DaySpring Hope & Encouragement Bible – Bible Review

DaySpring Hope & Encouragement Bible

Hello Everyone! Today is the pre-order launch date of a new Bible coming from DaySpring in partnership with Tyndale. This Bible is called the Hope & Encouragement Bible. It will come in two different styles: Navy LeatherLike Cover and Seafoam Cloth over Board Cover. You will get a free gift when you pre-order this Bible through DaySpring! All of the details of the free gift will be available on the DaySpring website here: Hope & Encouragement Bible

“When you feel lost in the mundane, God says you have a purpose. When fear creeps in, God says you are held. When you wonder if anyone notices, God says you are important. When you feel isolated, God says you are not alone.”

DaySpring Hope & Encouragement Bible
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NIV Illustrating Bible – The Gospels – Bible Review

DaySpring Illustrating Bible The Gospels

DaySpring has come out with one of their newest Illustrating Bibles called the NIV Illustrating Bible – The Gospels. This Bible comes complete with all four Gospels in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. It has an easy to read 12 point font and has plenty of room to journal with 3.75 inch margins. The spine is spiral bound so it will lay flat as you journal.

The cover is a durable fabric cover and is hardback. This cover is great because it will hold your pages intact as you add your journaling and ephemera. The pages are crisp and so smooth. Many different kinds of medium can be used in this Bible such as watercolors, acrylic paints, highlighters, pens, colored pencils, and even stamps. If there are some types of medium that you are not sure would work well in this Bible, you may want to test it out on a small place of a page in the very back of the Bible to see how it would look.

I feel that this Bible is an amazing Bible. It would be a great one to use as a parallel study Bible when studying the life of Jesus, since it has all four Gospels. This would also be great to use during Advent when you are looking to document scriptures leading up to Christmas. If you are hesitant in getting the whole Illustrating Bible, this would be a great one to start with. You can get a feel for how the pages would look when you are journaling. I feel that if you purchase this Bible, you will love the lay flat binding and will want to journal more. This would be a great tool to help you linger longer in the Word and grow closer to God while doing so.

I have done a flip through for you on my YouTube channel of this Bible! Just take a look by clicking this link and hear my thoughts as I go through this Bible with you: YouTube Video Flip Through

Also, you can purchase this Bible by shopping my affiliate link here: NIV Illustrating Bible on DaySpring

I received this Bible in exchange for my review. All thoughts and ideas in this review are my own. I make a small commission off of the affiliate link above with no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support in my ministry.

When God Says No by Elizabeth Laing Thompson – Book Review

Picture of book is compliments of Barbour Books Publishing

I have really enjoyed reading this book, “When God Says No”. The author, Elizabeth Laing Thompson, goes through many stories from the Bible. She tells of Moses, Paul and Cain just to name a few. She brings these stories from the Bible to life in her own words and backs it up with scripture references. This is a great way to do an in depth study of the Bible while reading this book. It can be hard to hear “no” from God. Wouldn’t it be easier to hear “yes” all of the time? But when you read this book, you will understand a little bit better of how hearing “no” is not the end of the world. I highly recommend reading this book and have your Bible nearby to look up the scriptures noted in the book. You will not be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions in this review are my own.

2021-2022 18 Month DaySpring Agenda Planner Review

Have you been looking for a new planner to start in the middle of this year? Maybe the current planner you are using just isn’t working out the way you had hoped. Wouldn’t it be great to just wipe the slate clean with an all new planner? I think I’ve found just the planner for you!

Welcome to the 18 – Month Agenda Planner from DaySpring. This particular planner is their “Full Bloom” line. When I first took at look at the cover I was speechless. I love all of the drawn flowers that make this planner look unique. Not only does DaySpring have this planner that will be releasing on April 27, 2021; there will also be 4 other planners releasing the same day. It will be so hard to choose which one to pick because they are all absolutely beautiful.

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Prayerful Planner Review

Prayerful Planner Review

I’ve always been a kind of spontaneous person. I like to make plans but don’t have to stick to a strict schedule unless it’s for my job. It seems like I’ve always been on the hunt for “the best” planner out there. It can be hard to do that because I use my planner more for writing notes, memory keeping and a journal than planning out my day.

