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One question I get asked pretty often is if prepping the Bible page (as in, painting on a layer of gesso beforehand) is necessary.
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To be honest, I hardly ever prep my page unless I know I will be putting a lot of paint or ink on it. I have had very few instances with bleed through (I mostly use watercolor and @tombowusa fudenosuke brush pens.) However!! I do get ghosting. As you can see in this picture, the art from the other side of the page shows through a bit. I don't really mind this, but if I had prepped my page, you most likely wouldn't see any of that shadow.
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Soo my answer is... prepping your page never hurts! If using materials such as colored pencils, crayons, gelatos, or thin layers of watercolor or acrylic it isn't "necessary". But if you aren't sure how the medium you use will react with your page, you might as well paint on that thin layer of gesso! ❤️ Feel free to ask more questions!

"Be still, Miki... be still and know I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. "

I've said it before, I always feel like I should do more for God, to BE more for Him. Whether it's in my art, or my life... whether I should be brave enough to evangelize to people, or trusting enough to pray out loud for someone, whether or not I feel equipped to teach my kids and grand kids about Him. I never feel like I am enough. And it stops me in my tracks, to where I don't do anything for Him or His Kingdom.
I am good at making excuses... Oh I'm not as talented as this person... or I'll pray for you at home... or who am I to teach anyone about who God is? But that isn't God, that is the enemy's voice I hear.
God can use me in any way He chooses, I just need to be a willing vessel, and I need to be still and not listen to that negative voice in my head.
That Bible page I'm not happy with can still speak to someone's heart at just the right time, because God is speaking to them through me. When someone compliments me on my tattoos, I can take a moment to explain how they represent how God has redeemed my broken soul. If someone asks for prayer maybe it's the only human voice they will hear that day. And what an awesome legacy would I leave behind if my kids loveliest memories of me were about how I talked about my Heavenly Father?
God can use you and me right where we are, friends. I pray that we can all be still and know that He's got us! And our willing hearts will help to exalt Him among the nations! The struggle is real for me, and I have to push myself out of my comfort zone. I'm not sure if it's a fear of failure or what, but I have to trust Him. I'll always be a work in progress... but really, how cool is that?! 💗💗💗 #biblejournaling #biblejournal #bibleartjournaling #biblejournalingcommunity #journalingbible #journalingbiblecommunity #illustratedfaith
I loved how simply beautiful @nickicreates page was a few days ago. I thought this was the perfect inspiration for me to keep my page simple this time, and just use the colors that speak to my heart! 🌈

This little tiger is all about fierce love in this tribe!!! He belongs to a set designed by @shawnaclingerman that you can check out in the print and pray shop 💛😍illustratedfaith.com/shop
#Repost @tamaraarcilla
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I literally sought out a scripture to journal just for an excuse to use this adorable tiger from the @illustratedfaith #printprayshop by @shawnaclingerman it's the cutest! 🐯😍 .
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬
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1,000 generations! Wow God!!! Thank you for your steadfast love! It is the thread that stitches together generation after generation like a crazy quilt of faithful hearts!
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Some of a process video for today's page. Sorry 'bout my head. 😂 I need to figure out my lighting situation because it's not great right now. 🤔
The flower is drawn from a tutorial by @bonjournal_. She cool.

Tired. That's pretty much how I would describe myself the last few weeks. And when I'm tired, things wear on me more. I found myself having my own little pity party of exhaustion and then @fearlesstiff15 played a song that totally struck me. She played "This Is The Stuff" by @francescamusic and it was pretty much my life lately (minus a ticket: Thank God.)... but anyways, I forget how blessed I am sometimes and this was a reminder of it. I broke out the new @illustratedfaith Gratitude Documented collection for this one and I'm in love with it! I took some time@this afternoon to journal, and wrote out in the hidden journaling just a few things I have to be thankful, which WAY outnumbered the things that wear me down. "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18. #illustratedfaith #flintgypsybiblejournaling #biblejournaling #journalingbible #journalingbiblecommunity #biblejournalingcommunity #gratitude #thankful #blessed #francescabattistelli

Husbands and wives, wives and husbands. Reading HIS word gives me direction and perspective. Woman was made out of Adam's side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected and near your husbands heart to be loved. Wishing you a blessed Wednesday sweet friends!! xoxoxo 💖💖✝️✝️ #handlettering #hisword #hislove

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In one week, I will be launching a brand new collection of Bible journaling goodness!

This is what I have been working on for y'all for months! There are new journaling Bibles, new journals, Bible journaling bags, Bible studies, and more! I'm soooooo excited!

What are the details?
+ In one week at 5pm PST, I will launch the new Diamond Collection full of Bible journaling goodness
+ Many items are exclusive to MTM, they've never been released to the public
+ I will be hosting an Instagram LIVE giveaway at 5pm PST
+ More sneak peeks are coming soon

One note of caution: many of the items I have included in the Diamond Collection are limited editions and I only have a small quantity, so if you see something you like, grab it right away because I'm afraid I might SELL OUT!!

Day 23/31 - Sabbath & Rest - Aug 2017
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So many wonderful verses to ponder this month on the Sabbath and Rest!
In this passage, the motives of the men in the synagogue was to trick Jesus... but the question is still a valid one... if we are to rest and not to work on the Sabbath, what exactly is "work" and what activities would be okay to do if we want to obey the Lord in this area?
As He often does, Jesus teaches with a story or parallel from real life. Jesus is very clear - it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath and unequivocally states that people are valuable and precious.
Dear ones, let us look for opportunities to do good to and for others on the Sabbath. Ministering to others and caring for them is exactly what Jesus would do... and exactly what He did! "Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked Him, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" He said to them, "If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." "Then He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. (Matthew 13:10-13 NIV)

"Be still, Miki... be still and know I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. "

I've said it before, I always feel like I should do more for God, to BE more for Him. Whether it's in my art, or my life... whether I should be brave enough to evangelize to people, or trusting enough to pray out loud for someone, whether or not I feel equipped to teach my kids and grand kids about Him. I never feel like I am enough. And it stops me in my tracks, to where I don't do anything for Him or His Kingdom.
I am good at making excuses... Oh I'm not as talented as this person... or I'll pray for you at home... or who am I to teach anyone about who God is? But that isn't God, that is the enemy's voice I hear.
God can use me in any way He chooses, I just need to be a willing vessel, and I need to be still and not listen to that negative voice in my head.
That Bible page I'm not happy with can still speak to someone's heart at just the right time, because God is speaking to them through me. When someone compliments me on my tattoos, I can take a moment to explain how they represent how God has redeemed my broken soul. If someone asks for prayer maybe it's the only human voice they will hear that day. And what an awesome legacy would I leave behind if my kids loveliest memories of me were about how I talked about my Heavenly Father?
God can use you and me right where we are, friends. I pray that we can all be still and know that He's got us! And our willing hearts will help to exalt Him among the nations! The struggle is real for me, and I have to push myself out of my comfort zone. I'm not sure if it's a fear of failure or what, but I have to trust Him. I'll always be a work in progress... but really, how cool is that?! 💗💗💗 #biblejournaling #biblejournal #bibleartjournaling #biblejournalingcommunity #journalingbible #journalingbiblecommunity #illustratedfaith
I loved how simply beautiful @nickicreates page was a few days ago. I thought this was the perfect inspiration for me to keep my page simple this time, and just use the colors that speak to my heart! 🌈

