I love adding quotes from wise, mature Christians into my Bible. I have quotes from Oswald Chambers and C.S. Lewis already in my Bible; now it’s Corrie’s turn.
If you aren’t familiar with Corrie ten Boom, I highly encourage you to get your hands on her books. I read The Hiding Place finally last year, and I couldn’t put it down.
I read this quote of hers today and knew it needed a place in my Bible.
Romans 8 tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8: 38-39
We will face persecution and trials. We will have people hate us and try to harm us. We will go through seasons that seem to stretch us to the max.
If God is for us, who can be against us?
But God’s love reaches farther and deeper than anything the world can throw at us. Corrie’s words remind me of this because I know that what she went through is far more difficult than anything I’ve been through, and she could still feel and experience God’s love for her, even in the direst of situations.
There are many beautiful Bible art journaling entries out there. None of them come from my Bible, but that’s Ok! I wanted to share this entry process with you to encourage you that even if you’re not artistic, you can still create some pretty effects with common supplies.
What I did first was prepare my page with a layer of clear gesso to prevent my watercolours from bleeding through. I used a sponge brush to spread it around, going from the inside of the page outward. I then dried it with a heat tool, gently holding the page straight while it dried. You don’t need to use a heat tool; you can let it dry naturally. I just have to speed things up because I don’t often have a long stretch of time to do an entry in one sitting.
You might want to use 2 coats of gesso if your watercolours are very pigmented. I only did one, and I still got some bleeding where I put lots of colour at once. Oops!
Then get out your watercolour paints and have fun! I put on a bit of one colour, dried it, then layered on another colour, dried it, and so on. I’m using peerless watercolours but you can use whatever you have on hand.
When you’re happy with the colour, pencil out the words you want to use. Go lightly so you can erase easily later.
Next, go over the pencil with a permanent pen. Going over the gesso and paint with a fine point pen might damage the pen; for this reason I usually use a thicker pen when going over paint. For this, I’m using the Micron graphic pen.
I then used some paint to highlight the verses I was journaling about.
When the ink is dry you can erase your pencil lines! I think I’ll go over the letters once more to thicken up some areas and create a faux-calligraphy look, but overall, I’m pleased with how this entry turned out!
It’s not perfect, but that’s totally fine. I struggle with perfectionism and need to remind myself that it’s not a competition; what matters is getting into the Word.
I hope this process post was helpful! What verses have stood out to you lately?
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