One Another {Think On These Things}

Monday, January 16, 2017


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If anyone says, "I love God", and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love this brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.  {I John 4:20-21}

If I were to pick the hardest concept out of God's Word it wouldn't be about the end times or the laws of the Old Testament or even the mystery of the virgin birth. No. The hardest part of the Bible has to do with how we treat others. The concept is simple enough on the surface, but the execution of it is near impossible at times like when you are faced with that exasperating family member or that "frenemy". Back in December I wrote out the book of I John, which discusses over and over again the need to love others. The above verses hit me. This is the hardest thing to fulfill when it comes to God's Word...and yet, it is the crux of all of the teachings brought forth. We are to love God; however, we can't love Him unless we love others. We are to love others, but that is undoable without loving the Creator. It's a catch-22. 

So as we head into February let's focus on how we can love others. The New Testament is filled with "one another" verses which describe how (and how not) to treat others. Let's write out the verses and think about how we can change with way we interact with others. As an optional activity, throughout the month make a list of all the actions we are to do and not to do to others as you go through the below verses. Below you will find the link to download the file, a little bit about our IG community, and suggested resources to get started writing out God's Word. 

Let's love one another!




You can download the file HERE!

If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible...



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...



Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens...

Black Ink Pen Set



I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals

Let's Think On These Things!


Hope {Think On These Things}

Thursday, December 15, 2016




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"Hope is a certainty", he said, standing in front of the church on the first day of Advent. My ears couldn't fathom the concept. Hope was never a sure thing. I had hoped for things to change. Devastatingly, they had not. I had placed my faith in those around me. They failed me. Maybe not all the time, but enough that the words "Hope is a certainty" felt like a lie. But then he began to explain himself...Hope is a certainty when Christ is your center. Hope placed in Him is never wasted, never a luck of the draw, never mere chance. It is a certainty, because He is an anchor that won't let us go to wander lost in this tumultuous ocean we call life. Our hope is only as good as the Person we put our hope in. So maybe I was putting my hope in the wrong things and in the wrong people all along.

A few years back I did a study on "waiting on God". One of the points that was made in it is that "hope" and "waiting" are one in the same. (I should have known this as I also speak Spanish, and they use the same word for both "hope" and "wait".) What we wait for is what we hope for. We wait for that raise. We wait for that apology. We wait for the holidays. We wait for healing. All hopes. So as we start a new year filled with the hope of good things to come, let's focus on where we should really place our hope. He is the only One who will come through for us every time (even if it isn't exactly the way we thought He would do it). He is the only One who we should wait on. All the rest will eventually fail us.

You will notice as we start a new year that Think On These Things has a slightly different look! There are still normally 2-4 verses per day and questions to ponder at the bottom of the printable. It is my "hope" that these printables will take less ink if you are printing them out and have a "cleaner look" for you. Please know that if you participate in Think On These Things that I take the 20th of each month to pray for you! I may not know all who use these verses, but I know that God knows your needs and requests!





You can download the file here.


If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here.

During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

Supplies
There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. You could do verse mapping with them (See this post). Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible...



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...



Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens...

Black Ink Pen Set



I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals

Let's Think On These Things!

The Many Benefits of an Instant Pot

Friday, November 25, 2016



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This past spring I bought one of the best tools I have ever had in my kitchen, an Instant Pot. What is it? It's an electric pressure cooker that does amazing things with food. And today, because it's Black Friday they are on sale! $68.95!

So what are some of the awesome things it does?
  • Hard-boiled eggs that actually peel easily. The Instant Pot has enticed me to do eggs again. Frankly, I hate peeling eggs, but pressure cooking eggs makes potato salad and deviled eggs a breeze.
  • Yesterday, we cooked our potatoes in the Instant Pot before mashing them. I have no idea why, but the mashed potatoes didn't have chunks and were smooth!
  • The Instant Pot cooks dried beans to perfection! I had almost given up on using dried beans until my friend demonstrated what the Instant Pot does with beans before I bought mine.
  • Recently, a friend served me oatmeal (made from steel cut oats) made in her Instant Pot. It was amazing!
  • We have loved making Mac-n-Cheese with it. A lot easier than the "normal" way.
  • It's great for cooking veggies.
  • I have loved cooking frozen meat in it for various recipes...frozen chicken beasts come out moist. You can even cook frozen hamburger and then break it up for different dishes.
These are just some of the foods I have cooked in my Instant Pot...I can say that I have tried have turned out great (except we don't like spaghetti-the noodles and sauce- in it...it clumps). I love the speed of the device and the easy clean-up...like yesterday, when we cooked potatoes...there were no boiling over pots!!!

If you decide to get one, remember that using an Instant Pot is pressure cooking so there is a slight learning curve. However, there are a ton of recipes online (See my Pinterest board here), and this is an awesome cookbook to get you started!



I have done a lot of the recipes in Great Food Fast, and they have turned out great!

So if you interested, this is the time to buy an Instant Pot (The sale ends today as it is only for Black Friday)! You can find it here!

Bullet Journal Tips for a New Year

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


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This year has been an experiment. I journeyed into the world of bullet journaling back in February and haven't looked back. Actually, I went full throttle! Once I got the hang of a regular bullet journal I set up a homeschool bullet journal to keep my son and I on track with his work (You can read about it here.) Now that I am at almost a full year of keeping my life in order this way I wonder how I ever kept organized beforehand! Before we jump into my ideas, let me explain what a bullet journal is and why it works...

A bullet journal is a hand-written day timer. You can set it up specifically for your needs and how you run your life. If you want to read about the basic set-up then go to this post. A bullet journal is WAY better than a calendar or a day timer. When you are hand writing everything out (even the set up of your schedule) you are more invested in your plans. Also, because a bullet journal is so flexible you can customize pages for the information you need and want. I love that all I need is in one place instead of scattered all over my house. No more looking for the file on my dog so I can see when he needs shots next (because I have a page for that now). No frantic searches for meal ideas (because, yeah, I have a page for that in my journal!). No wondering what book I should pick up next (Yep, there's a page for that). Read on to see how I have set things up for 2017!

So here is a quick look at my set up for 2017 and a few tips for you if you are just starting out...

First of all you need a few supplies...at bare minimum a pen and a journal...then there are the extras if you want to decorate your journal. I use colored pencils and a glitter pen, but others use washi tape, stickers, stencils, or no decoration at all.  Here is what I use:

Moleskine Notebook, Squared- I used a dotted one and decided I didn't like it as much as this squared one. The squares make it easier to create boxes and grids.

Staedtler Pigment Liners- I LOVE these pens for my bullet journal as these don't smudge and create crisp, clean lines.

Prismacolor Pencils- I use these to add a bit of color to my journal. I love that I can blend these and also create an ombre effect.

Wink of Stella Brush (in clear)- This is a glitter brush that I use over the areas where I have put down color. It adds a bit of sparkle to my pages. 

Tips and Ideas

One of the best things I did this past year in my bullet journal was to set up a page where I could record ideas of what I would want to add or take away from in my next journal. Setting up my journal for 2017 was a breeze, because I had a list of what I wanted to do. I decided that for 2017 I would continue to keep a running list of ideas so that I can modify things in 2018.


One thing that I have set up differently is my future log. This past year I just had a running log and events were all jumbled together. I really had to go searching to make sure I didn't miss anything for a particular month. So this year I have already separated the months into columns and have started listing tasks and events in their proper months.


I also set up my birthday/important dates list differently for the coming year... Below you will see my bullet journal on its side. I now have space to put important dates on either side of the month they happen in. This gives me extra space to add in dates that may be important in the future.


Here is my year-at-a-glance page which is extremely useful when you are setting up your monthly and weekly calendars. Yes, it is a lot of writing, but I refer to this page constantly through the year.


Here is a collage of some of my other pages...

  • A book list of what I am reading and have read
  • A page for important health information on the family (allergies, when procedures/shots are due, blood types, etc.)
  • A page of information for our dog, Titan (medical info, foods that work in his diet, etc.)
  • Several pages of meal ideas based on the season
  • A page where I can record what I loan out to others and when the items come back to me.


So what are you waiting for? We have little over a month left in this year...now is the time to set up your bullet journal!


Light of the World {Think On These Things}

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


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We all live in the dark from time to time. Sometimes darkness comes in the form of sin or grief. Other times it could be a depression that won't let go. Then there are those seasons in life when we have no idea what we should do next. What should be our next move? We haven't a clue. That is why we need the Light to shine in on our lives...to expose our sin, to heal our hearts, to dispel the dark times, and to show us our next step. 

I live in a state of darkness. Literally. My home state, Alaska, experiences more darkness than all the rest in the Union during the winter months. As December approaches each year, I am reminded of our desperate need for light in this dark, cold place. Our desperate need for a Savior, the Light of the World. Then Christmas hits--the season of lights. Just when we need it the most. So this month let's focus on what we all need and what God did provide...a Light for our darkness. So grab a pen, a journal, and your Bible and let's Think on These Things.





If you would like all the Think on These Things verses or want to know more about it, click here.

Instagram
During the month I try to post my thoughts on the verses on Instagram. If you would like to follow me you can find me here. Also, if you are posting your own thoughts there please use the hashtag #thinkonthesethings. I would love to read how God speaks to you!!

There are many ways you can use these verses. You can read and meditate on them. You can write them out as you meditate on them. You can read them and then write about them in a journal or journaling Bible. Here are some of the items I use...

A single column journaling Bible...



ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (TruTone, Chestnut, Leaves Design)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Black)
ESV Single Column Journaling Bible (Brown, Flap with Strap)

Some highlighters {These are my absolute favorites!}...



Eco Highlighter Pencils - Set of 5 Colors

Black pens...

Black Ink Pen Set



I love these journals that lay flat...easier to write in! They are great for Scripture writing!
Studio Oh! Deconstructed Journals