Hey all, Crystal here! I have been wanting to do a series on ways to overcome depression. I struggle with a recurring depression and I know how difficult it can be. But I do not like wallowing. I feel like I may have this thing that makes me sad some days. Although I do not have to let it
get me down.
One thing I do is journal. That may sound boring but hear me out. There are lots of ways to journal.
Junk Journal, Art Journal, Bullet Journal to name a few. I even use a Travelers notebook and the ways to accessorize them are so much fun!!!
So today let talk about Art Journaling. Yiu can go big or small or somewhere in between, it’s just up to you. You may be thinking, But Crystal I can’t draw! Yeah you can. Trust me. You can. because this isn’t for a prize, or to show. It’s just for you. I’m not a Picasso or a Michelangelo by any means. But it makes me happy to color, paint or sketch.
I have a secret. I just look at other peoples stuff and go from there. I don’t trace it, but I look at it to make my own version.
So what do you need to get started? This is where I said go big or small. You can start with any piece of paper and colored pencils, markers, paint. Or you can go to a craft store and load up. They have blank art journals with mixed media paper or watercolor paper.. You can splurge like I finally did and get some Jane Davenport watercolors and water brush. It’s just whatever you prefer really.
get started and have fun!
Journaling has long been a part of my life. My Granny gave me my very first journal when I was 7 years old. I still have it, though I am mostly too ashamed to read the petty junk I wrote. LOL. I love that Bible journaling is becoming more and more popular nowadays!
This beautiful journaling kit I was given to review is absolutely perfect! It definitely takes Bible Journaling to the next level! I love that it comes with so much to express whatever sentiment one is feeling. The stickers and tabs are awesome too. I’m completely psyched to be able to do my Bible study with so much creativity! Definitely makes it more personal! The kit contains everything the experts say you need to get started and I’m convinced they are right!
Through my own Bible Studies, I’ve learned the following about studying scripture:
Pray the God reveal to you understanding before you study
Study the scripture
Look up words you aren’t sure about, sometimes the origin of a word makes a ton of difference.
Check the index or find other sources to cross reference what you are reading with the other scriptures that address the topic
If you are studying a particular person, try to find the beginning of their story and start there. So often scripture talks about someone in different places so if we only read one part, we may not be truly understanding the full meaning or relevance of the events taking place with them.
Take notes on anything you want to come back to, remember, or look further into later. This is made so much easier with Bible journaling!
Pray for understanding of what you’ve studied.
Meditate and ponder what you’ve learned, explore it in your mind so that you can go back to it and reach a new level of understanding.
Re-read or go to the next section and repeat!
Do you have any study or journaling tips?
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