A New Beginning

I got my first journaling bible last week.  Bible journaling seemed like a natural next step in my recent journey into more intentionally creative faith.  There are 24 filled journals on my bookshelf that prove I work through things by writing; and boxes in my parent’s basement full of my preserved memories through drawing.  In the past couple of months as I’ve been working toward really embracing all of who God made me.  Motherhood has changed me a lot, but my faith and art still run deep in my heart.

This amazing interleaved Bible has a blank page in between every printed page. I never liked the idea of writing and drawing all over the words so when I found this Bible it was definitely worth the purchase (especially at this deal!).

My first quiet time using it I decided to start with 1 Samuel because our pastor has been preaching through it for the past several months.  I honestly forgot that it started with Hannah becoming a mother.  It was intimately powerful to spend time dwelling on Hannah’s prayer and surrender to the Lord.

My Process

After reading the first two chapters in 1 Samuel, I chose to start by writing out Hannah’s prayer of praise from chapter 2 on the blank page.  Copying down the words forced my brain to really slow down and take in each word.  The simple creative act of writing the words with my pencil in some small way made the words my own.  My prayer of praise to the God who loves my daughter more than I ever could.

My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD, My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.  There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.  Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out fro bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven but she who has many children is forlorn. The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s and on them he has set the world. He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail.  The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven.  The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.

After that I spent time with Hannah’s surrender. She begged God for a son, then surrendered Him physically to the Lord.  I’m thankful that God gave her several more children after that but even still, I cannot imagine the heartbreak that must have happened when she said goodbye to Samuel.  But her absolute surrender to the LORD is followed by her intense praise.  She knows who God is which is why there was no hesitation for her to give up her son.  I hand lettered (with no great precision, I admit) verse 28 of chapter 1 ‘As long as he lives, He is lent to the Lord.’

My daughter is the Lord’s first. He loves her more than I ever could and he has a far greater purpose for her life than any of my wildest dreams.  I’m grateful for my time really marinating in the prayers of a passionate mother as I experimented with creative process in my time with Jesus.

I am so thankful to serve a God who created us in His image to be creative in so many ways of life.  He allows me to worship him through the gifts He has given me – He delights in me, He delights in my daughter, and He delights in you.

If you enjoy drawing or journaling then maybe you should try Bible journaling!  If not, what are some other creative ways you spend time with Jesus and getting to know His Word?

Quick tip: Go check out the flourish bible journaling conference – it’s free and there’s also great Facebook group of women sharing their experiences as they go through the conference.  I found it through instagram and it’s available for another couple of weeks!

April 11, 2018