Hello, Gratitude Documenters ♥
I LOVE seeing all of your entries and how much creativity we have in our community. You are all rocking this first week of prompts!
Today’s prompt is “refuge,” and our verse is Psalm 62:5-8:
Rest in God alone, my soul,
for my hope, comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and glory depend on God, my strong rock.
My refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts before him.
God is our refuge.Selah
I read an article on bible.org earlier this week while studying the word, refuge, and I find myself going back to this story:
In 1777, Dr. William Dodd, a London clergyman, was condemned to be hanged for forgery. When his last sermon, delivered in prison, was published, a friend commented to Samuel Johnson that the effort was far better than he had thought the man capable of. Dr. Johnson replied, “Depend upon it, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.”
I believe the most beautiful Psalms were written while Saul was hunting David. It was in those moments that David was able to wonderfully concentrate his mind on what mattered most.
I imagine that in Psalm 62 when David finds himself taking refuge in caves and hillsides, it’s there he realized, only God was his real source of refuge.
In that cave, David made peace with God and declared in a song of worship that man can lie about him, hunt him, and try to take his crown, but he would trust in the Lord at all times.
The good, bad, scary, life-threatening, marriage ending, child passing, job changing, overwhelming times. God would be his stronghold and he would trust in Him at all times.
Will you pour out your heart today and let Him be the refuge your soul seeks?
Related verses to journal:
Romans 8:31 • Proverbs 18:10 • Nahum 1:7
When preparing for this month I knew I wanted to keep my Bible journaling pages SIMPLE. I will do most of my notes and prayers in this mini album and I plan on taking a keyword from each verse and making large scrappy titles!
I added a prayer using the new ‘thankful for…’ note pad and scattered leaves around this sweet girl. I wanted a visual reminder that no matter how things look and what’s falling (get it? ;-) apart around me, Christ alone is my refuge.
I finished the page by trimming a few of the leaves around the page and using the acorn and leaves from the stamp set to fill in the page. I also took the ribbon from the mini-album kit and stapled it to the top as a tab along with the entry number for this page.
additional supplies: Tim Holtz Foam Alpha Stamps | Versafine Stamp Ink | Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher