So how is everyone doing? We are still in lockdown here in Wisconsin and starting to get very discouraged. The main reason for the discouragement is our governor extended our lockdown till May 26th without giving a reason. We also don't understand why they don't consider locking down by county instead of the entire state. For example, I live in the country. There have been only four cases of Covid 19 since this began. The nearest city is 45 minutes away and they have had only 24 cases out of a population of 65,000. So why should these counties have the same lockdown rules as the bigger cities like Milwaukee or Madison and their suburban communities? It makes no sense. Again, as I said in a previous post a few weeks ago, I suspect a sinister ulterior motive behind all of this. But only God really knows what is going on, right? And nothing can happen on this earth without His knowledge or permission. So all we can do is trust in Him and keep looking up.
In the meantime, I've been staying super busy with my garden and Bible Journaling. Having four extra mouths to feed has added up to a lot more work too...more cooking, more dishes, a lot more cleaning than when it's just my hubby and I. Right now, it's raining so I thought I'd take a break and write a blog post. Although it's hard not being outside today, I'm grateful for the rain for it was getting quite dry in the garden.
I am currently reading the book of Job. I'm in chapter 23 at the moment. I am definitely feeling Job's discouragement right now. It's been years since I've read the book of Job and I have been surprised at how brutally honest he was about his feelings and his sense of loss. Obviously I have in no way experienced Job's loss, but like him I also feel sense of loss. I first and foremost feel the loss of my freedom. I feel like such a prisoner. I also feel the loss of wondering where is God in all of this. What is His purpose in allowing all of this to happen? I know no one knows and there are so many theories out there, number one being the soon return of Jesus Christ. They are all possible. Which one it is remains to be seen. So often in life when trials and tribulations hit we can't see why God allowed it until it is all over. I'm sure that will be the case for this as well.
Let's take a look at my April Bible Journaling pages shall we?
When re-reading the old books that I haven't read in years, I'm always struck by things I notice that I didn't notice before. I never really "Got" the book of Esther before, but now I have such a new found respect for this woman and her courage.
I colored the cover page of the book in pretty feminine colors for our heroine. I just love this verse. It kind of reminds me of everything I talked about above. You could substitute the word "queen" for anything else and apply it to your life. "Who knows" why God allows things to happen and put's us in situations for "Just such a time as this?". I think of the master bedroom I felt led to make but didn't know why at the time. It was to be made "for such a time as this?"
This pre-printed page is a good reminder for us all during this difficult time. Maybe I need to put this verse on my letter board (I have a letter board that sits on my desk. I put a scripture verse on it to memorize and change it out regularly. Right now it says "Don't be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord who is great and glorious!" Nehemiah 4:14.). However, now I am experiencing more sadness than fear, so it might be time to change it out.
I colored this page with a mix of pencils and metallic gel pens.
This cute pre-printed image was colored with pencils and gel pens.
I have been so busy in the garden that I don't have much time to create my own Bible Journaling pages and have been mostly just coloring in the images in my bible. This one was colored with gel pens exclusively.
Here is a page I did myself. I created a background first with gelatos then used stamps and my own handwriting for everything else.
This pre-printed image was at the end of the book of Esther. Here you will see what happens when I don't prep a page: it bleeds on to the other page, I don't always prep pages because I can always cover up the bleed through with craft paint. But here was instance where I should have prepped this page before I colored it because the bleed through occurred over the scripture on the opposite side which I don't like and I can't cover up the boo-boo with craft paint like I could if the bleed through just occurred in the margins of the page.
Here you can see the bleed of that image in the scripture.
This is my favorite verse in Job. I never realized how many references to Christ was in the book of Job before. It's amazing the stuff God reveals to you when you re-read books in the Bible you may have read a million times before. There is always something new to learn no matter how many times you've read it before.
It's amazing that Job still praised God in spite of everything that happened to him. I'm trying so hard to remember to do this every day. Every day it seems we get hit with more bad news from my husbands job or something we hear from the media. I must remember to praise Him in all circumstances.
I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. God Bless! Amy
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