The tiny cabin shuddered and shook violently. Katherine clung helplessly to the sides of the bed to avoid, once again, being flung to the floor.
Everyone had been ordered below deck but it was fear, not the command, that kept her huddled in the tiny room. A mere glimpse of the mountainous seas that towered high above their ship had sent her scuttling below for cover.
One hand tightly clutching the bed-rail, she groping desperately for her Bible, scrambling through the pages as she searched for a familiar passage: Deuteronomy 33:27... ''The eternal God is your dwelling place, And underneath are the everlasting arms...'
Katherine couldn't swim. She knew that even the most powerful of swimmers would be lost in the huge, dark seas that had pounded the ship for days. And they terrified her. She hugged herself tightly and prayed that, whatever the outcome, God's arms would indeed be beneath and around her.
Katherine was my grandmother. As a young woman, she made the long and dangerous trip to a new land and a new life in Australia. And yes, that verse in Deuteronomy was very firmly underlined within her creased and slightly battered black Bible.
My grandmother's stories, this and many more, were told to us as kids- an vital part of our family heritage.
"Create legacies that will take the next generation to a level we could only imagine."
Nowadays, beautifully bound and presented journals are readily available for you to record your own stories as a legacy for future generations. They contain journalling prompts and ideas for your memories and photos. Some are prayer journals- a record of your love, concern and ongoing prayer for your children and grandkids.
But maybe, you might like to consider another option.
Have you considered a Bible Journal?
Why not create a legacy of your own Bible journal, a book to hand on to your children and grandchildren filled with your own notes, stories, doodles, drawings, inspiration and prayers as you regularly read and study God's Word?
It's easy to start. Buy a good quality journalling Bible, one with large columns for such notes. You can find them here or here.
Now, how about some pointers? What do I write?
Remember, it's your journal, your legacy. So.. include anything that you think is important or meaningful. Here are some suggestions:
Most importantly.... start now!
A quick update: I've just seen the beautifully presented Bible journalling from Time-Warp Wife.. quite lovely.. Check it out!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.