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Book Review // Love That Lasts


Like many, I first became familiar with YouTube sensation Jefferson Bethke after his video, Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus, went viral. I really appreciated Bethke’s timely message for those who falsely believe that Christianity is about earning one’s way to God via their own righteous living. I agreed wholeheartedly with the message of the video and for a while followed Bethke and his wife Alyssa on social media to see what other material they would produce. I receive their emails from time to time and when I saw that they were offering their latest book Love That Lasts, for free to members who participated on the launch team, I was eager to sign up.

I had read this blog post from Summer White, co-host of the Sheologians podcast and was intrigued by how she pointed out that the Bethke’s tend to mention statistics to back up their positions when it comes to relationships and marriage, more than Scripture. My fandom for them began to decrease as a result but I decided it would be wise to read Love That Lasts for myself and see how it measures up to Scripture as well as White’s claims.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Love that Lasts and learning about the Bethke’s testimonies of coming to know Jesus as their Lord. There were many aspects of their personal backgrounds along with their love story that reminded me so much of my background and how my husband and I met.

From a literary standpoint, their style of writing is more conversational which was very unappealing to me as it ignores basic rules of grammar. However, the book is supposed to be geared toward those of the millennial generation so perhaps younger folks will prefer and appreciate this style. The book began with some personal testimony and then veered into the Bethke’s sharing advice on dating, admonition against porn use and then went into their love story.

As this book is written from the perspective of a Christian couple, I was highly disappointed by the lack of Scripture present within. There are a few Scriptures (I counted 9) alluded to throughout the book which readers can find by looking over the Notes section in the back, and there are 24 additional resources listed consisting of articles, books and quotes, but the overall use of the Bible is poor.

Since Jesus Himself is the Word (John 1:1, Revelation 19:13), and it is through knowledge of Him that Christians receive everything they need for life and godliness, it makes the most logical sense to read a Christian book about romantic relationships and compare it with the standard of truth the author(s) claim to uphold. It makes sense also, that the authors are able to prove their positions by providing supporting Scriptures but such proof in Love That Lasts remains to be seen.

My concerns with Love that Lasts are in bold and my thoughts about them are described below:

  • On page 73 of the book, Jefferson’s response to a statement about defeating porn use is, “We need to replace the no with a better yes. The only way to create lasting behavioral change is to provide a superior pleasure.” Biblically speaking, the only way to create lasting change is not simply by changing behavior, but the heart, and this requires turning from sin and trusting in Jesus alone for salvation and freedom from sin. Jefferson does mention later on the same page that Jesus is the superior pleasure yet he doesn’t give his reader any Scripture to support this or any direction on how to turn from sin and place their hope for salvation in Christ alone. Additionally, the language of this statement sounds very much like the unbiblical philosophies Lysa Terkeurst includes in her book The Best Yes. The Bethke’s have produced videos for Lysa Terkeurst’s latest book Uninvited so I’m curious about whether or not the language reference was intentional.
  • On page 78, Jefferson addresses those addicted to porn by telling them, “Let me tell you, you are so loved. I mean, like crazy-ferociously-pursued-and-loved-by-the-Creator-of-the-universe love. And guess when He loves you the most? In the very act of the sin, not after.” This is actually very contrary to what God has said in Scripture. God’s love is truly for those who have turned from their sin and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. Those who don’t love God are actually His enemies as Isaiah 59:2 says that their iniquities separate them from Him and that their sins have hidden His face from them so that He does not hear. The good news of the Gospel is that God made a way for sinners to be right with Him through Jesus alone. It is God who opens the eyes of the spiritually dead for them to see their need for Jesus as their savior (Ephesians 2:8-9). While God is sovereign in doing this, there is a responsibility on the part of sinners to repent (turn from sin) and pursue living like Jesus (1 Corinthians 11:1). As followers of Christ, Christians are commanded multiple times throughout Scripture to be holy as God is holy (Leviticus 11:44, Leviticus 11:45, Leviticus 19:2, 1 Peter 1:16) – the very moment one is in sin, they are actually doing the opposite of what God commands. For the believer, there is grace that abounds more than sin (Romans 5:20), but Paul reminds us that being covered by grace is not a license to pursue sinful living (Romans 6:1-2).
  • On page 121, in telling his side of their love story, Jefferson stated, “She’d broken up with me after a two-week mission trip where she had ‘heard from God.'” My concern with statements like these are that readers will take them as authoritative and will also try to hear from God. When looking at the Bible though, it is very clear that God doesn’t speak outside of His Word (Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6, Hebrews 1:1-2Revelation 22:18). This may seem like a trite concern and not worth mentioning but the unbiblical concept of listening for God’s voice is growing and often the statements people claim to hear from God don’t actually align with Scripture.

