Bible Journaling with Jill | Gracious Words

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

-Proverb 16:24

For me, as a pastor’s wife and a mom of 2 little ones, the days can be long and hard. Somedays, life seems overwhelming, and nothing seems to go right. I know everyone has those kind of days. Just this week I had a day like that. 

Everything I did upset our one and a half year old daughter, Ellie. She wanted up, but when I picked her up, she wanted down. Colton, our potty training three year old had one accident after another. It all built up to one moment when I went to check on the laundry and realized that I had dyed my favorite sweater green (it used to be cream). Just as I was trying to process what happened and what to do next, Colton had yet another accident. I sent him straight to the bathroom, which upset him. As I cleaned him up, he was crying, Ellie was crying because I would not pick her up, and I was almost in tears because of it all. To top it all off, the toilet got clogged up because of all the toilet paper it took to clean up the stinky mess. 

I finally broke down and texted my husband, who rushed over as soon as he could. At that point, I really felt like I was failing at being a mom and a wife. My husband was so gracious to me. He came over and hugged me. I can’t remember his exact words, but in the moment they were so encouraging. He could have said any number of things that would have been unhelpful or even hurtful, but he chose gracious words. 

You never know what kind of impacted your words will have. Someone could be having one of those days, and kind words could refresh their soul. God commands us to encourage and build one another up (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and gracious words are one tool we have for doing that. 

For this entry, I started out by prepping my page with gesso. I like the onyx black Versafine ink pads, but the ink does have a tendency to bleed through the thin bible pages. Gesso helps prevent that bleed through. After the gesso dried, I created a honeycomb background using a hexagon stencil, Neo Color II, and a baby wipe. Using the stamps included in the kit, I stamped out the verse. To add some dimension and interest, I outlined a few of the hexagons and added some paint spatters. To finish off the page, I underlined the verse and added the date stamp.  

Thanks for following along. Be sure to check out this kit along with other great journaling products from Creative Retreat Kits. You can follow me on Instagram for more inspiration. – Jill


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