The beginning of the new year is the time when most people set new goals. They want to eat healthier and exercise more. They want to be more intentional in their daily living. They want to spend more time in God’s Word. At one time or another, I have set all of these as personal goals. As I have fallen short of completing some them, I’ve often felt bad about it. I struggled to start over because I felt like a failure. I’ve kicked myself time and time again and then one day it hit me…who was I measuring myself against? Was it unrealistic expectations? Perfectionistic tendencies? The “it girl” who never seems to have to diet or have any problems? Or just me wanting to have it all together? Ugh. Stop it Angel, just stop it.
Of all of the goals, spending time in God’s Word is one that has always resonated with me most deeply. Why? It impacts every aspect of my life. I want to see God in everyday life and everyday moments. I started Bible journaling last year at the recommendation of a friend. She seemed to be really be spending more time in the Word and it seemed like a “fun way” to look at Scripture. If you think about it – just three years ago it wasn’t that common to hear about people decorating their Bibles. Well, let me just say this, it is a lot more that decorating your Bible. Bible journaling is a personal and creative way to express how God is speaking to you directly to you in His Word.Bible journaling is a personal and creative way to express how God is speaking directly to you in… Click To Tweet
When I received the Goals with Grace kit from Illustrated Faith, I fell in love not only with the bright colors in the kit but the resounding message of grace. Grace is one of those things that I typically don’t have a problem extending to others. But when it comes to me, I am challenged. I’m very hard on myself and typically don’t allow myself any grace at all. And if I am totally honest, I really needed to give myself some grace.
Bible journaling has changed my life in three ways.
It has made time with God more personal. As much as I have always loved spending time with God, I will be the first to admit that sometimes I struggled with what that was supposed to look like. Should I pray quietly? Should I journal? Should I play worship music? As I have grown in my relationship with the Lord, I have come to understand that my personal time with him is just that…personal. It doesn’t have to follow a regimen or look like anyone else’s. The time spent reading my Bible and journaling has been so freeing.
Bible journaling has made me more grateful. It has caused me to pause and reflect on what I have in my life. I can see — even in the hard times — where God’s grace, goodness and blessings are still evident in my life. I’ve slowed down enough to allow God to really be able to speak to my heart and particular circumstances rather than just “simply” reading the Scripture.
Bible journaling has made me more confident. I will be the first to say that my artistic ability rivals that of a preschooler. I’m probably one of the best illustrators of stick figures that I know but outside of that, it’s a bit challenging for me at times. But you know…with Bible journaling, it doesn’t matter. I’m carefree with my colors and designs. The pen just seems to flow and I’m ok with that. Again – GRACE. It looks pretty but more importantly, I’m expressing how my Heavenly Father is speaking to me at that very moment. The Creator of the Universe and I are having dialogue – an intimate exchange. I’m able to express what’s in my heart on paper and reflect upon it later. My inability to “perfect” calligraphy type letters in Bible journaling is irrelevant. It’s all for His glory….and that is what matters.
Friend, I encourage you to check out the latest offerings from Illustrated Faith. Their Bible journaling kits are absolutely amazing and I believe they will be a blessing to you.
With a cold latte in hand and my latest read under my arm, I'm usually seen running around chasing little people. In my spare time, you will catch me spending time with family and friends, at live music festivals and on the hunt for a new favorite dessert.
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