It is often said that the book of Proverbs, the book of wisdom, has 31 chapters for every day of the month (if the month has 30 days, you read chapters 30 and 31 on the 30th). So, the pastor that Mom and I listen to created a journal to go along with said book.
*What is ‘hesed’?- Hesed, or checed is a Hebrew word for grace (chen is also a Hebrew word for grace). It is often translated as loving-kindness, goodness, and mercy, among other things, because it is a very rich word. It is closely “related” to the New Testament word charis, which means grace (where you get the word charisma). So, ‘hesed wisdom’ is a way of saying, “There is grace in wisdom, and there is wisdom in grace.” Grace is the pastor’s main subject, and there’s more to this story, but for now, I’ll leave it at that.
Now, Mom and I don’t do journals or devotionals, so the fact that we bought these and stuck with it for a month, means something.
There are four steps to this journal:
- Read a chapter of Proverbs (the chapter that corresponds with the day of the month).
- Write down the scripture(s) that sticks out to you.
- Jot down your thoughts that go along with the Proverb.
If I had enough sense about me, I would have taken a picture of the inside, but alas, I did not. We’ll just have to make do with our doodles*.
*No, Mom and I are not the best artists in the world. But honestly, I love them. They’re very creative, and different, and one-of-a-kind. And as you can see, I’m not afraid to post them.
So here, as you can kind of see in the corner, is what I got from one of the scriptures from the ninth Proverb. The picture may look silly, but it’s kind of intriguing, isn’t it?
One of my favorite things about the doodling part of this, is the fact that I’m actually drawing. I love to draw, even if it is just stick figures. But I feel so creative, and I’m exercising a part of my brain that I don’t use so much anymore. Plus, I’ve already gotten two good ideas for the book I’m writing, by going along with this journal.
Mom had the brilliant idea to print different stick figures out for us to draw. We definitely needed them.
And I just discovered my stick figure on the right only has one arm.
Here are some of Mom’s doodles:
Her pictures are quite different from mine, and I love to “analyze” them.
Side note: We have two black and white paintings on our wall in our bedroom. Same picture, painted totally different. We discovered that she’s more heavy handed than I am, which is totally the truth. It was quite the revelation.
And so, month one is complete. We start month two today. I can’t wait to see what new pictures Mom and I will come up with this time around.
Thank you for reading!
*If you are at all interested in these journals, this is a link to them (they’re the same, just different colors). Right now they’re on sale, just in time for Mother’s Day! No, this is not sponsored/an affiliate link, I just love to promote stuff.