Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Words of eternal Life

Bible Marginalia Series #115

Following right after the Bread of Life portion is 
a conversation with Jesus 
and his grumbling disciples.
Reminds me that "attitude"-
 even about faith things,
 is not a new concept.
It is often easy for me to challenge
 what I don't understand.
Or what doesn't make sense
 with my limited perspective.
Jesus doesn't pull any punches here 
and tells those gathered
 "that no one can come to me
 unless it is granted him by the Father."

Even Jesus had hard days in ministry.
 After this conversation 
"many of his disciples turned back 
and no longer walked with him."
Jesus asks his disciples-
 "Do you want to go away as well?"
We can usually count on Peter.
Peter says- " Lord, to whom shall we go?
 You have the words of eternal life. 
And we have believed
 and have come to know
 that you are the Holy One of God."

 This is what this two page section
 looks like in my Journaling Bible.
Sometimes I like creating both pages 
with a similar color scheme.
Think that goes back to years
 of scrapbooking layouts.
 This blue paint covers a bit
 more than I like-
 but can still see the words if needed.
 ( Gold Alpha stickers are hard to photograph)
These phrases have drifted
 into my thinking over the past three days.
 I love that about Bible Journaling-
it becomes an imprint in my mind of His WORD.

Alpha stickers
 Small Alphas- $1 Bin Target
Die Cuts
Tim Holz- Chitchat bitty words
Fine point Sharpie pen
 Folk Art Pearl Acrylic paint-Blue Taffeta

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Bread of Life

Bible Marginalia Series- #114
John 6
The Food of eternal life--
Jesus is the bread of life.
Jesus hanging out in Capernaum.
The people just wanted to be near Him.
 They were seeking Him.
But, they were having such
 a challenging time
 figuring it all out.
Jesus said-
"Whoever comes to ME-
 shall not hunger,
 and whoever believes 
in me shall never thirst."
And the Jews grumbled about Him.
Trying to make the simple complicated.
Jesus said these things in the synagogue,
as he taught in Capernaum.
 And He made it all simple. 

I AM the Bread of LIFE.

Graph paper add-in---
(helped with ghosting from previous page)
 Cross Washi tape- Wal- Mart
Alpha stickers
Flower Stamp 
Die-cut flowers
 Colored pencils 
Fine-point Sharpie- non-bleeding

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Give Thanks and remember

Bible Marginalia Series- #113

Finishing up in 1 Chronicles Chapter 16
This is connected to the last posting in Chronicles.
  The work in this Chapter
 started about 6 months ago.
 This margin reflects David's Song of Thanks 
when the ark of God 
was set inside the tent that David
 had pitched for it,
Prayer time was spent in a doodle
 around the rub-on words.

Sometime I find that the work
 is "in progress,"
 and that is OK.

 Verse 15......
  I was struck by the number of verbs
 in God's command to David.
Remember. Sing. Tell.
Declare. Ascribe. Worship. 
Tremble. Give Thanks.
Because HIS LOVE 

Think that is our daily To- Do list.
 Sounds like our Lord is expecting
 a bit more than a one-hour Sunday time slot.
I always need to repent
 and regroup and begin again.

Chapter 16 then ends with this post-

The margin pages here were done
 with experiments in using 
"easy to use" or "adapt" materials
 for Bible Journaling. 
The Give thanks is a rub on
 in the Scrapbooking archives.
  Wanted to see how it worked
 to use graph paper
 to do the writing sideways in the margin.

Both are simple and effective margin tools.

Bible verse Stamp and ink
 Graph paper
Fine point Sharpie non-bleeding pens- Black and Purple
 Colored pencils

Friday, July 24, 2015

Michigan Adventure

We had set aside this past week for family time. 
It worked out that middle daughter
 and family were moving into a new house.
So... vacation time would be TOGETHER.
 Moving in. Ypsilanti, Michigan.
This keeps our streak in place -
moving at least one daughter
 every summer for the last 13 straight years.

New digs for the Schus.

Mr. Explorer.
Stroller Findings. Wiggle Sprinkler.
Computer Geek. Ice Cream!

Football. Down the Slide.
In the Swing. Cuddle time.

Selfies and Stills.

Out and About.

Ann Arbor Arts Fair
Chillin'. Doorbells.
Giggles. Biking in the Triathlon.
Time with Uncle Dan and Aunt Jess.

Worn out. Where's my hat?
Play with me in my little tent.

Feasting on surf and turf.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Everlasting to Everlasting

Bible Marginalia Series - #112
1 Chronicles 16

From everlasting to everlasting.

 There was amazing worship time
 before the ark-
 with trumpets and cymbals
 for sacred song.
verse 43-
 "Then all the people departed each to his house, 
and David went home to bless his household."

What if that was our response to worship time? 
 To go home to bless all in our household?

On a cooler July morning in Virginia
 headed to my favorite spot in the yard.
 The sanctuary at the picnic table.
My green view.

Layers, contrast and textures.
 Dependance and Mingling.

That is what I am learning about
 in Bible Marginalia.
 Journaling the journey in His Word.
Seeing how His Word adds to my earthly life-
 as I already live my eternal life.

 Few dashes of Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Mowed Lawn
Faber Castell Gelatos- Yellow and Gold
Washi tape
Millenium Zig Memory pens- various sizes
Colored pencils
Bible Highlighters- for Section Headings

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Oh Obadiah!

Bible Journaling Series #111

The Day of the Lord is Near-
Obadiah- the shortest book in the Bible.

Theme here-
 That we find our Hope
 in being His People 
when the restoration 
of all things COMES.

Used a banner-bunting stamp
 that I found on a great resell
 "2nd Chances" table
 at this store in High Point, NC in May.
ink paint stamp

Wrote some of the main points
 around the banner burning.

This holds the prophecy of living
 in a self-serving manner.
Place ourselves under God's authority.
Subject our appetites to His purposes.

Obadiah - worshipper of Yahweh.
This page has the "bleed-through"
 of the stamping on the above page.
Decided to use the same style 
and write the notes around the bunting.
This book tells the judgment upon Edom.

Do not think yourselves greater than you are.
Pride goes before destruction.

Simple outlay of instruction.
Challenging to live with pride in check.
Much to pray about personally and as a nation.

I  enjoy looking at a whole book
 of the Bible at a time.
Obadiah is a great place
 to start with the 2 pages.

Stampin' Up Ink-
Bunting stamp
Colored pencils
VersaCraft- Chiffon- Water-based Pigment Ink
(Did not bleed through 
and was able to use other colors
 on the back of the page)
Fine-point Sharpie non-bleeding pen

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Blooming at the library

Walked in to pick up a library book.
Bright flower heads greet along the sidewalk.

This library branch will undergo an update soon.
Probably won't keep much
  of the perennial beds intact in the process.

Always hard to see beautiful things go away.
My comforting thought will be that the 
future flower adornments will be even lovelier.
Reminds me of the challenging
 and daunting upheaval
 that soul pruning makes in our lives.
We so LOVE to hang on to the present good- 
even at times to hang on
 for dear life to the known present.
Our Lord says to us--"Trust Me, 
I have something even better."

And I pray:
Lord, allow me to move through my days
 with the ability to seek the Good
 that you have in store for me.
On days where there is a lot of tearing up,
 dividing and tossing out of pieces of my life-
let me rest assured that you
 meet me in the new place. 
I give thanks that the very best in life
often comes right after a challenging
stretch of heart renovation.
What grace- that my Lord travels all the way