How to make Scripture Wall Art using Canva that is fast and affordable  |  James 1:4

How to make Scripture Wall Art using Canva that is fast and affordable | James 1:4

Do you want to create beautiful scripture wall art in your home but wood signs are too difficult or your handwriting isn’t the best? (or is that just me???)

Well, NOW you can do it!

By using Canva, a FREE online graphic design tool, you will be creating and designing scripture wall art for every room in your home!

(If you just want the printable PDF for your home CLICK HERE)

1. Create a FREE Canva Account

Go to canva.com

Create a free account with your email or Facebook account.

You will have access to Canva via your desktop computer or download the app to use on your smart device.

2. Look for Scripture Wall Art inspiration

3. Select Correct Dimensions

4. Select Canva Template

5. Design

6. Download and Print

Paper Bible Vs Digital: Does It Matter If You Read Your Bible On Your Phone?

Paper Bible Vs Digital: Does It Matter If You Read Your Bible On Your Phone?

Have you been wrestling with a choice? A Paper Bible vs Digital Bible

Should I read God’s Word in my physical PAPER Bible or on my digital device? Does it really matter which one is used?

OR

Is studying God’s word difficult? Are you trying to navigate your Bible but can’t seem to find the time to dive deeper? Perhaps, you using your smartphone seems wrong and doesn’t provide a deep enough study?

During the early years of motherhood when I had tiny little ones attached to me almost 24 hours a day, it became increasingly difficult to read God’s word so I eventually turned to my smartphone as a supplemental tool to read God’s word.

Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both and figure out which is best for YOU? In your current season or assignment in life.

YouTube Video: Physical Bible vs Digital Bible

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Digital Bible Apps

Using a BIBLE app isn’t a sin!

Today, you have access to a plethora of tools to study God’s word. You can read about it here. Don’t let someone, not even me, make you feel guilty about the tool being used to deepen your faith walk.

Using a BIBLE app isn’t a sin!

However, if you are here searching for answers on WHEN you should use a digital bible vs a physical paper Bible then let’s look at some clear advantages and disadvantages.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Easily accessibleLacks the kinesthetic learning style
(cannot touch and write)
Travels easilyLacks deep engagement opportunities
Multiple ways to study:
studies, reading plans, and community
Lack of retention
(people are not retaining the information they read)
Can share scripture easily
and globally
Lacks creativity
(cannot doodle)

Paper Bible

Write God’s Word on your heart.

If you are not creating a deep relationship with God through your digital Bible app then it may be time to use your PHYSICAL Bible. It provides an opportunity to see the Bigger picture and connect pieces of HIS story to your story.

It has cross-refrences and a dictionary to dive deeper into the context of each lesson that the Lord is trying to convey to us.

Personally, I love my BIBLE! IT has been a resource in my life for 16 years – it is bruised and battered and barely held together with duct tape (sounds just like me!). I had to buy a new Bible cover to keep it from falling apart! It has been through many trials and tear-streaked nights as I have navigated the murky waters of this life yet the Lord has used it to highlight areas in my life where I needed HIM most.

My physical Bible is a treasure. In case you are wondering, here are my favorite Bible resources:

Let’s look at some advantages and disadvantages of a PHYSICAL Bible:

AdvantagesDisadvantages
Provides a kinesthetic learning style
touch, feel, write, visual
Big
Bulky
Bigger PictureHard to carry in diaper bag
Deeper Engagement
(cross-references, maps, concordance)
Not as durable
Doodling!!!Hard to navigate for beginners
More retentionLacks topical Bible plans

So what, who cares?

You do you!

Our seasons in life changes frequently. When I was a young believer and mom of young children, it was difficult to carry my Bible with me and keep it safe from little hands therefore using a smartphone was an excellent way to stay in God’s word so my cup did not become EMPTY. Nobody wants a mama with a bad attitude because her heart isn’t focused on GOD!

Now, I have a little margin and have developed rhythms for my days. Rising earlier and going to bed earlier have created margin to study in my REAL Bible so my cup stays full and overflowing. Right now (September 2020), I am going through 1 Samuel and it says that GOD judges by the HEART.

So mama, don’t feel judged about what you are using to stay in communion with the Lord. HE knows your heart! Only serve HIM.

