Bible Art Journaling – What’s Your Agenda???

It came!  After what seemed like months (actually just a couple of weeks), my journaling Bible arrived!  I must admit…the first night I looked through my new Bible, thinking about which book… which verse… would be the first in my art journaling adventure….those initial feelings…those feelings of making my Bible “ugly” and held me back months ago, came flooding in again….and so I gently laid it on the nightstand for another day.

The next morning I woke with determination to push past unrealistic expectations and just do it…start the art journaling process! After all, I was prepared…I was confident my artwork would be fine – after all, I watched tons of videos, practiced on little projects for months, and while far from talented I felt acceptable.  And so I started…

Michaelangelo? Far from it!!!! Actually, it was kinda close to a mess…kinda like me!

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  • pencil marks (curvy lines) wouldn’t erase, but smeared instead…
  • the ink pen I purchased specifically for journaling bled through; and
  • the distress stain recommended for its translucency was pretty awful bleeding through A LOT ….

so much for that confidence…

 

 

And then a thought hit me last night…what exactly was my motivation in journaling???? Was it to dig deeper into God’s Word? OR… was it to show off?? How much did pride factor into starting this endeavor?????

Although I’m certain digging deeper was a component, my reaction to results revealed something else… in some way could I have been seeking approval or confirmation???  Obviously, there’s still a part of me trying to be good enough for God.  I’m so thankful He uses the simplest things to show me where pieces of my heart lie…

In retrospect, the verse I landed on (Luke 6:45) now speaks volumes…

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart…

Earlier this week I was sharing how great it is that God is using Bible journaling as a tool to grow us.  As for my growth and confidence level??? I was reminded where my confidence belongs…in God – not myself! What a wonderful lesson – all from a simple exercise.  My acceptance has nothing to do with art – God cares about my heart.

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Bible Art Journaling 101

Last year when I started chemo, I wanted something to do during the 4 hours I was stuck in a chair.  I discovered the concept of bible art journaling on Pinterest.  Convinced I wasn’t artistic and for fear of it looking “ugly,” I couldn’t bring myself to doodle in my bible.

Instead, I opted to start a gratitude art journal. Well, after the first infusion all I did for 4 hrs was pretty much sleep and the art journaling idea defaulted to coloring in bed! I’ve loved coloring since I was a kid…very therapeutic and relaxing! I wanted to combine my love of “Words to Live By”  with coloring, so I found some precious inspirational coloring pages and glued them into my art journal.   I also attempted adding lettering myself, which was ok, but I was more stressed over how they looked vs embracing the message! Sort of misses the point, don’t you think???

Then a great thing happened….my sister-in-law shared a link on Facebook to artist, Joanne Sharpe of Whimspirations- needless to say, my curiosity was peaked! Off to You Tube I went to find tutorials by Joanne – she has the gift if inspiring students to embrace their own handwriting vs trying to imitate someone else…go figure! She makes art lettering FUN! I browsed her blog to discover online classes and decided on her “Share Your Awesome Life” class – it’s been a game changer! It’s liberating, relaxing, and just plain ole FUN! Although I’m still working through the actual lessons, I’ve ventured off to trying things on my own.

For Mother’s Day, I made little ring cards – a good bit of work since I wanted to make TEN! I loved it though…  here are a few… 

Needless to say, my confidence is soaring – not because I’m “good” – I’m confident because I’ve released unrealistic expectations and chosen to embrace allowing God to speak to me through simple artistic expression – it’s pretty cool and highly therapeutic!

I’ve since ordered a journaling bible – it seems bible art journals are all the rage these days!! When I originally considered bible journaling, local stores had them in stock – now? Good luck! I ordered a NIV Journaling Bible through Amazon  a couple of weeks ago and looking forward to the day it arrives! There are loads of examples on Pinterest and tutorials on You Tube

And if you’re thinking “Buying tons of stickers, stamps, papers, etc. doesn’t exactly fit into my budget…”   expressing your faith artistically doesn’t have to be expensive! You can use coloring pencils or crayola markers/highlighters – just like each of our journeys are unique, so is expressing yourself. Start simple, but start…and have FUN –  God is waiting to speak to and through you!!!!

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