Current Favorite: Journible

My focus drastically improves when I’m taking notes as I study. This goes for anything – school, homework, Bible study, you name it.

Almost two years ago, my parents got me a Proverbs Journible for Christmas. I’ll admit, I’m still working on this one Journible that I’ve had for so long. I have a bad habit of starting books that I never finish. But with more time on my hands, I’m enjoying spending more time with it.

What is a Journible?

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A Journible is a book used to copy scripture on the right side and take notes or answer thought questions on the left side. As stated in the front of the Journible, it was created by the 17:18 series, based on Deuteronomy 17 in which the king was told to acquire a copy of the law and hand-write it (Deuteronomy 17:18). The purpose was so that he would read it, learn to fear God, obey God’s commands, stay humble, not turn from the law, and teach his sons to serve in the kingdom after him (vv. 19, 20). Because of new research, educators are “discovering that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information.” Thus, the whole purpose of the Journible. This is so true and so helpful!

My Journible has a summary of Proverbs on the first of the lined pages that makes you familiar with the book before you start copying. Continuing through the Journible, you’ll find lined pages with verse numbers down the side of the right page (with enough room to copy the whole verse) and simple questions on the left that refer to the verses you’ve just copied. It looks like this:

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Why Do I Like Journibles So Much?

It’s a great way to simply read and study the Bible by itself, and it helps to keep me focused on what’s being said. I’ve noticed points and phrases that I never thought about before because I can slow down and look at every word. Part of the armor of God is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The only way I will be able to wield the sword of the Spirit is if I study it and know it. It’s always a good day when I find a tool that’s going to help me do this more diligently, regularly, and with more understanding. That’s why I love the Journible! It does all of these things, and I’m thankful to the creators for being willing to make a tool that will help people study the Bible.

Where Can You Get One?

Like I said in my last post, mine came from CEI Bookstore in my hometown, but I’m sure you can find it on Amazon or at another book store! I believe most of the books of the Bible are included in the 17:18 Series. They’re definitely worth a try if you’re interested in digging into the Bible and spending time with God’s word.

My Blogging Space

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You guessed it. That’s my coffee table.

As you’ve probably figured out, I like simple, organized spaces. I especially try to keep my blogging space neat because clutter messes with my creativity and concentration. Usually I’ll have a snack and a drink sitting on the table, as well.

What I have sitting on the table today, though, is my laptop, a stack of coasters, and the books I’m loving right now. The book underneath is a Proverbs Journible – a book used to copy down scripture on the right side and take notes on the left (more about that at a later date)! On top, I have a book I started a few days ago called Practicing Hospitality: The Joy of Serving Others by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock. Both of my copies came from a store in my hometown, CEI Bookstore. It’s a great Christian bookstore that has an abundance of great literature, Bibles, and gift items; they’ll even order for you what they don’t have. You can probably find it online or at another bookstore, as well.

I’m really enjoying both of these. Practicing Hospitality is a wonderfully written book that details the reasons God expects Christians to offer hospitality to strangers and friends. I just got to Chapter 2, so once I finish it up, I may tell you how I liked it!

You may be wondering why I blog at my coffee table instead of a desk. As I’ve mentioned before I live in an apartment. There’s only room for one desk here, which is my husband’s that he uses for work. I could use his desktop computer, but I prefer my familiar keyboard that brought me through the end of college. It’s a cozy set up, and I can watch a tv show or movie while I write. It gives me some flexibility. Sometimes it motivates me even more because sitting in a chair at a desk while writing has always made me uncomfortable. One day I may upgrade, and get a nice, comfortable chair, but for now I’m thankful for what I have. It’s fun seeing where people’s creativity sparks. Mine is a simple space, but I like it that way!

4 Kinds of Things I Find at an Antique Mall

Yesterday my parents-in-law came to town, and we decided to take a quick trip to Eastbrook Flea Market and Antique Mall in Montgomery. Trust me when I say that I could have spent an entire day looking around in this store. I mean, it was three stories high and filled wall-to-wall with antiques, crafts, books, re-purposed furniture, you name it. Out of this entire store I only ended up getting two things – both of them books. If I could, I would have bought so much more. Before I jump into the other finds that I certainly didn’t purchase, I’ll show you what I got (bear with the photos; I only have an iPhone).

What I Got 

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I’ve been casually looking for a copy of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott for a couple of weeks because I realized that, even though the movie is one of my favorites, I’ve never read the book. So I saw this beautiful copy and had to have it (my mother-in-law actually decided to get it for me because she wants me to read it so badly). The book on the right was my purchase. I found a A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, one I’ve also never read, surprising as it is.

And below are shelves I couldn’t pass up looking through. There were about ten more that didn’t go unnoticed; I spent a lot of time here.

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The Interesting

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Here’s a cute, handmade (I think) owl. It’s cute, though its eyes area little overbearing.

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This is an enlarger. It’s something that’s used in dark rooms by photographers to enlarge (or reduce) negatives. I like photography and my dad has spent a lot of time in dark rooms so I thought this was neat.

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I like dachshunds. End of story.

The Memory-Inducing

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My mom has several pieces of the same pattern as these. When I looked at them, I could remember the house I spent the first seven or eight years of my life. This was the main decor I remember in our little living room and kitchen. 🙂

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I love love loved Nancy Drew books (and mysteries in general). I only got to read a few of them, but I saw this one and had lots of emotions. This is actually an older cover than the one I had. Mine had a smooth finish, so it was fun to see an earlier copy. Later, when we found the bookshelves, I ran across most of the series with the cover I had as a girl.

The Strange

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These creepy things were oddly placed. I saw them only after we had been looking at hats and toy trucks for a while – they were on the same table. I don’t hate clowns but when they look like this it doesn’t make me have good feelings toward them. Maybe someone thinks they’re cute?

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There were mostly cute little people and classic-looking Hallmark ornaments…and then I saw this. So I had to take a picture. I’m not a fan of Star Trek. Maybe those who are think this is neat, but I thought it strange that there was a fancy “Keepsake Ornament” of Captain Picard (my husband had to tell me who it even was).

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Last, but not least: my husband with “whiskers.”