Photo taken from the Prayerful Planner website.

So, I think I’ve finally found MY planner. Let me welcome you to the Prayerful Planner. This planner comes in a variety of sizes. As stated on the website,, it is:

  • Approx. Overall Dimensions (include binding): 9″ wide x 9.875″ tall
  • Page Dimensions: 7.5″ wide x 9.5″ tall
  • Weight: approx. 2.5 lbs.
  • Depth: 1.5″ (includes binding)
  • This is for the normal size planner which is about equivalent to the Happy Planner Classic pages.

They also have the Petite size which is:

  • Approx. Overall Dimensions (include binding): 7.25″ wide x 8.625″ tall
  • Page Dimensions: 5.5″ wide x 8.25″ tall
  • Weight: approx. 1.5 lbs.
  • Depth: 1.5″ (includes binding)

The pages feature monthly undated spreads, daily spreads with headings such as Priorities, Plan It, Praise, Physical Health, Post it, and Prayer. It even has a different scripture for every day at the top along with a place to add the date.

I love the room and feel of the bigger size planner. I’ve been using printables from online shops to add to my pages so I’m not putting in too much bulk. I love that you can use a lot of different pens as well because the paper is just amazing. I used an acrylic paint pen on one of the pages and had bleed through. I haven’t tried any other mediums just yet because I love using all of my pens!

Here are some pages to give you an idea of what the planner looks like with lots of printables on them:

I can really say that I’ve found MY planner. I use this for documenting my day, my prayers, writing a scripture or a quote, or just something I want to remember. I love that this one is undated and I don’t feel down if I skip a day or two. What is great is that you can take off the binding at the end of the year and take out pages if you didn’t write on them. I love the box that the planner comes in because it is a nice keepsake for the planner when you are finished.

I did an unboxing before I prettied up this planner and thought maybe you would want to watch that. Take a look here at the video!

I would love for you to check out this planner as it has some great resources inside the planner as well to help you in your daily life. Listed below are the sites mentioned above for all of the shops listed as well as the website for the Prayerful Planner.

  1. Prayerful Planner:
  2. FiveSeventeenDigital:
  3. BeautifulGoodNews:
  4. Print Pray Slay:
  5. HisPalettee:
  6. ConfettiCreativo:

Until next time, God Bless.


WOW – Word of (the) Week January 2021 – Prepared From Above

Hello Everyone! It seems like it’s been a bit since I’ve posted. However, I wanted to show you a new kit for the shop and the book that inspired the idea behind the monthly kits going forward. The kit you see in the picture above is called WOW; which is Word of (the) Week. Each week in 2021, we will have one word that we will concentrate on for the kits. Each week there will be 5 verses that you can work on. You can write these scriptures in a planner, or even journal one per week. Each page will come with a dex sized card and a 3×4 inch journaling card. All of the elements on each page compliment each other and can be used throughout the whole month.

I know it may be a bit confusing to figure out what the weeks mean instead of going with monthly kits. So to not cause any confusion, here is a calendar you can print out for your personal use. It will detail what each week is numbered and also help you figure out what weeks the kits go with. You can download both of these calendars for your personal use. One shows the numbers in the weeks and the other does not have any weeks numbered.

You can find the kit listed here: Etsy Shop

If you need a better look at this kit, you can do so on the YouTube video listed here: Youtube Video

There is a book called Focus by Cleere Cherry Reaves. It’s a wonderful book that helps you to focus on one word a week throughout the year. This is where I got the inspiration for the monthly kits in 2021. I did not take the words from the book for any of the upcoming kits. I took words from people in the community that chose one word for 2021. You can find that book here: DaySpring Website

I hope you are able to take a look at the newest kit in the shop today!

Until next time, God Bless!

“Focus” by Cleere Cherry Reaves – Book Review

Picture compliments of DaySpring

When this book was up for review, I just knew I had to get it. I never thought about how concentrating on one word a week would make a difference. In this book you’ll be met with the word for the week, Bible verses, and a devotional to read. I was blown away by just reading the first entry for “diligent”. It definitely made me think differently about my work and how my thoughts could affect my work.

