She Reads Truth Bible [Review]

When I found out that B&H Publishing would be sending me the She Reads Truth Bible to review, I was ecstatic! I’ve had this Bible on my wishlist ever since it came out April this year, but I hadn’t been able to justify ordering another bible, even though I needed one to use for reading/studying purposes separate from journaling. Ever since it landed on my doorstep, I’ve been carrying it around everywhere (not hyperbole), and I’m so glad it’s finally in my hands. (You can order it from my Amazon affiliate link here).

Here is the description of the She Reads Truth Bible from the publisher: “The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of ‘Women in the Word of God every day.’ The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.” 

This Bible is done in the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation, which is the same as the HCSB but they have just recently dropped the H for Holman the name of the publisher. My husband introduced me to this translation, and it has quickly become my favorite, especially since it uses both word-for-word and thought-for-thought styles of translation. Here is the description of the CSB translation from the publishers: “The She Reads Truth Bible features the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) text. Translated by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible features an optimal blend of accuracy and readability that’s faithful for serious study, and written with heart-stirring clarity that inspires readers to live and share it.”

So now that I’ve told you what this Bible is, let’s talk about the included features inside. I received the gray linen hardcover, but there are several other colors and styles including an indexed version and an imitation leather softcover. This Bible includes two ribbon bookmarks, one red and one white. A genius idea, and they are spaced in two different spots to make it easier to mark your place depending on which part of the Bible you’re in. The supplemental material in the front includes an introduction, the gospel message, information about the CSB translation, and an explanation of key features. In the back there is a one year reading plan, a concordance, the Apostle’s Creed, and a list of key verses for each book of the Bible conveniently color coded based on genre.

Each book of the Bible begins with a key verse artwork piece, a one page explanation/historical background, a map, a timeline or a chart based on the content of the book, and a reading plan for the book that also gives supplemental verses for further reading. Spread throughout the text are 189 devotionals that expound on a particular section of scripture in order to direct your heart to God. These devotionals are written by the women of She Reads Truth, so I would consider them the highlight of this Bible (besides the Word itself) for anyone who has used She Reads Truth for personal study before. 

The format of the text itself leaves room in the margins for notetaking and art worship. However the pages are extremely thin, thinner than most journaling Bibles I’ve encountered, so I could imagine it might cause a lot of shadowing and bleed through. If that is something that concerns you, I would recommend using this Bible more for reading instead. I have found that my favorite Zebrite Bible highlighters do not bleed through the thin pages (they do shadow), and I will be using them to highlight meaningful verses. I have given an example in my reading and highlighting of Proverbs to show a block of text that I highlighted and what it looks like on the back side of the page. I did try to press lightly and not go over the same spot twice to keep the shadowing to a minimum and prevent bleed through. (You can purchase the Zebrite Bible highlighters here.)

I did also feel like the cover was a bit plain for my personal taste, but I am glad to see that they chose colors and covers that would appeal to a broad range of women. Many women’s Bibles tend to be overly flowery and feminine, so the She Reads Truth Bible took other tastes into consideration when creating the aesthetics. I did purchase a quilted “Purple Fancy” cover for mine, which you can find here on Amazon if that’s your style too. This cover fits this Bible great with just a little room to spare. 

Overall I am highly pleased with this Bible, and I am very confident in my recommendation of the She Reads Truth Bible. Whether you are new to the She Reads Truth community or a veteran, this Bible would be a great addition to any woman’s library. 

To purchase your own copy of the She Reads Truth Gray Linen Hardcover on Amazon, click here. For the Poppy Linen cover, click here. And for the Navy imitation leather softcover, click here

Please note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when you purchase through the link at no additional cost to you. I received a copy of the She Reads Truth Bible from B&H/Lifeway publishers in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions contained within are my own. All other products mentioned were not provided, but rather purchased on my own. 

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Word Nerd [Review]

 As soon as I heard the devotional kit for October was called #WordNerd I knew this would be very me. I’m a total Word Nerd: I love to read and write, I have a house full of books, I have a Bachelors in English Creative Writing and Poetry, I’m a self-professed grammar nerd, I wear glasses, I’m a nerd in so many other ways, and I love Jesus and studying his word! And that is truly what this kit is about: digging deeper into the Word. To see a full unboxing video of the Word Nerd kit, click here.

Not only will I be journaling in my Bible with all the cute pieces from this kit, but I decided to make a paper bag book for the devotional and journaling cards. You can see a tutorial and flip through video of my Word Nerd paper bag book here. It was so fun to grab a bunch of my favorite pieces from my scrapbooking days and add them to this book since I didn’t have to worry about the thickness. I used half the kit and each of the stamps at least once while making my book, and I still have pieces left over to use in my Bible. That just shows you how much is truly packed into these little kits. 

 I’m so happy to see that this kit included more verse options for studying and journaling than September’s kit. I’m really excited to dig in and read God’s word this month, because after all that’s what Bible journaling is about: connecting with God’s word and writing it on our hearts! You may notice that there are no heart shaped tip ins this month. Honestly I haven’t really missed them, mainly because I didn’t really use them as much as I thought I would in the previous months. But I just thought I would mention that they are omitted this month in case anyone was wondering. 

I will say that I wish the stamp set had included at least the cute little bow and drink cup like the die cut pieces included, instead of the phrase “the word lights the way,” just because I can’t really see myself using that specific stamp over and over again. I like stamp sets to be something I grab repeatedly, even after I’ve finished the devotional. I know for sure that I will use the girl silhouette over and over again, she is super cute!

The other great thing that I liked about Word Nerd is that it makes a great sequel to Created to Create 2. In fact, I’ve been using the two kits together both in my little book and in my Bible, since I hadn’t finished Created to Create 2 yet. The colors go together perfectly, and for me, writing and creating go hand-in-hand. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up Created to Create 2, grab it here.

Overall I would say that this kit really is probably my favorite so far this year. Because I love it so much, I decided to giveaway one Word Nerd kit over on my Instagram @kountingsheepbiblejournaling, so head over there for details on how to enter (giveaway runs from 10/2/17-10/6/17)! And if you can’t wait to get started like I was, pick up the Word Nerd kit here (don’t forget to use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping). If you end up making a paper bag book, tag me on Instagram I’d love to see it!

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my links, but there is no additional cost to you. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own. I purchased the giveaway Word Nerd kit on my own, so the giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram, Dayspring or Illustrated Faith. I did receive my Word Nerd kit from Dayspring in exchange for my honest review. 

New Word Nerd Devotional Kit + Freebies and More

The new Word Nerd devotional kit by Illustrated Faith from Dayspring is now available for sale. This cute kit includes 4 weeks of devotional content, 4 journaling cards, a stamp set, die cut pieces and a full roll of washi tape. To see my unboxing video of the entire kit, click here

If you’re a bookworm who loves Jesus, then this kit is for you! I’m so excited to work through this one, especially since I proudly wear my nerdy girl status! I wanted to do something a little different this month, so I made a paper bag book. I’ll be doing a tutorial and flip through video later this week as well as posting a blog post with more details. 

If you buy the kit before 9/29, you get to pick a free gift at checkout! Plus use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping. That’s an almost $40 value for only $20, so hurry and get your kit and freebie here

A bunch of new releases also landed on the Dayspring website today, including a new style of my favorite Organization bag. You can see a video of my Organization bag and all the supplies I can stuff in mine here. There’s also a new starter kit that contains the original Created to Create devotional and pieces, great for beginning Bible journalers! You can find all these goodies and more by shopping through my affiliate link here

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

How I’m Journaling: Gratitude Documented

Illustrated Faith and Dayspring have released three new collections this month: Faith > Fear, Gratitude Documented, and Advent. You can buy the items individually, or pick up the journaling kit that has an assortment of commonly used items for Bible journaling. Dayspring was kind enough to send me the Gratitude Documented journaling kit, and it is so cute! To see my unboxing video of the kit, the coordinating stamp set and other goodies, click here. (Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my links, but there is no additional cost to you.)

