Doodles to Live By | Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit

May 2, 2017

For the longest time, I didn’t think I had a story. I grew up in a Christian home and asked Jesus to come into my life at a very young age. Honestly, I don’t really remember my life without Jesus. My childhood wasn’t traumatic. I was fairly rebellious as a teenager, but didn’t make any truly life-damaging decisions.

I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala when I was a senior in high school and it was the first time that I had to write out my story. We were told that everyone had to share at one of the schools or churches that we visited. No exceptions.

Right away, I started comparing myself to other people on my team. I started thinking about the people who had story with “more” redemption than mine. I thought about the people who would be in the same position as me trying to come up with something to write.

I took some time and prayed and read through parts of my Bible and pieced together my story, slowly but surely. Even though my life wasn’t “hard,” I was still not walking with Jesus for stretches of my life. I still needed saving just as much as anyone else. I was just as lost without Jesus as anyone else.

Jesus saved me from what I could have been and I’m eternally grateful for that.

This was years ago that I worked through this, so I was pleasantly surprised to be reminded of this when I started the newest monthly devotional kit from Illustrated Faith and DaySpring called Doodles to Live By. My friend Elaine Davis designed this super cute kit and her first devotional for the day was reminding us all that we all indeed have a story.

I’m excited to keep diving into this devotional during the month of May and I hope you’ll join me. You can grab your own copy of the kit HERE. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

More about Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).