Wow! We’ve been Bible journaling consistently for the past twenty-eight days through the book of Matthew. Great job! Did you realize in this chapter the command, “Be not afraid,” is repeated twice? Twice in twenty verses. I needed this chapter and those words growing up. I needed The Word growing up.
I grew up afraid. And eventually, afraid just became habit. As strange as it sounds, afraid became my safe place. Contradiction? Not really, because being afraid was my normal state…my “resting state”, it was my comfortable place…although uncomfortable. Does that make any sense? And it is still very easy to quietly slip back into that habitual fear.
I’ve written before about how my Bible helped me start changing some of my scary, negative thinking habits. But here’s something I have not mentioned. I sleep with a Bible under my pillow. There is something comforting to me to slip my hand under my pillow when I’m feeling anxious and touch the Word of God. I usually repeat a verse of Scripture quietly in my mind…if I can remember one. If not, I parse one together. It’s ok, God understands my intention. (The Bible under my pillow is a Slimline Bible so it’s not too bulky.)
In addition to a Bible under my pillow, I sleep with a rosary beside me or under my pillow as well. Again, just slipping my hand under my pillow at night and running the beads through my fingers gives me comfort when I’m feeling scared or unsettled. I’ll have to post a couple of picture of my rosary. I have two that are “in case of tornado sirens” I grab to keep with me. One was give to me by some friends when I was going through a spiritul growth spurt–a reversion–a conversion–a complete reordering of myself in Christ; it is a small, purple St. Therese of Liseaux rosary. The other, my sweet daughter Veronica made me. It is a blue rosary with a Seven Sorrows centerpiece. (Veronica is going to begin making and selling a limited number of wire wrapped rosaries to help offset her soccer costs. I’ll let you know when she has one available. If you would like to special order one, just contact me by email.)
But back to our Bible journaling…Be not afraid.
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 28
P –Lord I am so happy that Your Word is…
True–Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
Living and Active–Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Inspired and Useful–All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16)
a Lamp and Light–Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Powerful— Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls. (James 1:21)
Eternal–Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
O –Jesus is with me always. I listened to an online sermon the other day that said, “Never, ever lose the state of grace.” It just isn’t worth it…to lose Jesus.
W —vs 20…and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
E –Not only is Christ with me, I am summoned to share Him. I don’t have to blog to share Christ–when I greet my children in the morning with a sweet voice and smile–I am sharing Christ. When I smile at the elderly man, pregnant woman pushing a cart full of children, drive thru cashier, visitor at Church–I am sharing Christ
R –Lord, keep me close to You. I don’t want to lose You. Show me how to share You because I want others to know, love and serve You in this world and the next.
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