Art Journal Note:
For this page I glued down this wonderful magazine picture of colourful pencils and paintbrushes, layered over some paper I had previously painted with a blue watercolour wash. I then wrote the verse along the edge using a plain black roller ball pen. The top ‘Looking Forward’ was simply cut from a magazine, and seemed apt as this page was the inside cover of a brand new journal. The small ‘sticker’ at the bottom was taken from an Ann Voskamp printable (aholyexperience.com) – it fitted the beginning of my new Bible Art Journal, just to state from the start ” God’s Word Make it your Habit” – note the inspired play on words here: ‘God’s Word’ is ‘God Sword’. I love that!
Tip: to create your own background papers in all different colours, just use some watercolour paints and some plain white paper. Watercolour paper is best, but most thick white paper or card will do, if you are happy to experiment and are not too fussy about the end result! Generally, the thinner the paper the more it will crinkle, which can give a nice effect but can make it trickier to write on or to glue down smoothly. You can also experiment with how much coloured paint/water you use to make the colour stronger or more watery. Also try different types of brushes, or a sponge; try gently flicking or dripping the paint or letting it run down the page. Or get a drinking straw and blow the paint across the paper! Have fun! For best results you might want to dry the paint before changing colours (with a hairdryer if you’re in a hurry!) unless you want to experiment with what’s known as a ‘wet on wet’ technique, the colours may bleed into each other sometimes with beautiful results but do beware it can sometimes all turn brown!
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”
Paul and Timothy’s prayer for the Philippians is so full of wisdom, deep encouragement and longing, and is written so eloquently. I love how they know just what to pray for – using the spiritual gift of wisdom themselves – they pray that their ‘love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight’ – to enable the church to grow in wisdom and live holy, fruit-filled lives, all for the glory and praise of God!
This is what I long for too, for myself. I don’t often pray for myself in this way, normally when I pray for myself, it’s more of a list of fairly practical requests and an off-loading of worries and concerns into God’s hands. But when starting this new journal, I felt led to re-write this prayer inside the front cover simply changing it to the first person, and to pray this to God about myself, over myself. This is my heart’s desire. And as a timely prayer at the start of a new journal, a new chapter, I wanted to express my desire for new growth and an abundance of love, wisdom, discernment, holy and fruit-filled living, all to the glory and praise of God!
If you have a journal, try writing out a familiar passage or prayer, changing a few words here and there to insert your own name or to speak it over yourself, or to yourself. You may find that God speaks and encourages you through this in a fresh and new way, today.
Heavenly Father, thank you that I can be confident that you – who began a good work in me – will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. I believe you will finish what you have started in me. Help me to read, soak in and absorb your Word, and let your Word change me. Grow me.
Father, I pray that my love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that I may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.
in Jesus’ name, Amen.