Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 5, 2017

Armed With Truth Tattoos Review

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About these tattoos!  I want to share with you about Armed for Truth a company that makes and sells temporary Scripture tattoos.  These temporary tattoos with Scripture on them are press-on decal/water transfer tattoos.  These tattoos do not contain any henna.  The tattoo is an image printed on water-permeable paper. The paper is placed ink-side down and when moisture is applied the image transfers to the skin. The FDA requires that decal-type tattoos use only pigments that have been approved for use in cosmetics; this means they are non-toxic and non-allergenic. They are easily removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil. If decal temporary tattoos are legally sold in the United States, then their color additives have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as cosmetics. This means the FDA has determined they are safe for “direct dermal contact.”  Everyone one of our tattoos is made in the United States and complies with all safety requirements and regularly undergoes testing.

I love the fact that Armed With Truth makes Scripture into tattoos.  I can carry the Word of God on my arm, leg or where ever my imagination takes me with these Scripture tattoos!  You should of seen my three girls faces when I opened the review package.  I am firmly against tattoos of the permanent kind.  Why?  Because it is my personal conviction that God created me just exactly as He wanted me and nothing I can do will improve that.  I believe that God does not make mistakes or create junk.  Now this is my personal conviction and if you don’t feel the same I respect your opinion.  Side note:  I don’t wear makeup either, just saying.

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Awesome features:

On the Armed for Truth site which you can access by clicking on their name anywhere within this post they have many different options to choose from.  Which is an added benefit.  I was given the Transformed Mind which includes 10 Scripture tattoos in the NIV for your mind and thoughts to be redeemed from God’s very own Word.

The lasting effect of the tattoo once it has been properly applied (see website or verse packs for instructions) is truly amazing.  I live in the South, specifically the Sunshine state and it is hot, humid and you are always sweating.  My tattoo lasted through the first hot summer day and what truly amazed me it lasted through 2 showers too.  So if you are looking for a product that gives you God’s Word and has sticking power and does not need to be reapplied each day these are your tattoo’s.

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Melissa’s Musings:

If you have kids like I do then you know that kids and tattoos go together like America and apple pie.  My kids are always applying tattoos and now I can supply them with God’s Word to apply to their little bodies.  What a great memorization reminder.  My girls used their pack of Transformed Mind tattoos to aid in their Scripture memorization.  I used the Designer tattoos to remind me that I have access to God’s Word anytime and to not take that for granted.

Overall, the Armed For Truth tattoos were a hit in our household and I am definitely getting more to help us with remembering to think on God’s Word throughout our day.

I have a special discount code that you can use as a reader/subscriber to my blog so hop on over to Armed For Truth and check them out for yourself and be sure to tell them Melissa’s Musings sent you.  Save 20% off your order today by using coup on code : hugapoo

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received these tattoos from Front Gate Media to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

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Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 3, 2017

Grief….

I have been struggling with grief since December for the reason behind this grief check out my previous post it is just too hard to write again.

I have been spending a season saturating myself in the Word of God and seeking His rest.  My life is not the same, nor will it ever be and I don’t want it to be, I want it to be soaked in Jesus.

I have been playing around with my counselor with words because after all I love to write, journal so she has me putting words together to try to describe what I am feeling within my soul, so please be gentle when you read these words, I am not a poet, I am just a child of God who is walking through a valley.

Grief is like an ocean wave

Relentless.

Powerful…

Rolling over my soul when I least expect it,

Eroding pieces of me with every crashing wave.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 27, 2017

‘The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible’ Grow in the Word Giveaway

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ABOUT THIS BIBLE:
The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, March 2017)

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation.

Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

—Beautiful full-color design throughout
—Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women
—Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes
—Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues
—Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy
—Book introductions and outlines
—Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees
—Quotes from godly women throughout history
—Set of full-page maps of the biblical world
—Topical index
—Concordance

Learn more and purchase a copy.

ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:

In business since 1798, Thomas Nelson is one of the oldest Bible publishers in the world and the largest publisher of the King James Version. Their mission is to inspire the world by using our talents, assets, opportunities, and influence to engage and equip people with Scripture and draw people to a deeper study and understanding of God’s Word.

