Water [melons]

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. –Proverbs 11:25


God is so clear sometimes. I am so stupid sometimes.

In the last weeks, God has repeatedly shown me a theme which I chose to ignore: giving. He has shouted to me that His way is not selfish. He has called me to give up everything I hold dear and precious and he will give it and  more back to me.

It. is. hard. I love the things that are mineMy time. My church. My friends. And I don’t prefer to share them with anyone. Mine mine mine mine mine. I feel like the seagulls from Finding Nemo.

However, God has so graciously let me see the results of a couple of the areas that I’ve given to him. And let me tell you: it is amazing.

Tony Evans put it this way: Give to receive to give again. It’s a cycle. You never end with the receiving.


Guilty Blessings

Have you ever felt guilty for your blessings?

No? Let me explain.

I have a good life. A REALLY good life. I get free college tuition, my parents are great, I don’t struggle with depression, I have no life altering illness, my family is healthy, I’ve never lost a loved one or even a pet…the list goes on.

I love my life. Sure I struggle with day-to-day frustrations, but nothing like what I’ve seen so many people struggle with recently.

And for all my beautiful things, I feel guilty. Why me, God? WHY. ME.

I think I’m waiting for the ball to drop, half of me feeling like I deserve it and half of me praying that it never does. I keep thinking that maybe I’m getting all the good stuff now because I’m headed for a lifetime of the exact opposite.

All of this stems from this unsolved dilemma in my mind: Why do some people get to be nicely settled with the American Dream while others are suffering and never catch a break? How does God decide who gets which? And is one more “honorable” than the other? Isn’t all the suffering supposed to “even out” somehow?

I still don’t have answers. But I know that my God does not play games. I have to remember that. He will do what is best for me.

God is not Karma.



my cup overflows


Brighten Your Bible: Hosea


An incredible picture of my daily rebellion against God.

Can you imagine being that man? Being told by God, “Hey go marry a prostitute. Oh, and by the way, she’ll become a whore again several times after you get married. But do it. Because my people need this physical representation to knock some sense into them.”

Reading this book is almost like watching a really sad chick flick where the popular girl rejects the sweet nerdy guy. Except that we are not popular. And God gave us, you know, the entire world. So he’s not desperate.

I know I know–but it’s the best analogy I could come up with because HE’S GOD. No human romance really fits this story perfectly.

But although God may not line up perfectly with the analogy, our bratty, prideful, inconsiderate selves certainly do.

You can look through my scribbles and doodles down below (see this post for info on my method), but I want to point out one thing to you from chapter 3:

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by a lover and is committing adultery, just like the love of the Lord for the children of Israel, who look to other gods and love the raisin cakes of the pagans.’ So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver, and one and one-half homers of barley…” Hosea 3:1-2

Now get this: Hosea had to pay for something he already had.

Sound familiar? God, who doesn’t just own us, but who sustains us with His very breath, had to buy us again for the very highest price. Worst business deal in history.

I encourage you to at least do a quick read through this book. It’s becoming one of my favorites. 🙂 I also highly recommend watching this quick 7-minute sermon.



Brighten Your Bible Study

At the beginning of the summer, I found myself looking for a way to combine Bible journaling with intense Bible study.

Well, I found it! Jordan Lee’s Brighten Your Bible Study. I could explain it to you, but she does such a good job that you might as well read her own words: http://thesoulscripts.com/blog/brightenyourbiblestudy

Next, you might want to do a quick Instagram search of #brightenyourbiblestudy

Go ahead. I’ll wait. 🙂

Ok, so now you know what it is and you may even be inspired! Anyway, this is what I’ve started doing and I absolutely love it!

So when you see “Brighten Your Bible” in the title of a blog post, this is the general method I used! I hope you enjoy!



But If Not

“O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” –Daniel 3:16-18

Wow. But. If. Not. This passage resonates with me because it reflects my prayers. It shows both confidence in God’s power and a yielding to His plan.

I created this layout after listening to a sermon on Daniel 3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego’s actions caused Nebuchadnezzar to have a change of heart. The preacher put Neb’s reaction this way, “If Jesus is worth dying for, then maybe he’s worth living for.

As far as the artistic process for this page goes, I cut some of the Project Life textured cards, jotted down some notes from the sermon, and taped one edge onto the inside margin to create a flap!




  • Washi tape
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush PITT artist pen [black]
  • Micron 01 and 03 pen
  • Project Life 3 x 4 textured cards [Honey Edition]