An Attitude of Gratitude

So last month the women’s ministry at my church hosted an event called “Creative Quiet Times” and one of the ladies shared the coolest idea!  She loves photography and showed us a book that she had made (I think she used Shutterfly) where she had taken pictures of things that she was grateful for, beautiful scenery that reminded her of the glory of God, etc.  She even had pictures of her shower because she was grateful for hot water and indoor plumbing 🙂 !

I decided to try it today and it really does help you focus on all of your blessings.  I could’ve taken A LOT of pictures, but didn’t want to bore you guys so I ‘ll just share a few:

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Thankful for Teaching Textbooks and all of the many resources that are available to homeschoolers.

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Thankful that I get to suffer enjoy learning math right along side my kids 🙂 .

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Thankful for my kids (even though they HATE getting their picture taken anymore)!

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Thankful that we get to have dinner together tonight.

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Thankful for our pets and the laughter they bring.

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Thankful for our food and my crockpot that makes life so much easier!

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Thankful for God’s creation (even when they try to get into our bird feeders).

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Thankful that spring is coming!!!

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Thankful for our home.

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Thankful for our neighbors and the beautiful sunshine today.

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Thankful for Pinterest projects that I actually get done 🙂 !

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Thankful for the small reminders around my home that keep me focused on God.

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Thankful for good, Christian books that help me in my faith walk.

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Thankful for upcoming events in my life and the energy to get tasks done.

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Thankful for my friend who introduced me to Bible journaling and the fun I’ve had creating pages in my Bible!

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I hope this inspires you to get creative with how you spend time with God.  Get out there and do what brings you joy…quiet times don’t have to be boring!

If you like to sing, then sing your heart out.  If you like to paint, then find something in creation that inspires you and do it to the glory of God.  Don’t like to read?  Then listen to the Bible on tape or to a sermon while exercising.

The point is to do something!

Sometimes I think we feel like we have to set aside a huge amount of time to spend in “serious” study and prayer in order to please God.  I do think it’s important to dig deeper into God’s word and continue growing in knowledge, but honestly I think that it makes our Father smile God when he sees us finding joy in spending time with Him.  That’s the most important thing anyway…spending time with Him!

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Speaking of “time” 🙂 …it’s time for another chance for my giveaway

Do you have any creative quiet time ideas that you’ve tried or would like to try? 

Share some ideas with me by leaving a comment on today’s post and your name will be entered into a drawing for a FREE full family registration to the 2016 HEAV homeschool convention. 

Home Educators Association of Virginia

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HEAV Virginia Homeschool Convention, June 9-11, 2016 includes keynotes Shaun Alexander, Alex Kendrick, and Michael Farris, plus a Chocolate with Encouragement Pajama Party with Heidi St. John (The Busy Mom), Dads & Donuts, Camp Infinity Robotics, 140+ workshops, a huge Exhibit Hall, and more!

Bible Journaling

Have you seen the new journaling bibles in the stores recently?

It seems to be the latest craze…and I AM LOVING IT 🙂 !  One of my sweet friends showed me one she had started before Christmas and I was hooked.  I love drawing and hadn’t done much of it recently.  Bible journaling has been a fun, creative way to get back into drawing and incorporate art into my quiet time!

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This is the bible that I use.

 

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Journaling bibles have extra space on the pages for note-taking, art, etc.

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I tend to choose a verse or passage that stands out to me and focus on that for my project.

For example:

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I have always loved theses verses from Isaiah (“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.”) so I decided to draw an eagle soaring above the mountains.  I found a picture of the eagle on Google Images and copied this one.

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I had the idea to draw a lighthouse for this passage and found one online to copy.

 

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Other times, I just picture something in my head and go for it:

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There are also many wonderful websites, blogs, and Facebook pages that offer help.  One of my favorite is Bible Stories From The Heart.  They had a lesson on how to draw this lion with motion:

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If you don’t like to draw, you can also use creative lettering, stickers, washi tape, scrapbooking supplies, or basically anything that you want to!

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If you are unsure about writing/drawing in your bible, you can do your art on a separate piece of paper and then attach into your bible using washi tape.

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Stickers are an easy option – these are from  Dollar Tree!

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You can also find and print out coloring pages from the internet.

 

 

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Or you can just trace and color.

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My sweet friend, Lisa who got me started has started her won blog called Draw Out Your Faith.  She hosts challenges, shares inspiration and ideas, and encourages us “newbies”!

Lisa is much braver than me and actually PAINTS in her bible!

 

She also has an amazing Pinterest page and Facebook group with LOTS of tips and ideas!

Go check them out!!!

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I hope that this post encourages you to be creative with your quiet times.  There are many things that you can do to enhance your time with God including music, photography, art, poetry, and more.

Get out of your comfort zone and re-energize those quiet moments spent with your Heavenly Father!

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Remember that your journaling experience will not look like mine…or Lisa’s…or anybody else’s for that matter.  You do what works for you – what helps you focus on the promises of God -what brings you joy – what you feel led to create or write.

Enjoy 🙂 !!!

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