Here’s a super easy Bible art journaling technique that anyone can do, regardless of artistic skill level!
All you need is a printer and some washi tape. You’ll need to use the papery kind of tape, not the ones that are more plastic feeling. Washi tape is so much fun; it’s like masking tape but comes in all sorts of colours and patterns. It’s also re-positional (you do need to go slow and careful when you’re peeling it up though!)
First, you need to choose your fonts. I used a couple of free fonts, KG Something to Believe In and KG Eyes Wide Open. Type out the text you want in the size you want, then print it out.
Place strips of your washi tape over the printed text. Don’t press down too hard, just enough so that it sticks without any corners sticking up that might catch in your printer. Put the paper back in the printer tray and print again! The washi will have your text printed on it, and you can carefully peel it off the printer paper and adhere it onto your journaling Bible page! I went over a few words that didn’t come out very dark (our printer is almost out of toner) with my Micron pens.
I did this journaling entry for Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
I love this verse.
There is so much bad stuff happening in our world, sometimes happening to us, personally. I don’t know why bad things happen, except that we live in a broken world full of sin. Sometimes the bad things are consequences of our sin, sometimes from the sins of others. Sometimes it just happens, like a child getting sick or hurt.
I choose to believe that there is a way that God can make something positive happen out of the bad, though. Why do I believe this? Because I refuse to believe that bad things happen for no reason at all. If something good can come out of a bad situation, than that situation wasn’t for nothing. A mother who has lost a child might offer comfort to another mother going through the same thing. People struggling with cancer might be able to support one another. Someone who has struggled financially might be able to offer advice though lessons learned the hard way to someone else.
It’s not easy to remember this. It takes intentional effort to choose to believe this when we face trials. I struggled with it when I had my miscarriage last fall.
God doesn’t have it in for us. He’s not trying to make our lives miserable. He has plans for good, even when all we see are the difficulties. He wants us to prosper, not to fail.
Remember, He sees the big picture of our lives, from beginning to end. He sees how everything will work together. He sees how our situations will mold us and shape us. We only see what’s in front of us. It’s a trust thing! We need to trust that God is holding us in His hands, and he will take care of us!
If you’re struggling right now and would like prayer, please let me know. I’d love to pray for you. You can leave a comment or email me, you can give details or just say “please pray.” And please, know that God sees you and hears you, and He’s got this.
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