Welcome, Dear Ones! Thanks for coming back for day 5 of our Bible Journaling Friendship Plan. Today we are Bible Journaling Proverbs 22: 24-25 – Friendship Bible Journaling Plan.
Below we will look at a couple of different translations for these two verses. Then we’ll talk about the message we get from them.
Bible Journaling Proverbs 22:24-25
NIV translation of Proverbs 22:24-25 reads:
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered, or you may learn their ways and get yourself ensnared.
KJV translation of Proverbs 22:24-25 reads:
Make no friendship with an angry man, and with a furious man, thou shalt not go: Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation as the above verses describe? I got caught up in a foolish friendship I knew was wrong, but didn’t end it until I had committed wrongdoings. You can read more about it here on Day 3 of the Friendship Bible Journaling Plan. I also wasn’t as strong in my faith at the time either. But what does this verse say to you? Learn more about the message God was telling me below.
Bible Journaling Proverbs 22:24-25
Again, I’ve stated this each day and can’t stress it enough. We are all in different seasons of life/faith and verses may mean something slightly different to me than you. I am only sharing my thoughts on how God has spoken to me in this plan.
For me, these verses really touched a weak spot for me. I tend to find friends that are in weird seasons of their life. I’ve always felt or thought that even though they had habits that I didn’t want myself, I would be strong enough to not find myself walking their paths.
But of course, I wasn’t for the most of them I hadn’t fully found my faith. Just imagine how much more of a friend I could have been with God on our sides. I do know that I found those friendships for a reason, the end result was me always struggling to find myself again, and them being a little bit better. Honestly, I can’t say I regret any of them, even after learning the above verses. But I do regret that I hadn’t found my faith during many of them.
Read the verses again, meditate on them, write them down. Then sit back and think how if any of your past or current friendships fit into this verse. What message is God telling you? Write that message next to the verses. Now it’s time to take all that and get creative, it’s time to Journal with Deb
Bible Journaling Proverbs 22:24-25 – Ideas and Supplies Used
When I saw these verses I thought of putting different faces showing emotions. Things like angry, happy, spaced out, etc. I was then going to write next to each face, the emotion it represented. Then the caption of the page was going to say, “be careful in your company and conversations”. But that seemed so dramatic, and I wanted to get my point across but be more positive. With that said I created a totally opposite type of page.
For this page I used, a napkin, acrylic paints, gesso for prepping my page, and a Pilot G-2 pen.
Bible Journaling with Deb – The process
First I removed the ply from my napkin, then took the pieces I wanted to use from the napkin. I will be sharing a step by step tutorial on using napkins for bible journaling later. In the meantime, you can see my video here. The flowers and roses you see in the above image are pieces of the napkin.
Then I applied a coat of gesso to the entire page and immediately laid the napkin pieces on the wet gesso. Next, I applied another coat of gesso over the pieces. Do this carefully if you put to much pressure on the brush you’ll shred the napkin. I then took my heat tool and dried the entire page, front, and back.
I wanted to add some color to my page so I used acrylic paints that matched my napkin colors. First I painted the edges with very watered down paint. Then I brought the color in toward the center of the page but didn’t go completely in with it. Next, I used the second color for the inner area. Again this was very watered down paint, and I brushed the paint on with long sweeping strokes. I wanted to give the page some tint only. Using my heat tool I dried the page again. I then underlined the verses with the Pilot G-2 pen and wrote the saying to mentioned above as well as the date.
Always date your pages. As you look back at your journal you’ll be able to see how you progressed and it’s interesting to see the different emotions/moods for each verse.
I’ve said this before but feel it’s important to reiterate it again. God sends us people to become friends with, some friendships are meant to last a lifetime. While some are friendships of seasons, maybe we need them or they need us and that’s fine. But remember the message God is telling you in Proverbs 22:24-25.
I hope that you’ll be able to use these verses in your life and friendships. Throughout my Bible Journal with Deb series, my hopes are to touch as many people as I can. If I bring just one person in a closer walk with God, then I’ve done good in praising Him.
Life isn’t easy, it’s not fair, friendships come and go. But there is one thing we can count on and that is: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
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Many blessings for the rest of your week!