Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bible Marginalia-The Good News of Salvation

Bible Marginalia Series #53

The Lord will be your everlasting light,
 and your God will be your glory.

Jesus read part of this section
 in the synagogue in Nazareth-
 Luke 4:16-21.
It began to be his agenda
 setting among the people.
It is also where we learn
 just how challenging the ministry
 would be for Jesus in his own home territory.
They became filled with wrath as He said-

"Today this Scripture
 is fulfilled in your hearing."

He interprets Isaiah 61
 as a reference to Himself.
The Lord's salvation
 will bring a reversal
 in the fortune of His people.

Liberty will take the place of bondage.
These verses form an outline
 of the positive nature of the ministry
the Lords wants His people to perform.

The Lord desires to give beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
 for the the spirit of heaviness,
that He may be glorified.

Colored pencil
Fine point Sharpie marker
Craft Smart pennant stamp- Michaels
Stampin' Up Ink- Bermuda Bay

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Dividing Up Space

Bible Marginalia Series-#52

One of the most challenging things
 for new Bible Journalers is 
  figuring out how to "get started"
 with the blank margin.
Some basic space dividers
 can be helpful to see how
 the words or image 
to be journaled can be divided.
I remembered that I had purchased
 a box of labels quite a few years ago
 and it was still hanging out in the "gift box."
 Probably was a Ross, T.J Maxx
 or Tuesday Morning purchase
 on clearance at deep discount.
This is what the label box looks like:
Chronicle Stationary

The work of Angela Adams
 can be found here-

Pinterest board

Found here for a bit better price:

From a previous post-
 here are labels from
 Martha Stewart for Avery
 found at Staples.

(currently out of stock on-line) 
but you might find them in your local store.
 They can be found on Amazon-

(also currently out of stock on-line)
but look in local office supply store.
They can be found on Amazon-

Simple ways to put your 
connections in the Word-
in the margins.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Study Helps

Bible Marginalia Series- #51

Visited En Gedi again on this last trip.
David's hideout from Saul.
 A desert oasis by the Dead Sea.
Saul comes with 3000 men to find David here.
David spares Saul's life here.
1 Samuel 24

The journaling bibles that many of us
 are using do not have
 "study helps" or notes in them.
 The margin on this page was helpful
 to place what I had learned and seen
at En Gedi.

It is wilderness.
 It is thought the David 
might have written a number
 of his Psalms while here.

This level of land is 400 meters 
below sea level-
 is the lowest place on earth.
And here-
 as low as you can go- 
David finds refuge.
The landscape becomes
 a fortress and hideout.
The Lord meets David here.
He fills us in our most desolate places.
The Lord finds us hiding in 
"our caves-" 
 in the margins of our lives.
And in this space that frames our life-
He creates soul renewal.

 Colored pencil
Fine-pont Sharpie- non-bleeding

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bible Marginalia- Here I Am

Bible Marginalia Series- #50

This reading was on the cover
 of the worship folder this past Sunday.
Was not any of the selected readings in the service- 
but it is where I have ended up reading this week.

Times are challenging in Israel-
 Eli's household has not been God-fearing.
The nasty Philistines are just waiting for a fight.
The word of the Lord was rare in those days,
 there was no frequent vision.
Eli was old and Samuel was his helper.
The Lord did not have good news 
for Samuel to tell Eli.
 Eli had not been faithful.
The Lord would punish his house forever.

But, even as a young person, 
Samuel HEARD the LORD.
 He was the Lord's servant.
His heart was open for the Lord's leading.
A wonderful example for me
 to center prayer for 
a servant heart, that I may listen.
Open my heart, Lord, to hear you.
When I feel the need to use
 many words in prayer,
 remind me to also be a listener.

Toilet paper holder to make round circles
Venetian Gold  Metallic acrylic paint by Decorart
SMASH date stamp by K&C Company
Cobalt Archival Ink
Sharpie Fine point Marker-
(Non-bleeding has the silver stripe)
Colored pencils
 a Multiple colored pencil- ( not in photo)
Washi tape

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Bible Marginalia- The Victory is the Lord's

Bible Marginalia Series- #49

Visited Harod Springs
 near the hill of Moreh this month in Israel.
Sat by the spring and read the story
 of Gideon and the fleece.
Gideon and the Lord in a battle strategy plan.
The Lord tells Gideon-
 "the people with you are too many."
I can't let you go into battle with so many,
 because some might say it is YOU 
who have won the battle.
Gideon had 32,000 men.
Tell those who are afraid to go home.
22,000 went home.
10,000 remained.
Still too many says the Lord.

