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November 10th – The Grateful Challenge: Week 2
Have you kept the challenge going for the first week of November? I’ll be honest… there were some days that I forgot to journal what I was thankful for. BUT, that doesn’t mean we should give up on the rest of the month. We can still show our gratitude for the days to come!
For this week, I really want to focus in on why being thankful is so important in our lives. When we think about cultivating gratitude, it doesn’t cost us money or time, but the benefits of being thankful last a lifetime.
Being grateful improves our mood- If we only put our focus on the things that we lack, our moods would be so sour! 2 Corinthians 9:11 says “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” Gratitude ENRICHES our life. It boosts our confidence in ourself and in God. It makes us want to be cheerful and kind to others.
Being grateful helps you make friendships- Showing appreciation can open the door for you to make new friends. No one likes to hang out with a sourpuss or a “Debby- Downer”. Being thankful and apprecitative of what you have and who you are around with makes others want to hang out with you. A grateful girl is attractive. Kind of like a magnet!
Being grateful helps you sleep- I did not know that! Can you believe that an act of thanfulness can have health benefits?! Before you shut your eyes to go to sleep, take a few mintues to say a quick thankful prayer to Jesus. Thank him for your family, your safe home, the foos on your table, or just about anything! I guarantee you will have a great nights sleep.
Those are just a few of the numerous benefits to expressing gratitude. I encourage you to continue the gratitude challenge this month. If you miss a few days, thats okay! The goal is not to say we completed everyday, but that we kept a heart of thanksgiving for the whole month of November!
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
November 3rd – The Grateful Challenge: Week 1
November is the month of one of my favorite holidays… Thanksgiving! The time of year where families gather together, enjoy each other’s company, and chow down on a great thanksgiving feast! With all the festivities of the holiday, like cooking the meal, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade, or even going shopping on Black Friday, we can forget the significance of this special holiday.
Thanksgiving is a time for us to celebrate gratitude. Gratitude is known as the quality of being thankful or to show appreciation for something and to return kindness. Gratitude is something that we don’t see a lot these days, especially in 2020. Maybe this year has been hard on you or your family. Whatever the circumstances, there is always room to be thankful for something. Psalms 118:1 tells us to “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever”.
So, my challenge for you this month is to find something that you’re thankful for everyday. It can be as small as the air in your lungs or a big as your family. Keep a log in your journal to help you keep track of what you’re thankful for. Fill up your days with thanksfullness this month. #TCGgratitude20
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
October 27th – Our Reputations
Have you ever had a friend that was known for one thing? Maybe they’re known for going to all the parties, or for their athletic ability. Are you known for one specific thing? Think about it. If your friends had to describe you to someone, what do you think would be the first thing they say about you? We all hope our friends would say something about how smart, funny, or talented we are, or at least something that makes us sound good. But what if they don’t? What if instead they point out your flaws, or the things they don’t like about you. That idea could stir some conviction, right? Most people (girls especially) spend way too much time worrying about what everyone thinks of them.
I’m sure you always hear people tell you not to worry about what anyone thinks of you, and that’s true, we should spend less time being concerned about what others think. But it is important to make sure that the life you’re leading reflects your relationship with God. Sometimes that means that we need to question ourselves and our actions. Do you want to be the person at your school who is known for throwing the craziest parties? Do you want to be known for your athletic abilities, or your intelligence?
It’s nice to be recognized for certain talents like sports, music, or our intelligence, but as Christians we should go beyond that. We should want to be recognized as someone who is different from everyone else. Someone who cares for others, someone who is a loyal friend and who is kind to everyone. Matthew 5:16 says “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” We should strive every day to be a light to those around us and to lead other people to Jesus.
I encourage you to take some time this week and think about what kind of reputation you want to have and how you can make your life reflect your relationship with Christ.
Written by: Makayla Davis
October 20th – Talking With Him
Are you a talker? When you get with your friends and family, do you like to participate in the conversation or are you okay with being quiet? Personally, I like to talk. Sometimes I think that I may talk too much! But still, I love talking with other people. And, what I’ve come to realise is that, when I’m dealing with something or going through a hard time, I REALLY need to talk about it with someone. But, I don’t just go to a random stanger to talk about my feelings, I go to someone who truly cares about me. Someone who will never judge me and who loves me dispite all my failures.
