Hi everyone, here are the questions for my Christmas Tag video:
1. Favourite Christmas colour?
2. Favourite holiday movie?
3. Embarassing Christmas photo
4. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
5. When does your family put up the Christmas tree and who decorates it?
6. Have you ever had a white Christmas?
7. Favourite Christmas smell?
8. Favourite Christmas food?
9. Have you ever built a gingerbread house?
10. Have you ever gone Christmas caroling?
11. Name all of Santa’s reindeer.
12. Favourite Christmas song?
13. Dream place to visit at Christmas time.
14. Did you ever believe in Santa?
15. What do you like to do on your Christmas break?
16. Candy cane or ginger bread man?
17. Turkey or ham?
18. Pavlova or Trifle?
So recently, I’ve been finding reading His Word a little dry, even with some guides like reading plans through my Bible app and ODB. So, here is where a trip to my local Christian bookstore changed things around.
I’ve told my husband many a time, I’ve struggled to read Christian literature aside from the Word itself, it can become a bit of a snooze read for me. So I didn’t have any particularly high hopes for picking up a book in the bargain section of the store. But this book caught my eye and I passed on it a couple of times, but went back to it again.
The Grave Robber (How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible) by Mark Batterson. To be honest, I’d never heard of the book or the author. And the title actually reminded me of a fiction novel. Anyhow, I picked it up at a steal and thought, why not? I have time, I want to delve into something deeper to encourage and inspire me, and hopefully grow me in His Word and a deeper knowledge of Him.
The fact that the book addresses the impossible possibles also didn’t hurt. I’ve been through my fair share of impossible situations and circumstances in the last year or so, that I’m willing to give it a go. See what comes of it.
So, I started doing a little reading of the book, and diving into the passages where applicable as my devo. Very different for me, and a little taboo as I’m a true BSF girl at heart. The Word or nothing. LOL. But, again, I had surprisingly encouraging and inspiring devotional times. Of course, I was careful of not allowing the book to become my Bible reading, as it is someone’s interpretation of the lessons from His Word. And I’ve seen many a Christian become excellent quoters of an author or speaker, and have somehow neglected to point to God. But, at the same time, I found each little section I did (not even chapter by chapter), an injection of refreshing into my spiritual life.
So, that being said, I thought, why not share my rambles and thoughts on my blog, where I hope to share all aspects of life to a degree. And, hopefully, it encourages, equips and enables anyone reading this for His glory.
This book goes through 7 of Jesus’ miracles as in the book of John.
TGR: When H2O Transforms (Pt 1)
Instead of focusing in on the miracle at hand, this first reflection was of someone else in this story that I’d say is largely under-rated (at least in this story). Mary. Jesus’ mother. She was present at the wedding where Jesus eventually turns six stone jars of water to wine.
The story is found in John 2:1-11
In verse 3, Jesus’ mother seeks Him out and gets him involved in the situation. She does not tell him what to do, or how to do it. But identifies the problem at hand, and brings it to Jesus. Even after Jesus tells her (v.4) that his ‘time has not yet come’, her faith in Him is evident when she instructs the disciples to do as he asks.
Now, I’ve read this miracle many times, and have never really picked up on Mary’s role in this whole situation. She had amazing trust in her son, and needed few words to express it.
What an encouragement for me, as I’d like to think that I seek Him first in all that I do, but in reality, I don’t. How many times have we been in a pickle, and thought of the human responses appropriate? Mary showed her trust and faith in the Lord, and ultimately allowed the impossible to become possible.
If we all showed faith like Mary, to bring it to Jesus after encountering a problem, I’m sure the world, our world, would be such a different place.
I hope this encourages you today. That if we seek Him first, He won’t be your last resort.
December is here! This is my monthly spread in Kikki K large inserts (A5). I don’t have a plan with me, as I did this earlier in the year and added to it as I went along.
Most items are from Daiso >< and are budget friendly.
Video on Youtube of the walkthrough and more information on the beautiful Japanese paper below.
I was fortunate enough to meet the illustrator of Animorphia colouring book – Kerby Rosanes. His book is highly detailed and contains many little original characters. He is a really humble guy who is passionate and skilled in drawing. I was able to watch a live drawing at Dymock’s bookstores. Click the video below to see how it went and a flipthrough of the book.
Hi everyone, I recently received the lovely gift of an art shop (Dean’s Art) gift voucher from my lovely friends in my lifegroup. Thankyou so much guys! It means so much to me and you can see how excited I am over art supplies. What a nerd….
Here are the items I got and links to the Dean’s Art (the shop I went to) to purchase them.
The Youtube video I made on this haul is also below. Check it out!
- Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours Sketchet’s Pocket Box (and 6 extra colours)
The Pocket Box comes with a plastic box with integral palette, 12 x half pans and 1 brush.
Colours I got were:
Box Set – Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine, Intense Blue (Phthalo Blue), Viridian Hue, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Chinese White
Individual Half Pans – Ivory Black, Indian Red, Intense Green (Phthalo Green), Turquoise, Dioxazine Purple, Purple Lake
2. Elements of Art Sketch & Write A5 sketchbook.
Offwhite 120 gsm sketch and lined paper. The paper is so smooth to touch. Your pens and pencils glide over the surface really nicely and when erasing on this surface, there is not much paper fibre fallout.
No photo, but here is the link: Sketch & Write A5
3. Washi (brand) Brown Paper Journal A5 90 gsm
Washi brand website: washi
4. Talens Indian Ink 30ml Black and Calligraphy Dip Pen
Unfortunately, unable to find the pen online.
6. Micador Stylist Watercolours 36
7. 25mm Hinged Rings
Officeworks Hinged Rings
Basically, the Dean’s Art website is quite rubbish and products do not seem to be updated regularly. I tried to provide links to the items or something similar. But the store itself is lovely to browse through and a real treat for any art enthusiast.
Here is the website in case you were wondering : Dean’s Art
Finally, here is the Youtube video of me going through all the lovely things above.