If you’re an avid fan of the Illustrated Faith Print & Pray Shop, you might know that our artist Leah Schumacher has started monthly releases of digital products for men with the Illustrated Faith Dudes collection! These sets are designed to encourage our community to include their husbands, sons, brothers, & friends in on their art worship! Leah’s newest Illustrated Faith Dudes set, Building His Kingdom, released today! So I brought a special guest to help demonstrate this awesome collection: my husband Ian! (Isn’t he cute!?) :)
When I sat down to bible journal with him, I decided to pull some key products so that there weren’t so many choices for him. If someone isn’t a paper crafter or bible journaler, all the goodies can seem so overwhelming! I used the Building His Kingdom set to inspire the color palette & pulled coordinating products that matched the set.
Ian chose the scripture to journal from the “Read Up!” segment on the Building His Kingdom document. It’s a little bank of suggested scriptures provided for each set. He read through all the suggested passages & chose the one that spoke to him the most: 2 Timothy 2:14-26. This passage is all about working hard in the name of the Lord & resisting interacting with others that are acting in ungodly ways!
Watching Ian express his heart in my Bible made MY heart want to explode! I just had such a wave of affection, adoration, & respect for him seeing him step out of his comfort zone for this project! He’s a creative person; he does wood burning, model cars, & some pastel art, but this was extra special. I just let him do the page completely on his own with no artistic suggestions (which was really hard for me!) & I created a corresponding tip-in with my own reaction to the scripture.
As we were working on our pages, I said to him: “I’m having so much fun! I wish we would do this more often!” And he replied: “Well you’re in luck because I think I WANT to do this more often!” As we were working, we decided as a couple that we would sit down to bible journal TOGETHER once a month when the Illustrated Faith Dudes set releases. :)
Ian doing the Bible page & me creating a tip-in page allowed our pages to face each other in the Bible, side by side. I just love that! I’ve flipped open my bible about 10 times since we created them to see our art side by side. There’s just something amazing about connecting with your spouse this way!
I encourage EVERYONE in this awesome community to take some time to connect with your spouse or boyfriend or son or brother or ANYONE over bible journaling. Pull out some supplies, bring a snack, & just enjoy each other’s company while you create for the Lord! It’s such a great way to share your gifts & create lasting art together that you can revisit again & again. Through trying it out, you might find out like I did that he wants to do it more & develop a standing bible journaling date. :)
Please comment & give my hubby Ian some love for his very first bible page! I’m SO proud & SO excited to strengthen our marriage through bible journaling together each month! I’m truly a lucky girl. :)
Illustrated Faith Dudes Building His Kingdom digital set by Leah Schumacher | Illustrated Faith by DaySpring Lists by Faith washi tape | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Homespun alpha stickers in Olive You | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Mini alpha stickers in Mrs. Blueberry | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Wordfetti White stickers | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Genesis Kit | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Washi Stickers Booklet in Black & White | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd tape runner | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Date It stamp | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Enamel Hearts in Black Eyed Pea | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Shanna’s Favorite Paint set | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd pen | Illustrated Faith by Bella Blvd Give Me Jesus 6×8 paper pad | Bella Blvd Alex Collection 6×8 paper pad | Bella Blvd Alex Collection Washi Stickers Booklet | Memory Makers green polka dot washi tape | Dollar Tree orange polka dot washi tape | Faber Castell Big Brush pens in #113 Orange Glaze & #170 May Green | stapler | Crossway ESV Single Column Leather Wrap Journaling Bible