He is a good father
When I began bible journaling in January of 2016 I had just had major surgery. The surgery I had always known would come one day, bilateral mastectomy due to mammogram findings and family history.
Recovery was hard. The process rocked everything within me. The days and nights were long, uncomfortable and sleepless. I had long ago abandoned Facebook due to all the drama and hype. When I wanted to connect or find inspiration I used Instagram or Pinterest. I mean who couldn’t spend forever bookmarking dreams and aspirations? I could easily get lost down a rabbit hole on Pinterest.
That was when I stumbled on the amazing artwork and illustrations that opened the door that would forever change my walk of faith. My daughter was coming to spend a week with me during my recovery to keep me company. As we sat on the couch talking, I shared the images I had found earlier that week of illustrations that people were creating in their Bibles. Within a few hours, we had new journaling bibles, colored pencils and a few pens. Our journey began. After my daughter returned home, we both continued our journey sharing photos with one another as we would complete entries.
The hours spent reading and then discovering my creativity were my healing process. I am completely confident without an ounce of doubt this was again God wrapping his arms around me. At a time when fear of the unknown was lingering in the back of my mind, He was standing next to me comforting me in my time of need. How blessed I am to have a Father who loves me so deeply that he knows what I need even when I do not.
Over two years have passed since I began my journey. The time I spend in God’s word is nothing less than amazing. I have been blessed with encountering so many wonderful fellow Christians that have become my tribe. And although I have only had the pleasure of meeting a few in person, each has inspired my journey. They are my community providing encouragement, support and inspiration. After all, isn’t that hope what we all long for?
The Romans study from She Reads Truth last summer reminds us of His hope for us. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Image from Romans study by She Reads Truth.
May your days & nights be filled with God’s grace.