How I Do Full Time Art Ministry… Successfully.
Updated: July 2, 2019
I want to share a story with you. My story with this full time art ministry. Maybe you’ll be able to relate to it. And, maybe you can learn something from it. It’s about to get super transparent and open here.
Just over three years ago, I had finished putting a filming studio together, (which I had to research at every step), built a website, (took positively ages), taught myself how to edit video, (not for the faint at heart) and bought a few extra art supplies, (super fun and daunting all at once).
In the months leading up to that, I’d felt a strong pull to write and to film. The problem was, I had no idea WHAT to write about and what to film about. I just knew “in my knower”, that God was leading me to be a blogger. Funny thing was, I wasn’t even sure blogs were still a “thing” in internet land. But, I just followed where my heart was taking me, because it trusts God and He always sees beyond, to lead the way.
I had experience writing curriculum. I had experience with a bit of website building too, actually. Now days, the faculty of my decidedly posh high school would be mortified if they knew that “back then”, myself and 4 other students learned html by building the schools first website when the internet became a, “thing”. We were the only students who found it interesting in those days. I still have the website on a floppy disk. Maybe it’ll be worth something some day. haha
I had grown up around art and even run my own business making and selling custom swarovski bead jewelry. In fact, I had even had my own blog once. It was a recipe blog and despite most home visitors declaring my cooking was some of the best they’d had, (thanks, mom!), I couldn’t figure out how to draw visitors to that blog, to save my life. And then it got hacked and was no more. Ugh. At least I have a hard copy of the recipes and understand that food is my hobby, not my calling.
But just over three years ago, I was convinced that I was supposed to stop simply hosting my Prophetic Arts For Jesus facebook community in my spare time and “go full time” in “art ministry”.
What even IS “art ministry”? I had no clue but felt compelled to find out and make it happen.
And then there was my mish-mash, (is that a real word?), of skills and inexperience which amounted to me being brave about the unknown. Some may call it foolish abandon. Let’s call it trust in hearing God’s voice and following direction.
I did promise to tell you stuff I don’t normally talk about.
So, I found myself months down the road, ready with a new website, an awkwardly low skill level of filming and editing, with a side of giddy nerves about “what would happen”. I was unshaken though.
I just knew to take each step in front of me. So I did.
A close friend messaged me one day, two weeks after I had finished “preparing myself” to start, whatever full time art ministry was supposed to be. I was as ready as I could ever be, without an idea of what I should do. She told me she’d seen Bible journaling and knew I needed to look it up. That it was what I was “supposed to do”. And, she was right. I had all the necessary art skills and Biblical training, to teach Bible journaling well. It was a perfect match for my two joys in life – art and Jesus.
I told God I would teach Bible journaling and asked Him what to do. After all, I didn’t have the ability to reach people with a blog. Remember how that turned out last time?!
He told me clear as day, to start something which He wanted me to name, the “Bible Art Journaling Challenge”.
I said yes.
He then told me to run it for 52 weeks straight and explained what a “challenge” was. I didn’t know then, but do now, that challenges are a marketing thing businesses do to grow traffic to their site. Amazing… God is good at marketing!
About those 52 weeks though… I reminded Him I am a pioneer who ploughs at the beginning and casts vision. He said, “I know, this’ll be so good for you, won’t it?!”
I didn’t know whether to laugh, or cry at His response, but I said yes.
I reminded God that I have a prophetic arts community which He helped grow and needed my support. He told me to trust and that it would all come together in His timing, (and it is).
In January 2015, I launched my first Bible Art Journaling Challenge lesson and simply shared it in a couple of places. Remember, I didn’t know anything about how to “make all this work”.
From the beginning, it was God’s project. Within weeks there were thousands and then tens of thousands, joining into the challenges and visiting my blog. I was, quite simply, overwhelmed. Literally.
Some would say the ministry had “arrived” and be excited. I was grateful for the opportunity to pour into everyone, for sure! But, then reality hit in a way which was different to the story of any other blogger I’ve ever heard. Other bloggers talk about how they get started slowly and try to find a space for their voice among the crowd. I simply said yes to God in quietness and when ready, he thrust me out of the gate at top speed without a brake petal.
