It’s been my goal for a while to start taking what I know about journaling and begin to teach others about how to hear from God, and incorporate it by creating an art journal.
I have been journaling since I was sixteen, then about a road trip our family took to Arizona to visit my grandparents. Since that time I have written about important events we lived through and everything I could remember about encounters with the Lord. It is fascinating to read back and see personal growth and changing mindsets over the years, realizing that the Lord set a path before me and how that journey has taken me on a roller coaster ride to the present. Not everything was a smooth road but He has been so faithful and kind to lead me even when I got sidetracked.
A local church group of women came to my house and we had our time of creating art in my backyard. The day was beautiful and everyone said they loved the event and couldn’t wait to come back for more. In the craziness of teaching and managing the event, I didn’t remember to take pictures of the actual ladies and their art projects while they were here…worst blogging mistake ever! I did capture a few pics of the setup and decor. Of course, part of any successful event is food and we had plenty of apps (appetizers) and drinks
I started the Art Journaling class with waiting on the Lord – listening to what He may be speaking to our hearts, so that we could create a picture depicting what He was saying. Here are some examples of the techniques of layering paint and paper that I used to teach the ladies, resulting in creation of a journal page of “words” that we were hearing. Their projects turned out fabulously and many were surprised that the Lord actually spoke to them. All-in-all it was a very special day and one I won’t soon forget – I’ve actually journaled it, ha ha!
Our lives should contain hope for our future, hope of God’s promises being fulfilled, hope of what Jesus has done, and hope that comes from living in our new completed identities.
Many people who I’ve encountered lately have just given up and are going on with their lives trying to make the best of the days they have left… however, that is no way to live! Christ promised us abundant, eternal life and each day should be glorious! We do go through trials, tribulations, conflicts, and momentary despair, but we should have that underlying confidence that Jesus is there giving and maintaining the hope that comes with our living in Him and His Spirit in us. We cannot give up! All the hardships that we endure are just a momentary affliction compared to the eternity of glory we will live in. We have to thank Him (giving thanks in all things) and believe in hope. We can have heaven here on earth – ‘let Your will be done, as it is in heaven, so shall it be on earth’. – Jesus
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts of welfare and peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
If you have lost your hope, if you feel like nothing good will ever come, if time is slipping away, then there is one solution in gaining it back. In my own life the return of hope has come with repentance. Asking God to forgive me of not believing Him and the desire to re-establish the connection that I once had with the Father, that loves me and you beyond all measure. He will be faithful to restore that which has been forgotten. He will give you new HOPE
“Then you will call upon Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29: 12-13
I have worked on this Faith Art Journal since the end of June with weekly assignments given by Erin Leigh @ Art by Erin Leigh and with Melissa @ Pink Paper Peppermints, both with websites and Etsy businesses. They were offering free classes via Facebook and I welcomed some new ideas and tutorials that would help me develop my own journaling. Enjoy! May it inspire you to begin journaling and finding the heart of God for you in your life.