Gansai Tambi Watercolor – Deeper Still Lesson 7

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Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 7 in Deeper Still! In this Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, we’re taking an adventure into the depths of God! I think this lesson may become a favorite, as we look at a healthy response to challenges in life and do it in style with bright and bold Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor smooshing!

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Facing challenges

Stop right here. I want you to hear me out. I’ve been pondering something this week.

Ten years ago today, I arrived in England having emigrated from America. It is hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I have lived abroad from the land of my birth, for a decade now. This lesson is about responding well to challenges we face and I’ve had much practice in this past decade. Allow me to vulnerably share as we start this lesson from the heart.

So much has packed into the past 10 years which had both pleasant surprises and challenges harder than could be imagined. The two things which have remained through it all are God and my husband Dan. Enough hardships have been endured in this decade to make up a lifetime. Missionary life is not for the faint of heart.

Listen… romance is not going on a date, or getting roses. True romance is when you’ve cried until no tears are left and your man still thinks you are beautiful. True romance is when you’re bed-ridden for 2 1/2 years and your husband is your willing full time carer. It’s when he persists in helping your ill self get to the place you are dramatically healed. It’s when you forget what you love and he reminds you to not give up. Dan has fought for me when nobody but God has. Even when I’ve forgotten, he has not. I am grateful for a man who reflects God’s goodness and love toward me. You see, God did the same through those years and I am grateful for the two faithfuls in my life. One thing must be clear though, Dan in his amazing friendship toward me, does not replace the need for me to foster relationship with God.

Connecting outside of challenging times

Have you ever been in hardship and found people reaching out to you, who had not given you much notice until the hard time was upon you? Did it feel a little ungenuine, or hard to connect with? We are bred for relationship and what we do when times are good, deposits something in our relationships, which can then be draw from, when times are more challenging.

This is the same for our relationship with God. If we wait until hardship is on our doorstep to foster friendship with God, He will certainly be there as a faithful friend. But the depth of friendship is built when we pour into it when doing so costs us something.

Regardless if life feels like it is making you lemons, or lemonade currently, it is always time to bless the Lord.

But what does it even mean to “bless the Lord”? How do we even do that to a God who has everything and made it? Watch this lesson and then scroll down to get what you need to join in!


I used my Double Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this lesson and the scripture for this challenge is Psalm 103. Here are verses 1-6 where we can focus…

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.

Bless the Lord!

God is SO good and even if life is giving you lemons right now, it does not change how good He is. Our experience does not change Gods’ character, or who He says He is. We must not forget ALL His benefits. He satisfies us with good and renews us. He words righteousness and justice when we are oppressed. He forgives us and heals us. He redeems us! This is truth!

If your circumstances don’t line up with the truth, it’s time to remind God that we know His agreement with us. It’s time to declare the breakthrough we should be walking in. God gives good gives to His children. If you are not experiencing this reality, please don’t sit in that place with frustration, or worse… in feelings of hopelessness. God wants to redeem your situation but He needs your help. We have to agree with His truth and be willing to stand with it. This starts by choosing to praise God. To bless His holy name!

I mentioned that I’ve come out with a little Word Study For Bible Journaling course in my Creative Faith U school. Check it out if you’d like to learn about how to study the Bible simply. It’s based on a curriculum my parents wrote for my siblings and I, when we were homeschooled. I’ve loved watching the students take it all in and get studying in a fun and meaningful way!

In my word study of the word “bless” in Psalm 103 for this lesson, I quickly learned that to bless God can mean to praise Him. When I think of praise, I think of a corporate worship session, where everyone is dancing to God in abandonment while the choir and band give their all in leading the triumphant offering. Can you picture the splash of joyous praise now? I sure can. Sounds fun! My word study led me to this idea of splashing color on the page to represent the splash of praise.

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Bible journaling supplies featured today

As promised, here are the supplies I featured, in this lesson. I hope they help you find anything you may want to try out. These supplies are purely optional and you are free to participate with whatever you have, using the devotional for this lesson.

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Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor and ink smooshing

Check out my previous lesson on Ink Smooshing, to get more insight into this Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor smooshing technique, for today’s lesson.

Also, check out my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor review and little starter tutorial video. It has long been my most popular video of all time. I think you’ll find it helpful.

I think both of these will help you get more out of this lesson.

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*Scripture quoted and artwork completed in the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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