Guest post by Lisa Nichols Hickman, author of Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible.
I first noticed Brittney Michael’s work on the Illustrated Faith Bible Journaling Facebook page. Perhaps it was her middle name – Sfarzoso – (which means ‘gorgeous’ in Italian) that captured my attention.
I reached out to her to get to know her a bit and to learn about her past year of Bible journaling. Here’s what she said:
“I am married we do not have children but hope to have some in the future. I am currently in graduate school for the (human services program) to obtain my Masters of Science degree. I am a nature person! I love nature I and my husband and I like to take walks through the park and trails walks. We like to ride our bikes together! I basically love anything that is nature. My favorite hobby is arts and crafts. I am very artistic and unique. I hope to some day to travel the world. I am a firm believer that God sent his Son to die on the cross for my sins I love Jesus. I also like having quiet time in my prayer closet to meditate, study and pray to my father.
I got started Bible journaling when a church member from Center Point Church in Warner Robins, Georgia offered group classes to educate anyone who was interested. I started following her on Facebook and she had a page and I observed and asked questions. She referred me to the bible journaling group founder Darlene and thats when my world changed. I started in February 2016. Soon it will be one full year in February 2017.
Bible journaling is a vital part of my life because it help me grow spiritually and make my walk with God more intimate. Bible journaling has helped me read the word of God with excitement and not be a “bore” like before. Bible journaling allows me to worship God in spirit and in truth. I can praise the Lord with my bible journaling and I can express myself better through in the bible (like doodling throughout the bible). Bible journaling helps me to understand what I am reading and helps me remember what I need to remember.
One day I was reading the book of Genesis 22:14 NLT and I was currently going through somethings financially and God spoke through his word that reads Yahweh-Yireh (which means “The Lord Will Provide”). That moment mattered to me and helped in a difficult time.
Being a nature person – I loved this text from Proverbs – which uses even ants to teach me a lesson!
I like to use Crayola colored pencils, crayola markers (only if I use it in certain sections of the bible) I haven’t used gesso yet though (gesso prep your pages so the material used won’t bleed through, Washi tape, pencils, gel pens, gelatos paints, stickers, scrapbook paper, print outs, tip ins, glue, glitter, double sided tape, tape, easer, pencil sharpener, bible tab, and highlighters.”