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A friend posted this saying on her Facebook wall a few days ago, and I loved it so much that I had to journal it in my Bible! 

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Nothing catches God by surprise. And unlike how we see things in past and present tense, God sees it all. Isn’t it comforting to know that, regardless of what comes our way and what we face in life, He’s already there? And because He’s already there, He has given us all that we need to face challenges in our lives. As the Word states in Phillippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” It doesn’t say God may meet your needs or that He’ll think about it. No, He WILL meet your needs! And He’ll meet them before you’re even aware of what they are. So let’s take comfort and rest in that truth. 

Has there ever been a time where you overcame a hardship and, looking back, you realized that God was providing for you all along?

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What happens when you make an ugly mistake in your journaling Bible? Notice I said when and not if. Because, it will happen! I was creating a journal entry for Ephesians 1:7 – journaling about the redemption we have in Christ’s blood on the cross. When I thought of blood, I thought of the color red, and opted to use red acrylic paint on the page. What I didn’t realize was how very RED it would be! I thought I could make it better by scraping white paint over the red… Wrong. Combine that with some bad lettering, and I had an ugly mess that took up the whole page. I cringed every time I passed it in my Bible. I was teaching a Bible journaling class at my church soon, and I knew people were going to be looking at my Bible. I couldn’t let them see this horrible no good very bad mistake on the page! “Hey ladies, here’s what not to do…”

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To cover it up, I first painted over the lettering in the margin with a light cream that matched the Bible pages. It has a touch of glimmer to it, which I love. And hello, it’s from Target! I’m in Target like 3 times a week, and am loving the Hand Made Modern acrylic paint line there. I then sponged on some coral and gold paint over the cream.

 

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Now I’ve seen some beautiful journal pages in which most of the text is completely covered up. But, I personally don’t like to cover the words to where I can’t read them anymore. And I couldn’t read the text on the page due to the heavy amount of red and white paint I had initially scraped on. So I took a coral red card (red for the blood!), and wrote out the Word that had been covered in paint. I then taped it with sparkly gold tape over the horrible no good very bad mistake. And what I was left with, was something beautiful. I no longer cringe when I pass this page in my Bible; in fact, it’s now one of my favorites! 

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Why? Isn’t it the perfect example of how God takes us, in our horrible no good very bad condition, and redeems us with His blood on the cross? This journal entry, because it was initially an ugly mess, turned into something even more beautiful and with deeper meaning. Don’t you love that? Our ugly mess has been covered by the blood of Christ on the cross. What a perfect reminder of our redemption in Christ!

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After working behind the scenes for a while, my online shop is now officially OPEN! Tea towels with handwritten hymns, amazing handmade soy candles with a Southern flair, gold foil art prints, Bible verse cards and more! It’s been fun to piece it all together, and I’m continually working on adding new products. Use the code FREESHIP to receive free shipping off of any order $60 or more! If you live local, enter the code PICKUP to pick up your order. Link to the shop is directly to the left in the sidebar. Happy shopping!

the Sparrow

 

I had prayed for and waited for this special day; the day where my two precious children were baptized. But when praying for their hearts to trust in and follow Jesus as their Savior, I never imagined that they would be baptized together. Such a sweet beautiful memory! After we got home from church that morning, I had them each place their handprint in my Bible. This way, I could always remember how little their hands were when they were baptized. 

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The words in the margin are from two of the praise songs we sang in church that morning.
I love love LOVE this entry! 

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you may have noticed that I recently changed the blog name from “all His grace” to “the Sparrow’s Nest”. I’m getting ready to launch an online small business that I’ve named The Sparrow’s Nest that will feature faith-inspired products with a Southern flair. The idea for the name came from the song “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”, which I’ve always loved to hear. “I sing because I’m happy! I sing because I’m free! His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.” I’ve been working hard over the past month, piecing a product line together, and I’m excited to put it out on the market!

The idea for this online store has really just bloomed over the past month. And a couple of weeks ago, around the same time that I got the idea for “the Sparrow’s Nest”, a new little brown bird started coming to my kitchen window. I do love to watch the birds and feed them from our kitchen windowsill, but I have no knowledge about the types of birds that come. Well, except for red cardinals. I know that they are cardinals, and they are the most popular visitors to our window! But I didn’t know what this new little brown bird was. He would come and just sit on the windowsill, not bothered by me standing there and looking at him. The other birds swoop in and out, rarely ever actually stopping to eat the seed on the windowsill, especially if I’m standing there watching them. But this little guy is different.

My mother in law was at our house this past weekend, and she saw the new bird. She, too, didn’t know what kind it was. But after doing some research, she emailed me and said that it was, indeed, a white-throated sparrow! I was out to lunch when I got her email, and I was hoping that when I got home, he would be by the window so that I could double check and maybe snap his picture. When I got home, there were FIVE sparrows in our little tree! I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. They all flew away except for one. He actually came closer to the window, where I was able to take some beautiful pictures of him. 

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I don’t think it was a coincidence that sparrows started coming to our kitchen window at the same time that I just happened to think of “the Sparrow’s Nest” store idea. I know that it is all planned by God for my enjoyment. And seeing my little sparrow yesterday was definitely a God-wink. A happy reminder that HE is indeed watching over me!