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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

How I Index My Bible As I Study

I have spent years being frustrated because I would read something in my Bible that I wanted to remember so I would write it down in whatever notebook happened to be around... aka, lost forever!

I wanted something kinda like an index, but official indexes don't list the kinds of things I'm interested in... some topical indexes might, but I wanted something more "me".  For example, recently as I was reading, I realized that there were quiet a few major Bible characters that were born of barren mothers, like Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Samuel, John the Baptist, etc....   Isn't that interesting?  The mothers couldn't have children but the Lord changed that, then used the child in a big way.  I want to be able to access each of those quickly and easily.

Last year I found something on pinterest that seemed like it might be "the answer".  It was a pre-printed index that you stick to the front of any Bible then add small tabs lined up with each topic... so I ordered it.  Problem was it came with words already and since it turned out to be for The Book of Mormon it was really useless to me... except I still loved the idea of it.

Sooooo, I did my own.  I printed out a grid that I can add any text as I'm reading.  I then assigned each topic a color and then I cut and colored little arrow tabs to stick to the actual page the scripture is on.

I KNOW!  MESSY RIGHT??  But oh so helpful, for me...  I'm finally gonna explain those UGLY BLACK LINES on the edge of my Bible!  This is my journal Bible so they show up on almost all my pictures.  I put the lines there so it would be easier to line up the little tabs on the edges of the pages.  They are very helpful, but oh so ugly!

Below is a picture of the index text, then the page that the scripture is on with an arrow pointing to the actual text.  At the bottom you can see the back side of the "tab arrow"... that was by design because I started out using the circle tabs, flush to the edge of the page like I was told to do with the Mormon package I bought, but, that ended up being confusing.... If both sides of the tab are the same then you can't immediately tell which side of the page the scripture is on... I also added the arrow pointing to the text later to help with that as well.

I have worked with the design for about a year now and I love it, because I can immediately tab an idea as I'm reading.  BUT, I've decided over time that there has to be an even better way.... so I worked on the new improvements yesterday, on a different Bible.

First, all the colors were unnecessary and a PAIN!  I am forever looking for the right color pen.  I have TOO MANY pens so finding the right one is always tricky.
Solution: I decided to use 4 colors... 2 may have been plenty but I went with 4... and I went ahead and colored the edge of the grid before I stuck it down on the first page of my Bible.

Second, how to avoid the ugly black lines...
Solution: You can see on these next two pictures, I hung the colored grid over the edge about 1/8". That is helpful because I colored the backside of the grid as well .... and then I added a partial grid to the last page... now I can "eyeball" it fairly easily.  And too, I now fold the tabs over so that they stick out from the page more "tab" like ... about 1/16".  WAY BETTER.

OH!  the colored edges of these pages are the actual edges of this particular Bible, I didn't add that.  It is the Wayfinding Bible that has its own ways of studying which also involves color.

Back page:

Next, I used my Silhouette to cut over 1000 arrows into a solid sheet of label paper and then used the same markers, that I used for the index, to color them.  (I know, the coloring is awful, but it makes ZERO difference to each individual arrow.)

I then stuck those to the front page, opposite from the grid, ready to use... no more looking for the right pen!

OH! And I used the grid, instead of just normal lines, because I can add tabs to the tops and/or bottoms of the pages if I run out of space on the sides.

If you would like a white sheet of 1000+ little arrows (8.5"x11" cut in half) that you can color yourself press "Add to Cart" button below: ($2.00 includes s/h)

I have a FREE DOT Grid that I shared back in March 2012 that you can use for the index if you would like. Just click this text to get to that link.


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Psalm 139:13-16 ... Before I Was Born

Psalm 139:13-16English Standard Version (ESV)

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Proverbs 6:16-19 ... Seven Things God Hates

I am always baffled by people that only want to read the New Testament!  There is just so much that you can learn about God in the Old!  I don't know... I just really WANT TO KNOW things that God hates.  I also think it is really interesting the things that did, and did not, make the Hate List.  Hummmm.....

And, I'm thinking that if it weren't important the Lord would have only given us the New Testament, right?

Anyway, in Proverbs 6 we learn Seven things that God hates....

- Haughty Eyes ... (I'm pretty sure these are not haughty eyes but I googled it and that was no help...just pretend)

- A lying tongue ...

- Hands that shed innocent blood

- A heart that devises wicked plans

- Feet that make haste to run to evil

- A false witness who breaths out lies, and 
- One who sews discord among brothers.

Gotta say, I'm not too sure what the difference is in "a lying tongue" and "a false witness"... but, both are listed soooo....

Friday, September 18, 2015

Know Who The Real Enemy Is...

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

I wish the picture was an original idea but the idea came from Pinterest... here specifically.  It was such a clever way of showing the idea that I really wanted to use it.

I didn't use my Osmo for this, which is easy to tell when you see the original!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

1 Samuel - There is A Price to Pay For Contempt Shown Towards the Lord's "To-Do" List!

 I can not express how much I LOVE illustrating my Bible!  I just never really know where I am going to end up.  Prime example is this one...  I started working on 1 Samuel yesterday.  My usual process is to read for a while and do quick drawings as I go, if I think of something right away.  When I got to the story about the two "priest" sons of Eli taking the meat meant to be an offering to the Lord  I looked up synonyms for the word "contempt" and wrote those down in the margin.  Those were:
- Scorn
- Disrespect
- Scorn
NONE of the words I would ever want used to describe my actions toward the Lord!!!

Anyway,  after I wrote the words with a pencil I drew the t-bone steak hanging off the fork.  It was just kinda hanging there in the air, ... then I saw my opportunity to use the "t" in the steak..... Way better! :-)

Just a word about that... If the Lord took both of them out for taking the meat, He literally had them killed!..., can you imagine how reeeeeallly bothered He is when any of the 10 Commandments are treated with contempt.  And right now, specifically I am thinking about not using his name in vain because I bet there isn't a day that goes by that I don't hear "GD" on tv!!!  Seriously!  I will be watching a seemingly innocent movie and all of a sudden out comes those two words!  I HATE IT!  And herein lies the problem of taking the 10 Commandments away ... people need to be reminded that there is a price to pay for throwing His name around!

  • 3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

Anyway... moving on ... 
Below is a really sad picture of Samuel asleep next to the ark of the covenant when the Lord spoke to him.

As I was reading, and quick drawing, I drew four different arks so I decided that since the ark is mentioned tons of times in the Old Testament I would create a page of "ark stickers" with my Cricut and label paper.  Gotta love that!  Now I just have to peel them off and stick them down.

The same is true about the priests so I printed and cut a sheet of those as well... 

Now I'm ready! ... for those two things anyway

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Keep At It Until You Are Satisfied

On June 15th I drew this picture in my Bible:

UGH!! I was so unhappy with it but I didn't know how to make it better.  One of the problems was that I had to put it on the opposite page from the scripture (the margin next to it was full already) and I didn't know how to relate it... I just drew it and left it until today.  Tonight I fixed it ... It isn't perfect but nothing I do, good enough for peace of mind.

I LOVE the scripture that it represents.... Matthew 23: 27... "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!  It really is sad, but such an awesome visual how how the Lord wants to protect us but it is totally up to us to accept that protection!"

When I first read that I didn't really get it because I don't know anything about the behavior of Momma chickens.... So I searched YouTube for an example and found several... This one is PERFECT: (worth the watch if you are interested)

I am adding the following so I can pin the explanation....

Ruth In Progress .... Stage One ... Get Something Drawn ...

I'm not finished yet but this is the beginnings of Ruth.  Pen and color to come....

When I think I know what I want to draw I head for Google to find a picture to help with how things should look.  Today I searched on "Bible people walking" and would you believe I found a picture of Naomi and family headed to Moab!  .... Without the sign ... There wasn't anything that said that's who they were but the numbers were right.  The only problem was they were walking in the wrong direction and I couldn't make my brain draw in the opposite direction so I pasted it isn't Photoshop and flipped it.   I then could have used my Osmo but I decided since I had time I would just draw everything from scratch this time.  

I just love having little illustrations next to the text!  I want to have something drawn on every page.... But I would rather be raptured, if ya know what I mean ��

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


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