Bible Art Journaling Challenge Week 7 – Perfect Love
Welcome to week 7 of the 2015 Bible Art Journaling Challenge!
I want to remind you and let those of you who are new to me know, that this challenge is super relaxed and all about your creative journey with God. Please join in wherever you like! Don’t feel pressure to go back and complete previous weeks. Anyone can join and any point in the year! Just have fun with this and if you want to do previous challenges, you have your whole life to do so! 🙂
This week I was recovering from a nasty flu bug of some sort, which meant I had less time for creating. This Bible page turned out to be one of my favorites I’ve created on so far, proving that limited time does not have to hinder creativity. I was busy resting most of last week and enjoyed creating once feeling better. I am not a fan of cold winter weather. Do you blame me? I used to live in California. Brr! Bring on summer already! Thankfully I am feeling much better and well on my way to full health again! Bring on more creativity!
Last week we covered 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, talking about what our love for each other is defined as in the Bible. I had been looking forward to creating on this weeks Bible page. It is a special verse to me. Watch my video below and then head over to our Facebook Group and/or Google+ Community, to chat about this weeks Bible Art Journaling Challenge and get started on your own page!
This week’s scripture is 1 John 4:18 which says (in my NASB Note-Taker’s Bible),
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.“
This is a great verse which points to a truth many Christians have been challenged to think about in current years. Previous generations have often taught in ways which have implied that God is up in the sky, Lording over us, waiting for opportunities to judge us with punishment at the first sign of our disobedience. But Jesus told us we are to be His friend! I don’t hang out with friends who treat me like that! Do you? A couple verses earlier in 1 John 4:16, it says, “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God…” You see, God IS that perfect love and He casts out fear. He cannot then also be, the one looking to punish and invoke fear. You see, fear is not from Him. Before Jesus came and died on the cross, then rose again for us, things were more complicated because God cannot look on sin. But in our wonderful new covenant, He delighted to give His son’s own life, so that we could be free! I am so very grateful for God’s perfect love. Aren’t you?
If you are experiencing fear, you may be living out of that “old man” mindset because you are in need of a deeper encounter with Jesus. I want to ensure here that you know, this is NOT time to judge yourself for having fears in your life. Just enjoy the reality that you are due a fresh encounter with Jesus which can change and bless your whole life! You don’t have to be afraid of anything. Today could be your day that no more fear ever has a hold on your life again! I encourage you to simply pray, and invite God to encounter you with His perfect love. Ask Him to show you the truth of why you have nothing to fear and for a touch of His courage to be imparted in to your life today. There is no need for you to fear anything. God is ready to help you with whatever you need freedom in your life for!
This scripture made me think of a few different songs which talk about God’s perfect love. Matt Redman with his song, You Never Let Go. Steffany Gretzinger singing, No Fear In Love. Your Love Never Fails, led by Chris Quilala of Jesus Culture. And finally, No Longer Slaves sang by Jonathan David & Melissa Helser. I’ve made a playlist here so you can enjoy them, perhaps while enjoying some creative work. 🙂
How does this passage of scripture speak to you? What sort of creative inspiration do you have for this verse? Let me know in the comments below!
You can find answers to most any question you may have about the challenge, over on my Bible Art Journaling Challenge page.
As promised, here are the supplies I featured in this weeks video which you can click on to view or purchase. I hope it helps you find anything you may want to try out.
I receive a small percentage of each purchase when anyone clicks on my art supply links, to go get supplies I use like you see below, or on my YouTube videos. This has no effect on you and makes a real difference for me! I am excited for you to get great deals on supplies anywhere, so you can join in on your budget. When you find deals which I’ve searched for and recommended below, I get supported. Thank you, I so appreciate your support which helps me provide these free tutorials for you!
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There are several wide-margin Bibles I’ve seen recommended for art journaling, including large print versions. I’ve created a linked collection here to make your choice easier when looking for a Bible to art journal in. If you click on any of the Bibles, you will often be able to look inside to see the pages for yourself before purchasing!
- I really like the ESV Journaling Bible with faint lines in the 2 inch wide margin and cream paper color.
- I love my imitation leather, NASB Note-Taker’s Bible (top left Bible below), which is free of lines in the wide and bottom margin with white paper.
- All give extra room for creativity.
- You can also join in with a Bible you already have, or even an art journal like the art journals I recommend.
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You are loved. x