I will be creating a video on how to use Xodo as I have an Android phone and tablet myself. There are a lot of videos on YouTube for how to use Goodnotes and other PDF annotation programs that will let you use this planner on a daily basis. I recommend you looking for those and watch for an update for me on the Xodo tutorial.
(This is a repost from last year. I’m diligently working hard on my first digital planner to go into my Etsy shop and it’s taking a long time 🙂 I have it done, but am now taking screenshots for the shop and instructions and it will be done…whew! So as it’s a few days from fall, I thought this would be appropriate for today’s Friday freebie 🙂 )
I really love this week’s set, if I do say so myself 🙂 I love the colors and how the whole set came together!
Here is the freebie printable planner stickers from that set for this week.
You can check out the rest of the set in my Etsy shop here. This is formatted to fit the classic-size Happy Planner planner, but you can always use it in other planners and bullet journals.
Print these out on full-size sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.
If you’d like this printable, click on the image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing. If you use this kit, I would LOVE to see how you use it! Please comment below so I can see 🙂
Please remember this is for PERSONAL USE ONLY!
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I know many of us (myself included) have been hurt (sometimes very deeply) by other Christians. It can hurt like no other hurt and it leads us to feel like we need to stay away from other believers.
I went through that in my 20’s. I was very involved in my church and several inter-denominational Christian fellowships and Bible studies. I was single at the time and it felt like people my age were meeting at these fellowships, hooking up and getting married or moving away to start new adventures. I had church or a Bible study or fellowship every night of the week but one. I was never home. I lived at home with my parents still at that time.
One by one groups stopped meeting for whatever reason and it go to where I was only left with church. Then at church I drove the church van picking up inner-city kids that nobody else wanted to deal with. I weighed about 150 pounds more than I do now, and you can bet I heard everything those kids had to throw out at me about my weight. I kept telling myself to bear it because the Lord was the One to deal with these kids. My job was only to be obedient and get them to church and get them back home again.
One night after dropping the kids off, I went back to the church to drop the van off, get my car and go on my way. There was a sticky note on the windshield of my car by the associate pastor ‘relieving me’ of my ‘duties’ and accusing me of using the church van for personal reasons. No discussion, not even in person. Just an accusation on a yellow post-it note. Done and done.
A few days later one of the guys (I’ll call him Jim) in the church who was my age, and who also attended the inter-denominational fellowships I’d been involved in for years approached me after church in the aisles when everyone was talking before they left. He yelled at me accusing me of being uptown in the bars. In truth, I had been uptown, but NOT in the bars. I’d been in the park there on the square witnessing to people who came out of the bars with fellow Christians. I was not patronizing the bars nor “partying”. I’d been about my Father’s business.
Jim was yelling at me loudly accusing me of being backslidden and that I was not in the Lord’s will and that I needed to repent. I’d already had it. I yelled back at him, “That’s not true, and if it WAS true, this is NOT the way the Lord would handle it!”. He put his hands on his hips like a bratty child and said, “Oh yeah, how do you think He would handle it?” I quoted Matthew 18:16, “But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'” He would NOT ASSUME things of me He didn’t know to be a fact and get in my face in front of others screaming at me like a banshee!
I ran to a room and the pastor’s wife followed me with me crying my eyes out, humiliated. After I calmed down, I scheduled a meeting with the pastor to discuss the note from the associate pastor and then Jim’s humilation. At my meeting with the pastor, he said he would talk to them both. The associate pastor later apologized. But two days later, Jim was voted onto church council and never apologized or even tried to talk calmly with me.
That was it for me. I told the Lord, “I’m not leaving YOU, but I want NOTHING to do with your PEOPLE!” . I left my church and left my fellowship group (the only one that was still there hanging on by a thread).
Looking back, I know the Lord understood every tear I shed over that and that He was not happy with His people who sinned against me and hurt me so badly. But He also knew how being away from other believers would eventually also lead me away from Him. Without the fellowship and the teachings (this was before the days of the internet) I did wind up backsliding. For 9 years, in fact, with my two best friends who were also fed up.
I had every right to feel hurt and betrayed and I had every right to leave that church. But I SHOULD have found another church and other fellowships rather than giving up on other believers completely. I learned the hard way that other Christians may do me wrong , as ANYONE will do me wrong, but I have to answer to the Lord for my OWN relationship with him. I have a duty to obey the Bible, including Hebrews 10:25, ‘and not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” That’s clear as a bell. We need each other. Whether we like it or not 🙂
I did come back to the Lord in 2002 when I was carrying my son through a very difficult pregnancy. I didn’t want to bring him into the world into a home without it being a Christian home. I was living in another city at the time (having gotten married and moved away). The Lord provided a wonderful women’s Bible study group (where I experienced another hurt, but the Lord brought healing…) I was a big part of for 10 years. Also a church which we were a part of till we had to move back to my hometown to be near my mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
I read a devotional that reminded me of those days and I hope it inspires you as it did me:
So in Christ we, though many, form one body,
and each member belongs to all the others.
