As I prepare for a New Year I am reflecting back on 2018 and how my “word of the year” blessed me. Last year my word of the year was grateful and I learned so much about how to be grateful. I’ll share more about it later, but I decided my word of the year for 2019 will be patience and I want to spend January really reflecting on verses about being patient, people in the Bible who were patient and how God blessed them and to remember Jesus is the true example of patience.
So to start a new year our verse-a-day challenge will be on patience. I want to challenge you to not only join me in journaling the verse and reflect on it, but to read the whole chapter the verse is in.
According to the Webster’s revised unabridged dictionary patience means:
1. (n.) The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc.
2. (n.) The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance.
3. (n.) Constancy in labor or application; perseverance.
4. (n.) Sufferance; permission.
5. (n.) A kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America than in Europe; monk’s rhubarb.
6. (n.) Solitaire.
According to the International Standard Bible encyclopedia patience means:
pa’-shens (hupomone, makrothumia): “Patience” implies suffering, enduring or waiting, as a determination of the will and not simply under necessity. As such it is an essential Christian virtue to the exercise of which there are many exhortations. We need to “wait patiently” for God, to endure uncomplainingly the various forms of sufferings, wrongs and evils that we meet with, and to bear patiently injustices which we cannot remedy and provocations we cannot remove.
If you are new to my challenge its really very simple. Each day look up the verse(s) for that day and spend some time reflecting on it. When you read the passage what is God saying to you? Once you have read it and spent some time reflecting on it spend a little more time and journal it in your Bible, notebook or just a piece of paper. I want to challenge you to not only join me in journaling the verse and reflect on it, but to read the whole chapter the verse is in.
After you are done Bible journaling it take a picture and share it with us in my group, Beginner Bible Journaling.
If you share your Bible journaling work on Instagram use #ChristianCreativeChallenge so we can connect. Just remember if your account is private I won’t be able to find you from the hashtag, but it will help you find others who are also participating in the challenge.
Finally make sure you print the image above so you can easily reference back to the list of verses for the challenge.
Thank you all for joining me on this journey through the verse-a-day challenge God bless!!