How to back up your photos like a Photographer

How to back up your photos like a Photographer

As an aspiring photographer and mother to four, I know the benefit of backing up your photos especially when it comes to our digital memories. There is value in backing up our family’s precious memories. Today, you will learn the 3-2-1 Rule to easily backup your digital photos in 2020.

(You never know when something disastrous can happen; many people have shared their story of how a house fire destroyed everything still the most devastating loss was their family legacy of photos especially special events you can never redo. I do not want that to be YOU or ME! Here is how many professional photographers back up their photos.)

backup your photos using free software


HOW? Back-Up Your Photos with the 3-2-1 RULE

I use the 3-2-1 backup rule for all my personal/biz photos and video files.

Back up your images in at least three areas which could be two storage devices and one OFF site (like cloud storage) at a minimum!

3.  Make THREE copies of your images – just copy the ENTIRE folder of your images on your computer and make two more copies.

2.  Leave ONE copy on your desktop. Cut/paste ONE copy on your external hard drive and/or USB storage device.

1.  Cut/paste ONE copy onto a cloud storage space such as Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Dropbox.


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Step One: Prep your photos before you back up

Prior to backing up ALL your digital images, it would be a wise decision to go ahead and prep your albums with a thorough weeding out of images and a proper organization system.

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1. Cull (weed through) your images

Ok, so you have captured at least 1000 images from your son’s first tee-ball game, another 500 from a day at the park, and 5000 from day-to-day activities. Your phone is screaming “CRITICAL STORAGE” issue.

Now what?

If they matter to you then you should cull them THEN back them up! (You could also just backup today and CULL once a month or once a year.

Any professional photographer will immediately back up their images then CULL them which means they will sift through ALL the images deleting the worse and keeping the best. I am assuming most moms today have most of their images on a smartphone, therefore, culling them before backing up 3,000 images it will eliminate the 1,500 blurry selfies taken by your toddler.

By deleting the ones that were so-so or absolutely no good, will leave you with a much smaller and easier to manage photo album with the very best images.

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2. Create a filing system for backing up your memories

You can easily lose images on your computer without a good storage filing system. Using folders and metadata will help you find images quicker and easier.

“A place for everything and everything in it’s place.”

If you are saving your photographs and video files all willy nilly then it will be a hard time finding that precious close up of your daughter from her ballet recital three years ago.

Here is a simple filing system utilizing folders within your file explorer (PC) on a computer.

First, create a BIG category and niche down to smaller categories. I like the use of years, months, days, and events.

  • Start with a folder labeled with the year the media was captured = 2020
    • Within the year folder create a NEW folder(s) with the individual months = 01.2020; 02.2020
      • Within the month folder create a NEW folder(s) for the day and event = 03.16.2020_Quarantine

Filing System_321 Rule

Here is a sample filing system for your photo organization.

Once you have mastered using File Explorer and regularly organizing your photos from your smartphone, cameras, and smart devices then you can move to meta tags and attributes. You will be able to label images with “ocean”, “dog”, or “baseball” so they will be easier to search and find when you need an image fast.

Side Note: Cloud storage devices utilize very smart algorithms and artificial intelligence that immediately recognize specifics in your images so you can search them IMMEDIATELY. I think that is pretty cool and creepy. So make sure, if you utilize a cloud storage device that you don’t mind these images being indexed (i.e. “toilets” could bring up some interesting images if you captured a toddler’s potty training days).

Step Two: Copy/Paste your photos FILE FOLDER on TWO media devices

At this point, you have can back up your images to your computer’s, laptop’s or smartphone’s internal hard drive so they are safe on these devices – for now! Again, all it takes is one spilled coffee cup, one drop of the phone, or a hard drive CRASH to lose all the images saved on these devices.

Hopefully, you were able to create a wonderful filing system within your File Explorer therefore all you have to do is copy the BIG category file and save it to an external media storage device.

