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#lampandlight turns 2!!!

It is hard for me to believe that today marks 2 years since I started the #lampandlight hashtag. This started as just a way for me to keep myself accountable to be in Scripture each day, and I thought maybe a few friends might join me. Now, there are over 20,000 posts tagged with #lampandlight on instagram and more are added each day. This has become such an incredible community of women that seek to build each other up, and encourage each other to love the Lord. Being in God’s Word has encouraged me in life’s greatest joys, and brought me through life’s darkest moments, and the community of #lampandlight has been an immense encouragement to me through the past two years.

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I wanted to share a few testimonials from women who use the hashtag, and have also been encouraged.

Amanda Anger – @mandynmaddy22

The Christian life isn’t a lone wandering or a solo mission. We’re designed to fellowship with each other; even Jesus chose 12 disciples. But I somehow thought for years that daily Bible reading was an area where I was left on my own. As a result, more often than not, I didn’t read at all. 
I’d followed the #lampandlight hashtag for a while through Kristin’s facebook page, but felt like a bit of an outsider, since I wasn’t on IG and wasn’t even faithfully reading! But the #MayScriptureChallengegave me a much-needed nudge, so I joined IG and nervously started sharing what God was teaching me. 
Words can’t really describe, but I’ll try:
encouraging, community, accountability, fellowship, caring, inspiring, Christ-focused, necessary, supportive, gracious, uplifting.

Bailey Jean Robert – @baileyjeanrobert

For five years I heard Acts 2:42-47 read at least once a week, and in those five years I learned how we were made for community and that community can change lives. The New Testament’s Christ-centered community is being lived out across the world TODAY. In the past year, I have also learned that the Church is not bound to a building or a city or even a country, but the Bride of Christ, His hands and feet, fill the earth. Through online communities like the one cultivated through#lampandlight I have been encouraged in my faith, covered in prayer, and connected with women I know will be life long friends. With Jesus at the center, deep heart ties are formed, and even through a hashtag on Instagram His glory is being made known. I am so thankful for the faithful heart of @kristinschmucker who has followed God willingly into the unknown and through hard times, using her passion, resources, and story to point us back to our Creator and Savior. Thank you, sweet friend, for being you. And thank you for lighting the match that set the #lampandlight community aflame.

Paulene Cruse – @leenmachinecalligraphy

I don’t even remember how my life was like before the May 2014 #lampandlight scripture challenge. I just know that since then my life is so much richer, more purposeful and I have seen God work in all aspects of my life. I have learned so much about Him, about me. If I had not started forming a close relationship with Him back in May during the challenge, I’m not sure where I would be or what I would have turned to as I experienced a miscarriage last year. I’m not sure I would have been strong enough or saw the many, many blessings or seen His perfect timing through it all.

Holly Holt – @hollyjoyholt

Last year I found myself at rock bottom. One extremely sick husband, little local community, no money, and lost hope did not add up to a whole lot of faith that His plans were “to prosper me and not to harm me” (Jeremiah 29:11). I knew the truth, but actually trusting and believing that His Word is true was so hard to do when everything felt like it was falling apart. During one of those dark days, I stumbled across #lampandlight and posted the words above for the first time praying for any support. The #lampandlight community welcomed me in; people I had never met sent words of encouragement and prayers up on our behalf. When I had nothing to give, this community lifted me up out of the darkness, and He brought me back to life. Even now, a whole year later, the community and posts behind #lampandlight encourage me daily to be still and stay in His Word no matter what life’s circumstances are.

Melinda

I love Instagram! Like, really love it. You can find almost anyone there and you get to quickly peek into their world in a matter of seconds. What I love most though, is the community that I’ve found among women who love Jesus. As a self-admitted introvert I find it so refreshing to see others who are digging into the Word of God and hearing their stories about what God is doing in, through, and for them. Lamp and Light has been that window of me. It’s like a movement that has taken off like wild fire!

