This year I have committed to more Bible journaling. I want to take time to dig deep into God’s word and Steep in it. Many times we read the Word but don’t really allow it to sink in. What I love about Bible Journaling is that it gives me a chance to not only express what I am gaining from a passage of scripture, but also sit on that word as I Journal about it in my Bible.
Bible journaling is basically using whatever artistic form you’d like to visually convey what you have learned from a verse or verses of scripture. Something that stands out to you. I started out with a basic King James Version Bible that I had for years, but over Christmas my husband gifted me a brand new KJV Journaling Bible. What is so great about Bibles made for Journaling is that they come with a blank or lined margin on either side of every page. Space for whatever notes you’d like to put in.
Bible Journaling Challenge
This week I participated in Rebecka R Jones’s Bible Art Journaling Challenge for 2016. She shared a weekly challenge last year and I plan to take on a few of those this year as well. For 2016 Rebecka is doing a Monthly challenge this past weekend she shared her first one. The verses that she journaled about were in 1 Samuel 1:1-20:
Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
2 And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there.
4 And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.
7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
9 So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord.
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
12 And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth.
13 Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
14 And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
15 And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
16 Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.
In this story, we see a woman who was pleading to God for a child. We see God answer her prayer. If you continue to read on in 1 Samuel, not only did have 1 child she was blessed with 5 more children after Samuel. We serve a GOOD GOD! He desires to answer our prayers, we just have to let Him. Hanna offered the child God blessed her with to Him, and she made good on her promise. This story touches me very closely because my husband and I have been struggling with infertility for almost 5 years now, we suffered a loss last year, but we refuse to give up hoping in a GOOD GOD. He is able to answer our prayers and He has all the power to do so. This story only helps my hope grow stronger, but I also gained even more from this, I know that no matter the outcome God is still Good and He will only give me His best. Maybe a child isn’t in His plan for us, it will be hard, but I can keep my hope set on a Good God and know He will keep me.
For this Challenge, Rebecka did some painting with a plastic card and stamped over the color. I did a similar technique with some Micheal’s acrylic paint. I used an old ER room key. I love using the paints in the Bible because of the bold color, but it doesn’t bleed and doesn’t take forever to dry. I used my Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad to stamp “Set Your Hope on a GOOD GOD” I am using an alpha stamp set from Micheal’s it had no name, but any alphabet set would work. What I liked about this set was it had upper and lowercase letters, so I was able to make Hope, and God stand out even more.
I used some metallic paint for the green and then went back in with a blue and purple metallic paint over the matte ones I had used originally, next time I think I will stick with the matte paint for stamping over, I feel like the ink just sits on top of the page instead of sinking in more. I believe that is because the paint dries with a glossy finish. Also since I added even more paint some of the words under the blue are hard to read. Not impossible, but a little difficult in some places
All in all I like how it turned out. I love how Bible journaling doesn’t have to be “perfect.” It is your worship with and for God. Whenever I come to this page, I will be reminded to set my Hope on my Good God, in all things. I pray I will be blessed enough to come back and journal the page on the other side of this page where Hanna tells The priest: “for this child I prayed.”
Watch how this Bible Journaling page came together for me:
Read this passage for yourself and tell me how you can set your hope on a GOOD GOD and I’ll see you next Sunday with another Bible journaling entry.