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Growing up, I had a fancy carrying case for my Bible. It was made of quilted fabric with a handle and pockets for everything. I’ve outgrown that (and the overly thick kids/teen study Bible that lived in it) but I’ve recently desired a some sort of a case that could house my Bible, journal, and book I’m currently reading.
I went a little crazy at Hawthorne Threads, my favorite online fabric shop, and purchased some amazing fabrics that were just begging to be made into something useful yet beautiful. Since I already make a similar shaped item for my Etsy shop – a little bag for a few diapers and a pack of travel wipes – I thought I could upsize it to fit my Bible et. al. I had been hesitant to take my “full size” (it’s not that big) Bible with me on trips since I didn’t want it thrown around in my bag. With this, though, I can happily toss it in when I travel because I have everything in one place and I know it will be protected in the clutch!
Want to make one yourself? Follow these instructions (I don’t currently feel the need to recreate the wheel by posting another set of instructions so just use hers :) ).
Rather buy one? Hop on over to my Etsy shop and purchase one! Right now I just have the diaper clutch listed but if you want it for a Bible/journal/book, just include that in the comments to seller section. I have plenty more of the fabric I used to make mine or I have lots more choices…again, just send me a message.
What I’m Reading
As we’ve grown our family, I’ve found that I desire more and more to seek out the writings of others to inspire, encourage, and guide how I focus my time as a mom, shape my attitude toward my child (as well as shape theirs), and generally orient myself toward Jesus. I purchased several ebooks thinking I’d read more since ebooks often cost significantly less than their printed counterparts (this meant also getting a tablet but that’s a whole other story). That said, I found that I truly love the feel of a book in my hand so I’ve been saving up to purchase the many titles on my list. Since I’m a big underliner/margin-writer so I usually purchase books I think I’ll be digging into. Plus, my yearning to find a new devotional and/or constructive book has yet to be successful via the selections at my local library.
For a recent trip, I decided to throw two of these books into my clutch along with my Bible (+ my tablet is busted but is currently being replaced thanks to foresight in purchasing a SquareTrade warranty!). I am SO excited for airport time by myself where I can read to my hearts content…don’t get me wrong, I love traveling with my husband and daughter but there’s something so relaxing about having a little “me time”, even if it is in uncomfortable vinyl chairs.
I am taking the following 2 books on my trip: Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford and Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee. Both of them deal with letting go of perfection, with Hands Free Mama hitting the more practical side like setting aside technology to focus on higher priorities and Love Idol aiming at our heart attitudes and how our approval needs to continual come from God and not what we’re capable of. I *think* I need to read Love Idol more than Hands Free Mama but I also am excited to see how they will work in tandem.
When I get back, I’ll keep going through Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. My best friend loaned it to me so in lieu of underlining to my heart’s content, I’ve been transcribing parts that stand out to me into my journal. This has been a great experience so far, harkening back to my college days. I learn so much when I am forced to write something out in my own handwriting and I have already been able to use some of the principles because they are better ingrained in my mind thanks to the physical writing of them in my journal.
What are you currently reading to bring you more in line with what Jesus wants for your life?