The Shalom journal was started during the art journaling workshop series that ended last week. For about two weeks I kept running into the word “shalom”. It seemed to be everywhere. I knew it meant peace and a greeting in Hebrew and more, but I wasn’t sure what the “more” was. Then at book club a woman said, “I really should do a word study on shalom.” And that was the final nudge to do a word study and make it visual in one of my art journals. The rub in it was that as soon as I decided to study shalom and peace, I felt unrest and angst. Does that sort of thing ever happen to you too?
For weeks, as I went through the process of the journal and current life, I began to realize I could not rely on my feelings. Discerning the difference between my feelings and the presence of the Holy Spirit has become a focus. At times I haven’t had any feelings at all, which is unusual for me. I am being asked to grow and stretch, which can be painful. Somehow in the making of this journal, God used the act of making something with my hands in tandem with speaking to my heart and mind, and therefore into my life. Now at the end of the process, peace restored and trust is growing, I’ve decided to share the shalom journal word study with you on my blog the next few weeks. Here is the front cover: