Updated: Jul 1
Our family is not known for its vocal skills, but we do love music and appreciate how it permeates our daily lives.
Our sons have all played the piano and other stringed instruments over the years, so we've attended a multitude of orchestra concerts and observed the progression of skills growing over time. Sometimes those first concerts are all about the enthusiastic exuberance of the performers and the validating encouragement from the audience rather than the actual music.
Indeed, the early days of practicing a new instrument can be an earful for the whole household, but then gradually all that practice gives way to beautiful music streaming throughout the house and creates a delightful atmosphere in the home.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King." Psalm 98:4-6
I think PRAISE goes through its own progression of growth, too. We "try out" new ways to express our praise and gratitude to God as our spiritual maturity develops over time. Our initial enthusiasm may gradually give way to a deeper appreciation of Biblical concepts and a greater understanding of the Lord's enduring love for us.
We become more aware of our unique spiritual gifts and can offer these in praise and worship to the Lord, allowing Him to delight in our difference expressions of praise.
Throughout July, our focus in the Monthly Bible Quilt Journal is going to be on the Psalms, a rich source of praises and joyful singing. Our Bible Quilting friend, Patti from Canada, has curated some specific psalms of praise for us.
I like to get started by adding all the references to the monthly calendar page.
Once you get the printable reference list, you can make a handy bookmark to use as you look up the daily scriptures.
The next step is to write out the daily verses onto a flip card set. This will familiarize you with the scriptures and also provide you with a handy resource to carry with you throughout the month. You can decorate these as you like to personalize them even further.
If you'd like a jumpstart on your flip cards, here's a printable set with all the verses typed and ready to print. Thanks, MaryJo, for your formatting help!
Patti graciously included the verses for this month in some different fonts. You can download these to use for your flip card set or your BQJ pages if you'd like.
Last summer when I was designing the Monthly BQJ for this year, I was inspired to create the layout of the 2-page Psalms spread so that we could use Patti's printed verses as a cut-and-paste or as a sticker sheet.
For my BQ journal, I decided to make clear sticker sheets of the scripture set to allow the background colors of my quilt squares to shine through.
I used a set of black number stickers for the days of the month (shown in photo below).
You can choose whether or not you want to number the quilt squares. You can use stickers, stamps, or simply write the numbers in with colorful markers.
I tucked the number stickers under the verse sticker whenever possible so they will be more durable over time.
I prepped all my background colors first on the 2-page spread before adding the verse stickers. Here's an overview of my process using gelatos: