Hey, y’all! Bethany here from Pitter & Glink. I’m so excited to be hanging out with y’all today and talking about my favorite medium of worship: art worship. I started Bible journaling in June of last year, and I have quickly become so much more passionate about spending time in God’s Word and expressing what I learn in his Word on the pages of my Bible. Today I want to share one of my recent Bible journaling entries: my Mighty Warrior page. Read about the heart behind my page, along with a little about my art journaling process. (I’ll share affiliate links to the products I mention so that you can learn more about them.)
I find inspiration for the verses I illustrate in my Bible from many different places, but most often that inspiration comes from devotions or Bible studies Recently, I have been doing a Bible study called Let’s Run by Jennifer Hayes Yates. The Bible study focuses on the heroes of faith mentioned in Hebrews Chapter 11. One of the heroes from last week’s study was Gideon. Gideon’s story can be found in Judges Chapter 6. What stuck out to me in that chapter is that Gideon was pretty much hiding in fear of the Midianites–the enemy of his people–when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and called him a “mighty warrior” (or “mighty man of valor” depending on the translation you read).
Let that sink in a minute, y’all. How amazing is it that God sees past our flaws and sees the people He has called us to be?! What other people say about us–and even what we say about ourselves–doesn’t matter! Jennifer Hayes Yates writes:
“The Words God speaks over us are the only ones that matter….We have to tune out the names the enemy gives us and listen to the ‘voice of truth.'”
When I read those words, I just knew that I had to journal that truth in my Bible. I used a pencil to draw an arrow on my page because that image makes me think of a warrior. I also did my hand lettering with the pencil as well. Then I outlined everything using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen. (I LOVE those pens because when the ink dries, it won’t bleed when using watercolors over it.) Once the pen dried, I used my Pelikan Watercolors to add color to my arrow and all over the background of my page. I even splattered some of the watercolor paint for added interest. I added some shadows to my hand lettering, a couple of washi tape accents, and a scrapbook paper tab cut in the shape of a feather that features the phrase “new name.” (I spelled out the phrase using stickers: these and these.)
For the “cherry on top” of my page, I painted some glitter over the feather and the other accents on the arrow. I just love how the glitter catches the light! But even more than that, I love that God calls me (and YOU) His child, chosen, loved, forgiven…I could go on and on! So the next time you are feeling worthless, remember the names that God has given you because those are the only names that matter.
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