"Can anything good come from Nazareth?" John 1:46

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Bartholomew. In the first chapter of John, we see Jesus calling men, "Come, be my disciple!" These men in turn called other men. Philip looked for Nathanael to invite him, and Nathanael was skeptical. "Can anything good come from Nazareth?" Philip's answer can teach us what to say to people who scoff, who are cynical, who doubt. All Philip said was, " Just come and see for yourself." It is not for us to do the convincing, it is God's responsibility!
In U.P. High School, a couple of men from Gideon Bible came and spoke to my class about reading the Bible. Before they gave us these really cute Bibles, they made us promise to read it. I promised, but I stopped a few chapters into it because of some passages I disagreed with. In U.P. College, I was invited to join a Campus Crusade for Christ group. I thought the group was composed of dull students who didn't have friends, but I liked the Australian leader who invited me out for ice cream. She was the one who would say, "Come and see." After college, I remember that it was my mom who would invite me and my siblings to all the Christian rallies and Bible Studies. It did not matter if it was Catholic or not. I do not know how many times we went to the front to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I cannot count how many times I joined a Life in the Spirit seminar and was prayed over. After one of those baptisms in the Holy Spirit, the Bible came alive for me. I would read and read and mark almost every line with a yellow pencil.
Lord, thank You for all those people who said come and see in different ways. I have, through the years, seen Your face, and heard Your voice! May I also invite others to experience the fullness of life You offer me every single day!

23.8.17 : 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"
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We have so many things to thank God for, and I've found it useful to note them within the tip-in on this page. It is essential to thank him for what he has done because he has done more than we even realise most of the time. Small prayers that are answered or big prayers that are answered, all deserve our thanks. There are a couple of things that strike me about these verses:
1. "rejoice always" it is safe to say, living the life of a Christian is hard. We are not perfect and we fall into pitfalls just the same as others, but it is when we fall that our joy and love for God should be revealed. When troubling time come we need to turn to God and to our bibles, the rock and foundation on which we stand, the very word that we base our lives on. All the advice we could ever need can be found in it and in God.
2. "Pray continually" ; prayer is powerful and prayer is vital as something that draws us even closer to him. When I struggle to pray I take the Lord's Prayer, and base my prayer on that structure. It's okay to struggle on knowing what to say, after all the reason we have the Lord's Prayer is because the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, we need to learn to pray, to cry out to him and to trust him. ~~~~~~ #biblegram #bibledaily #biblestudy #journalingbiblecommunity #journalingbible #journaling #illustratedfaith

Job is one of my favorite books…which I think some people might find odd because of how much suffering is in it…but what I love about it is that Job teaches us so much about how to suffer, especially when it looks like it’s for no reason. Sometimes that’s the hardest time to suffer, when you think you’ve done all the right things…but here you are drowning.
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Job teaches us that most of the time it’s no fault of our own that we’re suffering (sometimes)…and that really, it doesn’t matter what the reasons are, what matters is that we trust God through the grief. It teaches us that we should love and serve God for WHO He is, not what He can do for us or how we feel. Even when we feel like we’d rather just give up.
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In the times that we’re on our knees saying, “What strength do I have that I should wait?” ready to just give up and throw in the towel, and we’re questioning exactly how strong God really thinks we are….that we realize that we AREN’T. What strength do I have? None. I have none alone, but with God’s help I have all the strength I need.
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We are not enough alone to get through these trying times. We don’t have control. We don’t have answers. We don’t have power or strength to overcome the mountains before us…but God does.
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Sometimes we have trouble holding on to the rope of our circumstances. We find ourselves constantly slipping and grasping because we don’t know the truth of the situations…but we DO know the truth of God. We do know God’s character. When we can’t hold on to the truths we thought we knew…that’s when it’s time to hold on to the truth that never changes.
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Sometimes the only hope we have is that we will be in Heaven some day because it feels like all hope is lost down here…but really…what other hope do we need? That’s the hope for eternity while the hopes we cling to here are so very temporary…even when they feel like forever, they aren’t.
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So, back to Job’s question. What strength do we have? None…not really. But if we will let Him, God will be all the strength we need.

And the rooster crowed. Mark 14:68. Rooster artwork is a napkin! Artsy day with Tessa #anncorbierescottdesigns #letsgetartsywithourbibles #bibleart #renderedfaith #annlovesart #biblegirl #biblejournaling

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