A Cultural Moment

I was on my morning walk recently when I saw this.  Since we have been on furlough, it’s been awhile since I have seen this and it surprised me!  When the sun is shining and there is no threat of rain, you will see the Japanese airing out their beds.  They are often hanging from open windows or a veranda.

I also noticed that the cherry blossoms are almost here.  I can’t wait!  Unfortunately, I checked the weather forecast for the next several days and it is calling for lots of rain.  That won’t make for a very pretty cherry blossom season, but I’m sure it will help with the social distancing!!

I think I have the problem with the blurry photos figured out.  If you happen to notice that they are still blurry for you, would you mind dropping me a comment below. Thanks!

The Power of the Index

One of my favorite features of the bullet journal is the index.  This is something I was doing long before I started bullet journaling.  Several years ago, I began indexing in books I was reading.  In the back of the book, there is always a blank page.  On this page, I write a page number and a brief description of a sentence or less of what I want to remember.  This makes a quick and easy reference guide.  

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I then began indexing my devotional journals.  Sometimes I write something particular that the Lord taught me or a quote that I want to remember.  Maybe it is sermon notes from a sermon that meant a lot to me.  If I write the page number with a brief description, it helps me to find what I am looking for without scanning through lots of pages.  

When I stumbled on the bullet journal, indexing was not new me.  Ryder Carroll, the founder of the Bullet Journal, puts his index in the front of his bullet journal.  I did this for a year, but I prefer having mine in the back.  Most likely that is because that is how I have done it for so many years and it is hard to break old habits.  

How about you?  Have you created your own indexes in books or journals?  If not, why don’t you give this a try!

On another note, I’m not sure how things on the blog are looking to you, but it seems that the pictures are blurry.  On my computer, they are fine but when I check the preview they are not.  I’m not sure how they are looking to you or how I can correct this.  I’m sorry for the inconvenience.  I am working on it…

Worth the Read

Scripture memory is something that has been life-changing for me. It has been an important part of my walk with the Lord.  Lately, I find myself floundering.  I came across some great posts that have been so helpful to me with this, so I wanted to share them with you.

If you have any tips for Scripture memory, please comment so that we can encourage one another!

What? Me Memorize Scripture?

“Don’t give up on Scripture memory before you’ve even tried. You can do it and the effort is more than worth it.”

When Memorizing Isn’t Fun Anymore?

But what do you do when the fire has gone out? Perhaps you can remember a time when memorizing Scripture was the highlight of your day. Your zeal for God’s Word was a bright flame that consumed your heart. But now, for some unexplainable reason, that flame has been reduced to an ember. The sad and simple truth is that you just don’t feel like memorizing anymore.

If this describes your experience, don’t be discouraged! Generations of memorizers can relate to your struggle.”

The Bible Is On My Phone, So Why Memorize?

“Nothing in your pocket, however convenient on good days, can compare with the nearness of God’s Word in your heart on bad days!”

When You Don’t Know What to Say, Say This

This article was perhaps the most helpful to me during this slump. So many times we don’t know what to say or what to pray for with someone, but we can always pray Scripture that we have memorized!!

God knows what He’s about.

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts Him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out–
God knows what He’s about.

~untitled and unattributed in a volume by V. Raymond Edman,
The Disciplines of Life