The arrival of March usually signals spring, life waking up in nature after a long winter and the promise of new things. This time of year also brings the anticipation of Easter, the promised savior who came to die and rise again as the Rescuer come to save. As I reflect on all these wonderful things, I’m also reminded that new seasons of life are not always as happy and rosy as a new spring day. Right now my family is facing a new season that is both unfamiliar territory and a bit scary, and the path ahead is not clear, which makes the “All Things New” kit from Dayspring very timely for me.
The very first session starts with the passage in Isaiah talking about God making a new path for the Israelites through the Red Sea. I think I would have to say that this is one of my favorite metaphors in the Bible, because not only does it show the strength and wonder of God’s power, but it shows his care for his people to guide them in safety to where they needed to go. So many times I’ve found myself on new path, not knowing what God is doing, but learning to trust that he will protect me and guide me.
For my first entry using this kit, I wanted to focus on that overwhelming feeling of the floodwaters rising, but God being present on the midst of it, even when the new path isn’t clear. You can watch a process video of how I did this page here.
I really love all the different elements that were included with this kit and the structure of the 8 devotional cards as 8 sessions. There is a lot of written content to read through, scripture references to explore further, and questions to ponder. I like that the diamond shaped tip-ins are double-sided this time and provide more options for using them in my Bible. The stamp set has a bunch of nice smaller stamps that make it more versatile. And the washi tape is just the most adorable one so far this year!
For my second entry using Session 2 in Romans 12, I used the butterfly stamp to represent how God transforms me as a new creation in him. I love that the butterfly stamp came separated into 3 parts to make it easier to create a variety of butterflies. I colored in the stamp image on the page with Neocolors to mimic the look of the lettering in the kit. I cut the tip-in that coordinated with Romans 12:2 down to fit into my margin better and saved the triangle bits I cut off for another entry (see below).
For my Session 3 entry in Ruth 4:15, I knew I needed to create a triangle page. The triangle is a symbol of the trinity and the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit being one. The book of Ruth is about relationship between Ruth and Naomi, Ruth and Boaz, and Ruth and God, so this seemed very fitting to use the triangle stamps here. God is the restorer of relationships and life: he restores us, redeems us, and gives us new life. I used the cut off pieces from the two tip-ins to lay the foundation of my triangles and then added the stamps and some hand-drawn triangles to fill in the rest of the page. I used one of the arrow stickers to point to my focus verse on the opposite page, and used the word stickers to create my title for this page ” Wait. God at work…he restores life!”
I can’t wait to work through the rest of this kit as I work through some hard things right now and wait for God to continuing working in my life. If you are needing some encouragement and renewal, this is the perfect kit for you! Grab your own “All Things New” kit here, and use code IFSHIPSFREE for free domestic shipping.
Another great resource that was just released, and that I will be sharing as soon as I receive my copy, is the new “100 Days of Bible Promises” devotional journal by Shanna Noel (founder of Illustrated Faith). If you haven’t seen this yet, go look at the preview images on Dayspring here and preorder your copy! (Picture courtesy Dayspring)
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