MELISSA’S MUSINGS:

I have to say this first, this is a beautiful Bible.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a Bible that is so bright, vibrant and beautiful.  I love it.  When I first opened the Bible I was nervous, it was so pretty, I did not think I would be able to carry it with me.  How could I get it dirty?  How could I write on the pages?  But it only took opening the Bible for the first time and then I knew that I did not want to be without this Bible.  I just love all the full color features and not to mention this Bible makes me feel like a queen.

This Bible is perfect for any woman.  It is tailored more toward women with the beautiful full color designs, biological portraits of over 100 women and too many to count study notes.  Also included are essays by other women for women in a full range of topics.  But don’t worry you don’t have to sacrifice Bible study tools just to have a beautiful Bible.  This Bible includes as you’ve seen above all the bells, whistles and buzzers you need to study the Bible yourself.

Be sure to keep reading to find out how you can get your very own copy!

Until Next time,

M

You’re invited to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation in the fully revised and redesigned The NKJV Woman’s Study Bible. The new edition features a beautiful, full-color redesign and poignantly reveals the Word of God with Scripture insights and the contributions of more than eighty women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

This spring, cultivate your heart’s spiritual roots and enter to win the Grow in the Word Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on April 27. The winner will be announced April 28 on the Litfuse blog.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received this Bible from Litfuse Group to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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I received this book to review.  I received no compensation for writing this review nor was I required to write a favorable review.  All opinions are my own based on reading the book.  Enjoy!

This is only the second Craig Groeschel book I’ve read.  I have to say I find it very hard to read his books.  I find it hard to comprehend what he is trying to say.  He jumps around  from place to place and never fully answers the questions or thought he is presenting.  If you can get through this problem with his books you can glean helpful items, but only if you are willing to commit to searching them out and forming them into complete thoughts.  When I read his first book, I thought it could of been the subject matter that made it so hard to understand, but after reading the second book, I can honestly say it is his writing style.

I do not like to read a book that does not fully inform.   I do not like reading subject matter that tickles the ears rather than fills the heart with a desire to go deeper.  These are just my honest opinions.  If you read the book and are able to glean more than I did, then the authors mission was accomplished.

Divine Direction is not a book that will physically rescue you, if you are willing to do your research it will serve as a guide to help you through situations you are facing.  The main objective of the book is the seven steps that will take you through to the end of your life, so you can look back with a fondness that you’ve done all you could.  No regrets.

I was able to glean from the book that it basically boils down to your decisions lead you and you want to make sure that you make wise decisions.  I agree with the premise, but I think as I’ve stated above the author could of done of a better job of presenting the material in an understandable manner.

If you are a new Christian, I would not recommend this book to you.  Due to the way the message is presenting I feel it would confuse you.  But, if you’ve been a Christian for awhile and have a well rounded grasp of the Word of God than I would recommend the book.

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received one book series Horses and Friends from Litfuse Publicity Group and David C Cook to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 13, 2017

Hello, stranger….

It seems the reoccurring theme of each blog post in the last year and a half has been me apologizing for my absence. No more. I operate on God’s time and if He gives me something to post, I post. After all, obedience brings blessings.

It has been a long time and so much has happened. I don’the even know where to start. My life dramatically changed last July. A phone call from my dad who was on vacation changed my life in the blink of an eye. My dad was 1,400 miles away and was very ill. He refused to seek medical attention away from home, so my brother was bringing him home. Needless to say my mind went into overdrive. When you only get part of the story because your dad hates doctor’s and anything medical, add in the fact that he is your dad and refuses to make you worry. It is a recipe for disaster and the enemy uses it to his advantage. For 20 hours my heart, soul and mind were in agony worrying about my dad. Prayers were said and requested.

Until finally, they pulled into the driveway and you got the full story, which really didn’t put your mind at ease.  So the next day we went to the emergency room to try to get answers.  Since I am only his daughter they usually don’t let me go to triage with him.  Until, they start asking questions and he doesn’t give the answers they need to hear.  Then they find me.  It only took me counting to 10 this time.  Once we had them informed of his history and symptoms and they hooked him up to monitors we had a fast trip to the back, no waiting in the waiting room for us.  Apparently, his heart rate was very, very high.

To make a long story short we ended up spending a long time in the hospital in the cardiac ward, my father was a very sick man who refused to admit it.  Once we got to the bottom of the diagnoses and started treatment it was a very scary.  We heard words like living will, advanced directives, life support, etc.  As I sat by each day unable to do anything for him and he steadily got worse, my prayers became more urgent.  When we were discharged it was mainly because he did not want to be there anymore.  He was not allowed to drive or do any strenuous activity.  Well, even though my dad was in his late 80’s he was an active person, he drove himself and cared for his mini farm.  He just could not comprehend why he wasn’t bouncing back as he called it.

After three more hospital stays that ended up being weeks at a time, we were told the dreaded words that no daughter wants to hear.  They basically gave him six months to live.  So in September I went out on medical leave from work to be his caretaker.  My uncle his brother came not long after and my dad’s step son was also a great help in caring for my dad.  We took one day at a time and prayed for more.

In December 2016, right before Christmas my father passed away.  He  passed into glory to be with His Savior that he just met in November.  Praise God he was able to meet Jesus while there was still breath in his lungs.

I don’t care what people, experts say that time heals all wounds.  That is not true.  Each day is a struggle.  After caring for someone so long that your whole entire life changes you just don’t know what to do next.  Do you pick up where you left off?  Do you start all over again?  Without your biggest fan on the sidelines cheering you on?  So I did the only thing I knew to do.  I sought the Lord.  I needed to know what His plan was for me.

The Lord was with me through it all, and I would not of made it without Him.  He showed me what to do and how to do it with the love of Jesus overflowing in my life.  I am still seeking the Lord and His will for my life.

I am committed to resume blogging as I know the Lord wants me to share Jesus on each and every page.  I am not committed to a certain number of blog posts per week, month or year.  I will post as God leads and I faithful follow.

I am so glad that each of my readers is along with me for the journey.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | June 1, 2016

Hello June!

I can hardly believe that we are in June already, where has this year gone?  I feel like I’ve missed a few months, how about you?

My kids are out for summer vacation, they get out of school in early May and life takes a hectic turn or should I say more hectic.  I am so glad that homework, research papers, exams and early bedtimes are over, can I get an amen? I love summer as it stays light longer and we can log more outside hours.  This summer we are getting fit together as a family.  In my previous blog posts I share how I have been on journey to get healthy.  I started in June 2014 and currently I am less 40 pounds and counting.  So I guess there is less of me and more of my Heavenly Father. But the benefits are awesome.  I have more energy, stamina and for the first time in a long time life is more enjoyable. I know what your thinking how did I do it?

Well, I didn’t join a fancy gym.  I didn’t buy into the latest weight loss fad, I didn’t drink the shake or take the pill.  I did it the old fashioned way with what I had on hand at the time.  I got up off the sofa one day and started walking.  Walking and walking.  With each step that I took I had a vision of Forrest Gump in my head as he ran back and forth across America.  In the beginning this old body of mine could only last 10 minutes but I kept on pushing.  Then I worked up to 15 minutes a day and soon I was seeing 30 minutes a day and then I stopped looking at the minutes and paid attention to the ground I was covering.  The steps turned into miles and once I hit the four mile marker I started jogging.  I know right?  Who would of though since I have such a strong aversion to sweating.  Sweat I did in the good old Florida sunshine.  So I started over since I was now jogging, I did five, ten and then twenty and thirty minutes until I stopped counting the minutes and started counting the miles.  They add up fast.

I’ve had a few setbacks along the way with sickness and life in general got in the way.  But one thing I can tell you is that when I am not exercising I am not happy.  My stress level overcomes my attitude.  I don’t sleep as well and I am irritable.  When I exercise each day I sleep better and it improves my attitude and outlook on all things.  One thing that my exercise has really helped is my prayer life.  While I am walking or jogging or riding my bike I am praying.  Having a constant conversation with My Savior.  I can’t do it without Him and I give Him all the praise and glory for it.  He started me on this journey and He will see me through it.  I pray for everything and anything.  For His Will, my life, my family, friends and my church.  Anything that comes to mind I pray about and it has really helped draw me closer to Him.  You would be totally surprised how much you can say and seek for in a mile or even ten minutes.  Problems that were before me that appeared as tall as mountains are reduced to mole hills when you pray and seek Him.  What an awesome opportunity He has given me to reach out to Him in mind, body and spirit.

So this summer my blog maybe sparse, but you can find me walking, jogging or biking around the sunshine state mostly confined to 20 acres but I’ve come to know every inch of those 20 acres like I’ve come to know my Heavenly Father better.  I challenge you, get up off that sofa and out from that book, television or whatever is distracting you this summer and take that first step.  Believe me, it is not easy most days as your muscles ache and the cramps set in or as the sweat stings your eyes.  But one thing I know it is worth it.  I also challenge you to cry out to God,  lift your voice as you lift yourself to Him.  If you don’t know Him, I challenge you to meet Him and find out the truth that is just waiting for you to discover about Him.  Surrender to Him and make Him Lord.

I’d love to hear from you if you are taking your first step toward a healthy life or if you are taking that first step into God’s waiting arms.  Drop me a line and we can virtually walk together.

I am not a licensed fitness coach or physician I recommend you check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program first.  As your doctor know you and can give you medical advice I can not, nor do I claim too.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | May 30, 2016

I Don’t Wait Anymore by Grace Thornton Review and Giveaway!

I received this book to review and giveaway as part of The Blog Spot review program.  I received no compensation for writing this review nor was I required to write a favorable review.  All opinions are my own based on reading the book.  Enjoy!

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How do you trust God?  Is your trust just words?  Or is alive, growing, and personal.  Grace Thornton asks a question along this line in her book “I Don’t Wait Anymore”.  Take some time and ponder your answer, because if you truly do not trust the Lord, then what is your relationship with Him?  I know it is hard to trust.  Believe me, I’ve been there.

My hopes and dreams have been smashed against the rocks of life many times.  Most all of us have experienced a loss or a devastation as we walk through this world.  We all have this preconceived idea of what life should be and we enter this world striving for it.  One foot in front of the other until one day that idea is shattered for whatever reason.  BUT, is that necessarily a bad thing?  You’ll have to read the book to discover the answer that Grace Thornton reveals on each page of “I Don’t Wait Anymore”.

As I began reading “I Don’t Wait Anymore” I found it hard to follow along, I don’t know if it was because the author jumped around from past to present or just how it was presented.  It took me a while to get accustomed to the author’s writing style.  Once we found our rhythm the book really touched home for me.  I am glad that I persevered.

This book much like my opening statement is about being brutally honest with yourself.  It requires you to analyze yourself in light of truth.  Sometimes when we look inward instead of outward we discover things about ourselves that we don’t like, but that gives us the opportunity to change them by the grace of God.  We find out where, what and how we’ve been placing our trust and for me it was not where I thought I had placed it.  I loved Grace Thornton’s honesty in each page.  She shares her innermost self with her readers and I am thankful she did because it helped me see where I had veered off the path in trusting God and to truly see what trusting Him means for me personally.  Don’t get derailed by the world and it’s version of what your life should look like.  Don’t get caught up waiting for this or that to happen.  We have to let go of our expectations and find His expectation for us personally.  So if you are ready to get brutally honest with yourself than I recommend this book for you and you are in for a treat as I will be giving a copy of this book to one person thanks to the publisher, Zondervan.

Even if you are not at the point in your life where you’ve suffered a disappointing set back in what you believe your life should be I still recommend reading “I Don’t Wait Anymore”. Who knows what the future holds only the God of the universe has been there already and I know this book was brought into my life for a reason and I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.  The most important thing I took away from my reading of “I Don’t Wait Anymore” was being content with what the Lord has given me when He has given it to me.  I may not understand why I have what I have at any given moment but I trust in the fact that it is in my life because He allowed it and I am free to seek out the reasoning behind it.  I am free to glorify Him for it and to share it with others.

Now for the fun part, I am giving away one copy of “I Don’t Wait Anymore” by Grace Thornton.  To enter please follow these directions and one winner will be selected on June 11th.

  • One entry will be given for leaving a comment here on my blog post about why you would like to read this book.
  • One entry will be given if you share this review on your blog and comment with a link on this post.
  • One entry will be given for sharing this blog post and contest on Facebook or Twitter and comment here with the link to your post on Facebook and Twitter.

I wish each of you the best in this contest and I am can’t wait to read your responses.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 22, 2016

Melissa’s Gleanings….

I don’t know if I can fit all that I’ve gathered over the last month.  I apologize for my absence but if you would like an explanation please see the previous post published on Monday, April 18, 2016.  I missed you tremendously.

But… I believe the Lord had a plan for me and I needed to refuel, recharge and draw nigh unto Him.  It’s not like I slipped so far that I was lost, but I slowly had let the day to day life pull me a little farther from Him than I needed to be.  So this break from blogging and social media interaction has allowed Him to pour into me more of Him and I am so thankful He loves me enough to show me when I am moving away from my first love.

I have to share one product with you that I am absolutely loving.  I found a new favorite pen that comes in a rainbow of color of course I only see purple and write it.  But this pen has helped me return to journaling and praying in color.  It is the PaperMate InkJoy Gel Pen.  It is hard to find and if you buy it off the online major website you will pay way too much for the pens and for the shipping unless you have prime.  I got mine at Walmart.  Yes, Walmart who is giving this major online site a run for their money and doesn’t overcharge you for shipping.  Go check these pens out, I was not asked by PaperMate to do a review.  I just happened to pick these up as I have been seeing a little bit about them on the world wide web.  Let me tell you all the hype is right.  These pens are the smoothest writing gel pens I’ve ever encountered.  No skip.  No skip I repeat.  That is one reason I hate gel pens they skip but not these beauties.  And the rainbow of color is so beautiful.

My personal retreat (blogging break) took me in a different direction that I want to share with you.  Just a disclaimer my description of this process will not do it justice.  So google it and find the post about Verse Mapping 101.  This is the blog post that started me down a path, a slippery path of drawing nearer to the Lord using a Bible Study method called Verse Mapping.  Now I must say here that I don’t agree with all the Verse Mapping blogs or sites you can find on google.  Just my personal opinion.  I don’t think we should approach the Word of God by just letting our Bible fall open to a verse and study it.  I believe in plan to study, study to plan or fail.  You may have a different view and that is great.  So if you are following a plan or not you can try out verse mapping anytime, anywhere!  I love the fact that you don’t need to purchase a study to be able to use it.  All you really need is the Word of God, a pen and a piece of paper.  Now, when you google Verse Mapping you will see that you can go much further than just the basics and that is fine.  Whatever draws you near to the Lord without losing focus of the real reason you started to Verse Map in the first place.

I prefer to use a composition notebook.  I just love composition notebooks.  I really find it hard to find pretty ones.  I would love to have one’s with verses on them or at least something feminine not just your black, white, yellow covers.  I need color.  If you find any would you please share with me?  I read a tutorial about covering a composition book with fabric but it lost me at cut the fabric.  Not crafty.  Not artistic.    So can you help a girl out?  Then I read that you could use scrapbook paper to cover your composition book and make it look pretty.  Yep, that worked out for me.  My composition book is glued to my desk and my laptop sits on it now.  Really pretty.

