Over the last week or so I have been doing Bible journaling. When I first heard about this idea.. I have to admit I did not get it. Why would I do art on the pages of a Bible.. it almost seemed wrong. Yet.. I was intrigued by the idea since I enjoy journaling and have been working on various art journals for the last couple of years. My daughter.. knowing nothing about this.. gave me a journaling Bible for my birthday two weeks ago. OK.. it was time to push past whatever was holding me back.
I started watching videos on Bible journaling and saw examples of how people were doing it.. I decided to step out and try it.. doing a few things on the first page of the book of Hebrews.. a book I am studying right now. It was interesting but I was afraid of ruining the pages.. then I learned about gesso and ordered some. It coats the page so you can use watercolors and other things without totally ruining the other side.. Loved that idea and tried doing a couple of other pages. I was happy with the results and wondered why I was suddenly eager to do more.
Well.. this morning after I woke up I had a realization. As I was working on the pages of the Bible..decorating and creating art.. I was responding to God’s word in a new way. My art was a form of worship. For almost 40 years the Bible has been a huge part of my life.. I have read it over and over and there are so many passages that God has used to comfort and encourage me.. Now I am giving something to Him.. I am responding to His love letter with color and shapes and words that express my love for Him..It was a surprising revelation that I want to share with everyone!
We have a God who created the heavens and the earth and He made everything beautiful.. for us. He made us in His image..we have creation all around us and we were made to create! When we create, we touch the heart of God..we join forces with the Holy Spirit to bring something beautiful into the world.. it is a powerful experience. Creativity is a part of the human experience.. it slows us down and draws us away from the madness of this world. I hope you can find an outlet for your creativity and that it will become a refuge from the busyness and the noise that surrounds us.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good”
Alicia, this is beautifully inspiring. Now I know what I want for my next birthday. 🙂
Blessings ~ Wendy
Yes.. you will love it Wendy!
YES! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Thank You Lord for blessing us through Alucia’s beautiful worship of You, Creator God. Amen amen amen!
Thank you Alicia, for stepping out and sharing your heart. May God continue to bless you as He draws you deeper into His creative heart! 💝
Thanks so much Suz.. you were the one who prompted me to share this:)
So so thankful you shared, Alicia. ❣✨
Thank you so much!
The examples are such an inspiration and encouragement! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Pam.. I am grateful to the Lord for guiding me to this type of art.. always a new adventure with Him!
Hi Alicia. I used to write a blog a while back, and have decided to leave that one and start one that is essentially more Christian in nature. You may remember which one it is. I seen what you look like now! I had in my mind this sweet little old Midwest lady, and you are not! A glamorous granny!!!
Seriously, I love your blog and have added it to my blogroll. God bless you Alicia…
Hi Tim.. so glad you commented on my blog.. of course I remember you!.. thanks for the compliment.. I am a California girl through and through:) I will be visiting your new blog, ( many thanks for adding me to your blogroll).. Let’s keep in touch.