I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!
Sometimes when I’m reading Genesis I miss things because the stories are so familiar I find myself reading the words but not really paying attention. So I really try to look for things I have missed before. One thing I noticed is that in Genesis 15:6 it says “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.” This is BEFORE Abram had any children, before Sarai gave her servant Hagar to him to bear children for her, and before Abraham laughed at God for promising him and Sarah a child in their old age. God KNEW that Sarai would not have faith and would try to take control of the situation in her own way, He also knew that Abraham would doubt God’s ability to give an 80-year-old woman a child….but God still “counted him as righteous because of his faith” IN THAT MOMENT. How lovely that when we do something right, even in our feeble, flawed, human way, God gives us more credit than we really deserve. It is like he is LOOKING for the good in us.
This week was fun! I am determined to improve my art and expand my knowledge and techniques this year and, at least for this first week, I achieved that goal!! I was invited by a sweet friend to a hand lettering class and I thought that would be a perfect new skill for my journaling. I had a BLAST at the class and met some really wonderful ladies who I can’t wait to get to know better AND I learned a fun new skill! So, of course, I had to run to Hobby Lobby on my way home for supplies! Check out what I got:
For hand lettering, I got Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and a Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium. Of course, I also needed a book and Creative Lettering and Beyond has been on my wishlist for a while!
In Genesis 17:1 Abraham calls God El-Shaddai. Y’all know I have a thing for the Names of God and love including that in my journaling so that was a perfect chance to try out my new lettering skills. I’ll be very honest, I cheated a bit. I was terrified to try the lettering directly on the Bible page so I cut strips of paper and worked on it on several until I had one I liked then taped it into my Bible.
I definitely need to keep working on my lettering skills but I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out. It includes the Hebrew word in our alphabet, the English translation and the Hebrew word in Hebrew (to the best of my ability) which I looked up in my Knowing God By Name book.
What I used for this entry:
Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!
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We have had a pretty good first week of 2018. We didn’t have many places to be so we were really able to start working on family routines. I’ve been focusing on smooth morning and bedtime routines with my kids and working on getting the baby to sleep better. We have another relatively slow week before more of our normal activities resume so I’m looking forward to more calm family time.
If you are a regular reader you may have noticed that I linked directly to the Facebook group above. I’ve decided to make it easier for everyone by linking directly rather than requiring newsletter sign up. I’ve also made this change for the Bookclub Facebook group where we are discussing The Life Giving Home. I hope this makes it easier for everyone to find and I hope you will join us there!
This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea Scribbles, Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup.