Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December Scripture Writing List

The December Scripture writing list and clarification form are here. I hope you'll enjoy these Scriptures that focus on Jesus, the Messiah and His birth.

My Scripture writing list is a bit different from others you may have seen. I write the Scriptures out for you so that you can copy them into your own book or on the form I have provided. I know how busy women are, especially this time of year, and I want you to have the saved step of looking the Scripture up. It's more important to mediate on them and write them, in my opinion. Of course, if you don't like the version I have used, you can look the Scriptures up in your own preferred version of the Bible.

On day one, we will write the Scripture out then the next day, we will clarify it. The next day, we write the next Scripture, then the day after that, we clarify it. So we are spending two days on one Scripture - really reading it, meditating on it, and getting all we can out of it. I have the Scriptures listed with the number of the day next to it.
I have the instruction sheet for the clarification form so you'll know exactly what you need to do.

Clarification Form Instructions

You can download and print out the December list and the form from the links below.

December 2016 Scripture List

December Clarification Form 

I hope you enjoy doing this with me! If you would like the share pictures of your Scripture writing, I'd love to see them! You can share on my blog Facebook page. I'll be sharing pictures of mine from time to time, too.

Many blessings - Julie

Counting Our Blessings - LinkUp!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and a relaxing weekend after the holiday. We had a lovely day and were able to spend some time as a family, which was really nice!

104. This year I was really organized for Thanksgiving and got a lot done the two days before. I made my pies on Tuesday as well as pumpkin bread. I made these little breads to put away in the freezer for Christmas so I'm way ahead for once!

I made my yams and stuffing the day ahead and prepared them for the oven. I peeled my potatoes and had them in cold water to cook the next morning. All I had to do on Thanksgiving morning was put the turkey in, made the green bean casserole, the creamed corn and gravy. Easy peasy! Here's what all the beautiful food looked like after it was done...

So yummy! I even had a menu board put out this year!

I painted this board a few years back and always have fun putting our menus on it!

105. I finished my little snowmen in a tub. I just love these little faces and can't wait to find the perfect place for them.

Such happy little faces!!

What are your blessings for this week? Please share on the linky below or in the comments!

Blessings - Julie

Bible Review - Beyond Suffering Bible NLT


The Beyond Suffering Bible is the first study bible made specifically for those who suffer and the people who love them.


As a pain sufferer myself, I was so excited to be able to receive this Bible! Joni Eareckson Tada has truly been a lifeline for me as I have suffered with pain and health issues in the past few years. She always, always points to God's Word for sustenance and comfort and this Bible is the perfect culmination of her ministry.

I really like the NLT version and find it very easy to read. It's perfect for the long time Christian as well as those who aren't familiar with reading the Bible. The font is easy to read and also large enough that it doesn't strain the eyes.

The first thing you'll notice is the beautiful cover. It's a picture of the beach and ocean and just gives you such a feeling of peace. When you open it, there's a gorgeous plate of the ocean with Scriptures on it. There is a beautiful letter from Joni and then several Bible reading plans after that.

My most favorite feature of this Bible for me is the "Topical Guide to Features" section. You can look up a specific word in this guide and it will lead you to Scriptures or other features within the Bible that specifically deal with that thing you're needing guidance on. When we are hurting, having a guide like this makes it so much easier to find the comfort within the Scriptures we are needing.

There are profiles concerning people that themselves suffered or had someone close to them that suffered. These profiles are so inspiring and I enjoyed reading about the courage and strength they drew from God.

There are little blue boxes called "Connection Points" that help us understand an important point of Scripture on the page. These are great for understanding the Scripture more deeply and being able to apply it to our lives.

I love this Bible! I am using it exclusively now as my Bible because it encourages me so much in my suffering and gives me the guides to finding Scripture and encouragement for my pain. If you suffer or take care of someone who does, this is truly a must have Bible for you! This Bible is truly a gift from God and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

*This Bible was provided to me for my honest review by Tyndale Blog Network

Blessings - Julie

Book Review - Christmas Quiet


In the 25 days leading up to Christmas you will deepen your awareness of God's loving presence and rejoice in the gift of your Savior by pausing daily to immerse yourself in these uplifting devotions, faith-building exercises, and peaceful coloring pages. Enjoy the true essence of the holiday as never before as you draw closer to God with this book.

•25 powerful devotions that can be read in five minutes and provide lasting inspiration,

•25 reflective questions and thoughtful activities that deepen the experience of each devotion, and

•25 gorgeous holiday coloring pages to enjoy whenever you like.


This is such a beautiful book for quieting your heart and focusing on Jesus for Christmas.

There are 25 devotions that you start on December 1st and then there is a page to color after you read the devotion. The devotion starts with a Scripture and then focuses on that Scripture. The devotions are not long but they are excellent in focusing on Scripture and keeping your heart in the Word.

The thing I love about the coloring pages is that they, too, have either Scripture or truths about God in each one. So as you're coloring the page, you're focusing on God's Word and truths. The pictures are beautiful and really enjoyable to color in. Not so detailed that it takes forever, but detailed enough to make the picture truly beautiful.

This is a wonderful book and I enjoyed each and every page. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by FaithWords

Blessings - Julie

Monday, November 28, 2016

Book Review - A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book


There is no better way to get into the full spirit of the holiday season than by coloring more than 85 uplifting illustrations in this special volume: frosty winter scenes, carolers in the snow, trees trimmed in nostalgic trappings, ornate churches, angels, nativities--all reminiscent of cozy moments with family and friends and the sweetest, simplest blessings of the holidays. Each artist can rejoice with a grateful heart and be reminded of the ultimate gift God gave the world. Also included are illustrated Scripture verses and fun, holiday craft cutouts that everyone can use to create their own ornaments, Christmas cards, gift tags, and more!


This is such a beautiful and fun coloring book! I really loved all the pictures and that they were so focused on the glorious season of Christmas. There are angels, churches, trees, birds and more to color!

Here's the page that I colored. I used colored pencils and enjoyed doing this so much.

Each picture is detailed in such gorgeous ways. Not so much that you feel overwhelmed coloring them in, however. There are also so many pictures to choose from, you can color in a picture with more or less detail - however you feel. There are also Scriptures throughout to help you focus on what Christmas is all about and to meditate on as you color.

I really love that in the back of the book there are little ornaments and book marks you can color in, cut out and make lovely gifts for someone. The ornaments would be great for the tree or as gift tags. They will definitely make someone feel extra special if you give them something you colored yourself.

I love this coloring book and highly recommend it! It would make a lovely gift for someone! I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by FaithWords

Blessings - Julie