Hello fellow Word Nerds! Are you loving the Word Nerd kit this month?! It’s so fun to see all of your worksheets filled out! You’re sharing some great inspiration and intriguing word studies :)
I’ve got a quick Bible journaling process video for ya in Deuteronomy 30 (even though I started out in James. Again.) I was inspired by the “word” flashcard from Pink Paper Peppermints. How handy is it that all the cards included with the kit have a scripture reference for you? It’s very helpful if you’re unsure of a focus verse!
Armed with my word, I chose a focus verse, James 1:19-22:
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (ESV)
I wanted to look closer at the “implanted word” mentioned in verse 21. Because later in verse 22 James instructs his readers to be doers of the word.
The word “word” used here is logos, Greek for message, news or law. Specifically used here to refer to the message of the Gospel. And James says that it’s implanted, indicating it is close to us (Christians), in us.
When looking up cross references, my study Bible pointed me to Deuteronomy 30:14 (which was helpful because I have little room left to journal in James). Verse 14 says,
But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. (ESV)
Again, we see the word (in this case Hebrew dabar used to speak of the commandments God has given) in the Israelites about to enter Canaan. So too are Christians to be doers of the implanted word, the message revealed from God in Christ. Logos is to be preached, ministered and obeyed.
I had fun using the Word Nerd glasses from the Print & Pray Shop and a few Faber Castell PITT pens. I layered the glasses printed on sticker paper with others printed on card stock and stamped the glasses stamp included in the kit. Once I added my typed journaling I used the PITT pens to highlight the text, ink a stamp, customize a couple vellum crosses (used here as an x) and create art marks to finish off the page.
I love the freedom we have with Word Nerd to choose which words to study. AND, if you’re unsure of where to start, look to the cards included in the kit or to the amazing inspiration that can be found by following the #if_wordnerd tag. Happy studying! <3