Symbolism of Palm ~ Bible Journaling Palm Sunday

When Rome ruled much of the known world, palm branches were a symbol of victory and goodness. This was the context and meaning of the triumphal entry described in John 12:12-19. The people were proclaiming Jesus as victor and king. I’m one of those people who has always asked, “Why?” If I read the chapter before, it says Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after Lazarus was dead four days. No wonder it caused a stir and people were believing in Jesus! Can you imagine? The news spread like wildfire, and without any technology, a crowd quickly gathered when they… Read More

Living my Whole Life…

It was raining pretty hard Sunday as I walked out of church. A friend with a big umbrella was waiting for his wife and asked if he could walk me to the car. How sweet! I thanked him and asked how he was doing. His answer made me pause. He said, “I am trying to learn what it is like to walk in God’s presence every moment of the day.” My heart leapt with joy, “Me too!” Then I felt a bit of sadness and longing mixed with the joy, knowing I am not where I want to be in… Read More

Putting on Kingdom Clothing – Bible Art Journaling

I chose a kimono to illustrate what we are to put on as loved ones of God, because of the simple, timeless shape, and the word itself means “thing to wear.” In Japan, kimonos are a symbol of Japanese culture, it reflects who they are. In Colossians 3:12-18, as God’s chosen and beloved people, we are to clothe ourselves with what reflects God and his culture: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, forgiving each other, and above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Honestly, I cannot do that on my own and fall short,… Read More

Why I Bible Art Journal…and Why I Don’t…

On one hand, it is easy for me to share why I Bible Art Journal, because I’ve experienced the benefits including: praying and asking God to speak to me through Scripture, intentionally looking at the meaning of the passage, drawing imagery out of the meaning of the text, taking the time to blend creative art making and meditation… On the other hand, I want to add a disclaimer. Sometimes I am intentional about not doing Bible Art Journaling. I choose not to Bible Art Journal when: making the artwork distracts me from my relationship with God, I feel pressured to… Read More

Bible Journaling Video: no-bleed-thru, wrinkle-free! Plus a Look Inside my Journaling Bible

Learn how to achieve no bleed-through or wrinkled pages. In this video below, I walk through my ESV Journaling Bible and share an overview of some Bible Art Journaling techniques I use. Some of them I learned the hard way and would like to pass those helpful tips  on to you. My hope is that it will inspire you to greater creativity as you walk with God.  Tips on Products & Supplies: If I had to pick only a few Bible Art Journaling products, I would choose the black pens and colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener. (see products at the bottom of… Read More

What Does it Mean to Live an Abundant Life?

That has been my question as I have read through John 10 the past few months. I didn’t want to read over this chapter and think, “Oh I know that.” I wanted to experience the truth of what Jesus is saying.  “I have come that they may have life,  and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10 NKJV The metaphor of a shepherd is not something I relate to. I don’t know any shepherds, or sheep. That was not true of the audience Jesus was talking to. They were very familiar with the life of shepherds and… Read More

Extravagantly Poured Out – Bible Art Journaling

I hadn’t planned on reading the first section John 12, but found myself immersed in the story this week. I became aware, that for all the times I’ve read it, I hadn’t really taken in the setting, imagining what it must have been like to be there, what it must have been like to be Mary, sister of Lazarus. Her brother had recently been raised from the dead after four days in the grave! Jesus had done the impossible! Their lives were forever changed. Mary wanted to do something to show Jesus how grateful she was; she felt she might… Read More

Longing and Praise – Bible Journaling and a Discovery

Grief can feel like moving through the day under a heavy gray blanket. Carrying the hole a loved one leaves feels so heavy. I needed to take a break and go to a place of comfort, the Psalms. When I just need to feel and be with God but don’t know how to put the feelings into words, I often turn to the Psalms. The first verse of Psalm 63 was featured as the verse of a week on the HKC, His Kingdom Come community website. I found myself in Psalm 63, written when David was in the wilderness: “O God,… Read More

The Way, The Truth, The Life – Bible Art Journaling

For me, the term “the way, the truth, and the life” pretty much covers all the bases in life. It speaks to me of living in the present with purpose and focus, getting back to my word of the year: AIM. I AM. As I have been reading in John, I am paying closer attention to the context of the words. The words of Jesus, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life…” come during the last supper in John 13, after Jesus washed the disciples feet, after he tells his friends that one of them will betray… Read More

Resurrection Power – Bible Art Journaling John 11

Reading the Bible and entering into the story makes the experience real to me, engaging my mind and emotion, capturing my imagination. This is one reason why I art journal. The process itself, helps me look at the little things in the text I may overlook in just reading of it. As I design, write, plan, paint etc. I pray, listen, and meditate on the meaning of the text.  As I dig into John 11, the death and resurrection of Lazarus is especially relevant to me these days as I consider life and death. If you read my last post,… Read More