Who has ever heard of Bible Journaling? Not me, not until one day I saw this beautifully painted Bible on a friend's instagram feed. I was like W-H-A-T!!!! It reminded me of the time I was introduced to scrap-booking. Never heard of it before in my life and then Bam it was all I could do to not run to the nearest craft store and stock up on stickers, cardstock and little diecuts. I was a mess for nearly 2 years and 9 albums later. Then life hit, Lupus hit and a little thing called Autism. I haven't printed a single picture in almost 10 years, except a few for Skylar's graduation party.
Recently though with my new life situation I have become more free with my time and the creative juices are flowing like the Mississippi river in early Summer. No, I take that back....it's like a gushing geyser! Ok, I know that might seem a bit exaggerated. But, I will tell you this one thing.....I have put more paint on things in this house then I ever thought possible. I've gone through 3 glue guns this year, filled up my photo drop box not once, but twice AND I've hung pictures for the FIRST time in 15 years on almost every room in our house. Even the ridiculously small toilet room. Yes, even that room.... right by the tiny window, next to the re-purposed toilet paper holder I fashioned out of a sewing machine table leg. I am that hard core....I scare myself.
I used to be like this, I was the artsy fartsy one in the bunch. I had spunk and spark coming from every part of my being. Over the years all of that was sucked from me, leaving me dry, mundane and just existing. I am so thrilled to report that I am No Longer just existing, I am living!!! And loving every minute of it!!!
I still have bad days, triggers from the trauma of what I call my past life. But, I refuse to let it control who I am in the present and future. That is why I feel so Passionate about this whole Bible Journaling thing. I've read the Bible many times before. Somethings I remembered and could easily recall. I felt like I basically understood the Bible as a whole. Since our life change Bible reading is much more then just reading a few verses or chapters so I could cross it off my to do list. I remember thinking hopefully God could see me now...crossing off Bible Reading!!! Yay for me!! Now, it's literally my main course in my meal for the day. My daily vitamins I guess you could say. I run down the stairs to read each day, so I can drink in the word with my eyes. It feeds my heart and soul, it gives me strength and courage.
Then I get to do what I love to do, and that's add color. I draw whatever comes to mind... how I feel about the passage, my thoughts and interpretation. It's so personal and to have this kind of connection where you are using your logic and creative parts of your brain just makes the scripture stick in your memory. If you asked me about something I read 3 weeks ago I could recall it and probably tell you the book in the Bible that it came from. By illustrating my connection to God's word each day, my life has become filled with passion, love, strength, courage, desire and fulfillment.
How do you spend your time with God? Are you excited to open up his word each day?