To Do: A Sacred Home

To Do: A Sacred Home

McKenzie R

McKenzie R

Hello all!I am an Oklahoma girl, through and through!I was born here and after 5 years in Texas for college, I missed Oklahoma too much and just had to come back home with my Oklahoma husband to raise our Oklahoma babies! I met my husband in high school and fell we in love in college.We have 2 beautiful kids that are full of life and make me such a proud momma.I love to craft, journal, paint furniture, and decorate our Edmond home!See some of my creations at The Lettered Light www.etsy.com/shop/theletteredlight and IG:theletteredlight
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I have recently finished Jen Hatmaker’s book, For the Love.  Ladies, I am a changed woman!  I am so thankful I was able to start and finish this entire book, because I rarely see the last chapter of books of my choice these days.  It is funny and honest and authentic and AMAZING.

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I can really see that the Lord is going to do some big things in the people who read Jen’s words.  Please move it to the top of your reading list.  You won’t regret it!

While reading through it recently, one tiny little phrase left a longing mark on my heart.  She casually mentions “a Sacred Home.”  She doesn’t even go into any detail on what that means to her. The context was a just a brief mention of the phrase.  But when I read those words, my heart leaped!  I took the words from their context and put them right into the context of my life. And I believe that my home will be forever changed.  What a perfect goal, right?  To have a Sacred Home!

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I did a little bible journaling on my Sacred Home discovery!

I began to write down all the things that came to my mind when I pictured a Sacred Home. Immediately, I thought of dear friends of mine who have that aura, that beautiful spirit when I am in their home.

What does it look like, feel like?  My list began to look something like this: peaceful, calm, forgiving, love, gentle, God…  As I stared at my list a lightbulb went off in my head almost immediately–THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT! A Sacred Home is a home where I, my family, and any guests can see and feel the fruit!

Can it be that simple, Lord?  “Yes, simple–but not easy” was His answer!  Of course, I already try and make my house these things but until now I never made the connection to the fruit.  So of course it isn’t easy. If it were easy then everyone would love and never want to leave their peaceful home!

By definition the word sacred means “devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated; pertaining to or connected with religion.”  I love this.  Literally, having a sacred home means living in a place that is dedicated to our purpose as Christians!  Oh my stars…what a dream, right!

My dear friend Jillian says this about her home:

It is so important for me to have scripture–whether quickly jotted down on an index card or a beautiful piece of art–everywhere.  They are constant reminders to me to get my attitude in check.  Since sitting down and reading scripture is so difficult to do sometimes, I make it to where I can meditate on it while doing dishes, washing my hands, folding laundry, walking in and out of the house, etc.

My prayer for us, dear reader, is that we can find the fruit in our day.  The Lord has given us all the fruit of the spirit.  We ALREADY HAVE love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control inside us. But we must remember to access it.  We don’t need to pray for patience, we already possess it.  We don’t need to pray for gentleness, it’s already running through our veins.  I usually forget that, right?  So on days when it seems like you don’t have any goodness left, remember that the Lord has already supplied you with enough.

So, a Sacred Home…a home dedicated to my amazing Lord in Heaven, where living out the Fruit makes my days a little lighter, and a little deeper, and a whole lot more like Christ.

As a gift, I created a bit of scripture art for your home to get you going!  Enjoy!

Galations 5 Bible Art

If you have any ideas that help you center your home around Christ, please share them with us!

 

Gifts from God

Gifts from God

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 4 crazy, homeschooling children ages 9 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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As children we eagerly awaited Christmas morning, so we could tear our presents open and see the marvelous gifts that had been hidden under the tree.

As adults, do we still eagerly await our chance to open gifts?  Do we get excited to see what God has in store for us?  God is THE BEST GIFT GIVER of all he doesn’t need to wait until Christmas to bestow gifts to your soul.  He does it daily. Sometimes these gifts come wrapped in packages that we might not want to open.  Other times, we become like children at Christmas time unable to wait any longer until we can open those most wanted gifts.

Our Creating a Great Day team came together and created a special gift for you.  It’s a gift that we pray will open your hearts to the many wonderful gifts God may have in store for you or has already blessed you with.  It’s not an exhaustive list, but a wonderful way to dig into God’s Word for 5 minutes a day and refresh your mind, spirit, and soul to what the day holds.

Every day is a gift filled with amazing possibilities to grow and glorify God!  Our prayer is that you will not miss the gifts that aren’t neatly wrapped and placed under the tree but instead will openly welcome whatever gifts God is bringing your way this year.

So…we are gifting you a special 5 minute devotional Ebook that will help you focus on God’s great gifts!

