First of all, I want to list my 2015 goals here ( I prefer goals as opposed to resolutions). Not because I think you are interested in my life choices but simply as a way to hold myself accountable.
- Continue on my weight loss/healthier life style plan for life
- Strengthen my body and my relationships with family and God
- Join the church we've been attending regularly for two years
- Read the bible more
- Organize, purge and refresh our house
- Use my stuff
- Join more challenges
- Organize and purge
- Try new things
Do those sound doable? I think they do. Now on to the crafty stuff.
With today's project I am blurring the lines between my life and crafty goals. Sometime late last year I ran across Shanna Noel's blog quite by accident and discovered the art of Bible Journaling. I quickly added her blog to my reader and searched on Pinterest for ideas. Oh my. So much to take in. I was excited to get started but...wait...needed a journaling bible first, then some other supplies, then Christmas happened. So, I just now got my first page completed this week. I recently joined a Facebook Group that Shanna has set up Journaling Bible. It seems to be a nice group yet it can be intimidating. There are some true artists out there. I consider myself creative but definitely not artistic. My background is scrapbooking and stamping so that is the tools I used to create this jounal entry.
I chose this page to start with because this is actually one of my favorite bible verses and, it was included on a life application message at our church on December 21. I started out by painting a thin coat of Liquitex Matte Gel Medium to curb bleed through to the back page. I then stamped the Verve Psalm 119:105 sentiment onto the page and also the candle from the Pinecone Christmas set and then colored where needed with Copic Markers. I added part of the life application message from my notes that day using some tiny letter stickers from my scrapbook stash. I highlighted the verse with Copics and then added a spritz of V12 Copic marker across the page using my old Stampin' Up Spritzer tool. Simple is normally my style anyway but I definitely went even simpler since this was my first page.
I realize that a Christian related hobby is not for everyone and I also realize that some Christians are going to consider that I am defacing the bible. But to be perfectly honest although I understand the basics of the bible I have not ever been much of a regular reader. Oh sure, certain verses strike a cord with me but to sit down and actually read and study it has been a struggle. I feel that by combining a hobby that I already love to do with the reading of God's word will help me grow spiritually (see my life goals above). Is it for everyone? No. And that is ok.
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