This book would be a great addition to other devotionals. It is life changing and really gets you to think differently throughout the week. This is the kind of book that you should pick up and just see for yourself. It’s an amazing read and I think it will change the way you think about your life and serving God.

You can find my affiliate link for this book here: Dayspring Website. When you get to the site, search “focus” and you’ll find the book.

The above link is an affiliate link. Please note that I make a small commission off of any sales used with this link. However, there is no extra cost to you.

Bible Challenge Kit 6 – A Thankful Heart

November always seems to be the time that we are thinking of how we are grateful for people in our lives like family, friends and other loved ones. This month’s Bible Challenge is all about being grateful and thankful for everything we have in our lives.

This kit can be done any time of the year and does not have to be done just during the month of November. You can find this kit here: PreparedFromAbove

These dex cards are a great compliment to the Bible Challenge Kit 6 – A Thankful Heart. You can use these as a stand alone kit or to journal using the Bible Challenge Kit.

Writing notes on journaling cards are a great way to document your prayers, thoughts, notes, and any other kind of journaling. These big hexies are great to add to your craft projects and even to add to your Bible journaling.

This first set of Notes Papers are color coordinated with the Bible Challenge Kit 6. They are great to use as journaling cards and can also be used to help document your daily gratitude. They are sized at 3×4 and 2×3

This kit does not have to be done just in November. It can be done any time of the year. I know God would like for us to be thankful throughout the year. But now is a good time to get started. You will find a PDF file where you can download the printable calendar for the month of November. These will show the verses and prompts

Below is a video that shows what is in the kit. You will get to see all of the printables in this Bible Challenge Kit 6 and also some add ons. I would like to note that the listings in the shop under “New Releases” will be 25% off, now through 10/31/2020 11:59PM EST. No coupon needed for the new releases.

YouTube Video Bible Challenge Kit 6

I hope you like the new kit! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment on this post.

Until next time, God Bless!

October 2020 Bible Challenge

Hello Everyone! I wanted to give you the next Bible Challenge! For October, we are going to learn what it means to have Hope in Him. Hope from God is an amazing gift. All of these verses will have

The next Bible Challenge Kit will be available here on the Prepared From Above Website. Take a look at it today!

You can also watch the video above from this kit as well to see everything in it plus the add ons for this kit!

Please consider signing up for the Hope in the Lord Conference Bible Journaling Conference! It takes place October 14-16, 2020. It is available world wide because it is a virtual conference! Go to this site and take a look at what it’s all about! It’s FREE and I don’t want you miss out on this great opportunity!

Have a great day!

God Bless!


Hope In The Lord Bible Journaling Conference

Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know about an awesome opportunity coming up that you can get for free! Yes free!

Sign up through my affiliate link here: Hope In The Lord Conferece

So…as you can see, my picture is there above! I am so excited and am so glad I can finally share the great news!
I’ve been working behind the scenes with some amazing ladies, and today’s the day that I finally get to share. Woo hoo!

Earlier this year, I was given a chance to apply to speak at the Hope In The Lord Bible Journaling Conference. This Bible journaling conference is designed to help you learn more, get creative, be inspired, connect with others, and grow in the Word creatively. And the best part is….its’ FREE! You’ll also have the chance to win some amazing prizes.So, mark your calendars for October 14th-16th, and register right now because space is limited.
Hope In The Lord Conference

As you can see above, just by attending these sessions, you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes!

Also, even though there is ZERO cost associated with this conference, please use my link. It helps the conference hosts know I sent ya! Plus, I’ll get a small commission if you do decide to buy the All-Access pass. I hear there are some really great bonuses in that option. If you think you might want that option, I encourage you to get it before the conference because it’s $20 off today.Hope In The Lord Conference.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for my session:
October 16, 2020, 7:00 pm EST/ 4:00 pm PST
Where you’ll learn all about how you can use what you have to do some daily scripture writing in a fun and creative way.

I can’t wait to see you there!
God Bless!