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Wisdom

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Wisdom

Wisdom

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.

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A New Beginning

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A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Open doors and let blessing flow from them.

 

 

How to illustrate in your journal bible; My cup overflows. 

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How to illustrate in your journal bible; My cup overflows. 

 

 

 

 

My cup overflows. Surely goodness will follow me all the days of my life.

Psalm 23:5,6

Bible journaling is a worship experience and time spent with The Father. It’s important to see it as more than just an art project but as another form of worship. God created us to each have our own talents, those talents might include singing, drawing, encouraging others, a teacher, or a doctor to give a few examples. Being able to draw is a talent and sharing this time with your Heavenly Father is precious to Him. Sharing it with others blesses God as you encourage others to worship God through your art. I will share a written step by step tutorial of my worship bible journaling of verse Psalm 23:5,6.  I love coffee and how perfect for my coffee to overflow representing my spirit full and overflowing with joy and all good things provided by the Father.

 STEP BY STEP

  1. Begin by choosing your favorite worship music. I personally love Hillsong United. I also enjoy Jason Upton or Klove if you can’t choose. It’s important to listen to worship music and invite the Holy Spirit to be in your presence. You may ask why this step is important. Have you ever noticed whenever the bible speaks of beings, people, or angels being in Gods presence they are worshiping Him singing praise music? Each Sunday worship through music is a huge part of the church service. It’s important to do this step because we are worshiping God and music is  beautiful and brings joy in the atmosphere. 
  2. The next step is reading your bible and listening for Him to speak to your heart. This part is very important because if you are a visual person this is when you will visualize your worship inspired journaling art. Most artists are visual. 
  3. Generally, while reading my bible I take notes because I  a note taker and I love to journal. I love to return to my notes later and see how God has spoken to my heart and answered prayers. I also keep a date on the top of each journal entry. Not every person journals. This is something I enjoy doing. If you enjoy journaling this part is always fun especially when you reflect back on answered prayers and time you spent with God. Below is a picture of my bible/prayer journal. Just to give you an idea of what I use. I intentionally blurred the pages because the notes and prayers are personal :). 
  4. After I have a visual idea for what I want to journal and which verse or verses stand out I start by drawing a rough sketch of my worship art in my journal bible. I have several bibles but my favorite bibles to use include my study bible for reading and my journal bible for bible journaling entries. 
  5. The next step is adding color. This is not about perfection by any means. Ever person has their own style of art. You may choose colored pencils, crayons, oils, chalk, pen and ink, or water color. It’s simply a matter of personal preference. I choose to use whatever inspires my art each time I journal. Sometimes I include them all and made a mixed media page. This particular time I enjoyed using water color and pen and ink. 
  6. After the paint dried I used pen and ink to outline my work. I also used pen and ink to write the bible verses.
  7. To finish my journal entry sometimes I add a page tab and sometimes I add fun embellishments. Some embellishments might include fun flip tabs with notes, washi tape, stickers, or fun quotes I’ve purchased from a hobby store or online. Today I added a #heidiswapp embellishment as my tab to add a bit of fun to my page. It didn’t include words just a simple black and pink dotted square tag. Pictures below are a few embellishments to give an example of some you might use if you like using embellishments. 
  8. After finished, and if it’s necessary I may choose to use a gloss enamel clear coat finish to protect the pages. This is especially important if you use oil pastels or chalk to add color to your pages. This particular time that was not needed because the pages are not in danger of smearing or rubbing off on each other. You can pick this up at any hobby store or wal mart in the spray paint section.  

Joy In Serving

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Joy In Serving

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. 

Philippians 2:2

  

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. 

Psalm 46:10

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. 

Philippians 2:3,4

TRUTH

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.

TRUTH

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…

Philippians 2:5-8

  • 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

Proverbs 3:13-15

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. 

Philippians 2:14,15

  • 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.