seek and it will be given. Knock and it will be answered. He protects the innocent. He heals the broken. Guides the lost. He is your friend and your father.
Restore me father.
I am the daughter of a king. I am born into royalty. I am heir to a throne. My dad made the universe. He is the greatest artist there ever was. He is the great I am!
This spread reflects a bible study I did in one of my older journals about walking around in the wilderness in Deuteronomy. Speaking of walking around in the wilderness, yesterday we went foraging for the first day of the new spring season. One of the locals said wild asparagus was ready. We looked for morels, wild onions, and wild asparagus. The asparagus wasn’t ready and we didn’t find a single mushroom. I did find a lot of wild onions. I made a salad for my husband and soup with my wild onions. Have you ever had wild onions? The top leaves can be cooked with the bottom onion with a lot of nutrients. Have you found mushrooms yet? I guess we’re about a month behind. I hope we don’t miss our season for mushrooms here entirely and go right into summer!
I think if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than him. #cslewis Is there anything you haven’t forgiven yourself for? Today is a new day. The sun is out here, finally! I think I’ll go for a jog this morning. What will you do with your day? What’s your weather like wherever your at? #cslewis
Sunday doodles and messy chaos.
From one of my older art journals back in 2016 is this journal spread full of doodles and writing. Not about anything particularly. Just rambles and doodles. A way of releasing stress and promoting positivity and creativity.
I think one of the bravest and boldest things in the world is when someone loves blindly without fear of rejection.
I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldnt say any other way -things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe
I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldnt say any other way -things I had no words for. Georgia O’Keeffe
The real battle is in the mind.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12 KJV
From my bible, I’ve hand drawn bible journaling templates available as a printable set with a coloring page. Its perfect for the group of women who gather for a bible study or meet to color together.
This is my personal journaling bible with the galaxy bible printables I’ve recreated. Pictured is the coloring printable included with the Bible margin template.
Above is the printable coloring page and below is the template for your bible margins.
This makes bible journaling simple for those who have a hard time drawing or coming up with journaling ideas for their margins. To use this template you simply print the printable from my Etsy store JournalingArt (included is the hand drawn galaxy coloring page) cut out your template and insert it into your journaling bible and trace it onto your page. Then add color to your page. Example below: notice the printed template inserted under my finished bible margin.
For more printable coloring pages and bible art see my Online store JournalingArt
To follow my art see Jbecreate on instagram.
Writing from church in my moleskine. I actually write this last year but I’m just now posting it. I took notes from my most favorite all time pastor, Pastor Al and church at Living Word Outreach Ministries.
She remembered she wore a crown. Collage art in my moleskine art plus.
More Of Him
Seven is a perfect number. The Bible uses the number seven numerous times through the Bible. It is Gods number and God is perfect.
Ladies, we were made for so much more. We were born into royalty. Our father is a king. By birthright you have infinite power and wisdom beyond comprehension. Remember this always and lean on his understanding and not your own.
A comment from Joyce Meyer ministries made my whole day. (JournalingArt on Instagram)
If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of humanity would be.
We can’t fully devote our hearts to God and keep our mind and body for our own purposes and desires. Sometimes I enjoy using my art journal as a journal to document my faith and stages or seasons in my walk.
Walk by the Spirit of Love
Walk by the spirit of love. Be kind and love one another. Forgive and do kind things. These will be measured back to you. Who is the Spirit of Love? Or what? If you don’t know it’s The Father, God, The Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. Walk in love and have peace in your heart and soul.
Do you have a go to for the days you can’t find a topic to journal or write? Here’s a list of journaling prompts, ideas, and words to inspire your journaling creativity. It’s nice to have a go to or list of ideas.
You are welcome to zoom in and use any of these ideas that inspire you to create in your journals. Comment below if you have any suggestions that other writers might find useful. I hope you find inspiration here.
A list of art journaling supplies and ideas to add to your art journals. Sometimes it’s nice to have a little inspiration for adding art to your journals. I hope this inspires you to create with new ideas, if you haven’t already used all of these in your art journal. Please comment or add any of your journaling ideas below!
1. Vintage maps
3. Discard library books
4. Washi tape
5. Origami paper
6. Post cards
7. Addressed stamped envelopes
9. Paper flowers
10. Doodle art
11. Colored pencils
12. Water colors
13. Plane tickets
14. Clothing tags
15. Metal brads
16. Candy wrappers
17. Acrylic paint
18. Movie ticket stubs
20. Lip stick
21. Party invitation
22. Theme park tickets
23. Charcoal pencil
24. Wall poster
25. Spray paint
27. Gift card
28. Card board
29. Travel brochures
30. Paper dolls
32. Wrapping paper
33. Oil pastels
34. Comic strip
35. Tim Holtz
36. Sheet music
37. Concert tickets
40. Paper clips
41. Vintage sewing patterns
42. Playing cards
43. Free printable art
44. Distressed ink
48. Chip board
50. Children’s art
51. Handwritten notes
There’s plenty of opportunities to look for good in people. It’s much better to see people as people, accept we are all flawed, and look for positive qualities. In turn you will begin to feel more positive and spread positive vibes. People are drawn to other positive people. Do not worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Phil. 4:6
The owl represents wisdom and the butterfly represents change and growth. Personal growth is important. Also important, taking authority over your thoughts, your words, and your life. Stay in His word and listen to positive words for a positive life. I always enjoy Joyce Meyer and her teaching.
