My One Word Resolution for 2018 is delight, so if you notice me Bible journaling about delight a lot, it’s not just a coincidence! Each year, I pray that God would place a word on my heart for me to focus on that year and that He would reveal more of Himself to me through that word. A lot of beautiful scriptures have come to my attention for “delight.” I first heard this particular scripture, Zephaniah 3:17, when I was listening to a podcast about a month ago. On these pages, I tried to capture how the verse makes me feel when I read it. The thought of God rejoicing over His people with singing is so amazing. I used gelatos, a silver sharpie, and ink, all sealed with Mod Podge (you have to use a light touch when you seal gelatos or they will smear like lipstick). As always, I value being able to see all of the scriptures underneath, so my gelatos are light enough for me to still read all of the words. I like the idea of writing “in you” across the girl’s forehead that is just peeking out in the picture. If you look really closely, you can see that I also wrote Isaiah 62:4 on the page because I feel like these two verses go well together.
So, as I view this page, I will go ahead and say that God has been walking me through some pretty hard times lately. I went through something in my personal life that was tough two weeks ago, and I am also going through physical pain from a car accident (it was not a bad accident, but this pain has been hanging around for about a month). Looking back at the memoirs my grandmother wrote before she died in her 90s, I know that she went through the same thing that I experienced at one point as well. That brings me some comfort, even though it is still hard. I can’t stress the importance of memory-keeping and the power of our words enough; this next generation will need truth more than ever, just the way my grandmother’s words came back to me at the right moment, and the way the Holy Spirit seems to bring the right verses when I need them. Bible Journaling is a way to get the Word into your heart so that the Holy Spirit can bring the verses to your mind when you need them. This life is not easy; the scriptures are an anchor, an encouragement, a refuge, and a defense. It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit communicates, whether it’s through Charles Stanley or Andy Stanley (wow, both of them are amazing in their own ways!), through how nature itself works, through something my son says, through something my grandmother wrote, through the still small voice that sometimes comes during prayer, or through a scripture I hear in a podcast.
Today, I am choosing to focus on God’s promises for those who believe in Him. How else are we going to rise above worry, discouragement, criticism, and all the other things that are intended to hold us down? Despite of what’s going on around me, I know God is working.
P.S. I just watched the I Am Woman Conference this weekend, and the messages from Nicole Crank, DeeDee Freeman, and Lysa TerKeurst were so powerful. If this conference is ever on Daystar again or online in some form, I would definitely recommend checking it out! If you live near West Palm Beach (lucky you!!), the conference is coming to your area.
Bible Journaling Challenge #7: Think of a word you would like to explore through Bible Journaling. Some ideas are joy, hope, confident, or even delight. Look up Bible verses that have the word in them, and pick one that speaks to you the most. Look up the word from the verse in the original Hebrew or Greek. If you are a “word person,” this could be meaningful for you.