On behalf of our guest writer, Amanda Mize....
We are each His beautiful and unique vessel, called to pour out the light and love of Christ; therefore, WE GO….
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
I was so excited when I discovered scrapbooking. Now my pictures had a place to live on decorated pages. I loved looking through those happy memories and thinking this is something I will do for the rest of my life...But then about 4 years ago life became not so happy. I wondered if all my pages were just a lie. The life I was so happy living was crashing down. It was too painful to go back through them, but sadly I did, searching for any signs of my husband’s unhappiness.
The only thing I could do during that time was pray and cry and soak up articles and write. I couldn’t scrapbook, but I could journal pages about how unfair life was, and how I felt I was being punished, and how I didn’t know what to do. During that time God wasn’t silent, He met me in that brokenness. He loved me, He desired me, and He adored me. He told me to “Stay and Be Still” and He was fighting for ME!
He told me to show love to my husband that wasn’t humanly possible. He showed me how He was rejected and betrayed, but He still loved. He showed me that He was the ONLY one that could fulfill me, and He helped me get through days, sometimes moment by moment.
God knew I needed that time to process and grieve, but He also knew when I needed some creativity. Imagine my surprise when a “page suggested by Pinterest” showed a decorated Bible page. After much research, I realized that this was just a visual way to worship and study God’s word. 6 months later, I got a journaling Bible for my 40th birthday from my husband. My first pages were some colored pencil words while doing a study with the names of God--Including Rapha the healer. My pages had drawn tears as well as real tears all over it. My Bible had come to life for me and God was healing me through his word.
Last year I felt him telling me to GO and SHARE. I won a gift card and felt His prompting to get a grab-bag of supplies for 12 people. I didn’t even know 12 people after having recently moved with my husband and our kids (another God thing) but I was obedient. Since then I have led 2 journaling intro classes, with some SOUL SISTERS and am looking for the next opportunity. It truly has given me a hunger for His word that I want other people to experience....and Bible Journaling might be the way!! As far as scrapbooking, I have started again, but my pages in my Bible, during my time with God are the most precious memories!
Bible Verses for Further Reading
Exodus 15:22-26; Psalms 147:1-6; 2 Corinthians 3:1-6
Thank you so much for how you provide for our needs daily. You are the giver of creativity and worship and talents. Please help us to never put that talent in front of you, THE CREATOR. I pray we use it for your glory. I praise you for how you made each of us. I praise you for the wonderful ministry of Soul Sisters and the friendships made. Please take away the fear in us of “going”. May we boldly use our talents and abilities to spread your message because “We Are Your Clay”. Mold us and make us a vessel for you. I pray we represent you in our words and actions to those around us today.