Allison – @iekelroaddesigns

I came across Kristin’s hashtag back in November. I quickly became a fan as I loved to see what other people around the word were studying in their bibles. At the end of December my husband and I lost our son at birth and #lampandlight quickly became so much more to me. I scroll through  new posts every morning and find God speaking to me. #lampandlight has encouraged me to be in the word daily.

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What is #lampandlight, and can I join?

#lampandlight is simply a hashtag to use to seek to be more intentional to spend time in God’s Word. It isn’t a specific Bible study, but just a way to keep yourself accountable and to encourage others. The name comes from Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” I started it because I think we all need to remember that we aren’t in this alone. I would love if you would join our community by tagging your photos with #lampandlight on instagram.

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I just recently started joining in & I have LOVED clicking that hashtag to visit & see what God has spoken to others every day… such a beautiful way to share with others

I know I’ve been encouraged seeing this too as I want to get in God’s Word every day…thanks for the encouragement Kristin:)

Happy Birthday, Kristin! God is SO good and I am glad that He planned for you to create this source of spiritual inspiration for so many women – including myself! XO

A Conversation with Kat Schmoyer

I am not sure when I first came across Kat from Dear Sweetheart Events on instagram, but I quickly fell in love with her…her feed was bright and encouraging…and full of lots of pink! I have gotten to know her a bit through the instagram world, and her posts always brighten my day.
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Tell us a little about yourself?
 I’m a wife, believer, big dreamer & I’m obsessed with the color pink! I have a Brittany spaniel who is my world, and I love spending late night watching The Office with my husband!! I love chunky necklaces, hot pink nail polish, boots & my J Crew vest. I could live off of popcorn and diet dr. pepper, and enjoy eating ice cream out of coffee mugs! I own Dear Sweetheart Events am so blessed to help brides celebrate the first day of the rest of their life!!!
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You are an amazing wedding planner! How did you get started in the wedding industry?
You’re so sweet!! I planned a sweet friends wedding, and then I planned my own… after planning my own I was HOOKED and new I had to make DSE a reality!! I became a boss lady in October of 2013 and it’s been a wild ride!!:) I love what I do so much & praise the Lord every day He saw fit to bless this dream of mine!!
What does a typical day look like for you?
 Right now I work part-time 5 hours Mon-Thurs and have Friday’s dedicated to DSE and Creative At Heart. I get up with my husband in the mornings and spend a few hours working on emails, pre-blogging & getting some bridal to-do’s finished. Then I head off to my day-job for a few hours & come home usually to a video chat for a DSE One-On-One, bride or potential bride!! I try to schedule 2 nights a week as “work nights” so I can have chats and get DSE work done. And then the other nights are dedicated to relaxing & spending time with Matt:)
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What helps you stay organized?
My Simplified Planner by Emily Ley is amazing!! I love it so much & the heart behind it! It’s simplistic design & pink cover is a must-have for me; and I love that I can organize my clients AND my personal life in one planner!!
You are a huge encouragement to other female entrepreneurs, how have you found community on and offline with other women pursuing their passions? 
Oh, social media (specifically instagram!) has been a huge source of community for me!!! I LOVE getting to know other women boss ladies & big dreamers, and find so many value in chatting with them & sharing struggles & encouragements! Creative At Heart is also a huge source of community in my life… I am so blessed to watch the Lord work through the conference & so inspired by all the creatives who attend!!!
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What is the biggest thing God has been teaching you this year?
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive your inheritance as your reward”… this verse  has been on my heart SO much, and I’m really learning to work for the LORD and not for men. I want my business to be a reflection of all He is teaching me and doing in my life, and sometimes that means taking a step back & pointing my feet toward Him. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how many instagram likes I received or how many clients I have booked… what matters if whether or not I am being a true reflection of Jesus & that’s all I want to focus on doing.
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What are your must have products? I
just ordered my very first Better Life Bag (after debating for MONTHS!)! I have a feeling it will quickly become a “must have” for me!!! I would also say that my Jesus Calling devotional, Ashlee Proffitt iPhone cover and B Is For Bonnie art prints are must haves in my home!!:)
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Oh, I just love Kat! She is a BIG source of inspiration for me in the wedding planning AND community world. Thanks for sharing her, Kristin! :) XO

Rejoicing and Resting| A Pregnancy Update

Facing pregnancy after the loss of our daughter Sophia has been different. I am now in the middle of my 27th week of pregnancy and am thanking the Lord for every precious moment with our sweet Emily Jane.

