Bible Journaling With Jill | Be Strong, Take Courage, and Wait

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

Psalm 27

A few years ago, when our second child was born, my husband and I found ourselves extremely tired and worn down from sleepless nights and busy days. Our baby girl never slept more than a few hours at a time and stayed that way until she was almost 2 years old. We had no family around to help us, and I struggled to get through the day. Many times I caught myself saying, “I am ready for this season to be over.” I spent so much time thinking about how difficult life was that I often forget to enjoy the little moments.

Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” Even though that time was difficult, we could rest in the knowledge that the Lord was giving us the strength and courage we needed. Instead of dwelling on the hard things that we were facing and wishing it was different, I should have waited on the Lord knowing he would bring us through it in his time. I feel like I missed so much by basically wishing away those days.

I know how hard it can be to wait for someone else, especially while going through a difficult season, but the Lord will see you through and give you the strength and courage to endure. Just wait on Him.

I started this page by choosing my title. I used scrapbook paper from my stash that matched the kit this month. I wanted my title to be big and bold so that it would be the main focus of this page. I used the stickers from the kit and an alpha stamp set to write it out. I layered the papers and stitched around them with light pink stitches to add texture. I wanted to add a little extra journaling to the page so I created a pocket by only taping down three sides of the paper. I added some other details like washi, stickers, and paint splatters. I added a tab to my journaling card and stitched it down. I ran the journaling card through my typewriter. 

Honest moment here: I almost did not include a picture of the back of my journaling card because I misspelled a couple of words, but the more I thought about, the more I want to include it. It shows that everyone makes mistakes. God does not judge us based on our abilities or talents while bible journaling. He just wants to use that time to read, study, and pray.

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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