Bible Journaling Workshop

Seek Him

Seek Him

Have you ever felt like you were in a rut with your personal Bible study? Bible Art Journaling is a fun way to breathe fresh air into your Bible time.  Combining the voice of Holy Spirit, the scriptures and your natural creativity can make the Word of God not only come alive, but also seal your revelations in your heart and your Bible.

12thCentury Serbian Gospel

12th Century Serbian Gospels

Did you know the earliest copies of the New Testament were illustrated by scribes around 400 A.D? Even today their hand-written pages filled with colorful and intricate paintings still shed light on the passages copied.

In this workshop we will study a scripture and choose a favorite visual medium to illustrate what Holy Spirit reveals. Don’t worry if you are nervous about creating in your own Bible, there will be copied scripture pages available to experiment on.  If you do have a Bible and/or supplies you would like to use, please bring them along.

You don’t think you can draw or paint? You don’t have to be an artist! Do you enjoy scrapbooking, stamping or stencils?  Maybe you prefer lettering?  Learn how to create ‘art,’ layouts or beautiful lettering to really make the Word stand out.  Tips and resources will be available.

Week 4

Seek Him in His Dwelling Place… I am His dwelling Place

Maybe it’s time to think about creating a visual reminder of your study, after all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Below is a list of supply suggestions and links to great Journaling sites.

Bible Art Journaling Education, Challenges and Groups

Beginning Supply List Suggestions
Journal or Journaling Bible Micron Pens
.5 Mechanical Pencil
Colored Pencils
Faber Castell colored Pitt pens
Watercolor pencils or Watercolors
Paint brush
Clear gesso
foam brush
Vinyl mat
Heat tool

PDF Bible for printing pages

List with links to Amazon or Scrapbook:


Week 25

In light of this month’s theme and the terror attacks in Orlando and around the world I feel it is important to pray for peace. Psalm 122 says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (which btw means ‘teaching of peace’). But what about everyone else?

As it turns out, security will come to those who love the Lord’s city, and for the sake of everyone else, we pray “Peace be with you, Jerusalem.”

Psalm 122:1-9 NIV
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem.
Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together.
That is where the tribes go up— the tribes of the Lord — to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel.
There stand the thrones for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say,
“Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity.

Week 7

Ezekiel 37:26-28 NIV

I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my SANCTUARY among them forever. My DWELLING place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

We dwell in Him And He dwells in us. He planned it long ago, and executed His plan through the blood of Christ, Emmanuel: God with us. And now Christ dwells richly in us, the hope of Glory in us. We are a Dwelling Place for a God who desires to dwell in us. That’s pretty powerful stuff to think about.

Other references to study: MT 1:23, IS 7:14, 2CO 6:16

Ez 37:26-28

About the artwork: Wow! I love holy accidents. I had this stencil mask that I loved because it has the feeling of an umbrella. I wanted to leave the girl ’empty’ except for His Words, but wanted a bright glow around her. So I placed her down on the page and decided to sponge out my bright colors to show the Glory of the Lord as He inhabits His temple, me 🙂 but when I carried my Bible into a dark room I realized it wasn’t just bright paint, it glowed! If He dwells in me I will bring light into dark places even when I am not aware of it! Awesome!

*** I cut the stencil out of card stock with my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine, placed stencil adhesive on it and let it dry. I then placed it on another piece of paper to make sure it wasn’t too sticky to rip my Bible page, but sticky enough to to hold it in place and keep paint from bleeding under. I used FolkArt fluorescent bright yellow, orange and pink to sponge and drag out over and around the stencil. Then after drying I traced the image with a micron and gently peeled the image up. I penciled in the words so they would be vaguely centered and traced over with a pen. Painted a sparkly Wink of Stella onto the dress and the Bible verse. 

  In the dark 

Week 6

February’s theme is Abide. 

The week 6 verse is :

‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:13-16‬ ‬‬

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

The word ‘live’ is also translated ‘abide’ and ‘dwell’ depending on which version you read.

We dwell in God, and He dwells in us. Find out more and share your lovely creative moments here this week!

Week 5

Week 5John 15:1-11 NIV

I have an  NIV journaling Bible and the word ‘abide’ is not used in this translation. In the Greek ‘abide’ is ‘meno’ and means: abide, dwell, remain in, continue in.

In studying, I learned so much that I decided on a simple illustration as I know that I will want to put more on that page later.

The whole passage boils down to abiding in the Lord, His Word, and His Love. I decided that was the crux of all of it: abide. And not only should I dwell in Him, but He will dwell in me. We are one when I follow His commands, with His love, and allow myself to be cleansed through the pruning of His Word.

