The other night, my two year old son climbed up on the couch and said “read bible.” Then he reached over to the side table and took hold of my old, worn, brown bible. Concerned that he may tear the thin pages, I handed him his storybook bible. The look is surprisingly similar on the outside, so this made him feel special that his bible was just like Mommy’s!
He sat on the couch, flipping through the pages, looking so intrigued. This encouraged me to sit beside him and open my own bible. This was a very special moment to share with my son.
The sermon at our church on Sunday had been about Psalm 23, so I decided to read through that passage. After about 10 minutes, my son was all done reading his bible and it was time to start getting ready for bed. A half hour later, after teeth were brushed, stories were read, songs were sung, and Micah was in bed, I had a quite house. My idea was that I would go downstairs and just watch a little TV, but I was so inspired by Psalm 23. Then I remembered some of the bible journaling I had tried a couple weeks earlier, and thought maybe I would attempt a scrapbook spin on it. So I made the trek to the basement, dug out a whicker box with a few scrapbooking supplies, which probably hasn’t been touched in well over a year, and started creating.
The end product wasn’t important to me. It was the journey of creating something based on this Psalm. The way that I was able to meditate on the verse was new and inspiring to me. I definitely feel like this is a great way to spend time with God. It is also a relaxing, stress-free activity where I am able to create something that is just between myself and God.
Normally I would gravitate toward coloured pencil, as I shared in my previous post, so this is how I have done bible journaling in the past. I really enjoy sitting on my couch, journal and coloured pencils in hand and Bible by my side. It takes my mind away from all of life’s demands, schedules, and busyness. It is a great way to disconnect with the world around you, and to reconnect with the Lord. Remember, Bible journaling is not about making the most beautiful art. It is about the process, and the time we take to connect with scripture. This may be another reason I love Bible journaling so much: I am not the most creative person in the world, and the fact that it is more about the journey than the final product, is very reassuring to me.
In the past couple of weeks, I have been working on promoting the Pin-it Canada Workshops, and I can’t help but get excited! There are so many great workshops, and I know that I will not be able to take them all.
Seeing the Bible Journaling workshop being offered by Marjolaine Walker is what actually inspired me to give Bible journaling a try. Marjolaine Walker is an Ottawa artist who designs and sells faith based stencils, chipboard and print ready art. She also owns Twelve Stone Scrapbooking. Below is an example of the type of project your will create in the workshop. Marjolaine will also have a booth at the Pin-it Canada show where she will be selling many of her amazing products!
If you would like to sign up for this workshop, or check out a full list of all of our workshops, please visit our website: www.pin-itcanada.com.