Fervent

After Revival Camp, I’m a bit addicted to travel journals.  It’s just nice to have one as a keepsake of an important Bible study.  Right now, I am part of a woman’s Bible study at my church.  We are reading the book Fervent:  A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer.  The book is a companion to the movie War Room.  I felt inspired to make some travel journals for the women in my group.

My son recently talked me into getting some oil pastels while we were shopping at WalMart.  He said to me, “You can review them on your blog!”  He knows that it doesn’t take much to convince me to try new art supplies!  I haven’t tried them in my Bible yet, but I had fun making a cover for the travel journal with them.  It’s possible to create some fun, messy textures with these.

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After I made the cover, I simply scanned it and saved it as a photo.  Then I printed it on card stock and cut it to size with a trim cutter.  I also cut six pages of regular photo paper to fit on the inside.  Then I used a long-reach stapler to bind the books.  I am looking forward to sharing these with my friends tomorrow!

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I’ve enjoyed reading the book so far.  I absolutely love when an author can take a passage of scripture and make me think of it in an entirely new way.  Priscilla Shirer picked out a story about Elisha recovering an ax head from the water and turned it into a story about how God can help us recover our passion:

The servant was doing good when he lost his cutting edge.  He was being productive, building a new dwelling for himself and for those others involved in the school of prophets.  In fact, if he hadn’t been working so hard–if he’d just been sitting around doing nothing–there’s little chance the ax would’ve ever become gradually loosened and ultimately dislodged.  This tells me that being engaged in good, even godly, productive things is not an automatic guard against losing your cutting edge.

She goes onto say that it took a work of God to retrieve the ax head:

Listen to me.  Nothing–nothing!–is too far gone that your God cannot resurrect it.  Even your cutting edge.  So go to him to get it back.  Don’t try to regain it yourself.  Don’t set your hopes on other people or circumstances to fuse it back into the fiber of your being.  Trust it into God’s care.  Only His miraculous work can make it bubble back up to the surface where it belongs.  And He is more than willing to do it.

It never fails to amaze me how much wisdom there is in the Bible, even a simple story about a man feeling suddenly dismayed as a borrowed ax head fell into Jordan river.  Her interpretation of this story definitely needed to find a way into my Bible…

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Update (9/20/2016):  As I was drifting to sleep last night I thought about this story in relation to the time that Jesus walked on water.  Peter reminds me of this worker, eager to build a home for the prophets of God.  In the story of Jesus walking on the water, it’s not an ax head that sinks, but Peter.  As Peter is lifted from the water, he receives his cutting edge.  Jesus tells Peter two chapters in Matthew later: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Sometimes sinking moments lead to breakthroughs in our faith.

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