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In the fall of 2003, I sat in a coliseum full of women at a Beth Moore conference where she was teaching on Ruth.
I was at the end of a bitter tasting divorce, less than 2 years after I had gotten married, and completely heartbroken that anything like this could ever happen in my life. How could so much be taken from me against my will? It was a tough time for me to understand friends. As I sat there, a young woman of 22, I opened my Bible and listened to a beautiful teaching about Ruth's life. At the end of chapter 1, it says that they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest. She stopped in her teaching right there and said something that I will never forget. "Your greatest loss may come just before your greatest harvest." The Holy Spirit stirred those words in my soul so deeply and my eyes filled with tears. I knew those words were for me. I mean, it was sweet that all of those other thousands of women were there, but that part, it was FOR ME! The Holy Spirit comforted me with that over and over again.
Looking back on it, it seems even sweeter. It was less than a year later that the Lord began to allow me to reap a beautiful harvest in my life.
Friends, the harvest can only be gathered with empty arms. He gives and He takes away, but as his child I can rest in Romans 8:28 "For we know that all things work together for the GOOD of those who love him and are called according to his purpose."
He sees the whole picture. He knows your losses and your harvests, and he's working it ALL together for your good. I can't begin to tell you what a good, good Father He is!!! โค๏ธ (My wheat (barley) is inspired fully by @christy_fae ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ˜˜) .
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  • This blessed me this morning. Thank you for your ministry! (Yes, it's a ministry!)

  • Stunning

  • Thank you for this. I felt like you were in my head speaking my thoughts. I, too, went through the bitter divorce and am certainly reaping the rewards of a beautiful harvest this time around ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Christina you speak such truth. He is a good, good Father. That the harvest can only be gathered with empty arms is inspiring. Love the art too / we all need a little wheat in our bibles!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • I was first struck by the beauty of your golden page, and then by your words. God is good! I love it when He speaks directly to us (especially if it's through Beth Moore!) ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  • I love Ruth. And Beth Moore! ๐Ÿ’—

  • Love all of this. Love Beth Moore. Love that the Holy Spirit meet you in your need. Love you openness and ability to share your heart, and I love you picture. Love Ruth too, she and Esther are my two favorite women in the bible.

  • Beautiful page and beautiful words. I will certainly remember this today! Amen.

  • Amen to that. I cannot tell it all! ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • โ™ก!!!

  • "The harvest can only be gathered with empty arms." That gave me chills. So powerful. โค๏ธ

  • Again so beautiful! I love your pages, they are an encouragement every time again! May I ask you what kind of pen you use for the shadow by the lettering?

  • daf_ne 78w ago

    @christinasalive thanks for posting this I needed. God Bless You.

  • Wow! Just wow! So very powerful!

  • @christinasalive you ALWAYS say what i need to hear on the day!! (You're good! ;) LOL!!!) Im soo glad i found u on here!! โ™ก!!! I had that moment "why was so much taken from me against my will" (a divorce of sorts w my job-something very devistating to me happened a few months back and i could not understand WHY!!?!) So, I threw myself deeper into his word (and started bible journaling!)This week-everything has turned around and my harvest is here ready to be reaped! I see now how it all came togther. It had to was His will. And now I am feeling soo blessed because I trusted in him!! โ™ก (i might have to journal this verse-w your inspiration of course! ;) โ™ก!!)

  • @daneybreault On my heart this morning โค๏ธ

  • So beautiful! And such words of encouragement.

  • Girl, I always knew there was more to your story that connected us deeper. I have more words but can't come up with the right ones. I love you and your empty arms and beautiful harvest! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ’Ÿis that enough? Oh wait one more๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Oh my! Beautiful!

  • โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ For real.

  • Thanks for opening your heart to us. ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ

  • I really love this!

  • beautiful

  • tmlsage 78w ago

    Beautiful. Read this with tears!!

  • Beautiful testimony and illustration โค๏ธโค๏ธ!

  • Oh my gracious. This is incredible! Mind if we share? โค๏ธ

  • So beautifully done!! I love love love this!!!! I loved Ruth before but love it even more now! Such a sweet reminder and I can relate! Wow!