The thing about a vine is that the branches don’t try to grow, they just do because the nutrients come from the vine. Sometime branches die, and they need to be cut off and thrown out; they’ve outgrown their purpose. A dead branch takes up nutrients it doesn’t need. It’s time to make room for a healthy one to grow.

When a branch does bear fruit it needs to be pruned afterward so that new fruit can grow in the next season.
So, all this cutting is not a bad thing. Healthy fruit will grow after the branch has been pruned.  Dead or fruitful, either way, branches will be cut. And cutting is unpleasant, but necessary. When the new fruit grows you forget the pain and, instead, rejoice.

How do we, the branches get trimmed? In verse 2 the word ‘pruned’ or ‘purged’ is kathairo and really means ‘cleaned out’.  In verse 3 Jesus tells us that we are already clean by His words. The Greek word for ‘clean’ is kathoros. His spoken words to me have already pruned me. And, according to verse 7, if the Words I actually heard stay inside me, I can ask anything of the Lord and it will be done for me.

I can go on and on. But I’ll let you hear from Him yourself. That is why I didn’t want to fill the page yet. I’m getting so much out of this I could fill an art journal.

*** I got a new toy I wanted to use, a Silhouette Portrait ‘die’ cutter. I had it cut out the word so I could use my Red Folk Art metallic acrylic paint for the lettering. I applied stencil adhesive to the back of my die cut and placed it on the page so it wouldn’t move and paint wouldn’t bleed beneath the letters. Well, it ended up tearing a bit of the page and still leaking under a couple of letters. At first I was disappointed, but then I remembered that this process isn’t about perfection, but learning to express His heart even in my imperfect way.
I used a small angled brush with metallic copper acrylic and slowly dragged it across the page for the branch. I twisted the brush a bit to give it a branch-like quality. Added leaves and a small bunch of grapes later. I felt it needed something else, so I wet and put Gelatos onto a piece of Mylar and smeared it over the page.

Jn 5:1-11
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Week 2

Week 2
Week 2
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
I decided to dig in to the original language and found these verbs, ask, seek and knock were continuous action verbs. In other words, we were meant to continually, even habitually ask, seek and knock. Not only that, but these were commands. God expects us to keep on asking, seeking and knocking. And every time we ask, seek, knock, God promises, with certainty, that there will be a response. ‘It will be given’ and ‘it shall be opened’ are God’s doing in response to our actions.
But while ‘you shall find’ has a certainty associated with it, there is an understanding that you go after it. Like when you lose your keys. You can’t keep looking for your keys, suddenly find them, but expect to drive your car unless you pick them up and use them. The kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. So while seeking Him in the past few weeks, I’ve realized that in finding Him, I’m often lead to knock on another door, so that I can seek further.
I’m finding Him in beautiful doors right now. I’m desperate to find Him and grab hold of His heart, so I’ll keep on asking, seeking and knocking until I’m changed from glory to glory.
About the artwork:
Three years ago we stayed in New Orleans for a week. The house we stayed in was next to a bar called the Crown and Anchor. I was intrigued by the front door and took a picture. The bar actually has two front entrance doors. The outside door of the Crown and Anchor is actually a Tardis (from Doctor Who if you’re a geek.) The door behind it is the real entrance into the establishment.

While I was studying Matthew 7, I remembered the picture and felt that it reminded me to keep seeking. If you know anything about the Tardis, you know that the interior is way bigger than the exterior. I think that’s just like God, you knock and get something much bigger than you could ever have expected when you started knocking, and the next door brings you closer to the finding. So keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking, because He surely will show up.

***To make the tip-in, I drew out the Tardis on scrapbook paper, shaded it with pencil and computer printed the police box sign and notice for the door. When I cut the door out I left a flap on the left side to anchor it into the Bible page with double stick tape, leaving the right side free to tip out when I want to read the whole passage. I cut open the door to reveal the interior red door to the Crown and Anchor. The red door was made with Prismacolor pencils.

Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil, Set of 48 Assorted Colors (3598T)

Week 1

Week 1

Week One

Hebrews 11:1-6
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible…
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

I know this is called the “Faith” chapter, but faith is required to seek God. One of the first tools I need to seek after God is faith.
And the seeking is a lifelong journey, not a one time event.
If you’ve ever used a map, you know you have more confidence that you’ll get to your destination than if you do not (or worse, use a gps)
God is asking us to seek Him and did not leave us without a map. He will reward the seekers with more knowledge of Him.
So let us follow the map He graces us with. Every journey is different: the path, the pits, the clues, the treasures we find.
Spend January exploring the Word and finding your map to the Treasure that is the heart of God.

***I used Dina Wakely clear gesso to seal the page. I use a heat tool to dry it and then lightly outlined the edges of the map. I used a tea bag to stain the page. It got very wet so I blotted, dried and reapplied. A little Straw Distress ink was rubbed in and I drew in the details with a sepia Pitt pen. I used a compass rose stamp.
The labels are Hebrew/Aramaic.
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Kits-Kit #4
Faber-Castell Artist Pens (Set of 4) Color: Sepia
Ranger – Dina Wakley Media Mediums Clear Gesso 4oz Jar

January Theme 2016

January’s Theme:  Seek Him, Find Him.20140613-103527-38127660.jpg

I misplaced my glasses the other day. I knew they were somewhere in the house and wasted some time looking. While other readers exist, they are either the wrong strength or have cheap lenses.

At one point I almost quit looking and was willing to settle for those cheap glasses. But I was obsessed. No matter how many times I told myself to give up, to move on and settle for almost being able to read, I couldn’t quit. I just knew they were somewhere in the house.

Finally, I found them under some mail that was carelessly tossed onto the dresser. Oh the relief when I put them on and could do my Bible study without the distraction of trying to focus.

I have actually been through this process many times for items of even less importance or urgency. Yet I obsess in finding the misplaced item.

So if I am willing to spend time, time I could do something else with, looking for stuff, why can’t I seek God with that kind of effort. Why can’t I my focus on Him so much that I won’t quit until I find Him?

I want to seek Him out with such heart that He has to answer.

Matthew 7:7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.


I don’t want a mansion

Have you heard that Jesus is preparing a Mansion for us in Heaven?  (John 14:2) Well, if you study the KJV word for “mansion,” Mone, you find that it actually means a dwelling place or a place of remaining.  But whose dwelling place?

When I think of a Mansion I think brick and mortar, extravagant furniture and large rooms. Nice thought BUT not what Jesus was saying. There is something better than a Mansion that awaits us.

In verse 23 Jesus tells us that IF we love Him, then we’ll obey Him AND then Father (Abba) will love us too and LIVE with us NOW.  The word LIVE (or remain, abide) in this verse is… tada! Mone. I believe Jesus had to go to Heaven so that all of us (the many “mansions”) would be able to be a dwelling place for God.  That means we have a new home in Him and He has a home in us.

My body is a temple?  Read John 15.  Specifically, let’s look at verses 4-11:

4 Remain (abide, dwell) in Me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Check this out – the Word ‘remain’ is the root-word for the word ‘mansion.’  So the whole ‘going to prepare a place for you’ means that He is going so that we can have constant fellowship with Him:  A never-ending stream of fellowship between us and God.  Not later, but now! This is a present tense paragraph.

We must REMAIN in the vine in order to produce fruit.  The Father’s love, power, word, whatever He has, flows through the vine just like the nutrients through a plant.  If we live connected to that vine, guess what…We get that love, power, word, etc. flowing through us.  Then we can produce love fruit, power fruit, word fruit, wtvr!  What joy we have when we are remaining in Him!  Way more joy than thinking about some mansion we might inherit up in heaven.

What will we need a house for when we’re in heaven anyway?  When I go there, I hope to stay 24-7 at the feet of my Lord and enjoy His presence.

Unfortunately, due to our beloved King James and his translators, the poor masses were given hope that they too would live in a mansion one day.  But because the word was incorrectly translated many in the Body of Christ today are waiting for their mansion in heaven someday instead of dwelling in Christ today. 

He abides in you and you in Him; you are a Temple of the Holy Ghost. YOU are the place that the sinner can come to meet Jesus. Christ IN you the hope of glory.  Stop putting off the responsibility for the lost onto the Church Infrastructure. No more excuses!  The fields are white and ready to harvest let’s go get ‘em.


The Girl in the Mirror has the Key

The key to freedom is His Love, not some love I work up. I can’t just copy what Jesus did. That’s my interpretation of how He shows Love. In reality, He went to His Father in prayer each day and kept their connection fresh. He only did what He saw His Father doing, said what His Father said. He stayed vitally connected, and then he told his followers to stay vitally connected to the same vine.

In that connection we don’t figure out Love, we draw it out from the Jesus vine and it seamlessly flows out of us just in time of need. That’s what the world needs again. That’s what I need, the Love of the only one who really aches for the lost, hurting, disappointed, every race, rich and poor. Each person and situation requires agape Love straight from the throne and Christ, the reigning one who lives in me, the hope of that glorious Love.

It’s going to take some work on my part, more time in prayer on behalf of others, an intentional relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Word, giving away what I have been given, stepping out of my comfort zones, stepping into a raging lost world.

Lord help me stay united with you in such a way today that I just let your compassion and love flow through and out of me to produce fruit in and for your name. Amen.

Inspirational thoughts:

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Luke 5:15-16 NIV)

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NIV)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8NIV)

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12 NIV)

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. (Matthew 10:8 NIV)

Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:23-25 NIV)