How I Verse Map is different than others too.  Yours will be too.  There is no right or wrong way.  You goal is to draw near to the Lord.  In my method of Verse Mapping I start at: Prayer, (you gathered your supplies above) so I begin with praying.  I ask the Holy Spirit to meet me right where I am and to illuminate the Word that I am about to ingest.  To give me wisdom and understanding to comprehend what it means for me personally.  I ask the Holy Spirit to help me do what it says, when it says and to heed it carefully.  I thank God for the Word that He gave us and the fact that I have such easy access to it.  I thank the Holy Spirit for His illumination.  And then I am ready for Step Number Two:

2:  As I mentioned above I have to have a plan when I study.  I can’t randomly let my Bible fall open and go with it.  I have been doing Hello Mornings Bible studies for years.  I am currently doing a Nourish study too.  Since the Hello Mornings Bible study was one I had done before I decided to use this one in case I got lost along the journey.  I began reading the passages that the study suggested and I kept reading until something stood out to me.  Something like a question, a verse or nugget of truth I had not gleaned before.  Sometimes I read for long periods of time and others it pops off the page right away.  Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this.  It is God, Holy Spirit, The Word and you meeting in your quiet place.

I am going to stop there and will finish the exciting journey of Verse Mapping in another blog post.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 18, 2016

M.I.A….

Did you miss me?  I have been gone from Melissa’s Musings for a month today.  Wow, how time flies.  I assure you I did not do it intentionally, life just took a different direction and this is the first opportunity I’ve had to sit down and gather all my thoughts to post.

I’ve missed each one of you, my loyal subscribers who reached out to me to check on me.  My unique visitors that came for a specific purpose.  I apologize I wasn’t here to give you something new to read, but I can see you’ve been busy scouring the past posts. I am so glad you stopped by!

I mentioned in March that the sickness had hit our house and from what I’ve heard through the internet it hit a lot of homes more so than all the snow storms up north this year.  My middle daughter became sick on February 19 and was finally diagnosed with pneumonia in March.  So we had a whole month of sickness and doctor visits, x-rays, etc.

This little blog break allowed me to minister to my family and to catch up on reading, product review requests and reviewing some products.  I have to say my favorite part of the break was the extra Bible study that I was able to do.  Instead of starring at a blank screen I was able to stare at the Word of God more and let it flood my soul with His Words of truth.  Very nourishing. I highly recommend it.

I have a nourishing post that I will share a lot of the things that I gleaned from my time with the Lord.  So I won’t give away too much here in this post.  But I do want to share where I’ve been, with whom I’ve been and where I am going.

In February I finally took the plunge and started a bullet journal.  What is a bullet journal?  You can check out the original bullet journal here on this website that has tons of solid information and was a great starting point for me.  It wasn’t the website that actually made me take the plunge but it is still an awesome resource.  www.bulletjournal.com

The Bullet Journal was started by Ryder Carroll.  But there are so many different bullet journalers now.  I visited the site over two years ago and watched the video and read some information but I was not hooked.  I didn’t become hooked until I read blog posts and different groups about bullet journaling and found all the different possibilities.  Still a skeptical (I guess that is why I do product reviews for my readers) I bought a composition book from the Dollar Tree to start because I honestly did not believe that this system would work for me.  I have reviewed or tried so many different planners and tools for time management, journaling, prayer, Bible study that I had exhausted most of the possibilities. So I gave bullet journaling a shot and I was hooked after doing it for one month.  I bought a different journal than my composition book, a hardcover one, I’ve been trying to find a fabric book cover that would fit it to protect it from me, but so far all attempts have failed in getting one made.  I digress…

What hooked me and kept me coming back for more in bullet journaling is all I need is one book, planner, journal and it meets all my needs.  I don’t have to have a prayer journal, a day planner, etc.  One book does it all.  One thing I feel is lacking in the bullet journal world is the lack of good quality printables.  I have huge, loopy hand writing and I find it unattractive.  I wish someone would make forms for the monthly calendars and functional days of the week and months for the dailies.  SO if you know someone please send them my way and if they can sew that would be even better so I can get my cover made.  I digress..

I will be sharing more about my bullet journal journey (say that three times fast) as I blog, but I am not sure about photos as I mentioned above my handwriting frightens me.  If you check out the bullet journal site and decide to give it a try drop me a line and I’d love to hear what works for you.

