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Scrapbook Devotional: A Journey of Joy

Psalm 30:5
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

Devotions…devotions…devotions..a thing I certainly struggle with on a daily basis, kind of ironic I would say as much as I am in love with Jesus.  My life is so busy sometimes I just cannot seem to find 5 or 10 minutes to complete a simple reading lesson and dive into the Word.  Now granted with the revival happening and I am attending church 3 to 5 times a week I get lots of Bible in me, however to spend some quiet alone time is just tough for me.  I would like to blame it on my work schedule since I work a different  time everyday so I can never set up a routine time to read, however, it really boils down to my lack of routine and discipline.

God did send someone in my life to help keep me accountable but that did not last very long on my part.  I tried, I really tried and it lasted about 14 days in a row and I began to slack. So after God’s attempt to draw me in failed on my part, He is trying a different approach, appealing to my creative side so to speak.  In recent prayer it has been prayed by two different men of God that He desires for me to be filled with joy, my past is over and now it is time for joy!  Yesterday during church I was inspired!  I decided I was going to take on a journey of joy.  I would begin to create my own scrapbook of joy and put something in it every day.

As I was creating this masterpiece yesterday afternoon, new revelation came to me and God said,quietly,  “make this your devotion”.  Hmmmm, I thought, this could be a cool idea and so I am going to share it with all of you.  Doing this accomplishes two things, one I learn about joy and two it holds me even more accountable as some of you may be following along.  This is what I did:  I bought a cheap journal, covered it in white duct tape and used nail polish to decorate.  You may use anything you want to make your scrapbook, this is just what I used.

First I found the definition of joy and wrote it in the opening flap.  Next I am doing 7 days at a time and finding 7 verses on joy, writing one verse on each page leaving the back of each page blank.  So each Sunday, my day off, I spend 10 minutes getting my 7 verses for the week written in.  I used an internet Bible and typed in the word JOY and I began my journey from the first mention of joy, Genesis 31:27.  I then wrote out the verse and I made a vow to read the entire chapter from which that verse was found.  Next I write a 1 or 2 sentence thought on what I found joyful in my day or out of the reading and lastly I paste or tape or glue or staple something of joy to the backside of the page. Whala!  I have begun a scrapbook devotional!

I plan on doing this for 30 days and then switching to a new subject.  My ultimate goal is to have a 12 book devotional ready to be published.  How cool is God that He would give me something right on my own level and right where I need to be?  Not only is He attempting to get me to commit to this devotional, He is allowing me to share my journey!  So each day on my Facebook I am sharing this journey of joy, I don’t think it will be a blogging project but perhaps when I get the website up and running, it will be a part of that!

Let me know if you are following along with me on my Journey of Joy!

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Writing on Windows

Matthew 5:14
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.

Guess what I can’t do while driving? Get angry. Flip people off. Swear at passing drivers.  Speed up or down to prevent someone from getting over just because they made me mad at some point.  I can’t scream out the window.  Shake my fists. I can’t speed.  I am prevented from even giving weird looks. Why? The back end of my van represents who I am. (for those who are seeing this without a picture go to brendafriendofjesus.com) I display for the whole driving world Who I am all about: God.  How can I even think about acting “Non-Christian” if I have “Jesus Freak” posted on the window of my van and a link to my website?  This brings me to the point of this blog: Accountability.

How many of us have said the sinners’ prayer so many times we know it my heart, with our eyes closed and in reverence about what we just did that was not very Christian?  How many of us have stood at the bottom of heaven and asked for forgiveness for something dumb we just did while representing Jesus?  We have to find a way to stop the cycle of doing the same crazy thing over and over again making us look like we really don’t have it all figured out.  We know we are to refrain from swearing or acting unkind, yet in certain circles we find ourselves doing it.  I am not claiming to be perfect because I am far from it, however, if we don’t change the atmosphere inside of ourselves, we certainly cannot begin to change it around us either.

I already shared once how I was cured from flipping people off while driving when I happened to do it to a car which held one of my youth students at the time AND their parents.  I was cured!  I knew it was not right and I changed my behavior to save myself further embarrassment, however, for awhile after I still had mild cases of road rage where I would yell or curse but not loud enough for anyone to hear me…still the same.  Since I started putting the bumper stickers on the back of my van, I changed my attitude towards other drivers and started blessing them instead.  Then when I added the website and “Jesus Freak” I really began to realize how much of an impact I was making.  I gained friendship via being parked at work and someone saw it and contacted me. People have gotten out of their cars in drivethru and taken pictures.   I was driving down the highway and some drove by just honking and thumbs upping me only to have this man tackle me down at church a few Sundays later.

What can you do today to make people around you aware that you are a Christian?  How can you change the atmosphere where you are?  Perhaps instead of putting your favorite team on your car window, you could put something which represents your faith.  Bumper stickers are pretty permanent.  You can wear clothing which represents your faith.  Perhaps a pin or a hat.  If you are truly following Jesus, don’t be afraid to stand out, we are suppose to be different, remember we are headed upstream!  I challenge anyone reading this to go buy a paint stick for window writing and start today holding yourself accountable for being a follower.  (post a picture if you can here on the blog or on my Facebook) I know for me it has held me back from getting angry when I drive and it also opens up opportunities for me to share Jesus with others.  If “Jesus Freak” isn’t your style you could write “Be Blessed” or your favorite Bible verse.  You never know how many lives you might touch in the process.  We are here to shed Light into a darkened world, what’s a little writing on the window going to do? Perhaps save a life.