Mixed Media Hybrid Bible Journaling using digital printables by Cristin Howell | Open My Heart | Print and Pray Shop

Friends, have you ever opened your heart to something unexpected? I think it’s hard to do, this getting out of what’s comfortable and getting into the unknown. It’s like putting on formal clothes when you’re ready to settle in for a movie night. It just feels weird. Not bad weird, just not comfortable.

Being uncomfortable is hard. At least for me. Have you ever been in an exercise class and had the teacher move you to the front of the room? Had to give an unexpected speech? Some people would be exhilarated, but these situations would scare me to death. A wise person told me that being uncomfortable isn’t bad. It’s just another chance to grow. And growing often is uncomfortable.

Mixed Media Hybrid Bible Journaling using digital printables by Cristin Howell | Open My Heart | Print and Pray Shop

I decided a few months ago to get out of my comfort zone and contact someone to see if she’d like to meet up with me for some bible study time. I was really excited that she said yes and we’ve been meeting up ever since. You know, calling this person that I didn’t know very well and asking if she’d like to hang out and study the book of Matthew with me was me opening my heart to something new. A chance to grow a friendship and my faith in the Lord. It’s been so great to do both of these things.

I love this verse in Ephesians where Paul prays for the people in the church of Ephesus that their hearts would be flooded with light “so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called – his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.” (Ephesians 1:18)

Mixed Media Hybrid Bible Journaling using digital printables by Cristin Howell | Open My Heart | Print and Pray Shop

I understand in my head that Jesus is light, and I so appreciate Paul speaking about flooding our hearts with light. I need this light shining into my life constantly, washing my heart with the light like waves on a beach. Flooding it with the light of Jesus. Because while my mind recognizes that He is light, my heart needs that reassurance and understanding.

So, tomorrow morning, I’m going to head to the bagel shop and meet up with my friend. We will study the word and shine the love of Jesus into each other’s hearts and encourage each other. Maybe you’ve been thinking about doing something similar and asking a friend to do a bible study? Try it and see what happens! Thanks for meeting up with me here today! <3, Cristin

Mixed Media Hybrid Bible Journaling using digital printables by Cristin Howell | Open My Heart | Print and Pray Shop

 

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