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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Overcoming Doubt {+ A Look at the New Season Of CNN's Finding Jesus:Faith, Fact Forgery & LifeWay Giveaway}

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That's not something we really want to talk about as Christians is it? After all, we have this idea that if our faith is strong, there leaves no room for doubt! When we admit that we have doubts, does that mean that we are not good Christians?

Let's take a look at the definition of doubt, which states doubt is, ' a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction' or to 'feel uncertain about, fear; be afraid of.'. Now, I don't know about you, but I consider myself to be a strong Christian, a person with a lot of faith... but can I say I've never had my doubts? No, I cannot. I've never doubted the existence of God, that I've always been certain of. But other scriptures that I know by heart and truly do believe, sometimes in the midst of hard times it's hard to fully embrace them.

One of my very favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

I know these words by heart, and often find myself repeating them over and over when things are not going according to my plans. And in my life, that has happened often. Even having seen that this is true in my own life, seeing good come from less than ideal situations... when I'm mid crisis, it's hard to believe it. When your health is failing, when a loved one dies unexpectedly, when your spouse loses their job...where is the GOOD in that? How is this God's plan for my life?


It may be fleeting, but it's there... that fear, that unknowing. I think if we were all to be completely open and honest with ourselves, we have all experienced those moments at points in our lives. Even Thomas, one of the 12 disciples, was known for having his doubts as we read about in John 20: 24-29-

 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Doubt in and of itself does not make us a bad Christian... it simply makes us human. It is what we do with that doubt that can either separate us in our relationship with God, or strengthen it. For me, I use those moments to bring my relationship strength. I pray about it. I dig deeper into the Word- I look at the story of Thomas, I look at other scriptures relevant to my struggles. I am a stronger Christian because of my doubts, because they have forced me to dig deeper.

Want to dig even deeper into the story of 'Doubting Thomas', you are going to check out the upcoming new season of CNN's Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery:

In case you didn’t get an opportunity to check-out the first season of this hit series, Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery captivated audiences as well-known Pastors, theologians, and archaeologists, examined famous religious artifacts, and brought to life the places, pilgrimage sites, and people from the Bible and ancient world. 

This season, one of our episodes focuses on Jesus’ disciple Thomas – or you may have heard of him as “doubting Thomas.”  But there is so much more to his life story.  His journey to overcome his doubts and fears, and to redeem himself by spreading the Gospel and message of love to a faraway place is an inspiration!  It’s also something we can all relate to - as each one of us at one point in our lives have had to struggle and overcome our own doubt and fears in order to fulfill a great challenge in our lives, or even during our faith journey.

The second season premiers Sunday, March 5th, and I for one am looking forward to experiencing it for myself! Will you be watching?

To celebrate the second season, one very lucky reader is going to have a chance to win a $25 LifeWay gift code! Use it towards a new Bible or devotional, some journaling supplies or to fill your Easter baskets this year! Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:

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Winner will be contacted via e-mail after giveaway ends, and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. One entry per household, winning entry will be verified. Odds of winning depend on valid entries received. A Modern Day Fairy Tale is not responsible for prize delivery.

Don't forget: Season 2 of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact Forgery premieres Sunday, March 5 at 9 PM ET/PT on CNN.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Journaling Joy {A Look at the NEW Delight in His Day Collection from Illustrated Faith & Dayspring} #Dayspring #IllustratedFaith

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So I recommend having fun, because there is nothing better for people in this world than to eat, drink, and enjoy life. That way they will experience some happiness along with all the hard work God gives them under the sun.- Ecclesiastes 8:15

Have fun? Hmmm...  that's not something a lot of people think about when it comes to the Bible and being a Christian is it? No, many people look at the Bible as a rule book. Christians can't have fun, they have to follow all the rules. The Bible says Though Shalt Not, not Though Shall, right?

I'm not sure where this misconception comes from, but when I read through my Bible, that's not what I see. I see: Joy! Hope! Peace! Proverbs is full of words on living a joyful life, such as Proverbs 17:22, ' A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.'  John 16:24 tells us, 'Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full!'. Earlier in John 10:10, we read, 'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.'