I’ve stopped intuitively reaching for the break petal, but I have bought myself a more secure buckle. haha
And for the sake of clarity, what even IS a blogger? Is it someone who writes blog posts? Well, yes… they do write blog posts. But actually, bloggers are people who use blog posts as just one way to spread their message. In my case, I also had a YouTube channel growing, Instagram, Facebook groups and page, Pinterest and more. Now I also have an online school! And yes, I am a blogger. Being one is part of what makes all of my voice have grounding and a home base.
So, don’t let me lose you here, I hope you’re finding this interesting to get a glimpse into the back-end of my story with this art ministry. Let’s continue.
I had started a blog with a challenge and boy, was it challenging me! My first challenge lesson was called, Be Brave. I felt a message in it for others and shared for that reason, but it served as a message to myself as well.
“Be brave, Rebekah. God put this on your heart. He’ll put wind to your steps. Just walk.”
So I did, and I do.
I just put one foot in front of the other.
In this journey, I could only get so far on obedience and willingness, though. There were some practical cracks that showed up at the same lightning speed that everyone had showed up on my blog home page.
On a practical level, I needed a website and logo which better reflected the season I was in and so it had a little face-lift. But, I was still trying to bring a cohesive “singleness” to the message my ministry was bringing and I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I needed help refining my message. I needed help organizing content on my blog more simply.
I was grateful for the impact I was having, but felt it was important to give my best to what God was asking me to steward. I was giving my best already, but I felt it wasn’t good enough, if I was truly going to reach all that God wanted to take place through this ministry. I needed practical advice on how to effectively share on social media, without algorithms hiding my posts from people who wanted to be blessed by the ministry.
Very practically, it costs money to use softwares for emailing people, hosting website, stable internet, live streaming, video editing and more. I also was overwhelmed with new time commitments and needed to hire help.
But, the ministry in its early days really paid me nothing. In the first year and a half, I didn’t actually “earn” anything. 100% of the money that came in through people buying products after clicking on links at my blog, was going straight back into paying these important bills without thoughts of putting bread on my family table. We knew that God would bring the ministry to a point where that would be possible, to make it sustainable for me to continue, but were grateful for the opportunity for me to spend so many months being a full time volunteer to the ministry.
When Scrapbook.com paid me to go film the Inspired Faith course for their online community, some of their 1 million + members started finding me and coming to hang out. I thankfully had some volunteer help for the increase in community size and all the support questions that come with it.
I wanted to look after everyone well but was being stretched beyond what I could do alone. It was exciting, but incredibly stretching and a true sacrifice for myself and loved ones. I didn’t know anything about how to run an efficient schedule with everything coming at me from all sides.
It was exciting and I was honored, but I was overwhelmed.
When Fox Chapel Publishing asked me to be a contributing artist in the Complete Guide To Bible Journaling book, I was honored. But, this time, the increase in community, didn’t feel overwhelming like it had been in the past.
By then I had made a key decision that I needed help if I was going to properly steward the call of God on my life.
I figured I could spend the next 10 years putting myself through the school of hard knocks and possibly miss opportunities to impact lives along the way, or I could take some of the money that had begun to show up, and put myself through school to learn the fast way.
I made a list of all the areas I was struggling with and knew I needed help with. To name a few…
- How to launch online courses
- How to be a professional blogger
- How to YouTube successfully
- How to take care of email subscribers
I then went on a hunt, to find who the best were to learn from, for each topic and decided to only learn from one person on each topic, to avoid confusion.
So, about the time I may have started paying myself, I started throwing it at training myself instead. And… it felt so good. I finally felt like I was learning what I needed, to value what God had asked of me. I wasn’t drowning in decisions I didn’t feel qualified to make.
In case the penny hasn’t dropped… yes. I was putting myself through full time school, AND running this art ministry full time, for over a year. It was long, hard hours of learning and implementing. I launched a school in the middle of it too.
At some point, I got to start actioning what I was learning and now just regularly reference what I learned, as needed.
I believe 100% in the heart of this ministry. I’m excited that I’m seeing more of my family in this season and being able to take well earned breaks and to be clear, I did work very hard, but never to an inappropriate amount. Because, I know how important living in balance is.
Work hard, play hard.
Some were upset that I opened my online school, Creative Faith U, and started charging for courses there.
I have learned two things….
- People finish what they feel invested in and if they don’t pay for something, they are statistically less likely to succeed in what I’m investing myself in teaching them. I’d love to give everything away, but I guess it’s like how we teach character to kids. If we give kids whatever they want, we don’t teach them the value of going after something for themselves. I want my students to succeed.
- If I want to sustain this ministry long-term, I need to hire some more help, (to stop doing things that drain me like video editing and website tech) and I need to pay myself a regular amount to contribute to family life. It doesn’t need to be a lot, but it does need to happen. I am finally drawing a small salary, but I also continue to pour back into this ministry and it’s growth. I realize there will always be some who wish for things without paying, or feel offended if I don’t volunteer fully, but I continue to value offering lots of great content for free, to bless everyone and I think everyone can understand that it is not sustainable to volunteer the rest of my life. It’s about trusting my heart and I hope this post shares enough to give you more trust in my decisions for this ministry.
I had a dream in the night some years ago (before I was full time in this ministry). In the dream, God showed me the art school I would one day have and which now exists. I am committed to understanding how to sustain what God has put on my heart and love knowing that I am able to support my family, impacting lives as my full time job.
The years of volunteering have been well worth it and the supporters of this ministry, are so appreciated for the impact they bring to the ever increasing needs as we grow together.
Why am I tell you all of this?
I regularly get questions about my story, about what tools I use and if I can share what I’ve learned about running a full time ministry.
The reality is, I’ve learned a lot through long hours of hard work, but the fruit of it is that I am making a difference in my corner of the world and I am grateful for you being part of that story! The reality is, I needed help and input to grow and sustain what God wanted to do through me and perhaps, you may need the same. I hope my story can inspire you and encourage you to get the help you need.
Of all that I have learned, there are a couple of courses I have taken, which had the largest impact on how I do things in this ministry, to a professional standard of excellence wherever possible. One course is about launching courses and if you’d like to learn about that, feel free to let me know in the comments. Also, let me know if you’d like to learn about the tools I use to run this ministry.
The course I took which has had the biggest impact on how this ministry operates day-to-day, is a course which is all about professional blogging.
Remember how I said that being a blogger isn’t just about running a blog, or writing blog posts?
I needed help with “all the things”.
In my research, I found Ruth Soukup to be the best there is at teaching how to be a successful blogger. Her own frugal living blog gets over 1 million visits per month. Yes, over 1 million. Just like people ask me how I do what I do, people were asking her, so she created the Elite Blog Academy. She has helped me a TON and is as sweet as can be.
I would be open to sharing my experience with courses I’ve taken and tools I use, so let me know in the comments if this is something which could serve you. I know it won’t be for everyone, but for those who it can help, I want this ministry to help you get thriving on your own creative path. For today, I want to put a spotlight on the help I have received by taking the Elite Blog Academy course.
After successfully completing her course, I was invited to become an affiliate for Elite Blog Academy, which means, if anyone signs up through my links, she will give a percentage of the course fee, back to this art ministry. I would tell you about this course regardless, but her course is open for enrollment currently (only opens a few days a year!) and it got me thinking, that now is as good a time as any, to share this story with you. I want to give you a chance to join me as a student.
If you have a blog of any success level, or run your own business, or dream of having a blog to support a message on your heart, (or want to take a stab at food blogging!), I seriously cannot recommend this course enough. I think I could take Ruth’s advice in the course and actually make a food blog successful. But, I’m too busy doing this thing I love. It’s been amazing watching other students do the traditional journey of blogging and thriving at it! I have recommended the course to plenty of people without any affiliation and continue now to say great things about it. The Elite Blog Academy has given me key tools to steward this art ministry to the capacity God wants from me in this season.
