Truth in Color Episode 1: Why Bible Journaling & a Free Resource

Happy Mental Health Awareness Month ! I wanted to share my passion for Bible Journaling & Offer a Free Resource to help life the burden of this time/ allow you to contemplate and color some truths from Scripture. Check out this video (books quoted linked below) !

One Beat: Q Tape

My sister in law produced a project, pulling together a group of creatives for a 60 second song challenge. One beat. One theme: love.

My muse: my husband and our journey to learn what reconciliation looks like – what’s the motivation : that in reconciling God and man Jesus reconciles me and you ! Because of this we celebrate each others differences. We are fearfully & wonderfully made ! Check out the other dope creatives on the tape !

In the Clouds

“To lie and cringe beneath one’s load means death, but life and power await all those who dare to rise above. Our burdens are our wings; on them we soar to higher realms of grace; without them we must ever roam on plains of undeveloped faith”  – Mary Butterfield 

 

There’s a cloud looming overhead

God did not intend for it to harm

But to shape my heart’s dependence to the safety of His arms

In the cloud God awaits

In the loneliness, He is friend

In the sorrow, He is comfort

Amidst the chaos, He is peace

So take courage my heart and plunge into the cloud, for He is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34)

Rejoice in these trials as you partake in Christ’s sufferings (1 Peter 4:12-13)

Lean on the rock and know 

On the other side of life’s storms

A glory of no comparison awaits (2 Cor4:16-18)

When I am afraid, troubled, and my heart is faint lead me to the rock that is higher than I ( Psalm 61:2) 

Count it all joy – these trials- for this is not your home ! 

“[You are a pilgrim and a sojourner in this strange land of woe

Though The path is rough & steep

You’ll be going to see Your Savior

You will see the hope of faith’s promise come to pass !

You will be free and live forever in Your home with God] !”

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12: 1 – 2)”

God gives us trials and disciplines us that we might share in His holiness. So may we count it all joy – these – trials, for without them we’d roam through life on plains of undeveloped faith !

Hope in the Face of Partiality

Today I had several moments where I thought “I am so tired of the pressure I feel/have felt living in a world where you are judged and evaluated. Your value is determined largely on a monolithic set of ideals and how well you are able to meet them!”

A “why don’t you do this?” Or “why don’t you do that.” The subtle suggestions, the critical gaze. the microaggressions, slights and statements that assume that there is only ONE RIGHT WAY to do things. One right way of the person who is offering the implicit but obvious put-down. For me the specific microaggression that sends me spiraling down this column of anxiety is:

Questioning the credibility of my story and denying the validity of my personal experience

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Special Surprise !

I’m super excited to share how much journaling has blessed my life.  It’s a lifestyle 🙂

I have many friends who journal (we buy one another journals) and share page excerpts with one another/ jot down prayer requests… I’m always jotting down art, scriptures and summaries, & prayers and adding images with these drawings – especially in my bible journal. Then there’s my recent obsession with lettering. I thought it was time to share !  Click on the Link below !

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Dear Diary : Truth Seen and Taken to Heart

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I have had a journal for as long as I can remember. This habit has transformed my life, and looking back on the beginning is sort of comical – it’s sort of developed in phases.

Age 7 through high school was what I’d like to summarize as the “dear diary phase” – mostly superficial and on a rare occasion (in HS) a glimpse into what was truly going on in my head and heart. It was mainly daily/weekly/monthly/season of life summaries: Boys I liked followed by the reasons I no longer liked them a month (truthfully most of the times weeks) later ; relationship challenges that left me clueless ; and how much I hated doing things I didn’t really like/ want to do.

Then life got more complicated. Things got deep. I went to college and learned a lot more about myself, my heart, the world, and had a host of new experiences. I went to counseling. I felt a and had to deal with a lot of toxic emotions, relationships, and lies.

As these things began to unfold and weigh on me, and as my dependence on the Lord began to grow, journaling changed. Writing in my journal became an outlet. It was a way to pour out my heart to the Lord and remind my heart of truths that were threatened to be drowned out by the noise of my life. At the beginning of my senior year of college I told the Lord “I don’t know what’s going on, but I know I need you. So I am going to read your Word trusting you will do something with it.”

I was desperate, and I wrote about this desperation as I read. I wrote about what I was learning. Eventually writing truths became songs as looking back over the Word and meditating came with melodies. There was, however, one particular marked point that transformed my journaling that I come back to often.

This turning point came while reading in Deuteronomy where God tells the Israelites numerous times not to forget where he has brought them from – “out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery” (Deuteronomy 6:12)

Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord Your God by failing to keep his commandments…” (Deuteronomy 8:11)

Be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He lead you through a great and terrible wilderness” (Deuteronomy 8:14 – )

and Chapter 8 verse 17 – 18 says…

“You may say to yourself, ‘my power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me, but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power”

And my absolute favorite is Deuteronomy 2:7 “For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These 40 years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.

These truths ring true even more today ! We must be careful not to forget God and become prideful, forsaking his Words and His will for our lives. The remembrance God calls the Israelites to exercise can be and should be done by us – remembering God’s Word but also remembering past deliverance in our lives – starting with our salvation ! That is what journaling has been for me – a much needed reminder of deliverance. The same pattern we see in Deuteronomy where their hope for future deliverance was rooted in the past is true for us ! But here in the already and not yet – in between Christs death and second coming – it is a wilderness ! Life is hard ! Continue reading

2019 – 2020 Classroom Setup

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Tomorrow will mark the beginning of my 3rd year teaching high school science. This third year will also be the beginning of a new journey as I am in a different school system and school ! I will be teaching in a biology teachers classroom who is currently out on maternity leave and will be teaching physics upon her return. Fortunately there was already some posters up (bio) and a very large periodic table so my set up was much more of an organization operation ! Oh by the way – there was a tank with cockroaches in it in my classroom but we opted to have them go and live in another bio teachers classroom!

A Literary Great: Many Lessons to Learn

I have been reading a lot more lately and I got married last month. One of the things that attracted me to my husband, a shared interest, is our love of reading. And in our short time married I have already been blessed to discuss, read with, and listen to thoughts about what he is reading and share with him the same. We have a shared understanding about and a respect for time reading- the Bible and other literature. We have both agreed that one must not ever assume they have arrived in terms of knowledge because there is always something to learn and something that the Lord is teaching us.

Toni Morrison’s recent death bought me here. Revisiting things she said and wrote  prompted me to get back to being more diligent on here. Why? Because writing is not just for me. It’s not just for me – the thoughts that swirl around in my head; the analogies that help me understand a concept (yes I don’t just use these in the classroom).

Toni Morrison famously touted the idea that freedom is not just for yourself. Making a difference in this life must go far beyond self improvement. You find knowledge, you share it. You become empowered, you empower someone. If you are freed, you should help free someone else.

I love this. As Christians, is this not what we’re called to do? Making disciples… Living in community…

This is something that is getting lost in many church cultures. It’s unfortunate but many do not know how to disagree and still extend compassion; how to show grace when someone falls; and how to correct and rebuke in a manner that builds up. How can we cultivate change without sharing, praying, reading and coming together ?

I have never stopped writing but the conviction to share has begun to come from not just my heart but from others.