Jesus is the one you can always talk to! He desires to have a personal relationship with you and the way you can develop that relationship is by talking to him daily. Imagine if you and your best friend stopped talking one day. Your friendship would eventually fizzle out. This is sadly what happens in our relationships with God. No communication means no relationship. So, our responsibility as christians is to keep our relationship with God alive! 1 Peter 5:7 tells us that we can come and talk to him about anything because he cares for us. What an amazing thing to know! That the creator of the universe cares for you and me!
So, how do we talk to him? Prayer; the most simple and hard answer. We know that we communicate to Jesus through prayer, but are we making time to talk to him daily? It’s easy for us to get caught up in school work, chores, and other things we want to do, but the best thing we could ever do is have a conversation with Jesus everyday. Colossians 4:2 says “Devote yourselves to prayer”. That means giving our time, our energy, and giving our attention all to Jesus during our prayer time.
A hard question that we have to ask ourselves is, why would I want anything else to take up my time? Is anything else really that important that it’s taking me away from Jesus?
I challenge you think week to make time in your day to have a true conversation with Jesus. Schedule it into your calendar if you have to. And have the confidence that when we talk to him, He always listens!
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
October 13th – Walk Fiercely
Have you ever payed attention to the way you walk? I know that seems like a silly question, but think about it. How do you walk? Do you walk slowly or quickly? Do you walk easily with both feet or do you limp unevenly? Do you walk with your feet flat on the ground or do you walk with the balls of your feet and on your tip-toes? Do you wander around when you walk or do you go right to your desired destination? It’s funny to think about all the different kind of ways that people walk! But what I’ve noticed quite a lot lately is that no matter how differently two people may walk, they will both walk with their heads down. In fact, almost every young person I look at who is walking, walks with their head down. And to be honest, I do it to! But, walking with our heads down is not helpful to us. There are some major physical side affects! Some of them include:
- Injury to our backs
- Arthritis of the spine
- Slipped vertebra
- Osteoporosis leading to fractures in the spinal bones
WOW! That’s pretty alarming! It’s also dangerous for us to be looking down when we’re walking because we can’t see the obsticles that are in front of us. We could run into other people (I’ve done that a few times), run into doors (I’ve also done that), or worse, walk into on coming traffic!
So while it may take some practice to walk with our heads up in our physical life, we also have to rememeber to walk with our heads up in our walk with God. Ephesians 5:15 says “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise BUT AS WISE…” As christian ladies, Jesus calls us to live a holy lifestyle. We live a holy lifestyle by the daily choices we make. We choose whether or not to watch that inappropriate movie. We choose whether or not to dress modestly. And we can make these choices easily when we’re am praying and reading our bibles daily. We also can walk in Jesus’ power when we are filled with the Holy Ghost like Acts 2:38 tells us. When we are filled with the Holy Ghost, it means that Jesus gives us his spirit and fills us up! Acts 1:8 tells us that we will receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon us. This power strengthens us, encourages us, and makes us one of His children! That is enough reason for us to walk with our heads held high all the time!
My challenge for you this week is to walk with your heads up where ever you go. Don’t look at your feet or the ground, but look forward. Look up and walk fiercely!
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
October 6th – Time Management
Do you ever feel like you have way too much to do and not enough time in your day? I do, all the time. I’ll have a whole list of things that I WANT to get done but a whole different list of things that I HAVE to get done (I really like lists). It can be pretty hard to balance school, homework, chores that your parents expect you to do at home, while also finding time to hang out with your friends and enjoy your everyday life. So what can we do to better manage our time and accomplish the most in our day?
- Prioritize- This is where lists are useful. You have to decide which tasks are the most important for each day. So for your daily list, you might include reading your Bible and spending time in prayer. On your school list you may include some homework that you know will take you a long time, so you start on it earlier than some of your other assignments. When you prioritize this way, you have a better chance of making sure all your important tasks are done so you don’t stress about them later.
- Make goals for yourself– I like to write out some goals at the beginning of each week for things I want to have done by the end of the week. By making goals, you can break down some of those bigger tasks into smaller pieces. It sometimes helps to find ways to reward yourself so that you’re more motivated to reach those goals. Have your parents ever told you that they would buy you something special or give you money if you helped them clean the house? Did it work, did you help them clean? Just like your parents rewarding you for helping, God also rewards our hard work. Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” If we keep pressing, we’ll receive rewards here on earth, but we’ll also receive the ultimate reward in Heaven.
- Trust God when things get crazy- It is so easy for us to become overwhelmed and stressed with our everyday lives. We get wrapped up in our own minds and in trying to make sure that everything is perfect and we obsess over the little things so we forget that there is someone else in control. As long as we are doing our part and we are seeking Him first, we can leave the rest to God. Psalm 9:10 says “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”
Don’t worry about what tomorrow brings or what new tasks will be added to your list, just trust that God knows what you are capable of handling and he knows what is too much. When you follow those steps while keeping Jesus at the center of your goals, you will accomplish so much more and you will do work everyday that you are proud of.
Written by: Makayla Davis
September 29th- Comparisons
Girls, let’s get real. We struggle with comparisons. We look at other girls and compare our whole being to them. “What does she have that I don’t have?” We pick apart the ways we are different and fixate our attention on them. We compare our bodies, our personalities, our clothing, our relationship statuses, how exciting our life is… Honestly, the list could go on forever! But what good comes from that? Most of the time, comparing is just wasted time and energy. I think we spend too much time comparing ourselves to other women. Imagine the relationships you could have if you weren’t competing with the girls around you.
Bethany from “Girl Defined” Ministries gives a great challenge to help us stop comparing ourselves to other girls. Watch “Don’t Give Into the Comparison Trap” and try this challenge!
September 22 – Where’s my Phone?
Have you ever lost your phone? You look around the house for it, under the pillows of your bed, on the kitchen table, or even on the bathroom counter. After searching for what seems like forever, you finally find your phone in the spot you left it. Or even worse, it’s been in your hand the entire time and you didn’t realize! Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of searching in all these places that we forget to look right in front of us.
Every so often, this may happen in our relationship with God. We go through a long, hard school/ work day, and we wonder where God was. Where is God when I fail a test I studied for? Where is God when I get into an argument with my friend? Where is God when I get stuck in traffic? Where is God when nothing in my week is going right? It may seem like He is far away, but God has given us a promise that he will never leave!
Deuteronomy 31:6 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” WOW! Read that scripture again! Jesus never leaves us. Even on the days when we feel like nothing is going right, Jesus is there. Jesus is there when you fail the test. Jesus is there when you get into the argument with your friend. Jesus is even there when we sin! We don’t have to run around looking under the bed or under the pillows like we would for our phone because He is right there next to us all the time. Aren’t you thankful for a God who never leaves you?
So, how do we remember that Jesus is always with us? What are some things we can do on our bad days to remember that Jesus hasn’t left us?
- Speak His Name– when we say the name of Jesus, he will meet us right where we are. It’s like calling your dog. When you want your dog to come to you, you get their attention by calling their name. Speaking Jesus’ name grabs his attention!
- Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
- Read His Word- The Bible is the literal hand-written word of God. He encourages us, lifts us up, and directs us through his word.
- 2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
- Praise and Worship- Praising and worshipping Jesus always puts our heart in a joyful mood. When we start to thank Jesus for all he has done for us, we are reminded of how great he is.
- Ephesians 5:19 – Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart.
- True worship requires that your heart be involved.
Take time this week to do one of these and remind yourself that Jesus never leaves you!
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
September 15th – Light of the World
Let’s think for a moment about the importance of light. How do we use it on the daily. How does it benefit us? Think about the importance of the sun. How it rises everyday shining light upon the earth. It provides warmth (more like 100 degree weather) to us. It literally sustains life. Now think about the moon and the stars. At night, they light up the dark sky. Before GPS, they would serve as navigators (the second star to the right). We turn on the lights before walking into a dark room or use a flashlight to help us see into small, dark nooks and crannies. We like light. We need light. Jesus knows this also, which is why he said “I am the light of the world”. But, what does this mean? How is Jesus the light of the world, and how is it relevant to us?
Let’s compare the functions of light as see how to makes a good symbol for Jesus:
|Helps us see things||Gives us the bible to helps us see his truth|
|Promotes growth and life||Brings everlasting life|
|Warms and comforts||Welcomes us and calms us|
|Gets rid of darkness||Overcame evil by conquering death and the grave|
When we can see the similarities between Jesus and Light, we can truely say, “Jesus is the light of the world!”. What’s even better is that we get to share in Jesus’ light! Ephesians 5:8 says “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have the light of the Lord. So live as people of the Light!” What an awesome gift he gives us! When we recieve the Holy Ghost and are baptized just like Acts 2:38 tells us, we receive His light.
Highlight these scriptures in your bible, or write them down and post it somewhere you can see it to help you remember that Jesus is the Light of the World!
- Psalm 27:1 – The lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
- Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
- Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify you Father in heaven.
- John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
September 8th – GIANT Dreams
Before I was old enough to start kindergarden, I used to watch a Disney Movie everyday. It was my after lunch tradition. I would grab my favorite blanket, my “pink pillow”, and my grandpa would put the VHS tape into the TV to start the movie. My favorite was Cinderella. I loved her sparkly dress, her mice friends, and how she ended up with Prince Charming at the end. But when I watch the movie now, I admire her ability to have big dreams for herself and how she sings . We like to put our focus on her beautiful dress, her carriage made from a pumpkin, and the glass slippers, but I think the most important point of the story is that Cinderella kept her dream alive when her stepmother and stepsisters tried to kill it.
Do you have dreams for yourself? Maybe dreams that are so big that they seem crazy to others? I like to call these “GIANT Dreams”. “GIANT Dreams” are the kind of dreams that are always stuck in the back of your mind, that appear in your mind when you get lost in thought, or when you have consistant dreams about them at night when you sleep. “GIANT Dreams” consume you and propel you forward. Growing up, I went to so many kids camps and youth camps that by now I have lost track. I always thought it would be so cool to be able to serve on the worship team at a function like that. It had become one of my “GIANT Dreams” when I was around 12 years old. When I was 18, God gave me the opportunity to sing at a youth camp and I still treasure that experience and the new opportunites that He gives me to serve. When we have “GIANT Dreams”, whether it be doing something for God, going to a different country, or climbing Mount Everest, we should always remember that we can take our dreams to God.
Psalms 37:4 says “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. This is one of my favorite verses because it shows how caring and kind God is! God knows everything about you. From your deepest secrets to your biggest dreams, he knows you and cares for you. Whatever dream you have that may seem giant, God should be the one to talk to about it. Whats more, whatever we put into God’s hands will not be lost! You can trust Him with your dreams because he will keep them safe in his hands, and will give you the desires of your heart.
This week, journal down some of the dreams that you have in your heart and give them to God. Talk to him about them like you would your friend and ask him to hold them in his hands.
Give your GIANT dreams to the GIANT God!
Written by: Bradyn Wesie
September 1st – Authenticity
Have you ever heard someone use the phrase “get real”? If you have, more than likely it’s because something was said that had an exaggerated or dramatic effect. Let me ask a different question, have you ever known someone who seems to always tell stories that you have a hard time believing? Maybe they say things to make their lives sound better or worse than they really are. If you haven’t met someone like that, trust me, you will eventually. The best thing to do when we encounter those types of people is not to respond the same way that they would by telling over-exaggerated stories, but the best thing to do is to be our genuine, authentic selves.
So, what does it mean to be authentic? It simply means to just be real. Allow your friends and the people you surround yourself with to see your real personality. You will get a much better response from those around you when you act like your true self rather than trying to be someone else. When you think about authenticity, think about the love of God. His love for us is so pure and so real that we have the opportunity to experience it every day. Romans 12:9 says “Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” Our goal when connecting with others should not be to see who has the most exciting life or who has the most dramatic story to tell, but our goal should be to share the authentic, genuine love of God through our own REAL lives.
I encourage you to take some time this week to reflect on the love of God in your own life and how you can share that love with others. Let everything that you say and do in your daily life be TRUE, AUTHENTIC, and GENUINE.
Written By: Makayla Davis
August 18th- A Time to Rest
TCG has had a busy schedule the past few weeks in August! We had a whole week for our Sew Special Camp, and then we concluded with our “I AM” Retreat. I am so thankful for special events like these because we get to fellowship, but they take A LOT of planning and hard work! After times of intense work, it’s always a good idea to rest. The bible actually tells us that times of rest are so important for us. Jesus lets us set aside time to rest. And no, I don’t just mean to sleep (even though sleep is necessary for our body).
