Friday, May 15, 2015

Bible Art Journaling

Today I thought I'd share with you some of the things 
I've been working on in my Bible. 

(If you would like to pin any of the images to Pinterest, just hover your mouse over the image and click on the pin it button.)

I have added washi tape to the edges of each book of the Bible

Here is what it looks like on the inside. I added it to one side and then folded it over so it would show on the opposite page. Are they perfect? No! Am I perfect? No! Were the people in the Bible perfect? No! Well, except Jesus, of course.
So I'm okay with the tape not being lined up perfectly.

I adhered washi tape to Psalm 139, my favorite chapter in the Bible.
I also adhered these arrow tags to John 14 and then I outlined them with a black pen. (Micron 05) (Tags - free download from Shanna Noel)

I actually tried my hand at freehand drawing. I don't think it turned out so bad.
(watercolor pencils - Crayola Twistables)

This page was done with watercolor crayons. (Caran D'Ache Watercolor Crayons)

On these two I added stickers that I found in my scrapbooking stash. I thought they would be cute for the passages talking about Noah bringing the animals into the ark. I don't think I'm done with these. I may add some color to the background. (Stickers - Me and My Big Idea)

This one was done with watercolor pencils. I had adhered the #1 sticker to the page before adding the water to the pencil. It kind of pulled the paper around the sticker. Lesson learned.

I used acrylic paints on this page. The 'Walk in Faith' tag I made in Word.

This is my favorite page so far. I had seen others using the acrylic paints so I decided to try it myself. This is my new favorite way of adding color. It does not bleed through, it stays on top of the page, and drys very quickly.

Well I hope you've enjoyed my little Bible Art Journaling Gallery today. 
Feel free to click on any of the links to find out where you can get some of these products.) And if you have any questions or thoughts please be sure to leave me a comment.

The Preacher and I pray you have a great weekend!

Love from the Preacher and I

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Little Old Lady In the Motor Home

For this Mother's Day weekend, I thought I'd introduce you to my mother, Lula Mae.

I love this picture of her. It says a lot about her. This was taken back in the late '80's or early '90's. This is her 30 foot motor home.

As a kid, our family went camping a lot during the summers. At one time my parents had a camper that they parked in a camp ground next to a lake in Indiana. We traveled out here to Colorado one summer with our camper. My mom and my dad loved to travel and they loved to camp. They belonged to a camping club through Eli Lilly, where my dad worked. They met so many people through camping, some of which remained friends for many years.

In 1981 my father passed away and we all thought that camping would be a thing of the past.

Then my mother called me up one day and said that she had bought this motor home. She missed camping. She missed traveling. My mother was back on the road again.

She would drive all by herself to the east coast of Florida to visit the Preacher and I. She would stay for a month or two and then drive over to the west coast of Florida to visit a friend and then drive back to Indiana. She loved it when the truckers would pass her by, and since she had a CB radio, she could hear them talking about the little old lady driving the motor home. I think she even talked back to them a time or two. She has even driven her camper out here. 

My mother has an independent spirit, to say the least. If you tell her that she can't do something, she will do it just to see if she can. I hope that when I grow up I will be this independent. Not afraid to want something and then to go after it. 

My mother turned 80 this year. She hasn't been able to go camping for about 3 years now due to some health issues. Just the other day she called and said that she's selling her camper. I was glad because I worry about her being out on the road by herself, but yet I was sad for her. I know how much she loves it. I am sad that this time in her life is ending.

She still is active. She plays cards with her friends. She has lunch with her church friends. She even gets together with some ladies that graduated high school with her. 

Like I said, I hope to be this independent at the age of 80!

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Love from the Preacher and I

Friday, May 1, 2015

Sweet Fruit

Have you ever wondered if you had been in the Garden of Eden, would you have been stronger than Eve, stronger than Adam? Would you have chopped the snake's head off for even suggesting that you eat of the fruit? Do you really think you could have not been led into temptation at the moment when the snake said, "...your eyes will be opened and you will be like God". Genesis 3:5

Adam and Eve wanted to be 'like God', not 'A God'. Don't we fall into this temptation on a regular basis? Don't we want to be like someone else?

We see someone and we want to get to know them, we may be drawn to them because of the way they dress, because we assume they have money, or the way they talk and present themselves. We want to become like them. We feel if we can just be near them, maybe even become their friend, our eyes will be opened and we'll become just like them.

We feel that if we become them our lives will be less stressful, less chaotic. We will be happy, we will become financially healthy, our relationships will be better. Everything will be better!

Just like Adam and Eve we too have misguided desires. We still have the snake coiled around our necks. He is there whispering lies into our ears.

In Nicole Nordeman's book "Love Story", she writes, "It's hard to be exactly who you were made to be and not want more. It's hard not to confuse bettering yourself with betraying yourself." 

We need to remember that God created us. He made us uniquely different. Did He make a mistake by creating us that way? We have to remind ourselves, sometimes on a daily basis, that the answer to that question is NO! He made each of us just the way He wanted us to be. What we do with our lives is up to us. 

Do we succumb to our misguided desires or do we long to walk with Him and to hear Him tell us just how much He loves us. We then in turn tell Him just how much we love Him.

That conversation will be sweeter than any 'fruit' the snake could ever offer.

Love from the Preacher and I