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In the “Gifts from God: A 5 minute devo book”, you will be encouraged with:

  • a verse
  • a short devo thought around the verse
  • a prayer
  • a place to journal your thoughts and prayers
  • a space for Bible Journaling and
  • Bible verse memory cards

Check out the devos contained within the FREE Ebook:

  • The Gift of Ambassadorship by April Everhart
  • The Gift of Being Chosen by Kristin Jesch
  • The Gift of Immanuel by Kristi Finefrock
  • The Gift of Music by Toni Dennis
  • The Gift of Newness by Melissa Williams
  • The Gift of Refuge by Kristin Jesch
  • The Gift of Self-Confidence by Laura Peoples
  • The Gift of Trials by Kristi Finefrock
  • The Gift of Waiting by Kristi Finefrock
  • The Gift of Weakness by Melissa Williams

This is a great devotional to use now so you can keep unwrapping awesome gifts even after Christmas Day is over

OR

use it to kick off your New Year!

 

Get your FREE Gifts from God ebook now!
(If you are subscribe to our Creating a Great Day Newsletter, check your inbox.  Your gift is there waiting for you!)

For Everything There is a Season

For Everything There is a Season

McKenzie R

McKenzie R

Hello all!I am an Oklahoma girl, through and through!I was born here and after 5 years in Texas for college, I missed Oklahoma too much and just had to come back home with my Oklahoma husband to raise our Oklahoma babies! I met my husband in high school and fell we in love in college.We have 2 beautiful kids that are full of life and make me such a proud momma.I love to craft, journal, paint furniture, and decorate our Edmond home!See some of my creations at The Lettered Light www.etsy.com/shop/theletteredlight and IG:theletteredlight
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Season of Change

My favorite season is fall, and I am so beyond thrilled that it seems to be knocking on our door!  Just as January brings a fresh start with a new year, I feel the same way about fall.  Maybe it is because I have started a new school year in the fall for most of my life and now my children’s lives.

During this season of change, I feel the Lord working in me.  I feel Him tugging at my heart to change some things in my life.  Isn’t it hard to listen to that voice?  Even though I love the fall, change is hard for me.

Seasons are Meant to Pass

I knew I wanted to do a fall-themed Bible journaling entry for you guys, so I went on the search to pair my fall inspiration with a verse I connected with.  When I came across Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 I knew it was perfect.  By reading this passage, I realized that there are all types of seasons and phases in life.  Seasons are meant to pass, not to linger.  When I feel stuck, I look for the healing phase to come.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)

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Make the Sandwich

Something my husband and I say when we need to make some changes is, “We need to go into the kitchen and make the sandwich.”  This is based on an illustration we heard once: “If you ask the Lord for a sandwich, He will feed you.  He will not make food magically appear. You must go into the kitchen and make the sandwich.”

Perhaps it’s kind of silly, but for me this works in so many areas of my life.  Maybe I want to lose some weight. God won’t do the exercise for me–I have to!  Or I want to eat healthier. God won’t cook the veggies for me–I have to!  Maybe I want to be a more present mother. God isn’t going to turn my phone off–I have to!  I want to start a women’s Bible study. God isn’t going to invite people–I have to!  Be sure and ask yourself these questions regarding the seasons in your life…especially the last one 😉

Do you feel stuck in a rut, ready for the next season of your life?

Are you ready to do your part to make the change happen?

Do you feel like the Lord is using you and your story to speak relief into someone else’s season?

P.S. Have you started your Bible Journaling adventure? We would love to hear about it!

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Check out these other Bible Journaling Posts:

Start Bible JournalingE Faith Bible Journaling Heart of Bible Journaling Sacred Home

Win Bible Journaling Supplies

Win Bible Journaling Supplies

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 4 crazy, homeschooling children ages 9 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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In preparation for the Bible Journaling workshop this Saturday, our excitement is growing.  So much so, that we’ve decided to have a Bible Journaling Supply Goodie Bag Giveaway!

What’s in the Bible Journaling Supply Goodie Bag?  Great question!  Take a look.

Bible Journaling Supplies

  • Tags
  • Stamp
  • Washi Tape
  • Water Coloring Set
  • Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush
  • Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils – 12 count
  • Pigma Micron 05 (.45mm) Ink Pen – Black
  • Coupon Card to apply paint. (If you attend the workshop, you will win the Chick-fil-A card, that can then be used for a free meal.  If not, then another card without any value will be included in the bag.)

So what do you have to do to enter to win?  Easy…

  1. SHARE this post on your Facebook wall
  2. LIKE our Facebook Page
  3. COMMENT on this Facebook Post

The WINNER will be announced at 9:00 pm Central Time Thursday, February 18 on our Facebook Page.

Don’t forget to participate in our Bible Journaling Workshop!

  • If you are local to OKC, come to the class in Yukon, OK this Saturday from 9:30am – 12:00pm.
  • If you are not local, watch us live on Periscope and ask your questions in real time.  You can click on the above link provided and watch us from your computer. If you want to ask a question or comment, download the Periscope app to your  phone and add us to your list. Our Periscope handle is Create_GreatDay.
  • If you won’t be available that morning, sign up for our newsletter to gain access to our FREE Resource page where you will be able to access the recorded video of the class plus many other wonderful freebies like a Scripture Art Printable by McKenzie.

Sign up for the class now , right here!

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Bible Journaling Workshop #2

Bible Journaling Workshop #2

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 4 crazy, homeschooling children ages 9 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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Mark your calendars! We are so excited to announce our 2nd Bible Journaling Workshop!

When:

February 20, 2016

Time:

9:30am – 12:00pm Central Standard Time

Where:

South Yukon church of Christ
11700 NW 10th St.
Yukon, OK  73099

or

From Your Living Room (if you’re not local)

Cost: (3 Options)

Option 1 – $20

Attend the workshop & receive a goodie bag filled with supplies!
We are getting the supplies at a discounted rate so you will really get some bang for your buck. Bring your own Bible.

Option 2 – $5

If you already have your own supplies or just want to join in on the fellowship and fun, then come along.  You will get your own journaling pen. We will also have some supplies to share like colored pencils, stamps, and practice paper.  This is also a great option to add another family member and share supplies.

All that are able to attend the workshop, will be gifted a Chick-fil-A coupon card for a FREE meal.  McKenzie will teach you a special way to apply paint to your Bible pages with the cards and then you can clean it off and use it for a free meal! Thank you to Chick-fil-A at Yukon for your generosity!

Option 3 – Free

Your own Living Room via Periscope @Create_GreatDay

What is Periscope?  It’s a live video feed that you can watch via your computer or if you download the phone app, you can watch and comment!

Follow us on Creating a Great Day’s Facebook page where we will share the link or follow us Periscope – periscope.tv/Create_GreatDay

Gather some of your friends and join us from wherever you are!

You will need to purchase your own supplies. This is a basic supply list.  We will use a few different items in this workshop than last, but this basic list will work.

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A sample of McKenzie’s work.

Our very own McKenzie will be instructing us on how to get started Bible Journaling.

Find more of McKenzie’s work to purchase at her Lettered Light Etsy Shop!

So if you have been inspired by her Bible Journaling Posts, then you will love how she will walk us through step by step the process of connecting with God’s Word on a different level, which is really what Bible Journaling is all about.

Sure, there is some creativity involved but she will show you some of the tips and tricks and best of all you will walk away with an appreciation that anyone can Bible Journal.  It’s not just for the artistically inclined!

Space is limited so register today!

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Who will you bring to the event?

Bring another friend or family member!

Need more info?  Read about our 1st Bible Journaling Workshop!

Or feel free to ask questions.

 

The Lettered Light’s Giveaway! {Christ in Christmas Shopping Guide}

The Lettered Light’s Giveaway! {Christ in Christmas Shopping Guide}

Kristi F

I am an Oklahoman by birth, a Texan by current living situation, but claim the world as my playground.I love to travel and hope to someday soon take our family on adventures to far off lands, where we can share God with others and experience all the wonders He has created.

I am a mother of 4 crazy, homeschooling children ages 9 & under, wife to an amazing man, and daughter of the King of the Universe!I enjoy reading, making my kids laugh, cooking, all things natural, learning to play guitar and dusting off my piano skills.One day I hope to run again, but until then I’m learning patience.

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Are you ready for an artistic, inspirational giveaway?

If you have been a follower of Creating a Great Day for even a short time then you know how McKenzie uses the talent God gave her to glorify him through Bible Journaling!

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McKenzie is the creative shop owner of The Lettered Light Etsy shop where her Scripture Art is available for purchase.

“The Lettered Light is a little shop filled with words! A place where inspired words meet art and the rest is up for interpretation. Ink, paint, watercolor, stamps, stickers, and words…lots of words!

A shop filled with pieces that will put a smile on your face on a hard day, remind you of our ever-present Father on a lonely day, fill you with peace in an anxious time, and wash over you with love on every day. The Lettered Light is a place where your inspiration is the right inspiration and where His words will continue to guide you.”

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After seeing her work, many have come asking for custom designs based on:

  • Favorite verses to hang in their homes
  • Inspirational thoughts or quotes
  • Verses to encourage someone else for:
    • Graduation Gifts
    • Wedding Gifts
    • Baby Gifts
    • New Home Gifts
    • The gifting possibilities are endless!

Currently, McKenzie is not filling any more custom orders for Christmas, BUT there are plenty of gorgeous prints available for purchase for only $25!

And now The Lettered Light is giving you the opportunity to win your favorite digital print!  Enter the The Lettered Light’s Giveaway, which will close on Sunday, November 22 at 11:59pm.

The winner will get to choose any one of these amazing prints shown in this post.  

Which one will you choose?

The Lettered Light’s Gift to You – Christ in Christmas Giveaway

 

Be sure to check out all the other giveaways that are part of the “Christ in Christmas Shopping Guide” and don’t forget you can enter daily to increase your chances to win!

 

This is not a sponsored post.  We are sharing this because it’s something we love and hope it encourages you too!

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