This is another page I created using a free coloring book image off the Internet. I printed the image onto sticker paper, colored it in, and cut it out. Then I inked a background by sponging with yellow/gold ink. I hand wrote the Bible verse 1 Sam 10:24 then I wrote some reflections of the chapter.
God never wanted Israel to have a king, He wanted His people to always look to Him for guidance, not a man. But Israel was relentless in wanting a king, because they saw that all the other kingdoms had kings and they wanted to be like those kingdoms: Israel wanted to be like the world. Do you see that same thinking in Christian churches today? I certainly do. Churches are becoming more and more worldly every day. Instead of the church influencing the world, the world is influencing the church!
God ultimately gave in to the Israelites worldly desires and gave them a king. Saul started out as a very good king, but ended up being very bad. God gave Israel a king to them to teach them through it. Sometimes, we can ask God for things that we think would be good for us, but really are not good for us at all. And sometimes God allows us to have what we asked for, to then teach us through it.
The next three pages all use ephemera from Illustrated Faith. I'm still using stuff from the same "Unyielding Hope" kit, and I won't open my next kit till this one is all gone...which might be a LONG time as there was a lot of stuff in this kit.
This page is a continuation of the page above, and continues to focus on how God uses our mistakes and sins in His plan for good. The story of the people desiring a king, and how God used this desire of theirs to deliver the Israelites from their enemies reminded me of the verse Romans 8:28 "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who Love him'. I built a page around that verse.
I thought the Bible story of Jonathan fighting the Philistines was a great place to use some of "Hope" ephemera. The author of the kit defines " unyielding hope" as "shifting our focus from inward to upward" and "hope" as "a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment". Jonathan was alone with just his armor bearer, but he believed in God. He had hope! He looked past his present circumstances and focused on God. He said "Nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has may warriors, or only a few." And he did! Jonathan and his armor bearer killed twenty men that day and panic broke out in the Philistine army and everyone was terrified.
By the Way...the "hope" ephemera at the top of the page that appears to be covering the words of the Bible, actually is not. I only glued down the left side of the ephemera, so it can be lifted to see the words in the Bible.
My last page, which is on the opposite side of the page above, continues to illustrate this same story of Jonathan and the Philistines. I wrote how God makes the impossible possible by jotting down some key points from this Bible story. Then I remembered the chorus "God can make a way, where there seems to be no way" and wrote that down, highlighting it with a film frame.
I always enjoy seeing your creativity and I like that you used ephemera. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 91. Shared.ReplyDelete
i always always love these Bible journaling posts, friend. thank you for sharing them with us. this peek into your devotional life is encouraging.ReplyDelete
Thanks Linda, I'm glad you find them encouraging.Delete
I enjoyed reading through your Bible journaling. It's encouraging and powerful the messages we are able to grab from the Bible. My son and I just read about Saul last night and I like what we learned from it. And I hear you regarding about this season being so busy. It is ironic. I hope your week is going well so far and happy Tuesday!ReplyDelete
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Thanks Maureen. Yes, 1 Samuel is a good book for little boys to read. My grandson loves the David and Goliath story.Delete
Your art is always beautiful, Amy! You shared so many great insights. This is the one that resonated with me most: "He looked past his present circumstances and focused on God." I sometimes forget to follow Jonathan's example to look beyond present circumstances to God. When I focus only on the circumstances, I get stuck.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jeanne, that story really resonated me as well. It's hard to remember God's past faithfulness when we're gripped in fear and worry over a present circumstance.Delete
Amy, as always I so enjoy seeing your monthly journaling pages. So pretty.ReplyDelete
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That's good to hear. Thanks so much.Delete
Thank you bunches for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month sweet friend.Delete
I always like to see the photos of your Bible journal pages. It seems to me that when you take the time to highlight verses, copy verses, and create art, you're really taking time for the scripture messages to sink into your core being. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 43.ReplyDelete
I'm happy to hear that. Yes, absolutely that's my experience. Thats is why I do it. You're welcome.Delete