I’ve been searching, pondering, watching…waiting (not sure for what exactly ;)) trying to decide if I should jump on the journaling Bible bandwagon.
So when I was contacted by FlyBy Promotions to receive a $25 coupon to Family Christian to write about my shopping experience with them, I knew what I was going to buy!
A journaling Bible!
stalking my mailman waiting patiently for my coupon in the mail, I rushed off to my local Family Christian store (how blessed am I that I have one 10 minutes from my house!) and headed straight to the journaling Bible section. I use the ESV, so I had to pass by the pretty versions that have art already in them to color, as the ESV isn’t available in that style.
But as fun as it sounds to make a Bible beautiful with art, I am both not creative enough, and too much of a perfectionist to draw in my Bible.
This year I started to listen to the God Centered Mom Podcast during my commute time, and it’s been one of the best things I could’ve ever done for my knowledge of the Lord and the Bible, my perspective and my walk with Jesus. I’ve been exposed to so many amazing guests on her podcast, but the most influential to me has been Katie Orr. Her Bible study method, FOCUSed 15, has revolutionized my desire to study the Bible, knowledge of the Bible, and me as student of the Bible. Because of the way I’ve been studying the Bible, I really wanted a journaling Bible to have more space to write notes. I’m writing notes for myself in the margins, which are tiny in my ‘regular’ Bible. This journaling Bible does not dissappoint! I’ve also started using the Color Method (that I also learned about on the God Centered Mom podcast) to color code what I’m reading as I’m studying the Bible. As a visual person with a ‘touch’ of ADD, this really helps me focus on what I’m reading and discern why it’s in the Bible and how I should apply it to my life.
I’m no stranger to my local Family Christian store, so I was able to quickly locate where the Bibles are in back of the store, though I was distracted a few times by the gorgeous Scripture prints they had on display in the front of the store, and the clearance sections through the store.
After I had my new Bible in hand, I found a few more areas of distraction. The Buy 1 Get 1 50% off Summer on the Go deals throughout the store were tempting to me, but I resisted the urge to buy more music or books. It wasn’t easy because they have some great books and music on sale, but I did it. 😉
And as I approached the checkout, I was surprised and thrilled to see a display of Active Faith Sports clothing. I’ve ordered items online several times for my guys, but to see it in Family Christian was exciting! As much as I love to shop online, when it comes to clothing I love to feel it and check the sizing. So having Active Faith items in the store will definitely bring me back!
My checkout was quick and friendly with John, who I often see when I wander into the store. We chatted about my Bible and he told me how popular they are and that some customers will bring their journaling Bibles into the store to show him. Talk about a great relationship with your customers!
But what I love about Family Christian stores is that my purchases support their efforts to unite with ministries that are helping children and families in need around the world. As you know, helping people around the globe is important to me. God has placed a growing desire in me to help others, even through my purchases, so if I can shop and help others, it’s a double win!!!
Though this $25 coupon helped bring me into Family Christian Store this time…it certainly isn’t the last!!!
And I have exciting news for YOU…..one reader will be chosen to receive a $25 coupon for Family Christian!!! (can be used online as well!)
Simply comment on this post about if you’ve ever shopped at Family Christian and what you would like to buy if you win the coupon! Good luck!
Winner will be chosen on Saturday, August 27th.
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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification