Am I Too Busy to Love Well?

19 February 2019


Even though I missed Valentine's Day by a few days, the topic of love is still relevant in everyday life. This led me reflect on how I live and take the time to love others well, especially when asking the question, "Am I too busy to love others well?"

In the past semester, I would have answered after some thought, "yes".


We love because he first loved us.

1 John 4:19

There were definitely things I could not control with my schedule as a student, but I did have opportunities to choose when to intentionally create spaces to love the people around me like Christ. It starts by setting boundaries and knowing personally when I over extend myself (whether physically, emotionally, mentally...). For you, this could mean setting aside weekly times in your schedule to check in with a friend, or taking a break for yourself to be refreshed before moving forward in your day. It's easy for me to book myself from morning till evening when there are constant due dates and exams for classes, but it's not an excuse to ignore the command to love (God and the people around you).


Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-30


A challenge for you this week is to think of one person to love well and possibly asking prayerfully, 
"How can I love               well?"


Craft Hack: DIY Watercolor Paints Using Markers

16 February 2019


Today I thought I'd share a simple art DIY that uses supplies you may already have at home! I'm not sure if this idea has been posted before as a craft-hack, but I know it is handy for me when I decide to have a mini-art project day from home. If you give this hack a try, comment below and link your work of art. There is also a Pinterest friendly tutorial at the end to share!


You Will Need

Markers

I used Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers, but any markers similar to these (washable or non-washable) should work.

Paint holder

This will be helpful for making and mixing your DIY watercolors

Paint brushes

As a suggestion, smaller sized brushes tend to work best.

Water

Only a little amount is needed and will be added to one of the paint holder spaces.

Napkin or Paper Towel

It will be useful to clean up any "happy little accidents" and wipe off your brush in between uses.


How-To Steps

1. Fill one disc of the paint holder with water. Pick one or more markers to color in the other empty discs.

2. Dip the paintbrush into the water-filled disc. Mix the brush with one of the marker colored discs.

3. Apply paint brush to paper. Wipe off paint brush with a napkin before using another color (avoids muddy colors).





Throwback Playlist – 80s praise

06 February 2019


I don't know about you, but I have a true sweet spot for 80s music. Throw some praise and worship in the mix,  and I will for sure make a playlist out of it. Today, I thought I'd share a few throwback tunes that I enjoy listening to and you might too.





What throwback era of music is your favorite?

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