Until Next Time,

M

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | March 9, 2016

Melissa’s Gleanings…

Wow, I can not believe that the first week of March has come and gone.  Our household has been suffering some illness that is why I haven’t been blogging lately.  In between home, work, kids school and sickness it is has slowed us down tremendously.  I have  missed my blog readers and blog friends.  I am so thankful for each email or note that I received from my readers when I miss a week blogging.  I love each and everyone one you and I am  honored that you read my words.

In February, Melissa’s Musings jumped on the Bullet Journal bandwagon.  I know I write about planners, paper and pens here and share my reviews all the time, but I was struggling in the planning world.   I love my Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner and I still use it.  My Homemaker’s Friend Daily 2016 planner is used for my household.  It is the command center that helps keep my house running smoothly and gives me, mom, some sanity.  But, I needed something more.  I needed to have a calendar at home because my husband is home all day and I am not.  I needed him to be able to see the plans for the house visually.  Now don’t get me wrong, I also discuss all our household plans with my husband and he has final say, but sometimes as we are all humans we forget things so when I leave my planner at the house open for him to see, he can recall where we are and what we are doing.  So I needed something portable in a planner.  I needed something I could mold and shape and make it what I needed not force myself to conform to the pages it contained.  Enter the Bullet Journal.

If you’ve never heard about the Bullet Journal I invite you to go to the founder’s page and watch the video.  The website is:  Ryder Carroll   (just click on the founder’s name and you’ll be taken to his website).  I read about the bullet journal and watched the video months maybe even a year ago, I was impressed but not motivated to make the switch.  In February of this year after a total schedule blunder, I decided to go looking for something more.  One thing that held me back from the bullet journal previously was that I felt I did not have the time to create each page I needed.  Plus I am not artistic in the least.  So I was worried about straight lines.  I jumped on the bullet journal method in February and I was counting the days until the end of February until I could create my March pages.   I love this method.  I will be sharing more in my gleanings and my daily posts so stay tuned.

I know you may ask how the bullet journal planning system fits into my normal Melissa’s Gleanings.  Well, my gleanings are about what I am learning and I am learning a new planning method that is helping to simplify my life and it is a blessing to be able to share it with others.  Plus, I am using my bullet journal for Bible study, prayer, gratitude journal, fitness planner and so much more all contained in one book.  I love the fact that as I am studying or reading at work my Bible study during lunch when I come across something that the Lord reveals to me I can jot it down, draw it our or journal about it right then and there.  I do wish I could learn how to write like some of those who have been bullet journaling for longer than me.  I will have to look into a letter class or something.  One day I may be brave enough to share the pages of my bullet journal but not right now, but if you want to share how you bullet journal by all means send your images to me and I would be happy to share them on the blog.

Now on to the nuggets of truth that the Lord revealed to me as I spent time in His Word asking Him to speak to my heart.  I love the tremendous unity the Bible has, don’t you?  The New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament.  I can’t read one without the other popping into my mind, can you?  When I am reading in the New Testament, I will read a verse and a light will pop off in my head that I’ve read something similar before and I have to follow the trail through Scripture that God left me to find the verse.  Do you do this too?  I am going to start verse mapping soon, and I am think this will work great for my study time as I am always following the thread of a verse through the Bible until I find it’s beginning or end.  And verse mapping looks exciting to this uncoordinated, unable to draw person.

This year as I read the story of the Israelites and the battle of Jericho the Words of Scripture spoke to me.  The plan that God gave Joshua to destroy Jericho would work in my own life with the enemy or any dilemma that I was facing that had walls I could not see over.  Do you have a few of them in your life?  Let me share:

  • God told Joshua to go around Jericho once every day.  So go around your own personal Jericho (problem/dilemma) only once a day.  Pray about it one time and give it into the Lords’ more than capable hands.
  • God told Joshua to take the ark with him and the Israelite’s. So take the ark with you.  Remind yourself of God’s presence with you each moment you are tempted to go around the Jericho another time throughout the day.  Remind yourself of what God’s Word says about this Jericho in your life.  Remind yourself about God’s promises to you as His child.

The walls will crumble just like they did at Jericho and God will receive the glory.

Until Next Time,
M

 

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