Monday, December 5, 2016

I can truly say the Decemebr festivities have begun!

I'm still on the fence a bit about doing a December Daily album because
1] I haven't even thought about how I might design it and 
2] I've not finished 30 Days of Thankfulness and 
3] well, TIME. 
I'm  so enjoying being present with my people this year.
But I've done one for the past I don't know how many years, so we'll see...
It just might happen.  
But that wasn't what I wanted to share today - 
This is - 
I had a great weekend, y'all.
FULL and BUSY, yes. 
But so, so good. 
Saturday I had the pleasure of teaching two groups of gals about some of the 
Joys of Bible Journaling. 
For many of them it was the first time they'd done anything like this - 
and I love [LOVE] seeing that ah-ha moment when they realize 
they REALLY CAN draw a little somethin' somethin'. 
I wish I'd taken a photo of every single piece of art that was created 
[we were ambitious and did three pages!]
[FYI - each one has been / will be shared during my advent posts.]
Every single one was just a bit a different [I love that!] and just so great! 
Much thanks to LifeWay- Huntsville for setting this day aside to 
focus on Christ's birth through our art! 
After a day full of classes I met a couple of friends for dinner before 
going over to see Christmas Now and Then. 
And while it wasn't quite what we'd expected , it was fun... 
or maybe I'd just had too much coffee. Ha. 
There were lots of performances of people / characters of TODAY...
And y'all know I love Frosty - lol. 
And shoot, Elmo too - HA.
There were many. many more characters on stage as well!
But the show also focused on Christ's birth too!
[Christmas then - and NOW too, I hope!]
All in all, a pretty fun evening.
Then Sunday we got up early for me to ice the cake I'd baked after getting in from Montgomery [for work] on Friday night [lol]  and headed to Birmingham for some family time!
 Loved being able to worship with my brother and his family. 
Loved MK's sweet prayer about being thankful for the good food, and not so good food.
LOVED how she just announced with no prompting..." Daddy, I'm so glad you get to enjoy Thanksgiving with your two sisters." [Yes we spread out the holidays - ] Then sweetly asked, 'Was that naughty or nice?" with a grin on her face. LOL.
LOVED how she jumped in to have a photo taken with her aunts 
[photos are so NOT her thing!]
It was a wonderful day.
I am blessed to have each one of these people in my life.
So NOW it's time to get all of the Thanksgiving put away - and do the annual attic clean out so I can get Christmas out. I'm thinking of going in a totally new direction for me... for simple with blues and whites... we'll see how it turns out...

Sunday, December 4, 2016

I'm sharing Bible Journaling prompts

in the hopes that it will inspire you to focus on the birth of Christ. 
Use this however you want, and keep in mind that we're all different and some put more detail in their Bible Journaling and some put less details - and it's all okay. What's most important is spending time with the Lord as you create. 

Dec. 4th – Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
Going to the Community-wide singing of  
The Hallelujah Chorus 
is a favorite tradition of ours. 
[It’s next Tuesday night at Weatherly Baptist.] 
I love to hear all the different people from the community sing out loud – WONDERFUL! Counselor! 
The Might God! 
The Everlasting Father, 
Who can read this verse without having  
The Hallelujah Chorus flowing through their head? 
How awesome that the child who came to save us was prophesied about hundreds of years before His birth? I love that God had a plan for us!
This is the sketch / art we have for this passage –   
Step-by-step instructions are available on Instagram: @ faithbasedpages 
I hope this inspires you - feel free to do your own thing – 
or feel free to print and trace / copy this one…
It starts out as simple circles and egg shapes...
Then we add the robes and head dresses and other details...
Next I added my water colors - keep in mind if you're using colored pencils, 
you'll want to outline first and color in - 
if you're using water colors, you paint then add ink
[after it is dry, of course.]
Once I've painted in the details and let those dry, I go back with a wash of color around the background...
 Then I add ink with a sketchy look... If you look closely, you’ll see that I also used stickers, stamps [Illustrated Faith] and washi tape to complete this page.
And I amy or may not have gone back with a tiny bit of paper and re-stamped 'counselor' so that it's easier to read... lol.
AS with last week - I'd love to see how you sue this prompt - lease tag me @faithbasedpages or @judyinhuntsvilleal 
so I can see your pages! 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I've not forgotten to share this month's

Bible Journaling from our little Saturday group!
 It was so fun to see some new faces - 
and of course missed those who are traveling the world and couldn't be with us! 
As I look at this, maybe I have shared it [over and over again]
But our meeting was right before the election and  there was so much anxiety in our world at that time... shoot there still is -
This is a verse I hold onto.
Oops - I can't find a photo of the handout - but it was basically a black and white drawing of the above with the verse in several different translations... 
When I find it I'll add it in - until then, feel free to save the photo above and use however it fits for you - 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

So, I thought I'd share some Bible Journaling prompts

throughout advent - My Bible Journaling is pretty simple and straight forward. 
I'm sharing in the hopes that it will inspire you to focus on the birth of Christ. 
Use this however you want, and keep in mind that we're all different and some put more detail in their Bible Journaling and some put less details - and it's all okay. What's most important is spending time with the Lord as you create.
Matthew 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
 I’ve always loved reading about Joseph’s faith. I mean, can you even imagine what must have been going through his mind? Yet he trusted God so completely. The only thing I can think is that he must have felt the peace that only God can give – the peace that passes all understanding… And isn’t it wonderful that because of Jesus, who saves us all from our sins, we can have that peace during times when we’re confused and don’t understand the reasons behind events in our lives? I am so thankful for the peace that only God can give. I’m thankful that Jesus came and died for our sins so that we can have eternal life.
 This is the sketch / art we have for this passage –   
it was inspired by a Christmas card I saw...
Instructions are available on Instagram: @ faithbasedpages 
Feel free to let it inspire you or print and copy for your own use.
Note: I always, ALWAYS start with a pencil and good eraser…
 then I I tend to use water colors most often in my Bible Journaling, 
I love the sketchy look of pen and water colors combined together. 
[You can use whatever you’re most comfortable with.] 
After the water colors dry, I sketch over with microns pens of various sizes. 
You’ll also notice, that I almost always use purple [the color of royalty] 
on Jesus in some way or another… 
I can't wait to see how you use this prompt!
Please tag me @faithbasedpages or @judyinhuntsvilleal
so I can see your pages!