Journaling On The Way And Be Who God Made You to Be!
A few weeks ago, I joined a bible journaling Facebook group. I was looking for Christian women who had a passion for this form of spiritual expression and bible study, new ideas, sharing my ideas, and last but not least like-minded friendship.
Well, I found all the things I was hoping for in "JOTW". The group is based in South Africa and owned by the delightful Lynn G.
Yesterday Lynn taught a class or page demonstration from a devotion written by Shauna Niequist. The title of the devotion was "Created on purpose - for a purpose" ( which just happens to coincide with Ingrid Blixit's Open Journey devotion series this month)! Shauna used the scripture from Job 37:5-6 and Lynn purchased (with license) a terrific image to illustrate each woman's uniqueness, expressing how important it is to become the 'you' that 'you' really are, and not the 'you', you think you should be!
I think many women struggle with this. Life has so many demands, and within the church (sadly) a perfectionist attitude towards what the ideal Christian woman should be. Sometimes it would seem we have been set up to fail, you work too hard, and express any frustration- you are called a Martha. You try to rest and relax and are told you should be a Proverbs 31 woman.
Thankfully somewhere in my 50's, I said I was done letting everyone else tell me what I am supposed to be and do, and I am going to immerse myself in the purpose God created me for. Doing that has truly caused me to thrive. I love my family, I love my church and I do everything I can to see both grow and flourish - and I love it! In return, I feel loved, supported, respected, and made room for - yes the bible tells us in Proverbs 18:16 A man's (woman too) gift opens doors for him and brings him before great men. What a promise!
That promise cannot be fulfilled if you are struggling to be someone you aren't with a gift you don't have.
The illustration that Lynn used was charming, A young gal wearing a ball gown with cowboy boots and very sweet and a little sassy as opposed to the executive in a corporate environment stuffed in a suit and trapped by the clock. Now I am not condemning the office suit person at all - those gals are just as awesome. I am just trying to say, to thine own self and to God be true.
If you would like to take a look at the Journaling Along The Way Group Just click the link.
The lovely illustration of the young woman is given as a gift along with the devotional and is super to use.
However, that isn't me or even closer to how I perceive myself, so I found one that was so here is my page: