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Home Inspiration Board

I am writing this post from our new home, using the hotspot on my phone, because we haven’t gotten our internet connected yet. We settled on our house a month ago today and it has been a crazy month. Currently we do not have a working kitchen as we refinish walls and floors, and we are sleeping on a mattress on the floor in the guest bedroom while we finish the master bedroom. Life is a little bit crazy…but we are having fun dreaming up ways to turn our little fixer upper into our own. I want to be able to share a bit of the process, so today I am showing an inspiration board for the house.

It is really important to me that the entire house flow, and have an open, light, welcoming feel. Here are a few images that have brought me inspiration as I have been planning. These were all found on Pinterest, and I will link the original sources below. As you can see there are some consistent things throughout…lots of gray, white, and gold! I am not really sure what I call my style…but if you have a name for it…let me know!

 

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Tammy Damore

Traditional, or another way to say the same thing in today’s terms-modern vintage!

Janice Keefer

this is a home to come home and feel all cozy in! Love it! You have impeccable taste.!

Stefanie Montijo

i would call it modern/vintage glam

Creative Ways to Get in Scripture

Last week I talked a bit about why I became a morning person, and how my morning is the best time for me to spend time in Scripture, and get organized for my day. I also realize that every person is different, and every season of life is different…so I wanted to give you some ideas for ways that you can get creative with spending time in Scripure. Maybe you are feeling stuck, or maybe you just need a way to have a bit more Scripture in your day! Some of these are my ideas and some are ideas from some of  my instagram friends that helped me out with getting creative.

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1. Open Bible on the kitchen counter. This makes it easy to read throughout the day.
2. You Version Bible App on your phone. This is great for on the go, sitting in a waiting room, or a school pickup line
3. Scripture Memory Cards. Tuck them in your pocket, or hang them on the bathroom mirror, or above the kitchen sink.
4. Scripture Songs. Scripture set to music is a great way to get the whole family involved in memorizing Scripture.
5. Reading Scripture to your kids.
6. Head to work a few minutes early and read in your car before heading in.
7. Use a free class period to plan time in Scripture.
8. Use your lunch break to get in the Word.
9. Decorate your home with Scripture that you will see throughout the day.
10. Write a verse on a kitchen chalkboard or print it out and put it on the refrigerator to memorize as a family.
11. Nap time!
12. Read Scripture while your little one takes a bath. Most kids love sitting in the bathtub and playing with toys. It is a great opportunity to sit on the bathroom floor and read while they play.
13. Read While nursing a little one.
14. Listen to the Bible being read while exercising.
15. Schedule it in your planner, and add it to your “to do” list.
16. If you are easily distracted, find a specific place with very little distractions to have your quiet time. It could be a certain spot in your house, or it could be somewhere else.
17. Have an older child read during aloud during your morning commute.
18. Make a “No social media before time in Scripture” rule.
19. Read Scripture while you blow-dry your hair.
20. Have a special basket of quiet toys that your kids can only play with while you spend time with the Lord.
21. Have an accountability partner that checks in with you, or sends you encouraging verses throughout the day.
22. Put a card with a verse written on it in a ziploc bag and stick it to your shower wall. Stole this idea from Jeremy, He did this often in college.
23. Write out a book of Scripture by hand.

I would love to hear some more of your ideas for creatively spending time in Scripture and making it a part of your day.

 

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Great tips, Kristin! I’ve done many of these as well. Thank you for your encouragement!

Ona Suzanna Ruelas

This is simply amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this, these are such great ideas. I feel like I want to spend time every day in the word, but sometimes life gets crazy. But some of these ideas are things that I can implement and make it easier for me to spend time with him everyday! that time in the word everyday is so important to me, I can definitely tell the difference between the days when I took the time to dive into the word, and the days when I didn’t. so grateful for you and these amazing suggestions!

Brandy Kimbrough

Oh how I love this! <3

Jessica Kratzer

I’ve been wanting to write out the Bible for a while now but I keep forgetting. Glad I’m not the only person crazy enough to think of it! :)

Kristin Lemus

Kristin! I kept seeing you on instagram and had to come check out your blog and shop. Love! I’m so thrilled to have connected with you online. Have a GREAT day! ~Kristin

Mom2Mom East

Moms, here are some great suggestions for getting Scripture into your busy days!

Why We Should Spend Time in Scripture

I am thrilled to be blogging over at a brand new blog for Christian women called GLOW: Live as Light

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About two years ago, I realized that something needed to change. I was really having a hard time staying consistent with being in Scripture. I would do great for a few months and then miss, then I would do great for a week, and miss several days in a row. It felt like I just couldn’t stay consistent, and I was feeling discouraged.

I decided that it was just something that needed to change. I thought I needed to have some accountability, so I started the #lampandlight hashtag on instagram and invited friends to join me in documenting their time with the Lord as a way to keep each other accountable.

Soon, spending time with the Lord became a habit, and eventually it became the time of day that I most looked forward to.

There have been a few things that I have learned since then about why spending time with the Lord daily is so important.

To read the rest head over to GLOW: Live as Light 

 

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I absolutely loved this post and could TOTALLY relate! Thank you for sharing your heart.

