I have completed seven days in my new devotional journal by Shanna Noel and I’ve yet to write inside. In fact, I haven’t even written my name on the inside cover. Aside from almost daily blog postings I’ve written my thoughts of a would-be journal entry on a scrap of paper. Going so far as to tell myself that I’d rewrite it later. A move which has yet to transpire.
Why have I yet to begin writing in such a beautiful journal replete with scripture and enough space to write? Because my handwriting isn’t pretty enough. Not that I had planned on posting it any time soon. However, when I think of bible journaling the art beautifully displayed in someone’s bible comes to mind. My old school vibe is just that. Old school. Handwritten and not beautifully done and yet I continue.
Truthfully, I enjoy this new devotional path I’ve begun. It’s something new and fresh for me and I’m glad I’ve taken up the challenge on a personal level. Years ago, when I started writing in a journal, I told myself that I was writing to an “audience of one” and that no one either than the Lord and I would read what I’d written. It freed me to write without restraint for years upon end. Now I must do the same with my devotional journal. I’m not writing what’s inside to be posted merely on social media or a blog. It’s a reflection of what I’ve learned during my quiet time. Prayerfully inquiring of the personal application that must be made as I strive to move forward. Perfectionism has no place here. It’s stifling ability to paralyze my progress is unwanted. So here it is one of the pages completely handwritten, non-illustrated faith for all to see. May God be praised.
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