Scripture Journals

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

These days life is busy, and I have very little time to create. Very little time to let myself do a project. Over Christmas break...after all my "chores" were done {lesson planning for the new semester, deep cleaning of the house, etc.}, I decided to pull out a journal a friend had given me. I was having a rough morning of anxiety that was through the roof and needed to have something to focus on instead of the thoughts swirling in my brain. I decided to get out my crafting supplies and write out a few of my favorite verses and decorate the pages. I needed some "spiritual whitespace"...some time to breathe and slow down. I picked out some verses and got started telling myself that the mistakes didn't matter...the idea was to create and focus on His Word.

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A Scripture journal could be as simple as paper and pen: writing out verses and doodling around them or recording verses and your thoughts on them. I am not much of an artist so I pulled out my stamps, stamp pads, watercolor crayons, and pens. Here are some of the items that are useful...

Watercolor Crayons-I love using these to give the page and the art color.
Water Brush-I use this to spread the color of the watercolor crayons. Very cool tool!
Date Decorative Stamp-To record the date I did the page.

I have been learning over the past few months to slow down especially when it comes to reading God's Word. Many times I fly through my Bible study or reading in the effort to move onto something else I have to do. It is my goal this year to take a few verses at a time and really focus on what they are saying. To ponder. To have them soak into my soul. Working on this journal has been a way to take in God's Word at a slower create that spiritual whitespace I so desperately need.

If you are interested in reading more about spiritual whitespace please check out Bonnie Gray's website and book...Her book gives ideas on how to create time with God. It is also a memoir of her life and the healing God brought to her by carving out time for Him. So worth the read!

Faith Barista
Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest

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