones who seem to have it all, so I will be doing a blog series all week long about some of my Mother’s Day gift ideas that you may not have thought of! My first recommendation is for the One Year Bible Expressions Journaling Bible. Tyndale was kind enough to send me this beautiful pink hardcover bible to share with my readers, and I was thrilled to receive it. I had wanted this bible back at the beginning of the year, since I’ve never used a One Year Bible before, but they were sold out at the time. If this Bible would be something that would interest your mom or wife, make sure to buy it now rather than waiting til December/January when it’s in high demand (hint, hint)!

To order the One Year Expressions Bible on Amazon, click here.

The reason why I recommend a journaling Bible, even for moms that aren’t necessarily interested in art journaling, is because it’s a personal gift that anyone can use! You can write notes or prayers in the margin, lightly color the illustrations, and just enjoy reading through this Bible. You don’t have to be an artist to use a journaling Bible. This Bible is both functional and beautiful.

What is a One Year Bible though? It’s a Bible that has the entire New Living Translation text divided into 365 daily readings that include a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. By organizing the text in this way, it helps guide the reader through the entire Bible in one year in a format that is more conducive to a busy life, or for those who need the visual ease of having it organized this way instead of having to flip all over the place with a traditional bible and reading plan. Each section is dated from January 1st through December 31st.

This bible has 2 inch margins that are either lightly lined or contain a preprinted illustration. The pages are cream, the text is arranged double-column, and the page thickness is the same as the original teal cover Inspire Bible (read my review for the Inspire Bible here). In fact, the 100+ margin illustrations included with this bible are taken from the original Inspire Bible, so if you have used the Inspire before, they will look familiar to you. For me, I’m actually excited to see these images again, because I was only able to color a fraction of the illustrations in my Inspire Bible before it got too full and needed to be retired. This bible will give me an opportunity to color the images I missed the first time around.

The illustrations on the inside front and back cover are unique to this Bible, and the presentation page is absolutely beautiful! It would make a lovely gift for your mom or wife to color the presentation page and write a note to her. This would also be a great place to let children or grandchildren color for mom or grandma, creating a personal and special gift that she will cherish.

Also included in the front of the One Year Bible Expressionsis information about the New Living Translation, as well as optional ideas for how to use the reading plan of this bible and an alphabetical index of the books of the Bible. I liked that the publisher provided other reading ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of, should I want to read it differently. However I think the strength of this bible is that it’s already arranged for me to read straight through without having to find a reading plan and marking it off each day. The index is helpful for finding a specific passage, since this bible isn’t arranged in the traditional Old and New Testament format.

The hardcover is a soft touch cover with floral detail and etching. The endpapers are printed with a beautiful pink, green and teal floral print. The Bible also includes 2 ribbon bookmarks, which I absolutely love when publishers do this. It helps to have multiple bookmarks if you are reading different sections, or want to go back and reread a passage while still keeping your current place. The bookmarks match the colors of the pink and teal cover.

I did color one page of this Bible using gel pens, just to make sure the paper was the same as the Inspire Bible (it was). As with all gel pens, you do have to be careful to not color over the same spot too many times or it will bleed through. As long as you aren’t too heavy-handed with coloring, they do shadow but don’t bleed. Add a set of colored pencils and/or gel pens when giving as a gift (I recommend Crayola Twistable colored pencils here and Color-It gel pens here). I highly recommend this Bible, and I think it makes a great Mother’s Day gift!

Order the One Year Expressions Bible as a Mother’s Day gift on Amazon here.

Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through the link at no additional cost to you. Tyndale Publishers sent me this Bible in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own.

Back in Stock

I just wanted to do a quick post to let everyone know that the 100 Days of Bible Promises book by Shanna Noel is back in stock at Dayspring here. If you’re still looking for a copy and would like to join in the 100 Days challenge, grab your copy quick before they’re gone! When you order through Dayspring, you’ll receive an email with a free printable that coordinates with the book. Also, don’t forget to use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping.

Order your copy of 100 Days of Bible Promises through my affiliate link here.

Please note this post contains affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through my link at no additional cost to you. The pictures contained in this post are my own.

Penelope Infinity Scarf

The newly redesigned Penelope Infinity Scarf knitting pattern is now available for sale! Grab your copy on Ravelry here.

Penelope Infinity Scarf is a loop of fun that is a perfect transition piece for Spring, when the weather starts teasing you of warmer days, but it’s still a little chilly. Wrap yourself up with this soft scarf that feels so squishy around your neck! Penelope Infinity Scarf uses one skein of Caron Cakes yarn. Learn how to cable without a cable needle with a picture tutorial included with the pattern.

Don’t knit? No problem! Custom order your own handmade Penelope by messaging me in my Etsy shop here.

100 Days of Bible Promises: A Devotional Journal

I want to share with you the newest book by Shanna Noel, founder of Illustrated Faith: 100 Days of Bible Promises: A Devotional Journal! There’s been a lot of buzz in the journaling community about this book, so I want to show you why. This book is not only super cute, but it’s also packed full of scripture, prayers, devotional content, and room for writing and art journaling. Let’s take a more in-depth look of the inside and all the different features.

To purchase your own copy of “100 Days of Bible Promises” from Dayspring, click here.

Today is the official kick-off for the 100 Day challenge, and the Illustrated Faith community is working through this book. Whether art journaling is your thing or not, this book is a beautiful journal that has plenty of space for writing. The surrounding illustrations are a great backdrop for writing out your own prayers with just a pen.

Each two-page spread is centered around one promise from the Bible and includes a small devotion, 3-5 verses for further exploration, unique artwork, space for journaling, and ends with a small prayer. The amazing thing about this book is that each spread has different artwork, so there are 100 different illustrations to inspire you as you read and pray through this book. Another great feature is the variety of verses for each promise to give you a jumpstart to take your journaling into your Bible.

The pages themselves are nice thick paper to allow for less possibility of bleed thru. The book itself doesn’t lay flat without a lot of bending and coaxing, so that’s the only drawback that I’ve found with the physical book itself. The size is very portable, making it easy to slip into a bag while on the go. The cover is a flexible latex board with a matte finish and the binding is a notebook binding. As a bonus to go with the book when you purchase through Dayspring, you receive an email with a free 3-page downloadable printable that coordinates with the art in the book to use with your journaling.

I have seen many people alter their book by having it spiral bound at their local office supply store for a small additional cost in order to allow for the book to lay flat, as well as have more room for lots of thick additions such as tabs, clips, tip-ins, extra ribbons and ephemera. Since I’ve already started working in mine before I saw this binding technique, I decided to leave mine as-is. I have noticed that as I’ve started working in my book, the cover is laying flat better, so I’m hoping it will continue to loosen up a bit as I add more journaling. I may eventually add a fabric cover to my book because I can already tell I’m going to get messy with this one.

My plan is to use up a lot of pieces and supplies from my stash as a way to work with what I have already. I feel like my stash is busting at the seams, and I need to start using what I have saved instead of hoarding it for “just the right project.” This is now my “just the right project,” and I’ve already had fun pairing odds and ends from past kits, purchases, and happy mail to illustrate the inside covers, dedication page, and the first few pages that I’ve journaled. I mixed up my start date, so I’ve already worked through the first few pages of the book before the actual challenge begins on Tuesday, April 3rd.

For Day 1, I add some Illustrated Faith acrylic paint onto the page with bubble wrap and a paint brush. I used several different stickers around the page, including to spell out the following phrase from the devotion: “let My grace take over.” I added a tip-in using a journaling card piece from the 2017 Persevere kit (no longer available) so that I could hide my more personal prayer. I really want to have the freedom to pour my heart out in this journal, so I will be using lots of tip-ins to keep some of them private as I share my pages publicly.

For Day 2, I used my Jane Davenport Mermaid Markers to add some hot pink to the page to match the ribbon bookmark that comes attached to the book. These did bleed a little, so I still had to use a light hand with these paint brushes, but at least they didn’t bleed as badly as when I’ve used them in my Bible. I added a few stickers, and then cut apart a tip-in to create a tab and place for hidden journaling. The promise that really stuck out to me on this page was that Jesus is always near me, so I can worry less and be fearless.

Day 3 was a really fun one for me as I used these cute lemonade stickers that my husband gave me from a restaurant. The page already had an illustration of what looks like lemons to me, so I continued that them with some adorable happy lemons making lemonade. I used a mixture of alpha stickers to write out “God can turn my lemons into lemonade,” since the promise for this section is that nothing is too difficult for God. I have a hunch that this will be one of my favorite pages in this book.

If you are looking for a fresh project to jumpstart your daily bible reading and prayer time as the midyear point approaches, then this book is perfect! I am really looking forward to working through this book with the Illustrated Faith community, and you can join the pop-up Facebook group here.

Pick up your own copy of “100 Days of Bible Promises” by Shanna Noel at Dayspring here. From now until Monday 4/9, you can use code FAITH25 for 25% off your entire Dayspring order!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through the link at no additional cost to you. I purchased this copy of “100 Days of Bible Promises” on my own, and I’m sharing my review as a courtesy. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Anna’s Shawl [Free Crochet Pattern]

In January 2011, I created and published a pattern called “Anna’s Shawl.” I was still very inexperienced in my pattern writing, but it quickly became my most popular pattern to date. This pattern was originally created when I made a comfort shawl for a friend going through a hard time. I love the idea of prayer shawls, but I like to call them comfort shawls, because many times when words aren’t enough, a comforting gift is like a loving hug you can carry with you.

Last year I began a project to update all of my old patterns to reflect my improved skills as a designer, but I didn’t realize there was still an error in the pattern. So I decided to go ahead and completely rework the pattern myself using new yarn, Lion Brand Mandala, to fix some of the minor issues with the pattern. My heart for Anna’s Shawl remains the same: that it would be a way for you to either bring comfort to your own life as you work on it going through a hard time, or be a comforting gift to give to someone else.

I am pleased to share my newly revised Anna’s Shawl pattern! Because the original pattern was offered for free, it will continue to be available for free as a thank you to all of my wonderful followers and supporters! See below for a list of supplies (affiliate links) and the download link for the PDF pattern.

Anna’s Shawl

2 skeins Lion Brand Mandala Yarn in Chimera (or color of choice)

Size J (5.75 mm) Boye ergonomic crochet hook (Boye hook set)

Yarn needle, tape measure, and scissors

Finished size: wingspan 60 inches, Center spine 31 inches long (info on how to make a gauge square here)

Level: advanced beginner/intermediate (if you are new to crochet, here’s a great book to get started: Learn to Crochet)

Download Anna’s Shawl Here

Link your project to pattern page on Ravelry here. Share on Instagram with the hashtag #annasshawl and feel free to tag me @kountingsheep. Happy crocheting!

To order a finished Anna’s Shawl, convo me through my Etsy shop here.

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