In Mark 6:30-31, the disciples had just come back to Jesus after working hard all day and preaching to people. Jesus saw how tired they were and said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest”. Notice how Jesus told his disciples to go to a quiet place. Imagine coming home from a long day at school and all you want to do is to have some quiet time, but something or someone just keeps bugging you. You just want to be left alone in a place that is quiet! Quiet times give us peace and let us just be alone with ourself. This is what Jesus was giving to the disciples in Mark 6. To have time to themselves so they could feel refreshed.
Even God himself rested! Genesis 2:1-2 tells us that when God had finished his work of creation, that he rested on the seventh day. Think about that for a moment. The God of the universe, who is big, mighty, and powerful, took a moment to rest. He doesn’t need to rest like we do, so why did He? God was trying to set an example for us to follow. Taking time to rest isn’t just about making sure you recharge your body, it’s about slowing down from the busyness of our life to be with God. Psalms 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”. Be still and rest in who God is! You can do this by taking some time out of your day to read your bible and pray.
Start making it a habit to find some quiet time and rest!
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 21st- Dealing with Disappointment
Disappointment: sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectation.
Have you ever felt disappointed? Maybe you were about to get the results of a test that you spent a lot of time studying for, only to find out that you didn’t do as well as you hoped. Maybe your family had planned a fun day at an amuzement park, only to find out that when the day came the rain clouds also came and you had to put your day on hold. Whatever the situation, there has been a moment where we’ve all faced disappointment. And even though disappointment is not something we want to experience, we always end up facing it at some point in our life. So, how can we deal with a feeling of disappointment?
Usually when we feel disappointed, it’s because we had expectations about a situation that weren’t met. Think back to that test you studied for. You were expecting to get a good grade because of all the time you spent studying. Your expectation for a good grade wasn’t met when you saw your actual grade. Our expectations are a good thing, but sometimes (when they are too high), lead us right into disappointment. I always end up feeling disappointed when my plans fall through. I put all this time and thought into how I want my plans to go and when they don’t work out, I get SO disappointed. As it turns out, my expectations for the plans were SO HIGH that when my plans were cancelled, I deflated like a balloon running out of air. Managing disappointment is easier when we manage our expectations.
Although we feel disappointed when things don’t go how we expected them to, we have something that will never change! This thing is always true and never disappointing. The bible gives us hope about Jesus who will never disappoint us. Whenever you feel disappointed, go to the person who can give you strenght and reassurance. Read and pray these sciptures whenever you are feeling disappointed:
Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 30:5 – “Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Psalms 55:22 – “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
These scriptures are talking about YOU! The Lord is near YOU when you’re brokenhearted. God causes everything to work for YOUR good. Give YOUR burdens to the Lord and he will take care of YOU.
Take it to the next step and listen to songs that can lift your spirits up! Add these songs to your favorites list:
“Graves into Gardens” by Elevation Worship https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YihKbG8-X3U
“Good, Good Father” by Chris Tomlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA
“Red Sea Road” by Ellie Holcomb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YYsmU8Oo_U
“Goodness of God” by Jenn Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvSuGyJQ6oM
“Good and Loved” by Travis Greene https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefL-oJpjo8
“Nothing Else” by Cody Carnes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLBvCTV23qw
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 14th- Oh, Be Careful Little Eyes What You See
As Christians, one of our responsibilities is to keep our focus on God at all times. We always look to Him and his word from help and guidance. However, the world constantly tries to take our focus off of God and put our eyes on things that we probably shouldn’t look at. There’s a song that I used to sing in Sunday School growing up that went, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above has poured out his love”. This song was giving us warning to be careful about what we watch with our eyes. But why should we stay alert about the things we put in front of our eyes? Can what we watch actually have an affect on us? Well, imagine yourself seeing your favorite food product being advertised all over your TV, computer, or phone screen. Each time you see the ad, the desire for that food product grows more and more until you can no longer resist the urge to eat it! Come to find out, our desires are fueled by what we watch. So yes, it is important to protect our little eyes! This is exactly what Jesus was trying to warn us about in Matthew 6:22-23.
