Give Me Eyes to See with Brianna

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

So often (especially lately!) I get caught up in circumstances. I allow the current emotions and to-do list of my day to overshadow my joy, my contentment, & my faith. When I was painting the illustrations for the Beautiful Mess collection in the Print Pray Shop, I was reminded of the 2 Corinthians 5:7:

“We live by faith, not by sight.”

I was struck anew of how today’s image in the mirror, day on the calendar, or current weather shouldn’t be an indicator of what I know to be my heavenly Father’s plan for my day…my life. All I see is the MESS I am. Not the BEAUTIFUL parts that He’s working on. I have been asking the Lord for a refreshed vision to see Him. To see His plan. To see His hand in my life. To see without seeing. Faith.

I gathered supplies: my Bible, watercolors, brushes and pens, some of my Print Pray Shop illustrations from the Time to Grow set, a few random stickers…and a little surprise you’ll see at the end of this post. :)

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

I laid down a color pattern on the page. I use this pattern a lot. It reminds me of dappled sunlight coming through trees…the idea that we see only in part, not the whole.

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

I added in some journaling and the rest of my illustrations. And you’ll see something fun on the side here.

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

Googly eyes! I am constantly finding them everywhere in my house. And they always make me smile! :)

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

Now each time I find googly eyes under my couch or swept into a forgotten corner, I (and probably you too!) will be reminded of the faith-eyes we need here on earth. :)

I tend so often towards doubt. I need the Lord’s constant reminding that we take time to grow. That His good plans are in motion, and though I might not “see” evidence some days, that doesn’t mean He isn’t hard at work.

hybrid mixed media watercolor Bible journaling entry by Brianna Showwalter

-Brianna

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Illustrated Faith Time to Grow digital set by Brianna Showalter | Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors | Faber Castell PITT pen in black | Fiskars alpha stickers | craft googly eyes from Joann Fabrics | Raindrop Washi Shop polka dot washi tape

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