Where I felt ill-equipped, I now am confident. When I run into questions, I hop into our student facebook group and interact with others doing a similar journey, to learn from them. I’ve made valuable connections with other students there. We have live stream calls, a ton of partner bonuses and more, on TOP of the actual course which is packed with valuable content.
I would LOVE to have you join me as one of the students and see you thrive in your calling, like Elite Blog Academy has help me to.
Ruth runs a free live training webinar helping people with questions about blogging. Her free content like this, is a great taste of what to expect inside the course. Here is a link to register free: https://ig203.infusionsoft.com/go/bloggingmadesimple/rebekah
Regardless if you use my link, I encourage you to check out Elite Blog Academy if you have any interest in growing a ministry of your own.
I have learned in the past few years, that having a blog is still a “thing” in internet land and is a critical part of how I succeed at spreading the message, which God has put on my heart for this art ministry. Elite Blog Academy has been critical in helping me move beyond overwhelm and lack of skill, to making decisions I know can have the greatest impact on lives this ministry is meant to touch.
If you want to do anything which might require a blog, I highly recommend that you don’t miss out on enrolling in this course, or learning more, as it opens for enrollment only once per year. At the very least, you can enjoy some very high quality, teaching for free this week!
I don’t pretend to “have it all together”. None of us fully do. We’re a work in progress. But, I do know that I’ve worked out some key things to making this art ministry thrive and I owe a lot of that to the Elite Blog Academy. Enrollment closes for 2018, on March 9th.
So, how do I, do full time art ministry successfully?
I get the right people around me, to pour into me, whatever I need to learn and then do the hard work of setting up those systems and procedures so the ministry can thrive. The ministry hasn’t “arrived”. I’m putting one foot in front of the other. But, each day it gets easier because I have put people and tools in my life, to help me take this ministry where I feel God is wanting it to go.
I want to wrap up this post by reminding you that YOU, are the reason I am here and making the sacrifices I do. You are the reason I show up and pour myself into this ministry. You are the reason I do this. Why? Because I believe you are loved eternally by a good God who is excited about the life He gave you. I believe He has great hopes for your future and I want to support your journey with Him, by continuing to steward this art ministry as it adapts and grows and changes. I promise to keep doing my best to better myself for the cause of Christ and to keep on learning to be the best version of myself, as we journey together. I feel grateful that you’ve showed up and are here hanging out in my space.
Please let me know in the comments, if “behind-the-scenes” stuff like this, is of use, or interest to you.
Please come back again soon and remember… you are loved. x
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:03 pm
This is so awesome, thank you for sharing Rebekah!
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:13 pm
I’m glad you’ve found it helpful!
Mar 7, 2018 @ 6:59 pm
Hi Amanda! Rebekah, this is so helpful! TY. I would love to hear more about all of it! I’ve signed up for the webinar. I have found all of the resources you’ve recommended so very helpful.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:31 pm
That is great, Carla! I highly recommend Ruth’s course. It has been a great resource and guide to me. I’ll share other tools and resources as I can.
JoAnn K Delery
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:21 pm
Thank you for sharing Rebekah. What a journey you have been on and how faithful you have been to God’s call. I am inspired by your message and always by your art. I am not a blogger or interested at this golden age of my life (lol), but I hope many who are will find this very helpful.
In His Love, JoAnn
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:32 pm
Thank you JoAnn, I enjoy having you in our wonderful community.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:29 pm
Thank you for sharing, Rebekah! It was so inspiring to hear your story and how God has led you every step of the way.
And I just received an “ah ha!” moment. I too have an art school. I already have 25 online classes and God confirmed to me this past weekend at a mastermind with Matt Tommey some of the next steps. It’s scary and exciting. But, so worth it to follow God’s calling on our lives.
Thank you for sharing!
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:33 pm
You DO have an art school girl, and it is wonderful! So thrilled for what God is doing in and through you. x
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:34 pm
Thank you for sharing your story, this type of story telling is very interesting and heartwarming. Yes I was able to get a “seat at the elite blogger webinar’. Thanks again
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:22 pm
Glad you liked hearing it. I’m sure you’ll learn a ton at the webinar. It is really good!
