Bible Quilt your selected verse: Summarize the key phrases and include the reference. Embellish with a sticker or shade the background with a colored pencil. This helps you linger on the verse a little longer.
Pray.Lord, quiet our souls, allowing this verse of Truth carry us forward in a positive way today.
Bible Quilt your selected verse:Choose the next block where you’d like to add a verse. Remember you can just focus on key phrases and include the reference so you can go back to the full verse and read it in a larger context later.
Pray.Lord guide us this day as we tuck this verse into the forefront of our minds. Your Word is timeless and is Truth we can hold onto no matter what we face today.
Bible Quilt your selected verse: Choose any block where you’d like to start. Keep in mind that some of your longer verses might not fit completely. Pare down to key phrases and include the reference so you can go back to the full verse and read it in a larger context later.
Pray.Lord guide us this day, using this verse in some unique way. Let us grow together this month, aligning our hearts to draw closer to You as we lean on each other for accountability and encouragement. We trust You in this journey as we delight in Your Word and tuck it into our hearts.
When we do a physical workout, we do reps to build muscle and gradually become stronger. The same principle applies to our spiritual workout. The more reps we do, the stronger we become in our faith..
Repetition is a way we learn many life skills…riding a bike, driving a car, sewing, or playing an instrument. The same is true for memorizing prayers or scripture.
As we enter each new month, we have the opportunity to make a fresh start or to renew those dusty New Year’s resolutions. It takes some daily discipline to create some consistent Quiet Time habits.
Do you have a monthly devotional that you’ve been intending to do?
Maybe you have a trusted one that you’ve read over and over?
We’ve created a special 2-page template to consolidate key verses from any devotional or topic you’re diving into a little deeper.
I’ll be walking you through a personal search on Quiet that I did a couple years ago as an example. This is another rep technique: do a previous workout series again and rekindle those muscle memories!
You can follow along with us on #31daysofquiet or select your own topic.
Kickoff is October 1st!
Download template pages from our shop and print on card stock. Cut to fit your 7 x 10 #biblequiltjournal page. Use adhesive to attach it to the page and reinforce the edges with washi tape if you’d like.
If you don’t have a Bible Quilt journal yet, you can still do the loose pages.
Choose your topic and embellish the title as you’d like. I use this time to slow down and focus on this singleconcept, praying that the Lord will show me a way to adopt this into my daily rhythm.
You have the option of numbering the spaces on the template as you go or prep in advance.
Basic Format of #31daysof_____
Read your devotional for the day. Allow it to soak in. If you get to the end and realize you were too distracted, read it again.
Bible Quilt your selected verse: Choose any block where you’d like to start. Keep in mind that some of your longer verses might not fit completely. Pare them down to key phrases and include the reference so you can go back to the whole verse and read it in a fuller context later.Pray. I try to pray that the Lord guide me this day, using this verse in some way..
If you’d like to make a flip-card set to carry in your purse or keep in your car, write today’s verse on an index card and add another one to your set each day. This rep of writing it again will help it settle into your spirit.
Enjoy this journey, friend. Allow yourself grace if your designated Quiet Time gets sidetracked. Team up with a friend to keep up the momentum!
This picnic table is one of my favorite places to do my devotions and create in my Bible Quilt journal.
I like to settle in with my colorful supplies, enjoying nature and an occasional wave with neighbors, while I have my Quiet Time.
My current reality, however, is reflected in this 2nd picture: NOT much is going on in this little spot these days!
Summer heat has marched back in with a vengeance, the ants have developed some impressive infrastructure all around the base of #theturquoisetable, and my schedule has been squeezed from a lot of different directions lately.
As I walked past this spot yesterday, I was reminded that we need to hold our routines loosely. Although this is still my favored space in the yard, I’m just not able to visit it as frequently as I’d like during this season of family life. I have to release my expectations of all the time I could be spending here to be more fully present in other areas right now. I’m somewhat grudgingly relinquishing it to the charmed squirrels who picnic here in my absence.
We all know about self-care during stressful times, but the gritty truth is that it’s one of the first things to slip through the cracks.
– – – Stewarding our emotional resources is vital in seasons of stress.
I’ve been experimenting with some ways to squish my rhythms of self-care in the chinks between tangible agenda items. Maybe one of these will resonate with you…
Pay attention to what really FILLS you up. Cling to that even if it’s in smaller doses than you usually would have.
I shorten my walks, but still try to get out there. To optimize the experience, I’ll go on a new path …or take a familiar path in reverse.
I shave a few minutes off of my morning devotions in order to have time to throw ingredients in the crockpot for dinner.
Consolidate when you can.
I’ll return a friend’s phone call while I’m taking my dog for a walk rather than listening to a podcast like I normally would.
I add forgotten items to my grocery order while I’m in the school pick-up line. I treat myself to a social media break when I’m waiting on my order or in the pharmacy line. I tiptoe into these waters rather than wade.
Share your own household chores or give yourself a “pass.”
I’ll ask one of my boys to water plants I typically water. I skip making the bed…or let my hubby beat me to it.
We’re putting out the paper plates and using up what’s already in the freezer rather than come up with something new.
I’m embracing more days of ponytails & hats instead of battling humidity and frizz with my hair dryer.
Acknowledge you’re in a marathon season, so don’t go for a full-out sprint at this point. Conserve your emotional energy.
Endurance and perseverance are critical when you’re in a long-term circumstance. Interval training makes you stronger. You may have short bursts in which you have to sprint, but allow for some recovery time. Have a friend be a “pacer” for you. Keep your eyes on that long-distance goal.
It’s important for us to have enough self-awareness to recognize when unexpected people step in as our encouragers that they are meant to be in step with us for this season. The Lord will provide who we need at that particular mile for a given stretch of our race.
Celebrate each mile marker – – – even if you’re tired and have more miles to go.
When we’re supporting loved ones during challenging times, it can seem a little jarring to step into life events still going on around us.
It’s okay to take a breather from the heavy emotions and soak in some lighter ones.
Celebrate the joys of other family members. Eat the birthday cheesecake. Take the silly pictures.
Look for ways to tweak your perspective.
Recently I’ve found myself marveling at the wonders of the sky.
Feeling small by comparison helps the issues circling me not feel so big.
Release the weight of Today to be open for Tomorrow…
– – – “HIS mercies are new every morning.” – – –Lamentations 3:21