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Journaling Through James: Week 5, James 5:-1-20
This is it! Our final week in James! Our text this week was so rich, I found myself copying big sections of it word for word into my journal!
The opening lines of Ch 5 echo the tone of chapter 4. Our life is temporary. Laying up treasure I’m the present world won’t help you in the next. On the contrary! Our earthly riches will rot/corrode and stand as evidence against us of where we put our time and resources.
James also warns against living in luxury and self-indulgence.
He then shifts his attention from the rich, back to those who are suffering, calling on his audience to “be patient” three times! He instructs them to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Lord.
He admonishes them:
- Do not grumble against one another, but instead to remain steadfast like Job.
- Do not swear—instead let your yes be yes and your no be no. (In other words, build a reputation for keeping your word and your word alone will suffice)
He also provides instructions:
- Suffering? Pray
- Cheerful? Sing praises
- Sick? Call the elders for prayer and announcing in the name of Jesus
He reminds them of the importance of confession and praying for one another (both are means for healing) “The prayer of a righteous person has great power!
James closes out his letter with a final reminder of the importance of restoring wandering believer, stating that it can save their soul from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
What about you? What stood out to you this week? We’d love to hear from you/see your journaling progress in the comments below!
Thanks so much for joining me for this 5-week study. I trust the Lord has blessed you in your time of study!
Remember that feeling you got when you were a kid and it was time to buy new school supplies? My very favorite thing was getting the brand new box of perfectly sharp crayons. All the colors just made me swoon! That’s exactly how I feel about getting new Bible Journaling supplies. Absolutely giddy. Yes, I know, I am a dork. But I love them so much.
So in the name of spreading giddiness, I thought I would share a few of my favorite supplies. But, before we get started, I do want to address the issue of bleed through. Bible pages are thin (some thinner than others) and if you journal in your Bible, eventually bleed through will happen. Some pens are much better than others, but I advise you to come to peace with the occasional bleed through now and avoid the heartache later. When ever in doubt, test the pen on a page in the back of your Bible.
So, let’s get down to it. Here is my list of favorite Bible Journaling supplies:
In order to Bible Journal you probably need a Bible. Any Bible will work, but I LOVE Journaling Bibles because of the extra room for notes and art work. You can find them in lots of places but if you aren’t going to buy one from me 🙂 then I highly suggest Christianbook.com. They have a huge variety and usually really good prices.
My favorite Bible is the ESV Large Print Leather Cover Journaling Bible in Mocha. I carry it in my shop here, but you can find it other places as well. And, you can check out the other Journaling Bibles I sell here.
Pens and Pencils
- PRISMACOLOR COLORED PENCILS – Y’all. These pencils are the bomb. I adore them. They lay down color like nothing else I have used. And there are sooooo many colors!
Amazon usually has the best prices and you can grab some here. I love to use them in my coloring Bibles, my Bible Journal and to underline in my Journaling Bible.
- PILOT FriXion CLICKER ERASABLE PENS – I love all things FriXion. They are truly erasable and they rarely bleed through.
You can get these here. I think these have the feel of a ball point pen and they are really smooth.
I LOVE these, too! They are great for lettering and for underlining. You can get these here.
These are the first FriXion pens I purchased and they are awesome. The are like a thin highlighter. Great for lots of different things. You can pick some up here.
If you are a gel pen aficionado, these are the pens for you. The are great gel pens and like all FriXion pens they are erasable, too. You can snag some of these pens here.
ZEBRA MILDLINERS – Were you starting to think this was really just a FriXion ad? Not to worry!
These Zebra Mildliners are fantastic highlighters. They are dual ended – one is like a traditional wide highlighter and the other has a finer point. These are so useful and you can find them here.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again. How did we ever live without washi tape???
Ok, I know this is a lot of washi tape, but I have been collecting it for years. And, yes, I do have a few that don’t fit in the drawer. No judgement please! You can find some cute washi tape here, here, and here.
BIBLE JOURNAL –
Sometimes I like to journal more than there is space for in my Bible and that’s why I created this Bible Journal.
It’s a great way to take more notes or have more space to draw and still keep everything in one spot. These are available in my shop here.
Well, that is it for now. I hope you will try out some of these awesome supplies and let me know what you think. I’d also LOVE to hear from you! Do you have some fave supplies that I need to know about? Leave a comment and let us know! 🙂
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Welcome Back to Journaling Through James, Week 4!
This Week’s Text: James 4:1-17
If you’ll recall, last week’s chapter ended with the words, “…a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace”.
James begins his next sentence (the start of our text this week) with the exact opposite of peace: “What causes quarrels and fights among you?”
His answer: Your passions are at war within you. Our flesh and spirit seldom agree with one another. When our flesh desires something, it entices us to obtain it by fleshly means (James cites murder, fighting, and quarreling as examples).
He goes on to explain we do not have because we fail to ask, OR because we ask with wrong motives (ie—to satisfy flesh). James likens chasing earthly passions to committing adultery—you can’t have it both ways. “Friendship with the world is enmity with God”. (Another counter-cultural reference!)
This is a hard teaching! The world tells us to “follow your hearts desire” and “chase your dreams”. But if our dreams are to make ourselves great (not God), then we can’t please God. “You cannot serve two masters. Either you will hate one and love the other or you will be devoted to one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) Jesus is actually talking about money in here, but the sentiment also applies to the James passage. We can just as easily make ourselves/our desires idols that compete for our devotion. We must not ignore God’s will to follow our own (and expect to please him).
Being told we might not have what we want hurts our pride. “Therefore it says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
James reminds the reader (in case he/she is feeling prickly about the prospect of giving in to God’s will) that we are all double-minded sinners (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23).
