Friday, December 14, 2018

Ellie Claire's 365 Day Journal / Devotionals {Product Review}

I normally don't do two "review" posts in a row, so I am absolutely sorry to spam you!

BUT these journals are beauties and would be an excellent Christmas present!!!

All three are 365 day encouraged journals.. See Below! They are not all the same and actually have a theme with the title. Each journal has a devotional and an adequate space to write thoughts and prayers.

My favorite is Turn your Eyes Toward Jesus because at the end of each entry, the author directs you to a scripture in the Bible to meditate on--- I am ALWAYS about including scripture during times of reflection because His word never returns void. :D

The journals are sturdy and have a good paper weight. Also have an elastic ribbon band to keep closed.

Of course with the New Year upon us--- this is a perfect time to start a daily time with Jesus.

So blessed to be part of Ellie Claire's blogging team and help spread the word about these journals.

See below for purchase options. No affiliate links are included. Just love and encouragement to spend more time with the Lord! ox
excerpt from Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus


Friday, November 16, 2018

Faith & Lettering, The Illustrated Word, and Illuminate Your Story Journals {Gift Product Review!}

Journal Review:

The art styles in each book were beautiful, each featuring their own unique art style and color palette. 

The Faith and Lettering and Illuminate Your Story journals both featured colorful, bright styles, with beautiful hand lettering as you draw close to the Lord during a devotional or hobby time, whereas "The Illustrated Word" had a more subdued color scheme featuring intricate coloring pages and vintage art/images. All three were stunning!

Each journal featured quotes and bible scriptures, but hands down the prints in the  "Faith and Lettering" journal were my favorite! The bright, colorful, prints were eye catching - I'd love to have full size prints of them. I especially loved the print of the verse, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." The white lettering against a vibrant orange background was absolutely stunning.

It probably comes down to the markers that you use, but the pages were thick enough not to have bleed through on normal ball point pens or (small) felt tip pens. I haven't tried using markers yet, but I think they should be fine (again, depending on the markets that you use.)

Each journal features a different art technique, the Faith and Lettering and Illuminate Your Story featuring hand lettering and The Illustrated Word featuring coloring pages. I think out of the three journals, the Faith and Lettering journal had the best instructional approach to hand lettering, but all three journals are so unique it's hard to compare. All three have a very large space to journal too.

See detailed photos: 
Inside Faith and Lettering

Inside Illuminate Your Story Journal

Inside The Illustrated Word, Coloring Journal

Two of the journals feature a pen holder, and one an envelope in the back for "keepsakes." They open flat and are very sturdy.  My two oldest daughters (age 16 and 14) loved these journal so we decided split them between us.  They both loved theirs! The journals would make great gifts for anyone desiring a place to be creative during their devotional or journal time. Thank you Ellie Clair for this wonderful opportunity! 

Where to Buy Your Own or for a Gift!



Barnes & Noble:

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Solomon-Michael James Buckout!!

Better late than never!

Because I choose to use instagram for announcing Solomons birth, he never quite got the blog announcement!

Solomon-Michael James was born at 9:50pm on his big brother Michaels birthday. Born at 38 weeks he already weighed 8lbs 9oz and was 22 inches long! :D

Solomon is already almost 4 months old and you can keep up with this precious boy and all our love for him @babyjuly2018 . God had one more baby in store for us and I am so thankful!!

Friday, May 25, 2018

A Beautiful Eastern Legend

A Hindoo woman, the beautiful Eastern legend tells us, lost her only child. Wild with grief, she implored teacher to give her back her little one to love her. 

He looked at her for a long while tenderly, and said, "Go, my daughter, bring me a handful of rice from a house into which Death has never entered , and I will do as thou desirest." 

The woman at once began her search. She went from dwelling to dwelling, asking if there were members of the home missing. Far and wide she wandered but there was always a vacant seat by the hearth. 

Gradually the waves of her grief subsided before the spectacle of sorrow everywhere, and her heart, ceasing to be occupied with its own pangs, flowed out in strong yearning sympathy with the universal suffering. 

Tears of anguish softened to pity, passion melted away in compassion, she forgot herself in the general interest, and found redemptions in redeeming. 

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." ~Philippians 2:4

(excerpt from Consolation, Chase E Cowman.)

God is moving. I am learning. I not here yet. I want to be. I desire not to grieve and give to others, but there is no special formula from its beginning to end. My brother. My father. My child. Each one has been a different experience, but it has changed me. It has made me question the truthfulness of my compassion and ministry to others because frankly it is now hard. I am selfish.

Others may think, because I am pregnant, that I have moved on from my sorrow. Now she is happy.
I can assure you over these past weeks, the weight and pain of carrying Solomon has brought my sorrow to the threshold again. After nine full term pregnancies, my body hurts. It hurts physically which reminds me of the many many tears I shed EVEN before Michael was even in my arms. Then to deal emotionally with all that happened can crush me. I have to be intentional to love and serve my family. 

Not to mention, I will have the hurdle of labor and birth. 

Then, I feel those condemning voices that it is my fault I had another child so soon. Don't judge. 

I am praying for a spiritual breakthrough these next 50 days. I am being vulnerable and asking for prayer.  I long to be at the spot this Hindoo woman was... or where Jesus was the night he was seized, serving his disciples. I am mad because I see my weakness. I know my Saviour sees, but my sin is disgusting. He can deliver me out of all my troubles. He is mighty to save.  He can quiet me with his love. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Oh, His Deep LOVE for our Precious Michael!

These words are so true for those little ones born sleeping. They rest in His arms now and forever. They never took a breath, but now breathe the air of eternity with Jesus.

It is an honor and privilege to be Michael's Mommy. To hold in my womb for nine beautiful months. Through pain, giving birth to such a beautiful child. As much as it hurts, I have to remember he IS without pain, sorrow, and (somehow I understand)---He is happy.

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights 'til I'm found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn't earn it, and I don't deserve it, 
still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Thank you dear God, for my precious boy Michael. Thank you for Baby Solomon. May your mercy, peace and love abound. Heal our broken hearts. By your strength and faith. We will wait on you and not be shaken... Amen.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Seasons Change -- His Love Remains (& It's a BOY!)

Sean shared this song with me a few weeks ago.
We both have been touched by it deeply... may His spirit speak to you as seasons change in your life.

PS. Can I please just go to one worship service like this?! In heaven for sure!

"There was one when I was young 
Who knew my heart
He knew my sorrow
He held my hand
And he lead me to trust him

Now I am hidden
In the safety of your love
I trust your heart and your intentions
Trust you completely
I’m listening intently
You’ll guide me through these many shadows

As I grow
And as I change
May I love you more deeply
I will lean upon your grace
I will weep because your goodness is unending. 

You are my vision
My reason for living
Your kindness leads me to repentance
I can’t explain it
This sweet assurance
But I’ve never known this kind of friend
I can’t explain it
This sweet assurance
But I’ve never known this kind of friend

The sun, moon, and stars
Shout your name
They give you reverence
And I will do the same
With all my heart I give you glory
The sun, moon, and stars
Shout your name 
They give you reverence
And I will do the same
With all my heart I give you glory

I want to seek you first
I want to love you more
I want to give you the honor you deserve
So I bow before you
I am overcome by the beauty of this perfect love."

Its a BOY!! Posted this precious boy on our instagram about a week ago :)
God is using Mikey in more ways than we'll ever know. Praying for his little brother Solomon everyday. The seasons of this year are so similar to last, yet so different.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Announcing Baby #9. Be still my soul.

Officially announced this precious little life on our Instagram acct today, which you can read below.

If you would like to follow any of our accounts please do:

Our Family @buckoutfam
Our Little Michael James @babyjuly2017
Lord willing our newest one @babyjuly2018

Greatly appreciate your prayers for this new little life!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11


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