Take them down to the Springs
 for a drink, says the Lord.
Some drank with their hands
 and some lapped like dogs.
300 men lapped like dogs.
The Lord said to take these men into battle.
And at the set of middle watch,
 they blew trumpets and broke open jars that hid torches.
Chaos commenced.
And Gideon and 300 men defeated the Midianites.

Sometimes in ministry
 it is easy to feel outnumbered,
 with the forces declining,
 and the people numbers
 seem like they can't carry the work load.
Those are the odds that our Lord loves.
When people can't take credit for "a win."
When it is so lopsided that the victory
 can't be claimed by the humans,
 it is a battle for the Lord.

Maybe a Harod's Spring pep talk
 could be the incentive
 to say yes to 
an unbelieveable ministry undertaking.
outrageous odds?
 meet an Outrageous GOD.

 Colored pencil
Fine-point Sharpie marker- non-bleeding
Washi tape

Friday, January 16, 2015

Bible Marginalia- "Bleed-Through" Helps

Bible Marginalia Series- #48

 We may not have been doing Bible journaling
 long enough to say we have a REAL problem
 with working with the back 
side of a journaling page.
But, in some of the books where I was reading
 through the WHOLE book as I journaled,
 I have had to start thinking
 about the "other" side of a journaling margin.
It doesn't look too bad here, 
but I knew that I would not 
be happy with the finished page. 
So, then I find that Karla Dornacher
 has offered some of her wonderful drawings
 as printable bookmarks
on her Easy site.
Download, print, cut out,
 back and attach.

Same page covered with Karla's bookmark
 and finished with a bit of washi tape.
Simply done.

the back side of another page in Luke

Finished page with Karla's book mark.
I backed it with scrapbooking paper 
to completely cover the drawing from the other side.
Attached with double-sided sticky tape.

Two-page spread in Luke.

I have admired Karla's work
 for many years and own a number of her books.
I was thrilled to see the pages together.
Complimentary styles.
 She makes my drawings look like "real Art".

Karla's book mark for Luke 4:8

Karla's book mark for Luke 4:18

In my Journaling Bible it happened
 to have the 2 verses on back to back pages.
 So I tried that.
 I like them
 as back to back illustrations.

Stop by and like her page on Facebook-

Karla also has these illustrations
 done in black outline
 so that you can add in
 your coloring and shadings.

Thanks- Karla Dornacher for your help with
"bleed-through" challenges
 in our journey of 
writing in the margins
 of our Bibles.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Bible Marginalia - For "Non- Artists"- 2

Bible Marginalia Series- #47

So this is another post on some things
 that might help you if you are curious
 about Bible journaling or really loving the process,
but don't consider yourself an ARTIST.

Don't tell me to draw 
wheat and a cluster of grapes WITHOUT
giving me some help here.

Was cleaning out some books
 over the summer and thankfully
 kept a book that has been 
really helpful in this journey.
 (It does help when your husband
 is a pastor in a liturgical denomination-
 and keeps books.)

This is the book that I have-
but it now looks like the one below.

 This is the one currently on Amazon. 
Here is the Amazon link for used copies-

The symbols are easy to trace over
 to add to Bible journaling pages.
 Other suggestions have been to use a
 light box that crafters use, 
your personal iPhone can also be used, 
(though not sure how good
 that is to trace over the face of your phone)
 and Goggle images can be found
 and printed that will work very well also.

I plan to take my book apart-
( the binding is pretty well gone anyhow)
 and punch holes so that the pages
 can be taken out to use
 for occupying right and left side easily.

Remember the only rule about Bible Journaling is:

Copying, tracing, stickers, stencils, rub-ons-
all work.
If you are copying the work of another person-
 it is grand to give credit. 
You can note the credit
 of their original work on your page,
 and if you have a way of contacting them-
 ask for permission.

The world of Pinterest has opened up
 the discussion of "property rights"
 and early on in the Bible journaling community
 everyone was great about sharing the permission.
 I think it is pretty well the standard-
 if you are not selling the work as your own,
 or taking credit for the original idea.

Hope this helps to get you started
 or move you along in this Faith Journey
 of spending time reading, praying,
 and meditating on God's Word.