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February 17, 2016 / Dawn
What is Bible Journaling

I have wanted to start Bible journaling for awhile now, but always found a reason not to.  But the time has come.  I am going to embark on this journey slowly, sharing with you every step of the way. I intend to share my findings, attempts and thoughts with you.

Let’s get started…

What Is Bible Journaling

First, what is Bible journaling?

In a nutshell, it is journaling or doodling in the margins of your Bible. What you draw, journal or doodle is inspired by the Word. The purpose isn’t how it looks, but rather that you are in the Word and expressing your thoughts creatively on a particular verse.

Since this is new to me, I’ll share various definitions I found around the web for further understanding. Be sure to click on their name to learn more about their Bible journaling experience.

Bible art journaling is a growing movement, where many are creating on the pages of their Bible as a devotional process. It is also sometimes also called Bible Journaling or Illuminated Journaling. The idea is to engage more freely with the Word of God in new ways and to record personally inspiring scriptures in creative and artistic ways, which serve to remind us of moments in our personal journey with God and help us grow in our faith. ~Rebekah Jones

One of my favorite ways to engage with the Bible is through Bible journaling – a creative process of making art in your Bible as a way to connect with scripture and with God. Bible journaling is not about making the most beautiful art. Bible journaling isn’t about the outcome, it’s about the process. Focus on connecting with scripture and your belief, and the skill will come with time.~Sara

I’ve been writing in my bible for years- underlines, stars, dates with answered prayers, and sermon notes I don’t want to forget. So my journaling wasn’t in a special Bible, and was nothing near beautiful, but it spoke to God’s hand on my heart! That is what Bible Journaling is! ~Amanda

Bible journaling is a way for a person to worship God through written words and artistic writing and drawing. This is simply a creative outlet to study God’s word and meditate upon scriptures. ~Lavonne

For me, this is like the perfect combination of Bible reading, scrapbooking, journaling and praying all together!! Oh and Project Life!! This combines a LOT of my loves into one place. ~Candace

I also asked in the Faithfully Yours Facebook group, here is what was shared:

I suppose most think of it as journaling inside your Bible but I would have a blank journal & journal Bible verses & how it applies to my life at that moment. ~Kim Goodfellow

To me, it is like an interactive way to study the Word and stay in the Lord. I read, use highlighters to mark the important things I want or need to remember, make notes in the margins, and then add my own viewpoints, along with colorful memos and pictures to myself. Everyone journals differently and some do not like writing or marking in the Bible, but this is OK for me. I have also used a Project Life-type notebook where I can say my journaled thoughts and pictures, based on the Bible verses I am trying to learn.~Susan Heyde-Baldridge

Bible Journaling to me is another way to worship the Lord. It’s also another way to learn, communicate and glorify Him. It helps me to spend more time in His word and to really focus on verses that the Holy Spirit speaks to me through. I read through a chapter highlighting verses that the Holy Spirit is highlighting in my heart + mind. I journal my thoughts, questions, etc. in the margins and add whatever artwork I feel tells the story of the selected verse(s) or artwork that brings a particular scripture to the forefront. Bible Journaling is a way to refresh your soul!~Yvonne Burris

My Bible journal is a binder that I created and it has several detailed sections for my prayers. I write specifics (who I prayed for, what prayers I asked for) and I write scripture that stood out to me that day from my Bible reading. When I feel creative, I will use lettering, colors, drawings in my journal. I see a lot of people color and get creative in their bibles. That is interesting to me, however It is not how I currently journal. I also made some changes after reading the book Fervent and watching the movie War Room.~Cheryl Brooks

I have a scrapbook that I scrap photos I have taken and a bible verse that fits both the photo and where I am spiritually or where the Lord may be leading me and I journal that.~Jeanette Vorisek Belyew

As for me, I can’t really define what Bible journaling means to me considering I haven’t started yet.  My goal is to express myself creatively while immersing myself in the Word all while bringing God the glory.

What is Bible journaling to you?

Faithfully,

Dawn

February 9, 2016 / Dawn
Romans 8:28

One thing I appreciate about this page, is that is seems doable and not so intimidating for a beginner like myself. She underlined the verse in her Bible then rewrote it in the margin. I like how she varied the size of the words and added some color. Incorporate some embellishments and you have a lovely page that glorifies Him!

Bible Journal page by Madeline

Romans 8:28 Bible Journal Page

The Romans 8:28 piece I actually did using my cricut for the gears and flourish. I used clear gesso on the page before I used my pens and Tim Holtz distress markers on it to keep it from bleeding.

Scripture art journaling has touched my heart in a sweet way getting His Word as deep as I can into me. I know I was a sinner and He saved me as I believed He died for me, and I confessed Him as my savior. I confess Him with my mouth, but am also confessing Him with my art.

You can see more of Madeline’s work by visiting her gallery or Pinterest board.

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.scrapbook.com/myplace/images/profiles/1348179_Photoon20100802at11.20.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]I am a Christian homemaker who loves Jesus, family, crafting & altered arts, and chocolate….in that order. My husband and I, of 40 years are retired. I love to doodle…and doodle in my bible note taking activities is what I find myself doing a lot. [/author_info] [/author]

December 2, 2015 / Dawn
Christmas Carol Album

Designer Spotlight

I just had to share a lovely Christmas Carol album with you.

by Nancy Nickel

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The covers are made with corrugated cardboard. It has been dry brushed with gesso to give it a snowy feel.
A couple of the inside pages…

Be sure to stop by Nancy’s blog to learn more about her and this lovely project.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ. Have something to share? Contact me.

 

 

December 1, 2015 / Dawn
Milk Carton Advent Calendar

I decided to create an advent calendar this year.  I have four girls ages 14-21.  With our busy family, school, activities and work combined with them growing up, we have let some traditions go.  In October, my 21 year old said, “Being an adult sucks!  I miss going to the pumpkin farm, picking out pumpkins and gourds as a family.”  So this year I decided to create an advent calendar for my girls to be “kids” again.

Advent-Calendar-BucketI am already behind with today being December 1. So I needed something simple and easy. However, simple and easy to me seems to not be so simple and easy in the long run.  I ran across this post for an idea.  (left)

LWmilkcartonI also found this advent calendar idea. (right)  I ended up combining the two.

For my milk carton I used Lawn Fawn’s milk carton die.  The “ribbon” is actually the cut off manufacturer strip on a 12×12 patterned piece of paper by Daisy Bucket Designs Merry Wishes collection.  I stamped the numbers and punched with a 1″ circle punch. I inked edges and adhered to milk carton. I finished off with a twine bow.

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I then adhered the Bible verse from the free printable found at the post above.  I felt it needed a little more color, so I stamped the cross.

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The top of the carton is adhered closed.  The bottom is where the treats will be put and retrieved.

So, now I have finished day one on day one- 24 to go!  I have already started on creating more and hope to not create one a day!  Now to go shopping for some treats for when the girls open it tonight after dinner.  :)

Faithfully,

Dawn

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  Have something to share?  Submit here.

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August 13, 2015 / Dawn
Praise the Lord

I don’t think I’m alone in saying I don’t praise the Lord enough. I tend to grumble more.  Here a beautiful reminder to praise Him.

This project is part of the Hymn and Scripture Challenge.

by Nancy Nickel

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One thing I know for sure about praising the Lord is that it can turn an unhappy, grumpy, pain-filled day into something else entirely! If you think about it…many of our miserable days are because we are in a selfish mood, right? We’re too busy dwelling on how things are not going the way WE want them to go, or we’re wondering why WE have to be sick or in pain, or we’re upset because somebody hurt OUR feelings!

When we turn that selfish attitude away from ourselves and focus on praising God…something amazing happens! No longer does the day seem so miserable! In fact, it can suddenly become downright JOYFUL!! God is so good…all the time! How can we be grumpy when we concentrate on praising HIM for ALL He has done for us? My Scripture verse is found in Psalm 67:3:

“Let the people praise Thee, O God; let all the people praise Thee!”

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Be sure to stop by Nancy’s blog to learn more about her, the scripture challenge and this beautiful project.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ. Have something to share? Contact me.

 

August 11, 2015 / Dawn
Travel Companions

Today’s layout goes with a previous post “Travel Layout“.  I like how Janeen included everyone on her trip, sharing a little about each one.  Memorable!

Layout by Janeen Beuchel

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Pictures of the group of people I traveled with when I journeyed to Israel in March 2011. I journaled a little bit about each person under their photos, whether it was a funny story or a connection. Under my picture reads “I am so glad I decided to go on this trip. It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and I will never forget the experiences I had while I was in Israel. My faith was strengthened so much and I made some amazing friends along the way. I am so blessed for having been given this experience and I loved every minute.”

I created the little banners using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette.

About Janeen

Single girl loving life in her 30s. Teacher. Scrapbooker. I love to take lots of pictures and create layouts to remember the ups and downs in my life and document the changes that take place. I scrap a lot of 2-page layouts and love using multiple photos on a layout to tell my story. I love to experiment with new techniques but I also have my favorite techniques that I go to over and over again. When I am not scrapbooking, I am hanging out with my family and friends, involved in activities at my church, watching movies, or planning my next trip to Disney.

You can learn more about Janeen by visiting her blog.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  Have something to share?  Contact me.

July 16, 2015 / Dawn
Great is Thy Faithfulness

Because sometimes we need a little reminder of just how faithful God is…

This project is part of the Hymn and Scripture Challenge.

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

by Nancy Nickel

Hym Great is Thy faithfulness

Below is a photo of the tag hidden behind the birdhouse. It shows two verses and the third is on the back. It reads:
“Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”
(I’ve underlined my favorite part of the song! )
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Be sure to stop by Nancy’s blog to learn more about her, the scripture challenge and this lovely project.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ. Have something to share? Contact me.

July 14, 2015 / Dawn
Travel Layout

Are you doing any traveling this summer?  This layout is a great way to showcase 3 photos plus a fun way to scrap your itinerary and other memorabilia.

Layout by Janeen Beuchel

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Title page for my trip to Israel in 2011. The pocket holds a brochure detailing the trip itinerary and some postcards. The coins are in a memorabilia pocket from 3M (I think). I have had the pocket for over 10 years.

About Janeen

Single girl loving life in her 30s. Teacher. Scrapbooker. I love to take lots of pictures and create layouts to remember the ups and downs in my life and document the changes that take place. I scrap a lot of 2-page layouts and love using multiple photos on a layout to tell my story. I love to experiment with new techniques but I also have my favorite techniques that I go to over and over again. When I am not scrapbooking, I am hanging out with my family and friends, involved in activities at my church, watching movies, or planning my next trip to Disney.

You can learn more about Janeen by visiting her blog.

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ.  Have something to share?  Contact me.

July 3, 2015 / Dawn
Tagart: Truth

With it being 4th of July weekend, I wanted to share a project about freedom.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Tagart by Nancy Nickel

#3 TRUTHThis tag was created for the glory Art Scripture Challenge. The challenge word was “truth”.

As soon as I heard it, this Scripture verse came to my mind, and so did the design.

The only problem was that when the design was complete…there wasn’t room for the entire verse!

So I have the complete Scripture on the back of my tag.

It is found in John 8: 32, and says:

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Jesus is the truth and He will set us free:
free from worry, free from fear, free from facing life alone.

Sounds more like a study on freedom than truth, doesn’t it?

Well, we can’t be truly FREE without the TRUTH!

Be sure to stop by Nancy’s blog to learn more about her, the scripture challenge and this lovely project.

 

Faithfully,

Dawn

 

P.S. I’m always looking for creative and visible reminders to help us remember who God is and who we are in Christ. Have something to share? Contact me.

July 2, 2015 / Dawn
Throwback Thursday- 3rd Day

With it being independence Day weekend, I thought of an old layout I wanted to share with you.  We attended a 3rd Day concert at the Christian Concert Series at Six Flags.  I really like the message that was told that day.

On the 3rd Day He rose again

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Journaling reads:

The bass guitarist for 3rd Day spoke about his favorite holiday being the 4th of July. He mentioned how here in the USA we celebrate once a year, but in Australia they celebrate everyday. The opening band was Revive from Australia. They talked about how here in the USA we don’t have prayer and can’t talk abut God in our schools. In Australia, however, God is taught everyday. The guitarist for Revive felt blessed to be able to go into the schools to play and worship openly.

This got me thinking…how free are we here in the USA, really? On the 4th of July, we celebrate our freedom. But now 200+ years later our country founded on freedom and Christian principles has drifted away from its roots. Again I ponder, how free are we really? At least as Christians we have hope in Christ, we are free!

Stars read:

June 28, 2008

America, America, God shed His grace on thee.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12

It is for FREEDOM that Christ has set us FREE. Galations 5:1

 


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