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Did Someone Say . . . Bible Journaling?

 Allow me to introduce you to my latest obsession:

Bible journaling.

So cute . . .

Psalm 34

it hurts.

Stephanie Ackerman

Fancy fonts . . . #biblejournaling #faith #creativity


vellum . . .




cute characters . . . 

What's in my Bible Journal.



Illustrated Faith: Bible journaling


The possibilities are endless.


*internal squeals of DELIGHT*



Things are getting serious.




I can’t even breathe right now.

journaling Bible page by Stephanie Ackerman

Seriously though.

Have you ever seen something so flawless?!

Be sure to click on the pictures to see the beautiful blogs they came from. I’m dying to try this ASAP!

Blessings and peace,


Is. 41:10

Using Scripture to Overcome Lies


Not too long ago, I published a post titled “Christianity is My Crutch,” in which I talked about how I struggle to overcome lies and feeling weak. I explained how, even though some people may mock Christianity for being a crutch, Christians should actually embrace this idea since, without Jesus to support us, we would fall. If you missed the first post, I encourage you to go back and read it HERE before continuing to read this post.


In this post, I would like to talk about ways I’ve practically used Christianity as my crutch. Basically, I noticed sinful behavior patterns and attitudes and asked myself where they were coming from. I then tried to map out my different feelings and trace them to the ungodly perspectives in order to arrive at a solution- a truth from Scripture to combat every lie that was influencing the way I saw my life and myself. If this sounds like it would be helpful to you, keep reading for a breakdown of what I did.

If you want to try this, you will need:

your Bible with an index

your prayer journal/notebook

blank notecards



colored Sharpies or markers


1. Choose a time when you know you will be completely alone and not distracted or pressured to get things done. Pray and open your heart to God, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal truth to you.

2. This may be different for each person, but I just did what I felt like God wanted me to do, which is this:

I wrote out different feelings across the pages in my journal, making categories.




Perfection-Unrealistic Expectations

Then, I wrote ways that I saw these emotions manifest themselves in my thoughts and actions.

Loneliness- wanting a boyfriend/husband, missing friends, feeling misunderstood

Anger- being annoyed with people at work

Bitterness- comparing myself to other people’s success

3. For the next step (pictured below), I took an index card for each category and wrote the solution to the lie. For example, for loneliness, the resolution was to realized God can fulfill the needs of my heart, meaning He is sufficient (all I need) to understand me completely and fulfill me. In other words, He is the perfect companion.


4. Next, I looked up verses in the Bible to support the statements on my cards, using the index in the back of my Bible.


5. Once I found the verses I felt were most applicable to the specific situation, I wrote them on the card.


For example, for “I am where God wants me” (pictured above), the statement on the card was a response to discontentment with my circumstances and comparing myself to others, and the verses I chose were Ecclesiastes 3:1 (“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”) and Psalm 34:1 (“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth”).

Here are my other cards:


God knows me intimately

Response to Loneliness

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up, you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” (Psalm 139)


God can fulfill the needs of my heart

Response to Loneliness/Wanting a spouse

“For He satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” (Psalm 107:9)

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4)


I can be thankful in every circumstance

Response to Discontentment

“Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thes. 5:18)

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 50:14)


Seeking the Kingdom is true success

Response to feeling behind in life/not as accomplished as other people

“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:25)


I need God’s grace, not the ability to accomplish everything or be perfect

Response to idol of perfectionism

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)

6. Finally, I reviewed the cards and verses each day!


This may seem like something I just did to make myself feel better (or a crutch), but it’s really not.

God’s Word is life and power– a gift to humans to provide them with truth and a way to fight the lies and evil in the world.

We can all choose what to turn to when we are upset, confused, or in need of comfort. It’s usually sin, but sometimes, it’s just doing fun things to avoid talking to God about what’s bothering us. I’m so guilty of this, but in the end, even the innocent and fun things (or venting to other people and asking them for advice) is really just a substitute for the real solution. Seeking life from something other than God (the source of life) will leave us feeling emptier and more lost.

So if you are lost and overwhelmed by emotional drama and sin, open your Bible and your heart to receive the sweetness of God’s truth and love.

Have a blessed day.

Is. 41:10

10 Things I Learned from My Last Disney Trip


  Going to a Disney park this summer?

I’m sharing ten things I learned or wish I had done differently from my own trip there last year. Whether it’s your first time or you’ve been more than you can count, these tips and tricks will make your days in the parks run more smoothly.

Keep reading.

Continue reading “10 Things I Learned from My Last Disney Trip”

How I Stay Organized with a Bullet Planner

I cannot stay organized (or sane) without using a planner.
I always have a planner for the school year. Here is a picture of mine from last year:
May it rest in peace.
The responsibilities, assignments, and demands for the summer started to pile up, and I knew that if I wanted to NOT lose my mind, I needed to develop a system FAST.

This is when the Bullet Journal came to my rescue. 
I first discovered the magic of the Bullet Journal on the blog Stone Soup for Five, an uplifting mixture of homeschooling adventures, practical tips, and the amazing doodle Bible studies.
If you want to see Kari’s original post on the Bullet Journal, click here.
And if you still can’t get enough of this organizational goodness, she has also written about her Bullet Journal experiences here and here. Go ahead and get inspired because this is nothing short of flat-out brilliance. 
So I decided to try out the Bullet Journal for myself and let you see the results. Consider this a Bullet Journal review. Yes, I am reviewing a method of planning. I am officially obsessed with organization. Someone please help.
Let me begin by stating that Bullet Journals are supposed to be made in notebooks with squared pages. But I was so excited that I didn’t want to wait to get to the store to buy one so I began using an old spiral notebook leftover from the semester. 
I decided to customize the traditional Bullet Journal outline to fit my needs. 
I began by making a separate heading for each page. I have ITALIAN, BLOG, TEACHING, COSTUME, DISNEY, PEOPLE, & SCHOOL. I’m used to seeing a mixture of unsorted topics across the pages of my planner, but with the Bullet Journal method, each category is segregated, and I get fewer headaches and panic attacks. 
My Italian heading- easy to read- and my first “task.” 
Each line gets only one task which has a box that I can fill in when I complete it. I write in all-caps for a cleaner look. 

If I have several tasks due on the same day, I draw a bar on the side and date it with the due date.
A series of due dates grouped together. 
Once I run out of room, I flip over to the back.

I like to leave a blank line in-between each task so that I can go back later and add tasks if I need to. 
If you want to learn more about the Bullet Journal, I found this video helpful:

Please leave questions in the comments below or send me a message on the side bar. I would love to answer questions or go into further detail! Also, I’m very curious to know if you have tried this method of planning and how it worked out for you. Let me know how you stay organized, and have a magical day!

How to Reignite Your Relationship with God

               Jeder von uns ist Kunst, gezeichnet vom Leben.                 


1. Don’t use quiet time to make God like you more.
God likes you SO MUCH right now, whether you choose to have quiet time with Him or not. What you do (or don’t do) does not affect how much God loves or likes you.

2. Serve other people.
On my first mission trip, the leader said people always say they feel close to God during a mission trip, but once they come home, that connection is gone. He said this was because people often forget to continue serving others after the mission trip. If serving is a way of life, we will automatically feel closer to the One who was the greatest servant of all.

3. Listen to worship music.
My favorite worship band is Rend Collective, and when I listen to their songs, I am reminded of God’s nearness and truth. Listening to favorite worships songs (or new ones!) may give you a fresh perspective on God’s Word and lead you into His presence.

4. Read a book (other than the Bible).

Sometimes hearing stories of how other people have encountered God can inspire us to encounter Him for ourselves. My recommendations are Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller, The Confessions of St. Augustine by St. Augustine, Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and any missionary biography.
5. Be artistic.
If you enjoy drawing or painting, this might be the perfect activity for you, especially for times when words are hard to come by during prayer or you find it difficult to focus on reading Scripture.

6. Memorize Scripture.
I cannot emphasize how much I love and need this! I recommend writing each section of your selected verse in different colored markers on index cards that you can keep nearby to look at throughout the day.
7. Pray with friends.

This habit (which I adopted during my second semester of college) has been such a blessing! About once a week, a few close friends and I get together to share our prayer requests and pray for each other. Not only is it nice knowing that friends are praying for me throughout the week, but the time we have together is really special and uplifting. 
8. Listen to a sermon podcast.

You can listen to almost any church’s sermons online, in addition to seminary lectures on iTunesU. My recommendations right now are Elevation Church and Breakaway Ministries.
9. Write your prayers & write in your Bible.

If you are a visual person, it’s helpful (and fun!) to draw symbols or write little notes in the margin of your Bible or use color coding. It also makes it easier to find specific verses later. As for writing your prayers, you will have the benefit of going back one day and seeing how God worked in your life at that moment. 

10. Worship God despite your feelings and situations.
When I am tired or discouraged by circumstances, I have to remind myself to worship God because He commands me to. God is always worthy of praise, whether we feel like it or not.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1


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