Instead of posting a “review” type post, I thought it would be fun to show you the two different ways I plan to use my Gratitude Documented supplies. This kit is seriously packed with so much stuff that I’ll definitely be able to use it over the next three months leading up to Thanksgiving. What better way to spend some reflection time while journaling during some of the busiest months of the year than to focus on prayers of thanksgiving? 

Even though this kit doesn’t have any devotional content, every single die cut piece has a verse on the back to prompt journaling. That means 39 pieces equals 39 verses of possible journaling. Not only that but the stamps (sold separately) can be used over and over again, which is the main reason why I had to buy the stamps to go with my new kit. It’s always tempting to hoard favorite pieces, waiting for just the right “page” or right “verse” or right “moment” to use it, at least it is for me. I would encourage you to use it up, just like I’m trying to do! Don’t be afraid to create because you might “mess up” your pretty pieces. Mistakes happen, messes happen, and some of my favorite or most memorable entries were happy accidents that I go back to over and over again. After all, once you use your favorite pieces, it’s not like they’re gone forever; they’re right there on the page for you to enjoy and remember what God taught you in that moment. 

So the first way that I will be using this kit is in my Bible. For my first page using the kit, I decided to jump in and use one of my favorite pieces: the “blessed” tree stump. I don’t know why, but I just thought it was the cutest. Luckily there’s also a stamp in the stamp set that has a similar stump without the words, and there is a sticker piece, so there will be other opportunities to use this design. 

This Bible is getting quite full and it took me awhile to find a die cut that had a verse I hadn’t journaled that page already. I eventually settled on the leaf that had Colossians 2:6-7 on it, which reads, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” That word “rooted” helped tie in my cute little tree stump with the words “blessed.” I find that when I am the most rooted in Christ is when I can appreciate my blessings the most, because He has truly blessed me beyond what I deserve, and it’s so easy to forget that. 

This particular page also happened to have some shadowing from messy paint on the other side, so it was a great opportunity to use a tip-in from the kit to mask that in the margin. I also got a chance to use my new Illustrated Faith acrylic paints, and I really liked how the pink paint came out the color as displayed on the tube: very bright and vibrant!

The second way that I’ll be using the Gratitude Documented kit and stamps is in my Faith planner. I just recently found an Illustrated Faith 2017-2018 planner on clearance at Hobby Lobby and couldn’t resist. I’ve been needing a more organized way to keep track of all my tasks that seem to be adding up as the holidays approach, and I’ve always loved keeping a physical planner instead of just using my phone calendar. Since I don’t really need all the weekly layout space for planning and lists, I’ve been using that section each week to write out verses from a weekly scripture challenge I’m using based on the topic of contentment. I felt like contentment and gratitude go together very well, so it was great timing to be using these verses with this kit. 

Each Sunday I’ve been trying to sit down and write out my weekly verses and then decorate the leftover white space. I like writing out all four verses at once and then decorating the spread in one sitting, so then I can flip back to it throughout the week and read over the verses. With two young children, it’s often hard to commit to a daily task of this kind during the busy week, because sometimes I just don’t get enough free time. But I always have a little bit more time on the weekend to write them out when my husband is off from work, and then I can always find a few minutes each day during the weekdays to reread my verses. I’ve only been doing this for two weeks now, but I’ve found that it helps me to have a better mindset to face the week. 

Illustrating in my planner also gives me an opportunity to use some of the bigger pieces that I may not want to use in my Bible. I knew that I probably wouldn’t use this “I am thankful for…” die cut in my Bible, but it filled up the bottom blank section of my planner page perfectly. I also plan to use some of the tip-ins with my planner as well, because I think some of the writing prompts will fit in better where I can have more space for writing than the margin of my Bible. 

So those are two of the ways I’ll be using my Gratitude Documented kit and stamps over the next few months. I definitely think these new collection kits are a great starter for newer Bible journalers, or for busy moms like me that just need some simple pieces to get you into the word throughout the week. If you are interested in picking up this new Gratitude Documented kit, click my affiliate link here to shop. For the stamp set, click here

Please note that this post contains affiliate links. This means I receive a small commission when you purchase through my links, but there is no additional cost to you. Dayspring sent me the Gratitude Documented kit in exchange for my honest review. All other products mentioned were purchased on my own. All opinions and pictures contained in this post are my own. 

Created to Create 2 Kit + Watercolors [Review]

I hope you had a relaxing Labor Day weekend! It’s time to jump back into the week with a new blog post. Today I’ll be reviewing the Created to Create 2 devotional kit and Illustrated Faith Watercolor set from Dayspring. You can see a full unboxing video here on my YouTube Channel, and purchase your own kit here (affiliate link).

When I heard that the kit for September would be a sequel to the original Created to Create kit, I knew it would be a good one! After I received my kit, I was pleasantly surprised to see the fun colors and inspiring content; it made me want to jump into my Bible right away. The September kit definitely spoke to my personal style more than the previous kit. I was also happy to see that the content was similar but not an exact repeat, especially for those like myself that already had the original Created to Create. 

Some of my favorite pieces in this month’s devotional kit would have to be the cute little scissors stamp, the die cut banner pieces, the giant word die cuts, and all the colorful stickers. I also love that this kit is an opportunity for me to explore this topic again and do different journaling entries. I worked through the original Created to Create kit when I was still figuring out my journaling style, and some of those entries didn’t turn out how I was hoping. So being able to journal through the sequel gives me an opportunity to try some different things this time. 

I will admit that my one criticism for the new Created to Create 2 kit is that the stamps and some of the die cuts are a bit heavy on the paint brush theme, and I wish there had been a bit more variety as to those pieces. I would have loved to see a watercolor set stamp or paint swipe stamp included. However I do have the original stamp set to supplement this kit, but for those who don’t have access to the original stamp set might be slightly disappointed. I still highly recommend this kit because there’s so much good stuff, the colors are super fun, and it’s such a great way to explore God our creator and how he has infused us with creativity. 

In addition to the Created to Create 2 kit, Dayspring also sent me the Illustrated Faith watercolor set to share with you and try out for myself. I have had my eye on this set ever since it came out, so I was thrilled to find out I would finally get a chance to have a set of my own. I love the portable size and the fact that it comes with a travel brush. This would be a great set to take on the go. 

These watercolors are artist quality, which means they are not chalky, they are smooth on the page when dry, and they don’t bleed through! All are common concerns from Bible journalers, so this would be a great set to add to your stash. The colors are vibrant, and of course match well with other Illustrated Faith pieces. Today, Tuesday September 5th is the last day to get this set for only $10, so go grab a set of your own here. I will be doing a process video with this watercolor set, so make sure you are subscribed to my YouTube Channel here.

Leave a comment below with how you plan to use the Created to Create 2 kit! Check back later this week for another post. Shop the last day of the End of Summer sale here and get great Illustrated Faith products at up to 70% off. 

Please note that post contains affiliate links. Dayspring provided me with the kit and watercolors in exchange for my honest review. All pictures and opinions are my own. 

Illustrated Faith Turns 3 + My Story [Giveaway]

Illustrated Faith turns 3 today! To celebrate this milestone, Dayspring is hosting a giveaway for one lucky winner to receive ALL 19 of the devotional kits that Illustrated Faith and Dayspring have done together. So yes, that means even the retired kits like the original Created to Create. For your chance to win, enter the giveaway here between now and September 5th.
img_2661-2I am so grateful for discovering this wonderful community of Bible Journaling! I started officially Bible Journaling on January 1, 2016 after a very difficult and painful church experience that had left me broken and distant. But God sought me and brought me back into his word so that he could heal my heart. Expressing my worship and prayers creatively through illustrating in my Bible has brought such a renewal to my crushed spirit and healed me in many ways. The community of creatives illustrating in their Bibles gave me a chance to interact with other Christians again without worry of being hurt again.

I’ve also never shared so much of my faith before publicly, and I love that my illustrated Bible pages have given me that opportunity! I’ve had the opportunity to lead a Bible journaling night with my friends, and this month I’ll be starting a monthly gathering at my home to share Bible journaling with friends on an ongoing basis. I’ve also just recently become a Dayspring affiliate and part of the Illustrated Faith launch team, which means I get to share products that I already use and love!

I can’t wait to see where Illustrated Faith will take me in the years ahead, but I know one thing: God is faithful and he never leaves me.  He has created me to be passionate about creativity! I’d love to hear your story of how you got started Bible journaling, so feel free to share in a comment below! If you want to get started Bible journaling for the first time, feel free to ask me questions in a comment. Here are some tips from Illustrated Faith for getting started:

Don’t forget you also have until September 5th to shop the big Illustrated Faith sale here. And grab the New Created to Create 2 kit here.

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Created to Create 2 Is Here!

The sequel to one of Illustrated Faith’s most popular kit, Created to Create, is now here! This fun kit just released today, and it is so cute! Created to Create 2 will help you unleash your God-given creativity as you illustrate in your Bible with all the cute embellishments. You can grab one of your own here and use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping. 

Don’t forget to shop the big Illustrated Faith sale, and pick up some extra goodies to go along with your kit at a discounted price! Watercolor and acrylic paint sets are only $10 each (originally $30)! Items as low as $1, so don’t forget to add a few extras to your shopping cart here

I will have an unboxing video of the new Created to Create 2 kit later this week, so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel here

Please note post contains affiliate links. This just means I receive a small commission off purchases made through the links at no additional cost to you. Pictures courtesy of Dayspring.

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket [Free Pattern]

In celebration of Harry Potter’s birthday today, I decided to reread all the books while working on a special scrap blanket. I’m calling this the Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, because I can imagine Hermione stitching away on all her scrap yarn (with her magic knitting needles [or crochet hook in this case] of course) while reading a good book.

This pattern is slightly different from my Straight Granny Blanket Pattern, because I wanted something with a tighter weave. Because I have not actually finished my blanket yet, this pattern will be a work in progress. I’ll continue to add to it when I get to the border, and might offer it as a free PDF download once it’s finished. My main reason for posting this pattern is because I wanted to make this blanket with a larger hook size. I’m not claiming to be the first person to ever come up with this, I’m just wanting to offer my version of how I’m making this blanket, and I hope you find it helpful!

If you would like to make your own Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket, feel free to use the hashtag #hermionegrannystripe on Instagram and tag me @kountingsheep because I’d love to see what you come up with! So with a big Happy Birthday to Harry, let’s get this blanket party started!

Hermione Granny Stripe Blanket

Size J crochet hook (6mm)

Worsted weight yarn scraps (examples include Vanna’s Choice, I Love This Yarn, Red Heart Soft, Caron One Pound)

Scissors, tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: not essential for this project

Note: I am using each color for two rows. If I end up running out of a color mid-row, I’ll just switch to a new color. I’m also just sort of grabbing colors randomly when it’s time to change colors.

With first color, Ch 155. Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. 154 sc.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), 1 dc in same stitch, *skip next 2 sts, 3 dc in next st (known as 3dc group here and throughout). Repeat from * across to last 3 sts. Skip next 2 sts, 2 dc in last st, changing colors in last dc. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Row 3: With new color, ch 3. Skip next st, and working between the skipped st and the 3dc group, 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last two sts. Skip next st, dc in last st. Turn. 51 3dc groups.

Row 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in between the first st of the previous row and the first 3dc group. Work a 3dc group between each 3dc group of the previous row across to the last 4 sts. Skip next 3dc group, 1 dc in between the last two st. Dc in last st, changing colors to new color. Turn. 50 3dc groups.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until Blanket reaches desired length. [my finished measurements coming soon] Fasten off. Weave in all the millions of ends (or work them in as you go, which is my preferred method. It means more work as you crochet, but then all the ends are taken care of when you’re done).

Border: [instructions coming soon]

For a video tutorial on how to crochet this pattern, watch this video on my YouTube channel.

See more of my patterns in my shop and on Ravelry!

Persevere Devotional Kit [Review]

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about the changes to the Illustrated Faith monthly kit, Persevere. When I received my kit in the mail, I wasn’t exactly sure where to start. I looked over each piece and read through the devotional cards. As someone who likes structure, it was a bit daunting to not have the devotional booklet anymore. Today I actually had a chance to sit down and journal using the kit, and I had my “aha” moment for how I’m going to use it. I have to say that I think this new kit is really going to appeal to my personal style of journaling and give me the freedom to pursue other studies throughout the month in addition to working through the Persevere Kit. It took me a long time to create my first page in my Bible and my journal using Persevere, but now that I’ve done one day, I’m ready to share my review, as well as some ideas for how I will be working through it. I am finding myself gaining more and more excitement about the new format of the Persevere Kit, and I hope you will join me! Click here to purchase your own kit, and continue reading more below.

First, I want to give you an idea for the content inside the kit. You can also watch my unboxing video here on my YouTube channel to see more. The things that remain the same in the kit are: a full roll of washi tape, a welcome note card from Shanna Noel, and a stamp set. The stamps are a smaller 3×4 size, but still have plenty of variety for journaling. The things that are new: die cuts that are already cut for you, heart shaped tip-ins, journaling/devotional cards, thinner stickers, and a smaller string-tie envelope.

4 cardstock devotional cards and 4 cardstock journaling cards replace the 14-day devotional booklet of the past kits. Although I like having the structure of a guided study guide, I personally struggled with sustaining momentum for all 14 days. I was also torn about what to do with the notebooks once I was finished with them, because I normally keep just one big journal, and having a bunch of little journals made me feel disorganized.

I like to use a blank journal in addition to my journaling Bible, and I don’t really like having too many different notebooks/journals/bibles to keep track of. Now with the journaling cards, I have the freedom to use whatever journal I prefer. I think this will appeal to many people who, like me, prefer a certain type of journal/notebook/binder/planner/bible. You can just add the cards to your favorite journal, rather than using a journal provided for you.
I’m really in love with the floral designs of the stamps and scattered throughout the kit, as well as the gold foil accents everywhere. The quality of the products is amazing considering it’s only $20 for the whole thing! A lower price point is definitely very appealing to me, since we live on a tight budget and the old price point was often out of reach for me to participate monthly.

I’ve grown really fond of ways to make Bible journaling a bit easier and faster since I often have to squeeze my time in during naptime or after my babies go to bed, so having lots of paper pieces already cut for me is so great. There is a generous amount of die cuts included that match the style of the kit. I especially like that there are extra verse references on some of the smaller die cuts to also encourage more journaling ideas.

Another way to make journaling a bit easier is lots of stickers! They are all so pretty that I had a hard time using a few in my first day of journaling, because I want to make them last. I like that there are more tab options and they are also bigger than the previous kit’s cardstock sticker tabs. I also like that most of these stickers are fairly small, so that means a lot more to go around.

