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Recently, I mentioned a project that I’ve been working on involving Scripture and flowers. It’s finished now, so I can share it!
Early this spring, my friend, Elizabeth Foss, asked if I would contribute a few devotions for a Scripture study journal focused on God’s words of consolation. A study to encourage through the hard days. Excited to work on a project with a close friend, and believing strongly that a need for this exists, I agreed. Together, with a handful of other women unified by Elizabeth’s vision, this first in a new series of scripture journals was written as part of a broader endeavor, a ministry called Take Up & Read. The first journal, Consider the Lilies, is available now! My own copy arrived today, and it’s beautiful! The journal is nearly 180 pages long and contains Scripture readings, devotions, and journaling space for six weeks. If you are a doodler, there is lots of room for that, and there’s even a gratitude journal tucked at the back. It’s pretty comprehensive, and absolutely gorgeous. I keep picking it up to look through the pages and I am so happy. Just so pleased to be a small part of it. And while I will have a hard time waiting to begin reading and working through it, an online group study will begin July 10th on the Take Up & Read site. I’m planning to read with the group! This is also where my flower photos are involved. Each day of the online study there will be a new blog post and a new flower photo to make it pretty. 🙂 I provided all the photos for the blog portion of Consider the Lilies. I was already pouring through my flowers to make sticker sets (those will be available again soon!) so it was easy to say, “Yes” to gathering more for the website. It was great to collaborate with Elizabeth in this way: her doing most of the writing, and me taking pictures, both of us doing what we do best!
Also, if you’re interested in using this study with a group of friends “in real life,” there is a free guide to facilitate that! You can get that here. Okay-I think I’ve covered everything! Be sure to subscribe to Take up & Read if you want to stay updated, and follow us on Instagram too!
Don’t forget to order your copy of Consider the Lilies! I truly believe it’s going to bless us all!
p.s. While the writers for this first study are all Catholic, Take Up & Read is meant to be ecumenical. All are welcome!