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I would be lying if I told you that I had no worries, or that every moment was blissful. If I am being truthful, I have to constantly remind myself that God is in control and rest in Him. There have been nights I felt filled with anxiety until I felt a little kick that reminded me that all was well. I am so excited for the day that we will hear our baby girls cry and bring her home to a house of pretty pink things just for her…and yet the “what if it never happens” plagues my heart.

It is easy to tell someone to trust the Lord, and it is even easy to tell ourselves to trust Him…but sometimes in the dark of the night…it is hard to actually trust. I have been constantly reminding myself throughout this pregnancy to rejoice in each moment and to rest in the Savior.

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I want to rejoice in each moment, because I am all too aware that the next moment is not a guarantee. So I am striving to be thankful for each kick, my ever growing bump, and even the moments of exhaustion that make me sit down and just soak in this pregnancy.

I also want to rest in the Savior, because fear so easily grabs on to me. It doesn’t take much for me to let my mind wander to all of the things that could go wrong or worry that my story won’t have a happy ending. I have to constantly remind myself that no matter what happens…He is Good…and His plan is best.

For now, I am savoring each moment and trusting the giver of life.

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Melinda Watts

Love this post!! Praying for you and baby :-)

Marilyn Schmucker

Beautifully written and so transparent with your real emotions we face in this world. Sooo proud of you Kristin Schmucker! God is using you in so many ways.

Cindy Mrva

I am rejoicing with you and Jeremy! May God fill your heart with peace.

Gail Clark

So touched by your walk and your willingness to share it Kristen. I am praying for your pregnancy to go perfectly and your precious Emily Jane to bring joy, sunshine, and a lifetime of love and laughter into the walls of your home as you teach her to trust the Lord and walk with Him in your footsteps.

Laurie Martin

Beautiful!

Kristin,
I absolutely love reading your blog! It totally lends me inspiration and realness just when I need it. Although I am not in your specific situation, it was nice to hear someone relate to it being hard to trust and just BE, sometimes. I’m with you, sis! I will pray that the Lord sprinkles some peace into your heart and allows you to just BE and celebrate each day and each little kick. Love you! XO

A Conversation with Karen Stott

I met Karen through Pursuit Community over 3 years ago, and I am so excited to be sharing her with you. Karen is the sweetest girl, with the biggest heart. She is a wife, mama, ministry founder and small business owner. I hope you enjoy this conversation with her.
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1. Tell us a little about yourself?

Growing up I was a rebel rousing country girl who dropped out of school and barely graduated.   I’ve grown up in many ways over the years and by God’s grace He keeps me going.  And I keep following His footsteps.  As much as I adore lipgloss, and boots and sparkle now, in my heartbeat still lies big trucks, country music and dusty dirt roads.   As much as I pretend to hate my roots I think they might just be my very best parts.  Because they keep me humble and true.  That’s where I found my fight, and learned to dig my feet in the ground for things that stung my heart.  God found me there.  In the broken crumbly bits of darkness where I tried to run, He found me.  And He picked me up.  And He put me back together and has been washing me in healing and grace and forgiveness ever since.   I know what it’s like to feel the burn of betrayal and the emptiness of abandonment.  Yet I’ve found that God is in those too.  He’s in all of it.  Drawing us closer to Him and turning us into love.  For without the wounds we wouldn’t know the victory in the winning.  Or carry compassion in our communities.  And isn’t that the point?  To use our story to help heal others? To lead them to Him?   To keep walking?  To keep fighting? To keep loving?  Isn’t that the point? I think it is.
These days you’ll find me in a cozy house in Oregon dreaming of sunshine, and oceans, and farm living.  I’m learning what contentment feels like, but I also believe that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 and that God places dreams and desires in our hearts to fulfill His purpose.  So that’s where I am.   Breathing in the tension of what is and preparing for what’s to come.  My hubby and I just celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary.  No, I don’t feel old enough to say that.  But I was 19 when we got married, so, you do the math and decide.  We have 3 kiddos, 10, 8 & 1 and are in the process of adopting some more from Uganda.  I founded Pursuit Community a few years ago which is a community and conference network for Christian creatives.  So between that, my blog, our shopIntentional Home, and wrangling 3 kids and a hubby, my days are rarely quiet, or predictable.  But they sure are filled with tons of laughter, dance parties, and making out in the kitchen.
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2. What does a typical day look like for you?