We’re more alike than we sometimes realize. We’re all a bit afraid. We all want to belong. We all worry we will be too much or not enough. We all tend to feel more comfortable with a little distance between ourselves and those around us because we’re afraid we won’t be loved if we’re seen close up.
We might create that distance by saying “I’m fine” when we feel broken inside, holding on to our couch like it’s a lifeboat every evening, working too much, drinking too much, doing anything that will make us feel like we can avoid others seeing us as we really are.
But that’s not how we’re made to live. We need to walk onto the stage, out the door, across the room, and spill what’s really going on in our lives. We need to let people see our faces without makeup and our souls without scripts and our lives without the polish and practice.
Yes, there are days meant for wearing the beautiful dress, adding the extra coat of mascara, and putting our “best” forward. But there are days meant for inviting people into our worst as well. And most of all, there are moments for sharing everything that’s in between. In other words, plain ol’ lovely, ordinary, extraordinary you.
So let’s be brave today. Let’s love and be loved. Let’s look with gentler eyes at ourselves and each other. Whether we’re in pajamas or high-heeled pumps.
Whether we’re holding a microphone or warming up leftover coffee in the microwave as syrup-splattered toddlers run circles around our ankles. Whether we’re close up or far away.
None of us needs to have it together; we only need to remember we’re better together.
“…so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. –Romans 12:5 NLT
You can read this and other devotions in Holley’s book here:
Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Lord’s day! I’ve been super busy!
I’m teaching the Book of Revelation to one of my Facebook groups (and will be leading an offline Bible study through it as well…I was just asked the other night), but also I’m designing a set of digital planners to sell in my Etsy shop. They are all the rage in the ‘planner universe’ but also, mine will have a Christian theme for those of us who are believers and strive to keep that at the forefront of our lives. I really wish I could just give them away, but I’m in desperate need to raise a little money for denture work and Christmas. I’m just a poor mom and housewife in north central Ohio 🙂
I missed doing my End of the Age Updates last week due to my son being sick with a nasty bug (then my husband and I getting it as well) and working on my Revelation lessons and digital planners. I didn’t want to let another week go by without presenting you with the updates we prophecy buffs (and hopefully Christians in general!) rely on as we watch for the return of Jesus Christ, our Lord and savior.
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It seems like most people I know anymore are on some form of antidepressant. I don’t remember that at all when I was growing up. I heard of the occasional “nerve pill”, but that was only when someone was on the verge of a nervous breakdown or close. It really feels like the closer we get to the return of the Lord, the more anxious the world is getting. With good reason! It’s just fulfilling prophecy about the end times. People will turn against each other, their hearts will wax cold, and so on and so on.
But the Christian shouldn’t allow the feeling of anxiety to overtake us. We of all people have reason for hope and to trust that everything that happens in our lives are a part of God’s ultimate plan. It may not seem like it at the moment, but I know (for me) we can always look back and see God’s hand in the most worry-fraught times of our lives.
I read this in my YouVersion devotional this week.
The Answer to Anxiety Rejoices in God’s Plans
The Bible is clear that God’s people deal with anxiety. The Psalmist acknowledges that even when the Lord is your hope, the cares will still be many! All through Psalms and Proverbs there are acknowledgments that God’s people know what it is to have cares in our hearts.
It is humility that brings hope to the anxious heart, and this humility that brings relief from anxiety rests in God’s gracious and good plans.
Can you be confident that He will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you?
God is described by Peter as the God of all grace. I don’t deserve for the Lord to take care of me in such a way that, at all times, it is something good that is being worked out in the details of my life.
And yet that is what He does.
Because He is gracious and good, I can have this confidence – whatever suffering I am going through is temporary. Even if it is for a lifetime, it is still a little while.
What awaits us is eternal glory in Christ – who will Himself restore us, confirm us, strengthen us and establish us.
The Old Testament book of Job tells us of a man who lost everything. We know that the Lord was using his faithfulness to demonstrate to Satan that Job’s reverence for the Lord wasn’t dependent on the things in his life that he had been given.
We read about this purpose of God’s in Job’s life, but Job lived it – he didn’t have the book of Job to tell him of the things that we know by reading in Scripture.
Amazingly, due to God’s work in his heart, he was able to say that “the Lord gives and the Lord takes away” – but “blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job was able to say, “I trust Him.”
You humble yourself when you acknowledge God’s sovereignty and rejoice in it. You must be willing to admit that He has the power and the right to do what He will do. Whether this looks like giving or taking away in your life, you must be willing to say this to Him with a heart of praise.
This is not fatalism or resignation, but praise.
We have not humbled ourselves until God’s sovereignty is sweet to us.
Do you rejoice in the knowledge that you are not in control, but He is?
Will you humble yourself by taking all those things represented in the word anxieties, bag them up, and cast them onto Him, knowing that He cares for you?
“When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.” –Psalms 94:19 ESV
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!” –Psalms 139:23 ESV
“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” –Proverbs 12:25 ESV
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” –1 Peter 5:10-11 ESV
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” –1 Peter 5:10-11 ESV
“And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?” –Job 1:8 ESV
“And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.” –Job 2:3 ESV
“And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord .” –Job 1:21 ESV
“Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face.” –Job 13:15 ESV
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Wow it’s September already! Where did the summer go? Are you all getting settled back into your fall (almost) schedules? My cold-weather season Bible study is about to start back up next week and I’m really looking forward to that! It’s a study my son and hubby can attend with me. In the warm-weather months, I attend a small women’s Bible study that meets at a friend’s house. I love gathering together with other believers! Pastor J.D. is back this week and I know we all missed his prophecy update last week, but I’m very glad he and his church there on Oahu are safe after Hurricane/Tropical storm Lane went through there! Now on to the updates:
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I meant to get this posted yesterday, but the past few days have been really busy! I’ve heard frow a handful of you who are enjoying these, and that makes it worth the work for me 🙂 As I said last week, I sized them to fit the classic Happy Planner and the Erin Condren planner.
There are SO many TV shows now that it would take forever to vet them, so I have no idea of the content of many of these. So I ask you to please use your own discretion in using them according to your own values and know if there is something very unGodly in them, I haven’t vetted them so don’t email me complaining if there is something not so worthy. Having said that, shows I know for sure to be ones that someone following Jesus should not be promoting I did exclude (Lucifer, Supernatural, etc.), so this is in no way a total list. It IS very thorough list though, I have to say! 🙂 I put a lot of work into it for sure! 🙂
My hope in creating these is that those of us who grew up in the TV generation and beyond can choose a handful of our favorite shows and plan for them, so that we aren’t just sitting in front of the screen mindlessly lost in the fog of information being thrown at us. Choose your favorites and schedule watching them into your day, be it when it’s first aired or (like me) from your DVR.
I first made these last year and didn’t use them as much as I thought I would because I got in the habit of just watching whatever showed up on the DVR. But now my hope is to do the advice I just gave you and choose a handful of shows and include them into my planner. I can see ahead of time what shows will be on the next day that I want to watch and schedule the amount of time they will play into my day the next day so I watch just those and be a better steward of my time. That’s where these stickers and my planner come in 🙂
This week I am posting the cut files for the Silhouette cutting machine, and the png file for Cricut machines and digital planners. (I also included the blackout png for those who want that). This will be a graphic-heavy post, so please be patient for it to load 🙂 I’d love to see how you use these! Remember these are for personal use only! I am not selling these because I don’t own the license to the various graphics, so please, personal use only.
For just the PDF versions, you can pick those up on my blog posts the past few week HERE and HERE
These are in alphabetical order BUT there are several at the end where the alphabet starts over again (some additional stickers I added in later)
I’m posting a thumbnail image to what each file contains. It leads to a zip file that will take you to where you download it for use. Just click on the image you’d like!
This devotional came at a really opportune time for me. I’d recently been giving a lot of consideration about what to do about couponing blogging on my CalvaryCouponers.com blog. I had been frustrated about the scammers bombarding the two large couponing Facebook groups I admin and the time it took me to moderate the pending posts,deleting a ton of spam and porno site links. I was just frustrated and the whole coupon blogging world was just ‘old’ to me as a result. After some prayer and thought, I felt like the Lord was reminding me of why I started that blog to begin with. To help my family and others like mine learn to save money on needed groceries and be able to have a little more money at the end of the month. Also given my natural inclination towards inclination, it gave me a creative outlet as I design 90% of my own graphics.
I just had posted about resuming my coupon posts on that blog when later that evening I read the following devotion. See if it inspires something in your life as well!
Casper ten Boom
Ever since Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, work has been arduous and difficult (Genesis 3). But as we saw yesterday in Genesis 2, work is not inherently bad—it was designed by God to be an act of worship and a meaningful way for humans to glorify God and serve others.