My biggest concern with Love That Lasts is that readers aren’t pointed to Scripture and it is through Scripture that people come to know Jesus or become more like Him. As Christians, our desire for others to know Christ ought to compel us to share about Him. As this is a book on relationships and marriage, I was disappointed that there was no mention of how believers ought to treat members of the opposite sex (1 Timothy 5:1-2) and no mention of the beauty and purpose of marriage as it reflects Christ’s relationship to His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Being on the launch team, I had the opportunity to read the introductions for some of the team members and was sad to see some on the team who shared that they don’t love Christ (or some who claim to but are currently, unrepentantly pursuing sin in their relationships) but are fans of the Bethke’s. They were heartily welcomed on the team by Jefferson himself yet I question whether or not they truly know the good news of the Gospel.

Additionally, the Bethke’s have a promotional series for Love That Lasts on the television channel TBN which is the home network of many popular false teachers and teachers with unbiblical authority who promote unbiblical practices. Seeing the Bethke’s listed alongside people who are famous for preaching the false prosperity gospel and emphasizing experiences over Scripture is deeply disheartening. I watched the first episode of the series, Communication and there was no Scripture used whatsoever. The thirty minute chat included the Bethke’s sharing their experience and opinions on communication. The episode also contains a video of Lysa Terkeurst elaborating on communication. Regarding Lysa, Jefferson says, “She’s on the Mount Rushmore of Christianity in regards to Bible women teachers.” I was really discouraged by the Bethke’s high regard for Lysa’s ministry as she teaches with unbiblical authority over men in her church and claims to hear God speak to her.

Like Love That Lasts, I was saddened at the total lack of Scripture in the episode. In addition to the video by Lysa, there is a video shown that Jefferson made about cell phone addiction. His video has some good points and thoughts but still, no Scripture. God doesn’t even receive a mention until the end of the video, when Alyssa prays and then follows with, “Communicate with Him, I guess that’s where it starts.” I would have loved to hear them begin the video with that and elaborate on that from Scripture. I also found it hard to follow along with what they were saying as they both speak quickly and constantly interrupt one another. I found this ironic since the episode is on communication.

In this day and age, I’ve seen many people eager to devour resources that contain the label “Christian” but very apathetic about God and His Word and how such resources actually match up to it. This is a dangerous dilemma and unfortunately, I see Love That Lasts contributing to it.

I’m afraid that those reading the book who haven’t turned from their sin and trusted in Christ alone for salvation will have a false assurance that it’s okay to be a Christian and simultaneously be pursuing a sinful lifestyle, which is so contrary to Scripture. Christians will have a lifelong battle with sin but they will desire to put to death the deeds of the flesh as, “. . .  to set the mind on the flesh is deathbut to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to Godfor it does not submit to God’s lawindeedit cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God,” (Romans 8:6-8).

When it comes to resources about relationships and marriage, Love That Lasts missed the mark and I do not recommend it.

If you are looking for solid, Biblical resources on relationships and marriage, I’ve provided a few below just in case.

I received Love That Lasts compliments of Nelson Books in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review // A Small Book About A Big Problem

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A Small Book About A Big Problem is the latest book from author and Christian counselor Ed Welch. This book consists of 50 meditations on anger, patience and peace that are brief but convicting. I appreciate that Welch is willing to ask the hard questions that really uncover the way anger manifests itself through various sins. Welch really gets to the heart of anger with various passages of Scripture and encourages readers to seek wisdom instead of anger. I really appreciated the reminder that Jesus is Lord and God is judge because often when anger manifests itself in my heart, I am falsely thinking those roles belong to me. When I remember who God is and what He’s done for me in Jesus, I am less likely to respond to situations and people in anger.

