Bible Art Journaling Deeper in Love

The past week I’ve been asking questions about the familiar passage of the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30 HCSB What does it mean to Love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength? To be honest, to me it has always seemed unattainable, something to aim for, but knowing I would never hit the mark. Then I realized I probably needed a new perspective, so I set out to find out more and be… Read More

Bible Art Journaling Going Deeper into Transformation

Recently I ordered an ESV Journaling Bible (scroll a ways down sidebar for link.) I was excited to get it, but once it came, the pristine pages were intimidating. It sat for a few days. During that time, I was much encouraged by Rebekah R Jones and her Bible Art Journaling challenges and videos. Then I decided to join Rebekah’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge Facebook group and the Journaling Bible Community Facebook group. Being a “toe in the water first” kind of person, I approached art journaling in an actual Bible with the least risk possible, lightly with pencil to… Read More

What am I AIMing at?

I’ve been asking that question in light of the new year, my word for the year (AIM) and in light of my life. It is a working out, wrestling through, a process of seeking… finding… and being grateful for the journey.  No matter what I aim at, or set out to do, Christ needs to be the center of my focus. That is what the big circle with the gold center is about.  The most recent journal page is the one with the loose and doodled concentric circles, the same shape as a target. Concentric circles have become my shape… Read More

Going Deeper from Study to Experience

As you know, if you have been following my blog recently, I have joined the online community of His Kingdom Come. So far, the first two weeks featured verses and themes I have been already exploring. When I read the third week’s verse, 2 Corinthians 3:18 I thought, “That sounds good, although hard to grasp, and not quite what I am focusing on right now.” The past week, I’ve been focusing on two verses and themes. One theme that keeps coming up is Freedom, with the verse that says, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” What… Read More

Two of my Favorites…

“The Bible is the greatest source of poetry  the world has ever known and  the world’s greatest work of art…. If every life inevitably moves towards its end,  we must during our own,  color it with the colors of love and hope….  For me, perfection in Art and in life  flows from the biblical spring.  Without that spirit, the mechanics of  logic and construction alone,  in Art as in life, will not bear fruit.”  – Marc Chagall This quote by Marc Chagall is one of my favorites. I remember how my heart sang when I first read it. I agree… Read More

Check out these Art Journaling Inspirations!

WHY I ART JOURNAL One of the joys of blogging is meeting people I would not have met otherwise. I met Kiala Givehand in a class I taught. She is a lovely, creative woman. Kiala shares her creative processes on her website and blog, as well as interviews with other artists answering the question: “Why I Art Journal?” She asked me to write a post with photos and I included the video below explaining why I art journal. Here is the link to my article on Kiala’s blog: http://www.howtoartjournal.com/blog/why-i-art-journal-valerie-sjodin ONLINE CREATIVE COMMUNITY OF FAITH OPPORTUNITY If you have been following my… Read More