Bible Journaling

I like the idea of Bible journaling…only not in my Bible.  I do write in my Bible (it’s a wide margin) and underline but I don’t want to do art work in it.  For the longest time I’ve kept a commonplace book; basically just a place to write down quotes that I have come across and want to keep.  Last year I started a prayer journal.  This isn’t a journal of prayer and praises (I have another for that) but a journal of quotes, Scripture, articles, etc., all having to do with prayer.

I am new to the world of mixed media but I thought my prayer journal would be the perfect place to try it.

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I also tried my hand at mail art.  I’ve done some before but mainly I use washi or just create an envelope out of scrapbook paper or old calendars.  Here’s a recent creation:

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I had fun putting it together.  The images are from an old calendar and then I used some stamps that I had.  I like the way it turned out!

And finally a birthday card and envelope that is heading out today:

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Happy New Year

0b7fd-newyearIt’s that time of year when everyone is making resolutions.  I made some resolutions regarding my health and exercise.  I also made one about Target….not going there unless absolutely necessary.  I go in there to buy a few things and come out spending close to $100.  So this year, I’m on a Target-fast.  Most of the things I buy there, I can buy at Wal-Mart; although I hate going to Wal-Mart but I figure if I go during the day it won’t be so bad.

My main resolution is to be more consistent with my Bible reading and prayer.  I do well when I’m in a study but not so good otherwise.  I know the Word is the source of my strength and hope but sometimes I neglect it.  The same with prayer.  I spent so much time putting together a prayer journal but realized that I haven’t been praying as much as I should.  I love to get organized but I seem to fail at implementation.

Thankfully, there is this:  As you start this new year, your hope is not in what you will do for God, but in what He has already done for you. (Paul Tripp)

I’m ever thankful that He loves me even when I fail.

John Piper’s Prayer for Japan

Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over the shaking of the earth, the rising of the sea, and the raging of the waves. We tremble at your power and bow before your unsearchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We cover our faces and kiss your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the floor in prayer and feel how fragile the very ground is beneath our knees.

O God, we humble ourselves under your holy majesty and repent. In a moment—in the twinkling of an eye—we too could be swept away. We are not more deserving of firm ground than our fellowmen in Japan. We too are flesh. We have bodies and homes and cars and family and precious places. We know that if we were treated according to our sins, who could stand? All of it would be gone in a moment. So in this dark hour we turn against our sins, not against you.

And we cry for mercy for Japan. Mercy, Father. Not for what they or we deserve. But mercy.
Have you not encouraged us in this? Have we not heard a hundred times in your Word the riches of your kindness, forbearance, and patience? Do you not a thousand times withhold your judgments, leading your rebellious world toward repentance? Yes, Lord. For your ways are not our ways, and your thoughts are not our thoughts.

Grant, O God, that the wicked will forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Grant us, your sinful creatures, to return to you, that you may have compassion. For surely you will abundantly pardon. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus, your beloved Son, will be saved.

May every heart-breaking loss—millions upon millions of losses—be healed by the wounded hands of the risen Christ. You are not unacquainted with your creatures’ pain. You did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all.

In Jesus you tasted loss. In Jesus you shared the overwhelming flood of our sorrows and suffering. In Jesus you are a sympathetic Priest in the midst of our pain.

Deal tenderly now, Father, with this fragile people. Woo them. Win them. Save them.

And may the floods they so much dread make blessings break upon their head.

O let them not judge you with feeble sense, but trust you for your grace. And so behind this providence, soon find a smiling face.

In Jesus’ merciful name, Amen.

John 21

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1.   Jesus is the Word, the Lamb, who paid the price so dear
2.   He turned water into wine; the temple He did clear
3.   To Nicodemas He told at night, “You must be born again.”
4.   And to the woman at the well, He cleansed her heart from sin
5.   The Father and the Son are one, this is what He said
6.   He fed 5000 men and more for He’s the Living Bread
7.   The unbelieving Pharisees are blind and do not see
8.   That Jesus came to save and His truth will set them free
9.    Sight was given to the blind man to which nothing can compare
10.  And we, like sheep, would go astray without the Shepherd’s care
11.   Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave so still
12.  And rides into Jerusalem—a prophecy to fulfill
13.  Jesus, at the last supper, shows His humility and love
14.  And that He is the only way to come to the Father above
15.  He is the vine, we are the branches and in Him we must remain
16.  So when trouble comes, take heart!  It was He who overcame
17.  Jesus prays for all the saints so that we won’t be left alone
18.  Peter denies the One he loves while Jesus stands before Pilate’s throne
19.  Jesus dies alone on the cross so sinners He can save
20.  But Hallelujah—look—He is not there!  It is an empty grave
21.  Now Jesus did eat breakfast with the men of Galilee
       And restored Peter to the fold as they walked beside the sea
So now you know of Jesus and I hope that you are smitten
As His love and works would fill more pages than man has ever written!
(Years ago at a Precept Bible study the class was asked to write a poem or song about the book of John.  This is what I wrote; the numbers correspond to each chapter in the book.)


Praying for Your Husband

How to Pray for Your Husband

Sunday
—–That he might become a holy man, a man of prayer, mature in the Lord, growing in his knowledge of God. (I Thes. 5:23, Col. 4:12, Eph. 6:18, Eph. 1:18-19, Eph. 3:16-19).
—-That he might daily seek God with all his heart, walking in the Spirit moment by moment, growing in his dependence on Him (Ps. 119:1-2, Ps. 27:4, Prov. 3:5-6), John 15:5).

Monday
—–That he might learn to take every thought captive, to not be conformed to the world’s thinking and to think scripturally (Rom. 12:2, 2 Cor. 10:5).
—–That he would learn to not depend on his circumstances for happiness but on God alone (Hab. 3:17-19).

Tuesday
—–That he might have new strength in the midst of his busy schedule and that the Lord might infuse him with His strength (Is. 40:31, Eph. 3:14-19).
—–That his self-image might be a reflection of the Lord’s thoughts toward him (Eph. 1:17-19, Rom. 12:3, Ps. 139).

Wednesday
—–That he might become a called man, not driven, with well thought-through and prayed-through goals in life (I Cor. 9:24-27).
—–That the Lord might give him wisdom to lead his family physically, emotionally, mentally, and
spiritually (Eph. 1:17-19, Js. 1:5-7).

Thursday
—–That he might stand firm against the schemes of the devil and resist Satan in all circumstances. (Eph. 6:10-18, Js. 4:7)
—-That he might not be deceived into unbelief or sin (Gal. 6:7)

Friday
—–That the fruit of the Spirit might be exhibited more and more in his life (Gal. 5:22-23).
—–That he might learn to love as God has commanded (I Cor. 13:4-7, Rom. 12:8-10).

Saturday
—–That the Lord might protect him, guarding his course (Prov. 2:8)
—–That he might learn to manage his time well (Eph. 5:15)