Lent 2018 Study Ideas: Drawn In

The season of Lent begins early this year, so I spent a lot of time in January thinking about what study guide or plan I wanted to use during the 40 days leading up to Easter. Then I remembered that Tyndale had sent me two new coloring Study books from a series called Drawn In Bible Study by Eugene Peterson using The Message translation, and I realized going through one of these books would be perfect! I received the studies on Esther and Mary, and although I’ve decided to use Mary for Lent, I’ll be showing you both versions in this post. They also have a third one on Ruththat I don’t have a copy of, but wanted to mention that it was available as well.

You can order Drawn In Bible Study: Mary on Amazon here, Esther available here, and Ruth available here. You can order The Message Canvas Bible on Amazon, as seen in these pictures, here.

Here is the description of the series from the publisher: “Color with friends. Be drawn into scripture. Deepen your friendships as you gather around Scripture for coloring and conversation. Drawn In offers simple four-week Bible studies―perfect for groups or personal devotions. Coloring quiets your heart and mind so you can enter fully into Scripture’s stories. The Bible’s passion and personality come through in The Message, surprising new and old Bible readers alike. Discover the delight of being Drawn In.”

Each book contains 4 sessions that are designed to be used over 4 weeks. It can be used on your own for personal study or as a group bible study guide with additional suggestions in the back for group discussion suggestions and ideas. The study content is written by Eugene Peterson, a well-known author who also created The Message translation of the Bible, which is the scripture used in these books when quoted throughout. The full scripture text is not provided, so you will need your Bible in order to study along with these books.

The illustrations themselves are a highlight of these books. Spread throughout the entire book, they are both full page and partial page designs. The style is reminiscent of that used in The Message Canvas Bible (you can read my review here). My one criticism for the design of these books is that they don’t lay flat, which makes it a bit hard to write and color in them. I bent the binding of mine to be able to get them to lay flat in certain spots, and the binding is holding up well so far. Some illustrations also peek around the edges of pages and there are a few in the introduction, which would be great for practice.

There are lots of questions with space to write at the end of each 6 sections within each session. That gives you six days during the week to work through a session of you decide to do one session a week. I haven’t had a chance to read through the questions, but I’m excited to go through Drawn In: Mary for Lent. I’ll be able to break it up into the smaller sections for a daily reading to get me through this season, with a few days for catching up, which I’m sure I’ll inevitably need.

I think these little books would make a great individual or group bible study tool. The study itself isn’t super in-depth, but there is a ton of thought-provoking content and space to meditate and color. If you’re interested in going through the Mary study with me, you can order your copy on Amazon here. I will be posting my progress here on my blog and on my Instagram @kountingsheepbiblejournaling.

Please note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Tyndale sent me a copy of these books in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained within this post are my own.

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This Is Love Kit + First Entries

February is known as a month for celebrating love. What better excuse to spend 28 days reflecting on and learning more about the vast love of God for his precious daughter! The “This Is Love” kit guides you through 8 verses centered on God’s love. If you haven’t had a chance to watch my unboxing + process video yet, click here.

To purchase your own “This Is Love” kit, click here.

One of my favorite things about the kit this month is that it pairs so well with the previous month’s #Goals kit, as well as the “You Are Loved” collection. There are so many options for mixing and matching. Dayspring was kind enough to send me the “This Is Love” kit for February, as well as 4 pieces from the “You Are Loved” collection as shown in the picture above: stamp set, tip-ins booklet, 35 paper piece pack, and cardstock stickers. I’ve been having fun creating pages that use a little bit of everything.

I really appreciate that there is a lot of green mixed in with the pink for this kit. It’s a subtle, abstract color palette that reminds me of flowers, which pairs so well with the flowers of the You Are Loved stickers and die cut pieces. But if flowers aren’t your thing, this kit on its own is perfect. The brush strokes on the devotional/journaling cards, die cut pieces, and even the washi tape make me want to break out all the paint brushes and acrylic paint, and just spend some time meditating on God’s great love for me while painting the page.

It’s always a surprise to see what pieces will be included in the monthly kits, and for this kit you get die cut pieces! There are so many options for layering hexagons, hearts, and words/phrases. The devotional/journaling cards have mixed it up this month too by being a mix of both. Some cards have devotional content with lines at the bottom for response. Other cards just have the verse written out, and a few are just lines. There is a verse on every card to give you 8 options for moving into the margins of your bible. The clear stickers give lots of word options as well as cute hearts and banners.

