Stone Soup for Five

Nov 23, 2015

TONIGHT! The Promises Advent Study releases!

Tonight is the release date for the new Christmas Bible Study through the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament and how He fulfilled them in the New!

This study has been a labor of love, and one of the most difficult I've ever written, but also one of the most rewarding.  Just researching and writing it gave me an even deeper love for my Savior and the Word of God.  I knew that God had a plan ever since Adam and Eve sinned, but seeing it being worked out step by step through all the generations until Christ is nothing short of beautiful.

The study is laid out differently than my usual studies and because this is a Christmas study it includes:
  • A quick, but meaningful study for each day leading up to Christmas
  • A coloring page depicting the day's study
  • Ideas to create your own Christmas Advent journal
  • Simple and fun Christmas Challenge ideas
  • Research and descriptions of the prophecies in the Old and New Testaments
  • Links to Christmas carol videos
It will be up for sale tonight, Monday, November 23rd at 5pm PST for $10.  My readers will get a 10% discount if you use the code ADVENT10.

It will come in PDF format, instantly downloadable, like all other Journal and Doodle studies.  It is saved in full page format, so you can choose to print out full size pages, single or double sided, or change it to booklet format to print half page size instead.

If you follow me on Facebook, you've been able to see the process of creating the coloring pages, and hearing the progress on the study.  It's been a long process and I'm so excited to see it through to the final phase!  Can't wait to share it!

We'll be working together in the Journal and Doodle group page, and if you'd like to be a part of that, be sure to join. I do screen everyone, so be looking for a message from me in your messages (sometimes it goes to the "others" folder).

See you tonight!

Nov 17, 2015

The Promises: a Christmas Advent Study, available NEXT WEEK!

My editor and I have been working hard for the last couple months to bring you a totally different kind of Advent study for Christmas this year, and it's almost done!

This is different than any other study I've done and I can't wait to share it with you.  If you follow me on Facebook you know how excited I am to finish this. It has been an amazing study for me, and I know it will be for you too!

In the study we'll read through 24 of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah and how they were all answered in Christ. 

This study can be done in one of two ways.  
1.  You can read the scriptures and study guide and color the coloring page for each day.
2.  You can do the above AND create your own Advent journal, with writing prompts and doodle suggestions to make it your own.

Included in the study are Christmas Challenge sections, with very simple and fun TO DO or TO DON'T ideas for each day.  (Two of them include EXCELLENT Christmas books to check out!)  There are also Christmas carol snippets and links to listen to them online.

I am working hard to add in the coloring pages and get it ready for the release next Monday, November 23rd!  I hope to have time to make a few separate pages for children to follow along too!

Thank you for all your support through the years and I pray this will bless your season with reminders of God's love and sovereignty.

Be sure to check out the other studies available now.

See ya soon!

Nov 6, 2015

Support women in business all around the world!

Many of you are familiar with Penny Bennett and her awesome Bible totes and other great bags.  This month Penny is going to donate $5 from each purchase from my readers to World Vision's Micro Business Fund that helps entrepreneurs in other countries start their own businesses (be sure to watch the video, it's so inspiring!)

And the cool part is that Penny has some great new items for you to choose too... and it's not too early to think about Christmas gifts either!

Nov 2, 2015

Monday Bullet Journal

After the Bullet Journal workshop I did with Mystie Winckler last week, I've had a lot of requests for more updates on my Bullet Journal and how I'm using it. So rather than a big long blog post with all the pages, I'll do a few weekly posts of my pages and inspiration from other people's journals and some tips, tricks, and tools.

Oct 28, 2015

Part 3--All about clothes and a capsule wardrobe

In the series through Puritan Theologian Richard Baxter's Essay, "Directions for the Holy Spending of Every Day", we are now up to Direction 3.  Which is also the Direction that had me completely gut my closet and re-think everything I've ever thought about clothes.  True, my tangent isn't exactly (or at all) related to the Holy Spending of Each Day, but let's roll with it...

Oct 26, 2015

Bullet Journal and paper planning workshop!

I want to let you know that Mystie Winckler from Simplified Organization and I are going to record a live Bullet Journal and paper planning chat this Wednesday at 2pm PST.  I'd love to have you there and you can even ask questions as we're recording it!  I'm nervous and excited all in one.

Oct 24, 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Sponsor Shout Out -- Drawing Inspiration

Sue Kenmitz has a new book on Amazon, Drawing Inspiration A-Z.  It's a fun inspirational journey for artists or lovers of art.

Created from a year of inspirational daily sketches Sue drew in 2014, it's a beautiful whimsical and often hilarious journey through the alphabet.  

Oct 12, 2015

Doodling Interview and a coupon code!

My new friend, Asheritah, from One Thing Alone,  is doing an awesome series on her blog this month, 31 Days to a Deeper Bible Study.  Her blog is amazing and I am loving this new series she's doing!

She did a short interview with me about adding doodles to deepen your study, which, as you know, I'm all about that.  However, before I send you over to watch the interview, I'd like you to know that I was scared spitless (literally) and we had a mixup on the time to meet (isn't EVERYONE on PST?!) and I completely missed the first meeting and rushed into this interview a hot, shaking mess.  I don't know if I even really answered any of her questions as I don't dare watch it.  It was hard enough doing it the first time... living through it again would be a slow, painful death.

BUT, there is a coupon code for 25% off the DIY Bible Journal, full of exercised to get your going on creating your own Bible journal without freezing up and getting stuck in perfectionism.  If you don't want to watch me stumble over my words and act like a spaz just grab the code and get started on your journal instead!

Oct 9, 2015

How to Spend the Day with God--Part 2

Part two of the series on Richard Baxter's "Directions for the Holy Spending of Every Day" takes us from being intentional about our sleep to the next direction, what we do first thing after we get up.

Oct 5, 2015

Living the four quadrants when you usually just put out fires

Quite a while ago I read Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey talking about the four quadrants of our life.  They are originally from the book by Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, but I loved how Dave explained them.

So I wrote them down, determined to live in quadrants 1 and 2.
Then put it away and promptly forgot about it.

But after living the life of a firefighter, and last minute urgency, I wrote them out again, this time where they'd be right in my face, because I'm usually living in quadrants 3 and 4 by default.
And I'm so SICK of default!