Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.Jame 1:2-4
James is telling believers that we can rejoice even in the midst of trials because we can have confidence that God is using these difficult seasons to build our faith and deepen our dependence upon Him.
So often, I tend to think that unless I have 30 minutes or more to Bible journal that I can’t do it (and with our growing family, blocks of time like that are increasingly hard to come by). I also like to use layers, paint, and all the things for my entries, which takes more time. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have what I “need” for my entries.
One of the words from our verse today is steadfastness, which means constant, unwavering, and dedicated. When I let things like time and resources stop me from studying my Bible, I am putting worldly things before Him. It is about spending time with God and not just about creating the perfect page. Although there is nothing wrong with creating a beautiful page as long as that is not the primary focus. Sometimes what my soul needs most of all is just a little time to meditate on Scripture by making a simple page like this one.
I used the stamp set and bow clip from Creative Retreat, an ink pad, and washi tape. I used the floral stamps to create a bouquet in the corner of the page. In order to layer the stamps and keep the lines clean, I created a mask for the flowers by stamping them out on card stock first. Before stamping the next flower, I laid the mask down to prevent overlap. I added the “count it all joy” stamp and a few of the cross stamps around the page. I used some grid washi and dot washi at the top of the page to hold my bow clip on, and then I finished with my date stamp.