Updated: Aug 30, 2021
Our scripture series for August is about being Steadfast.
I'm excited because this has been my focus word for 2021. As I've been reading through the Bible this year, I've noticed more scriptures related to this theme. I even found a stamped bracelet that I've been wearing as a visual reminder.
Back in January I began my Word for the Year page with an exploration of Steadfast synonyms so that as I progressed through my devotional reading, I would recognize this topic in a broader context.
loyal, determined, immovable, resolute, unwavering,
firm in belief, purpose, faith
Steadfastness is about being determined, standing firm, and remaining consistent even in times of stress. Over the next couple weeks, our Olympic athletes will be demonstrating how steadfastness in training pays off in ultimate competition.
Being steadfast is sticking to something when your patience is wearing thin, persevering despite the odds. Sometimes it might be plodding along with minimal visible progress toward a long-term goal. Or perhaps it's standing up for someone who struggles to assert herself in certain situations. Maybe it's following through on a "good intention" or maintaining a New Year's goal.
Steadfastness is not flashy or popular, but it's recognizable in people who reflect a certain amount of grit --> a quality that people depend on when they need someone steady.
We can be steadfast physically or mentally, yet the Lord is also keenly interested in our hearts being steadfast in Him. He's pleased when we stick to our devotional plans, get into His Word regularly, and consistently make it to church or Bible study.
So, let's dive into these verses on steadfastness and see where it takes us this month!
You can download the reference list here and make it into a handy bookmark if you'd like!
I printed mine on sunny-colored card stock and ran them through a laminator to make a durable set.
You can use them again in the future or perhaps pass them on to someone else.
Once you've got the reference list printed, begin writing out the daily verses on a flip card set.
You can decorate these as much as you want. Mine tend to be fairly simple...written in colorful ink with a few doodles. Sometimes I even do them on car trips or while waiting in carpool, so I'm not winning any penmanship awards with these!
Writing the verses out fully helps me get familiar with them in context. (You can even make notes on the back of the card or write additional scriptures that help clarify the setting.) Sometimes I'll write a different translation of the verse on the back side of the flip card.
When I add the scriptures onto my #biblequiltjournal page, I've got the full verses handy and can make decisions re: how much of the verse to write in the BQ square.
Day by day we will add a verse and end up with a beautiful collection of Steadfast scriptures to have as a resource when we need the encouragement in the future.
Want some musical inspiration while you create with your pages this month?
Sandra McCracken performed at our church a couple years ago. This is one of my favorites!
If you don't have the journal, you can download the set here. Choose with or without stitch lines.