April 2017 Kit · Bible Journaling · Creative Team

Teach My Heart Lord | Finn

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Hi friends! Its Finn here. I am so excited and honored to be given an opportunity to serve you! Today we are in the book of The Psalms, in the very first chapter. Join along with me as we soak up what the Lord has to teach us today.

Psalm chapter 1 verses 1-3 gives us a contrast of two different lifestyles people live. The bible gives us wisdom and encouragement for all parts of our lives. This portion of scripture tells us what we must do, and then the result if we chose a righteousness lifestyle for God.

What we must do

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

1. Live a Godly lifestyle based on His word

In this first passage it shows the contrast between those who have reverence for the Lord and those who do not. The contrast is evident in the daily lifestyle of a person.

We must be people who not only read the word of God, but who make it our lifestyle. Then we will be able to live Godly lives and people will come to know God when they see His light shine through us and our life.

As a result of living a Godly life we will be blessed. The Hebrew definition of blessed describes a person of bliss. In Proverbs this blissfulness is frequently connected to wisdom.

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom and the one who get understanding. Proverbs 3:13

Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Proverbs 8:32

The one who listens to me, who carefully seeks me in everyday things and delays action until my way is apparent, that one will find true happiness. Proverbs 8:34, Voice

In order to walk a godly life we must first find wisdom, which is found through His word. We will find understanding when we receive the Holy Spirit who enables us to understand the word.

Being blessed is also used to describe a person or nation who enjoys a relationship with God.

The nation whose True God is the Eternal is truly blessed; fortunate are all whom He chooses to inherit His legacy. Psalm 33:12

2. Delight in God through His word

In Hebrew, the word delight is chephets which means pleasure, desire, a valuable thing, willing. In the English dictionary, delight is defined as pleasure, joy, gladness, excitement, amusement, bliss. We must uphold the word as a valuable thing in our life as we go through our life willing to obey it. We must have the desire to live by His standards which will allow us to live a joyful life no matter our circumstances.

Friends, there is excitement in His word. We must be willing to find it.

The Greek word mediate is hagah which means to ponder. To ponder His word is to think about it carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion.

This helps us in situations we might go through. When we are facing fear, we mediate on his word to be at ease. When we feel anxious, we meditate on His word to bring us back to peace. When we face anger, we meditate on his word to bring us back to wisdom instead of folly.

Knowing His word and having it constantly on your mind will help you live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.

Teach My Heart Lord

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We must not only ask God to change our minds, but to change our hearts. Yes we need our minds constantly renewed, but we also need our hearts softened. When I think of Psalms I immediately think of David, even though there were at least six authors.

When I think of David I think of a man who was after God’s own heart.

And when he had removed Saul, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will’. Acts 13:22

He was constantly seeking what God wanted. Even when he sinned, he immediately repented after his sin was brought to light.

The psalms is a book that explores the whole realm of human emotions. As we know, our feelings and emotions are something we can not count on and that’s why we need the word which is truth. The psalms validate and recognizes that we have emotions though, and David shows us what we must do so we are not tempted to allow them to control us.

In the midst of trial and persecution David praised the Lord. In the midst of heavy emotions he asked God to search his heart to see if there were any offensive way in him

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139: 23

Once we start to align our hearts with God, once we start seeking after God’s heart, our heart will start to break for what break His. We will start to feel a passionate for what He feels passionate about.

The result

That person is like a tree planted by the stream of water that yields  its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3

1. We will have a firm foundation

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water

A tree planted by the water sends out its root by the stream so they can soak up the nourishment of the water, which keeps its leaves remaining green even in high heat. This tree does not worry about seasons of dryness, because it trusts that it will continue to bear fruit (Jeremiah 17:8)

The tree is planted by a stream. A stream is a body of water that runs or flows in a continuous current in a specified direction. It is not stagnant, but it is moving. This water is living water.

Remind you of anything?

We must have a firm foundation on God’s truth which allows our roots to be constantly reaching for His living water. Jesus tells us that the water he gives us will cause us to never be thirsty again (John 4:14). His living water is flowing in a specific direction which keeps us on the right path.

2. We will bear fruit

that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither.

As a result of the abundance of His living water we will never wither.

God calls us to be people who bear fruit in our lives. As we follow, obey, abide in God’s word and in Jesus, in His timing, we will bear much fruit and be fruitful. But remember, apart from Jesus we will accomplish nothing.

3. We will prosper

In all that he does, he prospers

And the last result (from this scripture) of living a godly life and delighting in God’s word, is that we will be prosperous. We will flourish, thrive, grow strong, and be successful. It says we will be prosper in ALL that we do.

But why do we prosper by following Gods word?

Because God’s word gives us morals and ethics in our work. We are encouraged to work hard with all our heart at whatever we do, as working for the Lord instead of men (Colossians 3:23). His word tells us to do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and it reminds employers to not oppress a hired worker especially those who are poor and needy (Deuteronomy 24:14). Through His word He reminds us that there is not a quick way to money.

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense. Proverbs 12:11

We are prosperous because we follow His word which tells us to be hardworking and just. We must put in our part and God will put in His which will cause us to flourish and thrive, bearing much fruit.

The writers of the Psalms had confidence in God’s guidance and provision. They trusted Him and were actively seeking a relationship with Him. We must do the same.

Finding Delight Through Bible Journaling

Bible journaling is not simply studying His word, but it is about enjoying His word; Delighting and meditating of His law. We are not simply studying the word with our mind, but we are finding delight in His word with our heart.

It allows us to zone in and meditate on a portion of scriputre instead of feeling overwhelmed with the content of a full chapter.

If you are like me when I first started, bible journaling can be stressful. But if we are feeling stressed by the art we are creating, then we need to do a heart check.

Set aside your perfectionist mindset. Set aside your fears. We need to set it all down and refocus on the reason why we creatively journal in our bible. To delight in His word and for Him to teach our hearts.

Page Process

This pages was created by first using the stencil, which is a monthly subscriber exclusive, by dabbing yellow paint for the background and creating these diamond shapes. Then I used the stamps (my favorite part about the kit) with the beautiful hand lettering, to spell out “teach my heart lord”. I am so happy there was many hearts on the sticker sheet this month, because I love the shape of the creative retreat sticker hearts! Lastly, I used the adorable sticker tab to tag my page.

And don’t forget to date your page!

These kits allow you to make your pages as simple or as complex as you want!

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Ask God to teach your heart

Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain. Psalm 119:33-36

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About the author

Finn is a wife and a mother of two, whos heart is to encourage women to be vessels for the Lords light even in the midst of dark valley seasons. She is passionate about God and she is passionate about sharing His word with others. If you were encouraged by todays post you can find more of Finn at:

Blog valleysoflight.com

Instagram @valleysoflight

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