a step-by-step {patience}

As I was sketching this one out, I had the idea to take a photo every few steps into the process and post them!

I don’t know if this will be a help to anyone trying to jump into Bible Journaling, but I pray so. 🙂

I apologize that it is all very light, but I sketch lightly in pencil to make erasing more simple.

First I wrote out the words, trying to figure out a pleasing layout [on a scratch paper]

you can see I started with just the first part of the verse…

pencil sketch1…but I realized that I really needed the whole verse….
Patience will leave me “wanting nothing”… that’s important!

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Then I figured out margins… to help me stay on track and not get too close to one edge or the other.

I wanted flowers on both sides… so I needed to move everything over a little bit 🙂

Here’s my margins and word-guides drawn.

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You can see some are wider than others… to accommodate the different sized letters I’d already sketched.

Then I lightly sketched the words… in this shifted over space:

wordsonlyIf you notice the bottom 2 lines… they shift even more when I pen them, because sometimes, that happens 🙂

I like those thin petaled flowers {though I’m not sure how realistic they are}:

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They are just a small circle with thin petals coming out… I turn my page as I draw them to make it more comfortable for my wrist.

and sometimes, there are mistakes that won’t get penned 🙂

Then I drew large “blades of grass”

Lgrass Then I added other flowers: just long lines with circles lining it OR a swirly circle…

very simple, but has a fun look when you’re done.

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on the swirly flowers I marked on the stem where I wanted it to stop when I penned over it

then I added a few flowers and “grass blades” on the other side:Rflowers

and some more lines that are smaller ‘grass’

and now the banner with the reference

{I have numbered them, but they will not appear in order–I apologize}:

You should be able to click each photo and see it larger

Just one more little detail, since the top seemed… empty:

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just a swirly line, very simple

and here’s the finished pencil-sketch:
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and… PENNED, with a Sharpie Pen

allpennedclose up of how the last 2 lines got penned a little differently than the pencil:

because sometimes, it's necessary

because sometimes, it’s necessary

here it is… all penned, erased and ready for coloring!

[you can download and color it for yourself!]

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Right Click and SAVE LINK AS and you can download to color!

and all colored: finished

I would love to know if you found this helpful… and if you download and color your own! 🙂

And after you’ve colored it… you can share it on my FACEBOOK page or tag me on INSTAGRAM [@tascha @designing31]!!

EDIT to add: Here is what it looked like when I journaled in my Bible:

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[James] a study in maturing

As I was contemplating my next study, James was one book I kept coming back to… or being recommended.

I saw it referenced many places; and when I turned to it in my Bible, I noticed a note I’d written… sometime in the past 15 years:

Maturing Spiritually

Yep, I think I need this- {over and over again!} 🙂

I have no idea how often I will post, but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I will post any Journaling I do there first.

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[James] a companion chapter [Psalm 15]

I was searching online for any ideas on studying James and came across Bible Study that seemed to delve into it quite deeply.* And the group leader recommended referencing Psalm 15 as a “primer” to studying James.

This intrigued me, so I am beginning with an overview from my own personal thoughts… after reading the first chapter of James and then reading Psalm 15.

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Keep in mind, my premise behind this study is learning about growing in Spiritual Maturity as a believer.

v~1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle?

who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle and God’s Holy Hill were very specific places that the Israelites held as His Dwelling and places for their worship.

Today, as a believer, my person is now the dwelling of God, in the form of His Spirit:

[What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19]

Did you ever do something wrong and felt a twinge? Did it make you “uncomfortable in your own skin”-as the saying goes?

In contemplating these thoughts… I believe that in order to dwell peaceably with my own self {and His Spirit which dwells within}, I must take heed to the answer given in the following verses…

With prayer, I believe these thoughts will give us a launching point into studying about

Spiritual Maturity!

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*I’ve not read through more than the introduction, so I am not comfortable linking straight to it. If I refer back to it during my study, I’ll give an update on it when I’m finished.

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[James] beginning to answer {Ps 15}

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James-seriesIn my last post, I alluded to a relationship between Psalm 15 and the book of James…

Verse 1 of Psalm 15 asks a very interesting question: Lord, who shall abide in they tabernacle…?

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We begin to see the answer with verse 2: He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

I like to break sentences apart and examine individual phrases (did I ever mention I was an English major in college?) as well as define words to their most basic meaning in order to understand.

So this verse tells me that if I am to dwell in God’s Holy Hill (His tabernacle, now ME)…

I must:

walk uprightly

to walk means to go the way of, a manner of life, traverse.

uprightly means whole & entire, sound or perfect, in accord {agreement} with truth and fact, with integrity, wholesome and innocent.

work righteousness

work means to make or commit or do.

righteousness is  justness of law; what is right; proper weights & measures [balance]; ethically right.

speak truth in my heart

truth is the state of being true, something accurate based on reality {in this instance, I would suggest that Scripture is our only truth… feelings and emotions will lead us astray every time. We must line up with Scripture}

in my heart… my own heart. I must not try to deceive myself. I must be so in-tune with Scripture that I recognize a lie, whether I try to tell it to myself or another is trying to sway me.

Is my manner of life whole and full of integrity?

Do I walk in agreement with the Truth of Scripture?

Do my works commit justice of law? Are they ethical?

Are my deeds properly weighted or balanced? 

Is my mind and heart so saturated with hearing and learning and mediating on truths from Scripture that I recognize a lie when the deceiver brings one to me?

These are all weighty questions I am asking myself… and I am trying not to deceive my own heart.

Because, as Jeremiah writes in chapter 17: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

…and when I do NOT do these things… my Spirit {God’s Spirit IN me} is troubled and there is no peace in God’s Tabernacle!

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[James] let us be strengthened {Ps 15}

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The last post broke down verse 2… in answering the question from verse 1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

If you missed it, there were some weighty questions I asked myself at the end.

And the thoughts are continued in the next few verses….

3~He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4~In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

5~He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

I would like to just say up front, these are not easy or very comfortable points to talk about…

Becoming a mature Christian is not an easy path, but God does have a few promises that I would like to point out before I continue:

…lo, I [Jesus] am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:20

Paul often ended his letters with:

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 1 Thessalonians 5:28
The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:22
Grace be with you all. Amen. Titus 3:15

from Peter:

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

and a few promises from the OT that apply:20150702-untitled shoot-006

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:24
My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. Psalm 119:28
…the joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10

 

Our God WILL be with us; He will strengthen us; and He will fill us with His grace… as we meditate on His Word and place our hope in HIM. 

…and these are only a bare scratching of the surface of the promises of God’s help for us when we trust in Him and study and apply His Words.

So, my friend, let us be STRENGTHENED by our God

for this task of maturing spiritually 🙂

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Psalm 139:9,10

 

We will delve into the actual verses in the next post…

I would love for you to share a favorite promise in the comments.

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[James] do not … must do {Ps 15}

Last post I tried to prepare myself for the difficulty of what these next verses mean… There is a reason there are so many promises for God’s strength and grace for us in Scripture. 🙂

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 Diving right into it:

in answering the question from verse 1: LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

3~He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.

4~In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

5~He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.

So these verses continue with how am able to dwell in God’s Holy Hill (His tabernacle, now ME)… 

I must NOT:

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slander or spy out against

do evil to my neighbour

be disagreeable, vicious, unkind or unethical towards ALL MEN [“who is my neighbour?” ~Luke 10:27-37]

take up a reproach against [anyone]

taunt or scorn or disgrace–my neighbor [anyone].

{{Is this convicting anyone else?}}

still NOT:

put out money in usury

to be honest, this sounds as though we are not to make investments… and I cannot say that it is not saying that, though I doubt it; but I do know positively that in the OT, God warns us against lending money to a friend and charging a usury [interest fee] but encourages rather that we GIVE graciously to a friend in need… and only expect back the exact of what we lent [if anything].

take a reward against the innocent

a reward against would be a bribe… against the innocent. Do not let yourself be bought. If you have a price, someone will ‘buy you.’

They will buy your silence “if you want to keep your job” … buy your loyalty “if you want the connections”…, etc. We must stand for right and NOT “have a price.”

{{ouch… seriously, is anyone else even still reading this?}}

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and a few things we MUST DO:

In whose eyes a vile person is contemned

This one is hard, difficult… our eyes must find vileness contemptible. And not just that, but the person becomes loathsome to us. I think, this is difficult because as a society, we are so “into God’s Grace” and often tend to ignore His Justice.

BUT this is NOT a license to treat people with disdain or to think of ourselves a better person. We ALL have the capacity to become a vile person. If you feel differently about yourself, I would send you to Jeremiah in chapter 17: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

This IS having discernment. We must not allow ourselves to become calloused to recognizing wickedness. And we must recognize when a person is habitually vile. And we must realize that these people should not be our regular companions… [Psalm 1]

honoureth them that fear the LORD

We must give honor to, make weighty or heavy [the testimony of] people who fear the Lord… and prove it with their actions. These people deserve our respect and, to an extent, our emulation [1 Corinthiasn 11:1]… as they continue following Christ. [Many Proverbs, 1 Corinthians 11:1…]

sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not

We must keep our promises, even when it causes discomfort to ourselves… and not let it change who we are. This is difficult. This is one reason I try to give great thought to anything even remotely like a “promise.” We are bound by our word, whether we actually carry it through or not. God knows.

If you’re still  here… thank you for sticking it out. 

As I mentioned before: Becoming a mature Christian is not an easy path, but God does  promise to help us.

Please share your thoughts on these verses in the comments! I enjoy different perspectives.

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patience has a [PERFECT] work–IN me

I am not lightning quick when I study through a book. I would say a snail’s pace describes me. 🙂

But, I am going to attempt to review a a thought or 2 from a few verses at a time… and there will be several references for looking up, if you choose.
The best way to explain Scripture is with other Scripture!

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James 1:1-12

¶ 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

¶ 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James is speaking to Jews.  But he is also writing to CHRISTIANS… of which I am one. I pray you are also!

And he is starting with the basics… having Joy ~ facing trials ~ learning patience{It’s a circle of events in my own life. 🙂 }

As a believer, my joy will not come from the circumstances around me.

It will not come from the people around me.

It will not even come –from inside me. 

My joy will come from following God

–into and through the storms that rage.

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And when I follow Him, there will arise temptations [1 Corinthians 10:13].

…count it all joy when ye fall… Count: to see the end of a matter. We must look ahead and… | when: KNOW it WILL happen

We will have need to rebuke one who desires to devour our very soul [1 Peter 5:8 & 9 | James 4:6-8].

…into divers temptations… diverse: various types- the devourer knows our weaknesses

We will have a fight on our hands…but God did not leave us defenseless! [Ephesians 6:10-18]

But it will be a JOY to us to have these temptations, these tempestuous times, because they work PATIENCE in us.

And Patience wishes to have HER way with us,
in completing a perfect work,
that will make us whole.

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The devil wishes to devour our testimony so that we may not [or so we choose not to] serve GOD. Satan desires that we serve him. Satan uses our mistakes and folly to make us think we are no good for the Work of God.

But Patience… oh, sweet Patience, she wants to bring about perfectness in our hearts so that we lack nothing we need, thus bringing perfect Glory to our Savior.

My friends… rejoice in the difficulties that come... even when they arise from our own foolishness, because Patience works.

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And God can cause ANYTHING bring Himself Glory, when we are following His call. [Romans 8:26-28 & 31]

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ask for wisdom, with single-mindedness

A little bit more from James 1:

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5~If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

6~But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

7~For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

8~A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Wisdom is one of the most valuable things we can possess … but godly wisdom ONLY comes from God. [the book of Proverbs 🙂 ]

Wisdom: the discernment to make the right {Biblical} choice, before acting in haste {in emotion}

ask in faith

I cannot rely on my experiences in life to give me God’s view of a matter.

Thus: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God

He WILL give to us… liberally: simply and openly. [Proverbs 2:1-6]

And He upbraideth not: He will not reproach or cast us down for asking!

BUT, we must ask in faith, nothing wavering: not doubting {like Peter: Matthew 14:25-33}

If we waver, we are like the sea–being driven and tossed to and fro. We will not be stable in our wisdom.

Because we also learn that: A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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And a man that wavers cannot: think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Ask God for His wisdom

Be confident that He will lead you.

Continue in this direction with faith!

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