My days are simple, and lovely, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.   We get up and make breakfast and lunches and get the big kids off to school.  Once they are on their way I come home and Logan, our baby, plays around the living room while I get started with my day.  He naps most of the morning which allows me to get all of my work done before lunch.  Around mid-day I try to be all wrapped up with my work so that I can focus time on my house, family, and getting things ready for the evening.  It’s a really easy balance for me.  I have work time, and family time, and I try my best to not mix the two.  I don’t want my kids remembering me on my computer, or phone, or distracted by all my things.  However I don’t want them to be ignorant of it either.  I want them to know that I work hard, that God has called me with a purpose and them too.  That walking that out is difficult at times, and takes sacrifice, but it’s worth it.  We are very open with our kids.  They know when I have a deadline, or when I have to work more because of a conference, or ministry project.  I just try and be present with them as much as possible.  And I pray that they feel that.

3. What helps you stay organized?

Well, MY ASSISTANT Kristin is amazing.  I would be really lost without her and our conference coordinator Kathleen.  There is no way I could do what I do without those amazing ladies.  My husband Isaac is also a huge, HUGE gift to me.  He’s very a-type, super organized and helps keep me on track.
Tangibly speaking, we have a lot of systems.  Google calendar, Basecamp and voxer actually keep us very organized for all things Pursuit related.   Google Calendar and Basecamp allow us to all have access to the same files, see what needs to be done, assign tasks to different people and send out announcements and messages to our team.  Voxer is almost like our daily skype with each other.  It allows us to have group voice messaging like a walkie talkie.  This is a saving grace for our team… no joke.  We can get questions answered easily and quickly, and ensure that we are all on the same page so we don’t end up giving out different information.
For my side of things, blending Pursuit, my blog, Intentional Home responsibilities and running my home I actually developed a system that specifically works for me.  That’s actually where Intentional Home was born.  I’ve ran a creative business for ten years.  The whole time I’ve juggled kids and marriage.  I honestly don’t know what it’s like to run a business without juggling all of those things.  I needed a system that worked for me.  The work at home mama who had a million things going on.  The women who needed quiet time, and focus, and specific lists to get things done.  I love planners… and I usually buy them all because they are so pretty.  But sadly most of them didn’t work for me because my day doesn’t run on appointments, and strict timelines.  It runs around baby schedules, a husband who is home a lot and business and ministry needs that change daily.  So, I created theIntentional Home Daily journal… I needed one product that could help me focus and bring purpose and order to all my things… and this was born out of that need.  My favorite part about it was actually one I never planned on.  I love how it’s become a tangible legacy for me.  It’s more than a planner, it’s a glimpse into my life.  What I was thankful for, what I was praying for, what God did, what projects I was working on.  I’ve only had it a few months and I’m already loving looking back and reading through the things God has brought me through.  And honestly, I can’t wait to pass them down as I fill them up, so that my kids can read them one day. That’s been a really fun added bonus.
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4. You recently downsized and are on a #1000ftjourney, what have you learned in the process?

