Call me unenlightened but I’m gobsmacked at the new (or new to me) scrapbooking-your-Bible craze called Bible Journaling. Search Pinterest and you too will be amazed. It’s like scrapbooking except you draw, color, decorate, glue on glitter, stickers and bits on your Bible. Don’t get me wrong, my Bible is definitely highlighted and written in. And I love crafting. Long ago I was a Creative Memories scrapbooking consultant. I knit, crochet, paint and love to fiddle and get my hands sticky. I get it. Yet despite how gorgeous some of these pages are it just seems
so silly an enormous waste of time. If I was selling these stickers, quotes, markers and the whole movement I would say: “You meditate on God’s word while you are doing it! It makes it come alive for you!” Having a background in advertising, this is easy for me to do. I can whip up reasons for just about anything. But I’m not buying it.
For Lent, I decided “giving up” sugar, chocolate and other “sacrifices” was ridiculous. I mean, can me benefitting from giving up a vice and losing weight (woot!) really compare to being tortured, abandoned by friends and crucified? Who are we kidding? I used to do this…but now I find it somewhat shameful. Instead of not doing, I’m doing something. I listened to a broadcast where the guest was talking about praying the Bible. Just simply, looking at your favorite verses and inserting your name, your child’s name, your spouse’s name. Jesus prayed God’s word, there is power in the spoken word, and it’s so simple.
But yet, it’s hard to do. Not hard like sweating. Hard in actually-putting-butt-in-chair-and-committing-time hard. I decided to set a timer. I set my timer for 10 minutes and opened up the 23rd Psalm. Wowza. “Thank you God that you are my shepherd. Thank you that I can trust your leading, that you know the best places for me…” There was a lot in there to thank God for and pray for. And that was just one section. Imagine what you could do with the 7th and 8th chapters of Romans?! I’m actually amazed at how fast the time flies. Ten minutes is not enough.
The radio guest said we all pray about the same things: our family, money, kids, etc. And those prayers get pretty repetitious and boring. So prayer becomes boring. (Busted). With this approach, you have the whole Bible to invigorate, enlighten and inspire your prayers. I enjoy reading devotionals (and I’ve written two devotional books) but I’m loving this simple approach. I feel like I’m actually getting some real ‘work’ done in the heavenly realms.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
James 1:22 NKJV
When I meet God face to face, I don’t want to say I spent more time talking about theological issues, church issues, parenting issues and political issues (ahem!) than I did actually praying. And I certainly don’t want to be caught up in buying special markers and bits and bobs for my Bible more than I am praying for my family, church and nation. I want to be a doer of God’s word, not a decorator. Want to join me?