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

Aging and Having Fun with My Color of the Year

Aging Gracefully & Artfully … or at least trying to. I knew it would happen one day, I just didn’t know when. Recently, someone who had met me in person after connected with me online said I didn’t look like my profile picture. Sigh. That photo was taken five years ago. There are things I love about aging. I’m learning a lot all the time: becoming more grace-giving, forgiving myself and others, holding things more loosely, and letting go easier, trusting God – His love for me and others. There is a new sense of freedom, comfort and courage in… Read More

Bonus Lesson Added & New Book Published!

Inspire Your Creative Expression Through Bible Journaling & Visual Prayer Bible Journaling the Cross The more I Bible journal, the more I learn and fall in love with Jesus and want to spend time in the Bible, God’s love letter to us. During this season of Lent, and in the first year of my new e-course, Bible Journaling with Stencils & More, a new BONUS lesson has been added. This one doesn’t use stencils, but instead, shows the step-by-step process of making the cross journal page above and some research into some of the last words of Jesus on the… Read More

We are Anointed – Bible Journaling

We are Anointed 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 & Acts 10:37-38 Mary Brack invited me to write a guest post for her Lent Words 2018 Bible Challenge and gave a choice of words. I encourage you to visit her blog http://www.foundonbrighton.com/ to learn more about the words, Lent, and be blessed by the artful devotionals. I chose the word “Anointed” because it is one of those words that was not used much at all in my conservative evangelical upbringing and I want to understand its meaning more. Another reason the word intrigues me is I want to learn the connection with anointing… Read More

Prayerful Doodling Book NOW Available!

Be Inspired through Prayerful Doodling Activate your God-given creativity while doodling, coloring, and Bible journaling in ways that deepen your relationship with God and give you the opportunity to grow your artistic skill. This book encourages conversations with God by engaging the imagination through visual examples and easy-to-follow techniques for experiencing the creative process as a way to listen and respond to God. The visual prayer techniques shared in Prayerful Doodling are some of the processes that have integrated my creativity and spirituality. Spiritually they have helped me pray, listen to God more, work through problems and emotions, gain insight,… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – E – Enter

Enter into the Mystery E – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal To enter means: to come in or go in, to be admitted into, to make a beginning, to come upon the stage, to share in, to have an intuitive understanding, to make record of, to occupy or take possession. ~ from Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary I’ve been thinking about what it means to enter into the mystery of God. On one hand it feels a bit like free falling into the unknown, but how can I say no to drawing into more of experiencing God? Letting go… Read More

What to do when you don’t like your journal page

What to do when you don’t like a journal page? In the past I wanted all my journal pages to be just right, without mistakes, but found that way of thinking limited my risk-taking in art-making. This tendency toward perfectionism put pressure on me when I should’ve had freedom. So much of the art making process is about a mindset, a way of thinking, about having fun. Thankfully I grew out of that way of thinking into “You can always gesso (put a paint base) over it.” That is true. Some of my most messed up pages have been painted… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – D – Destiny

The Mystery of Destiny “D” in A-Z of Mystery Journal As I’ve been thinking about the meaning of destiny recently, it seems to come up everywhere, in what I’m reading, listening to, watching. That’s pretty typical I think. It’s like if you’re looking to buy a new car and have a particular one in mind, then suddenly you notice them everywhere. But really, the subject of Destiny has come up more now than ever, and I sense being a part of something bigger than myself. Here is the definition of Destiny: des-tin-y: something that happens to a particular person or… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – C – Creativity

The Mystery of Creativity “C” in A-Z of Mystery Journal Any time I get to comment, visually or in words, about Creativity it is a pleasure. The challenge is how to choose what will go on the page. There are so many wonderful quotes by inspirational people, and so much possibility. When looking up the definition, any time the word “create” was used, I referred to that definition and included some of those words to expand and clarify the definition: cre-a-tiv-i-ty – the state or quality of having the power to cause to come into being as something unique -… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – B – Beauty

The Mystery of Beauty “B” in A-Z of Mystery Journal There is no end to the mystery of beauty. It keeps us coming back for more, layers upon layers, from the beauty of a new day, and a new life, to the glory of a sunset, finishing well… I found the “B” Beauty of Mystery hard to nail down. Approaching the page, would it be best to focus on the beginning of beauty, sunrise colors, early growth, the colors of a newborn baby and a young leaf, or the complexity of something beautifully aged, in full bloom, going out with… Read More