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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bible Journaling: Be a Happy Giver!

"So give freely to needy people. Let your heart be tender toward them. Then the Lord your God will bless you in all your work. He will bless you in everything you do.  There will always be poor people in the land. So I’m commanding you to give freely to those who are poor and needy in your land. Open your hands to them." 
 Deut 15:10 

This is the verse for Week 33 over at the : Documented Faith bible journaling site. The focus word for the month of August is Compassion

There are so many ways  to "give" with compassion: You can give your time, a listening ear, words of advice, your services, etc. This verse explains to give with a happy heart, do not hold a grudge. Give because you want to, not because you expect something back. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

What is Bible Journaling and Why do It?

"May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy " Colossians 1:11 ESV

 P A T I E N C E 
 This has been the theme or focus word for July.

 According to this verse we are to practice having patience with joy, can that actually be done? Can you joyfully wait on something?…it may be hard, but it is possible!
Patience was a wonderful focus word for me. I used to suffer with lack of patience. With some things I still do. But,  I can say that now that I am “older and wiser” I seem to be more patient. But as I read this I questioned, “Is it really my age?” or “God acting in my life!?” I would like to believe it is the latter of the two. {smile}

Someone asked me about Bible Journaling the other day, they asked, “What is bible journaling? And Why do you do it?”

Well, as you look thru my pages you will see what bible journaling is….I bought a special journaling bible by Crossway. I follow along with a journaling community and we are given a prompt every week that incorporates a focus word for each month. You can find it here: Documented Faith

I prefer to meditate and sit alone and read this verse, usually a few times, I think about how I can apply this verse to my life. I think about how it pertains to my life now. This is how I learn and GROW! I have found that this is a way to “feed my soul”.

 Then…I get creative and embellish my bible with this verse. I love learning, reading and growing. And by Bible Journaling, I am able to “feed” my soul. I see it as we are all seeds planted here on earth. In order to grow (closer to God), we must be fed (with spiritual knowledge) . The more we are fed (spiritually), the closer we grow to God. If we are not fed (spiritually) then we will wither and dry up.  

Have a wonderful day!