Hello friends...It's DAY 1!!! Who is excited? THIS GAL RIGHT HERE!!
I am very wordy...you've probably figured that out if you've been here any amount of time when I want to explain a Bible Study process. BUT TODAY...I am determined to KISS--Keep It Simple! If you have no clue what we are doing here, please click HERE to go to the information post on what you need and what we are doing!!
1. You need to have chosen your study in the Bible. If you are going along with your pastor's sermon or a bible study you attend, it will be easy. If not, I recommend a gospel or psalm (I will have several posts from Psalm 119, so if you just can't decide, choose THAT!). I highly recommend a word-for-word translation: KJV, ESV, NASB are best since we are meditating on God's Words--others have much interpretation already within the wording. I will be showing you what I am studying on each particular day, since I want to show as many areas as I can :o)
2. Get your journal out (so exciting to get a fresh journal out!! better than the smell of new crayons!). I am showing you two ways to do this today. One is with a pencil and a composition book (no art supplies or talents needed) the other is paints and stamps galore(no talent needed here either!)!
3. If you are doing an art journal with collage, paint, etc, now is when you prepare the background of your page (ADD COLOR) if you are doodling in your composition book with colored pencils, pencils or markers, you will do this AFTER you get the next part done. This part I will call GET YOUR ART DONE and I am adding only photos to this to keep this post from being too large, BUT one thing I want to say is try to start this journal off with your UGLY PAGE MADE PRETTY. What do I mean? You are going to be worried about messing up a page by trying a bad color combo (IN MY CASE I ADDED TOO MUCH BLACK STENCIL (gone bad) and had to 'fix it' by putting a wash of white acrylic paint over it. But you won't worry anymore if you see you can 'fix' what you hate :o):
4. WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING EACH DAY WITH YOUR BIBLE:
1. You must read the whole book (or psalm if you are doing a single psalm). So many people have God saying something He never said because they take a verse out of it's paragraph, chapter, and book and try to understand and interpret it by itself. Read the chapter it's in: What is happening in the CONTEXT that verse sits in? Read the book: What is happening in that book that verse sits in?
2. Next, you will pick a verse or paragraph that stands out to you, that you don't want to forget, or where you learn something you hadn't known before (it can be something about God or His power, something that encourages you, something that convicts you). THIS IS YOUR BIBLE VERSE TEXT. Write it down or if it's on a stamp, you can stamp it, or type it out on the computer and print it out. Here is the example of this part of both of the journals I'm sharing today, using 1 Corinthians 15:3-4:
2. Step 2 is to write out TRUTHS FROM THE TEXT. This is the HARDEST part for many people to do because you want to add your thoughts, words, or summarize themes. DON'T DO THAT...What can you glean from this text ONLY USING GOD'S WORDS? I do a lot of asking Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How in this part as shown best in this first example because I write out my 5Ws and H:
These are truths I want to remember. These are straight from the TEXT I wrote out in step 1
3. The last part will be the 'So What? What do I do with this? What's the application?' part I'm calling TRUTH APPLIED.
REVIEW: HERE ARE THE STEPS:
1. Read the book of the Bible you plan to study (or psalm, if you are sticking with one)
2. Determine what VERSE(S) you want to art journal; we need to be meditating (thinking on) these verses and truths throughout the day!
3. Art Journals: ADD COLOR NOW
1. Write Bible Verse 2. Truth From The Text (use God's Words, no summarizing here) 3. Truth Applied.
(we will talk about other additions as we go along (I love a good cross reference or word study) but for now let's get used to the basics!
I'd love to see what you are doing if you are joining us! Leave a link to your blog below or post your Bible Study Art Journal on our Facebook page!
Another post Sunday!