  • @illustratedfaith I would be honored! โค๏ธ Thank you for such sweet words!โ˜บ๏ธ

  • @travelingstacey @arrow_pages @leighannphillips @kaylas_painted_faith @brigittaspx Thank you all so very much!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  • @luckowfam @missmitole @mellyannebell Thank you friends!๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  • @fischtales Thank you for your gracious words! And thanks for reading!โค๏ธ

  • This is absolutely stunning

  • @jentaylor03 @babette.marie @bythewell4god @seekjoydaily You guys! Thank you so very much!!!โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  • @karenaguilar_art Praising God with you in your harvest!!! Thanks for your constant encouragement! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

  • @goosekeeperphoto ๐Ÿ˜˜love you sweet friend! Thank you๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  • @daf_ne @graceveenker @mommymuddling @jentaylor03 Ladies, you are all such a blessing to ME! Thank you, always, for your words of encouragement! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  • @amandadennette @robynklepfer @kelseycothern Thank you all!๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒพ

  • All I can say is wow! Amen for open arms before the harvest. Thanks for sharing this story.

  • โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  • @eahartog Thank you so much! โค๏ธ Shadowing is done with Faber Castell PITT artist pens in shades of gray. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • @lizscraps4u Oh, thank you for reading!!!โค๏ธ

  • This gave me chills today. Thanks for sharing your story. ๐Ÿ’—

  • Love, love, LOVE this. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ Thank you so much for sharing.

  • @erica.gorham Thank you, sweet friend!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Love this and love you! This made me reflect back on my life where time and time again significant, unbearable loss was followed by a great harvest. Beth is so good with bringing out just what we need to hear.

  • @thelifeinbetween Thank you for reading, Tawni! โค๏ธ And your sweet words mean much! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  • Oh my goodness. Now I see why you wanted to camp out in Ruth! What an incredible testimony and what a BEAUTIFUL page! You're wheat is awesome of course but I love that tree and the house and the field, oh man. You are seriously talented my friend. I'm so sorry for the loss and hardship in your life but so glad you have such a sweet harvest to share. Love you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • And you got featured! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

  • Comfort in my time of sorrow

  • @shelbymaryann ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

  • @christy_fae My sweet friend, thank you! (People can't get enough of the wheat๐ŸŒพ) I love that he gives us testimonies that point to him! Like, seriously, my whole life... Nothing but HIM!!! Love you too!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  • @melaniegilmer Prayers for you precious friend!!! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  • Oh, friend! I was holding back tears! Thank you for sharing your story! ๐Ÿ˜˜ Sending an Insta-hug!

  • @colorsoffaith Thank you!!! Y'all have no idea how much it means to me that you not only look at my pages, but that you read my words! So thankful for you, friend!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ big hug back to ya!

  • Thank you for sharing this. Your artwork is incredible but the inspiration is beyond! Such a message of promise.

  • Amazing and so true! Thank you so much for sharing your sacred story!!! โค๏ธ

  • Wow ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’– Thank you so M uch for sharing this.

  • @livingfree1971 Thanks Dawn! You are such a sweetheart! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • @thecoloringpastor Humbled to share one small part of HIS much larger story! Thank you, friend!โค๏ธ

  • @majaauringolle Thank you for taking the time to look, read, and comment! โค๏ธ

  • This is beautiful!!!!!

  • ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ’ž thank you for sharing. Beautiful

  • Your ๐ŸŽจ and your โค๏ธ bless me so much Christina! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’•

  • @charlena_hitzges - this picture first captured my eye and right out loud said "Oh My!" Then I read the story and my heart whispered your name. Read this. Inhale the words of the Spirit. for you today!

  • @bccarpenter @tam_sparks Thank you both! โค๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

  • @devlinwhite Amy! Thank you again for your sweet words, friend!๐Ÿ˜˜

  • Beautuful! Beautiful! To you & @christy_fae - I hope it's ok to paint something similar. Love the journaled page and love, love, love your message. Our God is so personal and SO in the details. Praise His Holy Name!

  • @luci_west โค๏ธ

  • @salliefretmet Absolutely fine with me! I'm pretty sure @christy_fae would feel the same. ๐Ÿ˜Š Please tag us, we would love to see what you do with it!

  • Wow!!! Really wow!! This is incredible!! Such a good message and such a stunning page. Amen amen. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿปโœจโœจโœจ

  • Thank you! โค๏ธโœ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • @3robins Thank you lovely!!! โค๏ธ Your sweet words ALWAYS bring a smile to my face and a warmth to my heart! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  • @salliefretmet of course! I drew this wheat on a periscope that you can find on โ˜บ๏ธ

  • @christinasalive this totally needs to be turned into a canvas! I absolutely adore this. There is such power in this and so much truth in got sweet words.

  • Thanks so much @christy_fae ! I'll check it. โค๏ธโœ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  • ibtough 78w ago


  • Thank you for sharing your story and your stunning page. I love this.

  • @lawilliamson6 Thank you, Ashlyn. I was thinking about painting one. I usually paint all of my favorite pages on watercolor paper or canvas and hang up somewhere in my houseโค๏ธ Is that weird? ๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks for your sweet words friend!

  • @ibtough Thank youโค๏ธ

  • @liveart_fully Thanks so much! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

  • Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this. Sorry you had to go through something like that...His light is shining brightly through you

  • @maisonlefete thank you so much for such a sweet comment!!! ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  • I don't even know where you live but I'd just love to sit down with you and have you teach me how to get colors so perfect ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ @christinasalive

  • Love that...Fields of Gold

  • kday8 78w ago

    @denisepressley !!! love this !!!

  • @kday8 I know!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Beautiful!!!

  • @slsevilla check out this account.

  • OMG I can't stop staring at your art! The book of Ruth is my fav. It's like you illustrated the picture in my brain when I think of Naomi and Ruth's story. Absolutely and truly love this!!

  • @jackieyo12 Thank you so much for such a sweet comment! โค๏ธ Your words mean much!โ˜บ๏ธ

  • Wow this is amazing ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

  • @_intheloop_ Thanks again for the sweet comment!๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•

  • @bunnytigerfox ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— "your greatest loss may come just before your greatest harvest"

  • @genevieve_and_me โค๏ธ

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Iโ€™ve had several people commenting/asking about my daily Scripture writing lately, so I thought Iโ€™d share this morning.โ˜บ๏ธโค๏ธ Yes, this is still a daily thing for me...the writing and meditation (& doodling). Iโ€™m still writing through my memory work in Ephesians. So I write, then I doodle while I meditate on and work on memorizing what I wrote. Itโ€™s just parts of my morning quiet time with the Lord, and probably something I will continue, in one way or another, for as many days as He gives me. I want to say this again, but I donโ€™t do this because I HAVE to (there are many other ways to meditate and memorize Scripture), I donโ€™t do this so Iโ€™ll have a โ€œprettyโ€ page to post, (because, obviously most of these pages will just stay tucked away in journals๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ), I donโ€™t do this because God loves me more when I delight in His Word (His love doesnโ€™t depend on my works). I do this because I need Him! ...And this is what works for me. This is how I draw close to Him. This is how I hide His Word in my heart as to keep it with me. This is how I focus my thoughts and time and attention on Him at the beginning of my day...So if it ainโ€™t broke, Iโ€™m not fixinโ€™ it! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚
Let me encourage you to find what works for you! Maybe itโ€™s writing. Maybe doodling. Maybe moving. Maybe complete silence. Maybe vocal. I donโ€™t know. But find a way to not just read, but to meditate and apply Godโ€™s Word daily. We need it more than we need our breakfast or our coffee...More than we need that scroll through IG or Twitter or FB...More than we need to look put together....We need Him, and He speaks most often through His Word! It doesnโ€™t have to take an hour, but it should take something. He will meet us as we seek Him! Donโ€™t neglect Him in His Word. Start fresh today! Meet with Him! Heโ€™s there waiting for you, friend! โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธand His grace is sufficient! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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Living for the Lord can be exhausting, huh? I mean, some days youโ€™re loving well and serving people selflessly and giving generously and praying without ceasing and delighting in God and his Word... and other days it takes every ounce of energy you have to keep from muttering ugly things under your breath standing in the line at WalMart.๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ .
Some days are easier than others. Some seasons are harder to walk through than others. Some pills are just hard to swallow, and some things we may never understand, but we arenโ€™t called to do good just on our good days. We arenโ€™t called to love just those that love us. We arenโ€™t called to give cheerfully only in our abundance. .
Iโ€™ve said this before, and Iโ€™ll say it again: we are called to HARD things. To do good to those that donโ€™t deserve it. To lift up in prayer and love those that will never do the same for us. To give generously even in our lack. Others first. ...but oh, how our flesh screams against it! Oh, how quickly we forget and demand OUR way, or wallow in self pity or doubt, or exact our own revenge rather than trusting the Lord in His omniscience and sovereignty. .

But let me encourage you, sweet friends: do not grow weary! Remember where your strength and help come from. Donโ€™t rely on your own strength, but rest your soul in His endless supply and work hard from that place. Pour yourself out! Give beyond your means! Pick up your Bible when Netflix and chill would be so much easier. Do all of your work as if working for the Lord and not for men. Offer smiles and words of encouragement even when your heart doesnโ€™t feel like it. Pray without ceasing. โค๏ธ The harvest is coming. Maybe not in this season... you may plow for a very long time, you may have to water and weed and water some more, but we have to remember that we arenโ€™t responsible for the outcome of the harvest. We are responsible for the faithful work of the harvest. And He will be with us and allow us to do His will by His grace and in His strength. .

Again friends, the harvest is coming, and it will be plentiful and good because thatโ€™s who He is! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ ...if we do not give up! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
This is from a year ago today, but I wanted to share because I love this verse so much! ...Outdo one another in showing honor...
How can we do that today?
Letโ€™s do it! โค๏ธ ...Not grumble or complain or point out faults, or tell what could be better, but today, lets OUTDO one another in showing honor. Find the good! Point it out! Tell others! Show respect even when you disagree. Know that loving someone and maintaining a good relationship is more important than being right in an argument.
Smile. Hug. Encourage.
โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ And thank the Lord we have another day to share His love and be His light and to preach the gospel! Letโ€™s not neglect to tell others the reason for our joy and hope.๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ .
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Itโ€™s been a while since Iโ€™ve been able to share much with yโ€™all, but Iโ€™m still here...๐Ÿค“ Still doodling my way through Godโ€™s Word...
Life is so incredibly busy that Instagram has had to go on the back burner for a while, but rest assured, youโ€™re not forgotten! .
โค๏ธ ...when I share my โ€œartโ€, I like to share my heart behind it, too. Sharing a pretty page may brighten your feed a bit, but I know that God gave me this gift as a way to share more of Him with others, and so Iโ€™m always hesitant to post just for the sake of posting or for the sake of art. I want to share bits of my Savior most of all. When I started sharing a couple of years ago, I had no idea that God would give me such an amazing gift! Iโ€™ve always been a doodler, but an artist??? Far from it! But the Lord has used my willingness and multiplied it by His faithfulness, and honestly, Iโ€™m in awe of what He can do through a surrendered, ordinary person.
Please hear what Iโ€™m saying: Iโ€™m just me. HE has done it ALL!!! He has called; He has equipped; and He has gifted... ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ HE! Not me.
So when I share, I want it to be abundantly clear that what Iโ€™m sharing is simply because of His grace. I will continue to do whatever it is that He gives me with much joy and humility, knowing that Iโ€™m just a broken vessel in the hands of the most AMAZING Maker that ever has been.
So, for those of you that havenโ€™t been around here long, Iโ€™m just letting you know that Iโ€™m just a regular old person, fully surrendered to Christ the best I know how, and trusting Him to do what He says He will, and what only He can. Iโ€™m just going to keep lifting up His name as high as my arms can reach and watch in awe of all that He does. .
What treasures He gives us, friends! How awesome that we can be called His children! Whatโ€™s He doing right now in your life? How can you make Him bigger? โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ .
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Winner : @thewhaleys !!! Congrats! Send me a DM with your address! .
GIVEAWAY CLOSED! winner will be announced soon!.

How about a flash giveaway? .
Itโ€™s Friday and I love yโ€™all, so tag a friend (or 6๐Ÿ˜œ) and encourage them with a verse of Scripture in the comments!
Youโ€™ll win this great stamp set from @bythewell4god and my (current) favorite pen by Tombow. .

