Today's Scripture

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nehemiah in Progress...

I am such a visual person!!!  I am sure you have figured that out by now :-)

This past week I was drawing in Nehemiah (see below) and once again I ran across the age old question...where does this fall in the overall time line????  Because you do know that the Old Testament jumps ALL OVER THE PLACE! And it doesn't help that I tend to jump all over the place too.  Case in point... I just decided to start working in good reason, none.  Anyway,  the Israelites were constantly messing up and every time the Lord would let their enemies concur them, and I wanted to see which time this was.  I have a need to know when things are happening, and even though there are lots of timelines out there,  I learn better if I do things myself.  Sooooo, I stopped everything and started building this chart:

When things are listed like this you can quickly see that the same things repeat themselves all over the Old Testament because of the way it is set up... Pentateuch, History, Wisdom and Poetry, Major Prophets and Minor Prophets.

OH!  I should say that I didn't come up with all the details on my own, that would have taken me F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  A few months ago a good friend of mine gave me the BEST ever study Bible!  It is called "The Wayfinding Bible".  I LOVE IT because it is full of pictures, maps, timelines and all kinds of quick facts.  I think the big sell is that is also includes three different reading paths that you can choose from..

Their words:
"FLYOVER"- In 54 readings you'll gain a chronological overview of the events of the Bible

"DIRECT" - In 215 readings you gain a full perspective of the entire Bible and how it fits together, in less than a year.

"SCENIC"- In 386 readings you'll discover the depth and richness of God's Word as you wind your way through well-known and not so well know passages.

I guess all that is nice but holds little interest for me... its all the extras that I love so much...

Here is an example of the page before every book of the Bible... see the timeline?  That's what I entered into a spreadsheet to get the above chart ...Love!

And here is another page from the Wayfinding Bible and how I used the idea in my Journaling Bible:

And, here is where I am so far with Nehemiah... some of these are finished, some not.... and I want to add more... cause ya know I love illustrating what I read :-)

OH!  and I ordered new colored pencils (used in the above) because someone on YouTube recommended them, because the are made to erase...  Prismacolor Col-Erase

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Write the Vision Down...

Last week a friend asked me if I had done anything with Revelation yet.... NOPE! I am totally intimidated by that book!  Don't even like to read it...but, I love do a challenge so I started.  

I started in a journal first because I wasn't sure how exactly I wanted to handle it...very, loosie goosie so far.   I see lots of opportunity for stars, trumpets, candelabras and such!

But, this morning I decided to just "do something" in my Bible....

Yes, I did start with my Osmo, of course, but I didn't get far with that as you can see here:

That's it...I had to go on my own from there....

Hummmm, no where near the original "John the Revelator" .... It is a BEAUTIFUL painting!  (I asked the Lord this morning if I could be more of an artist when we come back for the thousand years.) Anyway, if you Google it it should show up under images, you can even buy a print starting at $100. 

But, my pitiful version of it works for my purposes...for me, in my Bible.... the idea is there anyway.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Beware of False Prophets .... and More

I don't always post everything I draw in my Bible because I am usually in the middle of studying and I forget about it later...and too, I never feel finished with them, I want to do more...eventually. 

Anyway, here are a few I have done lately:

Matthew 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Matthew 28:6  He is not here: he has risen:

Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

Unfortunately I had to draw this one on the opposite page because the margin right next to the actual scripture was already all used up :-(  I hate that... that's why I try not to use the whole margin for just one thought.  I try to keep them contained to the area of the scripture I want to represent.

Proverbs 30:24-25
"Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;

The first one was not an original idea, I just saw it on Pinterest and thought it was clever... I don't know the original artist, sorry... it wasn't from another Bible Journaler though.  The rest I just googled to find pictures that would fit the scripture.   And yes, I did indeed use my Osmo for every one of these.  I LOVE THAT THING!  It isn't great for small pictures like these ended up being, it really is better the larger you can draw, like onto a regular sheet of paper.  But, it is really great for getting the outside lines so everything is proportionate.  Of course,  I still need to add the inside lines and the color so it doesn't "do everything for you".  For me, coloring is always the hardest part of anything I draw.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

NEW FONT!!! Sketchnoting Dingbats

I have a new font!  About time, right?!

