Doesn’t everyone long to be different? That’s really what New Years’ resolutions are all about.
We want to get healthy, read more, manage time better, change our finances.
But if there was ONE habit – just one – that would change us from the inside out, it would be spending time in God’s Word every day.
I didn’t always do this. Throughout my college years and my early mom years, I was a hit-and-miss daily devotional girl. When I was in a group Bible study, I got into the Word regularly but there would often be dry spells in between.
It wasn’t until I was teaching my own children that I began to carve out time to get into the Word every day. And it wasn’t until I desperately needed God to even get through my day that I prioritized it at all cost. Above everything.
Without a tinge of doubt, I am a different person today than I was last year. And the year before that and the year before that. Because in His Word, God daily speaks to me, right where I am, right to my need. He challenges me, lifts my head and – best of all — reminds me Who He is and what He does.
Who will you be this time next year? When 2017 is wrapping up and you’re just about to turn the page to 2018, what do you most want?
The story is told of a first-century rabbi who was sitting beside a stream and noticed a consistent drip of water hitting rock underneath. Year after year after year, the steady drip, drip, drip had carved out a great hole in the rock below.
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence” Ovid said.
There’s one daily drip we can do that will guarantee we’ll be different this time next year. If we’ll do it, it’s certain that habits will be changed, emotions will be stabilized, hearts will be filled, questions will be answered, souls transformed, strongholds defeated and truth known.
Because, of course, the Bible is alive and powerfully active. (Hebrews 4:12) It’s the drip, drip, drip of God daily giving His SUPER to meet our NATURAL that will over the course of this year – and the next and the next – change us.
First, I want to share what you’ll need to start daily Bible journaling.
My favorite journaling Bible is the Journal the Word Bible from Thomas Nelson. This Bible has wide, lined margins with pages thick enough to hand-letter or illustrate your favorite verses. I have one of the hard-back, red letter New King James versions, but they have several other choices as well with the same wide margins for journaling.
It’s also best to use archival quality pens that won’t bleed or fade over time. These are the pens I use. You can use colored pencils to color and shade your illustrations. If you want to get fancier, Dayspring’s Illustrated Faith has paints, stickers, washi tape and other Bible journaling supplies.
Second, you don’t have to be an artist to start daily Bible journaling.
In fact, I do much more than illustrate verses. You can also use the margins in this journaling Bible to:
- copy a favorite verse from your daily reading
- write out a prayer based on scripture
- re-write a verse with your name to personalize and apply it
- record & reflect on what God teaches you
- memorialize promises, answers to prayer, and provision from God
- write the date next to memorized passages
- write your children’s names and the date next to scriptures they memorize
- preserve sermon notes
Finally, find a Bible study or Bible reading plan.
I’d love to have you join me and other women in our 100 Days with Christ study as we read chronologically through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John finishing up just in time for Easter. it’s a perfect winter Bible study! You can sign up to download the free 100 Days with Christ Bible reading plan and journal here. IIf you’re following us, you can join Instagram where I’ll post pictures and inspiration for our study.
Cannot WAIT to see how God changes us this year. I think you’re gonna look a little more like Jesus. xoxoxo
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