Friday, October 31, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Streams of Living Water

#25 in the Bible Marginalia series

Dear heavenly Father,
 because of your grace to me,
streams of Living Water
will flow out of my heart.
Lord, I believe.
 You are the Light of the World,
I give thanks that you change the landscape of my life
 with YOUR light, that I may be the light to others.

 Colored pencil 
Finepoint Sharpie

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Seek the Lord and Live

#24 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Some time in the Old Testament
See my shadow on this page of the Bible-
  God's Word has made an imprint on my soul.

Really seeing the word




in Awe,
of a God
 that controls

ACCU-Gel Hi-Lighters-Bible Hi-Gliders
Colored pencil,
Fine point Sharpie- non-bleeding

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bible Marginalia-God is Love

#23 in the Bible Marginalia Series

For God so Loved the World-

simple statement that says it ALL,
 because GOD IS LOVE.

Going through the stash
 of scrapbooking stickers.
Colored pencils.
Fine point Sharpie- non-bleeding.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Come Away- Rest Awhile

#22 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Once again -- 
important words that speak
 to me on this page.

Jesus FEEDS the 5000

Come away by yourselves
 to a desolate place
and rest awhile.
Mark 6:31

Jesus WALKS on the water

 it is I. 
Do not be AFRAID.
 Mark 6:50

Printable on scrapbooking paper
Heart Punch
Colored Pencils
Fine-point Sharpie- non-bleeding

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Go and Do Likewise

#21 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Two key thoughts for me- on this page-

The Good Samaritan

GO and DO 
Luke 10:37

Mary and Martha

Luke 10:42

Some letter stickers
A label cut in half
 Fine point Sharpie- non-bleeding
Colored pencils
Washi tape on the edge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bible Marginalia- His Mercy

# 20 in the Bible Marginalia Series

"He saved us, not because of works
 done by us in righteousness,
but according to his own mercy,
by the washing of regeneration
 and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
whom he poured out on us  richly 
through Jesus Christ our Savior."
Titus 3:5

Colored Pencils
Sharpie fine-point non bleeding
Printables with scrapbooking paper
Stamped shell and Butterflies
Stampin' Up ink
 Pearlescent watercolor

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bible Marginalia- DWELL

#19  in the Bible Marginalia Series

"The Beloved of the 
dwells in 

thinking about being
 the Lord's beloved

Deuteronomy 33:12
The blessing of Moses to Benjamin

a cut-to-size Paint Color Chart
stamped cross- Archival Ink
regular Sharpie marker- on paint chart
(Needed to use heat gun to dry so it didn't smear)
Colored pencils
Sharpie fine-point - non-bleeding

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Favorite Apps- PhotoSketch

Some photos take on a whole
 different view in PhotoSketch

I seem to have
 a particularly captive subject

Even when he is not camera ready

He steals your heart

And bids you to "Come Play"

Or Rest Awhile

Or daddy snuggle time

Free Download App for your iPhone
A favorite in Grandma's photo tool box 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bible Tabs- for ME

#18 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Keep the Faith
Deuteronomy 4:9
Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself,
lest you forget the things your eyes have seen,
 and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. 
And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.

So, the reality is.....
 I know where the books of the Bible are....
but have a hard time recalling
 specific verses when I need them.
So this past summer,
 I began the project of adding tabs
 to my Bible that highlight favorite key verses for me.
Key words that bring forward a main idea.
It started without a BIG plan
 on how this would work out.

His Mercy-
1 Chronicles 16:34
Oh, Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

Our Refuge
Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Unsearchable Things

Jeremiah 33:3
Call to Me, and I will answer you,
 and show you great and might things, 
which you do not know.

Taking the Bible I have been using
 for almost 20 years and continuing
 the journey of my life meeting 
in His Word.

 This punch makes the tabs-
used card stock.
This is a McGill file tab punch- 
can't seem to find this very one.
But, here is a similar one-
File Tab Punch

Assorted washi tape makes the thin paper
 a bit more sturdy to add the tabs-
 with the Tim Holtz- tiny attacher.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Rest for your Soul

#17 in the Bible Marginalia Series

Stand by the roads and LOOK.

Ask about the ancient paths...
Look for the GOOD WAY.
Walk in it.
FIND rest for your SOUL.

