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BLOG-TEMBER DAY 17 | Recent Obsessions

Goodness gracious, today is finally here! I have been counting down to September 17 since last September because today is the day I head off to Indianapolis  for The Influence Conference! I cannot wait to see sweet friends new and old, soak up the wisdom from my favorite ladies, and to simply enjoy a few days away from school. Now that is something worthy of obsession! ;)

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Thursday, September 17: Just for fun, your latest obsession. What can you not get enough of these days?

If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed my recent obsession with Bible journaling. I bought my journaling Bible in the spring of 2014 with every intention to simply write within the wide margins my study notes and meaningful quotes. To be quite honest, I wrote on a handful of pages then it sat untouched in favor of my NKJV Women's Study Bible or the YouVersion app on my iPad. 

It wasn't until this spring that I took another good look at the journaling Bible, this time with fresh eyes. I had seen a glimpse of Shanna Noel's art journaling with scripture and was curious, then I found myself putting pen and paint to paper in my own journaling Bible. It was thrilling, eye-opening, and so refreshing. The Illustrated Faith community soon took off, and I knew I had to be part of it.

I used to say I couldn't draw a straight line or a stick figure to save my life, but after a little practice and a lot of patience my love of painting and sketching has grown immensely! Artfully connecting with scripture is so stress-relieving and really breathes new life into the words I've read for most of my life.

I get a lot of questions about why or how I feel it is okay to paint over the scriptures, especially when some of the images cover them up entirely. I absolutely get where people are coming from when they asked this, because I was hesitant at first, too. But this Bible is specifically for artfully connecting with and responding to scripture. I have another Bible and other resources for digging into scripture in my daily study, and the journaling Bible experience is a companion to that. 

I do believe the Word of God is His gift to us, relevant and active in our lives today, and I want to honor it and obey it. But putting paint to paper has infused the Word with a new life for me and that has made such a difference! 

To find my favorite journaling Bible resources, go HERE.
To follow along my journey of journaling through scriptures, go HERE.
PS. I have a super fun journaling Bible giveaway planned for the beginning of October! 
Be sure to follow along so you don't miss it!

What about you, friends? What are you obsessed with lately?

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