How To Trace With Colored Pencil – Deeper Still Lesson 1
Hello Everyone! Welcome to lesson 1 in Deeper Still! In this Bible Art Journaling Challenge series, we’re taking an adventure into the depths of God! Today I want to show you how to trace with colored pencil, as we talk about God’s merciful forgiveness. Plus, I’ve got a free download for you!
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Deeper Still lesson 1
Yay! Let’s get started!
I used my Double Column ESV Journaling Bible, for this lesson and the scripture for this challenge is Psalm 51. In Heaven Is Calling Lesson 9, I had focused in on the story in 2 Samuel 12, which led to this psalm being written. In that lesson I did not highlight this psalm. This is a psalm written by King David after he was confronted by the prophet Nathan, for taking Bathsheba and having her husband killed. That all sounds a bit intense and potentially hard to relate to, but follow me here. Let’s look at David’s response to being confronted for the sin in his life.
I’ll highlight the following verses in Psalm chapter 51 for you: 1-3, 6,10-13 and 16-17…
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
6 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.
16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
God’s merciful forgiveness that cleans us
We can learn something about God, through all that David had learned of Him over the course of their relationship. As I prepared for this Deeper Still series to start, I felt drawn to the story again, in a new area of the Bible. How fitting as we adventure “deeper still” into the depths of God.
When I created the sketch for this lesson, I found myself speaking to what has already happened. David cried out to God for mercy in repentance for his sin. He asked God to create a clean heart in him. What he got was God’s merciful forgiveness. What he got was a clean heart. When we’ve come to God and repented, this is what happens to us! We get a clean heart. Instead of a traceable sketch that just repeated what David said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God”, I made a declaration of what God does when we ask this of Him. “You create a clean heart in me, Oh God!”
There is something powerful about being reminded of what God has done in our life, instead of dwelling in sin that we already repented of. May we repent from whatever sin holds us back from the great merciful forgiveness of God and then go out and live in the clean heart He gives us!
When we look at what verse 16 says about a broken spirit and contrite heart, it actually means just that. God desires more that we feel true brokenness for the sins we confess to Him, than for any other sacrifice we can offer Him. And when we do this, what we get in return is a clean heart. We get to move on from that moment and be God’s kid.
Many who participate in my challenge, already have relationship with Jesus. And if you do, wonderful! It was the best decision I ever made. Not everyone has made that choice though. If you have not experienced what it is like to invite Jesus to be in relationship with you and have His free gift, I want to invite you to do so right now. Or perhaps you’ve walked away from God and want to have a meaningful relationship with Him. He loves you so much.
I have this question for you. What would stop you from saying yes to Jesus? Is there really anything worthwhile to lose, in giving Him a chance? Would you let me lead you into the beginning of a life filled with God’s grace and joy?
It is simple. You can just repeat this prayer to God, after me and believe it in your heart. There is no magic in the words, it is about starting a relationship with your Creator who loves you more than you can ever comprehend.
God, I acknowledge that you are real and sent your Son Jesus to die on the cross for me. I admit that I have not always done the right things and have made mistakes. Despite trying to be a good person, I have sinned. So, I need your help. Will you come and wash me clean? Will you come be the Lord of my life and my best friend? I accept you into my heart and welcome you to show me how to live my life in the most beautiful way possible. I give you my life and heart ask you to make it clean. I want to trade my best efforts at this life, for your amazing destiny for my life.
If you just repeated that after me, let me be the first to welcome you into God’s family! The Bible says that when you do what you just did, that all the angels of heaven rejoice. That means heaven is having a party right now to celebrate your decision! What a great start to joining God’s family!
Please let me know in the comments below if you have made a decision to invite Jesus into your life today, or to renew your relationship with Him. I would love to celebrate with you! I want to also encourage you to please find some local Christians and let them know about your new decision, so they can be a friend to you in this new season of your wonderful life.
And on that note, lets enjoy some creative fun in the Word!
How to trace with colored pencil
I feel like I covered this topic in my video, of how to trace with colored pencil. I often find people want to trace, without have those ugly eraser marks left behind. It seems simple, but you really can just use the colored pencil (or other coloring tool) to just start tracing directly with it. Just go in with your lightest colors first and get bolder as you get further into your creative time. And as mentioned in my video, it is easiest to trace with colored pencil when you start with an image that has bold, dark lines to trace over. That’s it! This is simple stuff and you can totally do this!
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! If you’re new here, we have lots of helpful people in our community who pop into the comments and share ideas and thoughts you may want to check out.
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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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 Deeper Still page which holds the lesson archive, supplies list and and how to join in!
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You are loved. x
*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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Jan 13, 2017 @ 11:45 pm
I was wondering if you happened to have a list of supplies per lesson. I saw the one for the entire series – but was hoping to be able to look at what supplies I will need for the next lesson. This gives me time to buy things as I need them instead of everything at once long before the lesson. Thank you!!
Rebekah R Jones
Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:32 am
Hi Tami! It’s not logistically possible at the moment but I’ll keep your request in mind if the option becomes available. The good news is that these challenges aren’t going anywhere and will wait for you to get any supplies. xx
Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:04 am
I’m a very new “newbie” so thank you for your beautiful thoughts and creations! One question… What did you use for your tape that didn’t tear the thin pages when you took it off?
Rebekah R Jones
Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:30 am
Hi Deb! Most “washi tape” will do this for you. I’ve just added the one I used, into the product collection above for you. Washi tape is a type of Japanese decorative tape that has a low amount of stick. Works great!
Jan 14, 2017 @ 3:21 am
Rebekah, thank you for adding me and I’m excited to join. The tracing you did for Psalms 51 is beautiful. We truly are blessed to have a forgiving LORD. I watched you video and it’s beautiful. But I am having trouble getting the link for the trace paper. I copied the link but, it took me right back to this page. Any way you could help me please? I think I was able to join the group on face book!!!! Go me. Bless you friend.
