Friday, June 3, 2016

Bible Journaling: Ruth 2:12

This process.  It's a good one!  I started Bible Journaling after lots of encouragement and inspiration.  For me, it is about drawing closer--which is not something I can necessarily articulate, but something that permeates my soul.  I'm a sinner stuck in a sinful world just looking for a way to function as the hands and feet of goodness.  Drawing closer to the One who made me, is the only way anything good will ever come of me--not mine, but His.  Art and music resonate for me on a wordless plane and help me to connect to my Lord in a real way.  Today, I'm sharing my journaling from the book of Ruth.

When I first began, my mind was still full of the previous week--kids and work and work and kids.  I had just been offered a new position at the agency I work for and was feeling grateful and a bit overwhelmed.

Then, I happened upon Ruth 1-3.  Such a good story.  It was not a new story for me.  I've read it many a time before, parts of it I even wove into my wedding vows over 19 years ago.  This reading and dwelling opened up new pieces (I love how He does that!):
My first underline was the the verse above, Ruth 2:12.  I was focused on the reward and single mindedly thinking about my upcoming new position.  As I continued to read and reflect, this story really spoke to me and not just about a single reward. It spoke of abiding in His love and a willingness to follow---oh, so many lessons!!

During trials and dark days, I would have succumbed, BUT GOD---safe under His wings I have been time and time again.  I could see my story and how He continues to teach me to trust---from right where I am :)

This was a really fun layout to complete--I started by using some feather dies to create a stencil template and then sponged feathers in a random pattern.  I used distress inks because they blend so well without having to add any additional water.  My stamped images, from Sweet N Sassy Stamps, come from the following sets:  Words of Life Collection 1, Words of Life Collection 2, His Wings, and Note This.

It always feels a bit risky to share my thoughts and faith, but at the end of the day, this is the real me.  I determine to be authentic and truthful on this crazy journey called life--be blessed.

Be Awesome, Jane

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