He is Risen Indeed!
Bible-Hymn Journaling the Resurrection

The Good News! Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen!

This week I spent some time reading the Gospel resurrection accounts in the Bible. Matthew and Mark record it the most similarly. I like that each one is different, like different witnesses seeing specific events and people from their own viewpoint. This actually gives more credibility to the Scripture in my view. I chose to Bible journal Mark’s record in Mark 16, mostly because the pages directly followed the crucifixion page I did with the cross on Mark 15.

Mark 16:1-8 NLT

Saturday evening, when the Sabbath ended, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning, just at sunrise, they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.

5When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said, “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body. Now go and tell his disciples, including Peter, that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you before he died.”

The women fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, and they said nothing to anyone because they were too frightened.

Here is the second spread done in my new ESV Interleaved Journaling Bible, directly following the last entry (Good Friday) of the cross at the end of the Gospel of Mark. I’m finding I like the blank page to journal. I’m one of those people who don’t like to cover up the Bible text when I journal, so having the added page gives a lot more room for illustrating, journaling, research and illuminations. The down side is it’s pretty thick with all the added pages. I won’t likely be taking this one to church or in my bag when I travel. It’s more a stay-at-home Bible for personal study and creative expression. I picked the plain tan cover because I wanted to paint the cover like a vintage book (link below.) I’m excited to show you that but am waiting until the stencils I used are available.

I love hymns. My mom was a pianist and played often at home and church. I grew up learning many hymns which still bring me comfort and I find myself singing them often. It is one thing I miss in church and believe their message, “singability,” and rich story would enhance and broaden contemporary church worship, but that is another subject. For this page, the hymn Christ the Lord is Risen Today is used as the background. I found myself humming resurrection hymns as I painted.

For these Bible Journaling pages, I drew on art journaling, collage and acrylic painting techniques. The soon to be released Spirit Swirl 6″ stencil helped create the visual atmosphere I wanted, giving the illusion of the Spirit’s movement. For more information on the supplies I use, please visit My Favorite Art Supplies & Resources Page

Happy Easter!

Celebrate Resurrection Day! Christ is Risen Indeed!

Links to Posts about Word-of-the-Year & Everyday Journaling:

Making an everyday, calendar journal in a Leuchtturm1917 or Moleskine journal:

Ideas for scroll and banner headings for theme pages in an everyday journal:

About exploring a word of the year:

A surprise that led to an animal of the year:

“Why Journal? The Benefits of Journaling” . In addition to the post contents, check out the comments. People have contributed great reasons for journal keeping.

If you are seeking a Word for the year, you may find inspiration in the post “Listening for My Word of the Year.”

Visit my Pinterest Board: https://www.pinterest.com/valeriesjodin/everyday-yearly-journals/

Bible Journaling often is another facet of exploring a word or theme. In the Bible Journaling with Stencils & More e-course, I walk through how I Bible journal, the process of study and techniques. To find out more information check out: https://valeriesjodin.com/e-courses/

Join Our Inspirational Facebook Group

Bernice Hopper, and Mary Brack, and I share insights through blog posts for keeping an Everyday Calendar Journal. We will be using the journal to record events, experiences and relationships; to explore our word’s meaning in visual and fun ways. If you would like to connect with others in creative way about organizing your word, your ideas, thoughts, prayers, events, or your projects all in one place, you are invited to join our Facebook group: Everyday Journals ~ Living Your Word of the Year.
URL for Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203309083575277/

URLs for Instagram: #livingyourword2018 & #everydayjournals2018


Bernice: https://newlycreative.blogspot.co.uk

Mary:  www.foundonbrighton.com

Valerie: https://valeriesjodin.com/blog/ (this one :-))

Some of my favorite journaling supplies:

ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, Tan cloth provides a kind of blank canvas to paint the cover.

The blank pages between each text
page gives a whole page for
journaling and illustrating.


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