Thursday, June 2, 2016

Life Update & Bible Journaling

Hello Friends 

  I thought I would come and give you all a wee life update. My life has been crazy over these last few months. In the last year I have lived in New York, Maine, Scotland (my home) and Ireland!!  It has been a roller coaster ride with a lot of ups and downs. I lived in the USA with my husband but over the last few years I got very homesick and we both decided we wanted to move back home an be closer to my family. We have been trying to get my husband over to live  for the last 4 years but the immigration rules here are crazy and the financial requirements are difficult to meet.

 So at the beginning of the year  we decided to move to Ireland since the immigration rules are more relaxed hoping it would be the next best thing to being home. But it never worked out! There job market is scarce and there is also a huge housing shortage. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us! Our money was running out fast so we had to come back to Scotland. My husband could not stay as his visitors visa was about to run out so he had to leave and fly back to New York. He is staying with a friend but has start all over again with a house, a car and a job!  We are living apart until he can find us a place to stay and hopefully I will be joining him back there soon. As you can imagine my life has been super stressful lately and I have been in tears a lot!! I would totally value your prayers if you are the praying kind. 

Getting me through all of this is my Faith and my love of crafting. I have always done bible journaling but just not always in my bible. So with all of the bible journaling craze right now I wanted to buy one specifically to do art in. But if you know me I am very particular. I have been looking for one for about 2 years.  I am so not joking! I looked all during my travels in New York, Maine and Ireland and I saw nothing I liked. I felt a bit like Goldilocks only with bibles ha! Too big, too small not the right colour.  So I kind of gave up looking then when I got home last month I went into my local Christian bookshop in Glasgow and there it was. Sitting on the shelves staring back at me saying buy me ha!!

It was my favourite colour turquoise!! Yay!

 The detail of the fore edge of the book is just stunning it is covered with butterflies and flowers.

The inside was a perfect size. This bible also comes with some lovely prints ready for you to colour inside but enough free space for you to do your own thing. I used my favourite Unity stamp on this page called Your Wings Exist. I used archival ink to stamp and coloured pencils to colour.

   In the midst of a storm when things are totally out of my control. Like how they are now!
This is the Psalm I cling to.

Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

Sometimes life is hard like really hard! Leaving our whole lives behind to try and make it work in another country was hard. Not being able to just go home with your husband is hard. I don't call it failing since we have not given up on the dream. You only fail if you stop trying! So we keep walking! Maybe walking is a bit strong of a word. Dragging my feet is more like it. When you are worn out by trying to get to a place and your heart is heavy. Keep going and never give up hope!! Sometimes being still and surrendering whatever it is life throws at us is all we can do.
Having faith that God has a  much bigger plan for us that any we have for ourselves.


Mandi xox

P.S Here is a link to where you can buy the bible if you are interested USA &  UK

1 comment:

  1. Praying for you and your family that all goes well. Peace and love, Praise God


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