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Monday, September 22, 2014

Bible Journaling {Using Proverbs31.org Devo}

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Now that I am art journaling in my wide-margin Bible, I often think of a “visual” representation as I read my daily devotionals. Last week, I so enjoyed Proverbs 31.org’s Lynn Cowell’s piece on “Dying to My Selfie.” Immediately my mind visualized an Instagram icon, and I decided to use it on the Bible page of Romans 6:6.

“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin …” Romans 6:6 (NIV)

So, while the concept of “dying to my selfie” is from Lynn, the idea of illustrating it with an Instagram icon is my own. I smile as I think about someone in the future (hopefully a descendant!) looking at my Bible and wondering what in the world that icon represents!

But, the Biblical principle of dying to self is so important, no matter how it is illustrated or represented. Sometimes I fear I do not place enough emphasis on the fact that I have a new life in Christ, and my own self-ness should die so that I am not a slave to sin.

3 comments:

Linda said...

Hello Barb. I am loving your art journaling about dying to self. Such an important topic and a great way to represent it. Don't we all need that reminder. I love the idea of art journaling in my bible, but I'm so afraid that I might mess it up plus I usually needs lots of room for writing. I think the possible mess up part is the strongest fear. I must think & pray about how I can overcome this and give this a try. Thanks for posting......Linda E.

Barbara said...

Linda, I know what you mean. Thank you for your comment! If you are on facebook, I highly recommend you search for and join the group called Journaling Bible Community. Hang out there for a while, and you will get a great "feel" for whether this is something you would want to try!

Adrienne Crist said...

How cleaver! I have been using an art journal as of late to take my bible study notes in. I sometimes wash the pages with watercolor, which is my newest obsession, and then write my notes on the pages. Just today I did the opposite, notes first, wash and embellishing second. I'm loving it since it takes my first love, Jesus, the word, and combines it with the gift of creativity, which comes from The Lord. Thanks for the extra inspiration and God bless you!