My favorite bible journaling supplies!

Hey, y’all!

I have lots of people ask what my favorite/go-to products are, so I thought I would include them all in one place! You don’t need these things to get started, and I don’t necessarily use them all the time, but this is just what I’ve accumulated over the 3 years I’ve been bible journaling!

Bibles I am currently journaling/reading in:

Inspire Bible -This bible already has some illustrations in it, and Camden and I both actually this one!! 🙂

Here’s the paperback version of the Inspire bible for a steal!

Journal The Word Bible -This is my “Note-taking” bible. I love the wide margins. I have decided to read through the bible this year, and I’m using this bible to take notes as I make my way through!

Journal the Word Bible -I also have this bible, but in turquoise, of course!! This is my main journaling bile!

She Reads Truth Bible – This is my newest bible. It is probably the most amazing study bible I’ve seen to date. It just released, and I have enjoyed reading through it so far. There are great devotionals, timelines, wide margins, beautiful hand lettered scriptures, the list goes on and on.

Pens:

These are my go-to pens!

 

Kuretake Fude Brush Pen

Kuretake Two Pack

Tombow Two Pack Brush Pen

Illustrated Faith Pens 2 pack

These are the highlighters I like to use in my note-taking because they keep my bible bright and fun, and help me to kind of keep things color-coded so I know what I’m studying!

Sharpie Highlighters 10 pack

These are fun because you can use them like water colors! I built up my collection slowly, but you can buy them in a pack all together, as well!

Kuretake Clean Color Pens

Paints:

I love these because I can use these with a waterbrush and paint ANYWHERE without making a mess! There are lots of different sizes you can purchase, I would just get whichever pack you can afford! The larger packages obviously have more colors. They will last forever, and if you’re like me… they will get lots of use!

Neocolor ii

Neocolor ii 36 pack

Neocolor ii 84 pack

I like to use the waterbrushes instead of the regular brushes for watercolors. It’s all just personal preference, though!

Pentel Aquash Waterbrush 3 pack

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This is a MUST HAVE if you plan on painting in your bible. It protects your pages from too much bleed through, and it also has a super cute cross stencil!

Illustrated Faith Mat

I like to make all my own tabs. Not only for my books of the bible, but also for the tops of the pages to show what pages I’ve journaled, so this has been one of my best investments so far!

Tab Punch

Again, like I said.. you don’t HAVE to have ANY of this to get started. These are just my favorite items that I’ve accumulated over the last 3 years. I just thought I would share my favorites with you for those that have asked! If you have any questions about any of them, let me know!

Some days are just more memorable than others..

Turkey May 6

This past Friday, on the last day of Spring Turkey season here in Oklahoma, my daughter and I spent our entire day in the woods.

This is nothing out of the ordinary for us, as we often spend our days outdoors, but this day was far from ordinary.

As we watched the sunrise through the windows of the blind, we were instantly greeted with many of God’s creatures. There is something magical about starting your day off outdoors. Watching and hearing the woods come alive is just good for the soul. We saw a few hens, then at around 8:15 am, I was able to call in a beautiful tom. The focus of this hunt was for Camden to get her first turkey, and I encouraged her to shoot him, but she wasn’t ready so I made the shot. We watched him fall, and her little face lit up. We got out of the blind to check out the bird, and she was so excited, you would have thought she’d made the shot herself. Once we got the feathers plucked, and the bird clean and ready to eat, we cleaned up a little and went back to the field.

This time, Camden was very excited to kill her very own turkey. We spent the rest of the day chasing gobblers, and at around 4:30 pm, I called in 5 big toms for Camden. She made a shot on the larger of the 5, and we watched him roll, and run into the grass nearby. Unfortunately, he got away and we weren’t able to find him. The disappointment on Camden’s face broke my heart, but I had to explain to her that things like this happen with hunting, and things don’t always go as planned. This was the first time Camden had seen that many toms strutting in the field, so to see her excitement as they strutted in, and then watch her compose herself to make a shot was really impressive. This is hard enough for a 29 year old female, so it is extremely gratifying to see that much strength in an 8 year old little girl.

Moments like this are EXACTLY why I hunt, and also why I bring my daughter along. Not every hunt ends with a harvest, and not every hunt goes as planned… but that is the thrill of it. There is beauty in uncertainty, and I feel that in today’s society, that is lost. So many children are used to having things go exactly as planned for them, or being able to manipulate the situation, that sometimes it takes these gentle reminders to show us that things don’t always HAVE to go as planned.