Wheeeeewww… that’s a loaded question! LOL!  Honestly it has been a really great experience.  We used to build houses for investments.  We would build them, live in them, and then sell them in 2 years.  The goal was to do this 3 times and build our 4th house, our permanent dream house, debt free.  When the economy crashed in 2009 all of those plans were gone in nearly an instant.  We lost a large amount of money, all of our savings, and ended up in quite a bit of credit card debt trying to save our house.  It was seriously devastating.
For a few years we went on living as if this didn’t happen.  I think we were in full blown denial.  We kept spending the same, had another gorgeous house, and pretty much continued our cycle.  In 2014 we got pregnant with our 3rd child and it was as if God was shouting a wake up call to us.  Something had to change.  We couldn’t continue in this cycle.  We’ve heard that the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting different results.  And that is precisely what we had been doing.  And that needed a drastic redirect.  So that’s what we did.   We moved home to live with my mom for a few months while we could find a more affordable place to live.  When this house came up in our searches we just knew this was what God was asking us to do.  So we signed the lease, and then later bought it to use as a future rental investment.  We now live in 1,000 square feet with the largest family we’ve had.  Our daughters room is smaller than our last master closet, and our boys share the third bedroom which isn’t much bigger. It’s crazy small.
However small, this journey has taught us so, so much.  It’s taught us that God is good.  Always.  It’s shown us proof that we reap what we sow.  If we sow bad financial decisions, and bad spending, our financial snapshot will show that.  If we sow in responsible budgeting, saving, financial planning, buying with cash, living within our means, our financial snapshot will show that as well.  We’ve learned the fruit of hard work and dedication.  Isaac and I both struggle a lot with self control, living here has given us many opportunities to practice self control.  So that’s been an unexpected blessing.  For one thing, my shopping addiction has kicked the bucket because there simply isn’t any room to put anything else!  Secondly, we’ve seen the benefits of living on less so that we can have more of what we want.  With less costs we can save more.  We are in the adoption process so that’s huge right now.  With less to manage we have more free time that used to be spent maintaining a large house.  Those are two big wins in our book!
Overall it’s been a really great time in our lives.  Living in this small house, all on top of each other, has brought really great memories.  I feel like as a family unit we are definitely closer than we have been in the past.  I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t brought it’s fair share of challenges, like a 7 year old sharing a room with a crying baby, and getting stir crazy because we live in a rainy climate and there’s no where to play or escape, but that’s just part of the story.  And honestly, we are so thankful.  These huge changes have allowed us to pay off nearly all of our debt and save quite a bit for our adoption fund.  Those are HUGE pieces of fruit because of God’s goodness and our stewardship.  The other silver lining is we have really found where our hearts lie.  People.  We, as a family, just love people.  We love hosting, we love sleepovers, we love community groups. We LOVE people.  And we would love for our house to be full of them all the time.  Our current house doesn’t quite accommodate that passion like our past houses have, but we’ve tried to be a good steward of it anyway and keep our open door policy.  Even in our cozy abode we’ve had several friends come and stay.  It just takes a little creativity. Someday, we dream of having a farm, with a guest house, and community barn so we can minister to more people, but for now, we are thankful for these 1,000 square feet, for this season, and for the promise that God will restore what the enemy has stolen.
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5. What is the biggest thing God has been teaching you this year?

Oh gosh.. REMAINING.  Hands down.  I used to think of myself as a glass half full person.  I’ve always been a crazy optimist.  Like to the point where people got really annoyed with me.  But wow, these last few years have taken a toll.  On my heart, my faith and my smile.  Things just honestly haven’t been rose colored, and it’s been really difficult to swallow.
God has been after my heart to remain in His love.  To stay.  To not run when all I want to do is run.  To not give up when it seems like closing the door would just be easier.  I’ve had to cultivate it daily.  I have to choose to forgive, to love, to be thankful, to remember all the good God is doing, to stop and breathe and realize that this IS my life… and if I don’t cherish it, and use every season to bring Him glory, than what’s the point?
This has been my life verse lately.. “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15 11 & 12

6. You run a shop called Intentional Home, what does it mean to you to have an Intentional Home?

It means exactly that.. being Intentional with my home.  This means my marriage, my kids, my business, our ministry, making sure I take care of my health and needs, all with intention.  I strive to do it all on purpose instead of letting it slip through my fingers.  Life is fleeting, and each day is a gift.  It is my mission to bring purpose to as much of it as I can.  This truth comes to a whole new level if you’re a mama.  If you are, you know what I mean.  We have 18 years.. if God so chooses, to have our kids under our roof.  We need to make them count.
We do a lot of cultivating gifts and praying for vision in our house.  We believe that God has knit a specific purpose into each of our hearts.  It is our job as parents to encourage that in our kids, even if it’s not the direction or dream we would’ve had for them.  They are God’s kids first, and HE created them for something greater than we can even imagine.  So we do a lot of watching, and listening, and calling out the greatness in them.  When we see a passion, or gift emerge, we do our best to give time to that gifting.  To nurture it, to train it, to practice it.  We have no idea what God put that in them for, but if He placed it there, it is our job as parents to help it grow.  We talk through everything.  We hurt, and cry, and yell, and pray, and repent in front of our kids.  We try not to do the yelling thing very often but I didn’t want to leave it out because it’s real life, and it happens sometimes.  We want our kids to see that life is crazy, and hard at times, and that God is in all of it and we can lean on Him for help.  And that He is always, always good.  We want them to see the pain so they can celebrate the victory.  This doesn’t mean they see everything obviously.  They are kids, and their hearts are precious and pure.  Some things aren’t meant for them to hear yet, so pray and use wisdom.  But when our car dies on the side of the road and we still owe $7,000 on it, and we don’t know what we are going to do, yes, they see me bawling my eyes out and crying to God on the living room floor.  They hear me say that I don’t know what we are going to do, but that God does.  Then, when God gives us a car a week later and brings someone out of nowhere to pay off the old one, they see the miracle.  And they celebrate with us.  Because they were part of the struggle, and they prayed alongside us.  They see that He is real, and that He provides.  Not just in the Bible, not just in the big things, but in the little everyday concerns of our life today.  And there is a precedent set for their lives… because they have seen Him work, and they know that He will do the same for them when they need them.
There are no secrets to having an Intentional Home…it really just comes down to our hearts and our priorities.  We were given everything we have by God.   And it is up to us to be the best stewards we can with it.  That’s all intentionality is I think… being a good steward.  When it’s work time… I work.  When the kids are home, I’m fully present with them.  Family dinners are important to us, so I steward that.  We plan, we shop, we include our kids in the cooking, and preparing, and cleaning.  Being intentional is just a lot of little choices every day… and choosing to steward what God has put in front of us at each moment though out the day.  It makes me crazy when I hear people say they don’t have enough time.  We all have the same amount of time.  It’s just how we choose to use it.  We have to learn to pray and ask God when to say yes, and when to say no.  If we listen to what He says, He will give us enough grace to sustain us in ALL things.  Every minute is a choice to steward what we’ve been given… Whether it’s to stop working to kiss your hubby when he walks in the door, helping your daughter with a book report, emptying the garbage so it doesn’t overflow, calling a ministry leader or employee because they need it, or cuddling your son to sleep just because he asked…  Just ask yourself what God would have you do throughout the day.  What is loving on others?  What is honoring others?  What is helping further your purpose in the Kingdom.  And do that.  Over and over.
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7. What are your must have products?

