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Hosanna Revival: Painting on Bibles

Title: Hosanna Revival: Painting on Bibles
Artwork by: Katie Guiliano (@hosannarevival)
Description: I used to live a life with no purpose, carrying the weight of my life on my own shoulders. I didn’t know the truth of the price the Jesus paid so I could live in freedom. I was so bound by the things that I wanted to do and accomplish. My identity was influenced by things outside of God’s truth and promises.

Moving forward, I discovered that my identity is not found in the things I accomplish or who the world tells me to be. The more time I spent searching God’s Word, the more I *discovered* who He says I am and who I am meant to be. I am no longer a failure, but victorious in Jesus (Deuteronomy 20:4. I am no longer not good enough, but loved, pursued, and intentionally made (Psalm 139). I am no longer purposeless, but set on a mission to expand God’s kingdom (Matthew 28:19).

Hosanna Revival was created out of a simple idea, to make the outside of a Bible beautiful. However, I know the power of the Bible will never lie with my artwork, but rather with the words inside. My prayer and hope is to excite people about the word of God, and to lead them to engage with scripture. For that reason, I will continue to faithfully respond to God’s call in what I do day by day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary

Title: Discovering the extraordinary in the ordinary
Materials: Digital illustration
Artwork by: Lara Sim
Description: Just as making nutritious eating choices and living an active lifestyle keep our physical bodies healthy, daily devotions keeps our inner beings in good spiritual health too. This is possible as we anchor our hearts in God’s Word and open our ears to hear God’s voice.

It takes a certain commitment and discipline to set aside time for daily devotions and sometimes we might assume that all we need to keep our spiritual health in check are weekend services. While it is important to join our brothers and sisters for corporate worship and Bible-study, it is equally important to spend time with God each day aligning our hearts and minds to His Word — through reading and prayer.

 

Intimacy with God

Devotion is a special time where you can have anywhere. It’s spending time with him in songs, journaling or going on long walks with God at the park.  How can we find different ways to spend time with God and deepen our intimacy with Him?

 

Undistracted time with God

Devotion is setting aside time to be fully present with God. How can we give our fullest attention to Him if we allow ourselves to entertain the distractions around us?

 

Hearing from God

Devotion comprises of a two-way conversation. As much as we love to tell God about what’s on our hearts, God loves to share what’s on His heart with us too.  How can we still our hearts to hear His voice and respond to His words?

 

Daily Word from God

Devotion is a time to feast on God’s word and grow in our relationship with Him.  How do we grow if we don’t feed on the word of God regularly?

 

 

Celebrating Timeless Truths

Title: Celebrating Timeless Truths 
Materials: Handlettering and Photography
Artwork by: Sahara (@thetinytruths)
Description: What is Christmas to you? Maybe it’s bring-and-share dinners, services at church or simply spending time with loved ones. Through this series of pictures, it shows how different scenes at Christmas do remind us of the timeless truths in God’s word. I hope they encourage you to find in them the reason to celebrate all year round and not just at Christmas!

 


“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ (NIV)

 

 


“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John‬ ‭1:5‬ (NIV)

 

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭95:1 (NIV)

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ (NIV)

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ (NIV)

There’s A Page For That

Title: There’s A Page For That
Materials: Bullet Journaling
 Artworks in collaboration with: Lynn Tran (@hwangmyeons)
Description: It seems like almost everyone is keeping a bullet journal these days. Are you?

Instead of turning to our smartphones and an endless system of organization apps, thousands have returned to a blank notebook as the perfect catch-all for organizing, capturing, and tracking life.

There are no rules to bullet journaling. The goal is to find your style and best practices for keeping track of what matters to you. Not sure what to include in your bullet journal? A quick search on Pinterest or YouTube can provide inspiration but this same search can also lead you to feelings of uncertainty. Should I be doing that too? Am I not doing enough? Do I need that notebook, those pens, and all that washi tape? Am I not creative, artistic, or organized enough to even keep a bullet journal?

Pretty soon what seemed like a simple and fun system of organization can turn into an obsession. More and more time is spent creating the perfect Instagram-worthy spread and less time is spent actually living and engaging with the items listed on the pages. It isn’t difficult to become devoted to this little book and find that we spend more time with it than we do God’s book — the Bible.

Organization is a noble goal but as Christians, we need to remember that we are called to live our lives centered around the Bible…and not our bullet journals. After all, God calls the one who delights in and meditates on his law “blessed”. (Psalm 1:1-2)

How can we stay organized without neglecting God’s Word? A bullet journal can be used as a great tool for developing spiritual accountability. Whether you track a daily Bible reading plan, reflect on passages of Scripture, or keep a list of prayer requests, a bullet journal can be used to direct you back to God and His Word.

Here are a few ideas of ways you can incorporate bullet journaling into your time with God.

  1. Include verses that you have been encouraged by from your time with God or want to memorize and etched on your heart.
  2. Make a page with verses that can help you deal with a sin or an attitude.
  3. Draw up a log that tracks your time spent on devotion.
  4. Keep a list of monthly prayer requests and journal the outcomes as God reveals His answers.
  5. Create a spread of photos that remind you of God’s blessings throughout a particular month.
  6. Dedicate pages for sermon notes that you can refer back to for specific lessons.

Remember: Glorify God in everything that you do (1 Corinthians 10:31), including bullet journalling.

 

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