Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bible Journaling Wrap Up...

I just wanted to share a few recent entries from my Bible. I've signed up for Stephanie Ackerman's Bible Journaling and Lettering Class (HERE) and love her lettering approach, which you can see in these three entries. There is so much inspiration right now online, but the heart inspiration found in the Word overpowers the art that come out.  I praise God for what He's doing in my heart and all who are discovering or rediscovering Him through Bible Journaling!

Created after reading Illustrated Faith Bloom devotion booklet. Inspired by galaxy technique presented HERE.  I used Micron pen, Signo white pen, water colors, Mr. Huey's opaque white mist on this page.

I completed this page after reading Rebekah Jones' challenge on her blog. It's colored pencils and Micron pen in my bible.

This was a result of another Stephanie Ackerman lettering tutorial. Micron pens, ink transfered with watercolor brush from Tim Holtz Distressed ink pad.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bible Journaling - It's Not About the Art

I've been reading several posts lately in various Bible Journaling forums that go something like this, "I'm a horrible artist, but here's my latest page." or "I'm not as good as all you gals, but this is the best I could do." or "I wish I could draw/paint/write as good as all the talented people I see here."

I want to shout, "IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ART!!!"

It's about God.
It's about God speaking to you.
It's about God using the very way He created you to draw you in closer to Him.
It's about reading and interacting with God's Word and letting that Word soak into you deeper.
It's about relationship-building.

Then, after God inspires you, just maybe He'll use you to inspire someone else to dig deeper into His Word. To seek after Him. That's why we share our he{art}. 

I love how God is using Bible Journaling to create a new longing for Him. I'm honored that occasionally He uses something that I've done and shared to stir another to open her Bible that perhaps has been closed for awhile. 

It's not about me.
It's not about my art.

It is about Him and His Kingdom.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Bible Journaling - Trinity Sunday

 Truly, truly, I say to you,
before Abraham was, I am.

In John 8:58, Jesus clearly declares his divinity with this statement. This last weekend was Trinity Sunday in many churches of the Christian faith. In our church, we confessed the Athanasian Creed. This creed especially points out, in detail, our understanding of the Holy Trinity. Through scripture, God reveals Himself as three distinct persons, yet one unified God. We may not be able to fully comprehend this wonderful mystery, but in our faith, we believe. 
In my journaling bible this week, I've completed two pages where I've dwelled on the mystery of the Trinity. The page to the right I complete after Sunday's sermon. My "I Am" stickers from Simple Stories again found a home in my bible, as well as a few paper scraps, stickers, and die-cuts from that collection.  I also used my Micron pen for words and doodling and some miscellaneous alpha stickers to round out the margin message.  The colored background is acrylic paint, scraped across the page and then a few splatters with a brush on top of that.

I completed this page in John also.  Sunday's gospel was John 3:1-17, so I added the Celtic Trinity knot to this page.  I printed one out from online and then traced it. I recently purchased a set of Prismacolor colored pencils and this was my first use of them in my Bible. I really like that they are soft and easy to layer and blend. The colors are strong, but I can still easily read the text underneath, which is important to me when I bible journal. Finally, I outlined the knot with my Micron pen and then wrote out a section of the Athanasian Creed into the margin. 

Once again I find that this way of studying and meditating on scripture connects me so personally to the Word. It may not be for everyone, but I know it's creating in me a longing to open my Bible everyday to see what words and messages are waiting to be revealed.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bible Journaling...Turn on the Light!

Inspired by my Portals of Prayer devotion this morning, my Bible Journaling entry focuses on John 8:12

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." 

It's so simple, yet so easy to forget. Jesus is the light. Why do we continue to fumble around in darkness when we just need to turn to Him? He is no ordinary light. He is the light of the world, the light of life, in Him there is no darkness.

Feeling lost today?

Just turn on the light.

Turn to Jesus.
Today I drew a lightbulb and colored it with watercolor pencils.
I added the yellow with my waterbrush and a little ink from my Tim Holtz
Mustard Seed mini ink pad.  I used my 08 Micron for the lettering
and then my super fine 005 Micron for additional outlining and the words in script. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bible Journaling Challenge

If you haven't been to Rebekah Jones' blog, you should really check her out - amazing inspiration and tutorials for bible journaling.  Each week, she offers a challenge, and I finally took her up on it this time.
Her focus, and mine, was Matthew 18:18-20. I was inspired by her watercolor technique, but changed it for my bible.  I used Tim Holtz Distress ink (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, and Peacock Feathers) and a waterbrush to bring color to my page and attention to verse 20: For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. A few things stand out to me when reading these words. It only takes two or three. I've been guilty of saying, "Only 3 of us can make it to Bible Study? Why don't we postpone it until more can gather?" Oops! This verse reminds me that this kind of thinking is contrary to Jesus' teaching. Jesus doesn't say, "I'll be there if I can make it and if there are enough people to justify my time."  No! He promises to be there among us if even just 2 or 3 gather in His name. I'm so grateful for his presence. I'm grateful for the reminder that joining together with others to focus on Jesus is so important to Jesus that he'll clear his schedule and be there. No excuses.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Pentecost Sermon Notes into Bible Journaling

Do you take notes during sermons? I find that it helps me focus and I've really been liking the ability to reflect more on what was said later in my own study time. Naturally, many sermon notes make their way into my bible journaling. This past weekend, our pastor focused on the work of the Holy Spirit, it being Pentecost Sunday and all. He said many things about the Holy Spirit, but what caught my attention was the picture he created of the Holy Spirit constantly at work. Scripture speaks of the Holy Spirit as the Helper, the Comforter, the Advocate, the Convictor, the Guide. He's working individually in each of us to be made new, to be refocused on Christ, to be tuned in to God's specific purpose and design in our lives. I am being remade.

Have you heard the song "I am Remade" by Jason Gray? It kept running through my head during the sermon on Sunday. The last lines say it best:

Hidden in Christ
Made in the image of the Giver of Life
Righteous and holy,
 reborn and remade
Accepted and worthy,
 this is our new name
This is who we are now

I'm a work in progress, thanks to my Heavenly Father, Christ my Savior, and the Holy Spirit who helps me focus on them more clearly.
For this entry, I created a dove mask and sponged ink around it,
adding more color with watercolor pencils. Stickers, Micron Pen.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bible Journaling to Remind Me of God's Invitation to Come

This morning God took me straight away to Matthew 11:28-30.  I get so used to doing things on my own, sometimes I don't realize the heavy burdens I'm struggling to carry.  I have a history of having to (or choosing to) do things myself. This tendency has become even more ingrained in me as I've lost, through death, so many important people that I trusted and relied on, particularly my parents. In the last year or so, I've also lost two important women that I trusted and relied on, but these losses are perhaps more difficult because they are not losses through death, but misunderstandings resulting in broken relationships. This week has been an especially difficult one with our 6 year old daughter who is in full-blown challenge parental authority mode. Good grief, my soul needs rest. Contemplating and creating around this verse has given me some rest this morning...and much to think about.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

1 Peter 2:23-25 Water color pencils, Micron Pen

Find rest.
I want to. I try. I lay my burden and heartache down only to take it up again. I know God's working on me to rely more on Him, but man, I'm struggling.
But I'm going to keep trying.
Trying to trust Him with my grief.
Trust Him with my broken relationships.
Trust Him with my daughter.
I will continue to respond to His invitation to come and to simply TRUST HIM. 

I used some of my scrapbooking supplies, specifically some stickers and paper from the
Vintage Bliss collection from Simple Stories. I used washi tape to secure a tip in -
the chevron print is on a piece of vellum, so I can flip it open to read the scripture underneath.