Last week, I saw an Instagram post about this book: Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel. I know that I don’t have little kids yet, but I decided to go ahead and order it from Amazon and start reading it as I’m waiting for my little one to get here. I’ve been going through it slowly, just reading one chapter at a time and giving myself time for the scriptures and the lessons to really sink in, and it has been so good so far.
One thing that I really want to do is get back into Bible Journaling. I really enjoy being creative and spending that time in the Word, so I have been journaling my way through this book.
Here are my pages based on the first two chapters. The first page highlights scripture from Luke 1 where Mary is told that she has been chosen to be the mother of Jesus and she accepts God’s will and surrenders her life to him. The second page focuses on Colossians 3:23, which says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men,” and deals with us inviting God to be a part of our everyday activities like cleaning and cooking and laundry. I love that the author of this book focuses so much on God meeting us right where we are in our daily lives, because that’s exactly what He does if we allow ourselves to slow down enough to notice. I am only two chapters in so far, but I would highly recommend this book to any mom or mom-to-be!
Do you journal in your Bible? If so, do you do really artsy journaling or do you stick to more traditional highlighting and notes? My Bible is kind of a mix of both. Some days I put a lot of color and artistic elements on a page and on other days, I do a lot of writing. One thing I had to decide early on when I got my journaling Bible and started journaling was that I would not compare my Bible pages with the ones I see on Instagram. I follow a lot of ladies from the Bible journaling community, and they make beautiful pages. I love looking at their work as inspiration, but I try really hard not to compare my pages with theirs. This Bible is for me to connect to God and to be able to look back and see how God was working in my life at different moments, so I really have to let go of my perfectionist gene when I’m working on a page in my Bible and just let myself enjoy it.
Here are some other pages I’ve done in my Bible: