October Challenge –
Prepare your Beach Bag
Your first challenge is to prepare a bag, bucket, box, or basket for a portable quiet-time, an ever ready container of resources to use on the beach, in your room, up in the loft, on a deck, by the pool, or in a quiet corner with an ocean view.
You can make it, buy it, decorate it… be creative! (We’ll have a fun “show and tell” activity with these; so let your bag reflect your style/personality.)
Start a Journal
In addition to your Bible, you need to have a journal in your “beach bag”. Consider starting a new journal for this season. It could be large, small, spiral, bound, a notebook, a 3 ring binder, a yellow tablet; something that fits your style and mood. Like your beach bag, let it be an expression of yourself. You can decorate the cover, fill it as you would a scrapbook, glue in tabs, add stickers, anything you want.
Check out this link for journal prompts and a prayer calendar idea.
Gather Your Tools
Begin filling your bag with supplies that you will use during your “seeking-time”.
- Bible and journal
- pens, highlighter, colored pencils
- tape (I always carry tape for adding sentimental odds and ends to my journal: leaves, pressed flowers, business cards, magazine clippings articles/pictures/words, seagull feathers, etc.)
- paper clips, tags, post-its… (I even raided my neglected scrap-booking stash and gathered a few things to use.)
I like to carry my tools in a clear plastic zip bag (like those that bed sheets and shower curtains come in); so I can easily find a pen or paper clip but also to keep the sand off my tape!
Remember: Be original. Be creative. Have fun with this challenge!