“always be prepared to make a defense… but with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15, ESV

I wanted to make this post because I had received a notification that someone had commented on one of my Instagram quote reels. The post was about God and the person had left a negative comment because of their own beliefs. My first thought was to respond and hope that I could say something that would possibly convince this person of why I believe the way I do or to change their mind. However, the Holy Spirit stopped me and changed MY mind. I decided that I wasn’t going to respond, but I’m going to pray for this person instead. I could sense this person was hurting & in my limited knowledge & understanding, nothing that I could do or say would make their hurt go away.

OUCH! DING DING!! HEART CHECK!! 

I was so quick to reply in hopes of changing THEIR mind that the Holy Spirit had to stop me by changing MY mind instead regarding the situation.

Sometimes I think “we” as Christians instinctively have this need to “prove a point” and to tell everyone why “we’re right and everyone else is wrong”. I see it too many times, especially when tragedy strikes. Everyone is quick to jump on social media to voice their opinions and the moment someone comes along that disagrees with them, it gets ugly. We’ve suddenly forgotten how to respectfully disagree with someone and try to understand where they are coming from.

I do agree that we should stand up for what we believe in, especially when we see injustices done in the world, but I also believe that we as Christians shouldn’t be so quick to judge and point fingers. The moment something happens that we don’t like or agree with, instead of hoping on social media first to voice our opinions, or share a post that expresses our beliefs, we need to seek God’s face and see what He would have us do or say.

Life is too short! My peace & mental health are more important than trying to prove a point on social media. So, I’ve decided that I want to be known as someone who is loving, gentle, kind, and compassionate, especially with those who have different beliefs and opinions as I do.

Fighting Words Bible study memory verse card

Front of card
Back of card

I joined a Bible study yesterday from Proverbs 31 OBS and we are reading the devotional Fighting Words by Ellie Holcomb and each week we will have a memory verse.

So for this weeks verse which is quite long, I
decided to try this tip that I learned from
Coffee and Bible Time and how to memorize
longer passages of scripture.

To do this, I’m using this prescription card from By The Well For God where I printed off the 1st letter of each word of the verse on the front side and I put the full verse on the back. 😁

I’ve included the links to the book, Bible study and the video where I learned the memorization tip. I can’t find the specific journaling cards I used but I went ahead and linked their shop if you want to check any of them out. 😁

https://www.bythewell4god.com/

https://proverbs31.org/study/online-bible-studies

Fighting Words Devotional: 100 Days of Speaking Truth into the Darkness https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FNR7WDZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_X9FMXM40S412GP5T93ED

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 Bible journaling entry #tbt

Love this Bible journaling page I did 3 years ago in my art journal

I used scrapbook paper on the left side and a stencil to write out the verse from Song of Solomon It’s supposed to be chapter 2 verses 11-12 but I left off the 2. So I had to add it before the book title 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Crown of life – James 1:12

I have been under a lot of stress and anxiety dealing with multiple trials lately. Just one thing after another. Then after I saw this crown in this retro vellum bojo book from Obujo, I knew I had to use it somehow in my Bible journaling. So I decided to create my first entry in my new NIV Journal the Word New Testament pocket journaling Bible.

I also used 2 different colored packaging papers I had saved and some alpha stickers from by the well 4 god

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12 NIV