What Are You Speaking?

Bible Journaling | Entry #2 | Proverbs 15:4

Bible Journaling Entry Proverbs 15 4

“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4 NLT

This verse. I NEED this verse to dig deep down into my heart and make itself at home there. Do you? I mean, I’ve always taken pride in that my first response to strangers (or even those I know) is to be kind. The second response however? Not so much. And God forbid you are outright rude to me or you have a staring problem! (Cue me taking off my imaginary earrings, pulling my hair back into a ponytail and rolling up my sleeves because now you’ve asked for it!) Okay, maybe I’m not that bad. But you can count on me giving you a dirty look, thinking not nice things about you and possibly mumbling something under my breath. (Cue all the modern day Pharisee’s gasping, clutching their lapels and exiting this blog before any of my “human” rubs off on them.) Yes, I did just admit that I have been short tempered before but let’s not be so quick to cast stones. We all struggle with things, this was my struggle, and accountability is part of the process. Hello?

Moving right along. I can recall being an older child, maybe 7 or 8 years old, and having quiet a temper. But it wasn’t all the time and it wasn’t with everyone. I never spoke out of turn at school or to my school friends – I saved most of it for my parents, my sister and my closest friends. This trend followed me all through middle school, high school and right into married life. Unfortunately, I had never addressed the problem. Had I called it out earlier, maybe I wouldn’t have carried it right into my marriage and let it dictate the first few years of David and I’s relationship. Thankfully (and painfully), I came into a head on collision with it last year and decided enough was enough. Why was I still dealing with this habit that I had when I was a kid? The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:11:

 ” When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” (KJV)

But when I became a man. When I grew up. When I matured, I put away childish things. You see, when you grow up you aren’t supposed to entertain the same things you did as a child. You aren’t supposed to act the way you did as a child. This did it for me. This was it. This is when I said “enough is enough” and made up in my mind that  I wasn’t going to live this way anymore. I had let anger and frustration hurt relationships that God had given me. That GOD had given me. That’s when it clicked. The people I treated the worst were the ones I was closest to. Why? Wouldn’t you think that those would be the people I would treat the best? Well going back to my original text:

“Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” – Proverbs 15:4 NLT

So if “gentle words” are a tree of life, then what does that make “not so gentle words”? When I was saying mean things to others, and cutting them down just because they made me mad – I was speaking death into our relationship. Death. What is death directly connected to in the Bible? Sin. Who did sin originate with? Satan (though it entered the world through Adam). L I G H T B U L B. 

You see, I was never connecting my anger and short temperedness to anything or anyone other than myself. I always took ownership of it. Like when I would have a spat with someone, my apology would go a little something like this.

“Hey. I’m really sorry for the things I said earlier. I have always been short tempered for as long as I can remember and sometimes it just gets the best of me.”

Ownership. Ownership. Ownership.
What I should have been saying was:

“Hey. I’m really sorry for the things I said earlier. Sometimes, when I let my flesh go unchecked, I speak out of turn and say hurtful things. But I want you to know I appreciate our friendship.”

Ladies, if you can relate to this – listen to me. Stop taking ownership of your sin and struggle. In order for you to own something, you have to pay something for it and beautiful – you didn’t pay for it! Jesus already did and He has NO PLANS of allowing you to buy it back from Him. So you better go ahead and repent and lay that sin at the feet of Jesus and walk away from it. Because God has big plans for you and they don’t include you continuing in your cycle of sin.  And don’t you dare let that stupid Devil continue to trip you up and try to steal those God given relationships in your life! They are there for a reason and unless God tells you to cut ties, then you need to nurture and care for them with “gentle words” like our text says. Speak life today, ladies. To your spouse, your coworkers, your children, your friendships and to the spiritual authority in your life! Oh, I better stop there before I get off on another tangent. That’s another post for another time! 😉

Speak life not death today, beautiful. You got this!

Blessings,

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A Beginners Guide to Bible Journaling

Bible journaling. What is it? Well if you would have asked me two years ago I wouldn’t have been able to tell you. I hadn’t heard of it until I stumbled upon the hashtag (#ipaintinmybible) on Instagram. But once I scrolled through tens, maybe hundreds, of entries – I was hooked and I knew I had to give it a try!

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A few things for you to know.

* There is no right or wrong way to journal in your Bible. You can do as little or as much as you want. Some people paint the whole page while others just write in the margins. I personally only work in the margins and I try not to permanently cover all the words to where I can’t read them. But what works for me may not work for you! Its a-okay.

* Bible journaling and Bible studying go hand in hand. When I journal, I am usually journaling a verse that stuck out to me while I was reading my Bible. More times than not, this verse also becomes my memory verse for the week! So it’s basically a win-win-win.

* This is between you and God. Don’t get caught up trying to make your page look just like someone else’s or trying to be perfect. If your mind starts to wander there, stop and refocus. Often times, I pray while I am painting or lettering on a page. This helps me to stay focused on what God is trying to speak to me personally and it helps remove the thoughts of perfection or competition.

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Okay. Let’s get to it! The first thing you want to do is decide on the verse (or verses) of scripture that you want to focus on. I try to limit my focus verse to just one but if I want to remember other verses on the page as well, I’ll highlight them. (Instead of lettering them in the margin.)

Then pick your medium. 99.9% of the time, I choose watercolor. That’s because, it adds color to the page without completely covering the text. (see statement above 😉 ) You can paint the page with one solid color or you can play around with different colors and color schemes. Just remember to not wet your page too much or else it might rip!

*Tip: Slide a piece of cardstock, cardboard or watercolor paper under your page to keep your paint from bleeding through to other pages.*

After you’ve applied the paint, you can either wait for it to dry or use a blow dryer to speed up the process. (If you are as impatient as I am – use a blow dryer!) Once it is completely dry, you can start adding stickers, decals and/or washi tape to your page. I got these lovely triangle stickers at Hobby Lobby for like $1.00 because they were 50% off! Boom baby!

As you can see above, I also layered different kinds of washi tape above my stickers where I planned on putting down some sparkly letter stickers. Now don’t let the word “planned” stress you out. I am a planner by nature so I sometimes sketch out an idea before I start the page. You do not have to do this. If you aren’t a planner then great! You do whatever works best for you!

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Then after you lay down your letter stickers (if you’re using some) just fill in the remaining words with a good pen or marker. I have a few favorites that are my “go to” utensils when I journal. Which maybe I will introduce them to you in a future post!

And that’s it! Bible Journaling 101. I hope those of you who have fiddled with the idea of giving it a try, finally take the leap of faith and give it a go. And when you do, if you post it on Instagram, use the #WLSpreadTheLovely so that I can see! I can’t wait to see what all you come up with!

Do you have any tips or tricks for Bible journaling? Comment and share below! I would love to hear them. I am always up to try something new!

Blessings!

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DIY Conversation Heart Balloons

Okay, let me start off with this. I LOVE love. Seriously. Anytime I see a couple who are just indisputably in love – my heart jumps, I uncontrollably smile and I get all the warm fuzzy feelings inside. *insert the gagging noises of all the haters.* But seriously, I do! And I know that not everyone feels this way and thats totally fine. But I thought it was important for you to know now, before you dive too deep into my blog because you are going to find it  E V E R Y W H E R E  here.

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With that being said, I really like Valentines day. Not because of the chocolates or flowers I get from my sweet husband, though that is a bonus, but because everything is just plain cute! (I mean, have you seen Target’s Dollar Spot recently! *insert heart eyes emoji*) Now inevitably, cute stuff gets me in the mood to DIY! Therefore I bring to you these DIY Conversation Heart Balloons!

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What will you need?
-foil heart balloons (mine are from Dollar Tree because they’ll fill them up for free!)
-black letter stickers (these are from Hobby Lobby)
-tape

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Note: Hobby Lobby has tons of letter stickers. You can choose whichever ones you like, but I went with these super simple ones because they looked the most like the text on actual conversation hearts.

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Roll 1 or 2 pieces of tape and stick to the back side of the balloon. I consider the back side to be the side with the barcode on it. Then press the balloon down onto a smooth flat surface, so that it doesn’t fly up while you’re trying to put on your stickers.

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Now it’s time to decide what text you want on your balloons. I chose “BE MINE”, “LUV YOU” and “QT PIE”. Partially because 1 package of the letters I bought, have enough to make all three phrases. (Anyway to save, y’all. Anyway to save!) 

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Then get your sticker on! Remember to line up the bottom of each sticker to keep them straight. If you don’t though, it’s okay! I’m pretty sure I have consumed more conversation hearts where the text is crooked or illegible than I have perfectly straight ones.

diy-valentines-2017-conversation-hearts-balloons-6diy-valentines-2017-conversation-hearts-balloons-7diy-valentines-2017-conversation-heart-balloons-8Voila! In no time you have three, super cute, one of a kind balloons you can add to any Valentine’s Day gift!

Happy (almost) love day!

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Whatsoever’s Lovely + Introduction

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by Whatsoever’s Lovely. I’m Chrisi – the mastermind behind anything and everything you’ll find here. I love color, crafts, home decor projects, journaling, planning parties, trying out new recipes and sharing bits and pieces about my life here in the Midwest with my husband David!

What is “Whatsoever’s Lovely”?

Whatsoever’s Lovely is a collection of colorful photographs documenting lots of things I love. (See short list above 😉 ) The name comes from one of my favorite scriptures, Philippians 4:8.

      “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

When I read this scripture, it hit me. This is what I want to do. I just want to share things with others that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and good. I want to “think on these things” and help other do so too. Thus Whatsoever’s Lovely was born!

Where did it start?

Believe it or not, Whatsoever’s Lovely is the love child of my first ever small business endeavor, The Lovely Lettering Shop. The Lovely Lettering Shop was a small online shop where I used to sell ready-to-ship, hand lettered wooden signs, coffee mugs and wood slices. Lovely Lettering was open for about a year before I had to close unexpectedly when I changed careers. Then, after a year of planning and prayer, I decided to rebrand and change my focus from strictly sales to simply sharing the things I love. That’s where Whatsoever’s Lovely comes in!

What can you expect?

The truth, not opinion. Fun and simple projects, recipes and Bible journaling entries. Short stories to keep you up to date on my otherwise normal life. Oh! And lots of colorful, bright photographs of whatever I’ve been up to lately with short, little captions filled with instructions, truth nuggets and a *hint* of sarcasm sometimes! (Obviously)

So hang out a bit, follow me on Instagram and let’s do life together!

XO
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