Bible Journaling The Great American Eclipse

Tomorrow is the Great American Eclipse. Living fairly close to the path of totality in Oregon, we have our glasses ready and the excitement is mounting. It is estimated 1 million people are traveling and gathering in the path of totality in Oregon alone. It seems like a big deal. Heavenly speaking, I have been looking up verses in the Bible about God speaking through the heavens. I believe God still speaks through heavenly signs today. One of the passages, Psalm 19, I had already done a background previously, with a first layer of Golden Satin Acrylic Glazing Liquid and… Read More

Butterfly Journal Flying Free

Turning the page into a new season, stepping into freedom… Arise and Shine!   “… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV “Fly free on the wings of hope in the goodness of God…” -Valerie Sjodin It’s only the beginning… Can you not discern This new day of destiny Breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans Are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life Are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of flowers whispers,… Read More

Butterfly Journal Emerging

The butterfly and process of metamorphosis has long been a personal symbol of growing. It is a call upward through the dark quiet of the cocoon, an inner journey of trust to arise into who God made me to be. It seemed fitting that the butterfly would revisit as the theme of my summer workshop journal. I love that the Latin word for image, the root word for imagine, imagination, etc. is Imago, referring to the final stage or form, after it has undergone complete metamorphosis. A word full of hope of fulfillment… Many times I’ve wondered if I will… Read More

Wonderful Art Journaling Weekend Workshop!

It was one of those weekends I marvel at. Twelve people, plus myself, who mostly are strangers, spending 2 1/2 days together. The range of experience in the group was vast: a couple of people had never done anything like making an art journal before, and a couple others taught classes like art journaling and book binding. Most were experienced in between the two. Even with all that difference, the creativity and connections flowed smoothly, with freedom and laughter throughout. Here is a photo of our journals (and feet) at the end: We had a wonderful time creating together: And… Read More

Where the Spirit of the Lord is…

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV   The Sunday before Pentecost at Rock Creek Church, Pastor James Bradburn made a declaration that next week’s focus would be on inviting Holy Spirit to come in power. As he was speaking I imagined a pair hands held in surrender and receiving, of each of us with our hands offering our heart to God, and receiving His heart with His loving powerful presence and light. The joy of the Lord filled us on Pentecost Sunday. I worshiped with… Read More

Exciting Bible Journaling News! Sneak Peek!

Wow, it’s been over a month since my last blog post. That might be a record. So much is happening, a season of rapid shifting. It’s hard to know where to start, there is so much to share, but I’ll start with some EXCITING NEWS: I recently signed an agreement with StencilGirl® (stencilgirlproducts.com) to design stencils for Bible Journaling. Last week I received prototypes of my stencils and am enjoying Bible journaling with them. Here is a sneak preview of a Bible Journal page spread using some of the stencils. Can you guess which images are stencils? Since I do a lot… Read More

A Scandinavian Adventure…

Even the preparation of this trip to Scandinavia has been like none other I’ve taken. For such a big adventure, we usually plan months in advance covering as many bases as possible. I research the places, styles, art and begin a preliminary doodle journal. That part is fun and I like exploring how art reflects the culture and people I’m visiting. Because we didn’t know we were going until a few weeks ago, and with the unexpected life changes happening in our family, I have not had the chance to prepare my art focus in the usual way. On the other… Read More

The Mystery of Music and Memory

I am struck by the mysterious power of music and the way music moves the heart, gives hope, and recalls memories. When moved by a piece of music, I often found myself saying and praying, “How I long to paint like this sounds.” The right song at the right time can bring a deep sense of hope. This happened last week during my dear Aunt Ruth’s funeral. Music, especially hymns, were important to her. She strongly requested a specific vocalist sing two of her favorite hymns during her service. When the singer began the first song I began to weep. The song… Read More

Prayerfully Personalized Nesting Dolls

It’s been a season of waiting, trusting, of focusing on family, having numerous houseguests, of reconciliation, and learning the paradox of holding close and letting go. With the birth of our premature granddaughter, and my dear Aunt who is home with hospice care, we are walking through a time that is incredibly precious and also draining. During these times, I find it helpful to be intentional about taking time for activities that feed my soul: going for a walk at my favorite park while listening to my favorite music, writing down my blessings in my everyday journal and giving thanks, and taking time to… Read More