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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life
When I got into bible journaling, I began simply with just buying the NIV Bible Journaling book and some colored pencils. Which by the way are awesome! I can water color or just color with these and they are amazing. I also enjoyed getting out the sparkly gel pens too. 

But when I saw what Dayspring had in their packets and kits, I came into a whole new world of journaling!

What I love so much about them is really, they keep me organized in finding certain words. 


For example, I like how the tabs are on the top that I can label frustration,  forgiveness, worried, angry, or love. I can quickly go to those spots when one of those words are in my life. Or someone else that I can give them a verse.

I adore these pom poms….just because!


Another item I didn’t know how to use right away I now find amazing! These clear transfers can be used as you see below as an overlay.

I love this! I can have this colorful page that I attach with wasabi tape (Dayspring has) and add my own note on top or prayer. It is especially cool when the page has already been drawn on. 

The best part about bible journaling is how wonderful this is to share with young kids but really for teens. I know through the years of doing ministry with teens getting into the Word of God is hard for them.

Bible journaling is a wonderful way to let them express creatively what their thoughts are or to remember what God is trying to teach them. 

The kits make great gifts. The Advent kit is wonderful! I highly recommend this for stocking stuffers for next year…or a St. Nick gift on December 6th. (You place one shoe outside the door and fill with goodies) Traditions are so fun!

Remember if you click on the Dayspring link on this blog and the other links, proceeds from your purchase goes to support our ranch ministry.
Overlays

When you explore all Dayspring has to offer, you will be hooked on this wonderful way of doing devotions as well as how they provide some wonderful gift ideas!

Thank you in advance, for clicking on the links from this blog to help us reach kids and teens in need1

God’s blessings upon you as you live life for Jesus!
Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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Ranch Life
Every year we have the opportunity to make a Christmas box for Operation Christmas Child. This organization is so well put together and I love how it opens the door for families to work together in making a box full of things a child will need.

It is also a wonderful opportunity to teach giving to your children. A long time tradition around here. Not only putting it together, but making something homemade brings a more special joy for the giver and the receiver! 

This year I got the idea of doing this chalk mat from of all the great ideas on Pinterest. When I was shopping online, I saw these chalk markers. Of course with this idea in my head I had to get them!

Traditionally we make up a box or two every year, but since our children are now grown, it is harder to get in the spirit of this activity. Also doing it as a couple is just well…different. So I had to think of something I could sew. 

 I got busy creating this mat and with some extra of this plastic stuff I had around from making purses years ago, this was perfect to add to the mat. 

Here is the lay out for doing this play mat. It is wonderful for kids to carry around too by adding a handle on the end.

Step 1.Cut one piece of your chalk fabric 10’x 13.5″

Step 2 Cut
2 Pieces of 12’x20 your fabric
1 piece of 5″ x 12″ vinyl

Step 3 Cut one piece of 12″ x 20″ fusible fleece

Step 4 After cutting your pieces next iron you fabric to fleece

Step 5 
Pin chalk onto fabric.  Next sew onto your
fabric. I used a zig zag stitch
  
Another look:

Step 6  Place a small bias tape on edge of vinyl and sew. I used left over fabric.
Put vinyl in place and cloths pins to hold
Sew in place









Step 7 Once you have the above bias on the vinyl  and the vinyl sewn down the center creating 2 pockets you are ready to put the 2 fabrics right sides together and pin. Leave a hole so you can turn it back right side out.


Step 8
 
Once you have turned it back out, sew your open hole shut by hand.
I also added a ribbon at the top and a little handle on the end in case it is hung on something in a car or a room.
You can use chalk or chalk markers. 

I just love this idea and hope I was clear enough. If not, please let me know!

God’s blessing and happy crafting!

Love deeper, talk sweeter,
Lee
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