Look to Him and Be Radiant

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"Look to him and be radiant,
    and your faces may not blush for shame.
This poor one cried out and the Lord heard,
    and from all his distress he saved him.
The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and he saves them."

Psalm 34:6-8

 

Katie's blog, Look to Him and Be Radiant, has been a source of inspiration and encouragement in the past few years as we've begun learning about and experiencing the richness of our Catholic faith.  I've found so many ideas for projects and ways to incorporate our faith into our home and family life through both her blog and Instagram feed! 

When Katie shared she had opened up an etsy shop filled with her Bible Journaling goods, I ordered a few of her beautiful stamps and she sent along a pack of these Paschal Mystery Bible Margin stickers for me to try out and share my thoughts with you about them.

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I've found so many uses for these fun stickers in the past few weeks & have really enjoyed incorporating them into my Bible and Prayer journaling. Here are a few of the ways I've used them:

  • As journaling prompts: putting the sticker on a page of my prayer journal, coloring it in while reflecting on the verse, and then adding my own thoughts or prayers beside it.
  • As a bookmark: I've added the sticker onto a thin strip of cardstock, coloring it in, and then covering it with clear packing tape to make it a little more durable. 
  • In my Journaling Bible: if you have a journaling Bible (like this one), these stickers are designed to fit into the margins of your Bible! This is a great way to ease yourself into Bible journaling if you're nervous about adding your own handwriting. If you don't want to add anything permanently to your Bible, you can trim down the sides of the stickers, keeping them on their backing, and add them to your Bible using washi tape. 
  • Coloring with my Little Ones: I've loved spending time with my daughter coloring! I turned a few of the stickers she colored into bookmarks and she gave one to Daddy, and it made the sweetest little present (plus it was a fun way to talk to her about Jesus!). We also used the sticker of Jesus on the Cross and made her own little Holy Card. 
  • I also wanted to note that I've used watercolor paints, colored pencils, and markers with these stickers and haven't experienced any bleeding or smudging. :) 
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The set Katie sent me is specifically focused on Lent and Easter (you can see all of the designs here), so I've been choosing one or two of the stickers each time I sit down with them and reflecting on different the different times in Christ's life, death, and resurrection.

As we journey alongside our Church towards the Resurrection, her Bible journaling tools have helped me to slow down and meditate on his Word as I color (which also happens to be incredibly relaxing!). I've found myself reflecting on a lot of verses I probably wouldn't have thought about on my own.

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Since I'm only a few weeks postpartum, I knew I wouldn't be able to handle any kind of structured devotional journal (like the beautiful Blessed is She ones I've used in Advents & Lents past), so using these stickers has allowed me to journey through Lent in a much simpler way this year. 

If you are looking to deepen your faith through journaling this Lenten season, while also supporting another Catholic woman and artist, I encourage you to visit her etsy shop here. :) 

Katie has generously offered to give away a Paschal Mystery Bible Margin Doodle Set of 25 stickers to one of you! To enter, visit my Instagram feed @teawithtolkien! The giveaway will run from March 10-15, 2018.