Advent Inspiration - Devotional Journal
Hope - Illuminate - Joy - Kingdom
This Advent season I’m participating in Mary Brack’s “Advent Words 2018” devotional and creative response. This post shows journal pages H – Hope, I – Illuminate, J – Joy, K – Kingdom. You can find out all about it and read the inspirational devotionals on her website: https://www.foundonbrighton.com/.
The pages in this post are some of the entries in my Advent 2018 journal.
Mary has generously made a calendar list of words and Scripture, and includes a daily devotional sent to your Inbox when you sign up on her website. You can also join her facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Wordschallengegroup/ and post your journal entries and responses there as we connect with one another. It’s not too late to sign up and join in the anticipation and celebration of Christ coming to earth.
“Wait with hope for Yahweh. Be strong,
and let your heart be courageous.
Yes, wait with hope for Yahweh.”
Psalm 27: 14 NOG
In The Passion Translation, one of the lines from the same verse advises,
“be entwined as one with the Lord.”
Hope in Hebrew is called Tikvah or Tikwah. It means the expectation to receive what is desired, and also a cord. It is from the Hebrew root word “Kavah” or “Qavah” meaning: to bind together, collect, to expect, to wait for. Tikvah is first used in the Bible in Joshua 2 as Rahab’s scarlet cord put in the window in order that she and her family would be saved… then there was the waiting for the fulfillment of the promise.
In these last days God has spoken to us through his Son.
God made his Son responsible for everything.
His Son is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of God’s being.
He holds everything together through His powerful words.
After he had cleansed people from their sins,
he received the highest positions,
the one next to the Father in heaven.
Hebrews 1:3 NOG
Then Yeshua said loudly,
“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me,
but also the one who sent me.
Whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I am the light that has come into the world so that everyone
who believes in me will not live in darkness.”
John 12:44-46 NOG
Reflecting on the advent story and the unexpected visit by the angel to Mary, I am grateful for the gift of God coming to earth as a baby. It also reminds me to be open to God surprising me in ways I hadn’t thought of or planned. Expectant with joy!
My soul praises the Lord’s greatness!
My spirit finds its joy in God, my Savior;
because he has looked favorable on me, his humble servant.
From now on, all people will call me blessed
because the Almighty has done great things to me.
His name is holy.
For those who fear him,
his mercy lasts throughout
Luke 1:46-48 NOG
I’ve used some collage pieces in this journal. The stained glass images were cut from a calendar I bought featuring the beautiful stained glass of Washington National Cathedral. The scepter if from a StencilGirl® Products, June Pfaff’s Crowns & Scepter stencil L545. The crowns are from my Doll Crowns 6″ stencil S667 . The figure shape is part of the Bible Journaling Figure Stencil L575 also made by StencilGirl® Products.
“But God said about his Son,
‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter in your kingdom is a scepter for justice.’“
Hebrews 1:8 NOG
“May God, the source of hope,
fill you with joy and peace
through your faith in him.
Then you will overflow
with hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13 NOG
Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:
Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:
Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:
About exploring a word of the year:
A surprise that led to an animal of the year:
“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.
If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”
Visit my Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/everyday-yearly-journals/
Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/
Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group
Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/
URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2018 & #everydayjournals2018
CHECK OUT THE BLOGS:
Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))