My devotional time with God has taken on a creative aspect. Having discovered some stunning journals called Paper Blanks, I am now writing out my favorite scriptures, prayers, and miracles. They are categorized in a variety of ways with a different journal for each.
Years ago, I was presented with the most beautiful journal as a gift from my friend Theresa Thomas, who was my first Sunday school teacher. Sunday School at age 50 says you are never too old to discover the love and transformation of Christ.
I recorded significant life events in my walk of faith in this beautiful journal. When it became full, I bought a companion journal. It is nearly full and this is when I discovered Paper Blanks.
My friend Texas Stready, writes the Word of the Day on Facebook at A Radical Difference. She takes a Word of the Day WOD and pairs it with Scripture of the Day SOD for a Good Orderly Direction GOD. I love what she is doing so I am taking some of my favorites and hand writing them in a special journal reflecting her work and God’s word.
This journal is one filled with favorite scripture. The cross on the front seems appropriate.
Another journal is for prayers. These are prayers of God’s Word.
There is a tiny little journal that is for all the personal reflections and scripture that have resonated in my soul since I was introduced to Christ nearly ten years ago. This journal is simply called Transformed.
Color is important and I have a collection of pens and each journal has a color scheme.
I am not sure exactly why I am doing this, but I know that the time lovingly spent writing these words is transformational in itself and brings a closeness to the Lord. It will also be a wonderful keepsake for my loved ones once I am in Heaven. And so Kirbie Brakefield, as you will undoubtedly be charged with the task of one final time putting order to the chaos of my beloved “stuff”, don’t overlook these journals.
My method of biblical study is as intriguing as the journals. I must have ADHD as I have several books going at the same time. I read several devotionals but not on the assigned day. I start with January and read all the way through. As the Spirit moves me, I record scripture or a prayer in the various journals. My life is full of miracles because God answers prayer and I know within me resides the power of the Living God. Because I cannot always remember, it is important to document His promises and His faithful provision.
Some how and in some way, I discovered Psalm 119. I was intrigued to learn it is the longest Psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It has 22 sections each corresponding to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet and each verse beginning with the letter of that section.. Important things are worth repeating and this Psalm is a repetitive meditation on the beauty of God’s Word. It helps us to stay pure and grow in faith.
I recorded 10 of the 22 in my journal as the ones which spoke to me.
My favorite is “Teth” Psalm 119:65-72
“Do good to your servant according to your word O Lord. Teach me knowledge and good judgement, for I believe in your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.”
Read all 22 sections and see how God speaks to you. It is a prayer illustrating God’s Word as a source of blessing and right conduct.