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I am going to be posting some more Bible Journaling soon, but I want to share a couple of resources that I really like. I am not affiliated with these resources in any way, but I do listen to them regularly. By the way, be sure to enter my Tori Kelly CD giveaway between now and Sept. 12.
I listen to this as a weekly podcast while I’m walking or driving, and it is very good. You can also watch the episodes online. Andy Stanley shares God-given wisdom for living. I have had a lot of “ah-ha” moments listening to him. He knows what it means to share God’s truth in a loving way.
This is a wonderful resource for Bible Journaling tutorials, challenges, and studies. Before I had ever even heard of Bible Journaling, Amanda posted a Journaling Bible giveaway online. She was just getting her website started. I entered and won a Journaling Bible. When I opened it, it was so pretty that I felt nervous about making art in it. The Bible I won from Amanda is the same Bible that I journal in for the site that you are reading right now. I don’t know Amanda personally, but I am glad I won that giveaway about two years ago!
The Simple podcast is thought-provoking. It challenges you to go beyond the mainstream. This is a podcast for anyone, Christian or not, who wants to live with more purpose and simplicity. Even though it is not a religion-based podcast, I think it appeals to many Christians who realize that we must go beyond the consumer mindset to live authentically in this life. This is a podcast for intelligent people who see through the status quo. It also gives a global perspective, which I enjoy.
This is a Christian podcast that I’ve found to be very encouraging when I’m walking, driving, or even cleaning the house. God’s truth is presented in a way that is powerful, insightful, and very approachable.
If you’re building a Spotify playlist of worship music, remember some Mandisa! I love her music and her testimony.
I encourage you to upgrade your week by checking out one of the resources I mentioned. All of the podcasts are on Stitcher and other podcast apps. The Andy Stanley broadcasts are also available as videos on his site, and Amanda is active on YouTube and Instagram. These free resources for life and faith will uplift and challenge you, I promise.
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.
Here comes the giveaway that I mentioned when Bible Journaling Journey launched last month. I am giving away a Journaling Bible or a gift card to a store of your choice. Simply follow my blog, and leave me a note on my contact page that includes your name and the best way to get in touch with you. Also let me know if you want the Journaling Bible or a gift card. I will draw a name on May 31. While you’re emailing me, I would love to hear about you and what you might be interested in learning about on Bible Journaling Journey. Even though Bible Journaling Journey is not on social media, I will give you extra entries if you let me know you’ve shared the site (or this giveaway) in some way online. Thanks for entering!
I thought there were some excellent ideas for worshipping God in this post that I’m sharing from Truly Beautiful. Even though it’s not a Bible Journaling post, I could definitely see these ideas as inspiration for us creative Christians. Check it out!
For the month of May, I want to spend time intentionally seeking the Lord. Below is a rough outline of some things I am challenging myself to and I hope you’ll join me! Have a great day and happy May! ❤ M A Y. (1.) Wake up earlier than normal and spend time with the […]