This is a hard question for me to answer because honestly, my favorite products, at least for organization, are mine. Insert awkward teeth smile emoji here.  Is that bad??? I hope not.  I needed a system that worked for me.  I needed something that was simple, and not overwhelming, and that was focused on scripture and purpose.  When I couldn’t find one, I made it.  And then I thought, well, if I needed this, maybe someone else did too.  And that was that.  We have a line of journals designed to help people stay focused on Jesus and their daily purposes…We have a few releasing soon that I am seriously GIDDY about!!!  So I will keep you posted on that!  And we have Printable Club, which is a line of organizational printables to help with other organizational stuff.  There are prayer cards for your kids/spouse, meal planners, project planners, date night ideas.   It’s all born out of stuff I wanted to have, so I’d be lying if I didn’t add it to my “must have products” list.
Other than my own things… I adore Emily Ley’s storage boxes… she had me at Navy and White stripes…  I also love Grace & Salts everything.  I feel like a have a million wood signs around my house.  There are a lot of beautiful print shops with verses, that I love, of course, Kristin’s is pure gorgeous… and I love Naptime Diaries and Lindsey Letters.. but I love how Grace and Salt seems masculine, and with 2 boys it’s nice to have scripture art that’s a bit manly too.  I love the app Moment…. it helps you track  how much time you spend on your phone!  Awareness is more than half the battle friends!  I appalled myself, and am making fast changes to get that back in balance.  Honestly, anything life giving and pretty is my favorite.. There are SO many incredible creatives making amazing products right now, you can’t go wrong with any of them.  You just have to find things that work for you, your style, and your budget.  I seriously think it’s such an honor and privilege to be a part of such a beautiful community of women creatives.
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about my story.. I would LOVE to connect with you! So please feel free to reach out to me through my blog or instagram :) xoxo, Karen
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Tylisha DeLane

Awesome!!!

Nicolette Choi

I loved this! Thank you for sharing!!

Sonja Cox

I loved this whole blog!!! Thank you for encouraging me!!

Tieranie

Ahhh I just Love your blog! It’s so beautiful!!

Favorite Bible Study Tools

I thought I would do a little round up post of some of the tools that I use as I study Scripture. Most of these I have been using for several years, I would love to hear what tools you use as well!

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Bibles-

ESV Journaling Bible  – This is the journaling Bible that I use, and I love it. I have this version in brown leather with the strap and I love the leather and the look of it. It is a bit of an investment, but if you are looking for a more cost effective journaling Bible they do have several other versions at more inexpensive price points such as the Antique Floral Design, and the Black Hardcover.

KJV Ultrathin Reference Bible – I also use this inexpensive reference Bible that I have had for several years. It is pretty basic, but includes cross references. My husband and I each also have the The Ryrie Study Bible, and it is the main Bible that he uses. It includes lots of helpful study notes and outlines.

Journals –

I need a journal when I am studying. I have used so many different ones. A few of my favorites are the Botanicals Notebook Collection, Be Filled with Joy Journal
and the Moleskine Kraft Journals.

Pens –

I am usually using a cute pen from the Target dollar section (it’s an addiction), I also have the Staedtler Pen Set, and the Pilot Precise Colored Pens which are great for thicker Bible pages, and I have been wanting to try the Le Pen 12 Color Set that I have heard amazing things about!

Bible-Hi-Gliders – These are my favorite highlighters for my Bible. They are gel sticks so they do not bleed. I have been using them for several years, and I always come back to them.

Commentaries –

When I am studying I try to read the text alone before adding in any study tools, but there are a few commentaries that I do enjoy after I have read and applied the text. The Wiersbe Bible Commentary Set is my go to, and I usually always have this set on my side table. These are super user friendly commentaries that everyone could use. It explains the text without going too deep or being overwhelming.  We also have the The John Phillips New Testament Commentary Set which is a large investment, but a great resource. Currently I have ben studying the Psalms, and I am loving The Treasury of David . I always enjoy Spurgeon, and I really love his expositional commentary on the Psalms.

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I got the leather ESV Journaling Bible for Christmas and absolutely love it! I had a hard time choosing a pen that wouldnt smudge and woudldnt bleed through but I’ve found that the Pigma Micron pen set is the best. I use the .005 set because its the thinnest and its perfect for writing in the margins. Thanks for sharing your tools, Kristin!

Virginia Tuttle Johnson

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