 

I also want to share with you a verse that I have grown to LOVE. I normally take my bible into the field with me, and recently I found the Mossy Oak trail guide that has excellent devotionals in it. I read through a devotional on one of my recent hunts, and it encouraged me to read this verse either at daybreak or sunset, and just give thanks to God. I would like to encourage you to do the same… you’ll be glad you did. 🙂

Psalm 8

1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Camden Turkey Hunting

The weather’s getting warmer…

Cam Wild Onion

As the summer draws near, and the weather is getting warmer.. it’s the perfect time to get outdoors! The turkeys are gobbling, the birds are chirping, the morels are starting to pop up and we have an hour extra of daylight each day.

I don’t know about you, but I go stir crazy when I am stuck inside too long. My daughter recently came down with strep throat and we were forced indoors for a whole SIX DAYS. Talk about cabin fever!

There are tons of activities you can do outdoors this time of year. What are some of your favorite things to do in the spring?

Bible Journaling

If you know me, you know that my hobbies pretty much consist of hunting and bible journaling. With both, I can include my daughter, and both are great stress-relievers.

I have been bible journaling for about a year and a half now, but just recently started using an actual journaling bible. I post my entries on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, but I decided that I would start posting them here as well. I post them so that MAYBE someone out there might be dealing with something, or might just need to read what I read that day, and hopefully through my posts, someone is able to find encouragement.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to contact me!

I will try to follow-up with a post soon about what I use with my bible journaling.

“Well, I love a rainy night…

…I love a rainy night
I love to hear the thunder
Watch the lightning
When it lights up the sky
You know it makes me feel good”

While, it might not be the smartest idea to hunt in the middle of a thunderstorm, this has always been one of my favorite times to hit the woods. There is just something about the peacefulness the rain brings to the woods. Being out there alone, watching the wildlife can be pretty incredible.

I am the type of person that likes to walk that fine line between determination and stupidity, I’ll admit.

A couple Saturdays ago, I hit the woods at the beginning of a thunderstorm, early afternoon. I will say that I was smart enough not to sit in my ladder stand, but instead found a nice little patch of brush, and a tree stump to sit on. I sat about 25 yards from the feeder over a wheat field, and ended up drenched from head to toe.

Not only did I see around 30 turkeys walking along the field for quite some time, I had a little 7 point hang out with me for a while also. Had my daughter been with me, he would have been great for her first bow kill, but she stayed with her daddy since the weather was icky. He was a little small for me to shoot, but it was great watching him for so long.

I also had the privelege to test out some new potential products for upcoming sportsman’s boxes and I have to say that I was VERY impressed!
7 point
My favorite part of bowhunting is drawing the animals in so close. There is something really cool about sitting within 20 yards of a whitetail deer, especially when you are able to watch them from that distance for an extended period of time.

How many of you like to hunt in the rain?

Live Free

prayer
Do you ever feel like there is a message that you REALLY need to hear?

When everywhere you turn, there is a scripture, word or message that seems to be repeating itself?

I have definitely felt that way this week.

Everywhere I have turned, I have had the reminder that God loves us, period. It is not about what we can do for him, how well we can behave, etc.

He. Loves. Us.

Our good deeds don’t give us a “get out of hardships free” card. Our good deeds don’t make him loves us any more.

I think a lot of us have this idea in our heads that the more obedient we are, the more we will receive in return. As Suzanne Eller stated in her devotional this morning, our faith has no strings attached. There are countless examples in the bible where his obedient followers still endured hard times.

It is our HUMAN nature to want to know exactly what step we will take next, what path we will walk down and exactly how our life will play out. Our FAITH reminds us that as long as we believe in God, he has this all planned out for us already.

Obedience to God does not lead us where we WANT to go, but to a better relationship with him. I know from a personal standpoint, my quality of life always seems greater when I am in a close relationship with God.

How great it is to know that we’re not walking in this world alone.

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

Female Hunters: Tasting Wild Podcast with special guests Julie McQueen, Jessica Taylor & Lauren Hill-Lesagonicz-

I always enjoy hearing from other ladies in the hunting world, and I think this podcast covers a lot of great information! Not to mention, the ladies speaking are all very incredible women!

When you’re finished with the podcast, check out Jeremiah’s blog. He has TONS of great recipes, and I promise you will be hungry after scrolling through!

As a father of two amazing daughters I strive to show my daughters that they can do anything they want. That just because they are girls this doesn’t mean they can’t get out there and compete with the boys. One of the areas I try to show my girls that they can do it and be great at it is hunting. When I take my 5 year old out in the field with me I get looks of “really” and words I dare no repeat. I hear from many fathers of daughters and female hunters alike that they to hear these negative comments.

But within the hunting industry itself this idea of female hunters is actually exploding. Female hunters are showing up on more shows, magazines and social media feeds than ever before. Some of these females are representing the industry and females in a negative light. Giving the haters…

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