I know that not everyone is into faith journaling and that's cool. If you are not interested in these types of posts, feel free to skip over them. Gina and I both have expressed interest in growing our faith and expressing that faith though bible journaling and art journaling, so you'll see these types of posts on the blog regularly.
Ever since I first saw images of bible journaling via Illustrated Faith I've been intrigued. I've wanted to read my bible and enjoy it for a while but always feel awkward when I sit down to do it. I just don't know where to start. Do I start at the beginning? Just randomly open a page and start reading? I've tried a few of the series on my bible app but they were so brief.
I knew I wanted to try faith journaling and began to watch for those posts on Instagram and facebook. And I will say that I know some of the people who do it, I think do it because they jumped on the bandwagon because it's pretty popular now. But so what? If it helps people spend time reading and studying their bible and witnessing to others by sharing those projects online then bring it on, right? Maybe it'll stick.
Anyway, I looked at journaling Bibles at my local Christian book store but couldn't decide what one to choose so I decided to take that decision out of my hands and asked for a journaling Bible for Christmas. My brother is an associate pastor so I knew this gift would be right up his alley and I wasn't wrong. He and his family bought me a journaling bible for Christmas and it is absolutely the most beautiful Bible I've ever owned. It was that one I didn't even look at while at the store because it was too nice and I knew I couldn't have it.
Since then I've opened it and held it and caressed it's leather cover lovingly but I've been nervous about taking the plunge and actually creating in it. I don't feel bad about painting in my Bible because it's specifically made for that purpose and I don't think God will mind if it gets me to spend more time in His word. But it was so pretty.
I also signed up for a daily devotional via email. I haven't read them every day as I should but I've been saving them in a folder so when I wanted something they'd be there. Randomly last week I opened one and read it. It was timely because it dealt with the fact that God is in every day. The good ones AND the bad ones. In the devo (by Max Lucado) they used a verse familiar to me as I've sung it in church my entire life as a worship song and it just stuck in my head the entire day. And I could SEE what it looked like and knew that it would be my first illustrated faith project. That night I went home, pulled out my Bible and just went for it. No hesitation.
The verse is Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
It didn't come out perfectly but that's not the point. The point is that I spent more than 2 hours singing that worship song as I painted that eagle in my bible and I consider 2 hours spent worshiping in song and in creativity time well spent. A gift.
I know the illustration it's a bit literal and kind of obvious but I don't care. There are no rules here and this is what I saw and so this is what I wanted to create. I actually saw the same eagle painted on the same page by another person on the bible journaling facebook group!
I'm looking forward to my next project.