Highlighting with Colored Pencil

At the start of this year I made it my mission to read more and study the Bible more. Not to read just anything, but books of worth. Books that I can learn from and gain some knowledge. Books that cause you to think and evaluate your life. Books that motivate you to change for the better. Books that add something to your life.

Whenever I read books like this I love to underline and/or highlight things that stick out to me or that are worth value. I feel like I retain more. It brightens up what I’m reading. And it gives my reading some purpose. And then when I go back through that book at a later time I can quickly search for the things that stood out to me.


 I’ve recently come to love colored pencils and figured they’d be a perfect highlighter! There are so many color options. Which is perfect for subject studying. Or for brightening up your book. They are very light so you don’t have to worry about it bleeding through the paper. You can put a light amount of pressure for a lighter shade or apply a brighter/darker shade if that’s what you want. Sometimes if there is a single word I want highlighted I do a very light shade of color over it. So it’s there but subtle. And for whole sentences I do more of a darker or brighter shade.

These are the colored pencils I have been and enjoy using. Pretty basic, but lots of color options and it gets the job done. Crayola 50ct Long Colored Pencils (68-4050)


There are currently 3 books I’m reading that I’ve been using colored pencils in. For one book I’ve picked one color that I’m going to use throughout the book. It’s a pretty light green shade. For whole sentences I get it as solid and bright as I can. If there are key words that pop out to me in a sentence I lightly color that word so that as you come across that word I know it’s important to me, but may not be the first thing that leaps out at you on the page. And if there are big paragraphs that I like, but don’t feel like coloring the whole thing, I just make a square or bracket with the colored pencil around the paragraph.


My second book is my daily devotional book. For this one I don’t really have a rhyme or reason for what I do. I just read my devotional for the day. And if there are things that leap out at me then I choose a fun color and highlight that phrase or group of phrases. Each day I like to pick a new color. It’s fun and bright. Makes for being dedicated to my devotionals a bit easier. I look forward to finding things in them, choosing a color, and highlighting it.



And my 3rd book is the Bible. I’ve been doing a lot of scripture reading and plan to do more studying of His Word. But I wanted to do more than just underline and highlight with the same color for every verse. I wanted to be able to categorize the colors I would use. Which would make for better subject studying. So I’ve put together a basic list of what the colors I’ll use are for. I’m sure the list will grow as I get more in depth and the more I figure out how I want to do things. I needed some inspiration on what colors to use for different subjects, so I got an idea of what to use here, but also added some of my own and used my own scripture examples. So, here’s the color list for Bible studying:


(I keep this list in my bible notebooks as a quick reference)

Green-My thoughts and actions. We are used to symbolizing ourselves and our fleshly nature as “the old man.” And as we become more like Christ and allow Him to work in us we call it “the new man.” So to represent this I liked the idea of a nice bright, light green for verses that deal with our thoughts, words, and actions being more like Christ, a Christ-like nature. For example this scripture which is highlighted green in my Bible. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-24  

Blue-Scriptures for things personal to me. I’m a wife and a mother. But I’m also a daughter, a sister, and a friend. So for scripture verses pertaining to these things I highlight in blue. Such as Psalms 113:9 “He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.” 

Pink-Love and kindness. “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

Yellow-God and Jesus. Who they are and what they do for us. II Samuel 22:33 “God is my strength and power; and he maketh my way perfect.” 

Purple-God’s promises. “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”  Genesis 9:13-15

OrangeThe Holy Spirit. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 



Hope this is helpful to you and sparks some ideas!


How To Replace Washer Bellow


Whirlpool Duet Sport Washer – WFW8300SW04

Part# – W10111435 (please verify your part #)

Bellow Replacement Part

I recently came across a great deal for a Whirlpool Duet Sport washer on Craigslist. The only drawback was the washer was leaking around the door. That’s not good for a washer! I did some research on the internet to get a better feel for the issue described and became quite confident that I could fix the problem.

How does the saying go? Out with the old and in with the new? Well we did just that…almost. Out with the nearly 20 year old washer and in with the “almost new” and “needs fixing” washer.

The problem was indeed the front rubber bellow that seals the washer door and the tub and prevents any water from escaping. The previous owner had attempted to patch it with some sort of adhesive, but was unsuccessful. In the following steps I’ll show you what I did to repair this washer.

Please keep in mind I’m not an appliance repair professional nor am I certified in that area of expertise. Hopefully this will help you save some money by showing this repair is achievable by yourself.

Repair steps:

Loosen and remove the 3 screws at the bottom of washer to remove the lower access panel.


Loosen and remove the 3 screws holding the top panel on. Slide the back back and remove. (you don’t really need this step, but it allows you to see the tabs holding the control panel on)


Slide the detergent drawer out until it stops. Depress the black tab and remove the drawer.


Loosen and remove screw by the detergent drawer.


Open the washer door. Under the control panel is one Philips screw in the middle that needs to be removed.


Remove the control panel. It’s held on by three tabs


Remove the door catch screws holding it in place.


Now it’s time to start removing the old bellow. The outer lip has a metal ring that is around the rubber holding it in place. Take a standard screw driver and wedge it between the rubber and ring enough so you can pull it off.


Now it’s time to take the door off. Push the bellow inside the washer. There are four screws in each corner that need removed. This photo shows the screw in the bottom right corner.


With the door removed there’s another metal ring that needs to be removed. It is tightened by a screw which can be loosened to remove. Once the screw is loosened pull the ring off and then you can pull the bellow completely out.


Now you can install the new bellow. Below is a picture of the new bellow. The “arrow” on the bellow should be at the top and the three holes at the bottom. Both the arrow and the holes should be aligned in the middle of the washer when the bellow is in place.


The large diameter of the bellow goes inside around the lip of the tub. Which you then fasten into place by replacing the ring which has the screw. Everything else is in reverse order as described already.

One of the hardest parts of this repair was stretching the last ring around the lip of the door. My advice would be to rub some detergent around the lip of the bellow to lube it up which allow the ring to go on a little easier.


Good luck!