If you're new around the Salt + Sea blog, welcome! If you're a regular part of The Salty Tribe, you might have noticed that I've been MIA for the past few weeks. I was very ill, in the hospital and my doctor found two nodules in my chest. It could be lymphoma. It could be lung cancer. It could also be nothing. Benign tumors. Only time will tell as I'll need to have repeat CT Scans to monitor any growth or changes in those tumors. Prayers much appreciated!
Since it's inception, I have been using the First 5 app. It's a daily devotional app where you spend your first five minutes of your day focused on learning, reading and meditating on The Word. I missed several days last week when my spirit really needed it most.
I decided recently to start pairing that First 5 app with my Bible Art Journaling. Have you heard of Bible Art Journaling? Just a handful of months ago, I had never heard of it. Once I stumbled upon this awesomeness, I was hooked! And more? I became addicted to reading and studying my Bible. That's a good addiction, friends. I also find it incredibly therapeutic. It brings me joy! Bible Art Journaling is basically where you create art right on the pages of your Bible that go along with whatever you're studying. Or whatever Bible verse you feel like illustrating.
Almost as soon as I started, I had my kids join me, and they love it, too! My kids are 10, 8 and 4. My son, Everett is our youngest. He doesn't have a Bible that he can paint in yet, so he uses watercolor paper and paints.
I've noticed some pretty profound benefits to our family that I want to share with you. If you've never done any Bible Art Journaling, get started today! You don't have to be a super amazing artist....I can barely draw a stick figure. You don't even have to have a Journaling Bible. I started in my regular Bible that I covered with fabric, and my girls use their regular Bibles [also covered in fabric].
3 Awesome Reasons You Should Do Bible Art Journaling With Your Kids
Awesome Reason Number 1 : Starts our day off right. Ever have Grumpy-Mom Syndrome in the morning? Yeah....me, too. If I start the day grumpy, I only get grumpier from there. When the girls and I start our day with some hot herbal tea, light worship music, reading our bibles, devotionals and art....MUCH better. Happy morning; happy mom. And you'll never ever regret spending extra time with your kids. Ever.
Awesome Reason Number 2 : Learning with your kids. I'm studying, reading and meditating right along with them. It would be easier if our children would "do as I say, not as I do," but that's just not the case. Since they model what they see, I need to keep myself in check. I want them to see me leaning on God for the answers and trusting His Word. I want to lead by example, and I usually mess this up REALLY badly. Often. So, this is one area I want to focus on right now as top priority. I've also learned a lot about our kids during our journaling sessions. They retain SO much of what we study. Their ability to soak up Biblical Genealogies is impressive. I never knew Christ at their age, so this just blows my mind.
Awesome Reason Number 3 : Art is healing. If your kid is public schooled or private schooled you may have noticed a decline in the importance of art. Not just art classes with cool teachers, but free art. Kids NEED free time. They need a time for art where they can express themselves freely. You can't mess up! If your kids are homeschooled, you don't HAVE to have a curriculum to teach art. You don't have to be the world's most talented artist either. I use my [very] limited skills to facilitate.
I buy lots of different art mediums and let them explore. Bible Art Journaling combines Bible study class and Art...and English class. My girls start by reading in a devotional, book or app, then they paint in their bibles and notebooks [unlined pages]. Then they do copywork by writing Bible verses over painted pages in a separate journal, paying careful attention to grammar and vocabulary.
So basically if you homeschool OR your kid needs a little extra help at home, one session of Bible Art Journaling covers : Grammar, Spelling, Vocabulary, Reading Practice, Reading Comprehension, Art, Bible Study, Bible History, and if you add music like we do, Music Class....do this outside and you can add in some Nature Study while you're at it. Boom. #Winning
Our Music Suggestion : Nichole Nordeman's new album...
Additional Awesome : As our eldest daughter learned more about the Bible and really retained what she learned from our journaling sessions, she grew more confident in that knowledge. She has decided to start hosting twice monthly Bible Study classes for tweens/teens aged 10-13. This also inspired our youngest daughter to want to hold her own and help her friends learn more. So she'll be hosting her group for girls ages 7-9. #ParentingWin
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It is fabric covered [pretty!!!] and comes in a protective slide-in case. Each page of Scripture has two inches of journaling margins. I've never had such large margins! I like to paint my watercolors and acrylic paints, let it dry and then write over top of the paint. Someday I'll get a waterproof pen to write in my journaling Bible and then I can paint over it.
The paper is cream colored, text is in black ink and is a double column, paragraph format. There is also a navy blue ribbon bookmark. In the two inch margins on the sides, there are lines to keep you writing straight. Don't worry about them hindering your art! They're very faint, and paint goes over it nicely.
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