I’d like to say that it took me so long to get to this post because I was putting off the final assignment from Writing in the Margins. I feel sad to be reaching the end of this book; it has been a good friend for over a year. The truth of the matter is that I got caught up in the tidal wave that is “the end of the year” at work and also Christmas at home. But I have had several long drives and enjoyed beautiful Advent and Christmas services at church, which gave me plenty of time for reflection.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what I would like to do next on my blog and also of ways to spend more time with my children in the Word. I just ordered my eight-year-old his own journaling Bible, and I thought we would set aside some time on Sunday afternoons to create entries in our Bibles about the stories that I think everyone should know starting with creation in January then proceeding through the flood, the patriarchs, the exodus, the kings, the prophets, and the birth of Jesus in late November. Then the following year we could continue with the life of Jesus and the Easter story and the formation of the church. With my three-year-old, I’ll tell her the stories and plan some fun crafts. (New Pinterest boards related to each of my favorite Bible stories may happen, too!) Writing a blog has been a bit of an experiment for me. I wasn’t really sure that I would keep going, but as it turns out, I already have the whole next year of entries mapped out in my planner! So I am definitely feeling led to move forward with this ongoing experiment, and in the process, I really hope to share the whole Bible story as I understand and love it!
I keep reflecting on the last verse that Lisa Nichols Hickman offers in her book as an example of how the margins in our Bible can become a halo of light: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives wisdom to the simple.” This verse seems to keep pointing me in the direction of what’s next. My prayer for the coming year is that as the Bible story unfolds for our family at home and in my writing here that our lives will be filled with light and wisdom!
Many thanks to everyone who has followed me so far on my journey through Writing in the Margins and also to those who just stop by. It’s been so encouraging to me to Bible Journaling touch so many lives! What comes next should be fun. Wishing everyone many blessings as you engage the Word creatively in the margins of your Bible!