Once a month I like to share my Bible Journaling Pages and what God has been teaching me. In the month of August I finished the book of Matthew and started the book of Mark. Sometimes I just color in the preprinted images of the "Inspire Bible" (available on Amazon) and I also create my own pages.
Unless otherwise stated, all the images are colored in with either gel pens or colored pencils. I tend to color larger areas with pencils then get the more intricate spots with pens. I high light my Bible with gel highlighters, and I usually use gelatos or craft paint for my backgrounds.
It is so increasingly hard to study God's word every day in the summer and fall. There is just so much to be done in the garden and with the fall harvest of vegetables. Plus, I took two vacations: Our annual fall vacation and a visit to my daughter's to see our new grandson, and although I enjoyed the time off, I didn't help my "to do" list at all. Nevertheless, I'm still staying faithful as I can be to my daily Bible reading. We are living in very strange times and I do not want to be deceived so I need to stay close to the Lord. I have found "tricks" to stay in the word, and accomplish other tasks at the same time. For example, I read the Bible, then I listen to a sermon while I do the dishes, or I pray and worship. I don't think the Lord will mind, I think that's actually what He means when He says "Pray continuously". He knows we only have so many hours in the day, and unfortunately doing work is how most of us spend most of our days.
Well let's take a look at my Bible Journaling pages for the month of August and what God has been teaching me, shall we?
This is a page I did myself. I had some left over digital images from another project so I decided to make a page illustrating Jesus' betrayal. I used stamps and my own handwriting for the scripture. The background is craft paint. Matthew 27:9 says that thirty pieces of silver was "the price at which he was valued by the people of Israel". Isn't that so sad? Here was the son of God, who came down to earth to save his people, and all he was worth to them was thirty pieces of silver. Do you know what thirty pieces of silver was worth back in Jesus' time? About $200 dollars today.
I created this next page using more of those leftover digital images from last years project. The background was once again created with craft paint, and all the words are stickers. The hearts are a stamp.
This is a pre-printed image in the Inspire Bible that I simply colored in with pencils. The yellow background was done with gelatos.
I created this page by googling a coloring book image off the Internet. I simply printed it onto sticker paper, colored it in, and cut it out. Then I used stamps for "Be Still" and "know that I am with you". I then hand wrote the Great Commission out and drew rectangles around the key words. This page is a good example of Bible Journaling to me. The illustration shows the story, and the words capture the key points.
The pre-printed title page of the book of Mark.
Like everyone else in the world right now, I have fears, and God has been helping me work through these fears. I can't believe how many times God tells us not to be afraid in the Bible. He says it 365 times! That is a daily reminder from God to live everyday FEARLESS!
Here we go again! 😂. Maybe God has to remind us of this so much because we can't help but not to fear!
I really like Mark 6:50 because it's the story of Jesus Walking on Water. The disciples were terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost, and Jesus says "Don't be afraid, Take courage, I AM HERE!". Every day as I navigate these very uncertain, strange global times we are living in, I must remind myself not to fear, because HE IS HERE with me!
This page I created myself. I know it seems kinda dark, but it is definitely what I've been feeling for a long time. In this story, Jesus is scolding the religious leaders for ignoring God's laws and substituting their own traditions. I see that so often today, which is also a sign of the times. Christians who accept sin that is clearly condemned in the Bible, or believers who try to fit God into modern culture. They create their own God by keeping the attributes of God they approve of, and ignoring the ones that make them uncomfortable.
I love this verse so created my own fun, whimsical page with it. I did the background with gelatos, then I used a mix of stickers and my own handwriting for the words. The coffee cups is a piece of vellum that I just cut out, colored in, and glued on the page. The design above and below the verse is Washi Tape. I hand drew a few flowers in to match the flowers on the coffee cups.
These whimsical pre-printed images in the Inspire Bible are always my favorite. I love the style, and I love to color them. I've always loved this verse too!
I love the song "Do It Again" by Elevation Worship. This page reminds me of that song, and I couldn't help sing it to myself as I colored. The verse in the song goes
"I've seen You move, You move the mountainsAnd I believe I'll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe I'll see You do it again"
When I worship God at home, I quite often sing this song. When things look so hopeless, so impossible, it restores my faith.
And finally, a pre-printed image of the word "Love" which highlights the most important commandment: to love God and your neighbor.
Thank you for spending time in God's Word with me today.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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