It certainly doesn't sound to me like words from a God who wants us to not have fun. He doesn't want us to sit idly in a church, listening to rules, but to enjoy our lives as Christians. How are we to be lights in this world, if people see us as sticks in the mud? Looking back at my childhood and teenage years, some of my greatest memories are those of going to church camp. We were in church services 3 times a day, we were constantly praying, and their was most certainly a focus on God throughout each and every day. But we were also having a BLAST! We were doing our usual camp activities like the zip line, the rock wall, swimming. We played tricks on one another. There were people eating bugs (why!?). There were funny videos. There was silliness. We would laugh until someone snorted and then we'd laugh even harder. I don't know that I have ever experienced such a joy as I have in those days. It was not in spite of the fact that it was a Christian camp, but because of it. We knew where true joy came from and what it was to live life abundantly. When we sang in those worship serves, we did not stand still, we expressed our joy through dance.

I think sometimes in the business and often stressful moments of our adult lives, we can lose sight of that. In the midst of my journaling through the Old Testament, I decided to take a little break after Leviticus and do some JOY journaling using one of the wonderful new collections from Illustrated Faith, Delight in His Day:

Oh what a fun collection this is! Talk about joy! This kit is fun, it's summer, it's memories, it's yummy! It's bold and colorful! Fun, fun, fun! Just take a look at some of the amazing pieces from this new collection:

Not quite your style? This is just one of the new collections! Seeds of Faith is ideal for spring, with adorable birds and softer colors! Basics is perfect for...well, everyone! Definitely at the top of my own personal wishlist! There are also new hexie and mini hexi stickers, puffy crosses, new washis, and so much more! Over 100+ new Illustrated Faith items have just been released! Head on over and see it all!

And don't forget to use the code 25FORYOU to save 25% off, plus free shipping! No minimum purchase required!

Have you checked out all the new products from Illustrated Faith at Dayspring? Which are on your wishlist?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Switch to Fresh Step® Cat Litter Compact Packs {+ A Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Fresh Step® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share Fresh Step but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Fresh Step is not responsible for the content of this article.

A few months ago, when a sweet little cat-now called Stella- showed up in front of my house and immediately impacted my son's life, it was a no brainer that we must go through the process of having her registered as an emotional support animal so that he could keep her. The decision was easy- their bond made it for us.

But, that didn't mean the transition into pet owners was altogether easy. There was a lot to learn, and a lot of questions to figure out. What kind of foods would we feed her? How hard would litter box training be- and where would the litter box go? Where would she sleep? What kind of toys would she need? Lots of questions, but perhaps none as pressing as- Where were we going to put it all!?

To be entirely honest, our house is not that large. Or more specifically, it lacks storage. We have no storage closets, no pantry, no bathroom storage...I am constantly having to move things around and get creative to find places to put things away! After our first trip to the pet store to stock up on cat supplies, I couldn't help but wonder, "What have I gotten myself into!?"

We kept it simple with toys and a small cat tree. Canned food took up minimal room for a few weeks' supply. And sleeping? Well, we quickly learned she didn't need anything special. But the cat litter? Now that proved to be the challenge. If you've shopped for cat litter, you know that it can be rather bulky. Logic might say to just buy the smaller bag, but for a cat owner- litter is like toilet paper. You do not want to run out! A bigger bag is better. But where are you supposed to put them? And for those petite cat owners like myself, how are we supposed to pour it!? There had to be a better option, right?

Now with Fresh Step® Cat Litter Compact Packs, there is:

The Fresh Step Compact Packs features the equivalent of a 34 or 38 lb. box packaged in four smaller packs designed to make the litter experience more convenient. The Fresh Step Compact Packs are better designed to store in and around the home, and easier to pour into the litter box. It’s perfect for homes with multiple cats (and multiple litter boxes), not to mention easier to store for apartment dwellers and those without a lot of space.