For my first page using the kit, which you can watch the process for on my video here, I jumped right into 1 Thessalonians 1:4 with a bunch of acrylic paint. I used a mixture of stamps and die cuts from “This Is Love” and “You Are Loved” to create the title and layered decorations. The tab was punched from the coordinating tip-ins booklet, and I finished it off with some washi tape and writing. “We know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” You are chosen by God!

The next page I did using the kit is from John 3:16-17, and I used the card with the verse reference as inspiration for my page. It’s been very timely to have lots of pieces to use this month, since I injured my hands and wrists, limiting the amount of things I can do with my journaling. Stamping, adding stickers and die cuts, and writing a little bit are about the extent of what I can do right now. But it doesn’t matter how much or how little art journaling I do, because as I create, the message of God’s great, never-ending, self-sacrificial, divine love is sinking down deep into my heart this month. “For this is how God loved the world: he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” Such great love, indeed!

I invite you to join me this month with the “This Is Love” kit and the “You Are Loved” collection to embrace the love of Jesus! You can start your shopping for items shown in this post on Dayspring here. To order your own Thrive Bible on Amazon as shown in the pictures of this post, click here.

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. Dayspring sent me the This Is Love kit and pieces from the You Are Loved collection in exchange for my honest review. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own.

The Apologetics Study Bible [Review]

When I received The Apologetics Study Bible (CSB) from B&H/Lifeway, my original intention was to review it and then pass it off to my husband. And then I started reading it, the opening articles drew me in, and I couldn’t stop. What started as skimming for the purpose of a review has turned into a desire to devour everything about this Bible.

You can order a your own Apologetics Study Bible on Amazon here.

The publishers describe The Apologetics Study Bible as a Bible that “helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism. This revised and updated edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s leading apologists to reflect and provide deeper understanding of the relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today. Includes commentary from over 90 leading apologists, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Paul Copan, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland, Ravi Zacharias, and many more — plus a lead article by Lee Strobel ( The Case for Christ).

Features include: Presentation page, Book Introductions, Study Notes, Apologetics articles from leading apologists, “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Profiles of Christian apologists, Two-color interior, Two-column text, 9.75-point type size, Smyth-sewn binding, Ribbon marker, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.”

One of my favorite features of this Bible is the clear study notes at the bottom of the pages. These notes help provide insight to historical customs and context, times when a person chose to sin instead of follow God, and the purposes and meanings behind things like genealogy and numbers. Another feature that I enjoyed while reading the text is the “Twisted Scripture” blurbs spread sporadically throughout. These small sections help illuminate ways that certain cultures, religions, or people groups have taken a certain passage of scripture and twisted it to mean something that distorts the original intention.

Of course the main draw of this Bible aside from the biblical text is the articles themselves. The articles are highlighted throughout with a distinctive gray design on the pages. This helps to distinguish the added articles from the scripture text itself. These articles are in no way adding to scripture but enhancing it, as well as exploring various topics that are controversial and relevant to today’s Christian. There is an index included in the front that lists the title, author, and page number for every article, so if you’re searching for a specific topic, you can find it with ease.

The design of The Apologetics Study Bible is clean and simple, creating a distraction-free reading experience. I will say that due to the content of some of the articles, it can get a bit academic and feel like reading a textbook. However, this doesn’t bother me as I enjoyed reading textbooks in college, but I wanted to mention that these are not light, fluffy articles. I think the hardcover version also adds to the feeling of a textbook, but luckily it’s not so thick that it’s too cumbersome to hold in your lap to read.

As graduation season approaches, I think this Bible would make a great gift for high school or college graduates looking to explore their faith on a deeper level, and it will equip them with intellectual tools to aid them in the defense of their faith. Since the articles are written by a variety of experts, theologians, and apologists, it appeals to a broad age range, as well as both men and women. I highly recommend this Bible, and I’m looking forward to read more from it throughout the next year as I read the Bible in a year.

To purchase The Apologetics Study Bible (CSB) on Amazon, click 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. B&H/Lifeway publishers sent me a copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

My 2018 Plans And #Goals

It’s officially 2018, and with the start of a new year means lots of people making plans, goals, and resolutions. I’m not really a resolution type girl, but I do like to make plans (even if that means watching them crash and burn later in the year). Since I started journaling 2 years ago, usually my start of a new year now includes new Bible studies and journaling plans. If you want to see more of my journaling plans in-depth, check out my YouTube video “My 2018 Plans” here.

Speaking of new Bible studies, I finally got a hold of the January #Goals kit from Dayspring. There were some delays with this one beyond their control but it’s finally here. You can watch my unboxing video here and purchase your #Goals kit from Dayspring here.

At first I wasn’t thrilled when I heard the theme of this kit, but then once I saw it, I was totally hooked. This kit is not only packed with some great content and more scripture references, but it is very visually appealing. The geometric patterns and lettering style that they used for the design of this kit makes me want to jump into my Bible and create as I meditate on the Word.

Here are some of my favorite things about #Goals: the shape of the tip-ins make them easier to use in the margin (plus they’re just so pretty), the 8 devotional cards all include a scripture reference in addition to questions and devotional content, the sticker sheet with all the words has filled in the blank space with mini diamond stickers, and can we just admire that geometric diamonds stamp *all the heart eyes* that I just want to use on everything. Also did you notice they’ve added in the color purple to their normal “Illustrated Faith” color scheme?

My one criticism for this kit is that I wish they had picked a different word other than using “hope” twice on the stamp set. I’m not a fan of the duplicates they’ve been prone to doing on the stamp sets lately because since the size has been reduced, I feel like they need to maximize what stamps are included as much as possible. However that geometric diamonds stamp alone would make this kit worth it to me, since I’m a stamp girl and one stamp can really sell a kit or a set to me.

If you watched my unboxing video, you will have seen my bonus process of the first session #Wisdom Goals. I made a bit of a mess in my Inspire Praise Bible on the video, but after I turned off the camera and thought through what the first session was trying to say and what I wanted to journal, I was able to fix my page. I did decide to journal through this session a second time in my Thrive Bible, because I really wanted to make sure the lesson had sunk in for me. The book of James is such a rich little few chapters that it wasn’t hard to spend more time meditating on the first chapter.

I have also had a chance to work through the second session #Hope Goals in my Thrive Bible. I will say that because there are some duplicates of words in the supplies of this kit, that gives me the opportunity to choose other passages to journal in addition to the ones provided, if I so desire. I also pulled out my Illustrated Faith “Faith Planner” stamp set to use some of the stamps that I felt went well with the #Goals kit, like the triangles, arrows and banners. I also used the Illustrated Faith acrylic paint set on this page and the colors were a perfect match to this kit!

Overall I’m really happy about this first kit of 2018, and I would definitely recommend it. Even if you aren’t a “planner” type, the questions included on the devotional cards so far have been thought-provoking in regards to areas I want to work on in my faith journey. To order your own #Goals kit from Dayspring, click here.

To order your own Thrive Bible from Amazon, click here. Since this is my main reading bible for 2018, I am not covering the scripture text in this one to where I can’t read it. Thankfully the margins are wider and there’s even more journaling space on the 365 devotionals spread throughout, so I am really enjoying using this Bible as I journal and read.

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

Sage CSB Notetaking Bible [Review]

Now that the hectic Christmas season is over, it’s time to catch up on blog posts. For today, I’m sharing my review of the CSB Notetaking Bible with the Sage Cloth over Board Cover. This beautiful Bible was sent to me by B&H/Lifeway Publishing, and you can purchase a copy of your own through my Amazon affiliate link here.

Here is the original description from the publishers: “The CSB Notetaking Bible is designed to enhance personal Bible study as well as preparation for teaching and preaching. This Bible contains a single-column setting, and abundant space is provided with a 1.75 inch notetaking space on each page to make observations, record insights, raise questions, and suggest to yourself additional exploration of the text.

“Features inlcude: Smyth-sewn binding, Presentation page, single-column text, 1.75 inch margins for notetaking, 8-point type, One-year Bible Reading Plan, Concordance, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Notetaking Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.”

