Thursday, August 4, 2016

Announcing: Glitter For Breakfast - A Creative Worship Retreat presented by Growing Meadows


I've been teasing forEVER and here are the juicy details!!! We are planning to host a 4 night retreat next spring and we want you to come!! I don't want you to have to read a big paragraph about how stinking excited I am but, yeah, I'm REALLY excited to see how God uses this event! Here is the info you have been waiting for:

What: Glitter for Breakfast is a Creative Worship Retreat! We will hang out for 4 nights and 3 days of workshops, devotionals, testimonies and food!

Who: Workshops will be given by Myself, Celeste Rodriguez and Rachel Puckett. We will be creating Bible Journaling, Hymn Journaling, War Binders, Junque Journals and MORE!

Where: The workshop will be located at the Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center in Newark, Ohio. This is about a 35 minute drive from Columbus International Airport

Saints Peter and Paul Retreat Center
2734 Seminary Rd SE
Newark, OH  43056

When: March 12-16, 2017

Tickets: Tickets will go on sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 at NOON EST More details to come. There will be a separate site where you will go for ticket sales. I will post at the time listed above. 


How much will my ticket cost?
Ticket price is $850.00 plus processing fees.

Ticket price is $850.00 plus processing fees. To reserve your Ticket you must purchase the first deposit on Tthe Eventbrite page (link available after tickets release for sale). The initial deposit is $250.00 plus processing fees (around $15.00). 

The remaining payments will need to be made directly to me via paypal. Initial deposit is due immediately. The remaining payment schedule is as follows:

Payment 2: $300.00 is due October 31, 2016
Payment 3: $300.00 is due January 31, 2017

Payments 2 and 3 should be made via paypal to my paypal address below. You can make payments at any time as long as the balances are $300.00 or less by November 1, 2016 and $0.00 by February 1, 2017.
Send paypal payments to 

What is included with my ticket?
Your ticket includes accommodations for 4 nights, all workshops, and all meals beginning with dinner Sunday night and ending with breakfast Thursday morning. Also included will be tons of fun SWAG and some other fun surprises!

How many tickets will be sold?
We are limiting the number of tickets to just 25!

Where can I purchase a ticket?

Will I need to share a room?
Yes. Most rooms will have 2 guests although some rooms hold 3 people. If you book with a friend let us know and we will arrange for you to share!

If I fly in, will I need to rent a car?
If you like. However, we are working to make arrangements for transportation to and from Columbus International Airport. 

Can I bring my child?
Maybe. If you have a nursing age infant you are welcome to bring him/her. Otherwise we ask that the event be for adults ages 18 and up.

What supplies should I bring?
You are welcome to bring whatever supplies you like. We will also be sure to have many supplies on hand which you can use to create! We recommend an Art Journal and/or Journaling Bible. Any Paint, Scrapbooking or Paper Crafting supplies are appropriate. We will have bunches of glitter! 

Are Tickets Refundable or Transferable?
Tickets are transferable but not refundable. Tickets may not be transferred within 30 days of the event. 

What if I have an allergy or dietary restriction?
We are happy to comply! Just let us know!

Can I stay somewhere else?
We really hope you will stay with us at the event center! The element of fellowship is essential for our event! There is NO discount available for staying elsewhere. We have to reserve the same amount of space if you stay with us or if you do not. The ticket cost is fixed. as stated above.

What if I drive? 
The event location isn't too far from major routes. More than enough parking is available!

What should I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable wearing! There is no dress code. We welcome yoga pants, leggings and fuzzy pajamas!

Guys, God has already been moving to get this event off of the ground. I am so very blessed to share with all of you! If you have any further questions PLEASE ask! We want to share as much as we can!


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Process Video - His Kingdom Come Bible Journaling Challenge Hymn Art Journal The Unclouded Day John 14

Hi Friends!! I have created this video for His Kingdom Come! Check out their fun facebook group and join the challenges! I've included a resource list below for your convenience including the cute Panda Joy stamps and Hallelujah Washi from our shop! Love you all!! 

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Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint
Various Master's Touch Acrylic paints Hobby Lobby
Hallelujah Washi 
Panda Joy Stamp Set 
Uniball Signo 207 Gel Pens
Uniball Signo 207 BOLD Gel Pens
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Hero Arts White (Unicorn) Pigment Ink
Bella Blvd Tiny Text Stickers
Bella Blvd Pink Letters


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An Open Letter to Chewbacca Mom

Dear Mrs. Payne,

My name is Tai Bender. I am a Christian wife and mom, a worship leader and artist. I run an etsy shop and blog for a living. And I am your sister.

Like thousands of other delighted facebook readers, I clicked your video and laughed until I cried. I shared with my husband and he kept asking if I was sure your name was Candace because he was convinced I could have made that video myself. We have many similarities, you and I...similar expressions, body type and love of Chewbacca (best Star Wars character ever). We share a similar sense of humor, laugh, and tendency to clap at ourselves. I even heard you are a Bible Journaler and we were already facebook friends because of the Bible Journaling community.

These shared qualities certainly make us awesome; but above all, as I was watching your video and before you got so many wonderful opportunities to share your story, I knew that you must be a Christian. I have never met you or heard of you but that sort of joy doesnt come from the world. Your video isn't just a feel good giggle from a happy mom. You radiate the true joy of Jesus.

As Christians we learn to recognize our tribe. It is easy to see the fruit. Today I was broadcasting on my periscope channel and the discussion turned to "Chewbacca Mom". I mentioned that I wasn't sure but I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Chewbacca Mom were a Christian and many said you were and that you had been sharing Jesus in your adventures. When I completed my Bible Journaling broadcast I sat down to say a prayer for you. I prayed for you to be blessed as you share the joy of the gospel. I shed a few tears of delight as I praised God knowing that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. I am proud to call you a Sister in Christ! SHINE ON, CANDACE!!

❤ Tai

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Romans Chapter 6 Bible Journaling - Set Free!!

Hi Friends! Today I am reading over Romans Chapter 6 and dwelling on freedom. The true freedom that only comes through Christ! The Grace of God is pouring out! Come and drink! 

Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
Slaves to Righteousness

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselvesto anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin,have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I decided to just share the whole chapter above. There isn't a lot to add to Paul's poetic writing. Free! We are so FREE! Free because if we are crucified with Christ then we are raised with Christ. Free because in our resurrection we are no longer slaves to sin. Free because without the penalty for our sin we are SET FREE with the FREE gift of God - eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!!

I wanted to document this freedom in my Journaling Bible. I am using my Interleaved edition Bible here with a blank page between each page of text. I went all out with embellishments and watercolors! I have included a complete list of resources for you below!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

It's a Shaker Dori Process Video!!

Hi!!! I have finally completed my process video so you can make your own Shaker Dori. This is a super fun and inexpensive project to add some glitter to your life. We can all use some more sparkle! A list of resources are at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

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Praise Him Stamp Set | Arc Planner Pockets | Packing Tape | NeoColor II Paints | Printed Duct Tape | Versa WaterMark Ink | Heat Tool | Glitter and Sequins: Hobby Lobby | Tissue Confetti | Hole Punch | Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder


Thursday, March 24, 2016

HKC - Process Video Tutorial! Bible Journaling I AM Crucified with Christ!

I am SO excited to be the featured artist for His Kingdom Come! I am sharing a technique today using Acrylics, Stickers and Stamps for Bible Journaling and I am talking about my focus statement "I AM Crucified with Christ" Enjoy!!

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2 Column ESV Journaling Bible | Liquitex Paint Light Yellow | Liquitex Paint Bright Aqua Green | Liquitex Paint Cobalt Blue | Neon Pink Master's Touch Paint (Hobby Lobby) | Easter Stamps by Growing Meadows | Polka Dot Washi Tape | Faber Castell Big Brush Pen | Stazon Ink Jet Black | Acrylic Stamp Block | Tim Holtz Letter Stickers | Uniball 207 BOLD Black Gel Pen
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devotions, faithart inspirations, technique videos, faithart classes- 
combining techniques and bible study! Lots of faithart products– stencils, 
stamps, thermofax screens, canvas, and coloring books!  If you were part of 
Take me deeper in 2015, please sign up for the 2016 Take me Deeper, so that 
you have access to the devotions, techniques and discussions! Free 
planner/journal pages are found here. Take Me Deeper will be continuing in 
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your “word” for 2016?  His Kingdom Come has prepared an EBook for free 
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Friday, March 4, 2016

Birds Don't Worry, They Sing! Psalm 104:33 - My Life Verse

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Hi Friends!!

I just broke in my brand new Interleaved Journaling Bible and I am absolutely in love!! The Bible features a completely blank page between every page of text. TONS of room to stamp, paint and journal. I decided to start by journaling Psalm 104:33. This is my Life Verse!

Psalm 104:33
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

I used stamps from my shop, Growing Meadows, on Etsy to help show the joy I feel reading this Psalm. I just adore the quote "Birds don't worry, they sing!" I added it to the page to remind me that God takes care of all of my smallest needs and desires. My mission is to obey and worship. I'll include a full list of resources for you below. :)



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday Bible Journaling and Reflection

Long time, no blog. It has been 6 weeks of crazy since Christmas but things are getting back to semi normal around here so I wanted to share my heart with you today! 

It's Ash Wednesday. Many Christians observe Ash Wednesday as the beginning of Lent, a time of reflection leading up to Holy Week and the Death and Resurrection of Jesus. This is what I am reflecting today:

Ash Wednesday is a day to remember my humanness and mortality. This helps me to begin a Lenten Journey of reflection & drawing near to Jesus. I am a weak and fallen human. It is common to hear your church leaders quote Genesis 3:19 on Ash Wednesday. "...from dust you were made and to dust you will return". It is a reminder that when Adam chose to sin for the first time he traded his immortality for the life of a weak and mortal person. This was bad news for Adam and it is bad news for us. . .

But we have HOPE! Ashes are almost always put on the forehead in the shape of a cross. We are reminded that God entered our Humanness and Jesus Death and Ressurection sets us FREE from the death we deserve. We can have eternal life. Hallelujah!! 

My Prayer: Jesus, as I remember my humanity, help me to recognize the HOPE you offer because of the cross! AMEN!

A full list of resources is available below if you would like to re-create this look! :)

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Prepare my Heart - Bible Journaling Exodus

The First5 App has been so very touching to me this week. I am very much enjoying this journey through Exodus. Yesterday I worked through chapter 19. I love how the First5 devotional uses this chapter to point out how we are to prepare our hearts for Worship. All creation trembles in the presence of God. I want my heart to always worship with reverence, fear, trembling, hope and anticipation and I want to be ready. Absolutely ready to do His work whenever I am asked. 

I journaled these pages in response to the First5 devotional from yesterday. If you don't have the app be sure to check it out. It is a brilliant way to conect with God before I ever get out of bed!

I used the NOW RESTOCKED Marquee Alpha Stamps from my Shop and lots of bright acrylics to bring this page to life and remind me to be prepared for God, always.

Happy Friday, Friends!!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bible Journaling Exodus Freedom and Victory

Happy Wednesday!

I am so excited about these pages in my Bible because I don't usually do a 2 page spread like this. I am absolutely loving these colors. This is also the first time I have used this new stamp set from my shop. It is so perfect for Easter and Lent journaling. Can you believe Lent starts on February 10th! Its coming right up!

