Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bible Journaling: Attempt #1

A week or so ago, I stumbled onto something called "Bible Journaling." Immediately, this art/meditation form resonated with me. I love art. I love the Word of God. It just had never occurred to me to combine the two. I spent the last week looking at the Illustrated Faith website, the Facebook group and at Pinterest and dreaming of the time when I would be able to start this art journey. I just assumed I wouldn't be able to start until after we move. After all, I don't really have the time or money to order a "real" journaling Bible and all my art supplies are packed away.

But this morning, I was reading my Bible and soaking up one of my favorite passages. 

One thing I ask from the Lord,
    this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord 
and to seek him in his temple.
Psalm 27:4 

I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.  
Psalm 27:13

I was praying about the passage and singing one of my favorite worship songs. I even found the song on YouTube and enjoyed the music as I meditated on the words of this chapter.

I had read the chapter in both my Amplified and Message translations and suddenly realized how much margin space is available in the Message bible. I immediately began sketching and writing the words to the song. I know it's not perfect and I want to get much better at hand-lettering, but the process was so meditative and peaceful. I loved it, even if all I had to work with was a mechanical pencil, a pen and my daughter's colored pencils. :)


And while perusing the Facebook group (again...) I ran across this idea and created several more little sketch-a-doodles. :) Since this is my word for the year, I've been doodling it everywhere. 

I hope you're making time for creative work in your own life. This creating, whatever form it takes for you in your own life {art-making, cooking, advertising, blogging, writing, decorating, photography, loving}...this is sacred work and worthy of your time. It's soul food, friend.


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