⇒ External Storage Devices:

    • USB
      • Small and compact
      • Easy to use
      • Capacity has increased
    • SD cards
      • Small and compact
      • Used in most cameras
      • Mini or Micro SD cards can be used in smartphones and cameras
      • Easy to store for safekeeping
    • CD or Blue Ray disc
      • People may have these already on hand
      • Slim and easy to store in fireproof safes
      • Small capacity but you can be very specific and label them clearly
    • External Hard Drive
      • “My personal favorite”
      • Capacity is wonderful and for most people, you only need one or two
      • Can be very slim but normally bulky like a small hardcover book
      • Fast and easy to organize data

external hard drive_back up your photos

I personally use the following products:

cloud storage_back up your photos files folders documents

Step Three: Back up your photos to ONE cloud platform

You can have an automatic backup for your phone using one of the below options so your digital day-to-day snapshots are always safe in the cloud.

⇒ Cloud Storage Options (FREE and PAID versions available):

    • Dropbox
      • Used it when it first came out but have since migrated to free options such as Google Photos and Amazon Photos.
      • Dropbox offers one free option and two paid.
    • Amazon Photos
      • Use it in conjunction with an Amazon Prime account.
      • Amazon Photos offers unlimited, full-resolution photo storage, plus 5 GB of video storage for Prime members.
    • Google Photos
      • Securely back-up your photos and videos to Google Photos and enjoy them from any device.
      • You have Unlimited free storage at high quality.
    • Google One
      • Perhaps you already know about Google Photos and you want to back up your RAW images and 4K footage. Google is now offering a new option of storage called Google One. Pricing starts at $1.99 a month for 100 GB.
    • Google Drive
      • Store, share, and collaborate on files and folders from any mobile device, tablet, or computer.
    • iCloud (Now available on Windows)
      • Keep all your photos, videos, documents, and more up to date on your PC.

back up files to google drive

Credit: https://www.google.com/drive/

Step Four: Protect your devices

The last step is optional but highly recommended – PROTECT your memories!!!

We use and love Malwarebytes and have been using it for years on our desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones.

Malwarebytes* is a FREE scanner that cleans your PC in just a few minutes and secures your PC, files, and privacy 24/7. We have used this software protection program for years and have upgraded to the paid version to protect our PC. They also recommend the 3,2,1 Rule and explain it further.

Conclusion

The key to this article is to motivate you to take your data seriously, specifically, your family photos and films. However, if this article has inspired you to take a proactive approach in protecting ALL your data. Here are some further resources.

If you own a PC and would like to know more about the 3-2-1 rule, PCWorld has a great article that goes more in-depth on specifics.

What Is Your God Given Purpose? Figuring Out Your Calling Vs Your Assignment In Life

What Is Your God Given Purpose? Figuring Out Your Calling Vs Your Assignment In Life

How do you find your God-given purpose as a Christ-follower? It starts by examining your calling vs your assignment.

A Christ Follower is called to do good works in His Name BUT living out HIS purpose in our life seems to be this elusive concept that I, even as a Christ-follower, continually searched for each and every day. Eventually, the best approach I found was understanding the difference between a calling and an assignment.

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What is your God-given purpose?

EVERY Christ-follower has a purpose and a calling in their lives. It starts when they surrender their lives in salvation. However, it may be difficult to comprehend because prior to this calling there may have been this gnawing feeling that something was missing ….

Before you accepted Christ as your savior, there is this weight or burden on your life – I know because I felt it too. There was a void in my heart and life always seemed lacking. The pleasures of this world didn’t aid in healing it. Each attempt to “complete” myself seemed to evade my grasp. I was searching for this in performance-based acts such as good grades, relationships, jobs, money, and achievements.

THEN I did a total surrender of ALL my busyness, burdens, chaos, and goals, AND finally FILLED the void in my life.

Not only did the void disappear a flame was ignited in my heart that continues to grow today. A flame that seems unquenchable and ready to set blaze the calling God has placed deep within my soul.

YOU can have this flame as well. After you have accepted Christ, He places the same calling on you as he did Paul, Peter, Moses, and so many others. Moreover, HE gave us a road map! The road map is written in the New Testament of the Bible.

God-Given Purpose_His Word in the Bible

What is the calling of Christ-followers?

A Christ-follower’s Purpose or Calling is explicitly written out as the greatest commandment which was spoken by Jesus because Even the disciples, the chosen few, sought his answer to this question, “Lord, what is the greatest commandment?”

The greatest commandment of the Bible = the CALLING in our lives = your god given purpose!!!

“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:

Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:30-31

We are to LOVE God with everything that is your your god given purpose and mine! Jesus doesn’t mix words about HOW we are to love HIM or our neighbors.