Thankfully, Welch doesn’t stop with anger as this book is an all encompassing remedy of sorts. He outlines a plan for seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged out of anger on the meditation for Day 7. On Day 27, Welch offers readers 9 reminders from Scripture as to why Jesus died and what that means in the battle against anger. My favorite point from Day 27 is listed on page 100 and states, “Jesus died to cancel the legal demands against me and to secure forgiveness of sins (Colossians 2:13). I am so thankful to not be held accountable for my sins. I will work to not hold others accountable to my court of justice for sins against me.”

I highly recommend this book for Christians struggling with anger. My only regret about this book is that it was not published sooner but, I am thankful have it now and look forward to reading it again in the future.

A Small Book About A Big Problem is available now at all major booksellers.

I received A Small Book About A Big Problem compliments of Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review // Church of The Small Things

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Church of The Small Things is the latest book from blogger and author Melanie Shankle. I’ve read two out of three of Shankle’s previous books (Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room) and have found them to be delightful, hilarious and very relatable. Like her other books, Church of the Small Things is autobiographical and unlike her other books, it contains more of her personal life philosophy, which is from whence she derives the title of the book.


Philosophically, Church of the Small Things is about being faithful in the little things and how much good can come from the small moments even though we often think, and long for, what comes of big ones. It’s also about how it is the small moments that, when strung together, form a life, rather than the big ones.

Shankle is a Christian so her philosophy is shaped by her beliefs, but as you will read in Church of the Small Things, not all of these beliefs are Biblically accurate. In this book I also noticed that she mentions some of the female Christian teachers she knows and has learned from which was a minor concern for me (minor because the book isn’t a theological expose at heart, but still worth mentioning because wrong theology is dangerous). I’m not about throwing out the baby with the bath water but I desire for women to really know who God is and to do that, we must look to His word, the Bible.

Here are some of the minor concerns I have with Church of the Small Things:

  • There are many pages in the book in which Shankle mentions receiving direct revelation from God by feeling and hearing His voice. We know from Scripture that God doesn’t speak to us outside of the Bible (Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6Revelation 22:18). Additionally, no where in Scripture are believers instructed to learn how to hear God’s voice.
    • Pg. 25, “He used those jobs to get me to San Antonio, which is where I learned to hear his voice when I was all alone, met my husband, figured out I loved to write, and am now raising my family. “
    • Pg. 146, in reference to listening to the song Oceans, by Hillsong United, Shankle stated, “As I listened – really listened – I felt God say to me, ‘You feel like this is too much because you’re trying to figure out how to do it in your own power, and none of this is about you.'”
    • Pg. 213, “At that moment, I felt God speak to my heart, saying, ‘You need to quit asking ‘Why?’ and start asking me ‘Where?’ I knew immediately it was God because I wouldn’t have come up with anything that profound.”
  • Shankle uses The Message paraphrase of the Bible (Pgs. 53, 106) along with other versions. These are the reasons why I have great concerns with The Message. Additionally, when I see The Message used it is often because the paraphrase fits well with whatever is being communicated but doesn’t actually remain true to the context the verses were originally written in, or the author’s intended meaning of those verses.
  • On page 143, Shankle mentions she taught a workshop on blogging at the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. Proverbs 31 Ministries is headed up by Lysa Terkeurst who has authority teaching over men in her church, which is unbiblical, and she also claims to receive direct revelation from God (see more here). This was a concern to me because what I’ve seen produced by Proverbs 31 Ministries and Lysa Terkeurst has been, thus far, unbiblical.
  • On page 216, Shankle uses the unbiblical means of Scripture translation known as eisegesis to explain Zechariah 2:4-5. Reflecting on the passage, she states, “I believe God wants to make our city – our lives – so big that walls can’t contain it. His idea of big is so different from ours.” When reading Zechariah 2:4-5 in context of all of Zechariah Chapter Two, it is clear that the verses aren’t referring to the greatness of the lives of individual believers but God’s care for His people, specifically Jerusalem. We can know from this verse, God’s character in that He cares for those who have turned from their sin and trust in Christ alone for salvation. The term “walls” isn’t a metaphor for our lives, it is referencing actual city walls.

The bulk of Church of the Small things is the retelling of small moments in Shankle’s life that left a big impression and have shaped her into who she is today. As I read these, I laughed, I (almost) cried and often thought, “Me too!” If you are looking for a book that is clean, relatable and laugh out loud funny, look no further than Church of The Small Things (as well as Shankle’s other works). Overall, I truly enjoyed Church of the Small Things and apart from the theological inaccuracies, I look forward to reading more from Melanie in the future.

Church of the Small Things is available at all major booksellers on October 3rd.

I received Church of the Small Things compliments of Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.


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Book Review // The Action Storybook Bible

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I first learned about The Action Storybook Bible a few years ago from a couple at church who had purchased it for their sons. The concept of creating a comic style Bible for kids is definitely unique and since I hadn’t read The Action Storybook Bible previously, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was very pleased to find that this format of the Bible is a great way to engage children ages 8-11 in the big pictures of Scripture – God redeeming a sinful people to Himself through His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. The artistry is exceptional and this Bible reads like an actual comic.

Each story is the perfect length for kids and is written in such a way that they will grasp what is happening in each one. At the conclusion of each story, there are questions for parents to discuss with their children and a little prayer based on what happened in the story.


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My favorite aspects of The Action Storybook Bible are:

  • It presents the Gospel in a way that is easy for kids to understand
  • The stories highlight different aspects of God’s character

I really enjoyed reading The Action Storybook Bible and I believe you (and especially your kids) will too!

I highly recommend this book as a tool for introducing children to the key concepts of the Gospel and for providing them with a basic overview of the Bible as a whole.

The Action Storybook Bible is available now in both digital and hard copy formats! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see how you can win a copy of The Action Storybook Bible and an Amazon Kindle e-reader!

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Dollar Tree DIY // Halloween Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

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If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you know I’m all about finding creative ways to do pretty much everything on a budget. When my husband and I were first married, we didn’t have much extra money to go toward anything fun yet I still wanted to have some sort of decor on display for each season. One of my favorite places to get great deals on decor and craft items is Dollar Tree. I’ve been amazed at what I’ve been able to find there for a fraction of the cost of traditional home goods and craft stores. One of my favorites aspects of Dollar Tree is the versatility of the products they provide. I’ve purchased a few craft items that I’ve been able to use for multiple projects so with Dollar Tree I really do get the most bang for my buck!

Growing up, my sisters and I enjoyed dressing up for Halloween each year, picking out pumpkins from the local farmers market and of course, trick or treating. Although Halloween isn’t as popular as Thanksgiving and Christmas, I was surprised when looking through childhood photos to see how many I actually have from Halloween celebrations over the years. It was fun to look back and see what costumes my sisters and I selected and now as a mom, it was sweet to look back over the photos we took of our daughter’s first trip to the pumpkin patch last year.

Today, I’m excited to share with you an easy and affordable project I made recently to display these fun photos.

Items needed:

Step 1) Fold tissue paper in half lengthwise

Step 2) Fold tissue paper in half widthwise (do this twice)

Step 3) Cut strips in the tissue paper (leave a bit of room at the top)

Step 4) Unfold the tissue paper and cut it in half

Step 5) Cut the halves in half so you have 4 sections total

Step 6) Open each of the four sections, roll each section tight down the middle

Step 7) Make a loop out of the rolled section and tape it with a small piece of scotch tape

Step 8) Secure one end of the twine to a wall with a thumb tack, string your tassels on the twine, secure the other end, hang your favorite Halloween photos with clothespins and enjoy!

I absolutely love our family photo from last year’s trip to the pumpkin patch (this photo was probably the only redeeming part of the experience). I can’t wait to take our daughter to the pumpkin patch this year now that she’s older and I will definitely have my camera on hand so we can display more Halloween memories.




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Book Review // Raising Men Not Boys

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When I saw via a Facebook post that Pastor Mike Fabarez was writing a book on parenting boys and was looking for members to join the book launch team, I was really excited to sign up. I saw in the comments on the post that women were tagging men in their lives who they thought should sign up to read it and I wondered why they themselves weren’t signing up for it. I was a bit discouraged as I wondered if women would be accepted on the launch team so I decided to apply and find out. I was quite skeptical about the status of my application since I don’t have any sons but was ecstatic to learn that I made it on the team.

Part of being on the launch team means that I, along with the team, have been able to participate in Facebook live sessions with Pastor Mike regarding Raising Men Not Boys. It’s been really fun to hear his heart behind writing the book and I was thankful to learn that he actually is hoping moms will get a hold of this book and share what they learn with their husbands. My husband and I thought it would be fun to read Raising Men Not Boys together to cultivate conversations around parenting that we might not have otherwise. We don’t currently have a son, yet it’s been a delight to read Pastor Mike’s perspective and learn from his wise Biblical counsel. Although the book is targeted toward raising boys, there are Biblical applications which are appropriate for raising children in general.

