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Bible Journaling

So, I had heard it said many times that God gives everyone a gift to use for His Glory, but day after day, year after year, I just couldn’t seem to figure out what mine was.   I prayed, read scriptures and did Bible studies on this.  I felt so discouraged as I tried to figure out just what was my gift.  At times, I felt like I didn’t have any gifts to use.  I wanted so much to do something  but I didn’t know what that might be.   Maybe I was too busy doing what I wanted to do or just plain too busy to slow down and listen to what God was saying to me.   I’ll admit, I always seem to overload myself…I am always trying to do too many things at once.  And at times, I overwhelm myself with all the projects I start.  Maybe that’s why I didn’t hear God…

My quiet times with God, I have to admit were rushed through.  My mind was always on a million other things that I thought I had to do.  My  prayer life had lost it’s passion and my prayers seem to be rushed through.  My heart just wasn’t in it like it should have been.  I was too busy doing everything else that I wanted to do.

When I decided recently that I wanted to learn to draw and start doing Bible Journaling, little did I know that I would be asked to share during our women’s Bible study at our church.  I was so excited when I asked, and now, I finally have a gift to share for God’s glory.  This brought tears to my eyes.   Bible journaling made me slowed down enough to listen to the Holy Spirit.  You see, Bible Journaling, is a quiet time for me and while doing it, I meditate on The Word of God.  I spend hours Bible Journaling; some days I will do this for many hours.  Bible journaling has been great for me, because not only do I spend time in His Word meditating on scriptures, doing this also makes me quiet my heart and gives me the opportunity to hear what God is saying to me.

Are you too busy to hear God?  Is your quiet time with Him, rushed?  Is your mind on the million other things you need to do?  My prayer is that each of you will take time for Him each day and that He will receive your undivided attention.  Does my mind still want to think of all the things I need to do when I am having my quiet time?  Of course, so I continue to pray and ask God, to help me clear my mind and focus on Him and His Word.  And if things still tend to linger in my mind, I have learned to keep a scratch pad nearby so I can jot it down and then get back to my quiet time with our Creator, my Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings to each of you,

Rhonda

 

6 Comments

  1. Hi Rhonda. Welcome to the world of blogging and thanks for sharing your thoughts. How wonderful that you have found journaling to be a tool that enhances your Bible study. Distraction can be such a a thief when it comes to quiet time. I keep a pad in my quiet corner as well. Blessings on your endeavors.
    Rosie Williams
    http://www.nuggetsfromtheheart.com

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      Yes distractions and life in general can sometimes make our minds wander instead of being focused. Still an issue with me I have to admit. So writing it down helps me not worry that I will forget something I need to do. Once I write it down, I can refocus on my Bible study and not worry I will forget to do something.

  2. It’s great that you found your gift, I’m sure that you have many more as well. I felt a bit like you did growing up, I always wished that I could sing, but God has gifted me in so many other areas.

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      Thank you for visiting my blog and your thoughts. For a long time I could not find my gift for Him, and felt so discouraged but now I know I was just too busy to hear him.

  3. I love the idea of Bible journaling! I hope to do it with my kids when they get a little older to help them sit with the stories longer than simply a Sunday school lesson.

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      I do too! Absolutely love it. Although my girls are grown now, I bought them each a Journaling Bible to do too. This would have been so much fun had I discovered this when they were still young at home. I think it would be great to do with your children.

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