The outside and inside covers feature a floral design. The pages themselves are a plain cream with dark lined margins. Since this is called a “Notetaking” bible, it is definitely geared more towards written notes and journaling. This Bible has one green ribbon bookmark for marking the page when you want to remember your place. It also features the CSB text, which has personally become my new favorite translation for its readability while still maintaining accuracy.

Each book of the Bible starts on a right side page, so if there is blank space between two books, it includes a lightly lined page. It might be hard to see in the above picture, but you can see the difference between the lightly lined full page and the dark lined margins.

As a Bible journaler, I do wish the margin lines had also been the light lines. I did two test pages with some dark artwork and some light artwork to see how the lines looked once I add illustrations to the pages. For the dark watercolor paint, I liked that I could still see the lines when I went to add my prayer journaling. For the light pink stamping I did on the second page, the lines are a little distracting, but something I can live with. However if the dark lines are something that would bother you, I would suggest using this Bible just for notes and written journaling.

The quality of the pages are great and handled different wet mediums well with no bleed through. I’ve come to expect high quality journaling Bibles from B&H/Lifeway, and this one does not disappoint. I’m also a fan of single column for journaling Bibles because it’s easier to add notes and art right next to the verse you’re trying to highlight or study.

Another great feature of this Bible is the sizable concordance in the back. It’s one of the biggest and most comprehensive I’ve seen in a journaling Bible, making it a great resource for those wanting to study certain topics or cross-reference different verses. There aren’t any footnotes in the Bible text itself, so this added feature is helpful for doing more in-depth personal study.

Overall I am very pleased with this Bible and would highly recommend it to those wanting a Bible for taking notes and written journaling. For those wanting to art worship in this Bible, I would just keep in mind whether the dark margin lines would be too distracting for you or not. For me personally it’s not a deal breaker, and I will happily continue to use this Bible for art worship.

To order your own CSB Notetaking Bible from Amazon, click here.

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. I was sent a copy of this Bible from B&H/Lifeway Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained in this post are my own.

Classic Hymns: Read and Reflect with the Classics [Review]

As we enter December and the Advent season, I know a lot of people are looking for devotionals and reading plans to use both in personal study and with their families. B&H Publishing was kind enough to send me a copy of the book “Classic Hymns: Read and Reflect with the Classics” to review and share my thoughts. I thought this would be a great opportunity to suggest a non-Christmas-themed devotional. You can order a copy for yourself on Amazon through my affiliate link here.

First of all, I love hardcover, cloth over board, books. The outside cover gives a feel of a classic, timeless title. I also liked that it wasn’t flashy or gimmicky, which is very appropriate for Hymns since they are a more traditional style of worship.

The book includes 90 traditional hymns, including several Christmas hymns at the end of the book. Each chapter is just a few short pages and includes the full text of the hymn, Bible study questions with a suggested passage to read, personal reflection questions, and a prayer suggestion/topic as promoted by the hymn. I would consider the text of this book to be more of a devotional, since it doesn’t really include historical information about the hymns themselves other than the songwriter(s) and the year it was written.

I really like the fact that you can choose how in-depth you want to go into studying the hymn and suggested Scripture passages. I think this would be a perfect devotional to use during Advent when time can be limited, and I’m looking for a thoughtful, but brief study.

I grew up going to baptist churches, where we often still used hymnals and “praise and worship” style songs projected onto a screen was just starting to emerge and gain popularity. So I have a fondness for hymns and enjoy any resources that take traditional hymns and bring them to a modern audience. I will say that I’m a little disappointed that there wasn’t more historical information included to give context, as well as maybe some small explanations of the phrases and theology of the hymns themselves for those who may not be familiar with the language of hymns. Overall I would recommend this book for both personal and family study for those who want explore hymns in relation to scripture. I am looking forward to exploring this book more and using it as a study tool with my Bible journaling.

You can order “Classic Hymns” on Amazon here.

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

Gratitude Documented Round-Up and Cyber Monday Sale

I wanted to share the journaling pages I did for Gratitude Documented. I didn’t journal all 30 days, and I wasn’t planning to, so I’m happy with the amount of time I was able to spend in thankfulness this month. I did a process video for one of my pages, so make sure to check it out here. (Psst, make sure you read to the end of this post for a Cyber Monday coupon code for Dayspring!)

