Take a peak into my journal as I join Random Journal Day, hosted by Enthusiastically, Dawn. This month I got the chance to be the Featured Journal Keeper and share 8 simple steps explaining how to journal scripture. You can read the post here and link-up your own journal entry.
Our journals are filled with beautiful stories of God’s redemption in our lives. I fill my journal with prayers, God moments, and scripture. Want to know why you should journal? Read more here.
Let’s peak into my journal!
Read how I journaled through scripture, specifically 1 John 4:8, to better understand God’s love.
God Is Love.
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:8.
So, if God is love, than should everything that is said about love also stand true for God?
1 Corinthians 13 explains love. If God is love, then…
- God is patient.
- God is kind.
- God does not envy.
- God does not boast.
- God is not proud.
- God does not dishonor others.
- God is not easily angered.
- God keeps no record of wrongs.
- God does not delight in evil.
- God rejoices in truth.
- God always protects.
- God always trusts.
- God always hopes.
- God always perseveres.
- God never fails.
Do I live my life believing this? Do I believe that God’s character is all of the above? No, I don’t. I struggle believing the above. God, help with my unbelief.
“but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:10-12.
I can not wait to have completeness and to know fully. God is love. God help me believe that your love is enough. Help me believe that you keep no record of wrong, that you always protect, and that you never fail.
Friends, one day we will fully believe that all the characteristics above are true of God.
One day, we will know that we were fully known all along.
I hope you enjoyed seeing a peak into my journal. To read how to scripture journal, check out my post as feature journal keeper for March! And if you’re brave enough, link-up one of your journal entries here!
Love you friends, xoxo Joy
Carolynat (8 years ago)
Love this reminder of who God is. To think that this is the One who says, “For God so loved the world…” We are the objects of all those attributes, even as He’s the subject. And as I falter in loving Him wholly, it’s a humbling, knee-bending thing to remember what His love for me–for all of us–entails. Thank you.
dawnat (8 years ago)
Joy, thanks again for joining in. I love your image- so purdy! OH, and that verse and all of 1 John is just wonderfully powerful. I was reading Mark this morning and as I read your share here, the passage I read jumped back to me: Mark 9:14 -29, when Jesus casts out the demons that the disciples could not. THe father of the boy implores Jesus to help, “If you can…” and Jesus was like, “IF?” but the boys father responds with “I do believe; Help me overcome my unbelief!” It’s amazing to me we can walk with Him and still be unbelieving in areas…and our faith still small compared to how great He is and longs to be in our lives. ANyway, thank you for sharing your love of Him and His word with us! I am grateful for your portion!
joypedrowat (8 years ago)
Thanks for your encouragement and comment Dawn! So glad I could connect with you and your ministry. I love that passage you mentioned about. How often do we need help with our unbelief! Thank you for your truth!
Kel Rohlfat (8 years ago)
Joy- I am finally catching up with all the RJD posts for March…this month has flown by! I love your meditations on God’s word through journaling…I needed a fresh boost in my practice of Scripture reading and interacting with God over his words…His love is supreme! Thanks for the reminder…
Pamat (8 years ago)
Here is my blog….similar to what you do. I take photographs and relate them to God’s words and promises for our life. http://revealtheheart.blogspot.com/
God bless you, as you share His word!
joypedrowat (8 years ago)
Awesome! I will check it out!