The Brave devotional couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I’m devouring the pages as they speak to me in this very moment. No I’m not facing a swimming championship or infertility or any of the real life examples Emily has courageously revealed. I’m not a Moses or a Daniel or any of the other heroes that we’re studying through this devotional. However, I think that is most certainly the whole point of the matter! We each have our own trials to face, sometimes huge life-changing ones and sometimes small in-the-moment ones, and the challenge is how we respond to them.
Right now for me I’m in the midst of job applications, interviews and hopefully… some offers! Always a nerve wracking time for a number of reasons. Surely no one likes going before a panel of professors and talking about your strengths and weaknesses (standard job interview procedure for me!) Then there’s the question of what if I don’t get the job? Or what if I do? Is it the right one? Do I even want to go back to work now? Will I have to put my kids into child care? Is that the right thing to do? Aaaaaggghh!!
When it all becomes a bit overwhelming I remember this, “seek first the kingdom of God, and all this will be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” (Matt 6:33-34) Or in other words “fix your eyes on Jesus” and trust Him in all circumstances. He knows my beginning from my end and every single step along the way. He has brought me this far and I know He will not abandon me now.
All this is what’s going on in the back of my mind as I sit down to do my devotional. I’m working on Day 9 which prompts me to read Daniel 3:16-18 so that’s where I chose to do my journaling today. I want to keep it fairly simple so I start with my focal point (no pun intended!) which is the stamped “fix your eyes on Jesus” and then build around it from there. I cut the glasses out of some patterned paper and only adhere them on one side. That allows me to lift up the side that covers the text so I can still read it. A strip of washi tape, a little bit of journaling and a splash of colour is all this entry needs to finish it off. It’s clean and precise and scrapbooky – and that’s just my style!
PS. All prayers for wisdom and guidance gratefully accepted at this time!
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