Just Playing

In honor of Memorial Day, Dayspring has a nice coupon that can be used for Bible Journaling supplies:  Save $20 on a purchase of $60 and get free shipping with the code:  “MEMORIAL20”.

The newest Illustrated Faith devotional kit is out, too.  It’s created by Kristen Wolbach.  I remember feeling just blown away by some of the early pictures that Kristen posted in the Illustrated Faith Facebook group.  From the first posts of her amazing, full-page illustrations, she helped me see new possibilities for Bible Journaling.  I was so happy that she authored a devotional and designed a stamp set!  I’m not officially affiliated with Illustrated Faith, but I’ve been part of its Facebook community since September 2014.  It’s been a joy to watch the community grow from about 3,000 members when I joined to over 40,000 now and also to see Illustrated Faith take shape from its first products designed just for Bible Journaling.

I’ve been just playing around with the set this weekend (and some new watercolors, too).  Shanna Noel, the founder of Illustrated Faith published a process video on Youtube.

I am definitely one of those people who enjoys trying new supplies and techniques.  Watercolor scares me a bit, so I just practiced on paper as I followed along.  I love watching Shanna because she just keeps adding more to her designs.  After a watercolor wash, she adds white acrylic paint before stamping, she uses stickers and washi tape and then adds more doodles with Neo Color IIs.  Her pictures have so many layers!

I’ve been pondering the verse and Shanna’s message as I played:  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”  When I read this verse, I feel encouraged knowing that its up to us to be available and willing, but up to the Holy Spirit to empower the testimony.

Thinking about the message from the devotion:  “A changed heart is the only testimony worth having” makes me reflect on my own life.  For as long as I can remember, Jesus has been in my heart, I’ve felt the presence of God, I’ve experienced the protection and guidance of the Holy Spirit.  I was four or five years old when I accepted Jesus into my heart.

Though I’ve been a Christian for a long, long time, there are times when I still experience a Christ-driven change of heart.  Situations come up in life that we don’t necessarily expect or want.  Jesus is always there to remind me:  “Forgive.”  And its such a blessing to live life with freedom from anger, resentment, and unforgiveness.  No matter how long I travel life with Christ in my heart, I find it is good to have him there, and the process of transformation continues with each new adventure.

Below is the illustration I did on regular copy paper as I watched Shanna’s video and played with Kristen’s stamps…

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Wishing you a safe holiday and a wonderful start to summer.  Remembering those who have given their life for our country and praying for all those who continue serve.  Remembering, too, those Christians who were killed in Egypt and those who lost their life in Manchester.  Praying.

 

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