Anna Hite Walker

LOVE this! And, it’s “crazy” that you’d post this, because I just came home from an amazing conference (True Woman), and one thing that really spoke to me is if I were truly *hungering and thirsting* for righteousness. I came home with a desire to really, truly, DIG into the world of God. And then I come to catch up on your blog, and it’s about studying the Word. ;-)

Why I Became a Morning Person

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I wasn’t always a morning person, but somehow over the last two years I have changed that…and now the morning is my favorite time of the day. I mentioned yesterday that 2013 was a big year for me…it was the year that I decided to really make time for the things that matter. For me the first thing I wanted to do was to have consistent time in Scripture. I had struggled for years to have a routine of being in Scripture. I would do good for months and then I would get off track. Then I would be consistent for a week or so, and miss a few days.

So becoming a morning person was a conscious choice, and then I grew to love it. Now mornings are my absolute favorite part of the day. My morning provides a good foundation and a fresh start for my day. I am super lucky that Stella is not a morning person, so I usually am able to get a good head start on my day before she wakes up…and I don’t have to start at 5am.

Things have been a little different the past few weeks as we are adjusting our routines to a new city and a new season of life, but here is the basic routine that I have been using over the past two years.

I usually wake up around 7am. I don’t usually set an alarm though, so the time can vary from day to day. I like to grab my Bible and my journal right away. I am usually studying through a book of the Bible, so I just pick up where I left off the day before. I read until I am full, and then journal about the passage. Then I try to spend some time in prayer, and getting organized with my planner for what is ahead for the day. If I still have a bit of time, I try to spend a few minutes reading whatever book I am currently reading.

Some mornings Stella stays asleep for my whole routine. Most mornings, she wakes up right in the middle of it. For me, that is ok! Sometimes it means I have to be a bit more flexible, like taking a break while I get her breakfast, or put a movie on for her. Sometimes it means moving to the front porch or kitchen table. I always try to keep going though. I think it is a good thing for our kids to see us in the Word. Stella is great about occupying herself quietly most days, and sometimes if Jeremy is home, he will take her to let me have a bit more time in The Word.

Becoming a morning person has been a mixture of being very intentional about my time in the mornings, and giving myself lots of grace…because some mornings things just don’t work as smoothly as I would like. But, I have realized the more that I have implemented a morning routine that it becomes just that…more and more routine each day. The more I do it, the less days I face distractions.

I would love to hear about your morning routine, and how you keep your day organized!

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I am so not a morning person but would love to be. Thank you for showing me it’s possible!

Honestly, I needed to read this. I usually sleep in till I have to get ready for work. This is inspiring me to wake up earlier to spend time with God. Thank you for this encouraging post. Have you heard of The Peony Project? This would be lovely to share with the other ladies :)

Caitie Sheppard

I love this post, Kristin! I’m on this journey too…. ;) Do you go to bed earlier to get up earlier or do you have a secret “energy potion” to help you get through the day? We’re getting to bed around midnight and I don’t function very well unless I have 7-8 hours. Just wondering… :D MISS YOU!!! *hugs*

Lauren Metzler Washer

Mornings are my favorite time of day, by far! I’ve always been a morning person, though, so it has come a little easier for me. Kids have certainly changed the length of time I have, but I agree with you that they need to see us in the Word, that we’re making it a priority. I get up at 5, grab my coffee and sit in my chair. I journal about life first, then read a passage (same method as you) and then journal about what I read. I also read a Proverb, then usually an excerpt from Voices from the Past. When I found myself feeling ‘in a rut’ after doing the same thing for several years, I started using Saturday and Sunday mornings as my time to read a book other than the Bible, but one that points me to the Lord. This has been a great way for me to keep my devotional time in the Word alive.

Emily Cole

I have a similar routine. Like you, I’m in a state of transition at the moment and so it is vital to get that time in the Word before my day gets started. I have a 2 year old and have to stop sometimes, too. But I love that she sees me having time with the Father. Keep it up, girl! You are inspiring!

Regina Collins Simon

Rise at 5:15 (weekdays), make my bed, shower and sit in comfy clothes while sipping coffee and having quiet time in my Bible. Get dressed, put my face on, make my hair less crazy and try to get out the door by 7:15. I am ready when I have had my quiet time. I do like mornings, the quiet of the house, the sun coming up, the birds chirping. It’s difficult for me to sleep in, but when I do, I don’t feel bad – I know my body must need it.

TerrellRhea—Searching the Scriptures

I have a love hate relationship with mornings. I love mornings but I hate getting out of bed. Since launching my new site, I need to be more intentional about getting up early so that I have time to work on blog stuff before heading off to work.

Kimberly Davidson Campbell

Thank you for this. I’m going to have to make this change too because my husbands work schedule. So, I look forward to it. And thank you for the challenge of letting our littles see us in the Word. Even though my two are 2 and under, it is still so vital! :) And I need to not mind the interruptions – have a Spirit-focused response!

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love how you write about “becoming” a morning person. i never thought it was possible. slowly but surely i am getting there and my routine sounds similar to yours {and now i have your prayer journal to help in my journey}. i have to set an alarm in order to wake before my kids. they are ACTUALLY morning people. i pretend to be. what i do for study varies, but it is always Jesus centered. sometimes it is reading through proverbs31 devotionals, sometimes praying a rosary novena, sometimes the first 5 app. other times i try to listen. the main thing is doing this FIRST, before i open facebook, start a blog post, or check instagram. i like how you speak of this being intentional. for a long time, i avoided this time with the excuse that i am NOT a morning person. but like you said, anyone can be a morning person if they make that choice. and i think Jesus helps a little too. i also like how you said you continue, even when your daughter wakes. sometimes this is hard but it’s a great reminder about the importance of setting an example for our kiddos. i look forward to reading more of your posts!