Jan 14, 2017 @ 12:12 pm
First time I have sign up. Thank you and God bless you for providing the inspiration.x Looking forward to following along. ?
Jan 15, 2017 @ 3:50 pm
Thank you Rebekah! Psalm 51 is my life chapter… The one I turn to more than any other scripture in the Bible. My eleven year old niece and I found your blog at the end of 2016 and we have both completed a few of your older lessons together now. In October we purchased coloring KJV Bibles together and have been studying together since then. Your devotionals along with the art teaching have been expressively beautiful and positive. Thank you for your presence on YouTube and on your blog. Many blessings… Cathy and Thea
Jan 16, 2017 @ 1:33 am
Thank you so much. I really enjoyed this!! <3
Jan 16, 2017 @ 12:53 pm
thanks for this. In Germany it corresponds wonderful the the vers of the year: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; Ez 36,26
I will use your thougths for our next home group and dig deeper
Jan 18, 2017 @ 4:08 pm
A wonderful simple illustration and tutorial to start the year with a powerful message (& invitation to accept) the Lord’s forgiveness. May the Lord bless you in your business & ministry in the year ahead.
Jan 22, 2017 @ 10:17 am
I am very new to bible journaling – only done a few pages so far – and very new to reading the bible (not since school about 30 years ago!). This challenge is great for making me feel part of a community and also for learning new skills. Ali x
Feb 6, 2017 @ 3:27 pm
Rebekah, I love your heart… I love how you allow God to use your life to inspire others and help us draw closer to God through your Bible Journaling series. Thank you for your time and dedication. You are such a BLESSING! ?
Feb 8, 2017 @ 4:28 am
I read your prayer aloud and want to renew my relationship with Jesus. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to do that! You are such an amazing person.
Rebekah R Jones
Feb 10, 2017 @ 5:34 pm
Yay! Thanks for sharing with me Alana. Congrats on your renewed relationship with Jesus! <3
Feb 15, 2017 @ 7:46 am
Praise God, Alana! (((Hugs))) dear sister!
Feb 15, 2017 @ 7:43 am
Hi Rebekah! I love what you said in the “Responding” section: “…We get to move on from that moment and be God’s kid.” It’s such a blessing to have a wonderful, forgiving God. He doesn’t want us to dwell in our mess OR our sorrow for sins committed. Once we truly repent, He cleanses us and allows us to move forward from that point. What an amazing, good God!
Mar 12, 2017 @ 2:37 pm
I am playing catch-up with the monthly challenges as my supplies were in transit to our new home in France (for four months!). God has really blessed you with a gift for creating and teaching. I very much enjoy the challenges. I am just starting on the Deeper Still Lesson 1 project and the link that was emailed for the download leads to an error page. Can you get the link fixed? Thanks.
May 29, 2017 @ 2:53 pm
I want to renew my relationship with God. I haven’t fallen away per se, but have taken control back away from God. I’m hoping your studies can help me have the relationship I’ve always wanted with Him.
Rebekah R Jones
Jun 1, 2017 @ 8:45 am
Hi Kimberly! Thank you for your comment. You’re on the right track with your honest perspective and soft heart. There have been many who report they are growing closer to God through this and I pray you experience the same! I hope you’ve taken a moment to tell Him how you feel about things as we get started together. Be sure to connect with our community too, if you haven’t found your way there yet! We’d love to have you. xx http://www.facebook.com/groups/1562136987363764
Aug 21, 2017 @ 7:25 pm
I’m so excited to have found your blog and YouTube channel! I’ve just learned about Bible journaling and was feeling overwhelmed by all of the beautiful pages out there.
I can trace, and I am using the Prismacolor Premier colored pencils, but the color on my page is not nearly as intense as the color on yours. I am using them straight out of the box because my sharpener hasn’t arrived yet; is that the problem? For example, I wanted a really bright yellow and thought the Canary Yellow pencil would be a good choice, but it was very light on my Bible page. I’m using the Beautiful Word Coloring Bible. Do you have any suggestions?
Sep 3, 2017 @ 9:45 pm
Hi Rebekah! There are not enough words to describe how your Bible Art Challenges have changed my life! I am working through Deeper Still now and an having trouble getting any of the traceable downloads to actually download. I’ve tried from multiple computers/phones, but no luck. I also tried to just send a message, but there was an error with that as well. Can you email them to me, or send me an updated link? I’m hoping to work on the Psalm 51.
Blessings to you! – Cathy
Sep 17, 2017 @ 6:33 am
what a wonderful thing you are doing and making learning the word of GOD fun. I cannot begin to thank you enough and I am not that good at computer so hope I can find all of this again on here and on you tube. I just thank GOD for people like you,
Oct 5, 2017 @ 11:11 pm
I am trying to start and nourish a strong relationship with God and feel that bible journaling will help me in this lifetime journey. I’ve always felt a connection in my heart to all things creative and artistic and feel this is the right way for me to become closer to Him. I’ve purchased my journaling bible and have been trying to read my regular bible as much as I can this last month but have yet to do any actual journaling as I’m afraid to mess it up, beginners nerves I suppose. Hoping this will help me get over that. Thank you! 🙂
Jan 2, 2019 @ 9:11 pm
Just found you. Love your channel and have joined your group. Looking forward in growing in faith in the new year.
Jul 8, 2019 @ 2:08 pm
Beautiful lesson. I find so much comfort and strength is Psalm 51…I go to it often.
Sep 5, 2019 @ 9:35 pm
I can’t get any of your downloads. I have enabled my cookies and it still won’t work. Can you help me?