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Bible Journaling, Crafts, Ranch Life

Why even have a word?

For many people having a special word to fit a moment or year in time is meaningless. Yep, I would have to agree if you really don’t care about achieving a goal of a purpose beyond yourself. When I first heard about this, I loved the idea. It created a spark in me! My first word or words, Choosing Joy. Two words I know, but at that time it is what I seek more of in my life and to have this word going into a new year helped me focus and be more intentional about seeking joy. Even in hard times. To find joy in situations, people, planning. Having a special word kept me grounded when joy was not present.

What to do with your word

I began taking my word and using it as my morning prayer and looking up passages in the bible around the word. I would then journal and or meditate about what I had just studied. One year I chose PATHWAYS. Another year, REST. It was such a joy to search through scripture and hear and see how the Lord was moving in me to make changes. Repent. Pray. Pray for others. Simply, just embracing and practicing what the Lord is sharing. I am a creative person. I love getting my inks, glitter, stickers, you name it and of course applying the word in some kind of art form. Sometimes these words would show up in my card making.

Given to friend in need
Gift giving (using the Cricut)
Bath Bombs with a message of REST one of my favorite words

This is what inspired this post

I just LOVED this idea!

I belong to a bible illustrated group on Facebook and one gal, Danielle Lariscy, shared what she does with her word of the year. I fell in LOVE with this idea on so many levels! For one, you can remember all the words the Lord inspired you. Year after year reflecting and reading the prayers and praises. Second, you can make it big enough to write a special message of the “WHY” behind your word of the year or whatever you want to write on it. Again, years later being able to relook at what the Lord taught you. I think this will be a fun project for me to do on my days of REST to go back to my words and make these for my bible. I have at least 5 to do…So better get wording!

Get creative!

No, you don’t have to follow the idea. And NO I don’t believe it is a trend. I believe this will be in my life for as long as the Lord has something to remind me about, work in me, or inspire me in ways only HE can! If anything, it does help one stay focused if you struggle in areas of finding joy, rest, peace, prayer, or need to know you are loved. A word…speaks and is powerful! So, what’s your word this year?

First attempt…need some practice…BUT found the Cricut is much cleaner look below!
There is HOPE!!!!
I purchased my Cricut Maker here…Plus it helps our ranch ministry! BEST investment in my crafting and it’s on sale! SCORE!
I love this word as well as the paper! So fun!
A great word to have POP up in your bible…good reminder!

God’s blessing to you! Walking in HIS word, one can always find HIS peace.

Love deeper, talk sweeter,

Lee

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Crafts, Paper/Cards, Ranch Life
Do you ever wish you had some creative way to give a small gift to friends for the family? Just something that can be quick to make and easy to fill? These cute boxes only take some fun background paper and a little do-dad here and there. Imagination goes a long way to set the stage for your gift. I always think of the personality or something special about the person to give the gift box a special touch. Especially fun is what you put inside! I put homemade tea bags in one of mine along with a cookie snack. This gives the idea for the person to relax and enjoy a cup of tea. (of course, I would only use homemade tea blends) Below I give you other ideas for you to get the picture. So get creative and have a blast with these! With Valentine’s coming up I know there would be teachers who would adore one of the boxes! I used a scorer in my cutter. I love this tool! It extends to 12×12 size paper which I use a ton when making envelopes. I have this set of horses I use ALL the time! I can use watercolor techniques or my new blender markers! LOVE LOVE! Here are some of my favorite background papers GREAT price too… Flic Flac Western Looks Petite Prints Lawn Fawn Just loved making all these fun cards for ones I love! Enjoy being creative and let me know how you like them…even send a picture! God’s blessings as you give to others of your time and talents! 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 longtime 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 layout 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 your fabric to the 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 leftover fabric. Put vinyl in place and clothes 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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