In a fallen world, it can be difficult to see the goodness, meaning, and eternal significance of our work. I doubt many of Casper ten Boom’s neighbors saw his work as particularly meaningful. As his daughter Corrie remembers in her book, The Hiding Place, for more than sixty years, ten Boom went to work every day as a thoroughly ordinary watchmaker and shopkeeper. But while ten Boom’s work may have appeared as monotonous as a ticking timepiece, he was a man who loved his work and saw it as a calling from God, using his watch shop as a means of serving his neighbors and discipling his employees. While ten Boom was faithful in using his work to serve the Lord in these “little things,” God had plans to entrust him with much more responsibility as Europe headed into World War II.
After the Germans invaded the ten Booms’ hometown of Haarlem in the Netherlands, the family began leading a clandestine effort to hide Jews and others at risk of extermination by the Nazis. Ten Boom’s unassuming watch shop quickly became the front door for the anti-Nazi underground network in town, used to smuggle food and other supplies to the Jews hiding in the ten Boom’s home behind the watch shop. The ten Booms even used encoded messages about “watches” as a means of communicating critical information across telephone lines undoubtedly tapped by the Nazis.
On February 28, 1944, German soldiers caught the ten Booms and sent Casper and Corrie to prison. At the time, the ten Booms were hiding four Jews and two members of the underground network. When the ten Booms were taken away, they didn’t know if these six people were dead or alive. Weeks later, while detained at Scheveningen concentration camp, Corrie received an encoded message informing her that “All the watches in your closet are safe.” Corrie knew that the six had made it out alive. Ten days after his arrest, Casper ten Boom died at the age of eighty-four, not knowing that his work as an entrepreneur and watchmaker had been used in this dramatic way to accomplish God’s will one more time.
I recently had a chance to visit ten Boom’s watch shop, which is still in operation today. As I approached the front door, I was startled by how ordinary and unassuming the shop is. Most people walked by without giving the shop a second look. I’m sure many of Haarlem’s residents looked at Casper ten Boom’s work as a watchmaker the same way, wondering what meaning there was in tinkering with timepieces for sixty years. But ten Boom leveraged his work in some incredibly meaningful ways. And while our stories will almost certainly not be as dramatic as ten Boom’s, the fact is that as we embrace God’s call to create on our lives, He will use our work in ways we can’t even imagine to accomplish His will.
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19 ESV
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. Luke 16:10 ESV
This devotional and others can be found in Jordan Raynor’s book, “Called to Create”
As we review these prophecy updates this week, I’d like to remember Hawaii and all those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Lane as well as the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii too. Please keep all of them in your prayers! This is all a reminder that we can expect these things in these last days. For you scoffers out there, of course we’ve always had hurricanes and volcanic activity, but as Jesus said it would be like the birth pangs of a woman in labor, the occurences are getting more frequent, and much closer together. If you don’t know if you have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, I highly encourage you to do so now because the time of the end of the age is getting VERY near!
So I asked the members of my Facebook group what they would like to have as the theme for the doodle challenge for September and the answer that got the most “likes” was Heaven. I thought, ‘Oh boy, am I going to be able to get together 30 things to doodle about Heaven?’ Then I decided to open up the book of Revelation and the ideas started jumping out at me. Here is the result of that Book storm 🙂
Why do we doodle? Doodling helps improve our drawing skills so we can improve our Bible art journaling pages!
Click the thumbnail image below to pull up the full-sized PDF file for printing! –>
I had to create it in landscape mode this month because of the Bible references. It would only fit on the page sideways 🙂
I usually print these out on 28 pound white paper (or 32 pound paper is even better) and just stick them right into my planner or journal. The heavier the paper, the less chance it will tear out of your binder or planner by accident and helps resist bleeding or ghosting from your pens or markers. It helps the page turn easier too.
If you choose to print these out on full-size (letter) sticker paper. I use these here. They’re priced great and you can write on them easily. They are good enough quality for my needs. If you want a top-quality sticker paper look for these or clear ones here. (Though not all pens or markers will write well on the clear ones). If you don’t want to use sticker paper, you can print them on card stock or regular printer paper and glue them down. Honestly, the sticker paper is the best way, however. Regardless of the type.
Going through a lot of ink printing out planner stickers? Do like I did and enlist in the HP Instant Ink program! I’ve saved so much money on ink since I did a year and a half ago. They have different plans, but the one I’m in (the most pages) is that I can print up to 300 pages worth of ink for just over $9.99 per month. You can choose lesser pages for a lower rate, but I do a lot of printing between coupons, planner stickers and other things. Click on the image here to check it out! –>