The past month I finished the book of Job and started the book of Psalms. Landing in Job and Psalms during the pandemic and subsequent civil unrest could not have been more timely. The book of Job helped see me through some difficult times. Like Job, I questioned where God was as people all over the world suffered because of the lockdowns. Job was considered a godly man, yet he questioned God and wondered why he was suffering when he knew he had done nothing to deserve it.
Job never did find out why he was put through so much suffering, although he questioned where God was in all of it, his faith never wavered. Although I in no way suffered any of Job's losses during the lockdown, I too questioned where God was in all of it. I had faith in Him. I knew He had it all under His control. Yet, like Job, I was still sad and many verses in this book comforted me.
The verse on this page reminds me to put my faith in God and not in scientists or politicians.
I love this whimsical pre-printed page. After listening to Job lament for days, and Job's friends pathetic earthly advice to Job, God comes in like a storm and says "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" If God can create this amazing planet that we live on, we can trust Him to take care of our problems.
If God wants to do something, no one can stop Him. His will, will always be done. I got so frustrated with the tyrannical behavior of so many governors and officials during the lockdown. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to why one thing was closed but another was not. The hypocrisy was never ending (and still is!). The injustice of it all drives me crazy. YET, I put my faith in God that these governors and officials can not stop God. He can do anything!
Here is a page I created myself. I thought this verse was so beautiful, I wanted to mediate on it by creating a page. I colored the background with navy blue craft paint, then I hand wrote the verse in using a white gel pen. I stamped the stars with white craft ink.
Isn't this a beautiful, happy page? I love the graphics and found it a joy to color. It renewed my spirits.
I love this verse. It gave me hope. The past few months have been so sad, and honestly, I don't see it getting much better. I know some things are opening up, but so many things are still cancelled, gone for good, or will never be the same. But this verse gives me hope that better days lie ahead, if not on this earth, then in heaven.
This verse reminded me of how merciful and just God is in an unjust world.
I must admit that although I drew a lot of comfort from reading the book of Job, I was so excited to start the book of Psalms. Psalms has always been one of my favorite books in the Bible. I colored the title page with colors that represent the sun and also the light that the book of Psalms brings to people's souls. Many Christians love to read a psalm a day to bring them comfort and encouragement.
I colored the background of this pre-printed image with pencils then filled in the words with gel pens.
Anyone as old as me may remember the Sandi Patti song based on this verse. I think the song rang continuously through my head as I colored this verse. It was a joy to color.
When I reached chapters 10 and 11 of Psalms, I could not help but see a similarity of the time period of David to today's modern society. I wanted to create a page to document this period of US history in my Bible. Three verses in these chapters really stuck out at me, so I wrote/stamped them on the page and surrounded the verses with a fiery image I created with pencils.
No matter what happens in this world, like David we can have complete assurance in ever lasting life.
Bible reading and family have kept me sane during these past few crazy months, but I also found so much peace and contentment being in my garden every day. I have never been more grateful for my country home and the large "Garden of Eden" I get to enjoy everyday. I don't know how I would have made it through without my yard. I felt so sorry for people who lived in tiny apartments during the lockdown and could not get out and enjoy nature. I love this verse because it is so TRUE! Nature always brings me so much closer to God. I just spend time in nature and all the worries of the world suddenly seem so small because I can see what He created and how truly powerful He is.
How about you? What sources have comfort have gotten you through the past few months? I'd love to hear from you!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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