Jeremiah 6:16

For the NON- ARTIST-
an easy way to add color
 and shape and highlight words
 for your margins
Martha Stewart Labels-
 Avery for Staples

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Whom Shall I Fear?

# 16 Bible Marginalia Series- Sermon Notes

Visiting at Mt Calvary Lutheran Church
 in Kannapolis, NC for 
the Harvest Home Gathering
Time to sit early 
and look at this reading- 
part of the day's service.

Sketched out the margin 
with fine point - non bleeding Sharpie 
before the service.
Later in the day added the colored pencil.
Marking this day.
Marking this gift.
As the Lord speaks to my heart.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bible Marginalia- The J.S. Bach Bible

#15 in the Bible Marginalia Series

In her book Writing in the Margins, 
Lisa Hickman recounts this wonderful story
 of Bible Marginalia.

" In the 1830's Leonard Reichle's ancestors purchased
 a pile of old books in Philadelphia, one of them a Bible.
 A century later Reichle shared his family treasure 
with a visiting cousin, Lutheran pastor Christian Reidel. 
Upon opening the Bible, Reidel recognized the signature
 of a famous musician: Johann Sebastian Bach. 
Throughout the Bible more than three hundred marks
 in the text call attention to underlined passages, 
marks of emphasis, and statements written in the margins.
Occasionally, the marginalia named 
a typographical or grammatical error. 
More often, the marginalia revealed notations 
linking text to lyrical insights and music. 
More than one thousand works for
 chorus and instruments
 find their genesis somewhere in Bach's Bible between 
Genesis and Revelation.
 The Calov Bible, as this Bible came to be called, 
shows more than three hundred
 touch points of musical inspiration.
After being discovered by a pastor visiting his cousin,
Bach's Bible now resides at the 
Concordia Seminary Library in St. Louis. (Missouri)

The Bible was a three-volume Bible 
of the seventeenth century that also contains
 commentary by Martin Luther 
as well as theological reflections from a professor, Abraham Calovius."
p. 58-59

The Calov Bible was made famous with the discovery of this long-lost copy
 that had once belonged to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach
At the time of his death, the inventory of Bach's library specified
 ownership of Calovii Schriften (writings of Calovius). 
It was not known until the 20th century what these writings were.

 A bit more of the story here-Bach-Bible

The main point that Hickman brings forward
 is that it was in the margins of his Bible
 where Bach struggled with his world 
meeting the WORD.
He made notes for his thinking
 about music and God's Word.
In this space a genius mind
 worked out the scriptural discipline
and his life calling-his vocation.
It is where a sacred song was written.

Though it is unlikely our Bibles
 will be kept in a rare book library someday,
 they certainly can be a blessing 
to the generations to come after us. May each mark in our own Bibles
 signal the strokes of our own time of  
worship of our Creator God.

(Concordia Seminary is where my husband graduated from,
and was blessed to see this Bible
in the rare book library there in St. Louis.)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bible Marginalia- to the ends of the Earth

#14 in the Bible Marginalia Series

"I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the end of the earth.
....and they began rejoicing, 
and glorifying the word of the Lord, 
and as many as were appointed
 to eternal life believed.
And the word of the Lord was spreading 
throughout the whole region."
Act 13: 47-49

We live as His chosen people, that we may share the 
Good News of Jesus with others.

Sharpie fine point - non-bleeding marker
 and colored pencils

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Call to ME

#13 in the Bible Marginalia Series

This covenant relationship

of trust and peace

brings understanding.

An inkling of the depth 

of what our Father desires to

share with us,

when we call on HIM.

Process- Simply used water color in block spaces. 
Let dry. Added the lettering.
Fine point Sharpie marker- non-bleeding.
A simple way to add color to the margin.

Richmond Hill Respite











Morning Light
 the Ben Campbell Window

Always a soul respite 
at Richmond Hill
Retreat Center
Richmond, Virginia

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bible Marginalia- Amazing Grace

#12 in the Bible Marginalia Series

1 Peter 3: 21

The flood is a figure of Baptism.
in each case, water saves.
The world was cleansed when Noah
 and his family were lifted up by the flood. 
Baptism cleanses us and raises us to new life.
By grace, Baptism is a means of salvation
 through which the Holy Spirit produces faith.
We are forgiven and holy because of Christ.
That forgiveness is applied to us in Baptism. 
The life we are given in Baptism
 was earned by Christ.
(adapted from notes- Lutheran Study Bible)

Printed journaling cut out
Heart punch is from a magazine page
 Sharpie fine-point marker- non-bleeding
Colored pencils

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Evelyn Seidel's Valentines- the rest of the story

On a busy day in Greensboro, NC,
 rushing from one event to another
at a Church Worker's Conference,
I took a break to check email
and found a comment on a blog post from
Feb. 14, 2013.
You need to read the first part
 of this story for the following to make sense.

The story about Evelyn Seidel's Valentines
and also the story of Alice Jean Seidel's Valentines.
It is the story continued from Alice's daughter-
 Gail, that I tell here.

I talked with Gail by phone today,
 and recounted the story
 told on the previous blog post.
 I had her family history correct.
The lost family has been found.
More of the story here:

Gail and I were both there at that auction
 in Kendallville, Indiana, in the Spring of 1980,
both with misty eyes and grieving hearts.

I was just a couple months past the death 
of my first husband, Larry.
Gail was there with her mother, Alice Jean.
Gail was there by her mother's side-
 the day so vivid in memory,
 she still remembers the shirt
 a family memory wore that day.
Notes from my online research- a year and half ago

I could not believe that somehow
 the box of beautiful Valentines 
was mine with a bid.
 I vowed to carefully protect the treasure-
the sentimental value.
The pieces of love and affection 
both handmade and store-bought- given as tokens
to mark time and place in the calendars of our lives,
stamped with LOVE.

Gail has three siblings- David, Edward and Carolyn.
Edward is a computer programmer,
 and on a whim one day-Goggled his aunt-
Evelyn Seidel - Married to Ralph Lamp.
Up came the blog post about the Valentines.
And the story went to family members.

Gail- just a couple of years my senior- 
lives in Ft Wayne, Indiana-
 my home stomping grounds.
Lutheran stock.
Ft. Wayne Lutheran heritage.

Some of the Valentines are now part of
Heart Day celebrations 
in the homes of adult daughters-
as this box became their treasured Valentine stories.

But, I have carefully sorted out the Valentines 
in the silver box labeled -
 Alice Jean Seidel.
And also some of Evelyn's-
 for Gail to distribute as she desires.

They have been lovingly 
set in a box to mail to Gail.
To keep or distribute to family members.

Thirty-four years waiting for the rest of the story.
Reunited with family.
And as we touched lives together with a phone call,
we both could not help but notice the God-designed plan.
He has so carefully marked the details of our lives-
to bring Him Glory.

And so we sing-
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Bible Marginalia- For "NON- ARTISTS"

#11 in the Bible Marginalia Series

The basic principle of Bible Marginalia 
is that this is intended to be process-driven
 rather than end-product evaluated.
Much of my teaching is done 
to help EVERYONE participate-
 regardless of "artistic experience",
 artistic ability, 
and materials available.
So I am always trying out a variety 
of ways to draw people to the 
Scriptural Practice of Bible Marginalia.
Commonly found materials, ease of use, 
and adaptability 
are criteria I use for trying out new possibilities.

4x6 or even 3x5 graph index cards
 make lettering and design work easy
They can be added in with washi tape
 to a regular Bible 
or cut to size for a wide-margin Bible.

There are many choices of graphic design
 coloring books from Dover Publications. 
The pages can be cut into 4x6 cards
 to have a design already on the page
 and then notes and journaling can be added.
This was added in with washi tape.
Dover Publications offers some great choices
 for pages for Bible Journaling.
There are also many boards on Pinterest 
that have free downloadable coloring pages.

You can't go wrong with your 
favorite color palette sample
 from your local Home Design store.
Pick up a few color charts when you stop by, 
and cut to size for a wide-margin Bible.
Simply add the words that help in your study.
Can also be stamped with simple designs.

This study needed a simple way 
to list the Ten commandments.
Knew I would never get this 
done in the space provided-
so simply typed them up on the computer,
 figured out the font size that worked, and printed.
Helps if you are teaching in a group setting 
and all can easily add this in
 with their own unique touch.
(I know that numbering systems change
 in denominations-
this list taken from Martin Luther's Small Catechism)
So, don't let the "standards" of your 
artistic talent keep you from participating.
Try a way that might work for you-
and join in the practice of
Scriptural Journaling.