The Gratitude Game | Printable Praise Report

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

As someone who functions mostly using the creative and emotional parts of my brain, organization has always been something I craved for, but was never quite a strength of mine.

I love lists, except that I usually end up with scraps of paper lying everywhere (and then never being able to find the darn list when I need it).

This past month, one of the biggest things I've been working on is just getting things intentionally organized. I know perfect organization will always be that elusive unicorn but the keywords in this year's process are : 'intentional' and 'try'.

Part of that process has involved building a custom planner suited to my needs and the way I think. I knew what I wanted and store bought planners just weren't cutting it out for me. So with a little inspiration from Pinterest, I ended up designing some of my own pages.

While scouring Pinterest, I remembered Eliza Ellis - a planner designer I came across last year whose designs I absolutely loved but did not use back then. This year, her free printable Irma collection was perfect for my needs.

Her aesthetic and eye felt very close to my own designs and I loved how her pages fit seamlessly into the planner that I was building. I ended up using her annual calendar which I'll link to below. I am honestly super thankful for creative artists like her who give so generously.

soooooo pretty!

While designing pages, one of the things I decided I wanted was a praise report page. Gratitude is one of the habits I intend on working on this year and honestly, just doing January's praise report has blown me away.

I realize I forget so much the good things that happens (both the big and small) and doing something like a praise report requires me to set aside time to intentionally recall all the good things. Today is the last day of January and this morning as I was filling in my praise report page, I was left in awe by how much I could see God's goodness just permeating through in every situation.

Gratitude changes perspective. And perspective is changing everything for this girl here right now.

If this is something you would like, I'm including a download to my January praise report page in this post. I hope it will be so useful to all of you!

It comes in a default A4 size, but you can adjust your printer to print it smaller or bigger. Although I think the best sizes are in A4 or A5.

*personal use only, please*

Some of my favourite features are : 

1. Challenges, Lessons / Perspective

I feel it's important when practicing gratitude to not feel like we have to brush away or ignore the hard things that have happened. The key thing instead is to ask the Lord to change our perspective and understand there are probably lessons in the hard stuff we need to learn.

2. Gratitude prayer

I would fill in this part after going through the milestones, celebrations, challenges, and lessons / perspective parts. To praise God for all He has done, what a victorious way to end a month!

3. Word of the month

This was something I added in after printing my original design. I ended up spontaneously summing up my month with a word and felt it was something I would like to do for the rest of the year, at the end of each month.

4. Verse at the bottom of the page

The verse serves as an encouragement and just a reminder of God's promises over my life (and yours!).

If you do use this page, let me know. I would love to know how this little exercise went for you. I'll also be designing the rest of the pages for all the months and will share that once that it's done.


Fear Not - Original Artwork

Monday, December 11, 2017

One of the things I've been doing this year is painting in the prayer room as part of the KL House of Prayer (KLHOP). Through the 3 years or so I've been with these guys, this year the Lord really expanded our expressions of worship in the prayer room. One of that expansions included art.

During our last session this year before we took a break for the year end, I started on a painting after the Lord showed me Exodus 14:14.

"The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still."

I did not complete the painting during that session but brought it home instead. After almost 2 weeks I picked it back up, uncertain how to complete the piece. But as with many of the prophetic pieces I've done, I have come to realize that the entire process is one that is hand-in-hand with the Holy Spirit. He will lead, even in the process of creating, and He will reveal what He wants to in time.

So almost 2 weeks later, I was sitting in my room staring at the half completed painting, bible open in hand, in the middle of my devotional time with the Lord, when things just fell into place and I knew 1) how to complete the painting and 2) what the message was.

Throughout the time completing this painting, the Lord was ministering to my heart deeply with the message of 'Fear Not'. Some days, I don't even know the extent of the issues of my heart until God comes along and points it out. And in a way only He can, He gently leads and begins working to unravel all the knots and tangles that we're caught in.

Even as I have completed the artwork, I know the message of 'Fear Not' is still something I am turning over and over again in my heart. Do you know how many times the Bible says 'fear not'? I don't either 😂 but it's a lot!


Moodboard - More Than The Stars In The Sky

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bangkok 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

My trip to Bangkok this year coincided with the late king's cremation ceremony.
Many thoughts ran through my head (as they always do whenever I am in a new place) during this time - among them thinking just how beautiful the Thai people are.
Most of the trip we were surrounded by a sea of black as the nation was in official mourning period during this time and everyone was wearing black. I have never seen anything quite like it.

We walked so much during this trip. While that's really my preferred way to travel, it really did make it clear to me what my fitness level was like. I was in so much pain after the first couple of days of full day walking. But honestly? I still think that's the best way to explore any new place.

One of our best finds was the Bangkok Farmer's Market. Turns out our trip coincided with when the market was happening. A completely impromptu trip but well worth it. You can check their Facebook page to see when they make appearances (which is quite regular). If you can coincide your trip with the market, I'd highly recommend it - because that's what I'm going to do next time I go back! 

Bangkok well and truly surprised me. While I've visited the north and south of Thailand, it was my first trip to the capital. To be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect before the trip and Bangkok was never on my travel wishlist before this. But honestly, I loved the city. The people, the food, and just the general hustle and bustle. The city is deeply cultural in its identity and expression, but with pepperings of different nations, cultures and influences mixed in.

Would I go back? Can't wait!

I also did a series titled 'Bangkok in Black and White' which you can find featured on

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