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:34 pm
Thanks so much for sharing your story. Being retired from the telecom industry, i am always encouraged to hear how He is using His Internet creation for His purpose. I had a similiar experience to use this creation to make His word accessible to His children who are hearing impaired. It involves English closed captioning or producing transcriptions suitable to produce an e-book and adding foreign language subtitles. If you or your blogger associates are interested, drop me a line. Computer software has become amazingly sophisticated so no special skills are required except knowing how to run a blog and possibly being bilingual.
I, too, have a heart to teach this for free and God has made a way for that to happen.
Looking forward to hearing from you and continuing to enjoy your blog. Be God’s.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:23 pm
That is wonderful. It’s not something I feel led to, but we have a wonderful community here who can find you if it pulls on their heart.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 8:13 pm
Captions on your videos would make them accessible to deaf and hearing-impaired people. They need more connections to Jesus, and visuals like Bible Journaling would be great for them. Maybe you already have captions…
Mar 7, 2018 @ 11:19 pm
I completely agree. Actually, you’ll be happy to know I have captions on my YouTube channel so almost 100% of the videos are automatically captioned. It isn’t perfect, but very good. It’s certainly dear to my heart, I just know it’s not something I feel I personally have capacity for. If anyone feels they’d like to undertake these sorts of things for this ministry, I am always willing to hear and welcome you to email me via my contact form. xx
Mar 7, 2018 @ 11:47 pm
I’m actually partial deaf, so trust me when I say I really appreciate your CC.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:36 pm
Thank you for sharing the story of your journey. It is clear you love God, and are walking in your destiny, which gives others courage to do the same. You are your ministry are a blessing to me and the world.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:24 pm
Thanks sweet friend. <3
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:40 pm
Rebekah, you are amazing…I appreciate all you share with us and all you do. Thanks so much for sharing your journey here. I am a Nana of 6 amazing grands in my senior years who just found you & started in Bible Journaling. I’m so enjoying it, but don’t have a need to start a blog. I will however pass your info on if I see there is a need with my friends. Thanks again! <3
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:26 pm
Thanks lovely, it is wonderful to have you in our community! Congrats on all your amazing grands.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 5:53 pm
Thank you for sharing. I own my own business I started 25 yrs ago. I do graphic design for our sign and apparel shop. I love designing! When i heard about Bible Art Journaling, I fell in love. Actually I have been wanting to start this with some ladies in the church for the past 4-5 months. I really felt like God wanted me to do this. And just this morning I’ve set the date for Tuesdays. I am making the first step of obedience to God to lead me ..to lead other women to follow him more closely too. Thank you for your inspiration.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:27 pm
Good for you! That is great. Thanks for hanging out with me.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 6:01 pm
Rebekah you are the reason I am Bible journaling. I am a very old lady in the lord but as I am aging so fast I found myself struggling to find things to occupy my time besides reading and praying. I can’t go outside much any more and the crafting I did for eons started looking pretty bad because of my shaking fingers. I was discouraged, but God led me to your blog and now I am more content with my days. Nobody will ever see how badly I mess up a page but me & God and he just smiles because I’m in the Word with him and that blesses my soul so much. Thank you for so faithfully following the path God gave you. God bless you
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:29 pm
Peggy I am so glad you are Bible journaling! I inherited a Bible from my grandpa which he wrote in late in his life when his handwriting was shaky. It is precious to me, even though I cannot read all he wanted to convey to me. Your Bible is private but what is happening in your heart is shining bright.
