Have you seen all of the beautiful pages of Bible Journaling posted on Instagram and Pinterest and wanted to try it for yourself?
Come meet author and teacher, Jann Gray, on March 21-22 and be a part of the Illuminated Journaling Workshop, hosted by Serious Fun Art Studio! Jann will be teaching us how to incorporate creative journaling into personal Bible Study, devotional or quiet time. She will be leading 2 sessions – with each session including creative techniques, Bible Study, time for reflection and practical instruction that will equip you to begin your own Illuminated Journaling journey.
Jann has assured me that everyone can participate, regardless of skill level – all that she asks is that you bring your heart for God and a little bit of trust that she can help you with the rest! Space is limited – so please register as quickly as possible…
Here’s a Q & A with author & instructor Jann Gray. Enjoy the sneak peek!
Ginger: What is Illuminated Journaling?
Jann: Every Bible I have ever owned has ended up being the repository of all sorts of evidence that I have met with God on the pages of His Word. If you were to do a quick flip through one of my Bibles, you would find that sermon notes, prayers, word studies and cross references have been scribbled in the margins and that words—and even whole paragraphs—have been underlined, circled and color coded. These marks on the pages of my Bibles were not put there to distract from the Word of God, but rather to remind me of the personal insights and instructions God has shared with me as I studied and meditated on His Word. I have begun adding a whole different type of “mark” into my newest Bible. It now also contains illustrations—a creative expression that I call Illuminated Journaling.
Illuminated Journaling is a way to incorporate a creative response into an individual’s personal Bible Study, devotion or quiet time. It isn’t about the art – it is about the heART.
Ginger: So is Illuminated Journaling just for “creative” or “artsy” people?
Jann: Absolutely NOT! I can teach anyone a few creative techniques, and that is all they need to begin expressing what they have learned when they have met with God on the pages of their Bible.
When I began journaling in my Bible, I hadn’t drawn anything more than stick figures for more than 20 years! I thought that because I couldn’t draw that I shouldn’t attempt to draw or paint in my Bible. But I was wrong! We are all creative in our own way. We are created in the image of God – and He is the creator of everything! I started out just by focusing on lettering parts of the scriptures in the margins. And when I got braver – I traced a few images. And then I became BOLD…because I realized I was worrying more about my lack of skill than about finding a way to best express what I had learned – and God wasn’t ever going to care more about how pretty my pictures were than what change had happened in my heart. It was a light bulb moment!
One of the things that I try to teach in my book and in my workshops is that Illuminated Journaling is a way we can respond to God with an offering of our gifts –regardless of our skill level – and we can be confident that He will receive it as a sacrifice of praise.
Ginger: How did it all start and what is the role that you see Illuminated Journaling playing in the relationship of a Christ Follower and God?
Jann: In the fast paced world that we find ourselves living and working in, it is not surprising that it has become increasingly difficult to shut out the noise and focus all of our heart and mind on the things of eternal value. I have been amazed by what God has birthed in the midst of these challenging environments: social media groups of believers who have come together to share, encourage and inspire each other to go deeper. As these groups have experienced explosive growth, they have helped many within their influence become more intentional in offering their talents back to God—and most importantly, in tarrying in the Word. These groups are informally known as Bible Journaling communities
The common message we are hearing from the active participants in these communities is that they are more focused on the scriptures and more receptive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit when they have added Illuminated Journaling into their devotional/quiet time disciplines.
Ginger: It does seem like Bible Journaling is showing up on all forms of social media –Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube –is that a good thing?
Jann: I do think that social media has played a huge role in how quickly people have discovered Bible Journaling for themselves. That is the nature of social media. People see the impact it is having on an acquaintance’s life and they want to try and see if it will change their life too! I think that is terrific. But, I also want to see Bible Journaling communities formed in the real world too! There is just something very special that happens when a group of people meets together to study God’s Word and then respond to it. The depth of those relationships can also be very important in the fast paced world that we find ourselves living and working in – so I am an advocate for both.
I think that is why I am so excited about coming to Serious Fun Art Studio in March. I can help the community get started. I can teach a few creative techniques that everyone can use as a foundation for their own journaling. I can help connect people who are already involved in Illuminated Journaling (and there are literally hundreds of thousands around the United States and internationally, too) with folks that are just starting out. It is my hope that this will become a seed group that will grow long after I am gone.
Ginger: Who do you hope comes to the Illuminated Journaling Workshop?
Jann: Honestly, I hope everyone that is at all intrigued with the idea will come and check it out because I know how it has deepened my relationship with the Lord and I want that for them as well. But most of all – I want to encourage the person who thinks, “I think that is kind of cool –but I could never do that!” to come let me show them that they can! Seriously, I can take a wobbly stick figure drawing person and teach them to create less wobbly and slightly two dimensional images the first session…then we can move on to the tricky stuff! I’m teasing – but I really can show them what I did to teach myself to use skills I learned in kindergarten and a couple of tricks I picked up from artists on YouTube to begin creating images like you are sharing here in your newsletter.
… And on top of that – we will have a lot of fun!! ~Jann Gray
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