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

Like a Mighty Rushing Wind – Bible Art Journaling

It is true. All days are not equal. We wait, we wonder, and then something happens that changes everything. I see that happening in Acts 2 with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, which is the harvest festival, Feast of Weeks, 50 days after Passover in the Jewish calendar. The followers of Jesus gathered together: “When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind,  and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as… Read More

When the Spirit Comes – Bible Art Journaling

It is a challenge to think of how to bring concepts in the Spirit realm out in visible form. On this page, the visual shape of swirls and whirlwind represent wind and the work of the Spirit. We cannot see the wind, just the effect it has on what it touches. That is the feeling I was trying to achieve here. I’ve been experimenting with deli paper and paint, and colored pencils lately. Also used a white pen to accent the large words and a bit of collage. Jesus is talking: “When the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide… Read More

Celtic Knots and Council in the Night…

Sometimes, when starting a new art journaling page or Bible journaling,  I don’t have a specific plan in mind, but just feel drawn to a word, theme, passage of Scripture, or a picture. Sometimes I just feel like doodling. I’ve been pretty focused and serious these days, so it’s probably good for me to play and go with the flow, even in Bible Art Journaling. These pages were fun for me as I doodled, painted and colored. The deep meaning in these verses did not come to me until over a week after they were made. Then these verses became… Read More

Resurrection Day! Bible Art Journaling

He is Risen Indeed! This week I am focusing on Christ living, resurrected, alive today, in us and through us in the world. Living Hope! The page was a bit messed up from the other side of the crucifixion story. Seems fitting in a way. In the left margin, I adapted an image similar to the worship painting I did last year in church for Easter service. I imagine myself in the place of Mary, seeking Jesus in the tomb, and am pondering the interaction. Death defeated! An almost incomprehensible story of hope. The few verses in John 20:19-22 stand… Read More

Continuing to be Present with my Word for 2015

I began to wonder if the word for 2015 wasn’t quite the right one for me, AIM. I felt myself floundering a bit, not sure what to aim at. Being led to John 15 in the Bible, the word “abide” kept jumping out over and over as Jesus tells his disciples, “abide in me.”  When I looked up the meaning of “abide” in the verse on the online Bible reference www.blueletterbible.org and the definition in Google, I found that Abide means: to continue to be present, to be held, kept continually, to live, to remain as one. The text, imagery of… Read More

Everything has Become New – Bible Art Journaling

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away;  see, everything has become new!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV I love that! It is possible to become new, a new creation, have a new beginning, a resurrection of life! It is so hopeful… and then I find myself asking, “How?”  Immediately following “the new has come,” 2 Corinthians 5:18 says, “All this is from God…” I think this is the key. A miracle really, of transformation. Verse 19 goes onto say,  “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,  not counting their trespasses… Read More

Love that Throws Fear Out … Bible Art Journaling

What if I experienced God’s love so fully that that there wasn’t any room for fear? I wonder what that would be like? Fear cannot just be thrown out, ignored, let go. I’ve tried, and know I cannot do away with fear on my own. I’ve tried to trust God, work hard, but so many times I have acted or reacted out of fear and self-preservation. The verse, found in 1 John 4:17, states, “There is no fear in love,  but perfect love casts out fear…” For a number of weeks now, I have been contemplating the thought of perfect… Read More

Bible Art Journaling Deeper in Love

The past week I’ve been asking questions about the familiar passage of the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” – Mark 12:30 HCSB What does it mean to Love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength? To be honest, to me it has always seemed unattainable, something to aim for, but knowing I would never hit the mark. Then I realized I probably needed a new perspective, so I set out to find out more and be… Read More

Bible Art Journaling Going Deeper into Transformation

Recently I ordered an ESV Journaling Bible (scroll a ways down sidebar for link.) I was excited to get it, but once it came, the pristine pages were intimidating. It sat for a few days. During that time, I was much encouraged by Rebekah R Jones and her Bible Art Journaling challenges and videos. Then I decided to join Rebekah’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge Facebook group and the Journaling Bible Community Facebook group. Being a “toe in the water first” kind of person, I approached art journaling in an actual Bible with the least risk possible, lightly with pencil to… Read More