Christmas Gifts with a Purpose – Black Friday Deals

Here we are, celebrating thanksgiving and looking forward to find out those special and unique gifts for the whole family. For me, every gift must have a purpose to uplift and motivate. Something special and unique.Here there are some gifts that you can consider:

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Here we are, celebrating thanksgiving and looking forward to find out those special and unique gifts for the whole family. For me, every gift must have a purpose to uplift and motivate. Something special and unique.

Here there are some gifts that you can consider:

Handmade Bookmarks:

I love everything handmade. Bookmarks are perfect for bibles, books and planners. They have multiple uses and you can find some really beautiful.


Handmade Keychains:

Keychains are also a great gift and very practical. You can use them even in a planner. Click here to see the options on Keychains.You will love them.

Bible Journaling Kits:

I love bible journaling kits. My favorites are from illustrated Faith. Those are the first ones I started to use. I recommend them. Click here to visit the store, and see al the beautiful kits available.


You can find plenty of bibles for babies, kids, young kids, women and men. There is a bible for every need, this is one of the most important gifts we can give to someone. You can find a variety at Amazon, Ebay, Christian Book, Lifeway, just to mention a few sites.

There are a lot of options. For the moment, here there are four that you can take a look. In the next post I will be sharing about all the bibles available (my favorites) for every member of the family.

How to make beautiful tabs for your bible

How to make beautiful tabs for your bible using washi tape

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When I got my new devotional bible one of the first things I wanted to do was to put some tabs on. I wanted to do a little DIY project with it. So, I decided make my own beautiful bible tabs, super easy and affordable using washi tape. Yes! Washi tape!

Here is a simple step by step post of about how to use your favorite washi tape to create your tabs.

1. First, choose your washi tape. If you don’t have washi tape you can buy some online at Etsy, EBay, Amazon or at any hobby or craft retailer near you. You can find affordable prices on washi tape, depending on the size and how many rolls contains the package. Prices vary from $19.99 to $1.00. Yes! Let me give you a tip on this. On my last trip to Florida I got plenty of washi tape for only $1 at Dollar Tree stores. Cheap and beautiful! 😀 I’m sharing below a list of my recommended washi tape, take a look!

2. We want to put a tab on the first page of each book of the bible. That means, there is work to do, since we have 66 books. But I promise this will only take you one to two hours of your time. You can use some sticky notes to mark your pages prior the tabs for easy finding.

3. Now let’s start! Cut a little piece of washi tape with your hand or use scissors; since washi tape it’s so easy to manage. Then start putting the washi tape on the first page of the book of Genesis. (See the photo for reference).

My recommended Washi Tape list:


Then, you will continue do the same step on every first page of every book. You can try different positions for the washi tape (See photo).


And that’s It! It’s easy!


1. Use different colors and patterns if you like. Or use one color as I did. I loved so much the gold washi tape that decided to use it on all the pages.

2. Take your time to make a good search for the perfect washi tape for you. There is plenty of options on Etsy. Or visit the Dollar Tree Stores 😉😉😉.

3. Want more ideas of using washi tape in your bible? Check out this other post.

Have fun and enjoy the moment.

How To Make The Best Use Of A Prayer Journal

Throughout the years I have always liked to keep and write reflections in notebooks. I never had a diary, but I have been writing about special moments and not so good throughout my life. Several years ago I decided to buy a few notebooks to write down my prayers, among other things. Understanding that it is necessary to keep a record of those constant prayers in which we wait patiently for a response from God.  Today, I want to share with you how we can (according to my experience) make the best use of a prayer journal.  

How to make the best use of a prayer journal

First, one of the best uses we can give a prayer journal is to keep a record of our prayers. When we set our hearts to pray sometimes for multiple requests, we can forget what we have prayed for. Writing our prayers is the first thing we should do.

Second, maintaining a record of answered prayers is one of the uses for our prayer journal. Many times we are in public places, in the church or any other place and because there are no limits to God, He can speak to us and answer our prayers at any moment. We must write it down.

Related post: How to pray without ceasing

If you are a prayer person, you have already experienced the request of prayers from others around you. In my prayer journal, I have a section where I write down those prayer requests that people make me daily.  So I do not forget any of them as I’m compromising myself to pray for them.

Also, we can take in our prayer journal those victories that God has given us through prayer. We can include a section of worship, praise and give thanks to God for all of them.

All of these methods or practices have helped me to make good and best use of my prayer journal. I’m still learning in the process. This is not about perfection but about a relationship with God.

I have created a free printable prayer journal for all my subscribers! – If you subscribe to receive the posts of my blog you will receive in your inbox a free beautiful PRAYER JOURNAL that includes:

Prayer Journal His Purpose In Me

  • Psalm 138:8 Scripture Print (perfect for your prayer room)
  • Praying Sheet with Date and Purpose
  • Prayers Requests Sheet
  • Answered Prayers Sheet
  • Prayer Journal Tabs (including a tab for every month) you will love this as much as I do!

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Related post: 3 verses about prayer your should know


Live Free and Serving God – Week 3

Live Free and Serving God

Hello! We are in our third week studying in depth the theme of freedom through the word. During the first week we were talking about how God has called us to be free in Him. We were also learning some tips about how we can memorize the word of God to be recorded in our hearts. Today, in our third week we will be talking about the verse in 1 Peter 2:16 and how we should use our freedom granted by God.

Live Free and Serving God

1 Peter 2:16 says the following:

Live like free people, but don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do evil. Live as those who are serving God.

We know what freedom means for those who have been saved by grace.  God sent his only Son to give His life for us, to make us free from sin.  Now, Once we have been rescued and redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus and His blood shed on the cross, what is it for us to do with that freedom?

The word teaches us that we should NOT use our freedom as an excuse to do wrong. On the contrary, we must use that freedom to serve God in a good way, willingly and passionately. We are exhorted to use our freedom wisely.

To use our freedom wisely implies that we must submit ourselves under the powerful hand of God and in obedience to do His will. Therefore, our freedom should not be used to rebel against God. We are freed from sin, but say the word that we are servants of God. Before we were ruled by sin and the enemy of souls, but now we are ruled by God.

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What does it mean to be a servant of God?

The word records in Isaiah 42: 1-4 that God choose a servant in whom his Spirit would dwell and who would bring to this world a true judgment. Thus the verses say:

“Here is my servant,
the one I support.
He is the one I have chosen,
and I am very pleased with him.
I have filled him with my Spirit,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not cry out or shout
or try to make himself heard in the streets.
He will not break even a crushed reed.
He will not put out even the weakest flame.
He will bring true justice.
He will not grow weak or give up
until he has brought justice to the world.
And people in faraway places will hope to receive his teachings.”

We are also servants of God here on earth. If we are free by grace, then we can do right doing good works as God expects of us. Says Colossians 3: 23-24,  In all the work you are given, do the best you can. Work as though you are working for the Lord, not any earthly master. Remember that you will receive your reward from the Lord, who will give you what he promised his people. Yes, you are serving Christ. He is your real Master.

Isn’t that amazing? Christ is our real Master, and we are serving Him now! Live like free people, doing good works!

“Freedom”Bible Study – Week 3

In week 3 of our bible study, we had the opportunity of doing some bible journaling. Here’s what I did with the verse of the week: 1 Peter 2:16

Live Free and Serving God Bible Journaling

Materials used for this entry: Illustrated Faith Pen, Washi Tape, Illustrated Faith Die Cuts, Stamps, Tabs and Watercolor Painting.

Are you planning to do some bible journaling for 1 Peter 2:16 this week? Come on! Try it! – I’ll see you next week in our week 4th of  the Bible study. There will be surprises!!!


Valuable resources for your growth and learning in Bible Journaling.

Valuable resources for your growth and learning in Bible Journaling

Are you looking to grow and learn in Bible Journaling? In the time I’ve been practicing it and taking my time to study the Word of God, the use of creativity and art has helped me a lot. Sometimes I just write some notes, other times I paint, color and use my favorite washi tapes.  In the process I needed to find information and resources to grow and learn even more. Today I want to share with you several resources that I consider valuable for your growth and learning in the Bible Journaling.

Valuable resources for your growth and learning in Bible Journaling.

  • Illustrated Faith by Shanna Noel

This is the first place or resource I visited when I discovered bible journaling. Illustrated Faith by Shanna Noel is an excellent resource for those who wish to know more about this practice. She shares in her website tips, ideas and how we can use various materials to illustrate our faith.  She has a shop where you can print or buy physical products like, kits, washi tape, stamps and more! – Her site is full with videos and how to’s that for sure will help you!

  • Seasons Illustrated by Sarah Laughed

Seasons Illustrated is a website full with resources and bible studies.  I love bible studies! Sarah Laughed created this project for our benefit.  She combines bible study with bible journaling and I loved how she shared every detail in the process.  She has printables, a shop and a Facebook Community you can join!

Valuable resources for your growth and learning in Bible Journaling 2

  • Beginner Tips by Rachel Wojo

If you need a hand to start in bible journaling Rachel Wojo has a great post with beginning tips you will love! Her site is full with bible studies, challenges, devotionals and more.  Check out her post if you need to take a step forward on Bible Journaling HERE: Beginners Tips for Bible Journaling (She offers a free workbook too! Yay!)

  • Bible Art Journaling by Rebekah Jones

Rebekah Jones in her site about Bible Art Journaling offers courses and bible journaling challenges.  Her challenges are very good to do, because while you read your bible she teaches you how to use the materials.  In fact, she has a Free Course in where more than 10,000 students are enrolled.  You can join HERE: Inspired Faith: Art Journaling in Your Bible with Rebekah R Jones

I know that these resources will help you to grow and learn in bible journaling. You just have to dare and give a step forward! You can!

More resources: Using washi tape for bible journaling | Bible Journaling Challenge