Revolution of Love

Revolution of Love

Do small things with great love.

It’s Here! The 2017 Blessed Is She Advent Journal

The other day I was updating my music playlists and I accidentally tapped O Come, O Come, Emmanuel by Sixpence None the Richer. The boys ran into the room exclaiming, “We love this song!” They sang along and asked when we could start listing to Christmas music. Well, we are eager beavers in our house and start holiday prepping the day after Halloween. It may be way too early for some but it’s not to early to start thinking about getting your spiritual gear for Advent 2017!

Last year I used the Blessed Is She Advent journal and it was such a blessing to me. I am not exactly one to relish quieting myself down and I struggle to tame my mile-a-minute thoughts but the Advent journal really helped me to stop and focus on what matters the most during Advent – preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.

This year’s Advent Journal was written by the lovely author and blogger Laura Fanucci and it was designed by the talented Erica Tighe of Be A Heart Design. I was thumbing through the journal and on the very first day it said:

Remember: what God desires is to be with you. To be in deepest relationship with you. To love you. Let yourself be in this moment with God. This is the heart of Advent: preparing your heart to receive Christ again. Remember that you can always return to the power and simplicity of this place – this eternal present moment of being with God in prayer.”

The word that jumped out at me was “Simplicity” because that was my word of 2017. It is as if God is bringing me full circle and reminding me of what He wanted me to focus on at the beginning of 2017. The simplicity of just being with Him. To realize that God desires to be with me and that taking the time to be with Him will change my life. I am so looking forward to using my Advent journal to help me spend that quiet re-connecting time with God.

With that in mind, I am excited to announce that the new 2017 Blessed Is She Advent journal is now available for purchase. It may seem too early to worry about it but I do encourage you to get it sooner rather than later because it always sells out. (And there are always people messaging me and emailing me to see if I know where they can get a stashed copy!)

Along with the journal, you will find the “There Is Wonder” print.

And this adorableAnything Can Happen” mug!

Or you can just do what I did and purchase the sale priced Advent Bundle that includes the journal, print and the mug. (Inset heart eyes smiley face!)

When you purchase your journal, feel free to share photos of you holding or using the journal. Use the hashtag #BISadvent so we can encourage one another on this journey of Advent!

Many blessings,

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31 Days of Gratitude (Day 4): May Designs Prayer & Gratitude Journal

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It’s Day 4 of the #write31days challenge. My topic is 31 Days of Gratitude. You can see my previous Gratitude posts here.

Want to join the writing challenge but are unable to write everyday? Join me for the Weekly Writing Challenge in October instead.

Now for today’s post…

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Anyone who has followed my blog for awhile knows that I have a thing for cute paper products. I love planners but have little love for plain black and white ones. I need to seduce my lazier side with color and cheery pages in order to trick myself into being more organized. I will sometimes play the same tricks with my prayer life. Now I shouldn’t need glitz to get myself to pray (more on that topic tomorrow) but let’s face it, sometimes you gotta do what works.

That’s where the lovely May Designs notebooks come in. I heard a lot of great things about them and got a coupon on Facebook so I decided to give them a try. You are able to custom order your notebook and they have so many options! I bought a graphed notebook, a fitness journal and a prayer/gratitude journal. The prayer/gratitude journal is my favorite because it is gorgeous inside!

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The prayer journal is set up for 40 days of prayer and gratitude. Here’s the inside cover.

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The pages look like this. So pretty, right?

I thought it would be the perfect tool on my 31 Days of Gratitude because I want this to be more that just a quick writing exercise. I really want to go deeper and make it mean something in my life. Getting page views and likes on FB are fine but that mean squat if the words I write here are not heart felt and making a difference in my spiritual life.

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So my pretty little prayer journal inspires me to turn off my phone, log off the computer, turn off Netflix and the stereo and quiet myself before God so I can pray. Then I can reflect on what God is speaking to my heart, write it in my journal and later share a bit of it with you.

It may be superficial and frivolous (go ahead and roll your eyes) but I can’t help it. Today I am grateful for my pretty prayer journal and the opportunity to actually use it. šŸ˜‰

What are you especially thankful for today?

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