Let’s take a step back this week and revisit the why of doing art in your Bible. Really, why do you like to create art in your Bible?
Is it meant to help you practice your art skills? Do you just want your Bible to look pretty? I know the answer to these question’s is probably different for everyone.
For me, it is the means to really delve into God’s word and spend time there because when I am painting or illustrating a particular passage I am present. I am contemplating what God is teaching me and letting the Word inspire me. Before I discovered Bible Art Journaling (BAJ) I would just look up the passage, maybe answer a question on a handout and be done…on to check the next thing off my list! If I tried to spend more time in the Word my mind would wander on down the road…
So the goal of this blog is the response to why I do this thing called Bible Art Journaling.
I started writing as a means to share my love of BAJ with you. I don’t label myself a writer, a blogger or a speaker because I am not an expert of those things. What I am is a Jesus-follower who likes to listen to God as I paint in my Bible. I enjoy this so much that I want to share it with others.
There’s no need to be an expert, or to be an accomplished artist. What a comfort to know that Jesus uses the most unlikely to tell His story. We can all do this! Scripture talks about every day, common men, (the apostles), sharing Jesus with others. Acts 4:13 says this: ” Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.”
And that’s what I get to do! Like the apostles, I am blessed to be able to tell the story of Jesus with several different groups. I love to interact with people and see the looks on their faces when the scripture suddenly opens up to them in a new way. Recently, I had a young mom share with me that BAJ had opened up new avenues in which she could better understand her artistic minded daughter, something she had been struggling with as they have very different personalities.
So, let’s explore the next steps…where can we go with this “tool” called BAJ. Do you know someone that you could share this idea with? Maybe BAJ isn’t your thing, but you know someone who would love it. Someone who is a visual learner. Someone who has not been in the Word in a while (we all get out of the habit sometimes). Maybe you have a group of friends you could meet with regularly to journal and do life with. Maybe you could put the idea of a Bible Art Journaling group out to your neighbors. The possibilities are endless!
I’d love to hear your ideas. Please comment and let me know how you are connecting with others through Bible Art Journaling. Check out the FB group “For Such A Time As This.” https://www.facebook.com/groups/1014273528656069/This is a closed group where you can post your journal entries and ask questions of other journalers. Please join us!