Today I began using a devotional journal for my morning quiet time. I needed something new and fresh in my time with the Lord. For quite a while I’ve studied the old testament in preparation for a book I’m writing. I’d become reluctant to stray from my research for fear that I would forget something useful.
I’m not an individual who uses guided journals or daily devotionals. To be quite honest it’s simply not my thing. I prefer freewriting when it comes to journaling and a deeper dive into scripture. I’m more of a “line upon line” type of girl. So, imagine my surprise when I felt a prompting to purchase “100 days of less hustle, more Jesus” by Shanna Noel.
My assumption was that I would launch a campaign on Instagram for women of faith. After all it wasn’t “deep enough” for me. Having been born again for thirty years how could something so simple benefit me? I hope I don’t sound arrogant, because it’s not my intention. I just feel the need to be transparent.
My other reason for not being into the whole bible art thing? I can’t draw to save my life. Not even stick figures are recognizable when I’m done. I don’t want to be bothered with stamps, ink pads and stickers either. As a minister it’s not who I am when approaching the word of God. The solution is to do what I do best with a journal and that’s writing. I have an old school vibe when it comes to journal writing and now realize that it’s a good thing. How many people have missed out on the benefits of journal writing because they wrongly assumed, they weren’t artistic enough?
The beauty of this devotional journal is its simplicity. I am stunned at how it ministered to me on such a profound level. All without the use of a commentary, concordance or the cross-referencing of scripture. I did read the chapter in its entirety for both clarity and understanding. After meditating on what I’d read and spending time in prayer I received exactly what I needed.
In pursuit of the next big thing, we forget how refreshing the simple things are in life. Complex recipes can create a great presentation for a dinner party but at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than a simple pot of greens with cornbread on the side. The same holds true for coffee. I’m a big fan of a latte done right, but after a while, the calories and cost add up. You can hang out all day in Starbucks with a simple cup of coffee and the refills are free if you have the app. I look forward to writing about my adventures. Be sure to come back for regular updates as I begin my own one hundred days of bible art journaling with an old school vibe!
“That times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” Acts 3:20 ESV
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