2 cup Mondays
We all face the same daily struggles with the same enemy. His approach may vary depending on the person, genetics, personality, faith, or lack of but we all face the same devil, just different demons.
Isn’t it a good thing we have Jesus who conquered that crafty enemy. I like to say the Jesus in me is stronger than he who is roaming the earth looking for someone to devour. Honestly, with faith, wisdom, and eyes wide open and two cups of coffee is a cure for Mondays.
What did I learn from my first bible journal experience?
What did I learn?
I learned to relax and pray. I learned to meditate on hearing from the Holy Spirit while I worked on art with a talent he gave me. It was a great experience. I learned it doesn’t have to be perfect. The reason, the focus, and the whole point of my journaling bible was to have a deeper and more intimate experience with my Heavenly Father, My Creator. Most of all, I learned its not about perfection or the things I make but the quality time I spend as a form of worship while creating in time spent with Him.
And then, my very first entry;
What would I do different?
I thought I felt guilty at first for covering the pages. My initial thought and fear was confirmed by some people online who asked if I felt bad and made comments that they couldn’t and wouldn’t write on Gods words. Again, I prayed and felt in my heart that I wouldn’t intentionally hurt my Father. And then I was reminded condemnation doesn’t come from the Father but the enemy who comes to steal kill and destroy. He wants to destroy a good thing, a positive influence for other people, this message right now, and he fears that others might enjoy this same kind of prayer time and intimacy with The Father. Don’t listen to the negativity. Enjoy you time with God through your talents He has given you amd be close to Him.
I also keep a study bible I use only for my bible study which I keep a prayer journal with and I keep a small bible for underlining key verses that I carry to church and I have my art journaling bible which I don’t have to feel guilty for art as a form of worship. Enjoy freedom in your art worship and don’t allow the enemy to make you feel bad for enjoying your time with your Creator, the Father.
A study of Philippians; part 3: Philippians 3,4
Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
Paul persecuted Christians and enjoyed power as a ruthless man. After becoming aquatinted with Jesus and the Truth, peace and joy found in Christ alone his desires changed from worldly to eternal desires. What he once saw as gain he began to see as losses.
- After Paul experienced the joy and power from a relationship with Christ he wanted more. Joy comes from fellowship with knowing christ and spending time in His word.
I want to know Christ -yes to know the power of His resurrection and persecution in His sufferings, becoming like Him in death.
- I believe this is something we should all be seeking, to know the power in Christ. Truthfully, we are each drawn to this power like we are drawn to light. Christ is the very definition of love and we each yearn to be loved. The power we seek is in His love.
- What then keeps people from coming to Christ? Some worry they have too many sins or don’t want to give up their sins so they avoid knowing Christ.
Christ wants us to come to him as we are with our sins and he will take care of us. He died for us and He will take our burdens away. A relationship with Christ will give you spiritual freedom and set you free from your burdens and your sins. This a is free effortless gift. You have done nothing to deserve it but because we have a Heavenly Father that loves us more than we deserve or can possibly comprehend all we have to do is accept this free gift. There is no amount of work we could ever do to earn it. It is free and nothing we can or ever will do will deserve what Christ has done for us.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take a stand against the Devils schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:10-12 explains that we will be set free by putting on t he full armor of God.
Paul experienced spiritual warfare and we still do today. There is great power in knowledge and knowledge is found in The Word. We must be equipped in this battle by putting on the full armor of God.
THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD; weapons in spiritual warfare
- The belt of truth
- Breastplate of righteousness
- Feet ready with the gospel of peace
- Shield of faith
- Helmet of salvation
- The sword of the spirit
Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And in the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
- Being anxious shows lack of faith. In the same way our faith builds our spiritual strength and our ability to trust him our anxiety builds fear and gives power to the enemy. Be careful where you put your faith and guard your thoughts.
- Spending time in the word builds our faith. Spending time in worship grows our faith and allows things to happen in the spirit. Utilize these gifts and find spiritual freedom in the word and in Him.
- Spending time with God in His word and in worship brings peace and frees us from worry, anxiety, and fear (the enemy).
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
So you shall know that I am the Lord your God.
Knowing Him and spending time in his word builds faith.