These pages in my Bible are based on Monday and Tuesday's readings in the First5 App. First5 is one of my favorite devotionals. It gets me in the word before I even get out of bed. You should check it out. On the right page I actually journaled the prayer that was directly on the app

"Heavenly Father, when I’m up against the attacks of the Enemy, help me to raise high the banner of Jesus’ Name as I stand firm on the Rock of my salvation. May I always remember that as I speak the powerful name of Jesus Christ, Satan has to flee. In Jesus’ name, Amen."

I stamped the word victory using acrylic paint instead of ink and outlined it with a white uniball gel pen. so fun and acrylics don't bleed like many inks can! Its like my new favorite technique! You can get your own set of stamps HERE. I have LOTS of stamps and journaling cards perfect for Bible Journaling so be sure to visit Growing Meadows on Etsy :)

Get into The Word today!


Friday, January 22, 2016

Psalm 12:6 The Lord's Promises are Pure

Psalm 12:6
The Lord’s promises are pure,
like silver refined in a furnace,
purified seven times over

Hi!! The other day I saw this verse someone on facebook posted and I couldn't get it out of my head! This is a promise about promises!! A double promise! Annnddd since everything comes back to a song for me I had to add in the little journaling card from my shop that is printed on the tiny Standing on the Promises hymn. Annnddd since a rainbow is a sign of God keeping his promises of course I added LOTS of bright colors with acrylic paint. I am including a full list of resources for you guys below. Get some paint in your Bible today!! 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

John 10:10-11 The Good Shepherd Bible Journaling

Happy Wednesday! I was so excited to work on this page in John Chapter 10! I was super excited to use the new stamps from my shop and I am in love with how the page turned out. I just adore these colors.

John 10:10-11
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

I am in such awe of my Jesus in this passage. Jesus says he came, He laid down His life for me, so that I can have life abundantly. He was willing to be tortured and die just so I can have life in Him. I don't want to take advantage of this promise. I do not want His sacrifice for me to be in vain. I want to work for Him ALWAYS. Truly abundant life comes from obedience to the Living God. When I respond to the Holy Spirit the blessing rain down, and the abundant life Jesus promises is fulfilled for me and for you. How are you responding to the Shepherd today? His voice always leads you forward on the path of abundance. 

I am including a complete list of resources for you:
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Wonder Working Power! Bible Journaling 1 John Chapter 1 Journaling Cards and Confetti Tape!

Happy Monday!! 

Today's bible Journaling is on 1 John 1:5-7. I was excited to add a few things to this page! Some fun paint splatters, this ADORABLE Journaling Card from my Shop, song lyrics and DIY Confetti Tape inspired by Celeste on instagram.

1 John 1:5-7

"This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."

In the margin I used my Illustrated Faith Pen to scribble out the lyric of the first verse of the song. It says:

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood.
There is pow’r, pow’r, wonder-working pow’r
In the blood of the Lamb

I think many times as Christians we don't realize the absolute power we have through our Faith. We share and inheritance with the Almighty Son of God. There is POWER in His blood and if we have accepted Him as our Savior then we are FORGIVEN and we are washed with that POWER. I want to encourage you today to walk in the light and use the influence you have as a mom, spouse, employee or volunteer to sprinkle Jesus all around! Let it shine, friends! 


You can grab up these adorable Journaling Cards in my shop, Growing Meadows on Etsy. Click HERE.

Here is a close up of the card I used in today's post. Available HERE.

DON'T FORGET!! NEW stamps were added to the store a few weeks ago. These join MANY other fun stamp sets available for Bible Journaling in my shop, Growing Meadows on Etsy! Click HERE to shop. :)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Featuring Southern Gospel Hymn Art Prints Journaling Cards Size 3x4

Hey Friends,

I thought it would be fun to show some close up images of this journaling card set from my shop. This was you can pin the images and get a closer look :D I am absolutely in love with these teeny prints. They are so wonderfully bright and cute! You can pick up a set of the cards HERE. Happy Pinning!!


Don't forget the stamps! Original Stamp Sets are in the shop :)