He Called… Where Are You? – Heaven Is Calling Lesson 2
Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson two in the Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, Heaven Is Calling! If you’ve not seen lesson one yet, I encourage you to start at the beginning so we can go on a journey together in this 12-part devotional series. In this lesson today, I want to carry on from learning about our good God, to talking about His loving pursuit of us.
But first let me say, you all have been so kind and supportive while I’ve been recovering from a cold which has delayed my blog posting the past several weeks. After a busy season last year, I am grateful to be running a new and exciting schedule, which also has given me some space to rest. I am nearly recovered which is on schedule with others in my local area, who had the same thing I got. While the cold delayed my progress on my upcoming online classes, I’m chipping away at them in the background and will be so excited to share them as they come together.
Now, about this lesson! It’s even got a free download!
For this lesson, we’re in Genesis, looking at the time when Adam & Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When I first started deciding which scriptures would be best for this devotional series, I was just seeking God in the midst of a developing theme. I knew this story had to be picked but it made “no sense” to the theme. We’re talking about connecting with a good God. I reasoned that maybe God wanted me to talk about what happens when we make a deliberate decision to disconnect from Him. But not even that was where He was heading. No, it goes deeper and tells His side of the story much better. Have a look at my video and I’ve got more for you below!
I used my Double Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this Bible Art Journaling Challenge. The section of scripture for this lesson, is Genesis 3:6-11, specifically verses 8-9 as God is looking for Adam and Eve in the garden after they have sinned…
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”
I feel like God is calling us saying, “Where are you?”. Today, I want to urge you to step in to breathe deeply of God’s presence. I feel like God is beckoning us to lean in to His pursuit of us. There is more for all of us regardless where we are at, (or not), in relationship with Him.
You know as kids when parents play hide and seek with us? How the parents deliberately hide in a place where they can be found by us? Healthy parents adore how precious it is when their children seek them out and they love to teach them how to seek and be found. But when grown up kids cannot find it in themselves to pursue their Father, He will do anything to pursue them. The gap gets filled regardless who pursues. He adores us that much. But the romance is deeper when both seek connection mutually.
Adam and Eve hid from God in shame after they realized their sin. But God pursued them even in their moment of weakness. God came to them in the cool of the day and searched them out, to be with them. He called out saying, “Where are you?”. And I feel He wants to say the same to many of us now.
“Where are you?”
“Will you make yourself known to Me?”
“Will you step away from anything that may cause us to have a disconnect?”
“Will you pursue connection with Me, like I pursue your heart?”
If you are someone who doesn’t feel you deserve relationship with God, feel unworthy or even afraid or unsure of it… I want to encourage you to invite God to be the gentleman He is, and woo you. Yes, yes I did just say woo. Let Him draw you close and prove himself like anyone would have to in your life. He doesn’t want to barge into your life. He wants to lavish you with so much love, that any pain or hurt from past relationships just melts away in His love. He is in pursuit of you. He is the ultimate romantic and He is the perfect Father who adores you. No matter what state you come to Him in, He is ready to lavish you with love.
I hear Him calling just like the old song says, “Come, just as you are…“.
As you ponder ways that you can make room for more of God in your heart, I want to share this video with you. The Father’s Love Letter was created 15 years ago and this is an anniversary edition which I pray really stirs your heart. Well, actually, I pray it melts your heart. That it melts away any pain of the past and gives you even greater freedom to trust God in deeper ways moving forward. May you feel the love of your Father and feel lavished in His loving pursuit of you.
Today’s Bible art journaling supplies
As promised, here are the supplies I featured in this lesson video. I hope they help you find anything you may want to try out. All links will lead to Scrapbook.com and Amazon. These are purely optional and you are free to participate with whatever you have using the scripture for this lesson, shown further below.
The Faber Castell 9000 pencil set is new to me and super wonderful! I used the 2H pencil to get the lightest sketch possible, before going over it with my Faber Castell Black Pitt Pen XS and S once happy with the design. These pens are permanent and very good at not bleeding through on our thin Bible pages. The trick is to keep your pen moving, rather than holding still and allowing the ink to soak any particular area.
For clarity, I did not use any page prep or gesso of any kind on my Bible page before starting. These supplies do not add any moisture to the paper than could bleed through, so there is no real need unless you desire extra strength in your paper surface. I simply used a pencil to sketch, pen to go over the lines, eraser to gently erase the pencil afterward and finally colored pencil to bring it all to life. Putting some thick chipboard under the page means there is less chance to have any of the pencils indent through to further pages as you sketch and color. It is very possible to create in your Bible on a limited budget and I feel this lesson proves that.
For those of you wondering what exact colors of Prismacolor Premier colored pencil I used, here is a list…
- Grass Green
- Apple Green
- Spring Green
- Dark Umber
- Sienna Brown
- Light Umber
- Crimson Red
- Tuscan Red
If you haven’t heard about my colored pencil history before, you can read about it to learn a random fact about me over on my week 28 original Bible Art Journaling Challenge. 🙂 It should explain a few things about my thoughts on colored pencil. It served as my introduction to colored pencil on this blog. Additionally, week 43 also has more colored pencil tutorial.
In those posts and tutorials, you’ll notice I mention my thoughts on various brands of colored pencil. I do my best to be frugal where I can, but colored pencil is not one of those areas. You can see in the supplies above, that I’ve linked to the set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencil 48 color set, which I own. I’ve added below, the other sets they sell, in case you want a different range of colors. They seem most cost effective in a set. I bought the biggest set I could and then as I can, have been buying individual colors on “open stock”, where stores sell them individually.
Bibles and supplies for Bible art journaling
I’ll mention for those who are new and interested… There are several wide-margin Bibles and supplies which I recommend for this art form. I’ve created a linked recommendations collection on my Bible Art Journaling Supplies page, to make your starter choices easier. Additionally, you can find a general supply list for this devotional series, on the Heaven Is Calling page.
As promised, I created a free download for you of the line art I created during this tutorial. Print it on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper (or 100%) and it will perfectly fit any Double Column ESV Journaling Bible margin. You could make up, what lands outside the area if you have a different margin space. Have a look at my video in Week 20 of the Bible Art Journaling Challenge, where I show you how to simply and easily transfer a download I provided. Simply click on the download image, to be taken to a screen where you will be able to either drag it to your computer desktop or right click to “save image”, there. You will then be able to print them as you would other images you’ve saved to your computer.
Join me in this Bible Art Journaling Challenge
You can find answers to most any question you may have about participating in this challenge, on the Bible Art Journaling Challenge page and learn more about this devotional series, on the Heaven Is Calling page which holds the lesson archive, supplies list and and how to join in! Be sure to head over to our Facebook group or Google+ Community, to chat about this Bible Art Journaling Challenge and get started on your own creativity!
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You are loved. x
*Scripture is from 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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