Be Strong and Courageous

This week, my husband and I celebrated our rebirthdays; the anniversary of our baptisms. God gave me the great idea to journal my husband’s life verse in his bible as a gift to encourage and remind him that God is with him.

As it’s his bible, I thought it best to keep the entry very simple. I used mostly printable ephemera, some stamps and a bit of watercolour. The printables are from Illustrated Faith’s Print & Pray Shop and are called A Deep Well and Be Brave.

The basis for the entry is a cute squirrel reading the bible. I love that it’s wearing glasses as does my husband. I also really like the quote that says “be strong in the Lord”. The quote has a watercolour background with some paint splatters in the design, so that’s the design inspiration behind the entry.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth,
but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.
For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:8-9

Joshua 1:9 is my husband’s life verse. But, I intentionally include verse 8 because I think it gives context to verse 9.

Yes, we should go out and do those big things that God tells us to do knowing that He goes with us. There are many examples of this in other places in the bible. One example is in the story of Moses leading God’s people out of Egypt when he did not have the confidence in himself to do it. So, this is a correct interpretation.

However, my understanding of verse 9, in light of verse 8, is that the strength and courage required is for keeping God’s commands, instead of following our own way or that of the world.

To keep His commands, we need to know and understand them; meditate on them continuously.

I stamped the words “I AM” and used some tile alphas to spell “with you”. There is a bit of a play on words with that. I AM is the name of God, so it’s like I’m saying to him, God is with you. But it could also be seen as a message from God saying that he is with him. It could also mean that I am saying I am with him; essentially meaning that I support him in all that he does.

I’ve linked the video below so that you can watch how it all comes together.

Do you journal in your spouse’s bible?

Joy & Peace, Sister!

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