Free to fly (#BibleJournaling)

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Romans 8—what a great chapter about freedom in Christ! It starts out:

“So now there is no condemnation to those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” – Romans 8:1,2 NLT.

“Condemnation” is what God dealt the serpent Satan way back in Genesis. It’s what confined him to crawling about earth-bound. God to Satan way back in Eden:

“Because you have done this,
… On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel” – Genesis 3:14,15 NKJV

 

But those who belong to Christ Jesus no longer “walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” NKJV

Walking according to the flesh is that old earth-bound life.

Walking according to the Spirit is set being free for eternity from those earth-bound limitations.

What better way to depict this transformation than the butterfly, which has gone from creeping on the ground to flying free in all her butterfly beauty.

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Bible journal entry for Romans 8:1-2 (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

I used butterfly stencils for this entry, pigma micron pens for outlining, pencil crayons to do the coloring, a white pen for detailing, and my pink gelato to highlight the verse.

This journal entry was inspired by a Rebekah R. Jones challenge, the Original Art Journaling Challenge series – Week 35.

Take words … (#BibleJournaling)

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In my personal Bible reading, I’ve been following The Bible Project’s reading plan. I’m now in the prophets, and what a lot of beautiful, poetic, and picturesque passages they contain!

Last week Hosea 14:2-4 snagged my attention:

“Take words with you,
And return to the LORD.
Say to Him,
‘Take away all iniquity;
Receive us graciously,
For we will offer sacrifices of our lips…
For in You the fatherless finds mercy.’”

 

I love the humble attitude of these verses. The image of a wagon filled with words came to mind. In order to preserve the readability of the verses in my Bible, I made them part of the wagon’s load.

A little girl pulls it because isn’t that how we come to God—in childlikeness?

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NKJV Journal The Word Bible entry for Hosea 14:2-4 (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

God invites us still, whatever our situation; “Take words with you and return to the LORD… ‘For in You the fatherless finds mercy.’”

Fix your eyes on Jesus #BibleJournaling

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On these last days of Lent, our thoughts go to the subject and central character of the Good Friday and Easter celebrations just ahead. There is no One more beautiful to contemplate!

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Pioneer and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” – Hebrews 12:2.

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Bible Journal entry for Hebrews 12:2 (Photo © 2017 by V. Nesdoly)

This journal entry is one I did in my original NIV Journaling Bible last Easter. (The drawing of Jesus on the cross at the bottom was inspired by an illustration of Annie Vallotton’s – scroll down….)

Clothed with gladness #Biblejournaling

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“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing.
You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” Psalm 30:11

 

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This little doodle was inspired from reading Psalm 31 in my quiet time. It seems like the perfect way to welcome the first days of spring.

But what if it isn’t spring-like where you are? Thankfully, the gladness with which God clothes us doesn’t depend on the season or the weather.

Trust #BibleJournaling

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Psalm 91 has been one of my favourite Bible chapters since I started choosing favourites. I especially love the part about being hidden under the feathers of the Most High—as if God is a parent bird sheltering us from whatever harm or danger is around. So when Rebekah Jones picked this chapter for her Original Bible Art Journaling Challenge (Week 25), along with a beautiful download to use, I was in!

 

I love the wing graphic she made available to us. I traced it, then tinted it with pencil crayons, trying to keep the look soft … for isn’t that how God cares for us—softly, tenderly, carefully.

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Bible Journal entry for Psalm 91:4 (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty…
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge” – Psalm 91:1,4

 

Keep trusting as you’re sheltered under His wings today.

Let God distract you (#BibleJournaling)

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In my devotions this year I’m reading through the Bible. A few days ago I came to Exodus 3 and noticed something I’d never seen before. It’s Moses, letting God distract him and God responding when He sees Moses’ receptivity. Here it is in Exodus 3:2-4 (emphases added):

And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

A few quotes from my study Bible helped nail down the concept for me.

“God comes to Moses through the commonplace which becomes special and holy when touched by God” J. Tollett New Spirit-Filled Life Bible p. 79.

and

“Stay alert to see God working. It often comes in ways we do not expect” – Leslyn Musch, New Spirit-Filled Life Bible p. 130.

 

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Bible journal for Exodus 3:2-4 (Photo © 2018 by V. Nesdoly)

Today I want to be alert to God working in my commonplace, and to be open to His distractions.

Materials used: Pigma micron pen and colored pencils.

A resolution for 2018 #BibleJournaling

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Are you all set for 2018… new calendars up, dreams and goals written down, diet started? Just kidding! It’s early days, I know. Still, it’s not too soon to start thinking about what we want the year ahead to look like.

One resolution that hits my list every year is to get more of God’s word into me in the coming 12 months. David Kitz writes about that in Chapter 22 of Psalms Alive, a chapter that delves into the “Beth” section of Psalm 119 (Psalm 119:9-11).

My Bible journaling response was to verse 11 of that chapter.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against you.”

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I was particularly challenged by Kitz’s drilling down into what it means to hide God’s word in our hearts:

“How do I hide God’s Word in my heart? The answers may seem obvious. Hear it. Read it. Study it. Meditate on it. Apply it to life. Commit it to memory.

Most often understanding springs out of application, not out of hearing. I can hear a particular truth a thousand times but it isn’t really mine until I apply it to my own life. Applied truth bears fruit. It yields results” – Psalms Alive p. 200 (emphasis added).

To do my journal response I made a heart out of parchment paper, attached it, with Washi tape, to the outside edge of the page as a tip-out, then doodled on the heart and behind it some ideas of how to hide God’s word in my heart. (Other materials used: colored pencils, Pigma Micron pens)

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May we spend time in 2018 hiding God’s word in our hearts—in all the ways we can!