As part of my participation in the #100happydays challenge, I want to share a little bit more about the thing that makes me happy today.
I have rediscovered the art of scripture journaling. It is something that I have done off and on for quite some time and I love going back through my previous journals and reading the things that I have learned over the years.
As I have been praying, pondering, and preparing for a new school year to begin, I wanted to do something different for our seminary portion of the school day. I kept stumbling across scripture journals. These journals looked different then the ones that I have kept only because they had added fancy handwriting and doodles to them. The idea was basically the same- writing down ideas and impressions that come to you while you are studying the scriptures- AKA the things that the Spirit is trying to teach us while we study.
I decided that maybe this was the ticket. The girls and I are visual learners and we like to be crafty. So far, so good. We are studying stories from the Old Testament in our study time together and it has been fun to see pictures and things that the girls come up with as we discuss these stories. The whole idea is to fill the journals with pictures and words that mean something to you. That way, hopefully, you will retain the information better.
I also created my own personal "topic journal." Instead of studying a specific section of scripture each day, I have decided to study topics. The first topic I chose? PATIENCE.
I thought maybe I could spend two-three days on the topic. Well, I started last Monday and as of tonight, I am still not finished. I have discovered that one scripture leads to another scripture and that leads to a quote and then I write down my impressions and so on and so on. Five pages later (and counting)...seems like patience is something that is key for me to know about right now.
The one thing that has stuck out to me in my study of patience this week.
I've got to "Love the Now." I have a tendency to constantly look and think (and worry about) the future instead of enjoying what is happening now. Right here, right now in my life. Yes, we certainly need to prepare for our futures. Yes, we need to make plans and set goals. However, if we let the future overwhelm and overtake our thought processes too much, then we are unable to enjoy the present.
And I'll tell you what...the present is pretty awesome and so are scripture journals. I am excited to see where this adventure in studying takes me.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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