This is Love: Devotional Review and Resources

In February I have the pleasure of diving into the beautiful devotional kit by Illustrated Faith and DaySpring by that same name. Below you will find my thoughts about the kit and at the end of this post you’ll also find some resources you can use to enhance your experience this month, including some fun conversation starters you can use this month as we think about Valentines Day, and about what love is. Maybe even on your own Valentines Day date you’ll pull them out and talk more about what love really looks like.
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I am so excited to be sharing with all of you all the February devotional kit called “This is Love” by DaySpring and Illustrated Faith. The content is just beautiful. Perfectly timed as we think about romantic love to also be looking at the love our Father lavishes on us. I also challenge you to use some of the resource verses at the end of this post to extend your learning and to consider the call on our lives to love ourselves and others well.

We are first loved, then called to love our selves and finally to love others. To dive into these concepts in a community like the one created by the #biblejournalingcommunity is just an added bonus to be able to learn from and be inspired by each other.

These cards are diverse and flexible and I love that some  personal content and Scripture while others have just a verse. There are also some notetaking lines provided on some. This diversity really does allow us individuals to use them in multiple ways.

Verses included are:

  • Crazy About You – Psalm 139:17-18
  • Romans 8:38
  • One-of-a-Kind – Jeremiah 1:5
  • Such Great Love – John 3:16
  • God’s Masterpiece – Ephesians 2:10
  • Colossians 3:12-14 CEV
  • I Thessalonians 1:4 NLT
  • Jude 1:1-2 NKJV

My little boys helped me unbox this kit and you can see that video here.

They were very impressed with the washi tape and the stamps. They particularly liked a little hearts and the “hepsagons”  and I just can’t help but agree!

I absolutely adore this stamps set! It is super versatile and I can’t wait to show you some ways I put it to good use, along with some fun elements from the “You are Loved” line that are perfectly coordinated. Be sure to follow me over on Instagram using the handle @inspirationclothesline  to see what I come up with. I’m also planning to have my “big” boys do an entry alongside me because the best things I have learned from mothering stem from a deeper sense of love for someone else, and a new kind of love given to me by these little boys.

I am finding more and more ways to use these clear stickers as the months go on. I love the little arrow shaped ones because they almost function like highlighters if you place them directly over your text. Don’t limit yourself with placing these just on the white page, it is really fun to do some kind of additional colored background or to mount them on some other paper before adding them to your page. You could stamp behind them so the font shows through, mount them using a 3-D sticker so they pop off your page… There really are so many fun ways to use these outside the box.

Same goes for these inspiring paper pieces. Think about using multiple pieces on top of each other; mounting the small typewriter font on top of the larger bold words, using them as tabs, placing them in the margins, or even using them as dividers in the small book you make with the devotional kit cards and a fun binding. These heavier duty card stock pieces actually happen to be one of my favorite features.

This month I wanted to provide you a handful of additional resources you could use alongside this kit. Here are a few extras that you can grab for actually journaling in your Bible, creating in an art or prayer journal, or in your planner. I just loved the extra pops of color, the additional inspiration and how nicely they coordinate!

You Are Loved Collection:

  • You Are Loved Cardstock Stickers
  • You Are Loved 35-Piece Paper Pieces
  • You Are Loved Tip-Ins
  • You Are Loved Clear Stamps

Additional Resources

31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs

I love this book because it examines “outside the box” Scriptures that are important for us to hide in our hearts. I found they are not as typically utilized by Bible journaler’s and therefore often the pages are still left available in my Bible. She provides wonderful insights and really does challenge me to love God’s word more. (Not to mention she shared her beautiful heart this past weekend at if:gathering! Added 2/12)

Here are a few conversation questions you could use around your dinner table with family, a table of girlfriends you get together for a Galentine’s day party, or maybe you use them on your Valentine’s Day date. Just print them out on a piece of paper and cut them apart, they’ll get you started on some fun and deep conversations I guarantee it.

1. What is your most favorite gift you have received? How did it make you feel loved?

2. Do you prefer to receive a card/phone call, a gift or to go do something?

3. What is one way you love other people well?

4. What is one thing you love about yourself? How about something you love about a person sitting across the table from you?

And here are a few additional Scriptures that I will challenge you to explore in conjunction with the ones provided in your kit. You can really make these montly devotional kits stretch so far and here are eight more verses that would go beautifully with the concepts already covered in the kit and extend your learning and interaction with God’s Word and His unconditional love for you.

Leviticus 19:9-17

Deuteronomy 7:9

Psalm 42:7-9

Micah 7:18

Mark 12:30-31

1 Corinthians 8:3

1 John 4:7-12

1 John 5:3

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