Deanna Robyn Snelson
Mar 7, 2018 @ 6:27 pm
I don’t even know where to start this comment….I reckon I’ll start by saying your story has me in tears that I’m fighting back so hard so I don’t do the ugly cry. I had no idea that be brave was your first challenge…I found bible journaling in January 2015 and found you. I followed your challenges and blog for about 8 months and I learned so much from you. Thank you for that. I felt like God wanted me to do something that can touch people through art also but had no CLUE how to do it as I didn’t have the money to get anything started. I really want to do stamps…I love stamps so much. But I also love to draw and color. During the time I was trying to figure all this out and how I could do anything our lives started to crumble. Our power bill went sky high cause the land lord wouldn’t properly fix our heat and we had to end up moving cause we couldn’t pay rent and the power too. We moved in with my husbands family and things went so bad. We were offered a place rent free as long as we kept the church grass cut. ( the place was owned by a church and was right beside it) and clean the church which wasn’t part of the original deal but no biggie. They said they would provide the lawnmower weed eater and gas and anything we needed to do the grass. The grass was so high it had turned to hay…so my husband was bush hogging an upgraded side of a mountain with a riding lawnmower that had to be jumped off with our truck and an hour after had to be towed back to the building cause it stopped working. The place we were in was a fire trap waiting to spring. We had an electrician and an inspector come out cause the lights flickered all the time fried 2 of our fans and you could hear the power serges go through the house and the church wouldn’t fix it. They got mad at us and kicked us out. From there my family moved into a temporary place that was beside so friends and owned by their mom. We wanted to buy the place to do a rent to own but she says she sold it after a month of us being there. Big things happened there but I won’t bore you with all the little details. From there we move yet again and put our son in the 3rd school for that year in a totally different county. We were staying with whom I thought was my best friend more like a sister. Known her for 12 years. Things didn’t work out. Every time her and her boyfriend go into it she would attack me and my son Cory. She would tell me how bad of a mother I am and how bad of a kid he is that I should disapline him more and he shouldn’t get to do this or that. Things were the worst there and she talked about killing herself in front of her kids and said her blood would be on my hands. My husband got tired of hearing her say all that and took offense to it cause he had a friend that did kill himself. Well he done something he shouldn’t have done he got a knife played in in her lap and said if your gonna do it then do it…she went and pressed charges said he stuck it to her chest and watched the cop take him away and how hysterical me and Cory were and knowing she lied she just watched. Well from there we were homeless for a week until we moved in with my sister in law and her family. Things were good at first then when my husband got a job we had to start paying 150 a week just for a room and putting over 500 a month in food in the house. We had gone to see my biological father and they pushed us out told us not to come back. Kept all our stuff except clothes. They kept our beds dressers my journaling bibles and art supplies my make up hair dryer and flat iron everything. They wouldn’t let us have our chickens and they let them die. So we were stuck at my biological fathers house and that was a mistake. He started talking trash about me to his family and to me. We moved out into a hotel again. Our son has had to switch so many schools in 2 years. Well we moved in another place once again with someone else that made everything out to be our fault and would smoke weed in the house with our son in the house…we knew we had to get out of there finally we got our own place. Thank you Jesus!!!!! I have been so devastated and discouraged and angry at God. Through all that I lost my way and stopped journaling which without my bibles I couldn’t. I couldn’t understand how our pain was apart of Gods plan for us. I’ve always felt that tug and now I’m trying to embrace it but don’t know how to let all that go. I have a dear friend that sent me a beautiful journaling bible and I’m so grateful for her. I’m going to slowly get back my supplies all I have right now is prismacolor premier pencils. I have designed some stamps and have more in mind that I eventually want to get made. My husbands works but I don’t. I had a stroke at age 21 and was paralyzed on my right side. I had to have brain surgery. I’m doing good but still have some issues. Also I’m bipolar. To be honest I don’t know why I felt the need to tell you my story but I did. I’m sorry this is so long. But I thank you from the bottom of my heart for you and your ministry. It means so much to me.
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:29 pm
Thank you for sharing your story with me and being real. Way to keep going and not giving up! You are a champion and I am glad to have you in our community.
Katherine A Kelley
Mar 7, 2018 @ 6:46 pm
Thanks so much for some of the background story. We all need to remind each other, read about, communicate how much of “a success story” is similar to an iceberg. The hard work, doubt, high points and struggles, and all of everything you touched upon is not clearly visible or experienced by most of us on receiving side -the readers, subscribers, and class-takers. We wonder, imagine, and suspect. It’s uplifting and encouraging to find out how you are navigating this journey. Please share as much as you are comfortable! Thanks!
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Thanks lovely. Yes, we must keep things transparent and real, to keep authenticity. x
Mar 7, 2018 @ 6:59 pm
Very inspiring to hear your back story. I have been part of your fb page for a few years now..and it always blesses me and others I share with. It has given me some questions to ask Papa about what my next steps should be with the creative worship group I manage. Keep going. X
Mar 7, 2018 @ 7:32 pm
The sacrifices are worth it when others are able to go deeper because of it. Thanks. x
Mar 7, 2018 @ 9:51 pm
Rebekah thank you so much for sharing your story. I know that God has been nudging me to write and blog for several years but fear on various levels has held me back. Your story is both inspiring and challenging
Mar 7, 2018 @ 11:20 pm
Fear not Jo! God is with you and you are braver than you imagine. xx
Mar 7, 2018 @ 10:54 pm
Thank you so much for this! It is so inspiring to hear your “back story”. I’m praying that the Lord directs my path as I love art and desire to serve Him through it. I pray God continues to bless the works of your hands❤️
Mar 7, 2018 @ 11:20 pm
May you find your niche in all this loveliness and find what you need to step into it fully. xx
Mar 7, 2018 @ 11:25 pm
I have felt the call upon my life for art all about Jesus. I have felt this call for several years. I am for art journaling, but not to the point it covers over the words in the Bible. I have a site with Pattern by Etsy, There I have a blog, and with art inspired by the Word of God, I blog Bible studies of the Bible passages. I am interested in what you are doing. I think it is great,
Mar 8, 2018 @ 12:01 am
Miss Rebekah? You have just totally confirmed my earlier enrollment in EBA!! My blogging pastor friend has been telling me about EBA for a little over 6 months. I had it in my head that I could never afford the course and probably shouldn’t waste the money on something for myself that would probably fail. Well Sunday, after reading an email from Ruth, I decided that I was worth investing in. I enrolled on Monday and I’m reading your post today. I.AM.SO.EXCITED. I called my pastor friend and told her how I have been following you from the very start of my Bible journaling journey and that you just posted about your own experience with EBA. Is that confirmation or what? In the last couple of days I’ve been working non-stop on Unit 1 and loving it. You should see my avatar. LOL! Thank you so very much for sharing your experience. I would love to hear more about the “backend” of your ministry. Be blessed and be a blessing!
Mar 8, 2018 @ 12:06 am
Thank you, Rebekah. This post is so inspirational and helpful. I would like to hear more about the “behind-the-scenes” stuff. I signed up the webinar. May the Lord continue to bless you!
Mar 8, 2018 @ 1:36 am
I am appreciative of your investment in the “kingdom among us.” We serve an ineffably amazing God. What amazing things can His people not do if we will work as one body, submitted to one mind? All things are possible… right?
Thank you so very much for your investment, but really I thank God for sending Jesus who calls you and me and each of us to be more like Him, just as you are doing.
Your post about the EBA is most appreciated. Thank you for your service in the kingdom.
Mar 8, 2018 @ 12:26 pm
Rebekah, I’ve watched you since the Be Brave days and learned so much. I haven’t ever journaled in my Bible, but a separate journal and have used that method successfully. It’s so exciting to see where God has taken you and to have watched the change in your teaching. BUT, your sweet spirit remains the same! You go girl with God’s richest blessings!!
Mar 8, 2018 @ 6:13 pm
Thank you so much for sharing Rebekah! You have spoken to exactly where I am at and I believe where God is taking me creatively, spiritually and business wise. You’ve reminded to Trust! Trust Him. Trust the process. Trust the timing. Simply Trust! Thank you! This was ever so timely! So encouraging!
Mar 9, 2018 @ 1:29 am
Dear Rebekah, thank you for sharing your journey. I am also on a journey of joyful obedience and super stretching with God. I’m not quite where you are, or in the same space but your story is as inspiring as your challenges have been and encourage me to press on! Bless you.
BTW I think you have an appropriate balance between gift and prayed for, the worker is worthy of her wages !