Raising Men, Not Boys – A New Book by Mike Fabarez from Compass Bible Church on Vimeo.

We haven’t completed reading the book just yet, but at just a few pages in, we have both learned so much. I’m excited to share a few of the insights we’ve gained so far and will update this review with more once we’ve completed Raising Men Not Boys.

Here are a few of our favorite quotes from the intro and Chapter One:

  • “Our kids, especially our boys, need to be nurtured and fostered by a larger community of shared values. That, of course, is what the church is to provide us as Christians,” (pg. 13).
  • “God is jealous for our boys to become men who truly know Him (James 4:4-5). As parents, this must be our ultimate goal for our sons,” (pg. 23).

The intro to the book contains a section titled, “Spiritual Common Sense,” in which Pastor Mike establishes the difference between the certain application of God’s word (truths that we can be sure of from Scripture) versus possible application of God’s word (using wisdom to guide decisions that the Bible doesn’t necessarily give mandated instruction for).

He informs readers that this book contains both types of application which is important because 1), It demonstrates that all of God’s word is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness and 2), It serves as a reminder to readers that Scripture is sufficient to inform all areas of life even though there may not be a specific command for each and every situation.

Raising Men Not Boys is a desperately needed book in this day and age in which there is so much confusion about God’s design for men and women. Offering insight on topics ranging from technology use to curfews, this book is what I refer to as Parenting Gold. If you have been looking for a book that will provide you with Biblical wisdom when it comes to raising young men, look no further.

Whether you have sons, may have sons, are a son or know someone who has sons, this book is for you. I give Raising Men Not Boys my highest recommendation and look forward to reading more from Pastor Mike.

You can read the first 3 chapters of Raising Men Not Boys for free here.


Raising Men Not Boys is available now at Amazon and all other major booksellers.


I received Raising Men Not Boys compliments of Moody Publishers in exchange for my participation on the launch team.

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Magnolia My Way // Jo’s Favorites On A Budget

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One of the features of Chip and Jo’s magazine, The Magnolia Journal, that I really enjoy reading is Jo’s Favorites. This fun section of the journal typically lists about 10 products that Joanna uses with a few phrases on why they’re her favorite. I love her personal style and have desired to incorporate some of her favorite things into my style. However, I, like many of you, don’t share the same income as Chip and Jo so I’ve done some research (and by research, of course I mean shopping) and found similar products at much more affordable prices. For the final post in the Magnolia My Way series, I’m excited to share with you a few of Jo’s favorite things my way.

Jo’s Way – Total Cost $104

  1. White ceramic pitcherMagnolia Market  – $42 (featured in Issue No. 4)
  2. Plant Lady shirt, Magnolia Market – $24 (featured in Issue No. 3)
  3. Fall Candle, Magnolia Market – $26 (featured in Issue No. 4)
  4. Plant Spritzer, Magnolia Market –  Price Unknown, (featured in Issue No. 2)
  5. L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, Amazon – $12 – (featured in Issue No. 1)

My Way – Total Cost $51.96

  1. Threshold Porcelain Pitcher, Target $13.99 (don’t forget to use your REDCard for an additional 5% off and go through TopCashBack to earn 2.25% on your Target purchases).
  2. Plant Lady Mug, Swallow’s Grace, $15.99 (don’t forget to go through ebates to earn 5% cash back on your purchase)
  3. Mrs. Meyer’s Apple Cider candle, Target, $6.99 (don’t forget to use your REDCard for an additional 5% off and go through TopCashBack to earn 2.25% on your Target purchases).
  4. Plant Spritzer, Amazon, $10.49
  5. Organic Shea Butter, Mountain Rose Herbs, $4.50 for 4 oz


These products are a few of Jo’s favorite things that I’ve enjoyed using in my home and I hope you enjoy using them too!


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Magnolia My Way // DIY Hanging Chalkboard

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Before I go into this week’s project, I wanted to share a few ways to help care for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I lived in Texas for two years, and although I never made it to Houston, my heart aches for those who have lost their homes and loved ones. Our friends in Austin have shared multiple photos/posts in which their power has gone out and the store shelves are bare. So far, everyone I know and love is okay but there are many who aren’t and I want to share with you a few ways you and I can help with the disaster relief:

  1. Magnolia Market – From today through September 30th, Magnolia Market is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their Texas Forever t-shirts toward disaster relief in Houston. I’ve been wanting this shirt for a while so when I received an email from Magnolia with that info, I knew it was time to buy.
  2. Chalk Full of Love – Sarah from Chalk Full of Love (you may remember me mentioning her here and you’ll see her book featured below) is donating 100% of the proceeds from this digital download to the Red Cross of Southeastern Texas. Not only is this beautiful 8 x 10 print just $5, it’s perfect to frame and combine with your Fall decor (I’m thinking about leaving mine up all year long).

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

Proverbs 31:20

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For this week’s Magnolia My Way post, I thought it would be fun to feature an item that’s especially popular right now – chalkboards. If you’ve spent any time at a craft store recently, you’ve probably seen a plethora of these around in all shapes and sizes. I noticed that Magnolia Market has a cute hanging chalkboard on sale for $10.50 (the original price is $15). Even though $10.50 may not seem like much, I thought it was a bit high for a small chalkboard – especially since I’ve seen similar items go for under $5 at major craft stores.



One of the best chalkboards I’ve found so far is from DollarTree.

It’s not a slate style chalkboard but this is a good thing because it’s much easier to clean.

When I wanted to change the message on my chalkboard, I just clean it with a baby wipe and it’s good to go!

To make my chalkboard look like the one Magnolia is selling, I purchased a wood shadow box from Hobby Lobby, detached the frame and knocked out the glass. (If you go this route, I highly recommend wearing gloves and protective goggles.)

Once my frame was ready, I used a hot glue gun and glue sticks from the 99 Cent Store to attach the chalkboard and the jute rope (which I already had on hand from this project).

Here are the items needed for this project:


Out of pocket, I paid about $7 for my hanging chalkboard (considering I already owned the rope).

I really like how it turned out and I’ve been looking to my hand lettering book for inspiration on how to style the messages I write.

Of course, you can always purchase this chalkboard for $3.49 at JoAnn (don’t forget to use your 30% off coupon) and glue the rope on or just use some Command Strips to place it somewhere fun.  This one is pretty cute too!

My hanging chalkboard is the perfect addition to my Texas/Southern themed gallery wall.

I made the wall as a tangible way to fulfill the command to, “feed on (God’s) faithfulness,” in Psalm 37:3.

My husband and I went through a lot of growth while in Texas and I don’t want to forget how faithful God was to us in that season and I constantly need to be reminded that His character hasn’t changed. In times like these, the gallery reminds me to pray for those in Houston – not only for salvation from the storm but for salvation of souls.

I’m praying ultimately that God will be glorified and His name will be made great.


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Magnolia My Way // DIY Hanging Side Tables

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If you’ve watched Fixer Upper for some time, you may have noticed how Joanna loves to incorporate hanging side tables in bedrooms. I thought the idea was brilliant because it’s fun and unique. Unlike traditional side tables, this type is out of my toddler’s reach so she isn’t able to swipe all my table top contents onto the floor which is a big plus.

The pin below is from Joanna’s Kids Room Pinterest board and shows the hanging side tables she created for the bedroom her daughters share.



The trays pictured, previously available from Magnolia Market, were listed at $45 for a small one and $75 for a large one – not an amount I could justify spending.


To make my side tables from trays, I purchased the following items:

To make the table, I followed these steps:

  1. Paint the tray
  2. Screw the hook into the ceiling
  3. Hang the rope over the hook to determine where the tray should hang
  4. Cut the rope, wrap it around the handles a few times and tie it in a knot
  5. Enjoy your hanging side table!

The whole project was just under $35 for both side tables – much less than the trays Magnolia was advertising.

*NOTE* This concept is more pretty than practical – you may have to add more rope to help balance your table depending on what you will place on it.



Previously, we used the Lack side table by Ikea because how can you say, “No” to a side table for $7.99?

However, we added a foam mattress topper to our mattress which meant we were reaching down quite a bit to access the table. Our new side tables are much pretty, easier to reach and best of all, we didn’t have to bust our budget to create them!

What are your favorite DIY projects on a budget?



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