A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials and Inspiration

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials & Inspiration Here is a post showing all in one place three videos demonstrating various techniques for ways to use the new stencils I’ve designed for StencilGirl Products®. Following the videos is a grid gallery of inspirational images that have used the stencils. If you haven’t checked out the post just before this, you won’t want to miss the step-by-step process of painting a vintage style book cover. The first video shows how to make a mixed media art journal page using my new 6×6″ & 4×4″ Spirit Wind and Spirit Swirl stencils by… Read More

How to Paint Book Cover with Stencils

How to Paint a Book or Bible Cover with Stencils NEW STENCILS LAUNCHED TODAY! The stencils shown above provide the design and structure of painting this Bible cover. I designed them with the size of books and Bibles in mind, but can be used for all sorts of art journaling. These stencils and other NEWLY designed stencils are produced by StencilGirl® Products. This Bible was chosen because of its plain cloth cover, a base for the painting. I purchased ESV Interleaved Bible from Christianbook.com. I used Golden brand paints and cosmetic sponges. See my Tips, Supplies & Resource page for more info.… Read More

Celebrating Women! 10% off E-Course & Retreat News

Celebrating Women! 10% off E-Course & Retreat News It’s May – my birthday May 10th and Mother’s Day! I’m celebrating with 10% off Bible Journaling with Stencils & More E-course! Take 10 percent off the price of Bible Journaling with Stencils & More May 1-May 20, 2018! The “More” includes a bonus lesson that includes 2 pages of Bible journal margins on the Woman at the Well (John 4). Both incorporate the Bible Journaling Figures stencil. One uses watercolor and pen. The other, colored pencil and pen. How to cover up dark “show through” on a Bible journal page is… Read More

Bible Journaling Burning Bush & Names of God

Bible Journaling: Burning Bush & Names of God in Exodus 3 The story of the burning bush in Exodus 3 has always been one I could easily imagine and draws me into the scene. Here’s how I imagine it: Moses, minding his own business, working like he did most days, tending sheep. His mind would sometimes wander back to decades ago when he was in Egypt. It seemed like a lifetime ago and a world far away. He didn’t use much of his education out here in the wilderness, but that was okay. He didn’t talk well anyway. He had… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – F – Freedom

The Mystery of Freedom F in the A-Z of Mystery Journal This page has been interesting to work on. Freedom was my word of the year last year, so I had already done a word study etc. But it looks different this year. Last year I focused on the freedom to choose and be my true self. Last year’s journey was one of letting go, trusting God and embracing the mystery of not knowing and understanding. It didn’t feel free. It felt like dying to myself: relinquishing  my desires, agenda, and especially my expectations, blowing away like dandelion seeds in… Read More

Verse Mapping in my Everyday Journal and Bible

Verse-Mapping to Gain Insight After a conversation with friends, I was challenged to study the meaning of an often hard-to-understand verse in the Bible. Verse mapping can be a good way to sort through words and phrases, and keep focused on what the text says, and what they mean. At the same time, Mary Brack, Bernice Hopper and I were talking about the theme for our Everyday Journals facebook group: verse mapping.  Mary even set up a Pinterest board for Verse Mapping, which I think is quite helpful. My verse map in my everyday journal is pretty messy but it really… Read More

He Is Risen! Bible-Hymn Journaling

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… Read More

Good Friday – Last Words of Jesus on the Cross

The Last Words of Jesus on the Cross Mark 15:34 NIV And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?”  (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).   I have often wondered about Jesus questioning God about forsaking him. To be honest, it’s bothered me, so I decided to look it up more in depth. I didn’t realize there is so much controversy about what the last words of Jesus really were and meant. Jesus spoke Aramaic, so the the Greek texts give a transliteration of the Aramaic words and… Read More