Who doesn’t want to illustrate the ultimate victory over death, over sin?
There is no greater place in history. No better example of what looked like the end being the beginning of true life and freedom. God always has a plan, period. God is always working. He works everything for our good. We can never look at things, events, even ourselves, the way the world does. In God's economy, death of one thing brings life and wings to a new and greater path. This is His way. I am so grateful. It's where the hope of my heart dwells.
When Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith shared the Easter printables, I knew I had to use the beautiful cross in my Bible. I thought it would be fun to share how I made the page. (Hint: if you don't want to miss free printables, sign up for the Illustrated Faith Newsletter)
I started by printing and cutting out the printables.
Added a bit of my own art. I have been working through Daniel Donaldson’s All Creatures Lovely and Small Workshop and I just love, love her ideas with watercolor squares. You will be seeing lots of these in the future. Anyway, I punched out a butterfly. A symbol of new life, freedom, victory and beauty in Christ.
I laid out my pieces on the page. I chose to illustrate in Matthew 28.
I loved Valerie Wibbens’ “Risen” so I slipped it behind my Bible page and traced it. I used my Faber Castell Pens to highlight the story of the angel telling the women, “He is not here, He has RISEN!”
I had my Illustrated Faith Bible mat sitting out and decided to trace the random crosses onto my page. I added additional texture with Gina Lideros’ stamp and gold highlights using my gel pen.
I adhered the printables on the page and then I made a “mistake.” I scribbled around the images.
I normally like the imperfect look of scribbles but I didn’t like how is made the Risen seem fuzzy. Mistakes and disappointments are always an opportunity to learn! Perfection is NOT the goal. Worship and spending time dwelling in His Word is. Breathe. Focus on Him. Enter gel pens.
The introduction of color to the scribbles reminds me of constant movement toward beauty, toward victory.
Continuing lesson for me.... "If you don't like something, push through, learn, and embrace His plan."
A finished journaling page is more than an illustration to me. It represents a journey. And every page in this precious Bible is a visual and tactile adventure and reminder of Him and of His voice speaking over me. It reminds me daily that I am on His journey and I am never alone. It reminds me, just as the butterfly does…to not despair, to not give up. It reminds me to focus on the hope of His ultimate victory over all things that are not right. He wants His children to fly with the beautiful wings of resurrection and freedom and not remain wrapped in the cocoon of despair.
Lord, help me not to despair when I see what I perceive as failure, death, and defeat. Help me to rejoice knowing you are working out your plan of victory and beauty in all things.
Happy Easter friends!
Grace and peace,
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