The command is simple but not easily put into practice. Use the following questions to examine if you are listening to the call on your life as a Christ-follower:

  • LOVE GOD
    • What does your heart desire?
    • What is the thing you love more than anything?
    • What completes you?
    • What is your soul?
    • Where do your thoughts go?
    • Is your mind fixed on the LORD or the world?
    • Where does your power come from?
  • LOVE OTHERS
    • Who is your neighbor?
    • Are you forgiving them?
    • Have you shown them mercy?
    • How are you loving them?
    • Would you want them to treat you the way you have treated them?

Spiritual disciplines are additional tools that shape your heart, mind, body, and soul to love GOD fully and love others sacrificially.

Complete a Bible Study about them here.

Calling, Purpose, Goal in Life, Aim for my children is to LOVE God fully and LOVE others sacrificially through servanthood.

Simply:

My calling in life is to:

Serve God and Serve Others

Holly Rigos

Serve God

Serving the Lord takes surrendered effort like practicing the spiritual disciplines such as reading the Bible, pray, meditate, memorize, and be a good steward of God’s grace in your life – even when it is difficult!

Surrendering our bodies as living sacrifices as an act of worship that serves the Lord for example sharing the gospel with others.

God knitted you and me in the womb according to Psalm 139. If He created us then He most certainly has the power to know our purpose because HE created us to use “whatever gift” we have received to glorify Him.

Serve Others

We can serve others through prayer, fellowship, and yes, practically through finances, time, and our skills.

Love on others in hardships and celebrate with them during joyous occasions. Shower others with forgiveness and kindness.

However, understand that the glory is always HIS and our approval comes FREELY from Him, not others. We live to serve HIM and love others (and forgive them) to glorify HIS mighty name. (You can read how I also had to learn these lessons here.)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,

as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10
God-Given Purpose_Your Assignment

What is your assignment?

YOUR assignment is simply your current circumstances. Wherever the Lord has physically placed you is where you are suppose to serve!

  • EXAMPLES
    • Career
      • Teacher
      • Nurse
      • Blogger
      • Engineer
    • Life Changes
      • Wife
      • Mom
      • Foster Parent
      • Patient
      • Working From Home Parent

It isn’t easy to accept especially if your current situation is a prison or a hospital bed or at the bottom of the laundry. However, the Lord will use your circumstances to serve others and glorify HIS name IF you are willing to surrender to HIS will and be a tool used for good works.

Do not become disenchanted or give up hope that this place isn’t where you are supposed to be ESPECIALLY if you are practicing spiritual disciplines such as praying and being in God’s word diligently. Use this time, circumstance, aka NEW assignment to deepen your personal relationship with the LORD and serve others through love, joy, and peace.

Personally, I was a career-driven woman, running up the rungs of the corporate ladder then abruptly stopped to stay home with my newborn baby boy. A new circumstance that was unexpected and definitely not planned yet in God’s sovereignty HE knew I would use this time wisely – growing my faith and boldness to share HIS good word with others. (i.e. THIS WEBSITE)

THEN it happened again!

An upheaval of circumstances provided another assignment to serve GOD and others when my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He used that assignment to serve God right from the hospital bed.

SERVE

Embrace simplicity. Do not overcomplicate the Word of God and serve HIM and others right where you are – NOW!

Four Powerful Faith Lessons Following My Husband’s Lymphoma Battle

Four Powerful Faith Lessons Following My Husband’s Lymphoma Battle

Oftentimes I am asked, “What powerful faith lessons did I learn through cancer?” Well, a few lessons were immediate while others were like a slow burn that took time to etch themselves into my heart. So, I made a video and linked resources for each lesson in the blog post. You see, my husband was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Our story through cancer can be read here:

**HE is healed and in remission.

Watch the video or read below for the four powerful faith lessons I learned through watching my husband battle cancer.

No. 1 | Control is a LIE!

You do all the right things. Eat all the right stuff. Exercise all the time. Sleep the right amounts. Work the good job. Lessen your stress. Rest when appropriate.

BUT

Ultimately, life is like a vapor so brief and fragile that in an instant it could all be snatched away. Truly, life’s brevity is one of the main reasons I started this little blog. You can read about it here.

It was reiterated the day we learned of my husband’s tumor which was an eye-opener. Moreover, a day I will carry with me because…

Control is a LIE!

Control is a fallacy that also will lead to disappointment. It was a shock to hear my husband’s predicament was much more than a sore throat. Furthermore, it was a shock that it happened to HIM! A man that was a wonderful steward of his body, mind, and heart.

Being a good steward is important and we should be sheparding our lives well YET when circumstances beyond our CONTROL are turned topsy-turvey we can’t blame ourselves.

Proverbs 16:9, reminds us that we can plan our lives but the intricate day-to-day steps are established by the Lord almighty.


In their hearts, humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Give Control to the Lord

All in all do not allow this to steer your heart away from being a good steward of your mind, body, soul, and life. Above all there is freedom in knowing that even as we plan our lives the LORD will govern the day-to-day circumstances, some good and some not-so-good, however, we have the ability to change our PERSPECTIVE through prayer and petition.

Did our circumstances change in 2019? No.

We battled cancer with the power and freedom found in CHRIST. Fortunately, we came out victorious over Lymphoma! But no matter what the outcome-God gets the glory in this story. (Because we know where we are going.)

Peace was our true aim through the battle not control. There is joy in trusting God with your plans.

“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

RESOURCES:

YouVersion Bible study on control: Trapped by Control

No. 2 | Stop seeking Man’s Approval

Seeking the approval of man will lead you to more disappointment and eventually set you up for idol worship – performance-based relationships vs authentic relationships.

As a wife and mother, my DUTY was to serve my family not other people’s expectations which leads to bitterness.

THE LORD LOVES ME in my MESS! He knows my heart and has ALREADY granted approval. Trying to perform a miraculous job as a caregiver will lead to burnout which serves absolutely nobody! Luckily, the counsel in my life during this rocky first phase of cancer was superb. My community rallied in around us from all sides and listened and provided such wise counsel.

THANK YOU! Thank you to each and every person who supported us.

God’s approval is FREELY given

HE loves my mess and HE loves your mess! You do not have to earn HIS approval because it comes FROM him freely. One does not have to perform FOR others FOR their approval. God knows our hearts. He knows the deepest darkest most private areas of our lives and will meet us in those depths.

Welcoming the LORD into the cancer battle and allowing HIM to take control gave us peace and joy.

Where can I go from your Spirit?

Where can I flee from your presence?

Psalm 139:7

RESOURCES:

YouVersion Bible study on Seeking Approval: Seeking Approval

YouVersion Bible study on Approval and Identity: Approved

No. 3 |Spiritual Disciplines Matter

One of the Four Powerful Faith Lessons is understanding just how important it is to practice spiritual disciplines.

Life can get busy and doing spiritual disciplines can become robotic almost monotonous. However, the Lord commands us to press into HIM out of obedience because eventually a relationship – a deep personal relationship built on a covenant is built. By practicing the following habits, you will strengthen your “armor” for the battle:

  • Spiritual Disciplines:
    • Meditation
    • Submission
    • Solitude
    • Prayer
    • Study
    • Service
    • Confession
    • Worship
    • Guidance
    • Fasting
    • Simplicity
    • Celebration

Practice the spiritual disciplines that are outlined in the Bible because they will equip you to handle any trial that may come your way.

RESOURCES:

YouVersion Bible study on Spiritual Disciplines: Spiritual Disciplines and Evangelism

No. 4 |Total Surrender

Salvation is a TOTAL surrender. You become a new creation in Christ Jesus and let go of the ways of the world. No longer conformed but transformed through the renewing of your spirit in Christ Jesus.

However, as life gets complicated people slowly start to take back what was freely given to the Lord. Burdens of this world will weigh you down and hold you captive – once again!

Then, it becomes time to let go again to turn away – surrender and repent – again and again and again.

Surrender means the action of yielding one’s person or giving up the possession of something especially into the power of another.

For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God,

which is in you through laying on of my hands.

2 Timothy 1:6 NIV

RESOURCES:

YouVersion Bible study on Surrender: Giving God 100%

SUMMARY

In this article I only discuss the TOP Four Powerful Faith Lessons yet the Lord is constantly teaching us lessons and transforming our hearts to be more like Christ.

Join the journey as we discover HIS truths in our daily lives and encourage others to live a life intentionally.

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