This week in the Bible I have been hanging out mostly in the Psalms because that’s where we are studying with the Hello Mornings Challenge. During our break I did finally get up the “nerve” to write in one of my Bibles. Taking down a few notes here and there and highlighting things I had in my journal. Then, the last few days I started to DRAW in my Bible. Something I NEVER would have imagined doing. With a Catholic upbringing I was taught that marking your Bible in anyway, even folding a page, was something to repent over.
So giving myself permission to highlight, write and DRAW are huge for me. I am definitely not the bravest Bible artist by any stretch of the imagination, BUT I am enjoying being able to flip through and see little pictures that remind me of the passage.
“For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy”
In the side I have written “The Cross IS my strong tower”. What a tower of strength the Cross has been. As we walk through Lent remembering that Jesus suffered through these very days all those years ago, the pillar of strength that the tower represents becomes even more powerful. Jesus didn’t just DIE on that cross, he suffered and he bore that cross, he became one with the cross with nails hammered through flesh and sweat and blood so that I can be saved!
What strength and courage and love God has for us to sustain such torture just so that I “might” be saved! That cross overshadows the pain of the world and as I stand in its shadow I know that it is my tower or strength and that because of it fear has no place. God has already won.
“My soul thirsteth after thee”
I shall not thirst is written in the margin and I drew a glass over the scripture. I feel like if “my soul thirsts after God” that I should NOT thirst after anything else ever again and that I should be fulfilled and satisfied by Him and Him alone!
Finally, I wrote what I took away from the reading in the bottom “Hear my prayer O Lord! In thy faithfulness answer me!” Yes! A prayer stuck right there within the words of the Word so when I don’t know how to pray or what to say I can simply read and pray and know that He hears my cry’s and He will answer my prayers in His perfect time!