You Hem Me In {Bible Journaling Devotional}

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Often as I walk through different seasons of life, God puts a specific verse in my way. Everywhere I turn I bump into it. My Bible opens to it, I hear it on the radio, eventually I hear it in a whisper all through the day. I’m hard-headed like that; it takes a lot of repetition to really grab my attention!Bible Journaling Devotional You Hem Me In

The passage I keep coming back to right now?

Psalms 139:1-24

Take a minute and read it… Then let me tell you what God is teaching me through this passage.

What I keep coming back to is this:

You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

Psalms 139:5

As a sewing Momma with 4 little girls, I know a lot about hems. Each time I read this passage- or hear the whisper of the verse as I go about my day- I immediately picture the hem of my little girls’ much loved dress, the one I made for my oldest daughter, now passed down all the way to the youngest; worn over and over by each girl. The fabric is now worn and faded, but that hem? It’s stitches are still straight and true- standing the test of hours of little girl play and hundreds of trips through the washing machine.Bible Journaling You Hem Me In- Strawberry Dress Memories

I picture God turning up the fabric of my life, just as I turned up the hem of that dress. How even as I made the stitches, my love was pouring out for the little girl who would put the dress on. If my hem was made with that much love, how much more love does my Father pour out as He gently, purposefully turns up the edges of my life and hems me in?

Bible Journaling Devotional You Hem Me In

The fabric of my life, it’s pretty raw and jagged these days. Maybe yours is too.

The amazing thing about a hem? It doesn’t matter how jagged the edge. The hem just rolls it up, making the once jagged and raw edge, smooth and straight.

That raw edge is still there, but it’s protected from further fraying.Bible Journaling Devotional You Hem Me In

Friends, you might feel like an uneven, jagged piece of fabric but your Father is right there hemming you in. Lovingly tucking up the uneven and raw pieces of your life into a smooth and straight hem.

He is behind you, in front of you, beside you, everywhere you turn. He is right there. His hand is laid upon you.


Even in the raw jagged places of life God has you hemmed in!

I am resting in that promise- reminding myself of it when the edges seem too raw to bear. I pray you will do the same!

Bible Journaling Devotional You Hem Me In

Many thanks to Family Christian for providing a Journaling Bible for this post!

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  1. Right now my favorite verse is Genesis 31:49 “And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.” My husband is in he military and is gone a lot, so this is the verse I cleave to during our time apart.

    1. Sarah, I’m saying a prayer for you and your husband right now! I thank you so much for sacrificing him for the freedom of our country AND him for being willing to serve! It’s such a sacrifice!

  2. Hey Amanda! I enjoyed reading this post… It came at a great time for me and helped me to stop and think about how He does perfectly arrange things we were never in control of anyways. I am praying for you and those sweet kiddos!

  3. What a beautiful word picture! If I win, you will have to draw beautiful pictures for me! 😉

    1. Awww, thanks! Artist, I am not! But, when it comes to drawing in my Bible, its the memory of lessons learned that is important, not the beauty of the art!

  4. I have never been to good at journaling, but this Bible is so pretty that it does lend itself to making some notes!! I love your doodles!

    1. Thank you! I’m not artistic at all- but the way the art or writing a note in the margins helps me remember the lessons I’ve learned is amazing!

  5. I have never looked at this verse that way. Thank you for bringing it to life with your post & your art journaling. Also, thank you for the chance to win the beautiful journaling Bible.

  6. Such wise words! I often feel frayed around the edges and NOT hemmed in. My life has been anything but quiet and calm… LOL
    It’s good to know that even when I don’t feel it, the Lord has me “hemmed in” 🙂
    I feel blessed to have found you over on Pinterest!

  7. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God,to those who are called according to His purpose.
    Romans 8:28
    Mesmer’s means to me that God will use all the trials that I have had in my life for his purpose and for good. I was recently diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 32.
    As they go through this journey I know that God will use this for his glory.

  8. Love your post! I haven’t started journaling artistically yet, but I would love to win and get started! My favorite verse is Psalm 23! Thanks for doing the drawing, cool idea!


  9. I wanted to let you know that I received my journal bible today!! OMGoodness I’m so excited. It is truly beautiful and I feel so blessed to be able to start my journaling with such an amazing book. Thank you very much for hosting the giveaway. I can’t wait to share my work!! xoxo

  10. Hi. I came across this site via a “pin” from Pinterest. I do like your thought process for journaling in your bible. Can you share with me what bible you are using? I love the look of the leather trifold bible.

  11. Amanda,
    Such a sweet look into your walk with the Lord.

    We have 6 kiddos, too, and 3 of them are heading into adolescence, so we all have some ragged edges around here, lately.

    Thank you for the reminder that He has it all under control, and to just keep giving it to Him.

  12. Hi Amanda,

    I just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your devotional with us 🙂 I love hearing how God is working in the hearts of others and this really resonated with me! You paint a beautiful image with words 🙂

    Happy New Year!

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