Iโ€™ll draw a winner tomorrow morning! ๐Ÿ˜
Letโ€™s hear all the encouraging Scriptures! GO!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ .
. ***Must be 18 or older, have a U.S address, and be following me to win.
Happy Saturday friends!
From now until Christmas I will be offering custom and semi custom painted Bibles. Yes, I know there are some amazingly gifted artists already doing these, but I thought I would offer some through the holidays since several of you have asked.๐Ÿ˜˜ Stay tuned for more details on how to order one. ๐Ÿค“ .
This one is listed in my Etsy shop now, and I hope it encourages you to dive in to God's Word. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸผFind the link to my shop in my bio if you are interested.โ˜บ๏ธ .
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Hey friends!
Lots of you have asked about prints and such, so I ordered a few.โ˜บ๏ธโค๏ธ I have 3 new sets listed in my Etsy shop now. They are all 4x6, and you can use them as journaling cards, post cards, prints, or however you like.๐Ÿ˜‰
You can choose from a set of animals, a set of lettering, or a set of Scripture writing... I tried to do a small sampling of all of my styles. If these go over well, I'll look at doing more of this type of thing.โค๏ธ .
It was such a joy to recreate so many of my Bible pages and scripture writings to share with y'all! I pray they are a blessing to you as you use them!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

ALSO, as a bonus, anyone who orders 2 (or more) sets in one transaction will receive an exclusive bonus print of my original "Alive in Christ" design. Only available as a bonus; cannot be purchased separately. .
Click the link in my profile and find my Etsy shop to go grab some for yourself and for a friend! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
Such a great verse!
Such a convicting verse!
You hear often, "Don't look at me; look at Jesus.", but Paul tells us that we, too, should set an example! It's easy to use the old, "...but I'm just a sinner" excuse. But sweet friends, we aren't called to make excuses, we're called to set examples! Yes, it's hard. It takes dying to yourself over and over and over, but the gain is beyond explanation! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ .
I pray that we are all striving for exemplary thoughts, words, and actions, not because being "good" is the way to heaven, but because our faith without works is dead. If we say it, but we don't live in the reality of a renewed mind, we have little witness to a lost world or even among believers.
Look for good examples in others; point them out and encourage them in their Christ-likeness. It's always good to know that others see what Christ is doing in you.
I'm reminded of the old hymn, "...keep telling the story, be faithful and true, let others see Jesus in you."๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ .
Psssssttt... it's not too late to jump into @30daysofbiblelettering ...go over to the feed and check it out! โค๏ธ .
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Psalm 73
A beautifully reassuring Psalm๐Ÿ’• .
It can be hard to understand what we see. Sometimes it seems that the ungodly prosper and get ahead while the righteous are under trial and persecution. Sometimes it seems like evil is winning and good is swept away and choked out by other noise.Sometimes it's just hard to gain perspective... And the truth is, the only REAL way to gain perspective is by going to God's Word and by clinging to Christ and His promises. Though things may look grim, we can take great comfort in the fact that Christ prevails: over sin, over darkness, over the world! Let's remember as we walk through this world that is not our home, He holds our hand! ๐Ÿ’• .
So, not only do we have ultimate victory, we also have His unwavering presence! .
Thank you Father, for the promises you give to your children. I thank you that we can have a real hope and peace in times of uncertainty and trials. Your great love is truly better than life!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• .
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I'm praying for a sweet friend and her family this morning. Her name is Kerry. She needs divine healing. Please join me! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
All labor apart from God is vain. Even "good" labor. What do you need to set aside and consecrate to the Lord today? ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• We can trust Him to do the work and know that His grace is sufficient for us to walk in the good works that He has already prepared! .
๐Ÿ’•Happy Saturday friends! .
(A sneak peek of some fun things in the works๐Ÿค“) .
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Psalm 16 was a cool drink this morning... ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’ฆ .
This verse: " chosen portion..." I just love that! .
The portion I've chosen: after careful consideration, before seemingly more generous potions are on the table, knowing that He is exactly what I need regardless of what my head, heart, or emotions tell me at any given time. HE is my chosen portion, and I've already made the decision!
He's always enough! And always will be!
Lord, help me to always be satisfied in you. Keep my eyes and heart from worthless things that entice my flesh. Remind me often that YOU are the portion I've chosen: Generous beyond comprehension and satisfying beyond compare! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• .
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Oh my goodness! Y'all are just amazing! Reading all of the encouragement on my giveaway post was so incredible! I wish I could just give you ALL something! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•
I have to say, though, I'm super excited to announce the winner! Angela is always such a blessing and an encouragement, and so I'm tickled pink to announce that she (@maker_mom) is the big winner! YAY๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Again, a huge thanks to all who entered! If you're new around here, stick around a while and let's be friends! I'll do another fun giveaway soon! ๐Ÿ’• .
Comment below and let Angela know how excited you are for her! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿค“
I'm so thankful for an unchanging Savior! The eclipse was an amazing display, but it makes me long for the day that we'll have no more darkness... the day when light will no longer be obstructed or clouded. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Oh for the day that Jesus will be the only light: Untarnished, unfading, and everlasting!
Friends, if you don't know for sure that you're heading for that eternal day...if you've never put your trust and faith in Christ alone, let TODAY be the day of salvation! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโ˜€๏ธ .
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With 4 young kiddos, the eclipse is kind of a big deal around our house today.๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป๐ŸŒ’๐Ÿ˜Ž ...And y'all! It IS a big deal! It's such a cool thing. Such an amazing thing that God put together and orchestrated from before time began. He knew every eclipse, every every super nova, & every solar storm long before these things were even a reality. He planned it, and He put us here so we could watch it. Nothing is happenstance, it's all providence! And all for His glory! So we are crazy stoked about this opportunity to see a small little display of His wonder and glory! .
As I wrote this verse from the first chapter of Genesis, I thought about what an amazing Creator we have to plan out events for us like this to enjoy. Did you know that Earth is the only planet in our solar system that it's possible to view a solar eclipse from? We have just the right atmosphere, moon, and rotation... what an incredible imagination Jesus has! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Let me encourage you today, even if you're not in the path of the eclipse, to look up and marvel at our Creator! I mean, DO NOT STARE DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿป, but look around and see what an amazing, intricate, and awesome world He has given us to enjoy! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Happy Monday, friends! โค๏ธ .
( case you missed it, I've got a little giveaway going on right now, go back one post to find out details.๐Ÿ˜‰)
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๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ดGIVEAWAY CLOSED! ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ด .Winner will be announced at 8PM EST! .
๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰GIVEAWAY TIME๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰ Y'all are such a sweet blessing to me and it would be a joy to give back to one of you! I can't tell you all how much I appreciate your encouragement, kind words, and friendship!
Giveaway includes: ๐Ÿ’• A single column journaling Bible by Crossway books (available @bythewell4god ) (painted by me๐Ÿ˜œ) and a set of my favorite Bible tabs by @thesaltybiscuit .
๐Ÿ’•A copy of The Complete Guide to Bible Journaling by Joanne Fink & Regina Yoder which has lots of great journaling stickers and traceables in the back.๐Ÿค“ .
๐Ÿ’•A beautiful dori with 2 inserts, and an original design sticker sheet (soooo cute๐Ÿ˜) by @goosekeeperdesigns .
๐Ÿ’•Some super fun goodies I got from the Begin Anew workshop, including this sweet pouch by @marine_parents , & original @illustratedfaith stamp set and stickers
. ๐Ÿ’•A 6x6 block canvas from my Etsy shop, and a couple of original design button pins.โ˜บ๏ธ
๐Ÿ’•Lots of other fun journaling goodies! ๐ŸŽ‰

Wish I could do more, but that's all I've got for now! .
How to enter: .
โ—๏ธFollow me and like this post! Don't just follow to win, stick around and let's be friends! ๐Ÿ’• .THEN
โ—๏ธFollow at least 2 of the other accounts I've tagged. (I'm gonna check๐Ÿ˜œ) THEN
โ—๏ธTag a friend that is a blessing to you and tell them why! ๐Ÿ’• (up to 3) .
โ—๏ธFor an extra entry, repost on your feed using the hashtag #christinasalivegivesaway Your feed must be made public for me to see this! If it's not public, it won't count! ๐Ÿ˜”
โ—๏ธGiveaway ends on Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 12 PM EST