This time it is all dingbats that are commonly used when sketchnoting in meetings, but i love to make lists with different bullets so these all make me very happy!  There are SEVENTY TWO different dingbats!  The beauty of having them in font form is that they can be easily resized and printed out to make a blank lists, or even printed onto label paper to make stickers ready for use anywhere.   If you have a Cricut or Silhouette it would be easy to cut the labels out ... that's what I plan to do as soon as I get done here.  I LOVE STICKERS!

 OU!  Just had a thought, I need a dingbat font for calendars (I LOVE stickers for calendars!)  

But first I'm going to make a font for Bible labels!

This font is ready for purchase HERE:  Buy now

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Year of Jubilee

I absolutely love the sound of a shofar(click to hear)!  So today I decided to draw one in my Bible next to Leviticus 25:9 where the Lord directed the Israelites to sound the trumpet throughout the land on the day of Atonement announcing the year of Jubilee.

The info below is from the internet...I know NOTHING about the Jewish Holidays but I want to learn because they were obviously important to God and important things happen on the holidays!
This year's Day of Atonement  or Yom Kippur begins in the evening of Tuesday, September 22 and ends in the evening of Wednesday, September 23 and it is the beginning of the year of Jubilee ... or Leviticus 25:8 "You shall count seven weeks of years, so that the time of seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month."

On 2015, the Feast of Tabernacles will be observed from September 28 through October 4 and the Eighth Day on October 5  ... "The Feast of Tabernacles begins and ends with a special Sabbath day of rest. During the days of the feast all native Israelites were “to dwell in booths” to remind them that God delivered them out of the “land of Egypt” and to look forward to the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, who would deliver His people from the bondage of sin. This feast, like all of the feasts of Israel, consistently reminded the Jews and should remind Christians as well that God has promised to deliver His people from the bondage of sin and deliver them from their enemies. Part of God’s deliverance for the Israelites was His provision and protection of them for the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness, cut off from the Promised Land."

Something HUGE is about to happen (hopefully the Rapture) in September, and it doesn't look good for America.  Get ready folks!  Life as we know it is about to change.

Yes, I did use my Osmo, I'm spoiled now. :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Do Not Conform

DO NOT CONFORM to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 
(Romans 12:2)

Gotta say, I am getting reeeeally sick of the trash that the world is piling on us and expecting us to "tolerate"!  Have you seen the latest  Tylenol Campaign?  What the heck?!  Here is a letter I got from the AFA, if anyone wants to respond and send a letter to Johnson and Johnson.  It is so easy, just click on the "TAKE ACTION NOW" link at the end of the letter and there will be a letter available, all you need to do is add a subject and sign it...then send.

Yes, we are called to love ... the person, but NOT THE SIN!  I so wish that we Christians would ban together like some groups do so well.

Tylenol's homosexual campaign
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dear Nancy,
Gay and lesbian couples are featured prominently in Tylenol's new #HowWeFamily campaign, which aims to change the face of the American family.
A same sex prom couple and two gay dads with a baby are among those featured in the campaign's first TV ad. A voiceover declares, "Family isn't defined by who you love, but how."
Tylenol depicts a variety of modern family types by stating a family is based on love, not traditional marriage, and then showing gay couples with their children.
Plus, Tylenol recently used a lesbian couple shown nose to nose in a printed magazine ad. It was included in Good Housekeeping June 2015 issue on page 21, to name one example. At the bottom of the ad it states that Tylenol is a national corporate partner with the Human Rights Campaign.
Companies should advertise the quality of their products, or in this case, how and when to take a medication and why it works. They should not be highlighting who is attracted to whom or who sleeps with whom. This is a marketing decision Tylenol will regret.
This gay-inclusive commercial is attempting to desensitize viewers. There is concern about the way this ad is pushing the LGBT agenda, but an even greater concern is the way that they are attempting to redefine "family."
Please contact Tylenol (owned by Johnson & Johnson) through our website urging them to pull this inappropriate commercial immediately and remain neutral in the culture war.
Also, let Tylenol know that continuing to air this ad and other offensive advertisements in the future will force your family to make the decision to no longer purchase Tylenol or Johnson & Johnson products.

