Happy Monday! Sorry this is late today, I am traveling and enjoying my sweet little family! I wanted to introduce Stephanie to you. In the scrapbook industry you tend to work with similar people, and Stephanie is one of those people for me! I see her running in similar circles, working with similar products and with the same people I work with. Even though we don’t work directly together she is always someone I have looked up to so when she started a journaling bible I was over the moon excited!!! Please give her a warm welcome….
Hi everyone, I’m Stephanie! It’s so nice to he here to share with you today. I live in AL with my husband and our 2 year old son.
When Shanna first emailed me asking if I’d be interested in contributing here, my initial reaction was “no way!” Although I love what everyone does and shares here I immediately felt intimidated. It was like the Devil zoned in on my insecurities and tried to use them against me to keep me from sharing with you just how thankful I am for all of God’s blessings. So I prayed about it and emailed her back with a very excited “YES!” If God put it on her heart to ask me, then who am I to not believe that He would place the right words and ability in me!? So here I am!
I have a thankful heart. I fall short in so many other areas but for some reason being thankful to God for all He has done and continues to do in my life is one thing that actually comes easy, natural for me.
I chose to journal about James 1:17
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
God is always good, and everything from Him is likewise. I chose this verse to help remind myself that even in hard times when things don’t always seem like a gift or like something good He never changes. I admit that there have been times in my life where seeing this and believing this were not always easy, I’ve doubted and questioned His love and goodness but in the end my heart knows and always finds His truth.
When I’m thankful for what He has given me it’s so much easier to feel that instead of wanting more or things that I do not have, a bigger house or family, a new car, all this seems so very trivial when I stop and look at all I already have, what I have been blessed with.
I could never find the words to express to Him just how thankful I am for everything, my family, our house, His love and forgiveness, His grace and I ‘m so thankful for a heart of gratitude. I just hope that my simple words are enough to say thank you Father for everything.
Thank you so much Stephanie. I love seeing you take your style on your journaling bible! You have such an eye for color and design and it is such a gift to transfer that into your spiritual life!
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Some one once said “we have translated the Bible into many languages but never to a creative one” and that is exactly what Illustrated Faith is striving to do; provide a place to see the bible through a creative mind.