- Knowing =Believing
- Power=The Word
- The Word=Christ
As I read this bible study I enjoyed using pens, washi tape, and my new paper tags that I made flip with bible verse on them.
This first page I made a bible art journal entry full of fun doodles and artwork. I made fun doodles circle the main verses that stuck out to me when I was reading.
The tag reads “…for I know that through your prayers and the help of the spirit of Jesus Christ bus I’ll turn out for my deliverance, …whatever by life or by death, for me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:19,20 ESV
The verses I wrote on the tag are paraphrased from the verses I encircled in the picture. Just a fun way to make it stand out and more than once. Also a good way to remember how I felt God speak to my heart in this journaling entry.
The flip side says;
“Do all things without grumbling or dispute, that you may be blameless and innocent children of God. Phil. 2:14,15
Again, just a fun way to incorporate bible verses that stuck out to me in my bible study or quiet time into my art journaling. And this verse is also encircled on the second page.
Notice at the top of the second page I have some fun notecards inserted from Heidi Swapp. My husband said my pages here look like my planner. Well it kind of does but it sure was fun doing it.
The very last page of my Philippian bible journal study includes Paul thanking the people. He thanked the women for their help in sharing the gospel. I enjoyed drawing these little ladies in pen and markers and coloring on the page with colored pencil. I also added some more Heidi Swapp notes on the page for fun. I included part of verse 4:3 to go along with the ladies I drew, “bless these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel.” Phil. 4:3 (ESV)
In the center I cut my own paper to fit perfect for three cutouts and to add additional bible verses and more color to my entry.
These verses read;
1. “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phil. 4:13
2. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit Amen” Phil. 4:23
3. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19
I hope my bible art journing inspires you to design and creste entires for your journaling! Be blessed! ❤️
Part 2; Philippians 2, A study of Philippians
…then to make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and one in mind.
This is the first bible journal entry in the front of my bible. It is my favorite because Jesus is represented as a lion, The King. It is a very detailed zentangle bible art journal entry, which I also love. I also included my favorite verse which says,
Be still and know I am God.
This seems like a good way to start the second part of Philippians because we are a work in progress and many times we do need to wait on him. It takes patience to have a finished work and since he will never be finished with us as long as we are human and breath air it seems fitting to share this verse.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
It’s easy to find ourselves wanting to impress others in making a situation about ourselves in vein conceit or out of our own selfish ambition. However, this verse warns against that.
In verses 3 and 4 Paul suggests we do things with humility, without being selfish or doing it in vein. Instead of doing something with our own interest in mind we should put value on others with their interest in mind. There is nothing that suggests this is easy but it will be worth it. The gift we receive from being humble and selfless is far greater than what we reap from being vain or by being selfish. Philippians 2:2 says our joy will be complete; complete in being humble.
- Selfish ambition = greed or to desire anything more than it’s needed.
- Vain conceit = pride (false pride), inflated pride in oneself or in appearance, or a desire to be seen by others as more than you see yourself. An extreme desire to “fit in” “conform” or impress others. It takes a secure person (secure in Christ) to stand apart.
- Both selfishness and being vain are fleshly desires that derive from insecurity and not being happy with oneself. Both result from worldly desires or to conform to be like the world.
If we desired the things God wanted, which is to be loved and to love one another we would eliminate out selfish desires replacing these sins with love and a deeper understanding for other persons needs. Once these needs are met we see a pure love that comes from conforming to Him rather than to the desires of the world. We trade in earthly desires (selfish ambition = greed, vain conceit = pride) for eternal desires (to love another person more than ourselves. Phil 2:2) thus making our joy complete.
In your relationship with one another have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… He humbled himself…
- Humility = modest, a clear perspective of oneself, to think of others before yourself regardless of circumstances.
- Humility for Jesus was being beat, spat on, humiliated, nailed to a cross for a painful death, and defeated hell and the enemy so we may have an inheritance to the throne here on earth as well as in heaven. (Yes I said an inheritance on earth, in the here and now, another lesson entirely, but worth of a quick note. Jesus defeated greed and pride so we can be free of these and have joy in their place making it possible to love those we find difficult to love, summing up the whole lesson.)
- To walk in humility you must first recognize the authority Christ has given you in your inheritance through his death and resurrection. The enemy has already been defeated. It is finished. Praise God!
- Remember that wisdom is the beginning of understanding our inheritance and knowing how to receive the free gift of joy.
Wisdom… More profitable than silver. More precious than rubies
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God” …then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.
- There is great power in our words. The bible says the power of life and death is in the tongue. We can build a person up or tear them down with words.
- As you do things in your daily routine do it to the glory of God. Represent him in everything you do and say and you will experience joy with the absence of complaining. Do it with a smile and shine before men.
- Put your Jesus on with a christ-like mindset and experience life in its fullness with an inheritance you were intended to have, one full of joy.