As I mentioned above, I finally had my aha moment of how I’m going to use the Persevere kit. The great thing about it is, you can use the kit in your own unique way, and I’ve already seen some great ideas from others! My plan is to use 1 devotional card and 1 journaling card per week, so 2 journaling entries per week for a total of 8 entries in the month. I usually start to wane after about 7 or 8 days in past devotionals, so I thought this was a good plan for me. I will also be using the cards in my blank journal as a way to write out some more lengthy prayers than I would typically put in my bible as well as do some scripture writing based on the verses provided. I then will use the other embellishments and stamps to journal the verse on the card in my Bible. If the card doesn’t have a verse, then that’s where the verses on the paper pieces can come in.

I’m really excited to journal through this kit now that I’ve had time to process the change and think through how I’m going to use the pieces to fit my personal style. There’s not just one right way to use the Persevere kit, and I love that the redesign seems to have allowed for more room for creativity and individuality while still working through it together as a community. To purchase your own Persevere kit, click here. I will be doing at least one process video, so make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel here. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I would be happy to answer them!

Please note post contains affiliate links. I receive a small commission for sharing products I love to use at no additional cost to you when you purchase through the link. I was given a Persevere kit from Dayspring in exchange for my honest review. 

“I Am” Devotional Kit [Review]

img_1469.jpgThanks to the generosity of Dayspring, I was sent the July Illistrated Faith devotional kit “I Am” to review and showcase as I work through it over the next month. This was my first new kit for 2017, so I was thrilled to see how floral and feminine it was, two things that appeal to me. The pictures do not do this kit justice; it’s even prettier in person. If you would like to see an unboxing video I did, click here to see it on my YouTube channel.

The devotional was written by Melissa Garcia of @pienthesky on Instagram. She is known for her acrylic flowers and beautiful hand-lettering, so the whole design of this set reflects that. But more than that, she has written a 14-day devotional that guides me to dig deeper into who I Am in Christ. I’ve only had a chance to read the first day, but I’m already enjoying her writing style and the prompts that encourage me to reflect.

The first day spoke about being Fearless, which was so timely for me as I have been facing a lot of fears lately. And the great thing about these devotionals is that they aren’t dated, so you can go through this booklet at any time, at any pace. I have a hard time keeping on track with dated reading plans, so this is perfect for people like me.

My favorite part of the kits is always the stamp set, and I have yet to have a floral set, so this was perfect to add to my stash. I don’t have a lot of time to do freehand drawing the way I used to a year ago when I first started Bible journaling, so I’m always looking for stamp sets that appeal to my style. It’s much faster to lay down some paint and stamp over it, especially when I have an active toddler and young infant vying for my attention. But spending time in my Bible is a priority to me, and using the Illustrated Faith devotional kits helps me stay motivated to do just that.

The next part that I really enjoy about this kit is the stickers. I’m so happy that the kits now include alphabet stickers and more embellishments than just the backer card, because it gives me more opportunities to create cohesive entries without too much work. It’s always fun to add extra items from my stash, but it’s nice to have double the options from within the kit itself.

The zipper bag is another new addition this year, and it is so handy! I like to keep all my supplies together while I’m working through the devotional, so the bag helps to accomplish that. It’s the perfect size to fit everything plus a few extras, especially for those that don’t have a travelers notebook to hold the inserts (like me). I’m all about organization and this bag helps with that. And let’s take a minute to admire the washi tape: whoa! I like to add the themed washi tape to each of my Bible entries as well as the devotional itself, and the washi rolls that come with the kits are always a generous amount. The mini floral print on this washi tape is very pretty and includes multiple colors from the theme, so it will look great on every page I create.

Last but not least are the backer card embellishments, margin journaling cards and magnetic bookmark. There are just so many options for illustrating with this kit, and each piece is carefully thought out and designed to enhance the devotional booklet. The ultimate goal of this kit is to “dig deeper” into the Word and who “I Am” in Christ, and I can’t wait to see how God works in me over the next month.

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Please note that I received this kit from Dayspring in exchange for my honest review. I only review products that I truly enjoy and use. Thank you to Dayspring for sending me this kit.