I did my gratitude journaling in both my Inspire Praise Bible and my Documented Faith Binder. Not every page had a “fall” theme to the art, since an attitude of thankfulness should be something I try to have year-round. I also got to try out my new Documented Faith products that I received as part of my Blessed Friend ambassadorship. I think my favorite new item is the Bible sticky notes that are great for adding prayer journaling to the margin.

I have been loving my new Inspire Praise Bible as well. I tried to use a combo of blank margins and illustrated margins as I did my Gratitude journaling. I noticed that when I kept the entries simple or just colored, I was able to focus on the gratitude prompt a little more than on the pages where I was trying out some different techniques.

It’s been a lot of fun to see how different people interpret the same prompt in different ways in the margins of their Bible. That’s why I love being part of the Bible journaling community, because even though I’m mostly experiencing this community online, it still feels like a tight-knit group of people sharing their heart through their art. And that’s something to be thankful for.

In total, I journaled 10 pages in my Bible and 4 pages in my Documented Faith Binder for Gratitude documented. It was fun to have a bunch of supplies to choose from, but at times it was overwhelming to have all the different pieces. My plan for Advent is to keep it a little simpler when it comes to supplies, since I will be trying to journal every day in December. If you journaled for Gratitude Documented, how many entries were you able to finish? What was your favorite prompt? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.

You can grab the Gratitude kit here for the last few days of November, or pick up the Advent kit here to get a head start for December. For one day only, use code MONDAY17 to save 35% off your entire purchase at Dayspring here (excludes Willow Tree). Sale ends Monday 11/27 at 11:59pm. You can order the Inspire Praise Bible on Amazon here. And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to receive new blog posts right to your inbox!

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Tis the Season for Advent Journaling

The newest Advent devotional kit is here! Advent is my favorite time of year for Bible journaling, and this little kit is packed with an explosion of color as you explore the reason for the season. To watch my unboxing video of the Advent kit, click here. To purchase the Advent kit from Dayspring, click here, but make sure you read to the end of this post for a Black Friday coupon code!

The style of this kit is such a cute vintage handmade vibe. Plus add in some cute Christmas mugs washi tape, and you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. The biggest difference to the kit this month is that the 8 cards all include devotional material. I do wish that there had been more scripture references included with the kit, because the devotionals only include 4 verses. However there are so many other resources for Advent studies this time of year, so having a simpler kit is appealing to supplement other studies or for those who want a simpler study in the rush of the holidays and not feel pressured to journal every day.

I’m happy to see that the stamp set has more smaller stamps this month to give you more options for stamping cuteness onto your page. However as with past months, I just wish there was more variety. There are two stars and 4 bows, so I would have liked to see maybe a little tree or a little ornament. But the great thing about the Advent kit is that it coordinates with the entire line of Illustrated Faith Advent products on Dayspring, and there is a stand-alone Advent stamp set with more stamps that would be a great add-on to use with this kit. The die cut pieces are a mix of blank vintage style ornaments and a few ornaments with words on them. It would be so cute to use some of the icons from the stamp set to embellish the blank ornaments.

If you watched my unboxing video, you would have seen that the devotional cards are the perfect size to fit into a traveler’s notebook. I’ve decided that I wanted to work in a traveler’s notebook in December so that I would have room for writing as well as adding in other sources and studies as I work through this season. Illustrated Faith has several blank traveler’s notebooks that you can pick up here when you grab your kit. I’ve been having fun getting it set up in anticipation of December as well as using a bunch of fun pieces from my stash in addition to the Advent kit to decorate my notebook.

I can’t wait to share more of my journey through Advent journaling this year! Make sure to subscribe to my blog to receive updates on when new posts go live. Feel free to leave a comment below on how you will be journaling or studying for Advent, I’d love to hear from you!

You can pick up the Advent kit here. And don’t forget to use code FRIDAY17 to save 30% off your entire sitewide purchase on Dayspring now through Sunday, 11/26.

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Inspire Praise Bible [Review]

It seems like just yesterday I was writing my very first Bible review on this blog with the original Inspire Bible by Tyndale that released March 2016, and now here I am again reviewing the newest addition to the Inspire line, the Inspire Praise Bible, which releases December 5, 2017. You can preorder a copy of the Inspire Praise Bible with purple butterfly softcover from Amazon here. If you would like to see my flip-thru video of the Inspire Praise Bible, watch on my YouTube channel here

My biggest question when I heard that they were releasing an all-new Bible was will it have the same art or new art? Answer: all new art! And not only that, the Inspire Praise has new features as well. Here is the description from the publisher: “The new Inspire PRAISE Bible has even more beautiful line-art illustrations to color, with nearly 500 all-new full- and partial-page Scripture illustrations attractively displayed throughout the Bible! Bonus features of Inspire PRAISE include even thicker Bible paper; thirty-two colorful, transparent, praise-themed journaling pages to enhance your coloring and creative journaling journey through the Bible; plus, three sheets of PRAISE-themed stickers and a purple pocket in the back of the Bible for storing journaling embellishments. Leave traces of faith―and PRAISE―throughout the Bible for a treasure that will truly inspire! The lightly-ruled, two-inch-wide margins offer additional space to write notes and reflections or to draw and create. The 8.65-point font is larger than most full-size journaling Bibles, and the high-quality Bible paper makes it a great choice for creatively responding to God’s Word right on the pages of the Bible.”

NEW INSPIRE PRAISE BONUS FEATURES

  • Even thicker Bible paper
  • Warm white paper for increased readability and brighter, purer display of added color
  • 32 colorful and beautifully-designed see-through PRAISE journaling pages printed on high-quality tracing paper and placed throughout the Bible provide extra space for prayers, praises, or additional creative expression
  • 19 full-page Scripture line-art illustrations to color
  • Three 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ PRAISE-themed sticker sheets
  • One 5″ x 7″ purple pocket in the back of the Bible for storing Bible journaling embellishments

Tyndale listened to what journalers like, and this new Inspire Praise is a response to that. My favorite new feature of this Bible is the thicker pages. I was skeptical at first whether “thicker pages” would truly make any difference when it comes to using paints and wet mediums, and let me tell you that it does! Typically the pages of my original Inspire Bible get super wrinkled if I use watercolor of any kind. The wrinkles don’t bother me, per se, but they do make me hesitant to journal on the back of a page in which I used a wet medium since it’s so wrinkled. When I used watercolors for the first time in my Inspire Praise, I was shocked at how smooth the page stayed. There is still slight wrinkling, but it is a noticeable difference how much smoother the pages in the Praise remain. 

Thicker pages also means less bleed through and shadowing. The pages of the Inspire Praise Bible are still thin compared to watercolor paper or other art papers/journals, but so far I have been very pleased to see how well these pages are handling paint, watercolor pencil, stamping, and black ink pens. 

The style of the illustrations in the Inspire Praise are a bit more whimsical than the original Inspire, and I love them! I definitely think the new illustrations will appeal to younger girls wanting to get started Bible journaling, as well as women who want a bit less “formal” floral style of illustrations. 

The purple cover and endpapers are absolutely beautiful! I love the colors they chose this time. The partially-colored transparency pages sprinkled throughout are a fun new addition. Each one can be journaled on or left as-is (I may leave mine as-is because they are so pretty already), and highlights a verse of Praise. The page behind each transparency has a blank margin so as not to compete with the design on the transparency page. 

Another new feature of the Inspire Praise is the 4-page welcome message at the beginning of the Bible that invites the reader to praise God through the reading and coloring of this Bible. This would be a great place to start if you are new to Bible journaling and hesitant to get started, as there are beautiful illustrations alongside the welcome message. It would also be a good place to test out different mediums to see how they perform on the pages if you’re concerned about bleed through. 

On the back inside cover is a purple pocket containing 3 sticker sheets that you can color and add to your pages. These match the illustration style of the Inspire Praise. One of the sheets is blank tabs that you can color and/or write on and then fold over as you adhere them to the top or side of your page. The pocket can also be used to store a few smaller supplies that you might want to keep and carry along with your bible. 

I am very pleased with the new Inspire Praise Bible, and I would highly recommend it! This new Bible would make a great Christmas gift for both new and experienced bible journalers young and old. The release date has been pushed up to November 30 (originally set for release December 5), and Bibles have already started shipping! To order the Inspire Praise hardcover solid purple on Amazon, click here. To order the Inspire Praise softcover butterfly design, click here

Also, for those wondering if this comes in Large Print, the answer is not yet. Tyndale typically releases regular size versions of their bibles first and then as demand dictates, they add a large print edition. There will more than likely be a large print release sometime in mid-2018, but more specific details are unknown at this time. To order the original Inspire Bible blue hardcover in Large Print on Amazon, click here

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November Gratitude Kit Review + Prep

Since I’ve had a chance to play with the new Gratitude kit from Illustrated Faith that Dayspring sent to me, I wanted to share my review as well as some of the ways that I will be documenting my thankfulness next month. If you’re looking to get started with the Gratitude kit, you can order through my Dayspring affiliate link here. To watch my unboxing video, click here

When I first opened up the kit, I will admit that I was a bit disappointed. But as I started looking at all the supplies that Dayspring offers from their Gratitude Documented line of products, I realized that I don’t really think this kit is meant to be a stand-alone one. It coordinates perfectly with the Gratitude Documented Bible Journaling kit and other products in that line, so my thought is that they didn’t want to repeat anything already available in the ephemera, stickers, and stamps. Like I mentioned in my unboxing video, you can pick and choose what products you can add-on to the Gratitude kit. There are also some great autumn printables in the Print and Pray shop, including the free 30 day Gratitude verses prompt, available to download here. There’s is no devotional content in this kit, so having the free 30 verses is helpful. 

I’m grateful for lots of different variety this month, which allows me to pick and choose what I want to use (or pick all the things to use)! I know there’s a lot of anticipation for Gratitude Documented, so I thought I would share a few ways I’m going to be working through my kit, supplies, and verse prompts. There’s no right or wrong way to journal, and there are lots of great ideas from the Bible journaling community to provide inspiration. 

First of all, this is a very busy time of year for me as a small shop owner, on top of all the holiday stuff. In addition to being on the Illustrated Faith launch team, I’m also a Blessed Friends Ambassador for Documented Faith for the next 3 months. Add in the Inspire Praise Bible launch team I joined, and I’m juggling a lot of things. In order to keep myself from going crazy with all of these amazing opportunities, I decided the best thing to do was to simplify for the next two months until things die down. That means I will be only using my Inspire Praise Bible (review coming soon) and my Documented Faith binder. All the other things I’ve worked on previously will be put on hold so that I can really focus on just a few things at a time. And I think this is a great lesson for Gratitude Documented, that you can use what you have and what works for your busy schedule. 

I know there are lots of people who plan to journal daily for all 30 days of November, but I know for me that’s just too much. I do want to explore all the verses, even if I don’t plan to journal every single one, so my solution for that is to use the 30 day verse prompt as my Scripture writing for the next 6 weeks (2 weeks of October and 4 weeks of November). That means I’ll be writing out 5 verses per week in my Documented Faith binder.

The great thing about this binder is that the included inserts are great for scripture writing. There are blank monthly calendar view inserts that I could use for a quick daily thankfulness list. I know many people are creating booklets or travelers notebooks, but I tend to gravitate towards things that are more like a journal, like my Bible or a planner. 

I tend to do my scripture writing in one sitting, which will allow me to pull a few verses that I can journal further in my Bible. This page in the Inspire Praise Bible happened to have an illustration for the verse from the Gratitude prompt, so it was perfect to add some of my own embellishments to the blank margin on the opposite side. I used the square cross-hath geometric stamp from the Gratitude kit to Create the green marks all around the edges of the pages. It reminds me of leaves, but it’s much bigger and great for layering. 

Since the kit only came with 3 acorn tip-ins, I used the kraft mailer to create 4 more acorns. I won’t be making a little booklet or paper bag book this month, so this was a great way to use up the envelope, as well as to just use what I have. Because that is, after all, the point of Gratitude Documented: to be grateful for what you have and what God has blessed you with. It’s not about the supplies, however fun they may be, it’s about having a heart of thankfulness and using that to propel your worship to God. 

I hope that this post provides some inspiration for a few different ways to document your gratitude in November. To purchase the Gratitude kit, click here and use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping. To preorder the Inspire Praise Bible on Amazon, click here. To order the Documented Faith 365 Binder, click here

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. Dayspring sent me the Gratitude kit in exchange for my honest review. Adorn-It sent me the Documented Faith binder as part of my participation as a brand ambassador. All pictures and opinions in this post are my own.