Bullet Journal Spread for Bible Study & Devotionals

I am currently reading Beth Guckenberger’s 40 day devotional “Reckless Faith” -a 40 day journey to saying yes.

Beth Guckenberger has compiled forty life-changing messages to encourage a life of reckless faith. This devotional journey walks through the adventure and joy that follows a yes to Jesus. Through a unique approach of reflecting on experiences to create internal change and external action steps, each day tells personal stories of when she accepted a challenge to grow. Some stories take place on the mission field and some around her table, but all hold insight to inspire a life with Jesus, who longs to work in and through us all. This journey will help you: – Experience reckless faith adventures – Relate biblical truths to your daily life – Understand God’s heart for others

About Beth

Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.

Beth is the author of eight books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.

Beth is an incredible story teller, and for this visual learner, she illuminates truth like no other. The Lord has blessed her with the ability to communicate spiritual truth with a humility and compassion that completely draws you to HIM. Through the power of the Holy Spirit you will be moved. She speaks from experience out in the trenches, doing God’s work…stumbling along the way, as she becomes more like Christ with each step. She invites you into her journey and you walk away friends:)

Today, I want to share my process for journaling this 40 day devotional with you. It can be used to journal any devotional or scripture study, but works perfectly with the way Beth sets up each daily entry in her book.

Above is my Journal. Baron Fig Confidant. (Slightly smaller than A5) There are definitely aspects about it that I don’t like. I fixed one issue by painting the front and back with acrylic paint. (It has a linen like cover that picks up dirt and grease, yuk!) The layout of the book and the size are certainly to my liking, but the pages are very thin, and don’t hold up well with any heavier applications of pen/marker or paint. I primarily use watercolor and microns, so I can manage, but below is my FAVORITE dot bullet journal that will take almost ANY product without bleed through! (And I love the wipeable cover!) Size/A5

Each of the 40 days in “Reckless Faith” contain: an Experience, a reflection Scripture, Probing Reflective Questions, and an Action step. Below is how I set up my spread to utilize these elements.

Click on the image above for the printable pdf

LEFT SIDE PAGE

I use the top left box (Date/March) to write the FACTS/TRUTHS I pull from the scripture highlighted(top right), using the 3,2,1 Method of Study.

In the “Action space” (left page top right space next to the Date/Truth box) I write my “Response” The ACTION God is calling me to take. I try to write this in the form of a plan that I can implement daily. Beth gives you a specific task to accomplish which is a great way to put what you’ve learned into DOING:)

RIGHT SIDE PAGE

In the top Right box I RE-WRITE the scripture. I find that the simple exercise of prayerfully re-writing scripture helps me meditate over it and remember it! Ask the Holy Spirit for direction and insight, He will teach you “the deep things of God that you do not know!” (1 Corinthians 2)

The vertical box on the lower left side of the right page is where I place a specific WORD that jumps out at me in the story Beth shares or a lesson point she makes. Sometimes, I write a phrase…it’s usually the main point for the day:)

On the lower Right Side (of the right page) I describe the Word box in more detail. Sometimes I add a visual using a drawing or photo.

I pre-cut thin, brown paper bags to use as a 3 x 4 background or I tear pieces of recycled bags and place “strategically” on any of the sections. I also pre-cut watercolor squares/rectangles to use for paintings/drawings. This way, you can create something outside your journal, and will get better results on watercolor paper. MANY TIMES, I cover up boo boos by adding paper! If I cannot correct an oops, I just grab paper, glue it in, and cover it up!

Devotions / Sue Carroll/1Arthouse.blog
This is a COVER UP (left page bottom) over my notes section where I made a big boo boo!

I spend a big chunk of time each morning studying and creating my pages.(1-2 hours) I save time by drawing out the page layout structure, a week at a time, on the weekend. I typically do one, 2 page spread, 5 days a week and use the weekend to layout my pages so they are ready to fill in during the week.

THE PODCASTS ARE GREAT!

I’ve included a FREE printable that you can use to make your own stickers! You can find sticker paper on amazon HERE.

Click on the image to access printable / then click on the title that comes up to print

Hopefully I’ve given you some resources that will be useful to you as you spend precious time with the Lord.

“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

Freedom From Discouragement

A Message by Dr. Tony Evans

(You can listen to this message by downloading the Tony Evans free app.)

Today, I decided to type my notes, then re-write them on the pages of a journal. I have to admit, these hands are becoming less fluid with arthritis and when I draw using my ipad and Apple Pencil, I get help! In the program I use (Procreate) it magically straightens my lines, creates perfect circles, & erases with a tap:)

So…today, you’ll see my shaky pen, crooked lines, and maybe even some misspelled words:)

For the pdf of the notes above click HERE.

I am often overwhelmed with GRATITUDE when I stop and think about the way Jesus uses EVERY detail for OUR good and His glory. It should not be lost on us…each deliberate step He takes is designed to show us up close, who our SAVIOR is…and in a way we can understand. <——that is such LOVE. The gentle way He walks beside His friends… to lovingly teach them AGAIN…the things He has told them many times.

The Message today is rooted in Luke 24.

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

“The SOLUTION to their DISCOURAGEMENT was ALREADY WITH THEM, but until they had FELLOWSHIP with Jesus, they could NOT see.” -Tony Evans

As they walked and shared their disappointment with Jesus, (though they did not recognize Him) Jesus said to them: “How foolish you are and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken. DID NOT THE MESSIAH HAVE TO SUFFER THESE THINGS & THEN ENTER HIS GLORY?

WE WILL HAVE TIMES OF TROUBLE; for the disciples, this time must have felt like their greatest despair… BUT, as Dr. Evans shares

It’s hard to rise if you haven’t died.”

Jesus was trying to tell His friends that they had selective hearing when it came to the scriptures. They didn’t want to believe there had to be death before there could be life.

THEY WERE DEPRESSED BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY

WE DON’T KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, AND CAN BE PARALYZED BY THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE. There is something right around the corner, that we cannot see.

TRUSTING God, means believing that in ALL circumstances He has ONLY our good in mind…believing that our Father goes before us and has purpose for all things. It can be hard to grasp these truths in the midst of great hardship and tragedy. In the Message “Living In The Light Of Eternity” (you can see my post on this here) Tony Evans says this: “I work down here, but I live up there.” This eternal perspective changes everything, but is not possible without the intervention of the Holy Spirit. (1 Cor 2)

The Disciples were no different than you and I…yet, they physically walked with Jesus and still had trouble believing!

“THEY DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HIM AT THE BIBLE STUDY (their walk with Jesus), & WHEN THEY GOT TO THE HOUSE, THEY KNEW THE SCRIPTURES BUT DID NOT KNOW JESUS…AND THEN…HE BROKE BREAD WITH THEM…

AND THEY EXPERIENCED THE RESSURECTION.” -Tony Evans

The disciples INVITED Jesus to stay with them, and through this INVITATION, HE manifested who He was as they gathered around the table, which removed the scales from their eyes. (Abiding)

Daily portion = abiding

Our responsibility is to send out the invitation daily. Inviting Jesus to be a part of everything we do. If we dwell with Him, we will find freedom from discouragement and we will experience His presence and provision.

We must all face trials in life, but our Good Father, provides what we need if we ask Him to “the table.” Our discouragement can either lead us to despair and death, or it can lead us to the one who writes our GOOD story.

He’s right here with us. Let’s remember to invite Him in!

Much love,

Experiencing God’s Best In The New Year

It’s a Tony Evans week! (Bet you’ve noticed!)

I have to admit, I’ve been feeling a bit like a fish out of water. My husband and I (We are empty nesters😬) have recently left the church we attended for 12+ years. I was deeply rooted in women’s ministry and loved the TRIBE I have been a part of for all these years.

We all know that there is no perfect church—->they are filled with imperfect people…and I am the first to admit my failings. We have been extremely intentional about “sticking with” our imperfect family and have weathered our fair share of storms. But I’ve (we’ve) run ashore this time, and I find myself flopping about on the sand, yearning for the community of Sisters in Christ.

We are not “church hoppers” but church *gophers 😂 and yet, here we are…without a home. (*dig in deep, provide a place to see a way out)

This message from Dr. Tony Evans ministered to my soul and encouraged me that I am to use what I have were I am.

Those of you who have been following me, know I’m not a very consistent
“poster” so the increased time I have (due to less responsibility) has allowed me to use these little fingers to post more often. (Like, almost every day🤪)

WHICH…brings me to today’s lesson, brought to us through the ministry of Tony Evans.

God has purpose for us every day, and He has already graciously provided us with the means to achieve it.

Moses had a stick. David had a sling shot. Shamgar had an oxgoad.

I have my ipad and my pencil 😊

What do you have?

The first critical step is this: Knowing whose VOICE we are listening to…God provides all the rest. FAR beyond what we could hope for or imagine.

Start where you’re at. Trust God for direction and provision. Learn to use what you have, so that when the 600 come, you are ready to use what God has already given ——->for VICTORY.

You don’t need much!

1 seed produces 1 Stalk of Wheat. 1 Stalk of Wheat contains 3 heads which house 15-35 kernels. Those kernels produce close to 100 which will then become 1 million!

What do you already have that you can use to serve God and others TODAY?

Much love,

Understanding A Thorn by Dr Tony Evans

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Hello!

Today’s post comes again from Dr. Tony Evans’ podcast. You can listen too, by going to your App Store and downloading the Tony Evans app.

If you give it a listen, you can follow along with my notes 😊

“HOW TO UNDERSTAND A THORN” Posted Dec. 26th

This message comes from 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. We find Paul pleading (3 x) with the Lord to remove a thorn.

Do you have an irritating thorn in your paw right now? If so, I pray that you will find relief and hope through this message. It’s a GOOD one!

Dr. Evans tells a story about Billy Graham. In this story, Dr.Graham was sited for going 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. The monetary fine he received was $100. When the Judge asked if Graham was guilty, his response was yes. It was then that the Judge connected this unmistakeable voice with the person standing before him & he was shocked…overcome.

He took out $100 and paid Dr. Graham’s fine, then asked him if he could buy him a steak dinner! Billy Graham received GRACE because of WHO HE WAS.

SOMETIMES we receive “A TICKET” in order to receive grace…BUT, we have to KNOW WHO (AND WHO’S) WE ARE.

DR. EVANS also tells a story about a building without enough elevators.

In order to shift the public’s focus from the thorn of waiting for an elevator, the building installed mirrors on every floor.

IF WE CAN REDIRECT OUR FOCUS ON THE LORD, WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE ELEVATOR TO BRING US FROM THE FLOOR WE ARE STUCK ON, WE WILL BE OPEN TO RECEIVE THE BLESSING OF GROWTH HE HAS FOR US.

“IF GOD IS ALLOWING A THORN, HE IS ADMINISTERING AN IV WITH THE MEDICINE WE NEED” <——- Love that!

I hope you will find some time to listen to this encouraging teaching, and then in the quiet…journal what you have learned…and maybe even add one of the images above to create a memorial to the Lord of the place He met with you ❤️

Much love,

Seeking God’s Kingdom First-Dr. Tony Evans

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HELLO, on this Good Friday, Dec. 27th!

For those of you who have been following my journaling, you know I’m an avid listener of Dr. Tony Evans!

You can listen to his podcasts with his free app.


Just when I think I truly understand a section of God’s Word, the Lord gives me a fresh perspective!

The Podcast I listened to this morning is titled “Seeking God’s Kingdom First” posted on December 23rd. (From Matthew 6-25-34)

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendorwas dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The following quotes really stood out to me in this teaching on Matthew 6:

  • “What food is to the body, righteousness is to the soul.”
  • “The antidote to worry, is the repositioning of God’s place in your life”
  • “Are you running so fast to catch your plane, that you out run even the Pilot? You’re not going anywhere without the Pilot!”

Living in the present WITH God, is to abide. It’s a constant effort of obedience to seek His will in every moment of every day. It’s not something that comes naturally for any of us. We can only walk hand in hand with the Lord by opening up our hands… Putting down the other thing(s) we are holding instead & Daily REPOSITIONING Him as the first priority in our life. This is the key to experiencing fruit. (Love, joy, peace, patience, etc. / Gal 5)

It’s our nature to race ahead, to get to the plane first, and fly solo. How crazy is that? Would we attempt to fly and airplane without it’s pilot? Learning to follow takes time, but with each step of obedience we take, God meets us with His presence and provision. Experiencing this (HIM) is what grows our confidence in His faithfulness to provide…and from this, our desire to position the Lord first in our lives will grow.

Let me know if you like these printable note pages and I will work on creating more!

I created the sticker page and you can find them in my Etsy shop.

Bless you!