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As women, we wear so many different hats and it sometimes feels like we run out of time and energy taking care of everything and everyone else. Most of us hope to develop a daily routine in the Bible or Scripture reading and writing, but not all of us know how to get there.
I don’t know how many times I have started each new year with the best of intentions and even have a plan to be in God’s Word more, only to find myself cloathed in guilt and shame when I fall behind, struggle to keep up, then get overwhelmed and stop. I take on new approaches, knowing the importance of Bible time, but in trying to do it all, all at once, I fail again.
And then even when I developed a routine in the Word, I came to know that I could be doing more. Being a Christ-follower doesn’t mean you get by doing “just enough.” It’s about loving God and loving others, through deepening and maturing your faith.
Gratitude and Scripture Writing Journal
After talking with many of you, listening to your prayer requests and the kind of content and resources you are looking for, I was blown away to discover that we are all in the same boat.
I realized that the stress of the everyday overwhelm and perfection expectation is stealing your joy and taking your eyes off Christ, and I also realized that there was something I could do about it. And so I put together a Book called Growing in Gratitude & God’s Word.
It is a 12-Month Gratitude and Scripture Writing Journal that will help you on your journey to joy and increasing your faith. At roughly 380 pages, it has a new Bible verse for each day. It’s exactly the kind of book I wish I could have had years ago!
Your Journey to Joy
At the top of each new page in the Growing in Gratitude & God’s Word Gratitude and Scripture Writing Journal, there are 3 lines to write down what you’re thankful for. Pretty easy, right? But it’s something we so often forget.
In starting each day journaling what we’re thankful for, we are forced to pause for 5 minutes and gain the perspective of how blessed we truly are. Sitting still to give thanks to God actually calms our minds and hearts. And at 5 minutes’ time, we know that it won’t take time away from tasks that still need to be done. However, it CAN increase your positive outlook at the day ahead.
But maybe you’re in a hard place right now? It might not change the circumstances around you, but thinking about who God is and all that He has done for you will certainly shift your perspective. It’s hard to start the day off on a bad foot when you realize how much you have. There is always something to be grateful for.
Increasing Your Faith
The middle section of each day has a unique Bible verse with multiple spaces for you to handwrite each verse 2-4 times. Scripture writing is a tool to help you memorize God’s Word, but also to set your mind on Him amongst the distractions of life through repetition.
It’s easy to complete and fit in to your day, even with the busiest of schedules. But the reward is great, as it causes you to turn your focus to God.
Want to take it a step further? Write out the day’s verse on a sticky note or 3×5 card and place on your bathroom mirror, fridge, or cubicle at work. As you see it throughout your day, say it over again until you can say it without looking. As you do this, you are echoing the Psalmist in saying, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11, ESV).
I know sometimes when you are so busy wearing all the different hats that women do, it can be hard to take time for yourself, even when it’s as important as increasing your faith. But your Growing in Gratitude & God’s Word 12-month Journal breaks it down into easy, manageable steps for each and every day!
This one’s the icing on the cake. After jotting down 3 things that you are grateful for, and writing out a Bible verse multiple times, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your day. I like to do this part after dinner or right before I lie down in bed.
Use the space provided to write down something from your day that you can look back on down the road. Think of what you experienced, observed, or learned that you’d like to remember.
And don’t forget the “not-so-good” things too. Watching how God works in situations that seem impossible will strengthen your faith and keep your focus on Him. Remember, it’s all about training your focus.
Click on this link to find out more information about this 12-month Gratitude and Scripture Writing Journal, titled Growing in Gratitude & God’s Word.