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Putting Maps Anywhere I Want Them In My Bible! Thanks to Osmo

If you have been around for very long you know that I am VERY VISUAL!  As soon as I start to read about a location in the Bible I am off to find a map of the location.  I have to see it.  I wish that there was a picture right there inside the text... but, alas it isn't.  BUT!  I now have my answer!!!

I can draw it there with my Osmo!  Best yet, NO drawing skills necessary!

Now I can quickly draw a map (or anything else) anywhere I want it!  
I will say that I have resisted drawing on top of the text before now but I knew that I was going to keep it "transparent" enough that I will still be able to read through the drawing.

If you missed yesterday's post I am using my OSMO, available for an iPad?  

1- Did a Google search for "Bible Maps" and found the one I needed showing the territory divided among the 12 tribes of Judah. 
2- I did a "print screen" to save the map onto my iPad

3- I open the "Masterpiece" app (free on iTunes store) 
4- then load the above picture
5- put the reflector onto my iPad 
6- resized the reflection to fit the place I wanted it in my Bible 
7- and started "tracing" the lines that the software creates over the above picture...  (the reflection of the Bible is on the iPad screen, not vice versa).  AWESOME!!!  

I used the same picture for both maps, just resized it to fit where I wanted to draw it.

I colored it with colored pencils.

This is SOOOO much better than a light box (even though I do have one that I LOVE) because you can resize the photo, it takes much more work and time to get the right size for the light box.

I just posted this to a group on FaceBook where I got several questions.  In an attempt to answer those question I quickly did the following...

They wanted to know about the set up so I took a picture of how I do it in my lap!  I use my laptop as a desk and set the Osmo/iPad on the far end and my Bible closest to me. (sorry for the bad picture)

Traced the card on the left:

The whole process took about 5 minutes because I already had the heart picture that I did a few years ago.

You can watch the video that sold me on it at the Amazon link below:

Thursday, June 18, 2015

OSMO ... My New Toy!

  OK, for all you folks that don't think you can draw there is a new "gotta have" available now!!! 

 Have you seen the new OSMO available for an iPad?  I just got mine yesterday and started playing right away.  

First I found a picture that I wanted to add to my Bible on Pinterest:

 (had to delete the original photo for fear of breaking copy-rite laws ...and I'm not sure of the original artist is to ask permission... my copy is SO FAR for the original, and in my Bible, not for I think I'm safe there)

- I open the "Masterpiece" app (free on iTunes store) 
- then load the above picture
- put the reflector onto my iPad 
- resized the reflection to fit the place I wanted it in my Bible 
- and started "tracing" the lines that the software creates over the above picture...  (the reflection of the Bible is on the iPad screen, not vice versa).  AWESOME!!!  

OH! and another cool thing that is does is create this video! 

and then I colored.

You can watch the video that sold me on it at the Amazon link below:

Monday, June 1, 2015

One Click Changes!

And today's playtime is with some new font styles I purchased this morning from John Forsythe.  Very, very cool!  If you have Photoshop you too can just click a button to change regular text or vector icons or shapes into some cool looks!

It can also be done to images!  From this:

To this: 

... or any of about 1500 different choices.  This one is wood on marble.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

You've Got This Box

I made this girl several posts back... Today I made a box to house her.  I plan on making lots of different boxes to sell at Christmas...This is my first:


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