Mar 9, 2018 @ 8:37 pm
I would love to be a blogger as my Multiple Sclerosis journey has been a Godsend and I want to help so many more people to navigate this challenging journey. It is very difficult for me to put out $1000.00 and then to find out I do not get the help I need.
Is there a guarantee?
Mar 9, 2018 @ 11:06 pm
I totally get that concern. I did a lot of research before enrolling and have found it to be worth enrolling. I’ve had a look at their sales page for you and found the following in the FAQ section which should help you in your decision. Ultimately, it is important that you do what is right for you. Going in debt is not a good plan but investing in your dreams is important. I’ll be praying for you in your decision. xx
“It can be scary to invest in yourself and your idea because it means stepping outside of your comfort zone and making a commitment to actually taking the steps necessary to succeed. Rest assured that the value of the course content, bonuses, weekly support emails, Q&A sessions, partner bonuses, and exclusive members-only Facebook Group far exceeds the price of the course–in fact the total value of the course materials and bonuses is nearly $3,000! Many of our members have made back their initial investment within six months of enrolling, and some even sooner than that. While like anything else in life, your success in the course will depend greatly on the amount of work you put in, EBA® will give you all the tools you need to succeed—you just need to implement them. Don’t forget also that the course comes with a 100% money back guarantee. If you complete all 36 course assignments and do not see measurable growth, we’ll refund your money. We want nothing more than to see you succeed!”
Mar 9, 2018 @ 9:30 pm
Please keep these blogs coming. You know how much your Bible Journaling has meant to me I hope. And although, my professional interest is not blogging or art, I find it very rewarding and easy to read your story and turn the details into reference for me in my professional life as a Nurse Practitioner. I started my own Headache Management Clinic 9months ago and realize how much money and self sacrifice a business takes. Your story gives me strength and reference to continue with my heart where it should be———-with God and my patients. Thanks once again, friend.
Mar 14, 2018 @ 5:23 am
I really loved reading this Rebekah. I am about to go pro with mixed media art myself and I found this very inspiring. You are my hero for allowing God to push you forward that fast. I am not that brave yet. I’ve been resisting it for some time now, because i know he is ALL OR NOTHING like that and I’ve had anxiety about it. This helped me get over that hump. Thank you so much for sharing with me.
Mar 17, 2018 @ 10:39 pm
Rebekah, your story is so inspiring and helpful. I have blogged off and on for about 10 years more with personal stuff and nothing that I have really taken to a level of really sharing a ton beyond family and friends. About 9 months ago I inherited a Bible journaling group that a high school friend started and it has grown something crazy since I inherited it. I am a SAHM. I homeschool our four children and I am a very involved Boy Scout leader. But I feel like God keeps and keeps pulling me towards ministry. I keep praying and asking him to close doors that are not where he wants me and to open doors that are where he wants me. I feel like that is why this group I inherited has grown so largely. Thank you so much for sharing your personal story. I hope you don’t mind if I email you as I reach out to connect with other like minded ladies on my journey. God bless you!!
Mar 20, 2018 @ 11:41 am
Thank you so much for sharing your journey Rebekah. It has been so encouraging. I have loved the challenges and have not posted one yet but know the time will come when I will. The one thing that has helped me most is how much easier I have found it is to delve into the bible and remember scriptures. My heart’s desire is to draw closer to God and reflect His creativity so that it draws others to Him. Sharing your journey has made it seem not so difficult to step out..thank you so much with all my heart..bless you for being such an encourager. There is one thing I feel the Lord is speaking to ne about which is drawing pictures which are to be put on cards. I do not have any background knowledge about how to draw and then transfer the pictures onto cards is there somewhere I could go to get this knowledge that you can recommend. I was not sure whether you could help me or not so quite understand if you are not able to. Thanks again and bless you..???jill
Apr 5, 2018 @ 2:08 am
iv recently started looking more on your art ministry since joining your facebook group! this past 2 weeks i’m discovering more christian artists which has been amazing i have often felt quite alone on my own journey of creativity so its so encouraging to see how God is stirring more hearts in creative service. Keep doing what you do, you are paving the way for more creative ministries to exist x