praying and painting through the Psalms with Jess Robyn | Bible Journaling

I’ve always been one for routine. I love schedules, routines, and all things organization. I’ve been often teased that that is not normal at all for an artist, that artists are sporadic, spontaneous, and all over the place. But while my husband can sometimes squeeze a little bit of spontaneity out of me every once in a while, I prefer my regular every day schedule. However, as all of you other mom’s know, having a newborn means very little consistent routine! These first couple of months have meant a lot of flexibility for my schedule-loving self, but now that she’s on a fairly regular schedule (all the praise hands), I’ve been able to settle into a new normal. 

praying and painting through the Psalms with Jess Robyn | Bible Journaling

Before she was born, I would wake up and spend time reading and praying first thing each day. But the last couple of months of waking up on her schedule made that a lot more difficult. These past couple of weeks, though, I’ve started waking up a little bit before her to make sure I get some good time in which has been so refreshing. However, I realized that I hadn’t been setting aside time to paint in Bible and I genuinely missed it so I set out to squeeze it back into my daily schedule. 

praying and painting through the Psalms with Jess Robyn | Bible Journaling

I decided to starting praying and painting through Psalms. So each morning, I wake up, pour myself a bowl of something delicious, and snuggle up to read scripture, write in my prayer journal, and then spend a little bit of time praying and painting one page of Psalms a day. I love that the Psalms cover so many different prayers – petition, praise, etc. – and often push me to pray for things I wouldn’t have though to pray for on my own. Sometimes my brain doesn’t feel like it’s quite functioning all the way early in the morning, either, so being able to pray words that are already written gives my prayers a better vocabulary and focus! I love that praying through scripture is essentially just praying the Word of God back to Him.

praying and painting through the Psalms with Jess Robyn | Bible Journaling

Taking the time to also paint on the pages is such a helpful reminder for my visual brain. All throughout the day I’m reminded of the verses I prayed through that morning and the pictures I painted along with them! This morning I decided to try watering down the Illustrated Faith paints to be a watercolor consistency and I just LOVE how vibrant they dried!! I’ll definitely be using them like this again soon!

praying and painting through the Psalms with Jess Robyn | Bible Journaling

For all of you young mommas, how do you still get time to read and pray with little ones running around?

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3 Comments
  1. Marie Foster 3 years ago

    I love this post. Reminded me I need to get back time to do my morning bible study like I used to.. LIke you I like organization and recently my morning routine has changed and I have drifted away.. What a great reminder. Even though I cant draw as great as you at least I can read my bible in the morning and just get a color base down and go back later to finish :) thank you for your post.

  2. Casey Renee 3 years ago

    I adore your idea to pray and paint through the Psalms. I can relate to your season of life right now. For me, early mornings before the house wakes doesn’t always work out so I usually get to read during breakfast with a cup of coffee while the kids eat. Then, our kitchen island becomes my worship zone. My bible and paints and supplies sit up high (out of reach of curious hands) and in little segments of time between meeting the needs and wants of three little humans I journal and draw and paint and pray. It becomes my heart song all through the day and helps me to be able to extend patience and grace and humility to my kids. ♡

  3. Melissa Gross 3 years ago

    What a lovely way to start the day! I like routine, too, so I’m glad you’ve found a way to put a little bit of that back into your schedule.

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