We want to receive the gift of grace and eternal life, but we also want to “live our best life” in the here and now (and society deludes us that we are entitled to both). James instructs us to “Cleans your hands. Purify your hearts. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laugher be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.”
Make no mistake about it—letting go of a dream/deep desire will be painful. James gives us full permission to grieve our loss. (This reminds me of the story of the rich young ruler, told in 3 separate gospel accounts. He knelt before Jesus and asked what he must do to inherit eternal life. After establishing the young man had kept all of the commandments, Jesus told him the one thing he lacked was to sell all of his possessions and give to the poor…the and to follow him. The rich young ruler went away grieving because he owned a great deal of possessions.) We must not fall into the trap of valuing the temporal today over the eternal tomorrow. His way is better, but we have to trust him and choose it.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.” Do not speak evil/judge others—it is not our place to judge. Do not get too fixed on your own plans—leave room for the Spirit to “recalculate” your route. Be open, flexible, and willing to divert to his will.
Your life is a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. God has numbered our days. Our life is in His hands. Why then, would we leave him out of the loop when making plans? All of our time belongs to Him!
How did this passage speak to you this week? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, or check out our Farm Girl Bible Journaling Facebook group to share pictures of your own Bible Journaling Journey!
Blessings on you this week,
One of my all time favorite projects is adding washi tape to a Bible. I don’t know why, but there is something so satisfying about all those pages with washi taped edges that just makes me happy. How did we ever live without washi tape, anyway?
This is a Bible I did recently for a customer. I love to add Bible tabs after I finish adding the washi tape, but you could absolutely skip that. It’s gorgeous either way.
I used a Roy G Biv pattern for this Bible because the Bible tabs are color coded by genre. All of the law books are red, history books are pink, poetry orange, major profits yellow, minor profits green, gospels turquoise, history navy, epistles blue and prophecy purple.
The one below is my personal Bible. It is a random assortment of washi tape colors and patterns with colorful Bible tabs. I LOVE it, but it certainly isn’t for everyone. 🙂
Ready to add washi tape to your own Bible? Awesome! Here’s what you need:
- a Bible
- washi tape
Now, I have quite an extensive washi tape collection (some have called it an obsession, but whatever). This is my main collection. Yes, that does mean I have even more stashed elsewhere in my office (in my defense – I have been collecting this for many, many years).
You do NOT need anywhere near this much washi – in fact, you can absolutely do a Bible with one roll. So don’t think you have to run out and spend a fortune on washi tape. Use whatever you have.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- I don’t think I have ever finished a Bible in one sitting. This is a long process. You really have to take your time and work slowly.
- When you apply the tape initially, do not press down. Lightly lay it into place and then fold it over gently. Be ready to make mistakes. Luckily washi tape is somewhat easy to remove as long as you don’t press down until you know it’s in the right spot.
- Find something on the page to use as a guide. If your journaling Bible has lines you can line up the tape with the end of the journaling lines. You can also use the text margins as a guide.
- If your Bible pages are rounded you may want to round off the edges of the tape. I have both rounded the corners and cut the tape off square and my personal preference is to leave them squared off. It is waaaay easier and I think it adds to the look.
Want to add Bible Tabs to your washi taped Bible? You can find them here.
And that’s it! If you would like to see a video explaining the process I have posted one on my YouTube channel here.
Happy Washi Taping!
Welcome Back to Journaling Through James, Week 3
This week’s passage was considerably shorter than our first two weeks. However, what it may have lacked in length, it made up for in depth! In Chapter 3, we see James return to a theme he’s alluded to in each of our previous weeks—the dangers of the tongue! Here are a few of my favorite highlights:
- James open Ch 3 with a warning that teachers will be judged with a greater strictness (and for that reason, not many of them should aspire to teach).
- He also notes that it is common, even for himself, to stumble in many ways, but that if a person is able to keep a reign on his words, then he is able to control his entire body. He uses several analogies (a bit/horse, a rudder/ship, a spark/a forest fire, etc.) to illustrate this point.
- James also suggests that while man has managed to tame every beast on the face of the earth, mastery of the tongue remains illusive . His words, “The tongue is untamable by man” seem to imply that we must, therefore rely on a greater power—that of the Holy Spirit—to keep our tongues in check.
- James warns that the tongue is a restless evil, full of poison. Don’t believe for one second that the sins of the tongue are innocent like society would have you believe. “White lies” are still sin. Gossip may drip off the tongue like honey and enter the ears like sweet music, but it is still sin. Like poison, sins of the tongue, are often unassuming and can sometimes go down smooth and undetected, but in reality, they are deadly, life-sucking, and sometimes cause irreparable damage.
- James goes on to point out the hypocrisy of using our tongues both to bless/praise our Lord and Father and to curse people, who we know from Genesis 1:27, were created by God in His own image!
- In the same way that a single spring can’t contain both fresh and salt water, so genuine blessing can not flow from lips that are salty with unkind words, lies, gossip, criticism, profanity, bragging, hateful speech, and the like.
- James further elaborates on this point in verses 13-17, explaining the the wise will be marked by showing his works through meek wisdom—in other words, in quiet/gentleness, not by spewing “knowledge” to prove himself wise. (This reminds me so much of the way in which Jesus taught—it was the reason people were drawn to His quiet compassion and is gentle teaching style. He seldom sought an audience, yet they flocked to him.
- True wisdom cannot reside in the mind of one whose heart is filled with bitter jealousy and selfish ambition. Wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. Run your future Facebook comments through THAT filter!
- A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who MAKE (not keep) peace.
Such rich, relatable truths! Were you convicted this week? What did you the Lord show you in your study?
Blessings on you this week,