Bible Journaling

Creative Retreat Kits | When We Gather

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“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Matthew 18:20

I could hardly believe when I saw on the calendar just a few short weeks ago that it was officially fall. It takes quite a while for temperatures to cool and for leaves to actually fall where I live so it can take a while for it to really set in. For me, fall always ignites the practice and attitude of gratefulness in my life. Maybe it’s because it is the eve of Thanksgiving when the whole world finally takes a pause to give thanks. I like to start early and really get in the right frame of mind.

This year, the thing that rises to the top of mind when I think of what I am grateful for, is “my people”. We all need each other so desperately, even when things are good, but so much more so when things are less than ideal. This year has very much been the latter for me and I don’t know if I could have gotten as far as I am today without my people.

My support system is very small but very strong. Much of my support system is rooted in the faith of our Lord and Savior. He comes first in everything. I think of Matthew 18 when I think of my people. This passage is often referred to when it comes to conflict resolution, which it is a wonderful template for, but for me, it’s such a shining example of what strength there is when believers gather in His name. He tells us that he is with us in these moments. Truly holy moments happen when we gather in His name!

Some of the most earnest prayers I have made when gathered with my people have been asked in His name. There is incredible power in the name of God. Satan trembles at his name. Mountains will tumble at the sound of his name. You see, big things happen when we gather in His name. He is for us and he is with us. Could there be anything better?

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Let’s chat about my entry – can we talk about the gorgeous colors in this kit?! I also adored the vine and leaf pattern on the back of the devotional card (which I typically do), so I raided my paper stash because I knew I had some others with the same color palette. I started by buffing in a soft wash of ink (Distress Oxide ink in Fossilized Amber) on the top and bottom of the page. I thought this might help the mixed paper patterns blend together a bit better and because I just loved that yellow.

Next, I pulled papers that specifically had this earthy yellow, rich purple and soft gray or turquoise. I got out my hexagon die cut and cut out several sheets. Starting at the bottom edge, I started piecing them together on the page, gluing one piece down at a time, focusing just on the bottom of the page, then creating a simple cluster at the top of the page as well. I carefully cut off any overhanging pieces with a small scissor.

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I loved the beautiful Gather in His Name sticker from the kit so I used only that as my title. This was the PERFECT piece for this page! I also loved the two circle stickers that said He is For Us and He is With Us so I nestled those together down into the hexis. I framed out my verses with a bit of purple washi tape and hit the page with some purple watercolor splatters.

I loved the dark teal bow in the kit so I added that and loved how it helped tie in the various patterns and bring in that turquoise blue color. It was the perfect finishing touch to a page full of rich color!
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Friends, my prayer for you is that you begin the practice of gratefulness now as we enter this harvest season. Consider the good harvest in your life this year and be grateful for those who have come alongside you, prayed with you and for you and have gathered together with you in the name of God. He is with us. He is for us. Amen!

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Other Fun Stuff

Hobby Lobby Clearance?!

Ok, how am I the last to have taken advantage of the crazy clearance prices on paper crafting at Hobby Lobby?! I had seen so many posts on IG with INSANE deals, but never thought to go check out my local store.

Well, I did think about it, but I can so easily spend gobs of money on paper crafting supplies so I was trying to sort of reel it back in during February. But, March 1st hit and I had to head to Hobby Lobby, or as I call it, Hobbs Lobbs (I know, I’m super nerdy) to check these deals out for myself. Gals, those yellow stickers make my heart soar!

Though things had been really picked over by this time, there were still some great deals to be had. Let me show you what I got…

These cute little die cut pieces (wood alphas and numbers and acrylic arrows) were marked down to $1.75, $1 and $0.75 each! Though they are a bit thick for bible journaling, I can’t wait to use these in my memory keeping projects.

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I like big… stacks of patterned paper and I cannot lie. These $20 bricks of CUTE patterned paper were marked down to just 5 bucks each!

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I have this very weird sort of obsession with ampersand signs so when I saw this punch, it was like a scene from Finding Nemo… “Mine! Mine! Mine!” And right next to it was this cool gold, very heavyweight 6-hole punch. I love gold. I love hole punches. This will be so cute to make mini books with.

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And lastly, girls… the stamp aisle. I really had to control myself. I love wood stamps but I really hate how bulky they are to store so I’ve started to convert all of mine to mount on acrylic blocks (this process has been insanely tedious!) and only buy photopolymer or stamps that can be mounted to acrylic blocks, and stored in sleeves. So I limited myself to this cool numeric click together set (I already have the alphas) which were only $2 and will work great for referencing scriptures and for sermon notes/points. Then, that alpha pack! $5, I could not resist. And… the CUTEST Heidi Swapp date stamp, probably ever. The months are in sweet cursive text! I will have to show it off soon. It’s the CUTEST. And it was actually marked down 40% off the $4.99 price tag.

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All in all, it was a super successful trip. I had a blast browsing and dreaming and ended up walking out of there looking like a greedy little squirrel with arms packed full of supplies while spending only around $40.

What clearance deals did you score at your local Hobby Lobby?