I am amazed at the places Jesus takes me!
Reading Isaiah 54:5 during my devotion time today He lead me to Jerusalem. As I read the story of the crucifixion of Jesus I found myself at the foot of the cross watching the Roman soldiers hang Jesus on a cross. They mock Him, strip his clothes from Him and put a crown of thorns on His head. They offered him bitter tasting wine, but He would not drink. Over His head they put a sign saying “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” His suffering is real. As I read the story that I know so well, the story that makes me cry every year during Good Friday service, I also know that Sunday’s coming! Jesus died for us so that we could have eternal life with Him in heaven. What a comfort that is!
As I saw this in my mind’s eye today, I remembered a hymn I love. “Jesus Paid It All” was written in 1865 by Elvina Hall. The refrain is this;
Jesus Paid It AllAll To Him I Owe
Sin Had Left A Crimson Stain, He washed it white as snow
These words sparked an idea for an image of Jesus on the cross suffering for me. Sometimes the visual image is so strong that the journal entry just happens. This was the case today.
Here are the steps for Jesus Paid It All:
- Find an image of Jesus on the cross on google images or draw your own.
- Right click on the image then choose save image as and save it to an image folder on your computer.
3.I like to set up my pages in photoshop, but any program that supports images and fonts should work. Bible pages are approx. 5×7, so you can make your page that size. The margin in my journaling Bible is 1.5 wide.
- I imported the image, sized it and added the text of the hymn. This is where you can get creative. Set it up the way you want it!
- Print and trim to fit the page.
- Prepare the page with a thin layer of clear gesso. Let dry thoroughly.
- Paint a background if you wish. I used opalescent watercolor in a rust/red shade just to set the stage. The opalescent watercolor has a shimmery hue to it that I love to use in my backgrounds. When it was dry, I added some black accent for added interest.
I recently “discovered” a new tool that I am excited to share with you. In one of my first posts I talked about using your smartphone flashlight feature to put behind the page to aid in tracing an image or lettering. This was a little tedious, so I was looking for a solution. I found a different method that I am so excited about! I have an old tablet that is about 5×7 in size. I charged it up and found a lightbox app that was free! There are several to choose from. Now, I have a flat lightbox to use behind my pages for tracing!
- Using washi tape, tape the image behind the page where you want it to show through.
- Turn the light on under the page and trace with the 4H pencil. 4H is a hard lead that does not smear as much as a #2 pencil.
- Draw over your pencil lines with marker. I used a sharpie “no bleed” thin marker in black for this drawing.
- Underline the verse that was your page inspiration.
- Date your page and you are finished!
I hope that you find inspiration in all things this Holy Week. Jesus paid the price for us once and for all. This for me is inspiration to live a life that glorifies Him.