Matthew 6:22-23 (ESV) – “The eye is the lamp to the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
Every bad thing our eyes are watching is being dumped directly into our mind. The verse explains clearly that if we look at the light (Jesus and His word) that our mind will be filled with His light, but if we look to the darkness (ungodly things) then our mind will be filled with darkness. So how should we respond to this scripture? We are the ones who are responsible for filtering out the bad things. If you know a movie/ show may have scenes in it that aren’t pleasing to God, take the necessary steps to not watch the show. Turn it off, flip to another channel, or turn the screen off completely! Focus on things that God finds pleasing. Philippians 4:8 explains that we should think of things that are noble, right, pure, and lovely. But don’t just THINK of these things, we should take it to the next step and WATCH for these things. Make it a priority this week to put a filter in front of your eyes to only let in things that are pleasing to God.
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 7th- Bible Journaling 101
Over the past 2 years, I have taken a serious interset in learning how to Bible Journal in my devotion time. The idea came to me because I felt like I wasn’t fully reading, understanding, and growing in my personal Bible reading time. I watched Youtube videos and looked on Pinterest for all the go-tos on how to Bible Journal, and I made an outstanding discovery. It’s the secret on how to be the best at Bible Journaling. The secret is… there is no ONE WAY to Bible Journal. Crazy, right?! Bible Journaling is a PERSONALIZED way for you to understand what the Word of God is saying. However you want to write, color, and create in your Bible is up to you and your creativity! But, I will still give you a few ideas for you to kick-off your Journaling Journey:
- Look for Key-Words: Key-Words are words that stand out to you while you are reading. Words that always stand out to me are words that are used to describe Jesus such as “Wonderful”, “Glorious”, and “Mighty”. I like to write the definition of the key-words somewhere in the margins of my Bible just to fully understand how Jesus is being described.
- Summarize the Chapter: It’s so much easier to remember what happens in a story when you know the big picture. Instead of trying to remember every specific detail in a chapter of the Bible, write a small summary next to the chapter to highlight only the key events. I like to include what happened, where it took place, and who was there. Basically a “Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How” description!
- Mark down any Cross-References: A cross-reference in the Bible means that what is being talked about has been talked about before! An example of this can be found in Acts 2:16-21. These scriptures can also be found in Joel 2:28. Looking for cross-references helps you understand really important portions of text in the Bible! If it needs to be repeated twice, it’s probably really important.
Bible Journaling can also come from your heart:
- Write your prayers: In the margins of your Bible, you can write out your prayers for the week. This is great because you can come back later and see all the prayers that Jesus has answered for you!
- Write Church Notes: One of the ways I used my Bible is to take notes during church. My Bible is filled up with sermons and devotions from so many different people. And, if they say something that I just absoluely love, I will write down their quote. I have made a special place in my Bible that is specifically for quotes. One of my favorites is, “Whatever you put in God’s hands will never be lost” by Pastor Caruthers.
- Song Lyrics: If I am reading a verse that makes me think of a specific song, I will usually write the song lyric next to that verse. Music is a great tool to help you memorize scripture!
The possibilities for Bible Journaling are truly endless. Make the decision today to try it out for yourself!
Below are a few things that I used in my daily Bible Journaling.
- Bible https://www.christianbook.com/nlt-inspire-bible-creative-journaling-softcover/9781496419842/pd/419843?en=google&event=SHOP&kw=bibles-0-20%7C419843&p=1179710&dv=c&gclid=Cj0KCQjwupD4BRD4ARIsABJMmZ8B9cHFOdrekme6qaCYE7q55GMqDlnNjh1g_Rb9Mb30s2oOPCzl3P4aAo29EALw_wcB
- Markers https://www.amazon.com/Zebra-Pen-Mildliner-Highlighter-Assorted/dp/B0752WWCTN
- Colored Pens https://www.amazon.com/Paper-Mate-Retractable-Assorted-1951636/dp/B019QBOG3U
- Washi-Tape https://www.amazon.com/washi-tape/s?k=washi+tape
Written By: Bradyn Wesie
July 2nd – The Start of Something New!
It’s always a great day to try something new. Whether that be practicing a new hobby, testing a new recipe, or making a new friend. For us, it’s going to be this blog! A new way for us to connect and learn about what the Bible has to say. If you have a question or an idea for a topic that you would like to be covered, please feel free to contact Bradyn Wesie! Let’s go on this new journey together!