Hi there friends! It’s November and I must say, one of my favorite month’s of the year! I am so thankful for the creative team and all of their beautiful articles and I wanted to share some of my favorite articles from last month on the
Illustrated Faith blog!
Oh Heather! She always hits me right in the truth! This article is one of those that make you want to stand up and say AMEN! You are going to want to check this one out for sure!
A peek from the article: “ Raise your hand if you find yourself making excuses when asked to do something HARD and scary! Surely, I’m not the only one! I’ve recently been asked to do something super hard for this introvert girl who likes to hide in her art journals, Bible and books. I really wanted to say “no, I can’t do that!” But something stopped me before I replied, and said to really think and pray about it before making such a rash decision. While I was on my daily nature walk/talk with God time, I was reminded of Moses telling God he has this stutter… as if God didn’t already know that, eek! When I got home I took a look at the whole passage of Exodus 6. I saw all these amazing #WOWGOD promises from God… but Moses would miss out on them if he didn’t follow through and obey God. All I could think of was, what promises would I miss out on if I said “NO, I can’t do that!” I thought of all the ladies who maybe need to hear my testimony because they are struggling with knowing how uniquely God created them and how much God wants a real relationship with them. I immediately replied, “YES, I’m honored to do it!”
I love how Bailey uses the monthly devotional kits along side the Illustrated Faith products from Bella Blvd! Check out this lovely journal!! A peek from the article: “Anyone else think trials don’t sound fun? The word makes me cringe and want to hide. Trials? Nope, no thanks, none for me please. And joy in the midst? Easier said than done right? But we all face trials. Some are big, some are small, some go quick, and others last far too long. But trials are part of the bargain. They’re part of being human. And the way we respond to them plays a part in sharing Jesus to the world. I loved how Stephanie said that choosing joy is “training your heart to trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness.” TRAINING. It’s work. But it’s good. And it’s worth it.”
I adore a reflective, round up post and this one from Tawni does not disappoint! I love seeing her big take aways and her lessons for bible journaling! A peek from the article: “Lesson No.1: It is about you, after all. Stay true to who you are in Christ! Don’t let yourself feel discouraged by how “good” other people’s bibles look, and don’t spend all of your quiet time trying to measure up to what you see online, or recreating someone else’s page. God wants you – and you guys, He knows authentic worship. So no, bible journaling is not about showing off your skill, your style, or how often you make time to journal in your bible. It’s not about you in that way. But it is about you and your relationship with God. So keep it real! Lesson No. 2: Illustrating your faith should bring joy, not stress. This is one lesson I have learned the hard way many times. I’ve written in the past about comparison, the pressure of meeting expectations, feelings of unworthiness and shame, etc., and many times it’s stemmed in part from my experiences in bible journaling. I am weak, you guys, and I fall into the pit of comparison so easily. Once I find myself there, I’ve learned the best way out isn’t through, but just OUT. I have to step back, re-evaluate, and not return until I’ve gotten my head and heart back on track. Worshipping through art is something I will never quit, and I intend to continue illustrating my faith, but the head game is strong in this one. (And I don’t like head games.) If you’re like me, if you sometimes find yourself stressing over perfection, step back.”
I am super in love with the new Illustrated Faith watercolors and I just ADORE watching you guys paint with them! Amy has shared how she has customized her palette and I don’t know about you but I want to go make one of those adorable charts right now! A peek from the article: “ Greetings Illustrated Faith Family! I am so excited about Illustrated Faith’s new watercolor set. I have been playing with watercolors for many, many years and, well, I think you can never have too many watercolors. There are so many things I love about this new set. The set is is a great size for travel – Popping this little palette in a bag with Bible journaling goodies for a vacation or retreat will be a breeze and it includes a cute little travel brush. It’s customizable and has space for additional colors – I love that Pebeo designed the set with the traditional pop out watercolor pans. For those of you new to watercoloring, the “pans” are the little white boxes that the watercolors sit in. These pans allow watercolor artists to customize their palette. Bright, beautiful colors – The colors Shanna Noel and Pebeo selected are spectacular and the vibrancy for a set at this price range is exceptional. Let’s walk through how I set up my palette.”
Another amazing month from this inspiring team, thank you for joining us and I hope you have a fantastic day!