I have to admit I’m laughing out loud as I type out the title to my blog post today. Obviously it represents the theme of my bible journaling entry that I’m about to take you through, but I’m giggling because of how ironically it actually represents the video I’m sharing today! Real life got in the way of lovely civilised video tutorials, and my needs-to-be-constantly-entertained 16month old was not being cooperative with my plans to bring that video to you. Nevertheless I persisted, and so I apologise in advance for the regular disruptions caused by a bored baby in the background! He is most certainly not making a joyful noise!! LOL!
But let’s move on!
For the last week or so I’ve been working through my Yes and Amen kit, journaling my thoughts and decorating my pages directly into the devotional as I go. If you remember my last video (you can find it here) I shared my process through the Blessings or Lessons devotional and how I like to approach these in a systematic way, keeping my decorations reasonably repetitive or sticking to a bit of a theme. I’m doing it this way because it allows me the creative outlet of making something pretty, but it means I don’t have to stop and put a lot of thought into the ‘art’ of it. This gives me more time to concentrate on actually soaking in the words of the devotional, meditating on the scriptures and letting my heart respond in it’s own way.
Another great advantage of approaching my kits this way is that I can use the devotional as a bit of a practicing ground. If I find that a particular verse of scripture is speaking to me and I’m happy with the way the decorations have turned out then I can easily translate the same sort of entry into my Journaling Bible. This has been made even easier this month because I’ve been using a lot of the printable embellishments from the Pray Print Paste shop – in particular the different versions of Elaine’s mountains (which you can find here and here) – which means that I can effectively never run out of them! For this kit I’ve been loving using lots of repetitive shapes, stacking up the mountains on top of one another and lining them up across the page. It gives me a sense of the abundance of God’s gifts to us and the majesty of his wonderous creations.
The entry that I’m sharing today in my bible is inspired by Day 6 of the Yes and Amen devotional and the scripture it references is Isaiah 55:12, “For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands”. I love the visual image of the mountains and trees being unable to contain their excitement, and I love what Junelle has written in the devotional about nature’s passion and joy in response to God’s touch. If the most inanimate of God’s creations cannot help but break forth in worship then how much more should our own spirit, our God-breathed holy spirit, respond in utmost adoration? It surely must! It simply must!
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