Bible Art Journaling

One of my latest discoveries has been the joy of bible art journaling. I’ve been a part of a Journaling Bible Community group on Facebook for several months just taking in all the beautiful artwork that some talented women have created in their bibles and honestly I never thought that I would eventually start journaling myself. To be honest I actually thought that all the time spent in drawing, painting and coloring was taking away from valuable study time. Yet the more I stalked this FB page the more I was intrigued by some of the pictures that were created that I eventually hopped on the band wagon and pulled out my Prismacolor pencils that  I got for Christmas and went to work.  I can tell you what a joy it has been to just sit and draw and color and really take in the scriptures . I’m no artist by any means and really the lack of artistic skills is what kept me from even trying to draw something that is faith-based and worthy of sharing anywhere. So I started with something easy. It was Valentine’s Day so I thought I’d journal on “love” and create a tree with hearts and then add the scripture Colossians 3:14 ~ “And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony”.

While I’ve seen some bibles with pages drenched in water color paint and almost completely covering the words, I opted for a more softer, approach and really prefer to not cover up God’s word with so much color that I can’t even read it.  Although I do have my NKJV study bible that I use solely for studying, I will use my ESV version bible with wide margins for bible art and for sharing some faith-based artwork.

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Love Always

What a crazy last couples weeks I’ve had. Between trying to keep up with the work flow at my job and having to wear a heart monitor for 48 hours so my doctor can figure out why I’ve been having heart palpitations, lets just say I’m happy it’s the weekend and I really hope this much needed three-day weekend goes by super slow.

Had a really cool day today with my mother-in-law.  We decided to use our 60 minute massage Groupon that my husband got us for Christmas. After our amazing massage we stopped at the  front desk on our way out so we could check out only to find out that the Groupon we had was for an entirely different spa.  Yes we went to the WRONG spa and ended up having to pay. It’s a long story on how the mixup occured but the bright side is that we enjoyed our massage and we still have our Groupon to redeem …LOL! Sometimes you just have to laugh things off and just be thankful for the moment and for the experience. Enjoy it, smile about it and move on. Hey it’s what Jesus would do, right?

So tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Without making this a super long post or getting too wordy, I want to share with you my thoughts about the meaning of the “L” word.  We all know that Valentines Day is  a day of romance and taking time out to really love on that special person in your life.  I don’t know if it’s because the older I get, the wiser I’ve become or if it’s because my walk with the Lord has really opened my heart and made me more aware of the true meaning of what love really is.

Yesterday while at work, I took a call from one of our volunteers. She had a question and as we started talking she asked if I had a any plans for Valentine’s Day. I told her my husband and I would likely spend time together, go out to dinner and catch a movie.  Her response was “good, spend as much time together as you can, love each other and tell each other how you feel because one day you may not have that chance”. I know why she said this.  Years ago she lost her precious husband to cancer and it just devastated her.  She took time off to grieve and was back volunteering after several weeks. Although it was hard, she pushed on and busied herself with her community of friends.  I thought long and heard about what she said and it’s so true. We NEED to tell each other how we feel, how much we love one another. Tell our husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers and anyone who has touched our  lives in a profound way how much they are loved and appreciated. And not just wait for one day out of the year to say these things but to say them often.  Leave a sweet note on the bathroom mirror or in a lunch bag.  Believe me, there is nothing sweeter than to find a love note from your spouse or kids telling you how much they love you.  Those are priceless gifts and much nicer than a box of chocolates (although a box of chocolate covered almonds are always welcome  :-))

Have you ever considered that the bible is like God’s love note to us.  It’s like a life instruction manual for us to read and follow but often times we close the book and look the other way.  I am not throwing any stones here because I am guilty of this myself.  But if you really stop and think and read the love-filled scriptures you can’t help but see that the Lord is truly crazy about us.  There really is no greater and no purer love than that of our heavenly Father.

I think the following scripture says it all…

Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV) ~ Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

How awesome is our Lord to gives such sound, loving instruction on how to navigate through this crazy life.  Much like how we as parents guide and instruct our kids on how to behave, how to treat others and love their friends, family and even their enemies.

Here are a couple of bible verses that really speak to my heart.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV) ~ And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV) ~ And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

Love each other not just on Valentine’s Day but everyday. Say it, express it, write it, pray about it and most of all, mean it!

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Turkey, Apple & Brie Quesadilla

If you’re looking for a quick easy snack for the kids I found this easy to make quesadilla at Living Well Spending Less.  You get your protein, veggies, and fruit in one shot.   It’s good and just plain easy to make especially when your kids come home hungry and you’re scrambling to try to find something quick to make.  I’d rather my kids eat something that has some nutritional value.   I admit sometimes I get tempted to throw them a bag of chips or cookies.  Don’t get me wrong. I love chips especially tortilla chips with guacamole..(can you say YUMMM!!) and oreo cookies with milk.  I guess if I had my pick, I’d rather go for something on the healthier side.  But hey, if you and your kids love chips and cookies then you can eat them without the guilt if you shop on the healthier side.  For instance, I’ll get a bag of organic low-salt chips from Trader Joes and you can always find a healthier version of oreo cookies here too or at other health food stores like Sprouts.  But this Turkey, Apple & Brie Quesadilla is definitely a great snack to throw together and munch on in between meals or can even take the place of a meal if you prefer to eat light.  You can even serve it up with a side of organic tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole.:-)  Enjoy!

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