This is a great recommendation from Shanna Noel founder of Illustrated Faith.
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Shanna Noel is the founder of Illustrated Faith. A wife and mother of two, Shanna is a lifelong scrapbooker who started using her passion and a journaling Bible to begin illustrating and documenting her faith… right in her Bible!
Hi there! Most of the questions we get at Illustrated Faith every day are about what kinds of products to use on these thin pages, but I think it’s important to remain focused on why we are here in the first place. We all love to journal, we love God, and we love reflecting on the Word. I wanted to share with you seven verses that I find myself going back to over and over again. This may be a great launching off point for someone new to using a journaling Bible, or you may want to take it verse-by-verse focusing on each one for a period of time. The important thing here is you are digging into the Word!
I thought about including my pages from these verses but I didn’t want it to take away from what God is trying to teach YOU through these verses. If you are wanting to see my pages I share all of them on Instagram, so make sure you are following me, @illustratedfaith and @DaySpring there!
Psalms 147:1-20 I love verses that have a very clear illustrating direction. Not that you always have to follow it, but it just lends itself well to that! In this verse it talks about “counting the stars and knowing them by name” which just screams BIG, dreamy STARS to me! Make them SHINE!
Ecclesiastes 3:9-14 I love this book and the visual impact it has when I read over it. After you read it, just close your eyes and soak it in. You may come to a very different spot than I did, but I took away from it this beautiful blooming image.
Matthew 5:16 In my Bible (ESV), this chapter is titled “salt and light” which to be just brings up so many ideas about what we are reading here. I just jumped all over the “light” portion of this title and have a BRIGHT and beautiful illustration reflecting on what God is laying on my heart in this chapter of my life.
John 8:31-38 “The truth shall set you free.” Anything with the word “free” in it when it relates to the Bible just brings to mind birds soaring freely! If you know me at all, you know I LOVE to use birds in my Bible, something about that freedom just takes me right to that peace that God provides us.
Romans 5:3-4 “God’s love poured into our hearts.” Oh, how I love this and the idea of LOVE being poured into our hearts. Whitney English really brought this verse to life for me in her talk on “finding foundation in our faults.” Whenever you are in your walk, God has a special message for you in this verse, it’s important to listen to that.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 One of the foundations of my testimony and discovering my path with Illustrated Faith is using the GIFTS that GOD has given you to glorify HIM! This verse will bring that home all day long!
Galatians 6:1-10 I work a lot in the book of Galatians; something about it just speaks to my soul. I love this verse and to me it speaks to planting the seed. When I think of the word seed, so many illustrating/journaling ideas come to mind. You can simply stick with the baby seed or take your illustrations all the way to full bloom!
I hope these verses will spark something in you today. Even if only ONE verse speaks to you, let it just be a starting point for the wildfire God is igniting in your heart.
XO – Shanna
**Try this: Read one of these every day for seven days. Memorize or post somewhere in your home, car or work. See if by the end of seven days you don’t feel a little lighter and encouraged!**
SCRIPTURES – 1 a day for 7 days
2 Timothy 1:7
**Dayspring.com sent this great devotional reminder**
We are all in need of God’s guidance in our lives—when to move forward, when to slow down, when to wait, when to say “yes” and when to say “no.” The most important thing in knowing God’s guidance is not about knowing a formula, but knowing God; not about hearing opinions, but hearing God’s voice; not about striving, but resting in God’s wise and wonderful will.
Here are 7 affirmations of faith relating to God’s guidance:
I don’t know the next step on the path, but I know the Guide (Psalm 32:8).
I don’t know the next chapter in the book of my life of faith, but I know the Author and Finisher. (Hebrews 12:2).
I don’t know the best decision to make, but I know the Counselor (Isaiah 9:6).
I don’t know how the need will be met, but I know the Provider (Philippians 4:19).
I don’t know how I will get through, but I know the Way through (Isaiah 43:16)
I don’t know all the answers, but I know the Truth (John 16:13).
I don’t know how this will turn out, but I know the One who cannot fail and never makes a mistake. (Ephesians 1:11).
I know the One in whom I trust. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NLT)
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