Must be a US resident and over 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.
Christians, we are called to do hard things! .
...Like preaching the Gospel
...Like loving those we dislike and disagree with
...Like keeping on when we feel like quitting
...Like giving up our wants and even needs for the sake of others
...Like speaking up for the innocent and oppressed .
...Like speaking truth even when it's met with dislike and opposition
And we aren't called to just one of these things๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ, but to ALL of them. And not just when it's easy or convenient for us, but ALL of the time. Doesn't that sound impossible? And exhausting? .
Well, it is and it can be, but sweet friends, that does not exempt us from our calling. And just as Jesus humbled himself to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil 3), so should we to fulfill our calling...Whatever it takes! We should spend up every ounce of ourselves for the sake of Christ... and do it willingly and joyfully! I want to get to the gates of Heaven used up, spent, and weary, knowing that I gave ALL I had for His sake! I want to finish the race knowing I gave it my all by His grace! I want to have used every bit of my earthly resources, knowing that as soon as I'm made new, it won't even matter! All of my losses, considered gains. .
๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘†๐ŸผThis promise makes it worth it and makes it possible! He IS with us always!
Let's live like it! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
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When we question God, one of the things we should remember is that we can't understand Him. That doesn't mean we shouldn't search, that just means that we shouldn't limit Him to what our tiny minds can comprehend. There will be things we don't understand about the Lord. There will be things we can't comprehend about His will. And that's ok... A god that I can fully comprehend with my feeble, human mind would hardly be worthy of my worship. The mysteries of God aren't always for us to understand, (though He wants to be known by us) but they are to be searched and wondered at!๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ .
And just because we don't understand His ways, doesn't mean that we can't accept them as good, even when our feelings and minds tell us otherwise. If His Word says "He works all things for our good", but our heart says, "nothing good could come from this", guess which one is lying to us? Not His Word! If His Word says, "You are precious in my sight and I love you," but your mind is filled with thoughts of worthlessness, guess which one is true? His Word, every time! His Word can be trusted; He can be trusted! Our feelings and hearts... not so much...๐Ÿ™„ .
. For me, filling my heart with His Word allows me to have the power over my feelings or fears or anxieties. If your heart is full of The truths of Christ, even when we can't understand them, it leaves no room for fear and doubt to take up residence. Oh, they'll still rear their ugly heads, but they'll be met with the Light of Truth and Love that comes only from Christ, and that light exposes those lies quickly. It's so important for us to have that sword of the Spirit ready to fight!
No, we won't always understand. Yes, it's ok to question, but we must submit those questions and feeling to the authority of Christ in our lives. Knowing and trusting that His Word stands when all else fails! Let's not be afraid to search the depths of who He is for the fear of not understanding. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’• .

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Oh my! These are my favorites yet! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ fall colors and themes ๐Ÿ๐ŸฆŠ๐ŸŒฝ๐ŸฆŒ
These are a few of the journals I just listed in my shop. Last batch for a while, as the kiddos and I begin our new homeschool year tomorrow! Don't worry, I've got other fun things (prints, tshirts, giveaway, etc.) coming up, just no more originals. ๐Ÿ˜” Y'all have been AMAZING! Thanks for buying everything I've painted! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ .
Link to shop in profile! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿค“Happy shopping friends!
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Your WHOLE heart! Not just with the part that's hurting. Not just the part that's left over. Not just the part that's well. Not just the part that's searching. Not just the part that's not preoccupied with other things... but you WHOLE HEART!
He's not interested in a small portion of it. He's not interested even in a large portion of it. He's interested in your entire heart, your entire self. He is interested in being your ONLY portion! And honestly, that's what the gospel demands! The gospel isn't a feel good message to improve parts of your life. The gospel is a message of hope and redemption to lost souls and has transformative power over our lives!
If you're trusting Jesus with only parts of your heart and life, that's not surrender. Some would argue that handing parts of your life over is better than handing none of it over, but the Lord says, "I wish you were either hot or cold...". In other words, partial surrender is still not pleasing to God. Partial surrender may help YOU to fix parts of your life, but TOTAL surrender allows Christ to come in and transform you from the inside out to the glory of God! Partial surrender is a gospel that serves man; complete surrender is a Gospel that proclaims the total sufficiency of Christ! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
What is holding you back from seeking Him with your WHOLE heart? What is stopping you from surrendering entirely to His will?
I pray it's nothing! But if there's something you're holding back or on to, friend, won't you let it go? Won't you give your entire self to Christ so that He can begin His work?! He will never disappoint!๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ
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