Did you ever have a time in your life when you kept hearing or encountering the same thing over and over again? I have this happen all the time. Sometimes I listen to it and pay attention, but more often I just ignore it. But did you ever notice if you ignore it, it keeps getting louder and louder until finally it hits you upside the head? All the time for me.
I am beginning to listen more and more and pay attention to these not so subtle hints. Some might say it is the force of the universe, but for me I would rather give the credit to my Father, God. I believe He is talking to me and leading me wherever he wants to take me. God has done this so many times to me, such as, given me hard people and situations to deal with in order to learn patience, or putting me in situations that need forgiving.
The other day I did my grocery shopping and errands and I kept seeing the phrase from Jeremiah 29:11 (hover over with mouse to see verse in KJV)
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD,
plans for your welfare and not for your harm,
to give you a future with hope.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Je 29:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
I knew this meant I needed to pay attention and see what God has planned for me. I think I know the first step but I am still continuing with prayer and talking to God to see if that is what he wants. I will have to explain why this verse means so much to me in another post because it was one heck of a night which led to a wild series of events. However, that will have to wait for another time.
I recently purchased a book through Amazon called Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible, by Lisa Nichols Hickman.
I love this book! Many people are afraid to write in their Bible for various reasons and she helps you to overcome that fear, lucky for me this is not a problem. So why did I buy it? I am starting to do Inductive Bible study or verse mapping and I love how deep that takes me into scripture and I wanted to add to that by journaling a little differently. I heard Lisa had prompts at the end of each chapter to walk you through journaling, so I thought this was a great way to start. Boy was I right, I really had a great experience doing it.
Here is an example of my first prompt which was to read the prayer, Psalm 1:3 and then “muse about the fruits that might come from planting yourself ever more deeply in the Scriptures,” (pg 15). Which to me meant that if I keep my eyes wide open I will find peace, truth, enlightenment, understanding and a deepening of my faith. I then had some fun picking out words to make a sentence that means something to me, it reads: Happy is the man who delights in the LORD‘s instructions who bears fruit and prospers.
So go ahead, pick up your Bible and have some fun. While you are at it, come on over and join Shanna Noel’s site on Facebook called Journaling Bible Community, where we have so much fun sharing our pages.