These will not be available at retailers until next month, March 2017, but I was able to test them out in advance. To say it was love would be an understatement. Today, I'm sharing the top 5 reasons you should make the switch:

  1. Saves Storage Space. First and foremost, the obvious. We all love the convenience and often savings that come with buying the larger cat litter bags, but when space is limited that can be an issue. The Fresh Step Compact Packs offer the best of both. You still get more litter, but in convenient smaller packs that are easy to store wherever you can find the room. Stash one here, stash one there... it's a lot easier to find a few places to store smaller bags than one place to store that huge bag. I love that I have options that will work for me, even with my lack of storage. This is ideal for any cat owner with limited space. And even if you DO have the extra space, it's always a great idea to use it wisely, right?
  2. Easy to Carry & Pour. Again, I'm petite and carrying a bag of litter throughout the house to each litter box can be quite the pain. And actually pouring? Well, I have yet to do so once without  ending up with at least a minor spill. Again, these smaller packs are easy to handle. Store one near each litter box if you can, but if that's not an option these smaller packages are much easier to manage. It could even be a great option in getting the kids to help care for their own pets! 
  3. Great For Travel. In our family, we travel several times throughout the year to visit family. Now that Stella has joined the family, she has joined in on the travel. If you've traveled with children, you know that they require a lot of stuff themselves...adding a cat onto that? Oh boy! Typical litter bags take up room we just don't have! These truly are perfect to squeeze in among the luggage! 
  4. It Works. Convenience means nothing if it doesn't work too, but this product does! Fresh Step is a trusted brand in cat litter among pet owners because it works. These compact packs offer the same high quality, reliable cat litter we've come to expect from Fresh Step, in a much more convenient package. The new Fresh Step Compact Packs are available in three formulations: Fresh Step with Febreze Odor Shield, Fresh Step with Febreze Multi-Cat or Fresh Step with Febreze Extreme.
  5. Earn Rewards. With the Fresh Step Paw Points Rewards Program, every purchase helps you to earn points that can be redeemed for free Fresh Step litter, coupons, and toys. It even gives you the option to give back by donating points to your local shelter. You can also download the new Paw Points Rewards app by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play to earn 50 points.

Ready to make the switch? Fresh Step Compact Packs will be available in March 2017 at Walmart, Target and your favorite grocery store. Look for Fresh Step Compact Packs at your favorite retailer. 

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Organize Your Journaling Supplies with These Simple Tips {+ New Products from Illustrated Faith & Dayspring} #Dayspring #IllustratedFaith

**I received these products as part of the Dayspring Illustrated Faith Launch Team. Post contains affiliate links. All thoughts are 100% my own.

"An hour, I found one hour!" As a mom to two little ones, my time for journaling is often...well, hit and miss! I have to find time wherever I can, so when I find time to actually get a page done, I have to make the most of it. When time and inspiration line up, I just need to sit down and do it while I can.

But where did all my supplies wind up? I know just what I need, but WHERE is it!?

I must admit, that until recently, this is how many of my journaling sessions went. I would finally find the time, but with so many supplies to sort and no sense of organization at all, I'd spend most of that time trying to round up everything I needed. What was supposed to be a fun stress release for me on some days had become a bit overwhelming. You see, over the nearly year and a half that I have been journaling my supply collection has grown from just a few pens and colored pencils to a huge assortment of journaling supplies- stickers, washi, more pens, gelatos... you name it! While I love having all of these options at my disposal to make each page fun and unique, I knew I needed some sense or organization to make it work. It took some time, but I think I've finally figured out a system that works for me. Today, I wanted to share some of these tips with you so that you can get back to journaling too:

  • Zipper Pouches are a MUST! One of my favorite tools for organizing are zipper pouches. They come in a variety of sizes to best fit your organizing needs, and can be quickly tossed into your bag for journaling on the go. 
  • Keep It Separate! When you have a wide variety of supplies, separating by type can be really beneficial. This is where those zipper pouches come in handy. I have one with stickers, one with die cuts, one with paper clips, etc. If I know I have a die cut that would be perfect for a page that I am working on, I love not having to sort through stickers and clips to find the die cuts. 
  • BUT Keep Your Most Used Supplies Together. Though most everything I have is separated by type, there are some supplies, those I use most often, that I keep together separate from the other like supplies. This could be pens, glue stick, alpha stickers, scissors, a particular paint color or washi... whatever you feel like you want the easiest access to! For me, my most used supplies are Illustrated Faith, so I actually have those separated from the rest of my supplies, then further organized by type among them. Still all are kept in a central location so they can be easily grabbed as needed.
  • Plan Ahead. Sometimes, I get this great idea for a Bible page as I'm listening to music or reading, even just working around the house... but I don't have time to actually journal in that moment. Still, it can be helpful to set aside those things I do need when the idea comes so that when I make time to journal, it's already ready. Likewise, if I am working through a devotional (such as the Illustrated Faith monthly devotionals), I will keep things I need for those together so I just have to grab bits and pieces from elsewhere. Once I finish, they go back to their rightful place.

It really is such a simple system, but it has worked well for me in helping to make my journaling time as productive as possible. Today, I'm super excited to share with you two great new products from Illustrated Faith and Dayspring that will help: the Kangaroo Pouch and Organization Bag.

One of the reasons that this zipper pouch system works so well for me personally, is that while I have my craft table where my supplies are stored, primarily I actually journal elsewhere. I can be found on the couch, sitting at the kitchen table, joining my kids on the floor, journaling while they color with me. Very rarely am I actually AT my craft table. That makes these two products perfect for my personal journaling needs.

First up, the Kangaroo Pouch. Like I said, I already love and use a zipper pouch system, so it is no wonder that I would like this one. But what sets this apart is the fantastic elastic band that allows you to wrap the pouch around your Bible. This is great for those most used products, or for keeping supplies for the project you are currently working on, so when you don't need your full bag of supplies, you can use this! Again for someone who is on the move while journaling, this is ideal. And even when I don't want to put it on my Bible, the strap makes it easier to manage, just throw it on my arm and go!

Next up, the product I am most excited about- the Organization Bag! First and foremost, this bag is gorgeous! I love the fun design featured on both products, but I particularly love the verse. The first thing you see when you walk up to my house is a sign featuring just that sentiment. My makeup bags, jewelry rack, and mirror...all also featuring Ecclesiastes 3:11. It is one of my personal favorites, and so I loved to see it featured. But aside from that, the bag is also very practical. On the outside, you will find a pocket on each side. These are not especially wide, but perfectly hold a paper pad, or several sheets of stickers, or even a devotional. Inside is even more space! When you've been journaling awhile, your Bible tends to double in size it seems! Mine certainly has, but I still had plenty of room left for supplies. Even when using my much larger Interleaved Bible, there was still space. (You can watch my video here to see just how much I was able to fit...with still more room.) The mesh pockets are perfect for smaller items like scissors, paints, washis... easily accessible and you can see just what you're getting. There is also a larger interior pocket that is the perfect size for stickers, devotionals paper pads, etc. This is deeper than the outside pockets so you can fit much more! And again, back to my own zipper pouch obsession, I love that this includes two different pouches, that coordinate perfectly and are just the right sizes for everything I need.

Whether you are journaling on the go or just want to better keep organized at home, these new products are ideal.

And these are just a few of the new products available today through Dayspring. In fact, they have just launched over 100 new Illustrated Faith goodies! Wow! New collections, new products... you do NOT want to miss any of this! I will be sharing more throughout the week, but don't wait! Head on over to check it all out now!

Don't forget to use the code 25FORYOU to save 25% off your purchase + free shipping. There is no minimum purchase so whether you want to stock up, or just grab a few new pieces, this is a great deal! Offer expires March 31, 2017. 

Do you have a system for Bible journaling organization? How can these new products make journaling easier for you? 

Friday, February 17, 2017

NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible {An Easter Gift Guide Review}

**Book received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.

Yesterday, we started off my first ever Easter gift guide with a fun new Bible that was perfect for children- boys and girls- around the ages of 6-10. But what about the younger kiddos?

As I mentioned, my son and I are both collectors of Bibles, and this is something that my daughter has seen. So, though she is only 3 years old and not able to read on her own, it truly came as no surprise to me that she asked for a Bible of her own. Not a story book bible as she already had, but a true 'big girl' Bible. When I saw the NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible I knew that it would be a great fit for her:

Young children will delight in the pages of NKJV Precious Prayers, a Precious Moments® Bible. Full of the beloved Precious Moments® artwork and dozens of pages of full-color bonus material, this classic Bible will be a family treasure for years to come.

Written in the trustworthy New King James Version, this full-text Bible includes a special eight-page personalization area to record each child’s very own precious moments and events. Sixty-four color pages of classic children’s prayers are spread throughout NKJV Precious Moments® Precious Prayers, including themes of thanks, prayers of praise, prayers for school, for mealtime, for bedtime, for family, and so much more.

Young children will learn and embrace these prayers that will become lifetime favorites. Write down your little one’s prayers on full-color pages, creating a beautiful way to forever capture the innocence of their early faith journey! Featuring adorable Precious Moments® characters, this beautiful plush padded Bible with soft, eye-catching embellishments will be a treasured keepsake in any child’s library. 

Children will be drawn to the soft, inviting illustrations, and parents will enjoy teaching the heartfelt prayers and the scriptures from the trustworthy New King James Version®. 

Since 1978, Precious Moments has grown into an evergreen brand recognized worldwide, with more than 13 million books and Bibles sold. It is one of the most recognized and beloved licenses on the market today.
Now, I must admit, I wasn't 100% sure about this Bible at first for one simple reason--- the translation. Personally, I don't prefer the NKJV translation for every day reading. Still, I know that it has its place and we loved the style of the Bible itself, so for her first Bible, I thought it would still be a great choice.

My daughter was already fairly familiar with Precious Moments through our church. In fact, one of her favorite blankets is her 'church blanket' featuring a sweet Precious Moments design. So, I knew that the artwork would catch her attention. And I was right! She was so thrilled to have her very own Bible featuring this look she already knew and loved.

Inside, we found even more Precious Moments illustrations with sweet prayers for children to read and learn. Some of these were prayers I had read before, others were new, but all certainly fit the description of 'precious prayers'. Again, at three years old, my daughter isn't going to be reading the Bible... but she IS at a stage where she is learning to pray and this Bible is the perfect re-enforcement for that! We are loving reading these prayers and so look forward to learn and use them as she grows older. This truly was the perfect starting Bible for my little girl, and the perfect addition to any Easter basket!

The NKJV Precious Moments Precious Prayers Bible is available to purchase now.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

NIV Investigator's Holy Bible {An Easter Gift Guide Review}

**Book received for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 
Easter will be here before we know it, and for those of us who like to plan ahead, that means its time to start thinking about Easter baskets. So, in celebration I am introducing my first ever Easter Gift Guide- featuring family friendly products that are ideal for Easter baskets! Outside toys, fun jewelry and toys, and of course- inspirational gifts to remember the reason we celebrate! What better way to start this guide off than with Bibles perfect for kids of all ages!?

In our household, Bibles are a big thing. I have personally been collecting them since I was in high school, and my oldest child started his own collection just a few years back at around 8 years old. He is always searching for unique new Bibles to add to his collection. The NIV Investigator's Bible was a perfect fit:

Have you ever used a magnifying glass? It makes everything bigger and easier to see, right? Detectives and scientists magnify things to understand them better. Well that’s just what this Bible does—it’s a magnifying glass to help children understand the Word of God better.

The Bible is a gift from God, but many of the things written in the Bible are hard for kids to understand. In fact, sometimes they’re downright mysterious to kids. Using kid-friendly language and a detective theme, the two color NIV Investigator’s Holy Bible explains the Bible text for kids ages 6–10. Two central mystery-solving characters invite children to investigate the Bible using the following features:

  • Evidence—Bible book introductions answer what kind of book it is, who wrote it, what happens, and the “best part”
  • Breakthrough—answers questions kids might ask, such as “Who were the Philistines?” and “What is The Spirit of God?”
  • Scene—includes descriptions highlighting geographical information pertinent to a verse
  • Witness—explains the meaning and history behind Biblical names
  • Detective—quizzes students on what they have learned
  • Case Closed—explores how the events of a particular book of the Bible relate to children as individuals

As a child, I LOVED a good mystery! It was so fascinating to me to look at the clues and try to figure out how it all went together. Even now, I love a good law show. From these we know there are many key factors that work into a good mystery. What is the evidence? What are we looking at? Why is it important? What was the scene? What clues can we gather from where it all went down? Who were the witnesses, and what do they have to do with the case at hand? And when all is said and done and the case is closed...what did we learn from it? What a fun and unique way to take on the Bible. If you think about it, for kids today, the Bible really IS a bit of a mystery! These stories are so foreign from the world in which we are living- where everything is technology based and information is so readily available to them. How can these people, these places and the events mean anything to them? That truly is the mystery and this Bible can help to break it down and solve the case in a way that not only makes sense to children, but is fun for them too. My son is already loving his new Bible and looks forward to continuing to work through it.

If you have a little one who loves a good mystery, this Bible is a GREAT choice to help them dig deeper into the Word!

NIV Investigator's Holy Bible is available to purchase now.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Journaling Through Exodus

Next up in my journey in reading and journaling through the Old Testament: Exodus!

Much like Genesis, Exodus- the story of Moses- is one of those books of the Bible in which the stories are all very familiar. We know all about the plagues of Egypt, the 10 commandments, the burning bush. These are all very familiar images for Christians. To be honest, as I was reading through, I was a little shocked that before this moment, I had actually only journaled one page in Exodus! There are so many great reminders of God's keeping his promises and the protection of His people. I really sought to capture that in my journaling. Take a look at some of my pages:

The burning bush in the story of Moses is one of those iconic Bible stories. One of those stories that is at least somewhat familiar for even those NOT familiar with the Bible. This was one moment I really wanted to highlight in a big, bold way. Though honestly, this page is not at all what I intended it to be. You see, though I have no issues with unreadable words in journaling Bibles (after all, I- like many of my Bible journaling friends- keep seperate Bibles for studying and journaling), I do personally try to keep my words readable when being painted over. That was my intention here... a bold fire, but still readable...with much smaller lettering too. But my paint had other ideas. For whatever reason, it went on thicker than normal... so I just decided to go with it! It wasn't the look I was initially going for...but it most definitely was BOLD!

Just as iconic are the plagues of Egypt, but for these, I went with a much simpler entry...a few pen drawings and list of the plagues in order. It doesn't have to be fancy!

So much of Exodus is talking about God's protection of His people as they were led out of Egypt... these few simple pages reflect just that. He protects, He delivers on His promises.

A familiar verse and one I personally loved. I loved the soft colors of this page (created with gelatos and dampened cotton balls).

Isn't it amazing how much grumbling there was on the journey to the Promised Land? God had delivered His people from Egypt and yet...complaints! Reading through it's easy to say, 'Why are you acting like that? Don't you know how much you have to be thankful for!?' Yet, if we were to be honest... don't we all have those moments? Even when things are not going our way, God has already done so much for us. I think working on complaining less is something we all could use some help with.

The burning bush, the plagues of Egypt...all very familiar but if we had to choose THE most iconic image in Exodus, nothing can top the 10 Commandments. I had some fun journaling a few specific commandments rather than the list as a whole... like this vibrant page!

As I was reading through some of these rules that God had given his people, the word obedience came up a few times... and I was reminded of this classic hymn. I love using hymns in my journaling, so I decided this would be a great spot.

Overall, I really enjoyed rereading and journaling through Exodus. I actually found it less of a struggle to journal with many themes and stories that hit home with me. Next up, I moved onto Leviticus... now talk about a challenge. Stay tuned to see how I journaled my way through.