My husband and daughter are the artistic members of our family. I love to create, but my medium is words on a page instead of pictures on a palette. I admire them, though. I stand in amazement as an empty space is transformed into sketches, popping with color, saying at least a thousand words.
Thankfully, as I mature, I try to stretch outside of my comfortable box and try something new. Cue the Life Verse Creative Journal by Jana Magruder and Morgan Grace Magruder.
As a child, I loved to color. I remember sitting at my grandmother's dining room table staring at the box of 24 crayons, alive with vibrant possibility. Back then, it was all about staying inside the lines, but sometimes I would close my eyes and scribble, only to color in the loops and stripes created by my attempt at abstract art. Either way, the act of coloring cleared my mind and flipped a switch honing in on making something unique and beautiful.
This compact (7.25 x 5.8 x 0.55) duo set comes with 64 pages of design, scripture, and prompts to aid you in a discovery of your life verse. The second book is full of blank pages waiting for you to take the lead and create. God's Word stands alive and powerful, but the act of staring at a particular verse over a few days, and coloring in the lines of the words creates an echo that is hard to block out. Like the lyrics to a song, I have memorized the scripture simply by focusing on it in a childlike state of wonder. I have a life verse, and it remains the same. But the verses highlighted in this journal have taken on a deeper meaning as I meditated on and prayed through them day by day. The books are the perfect size to carry with you in your briefcase or purse. This set has enriched my quiet time, and I highly recommend to all ages.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.