God Has a Plan

Did you ever have a time in your life when you kept hearing or encountering the same thing over and over again? I have this happen all the time. Sometimes I listen to it and pay attention, but more often I just ignore it. But did you ever notice if you ignore it, it keeps getting louder and louder until finally it hits you upside the head? All the time for me.

I am beginning to listen more and more and pay attention to these not so subtle hints. Some might say it is the force of the universe, but for me I would rather give the credit to my Father, God. I believe He is talking to me and leading me wherever he wants to take me. God has done this so many times to me, such as, given me hard people and situations to deal with in order to learn patience, or putting me in situations that need forgiving.

The other day I did my grocery shopping and errands and I kept seeing the phrase from Jeremiah 29:11 (hover over with mouse to see verse in KJV)

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD,
plans for your welfare and not for your harm,
to give you a future with hope.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Je 29:11). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

I knew this meant I needed to pay attention and see what God has planned for me. I think I know the first step but I am still continuing with prayer and talking to God to see if that is what he wants. I will have to explain why this verse means so much to me in another post because it was one heck of a night which led to a wild series of events. However, that will have to wait for another time.

I recently purchased a book through Amazon called Writing in the Margins: Connecting with God on the Pages of Your Bible, by Lisa Nichols Hickman.

I love this book! Many people are afraid to write in their Bible for various reasons and she helps you to overcome that fear, lucky for me this is not a problem. So why did I buy it? I am starting to do Inductive Bible study or verse mapping and I love how deep that takes me into scripture and I wanted to add to that by journaling a little differently. I heard Lisa had prompts at the end of each chapter to walk you through journaling, so I thought this was a great way to start. Boy was I right, I really had a great experience doing it.

Here is an example of my first prompt which was to read the prayer, Psalm 1:3 and then “muse about the fruits that might come from planting yourself ever more deeply in the Scriptures,” (pg 15). Which to me meant that if I keep my eyes wide open I will find peace, truth, enlightenment, understanding and a deepening of my faith. I then had some fun picking out words to make a sentence that means something to me, it reads: Happy is the man who delights in the LORD‘s instructions who bears fruit and prospers.

So go ahead, pick up your Bible and have some fun. While you are at it, come on over and join Shanna Noel’s site on Facebook called Journaling Bible Community, where we have so much fun sharing our pages.




When the Spirit Moves

As most people know I am an Episcopalian and I also practice the path of Buddha, which to me is not opposed to one another. However, lately I have been feeling an emptiness inside and a need for something more. One thing I need is a strong faith-based religion that is energetic and alive in its worship, also one that does regular studies – either with a book or THE BOOK – the Bible.

The search is still ongoing but during my path along comes a friend from out there in Internet land, one who I was acquainted with and talked with now and then. We started talking daily, then taking online classes, talking some more, then doing the classes and our art project together, all the time chatting in Facebook Messenger. We started mailing each other and one day she asked if I would be interested in doing a Bible journal. Of course! I jumped at it. She offered to get us both a Bible so we can start. I went around to different Christian bookstore and with my handy iPhone, I would take pictures of the Bibles and send them to her via Messenger. This is the one we finally settled on and love.


The HCSB (Holman Christian Study Bible) Notetakers edition. Unfortunately it is out of print, but some Lifeway stores still carry them. The inside has really wide margins.



I couldn’t wait for Natasha to get her Bible so we could plunge in.


This was my first page after reading Proverbs 13:10 “arrogance leads to nothing but strife, but wisdom is gained by those who take advice,” and continued to read through to 14 and realized there was a lot of wise and wisdom in these two chapters. So while Kris was at the dentist having oral surgery I sat in the waiting room finishing this page up. I loved the meditative quality of reflecting on the verse while drawing the left-hand side and coloring in the flowers on the right-hand page. It also helped to keep my mind off Kris being in surgery.

For anyone interested there is a wonderful group on Facebook called Journaling Bible Community. Join us and say hi while you are there.

The search and story continue but for now,




LifeBook 2015

I am one excited lady right now. I won full tuition to LifeBook 2015 from artist/designer Roben-Marie Smith. If you do not know what LifeBook is, follow the link and check it out. I have heard awesome things about this year-long mixed media art class and cannot wait until 1/5/15.


All the instructors for 2015 held a contest to win a slot in this class. Each did different things – post a comment was usually one, some added tweet about it, or post on Facebook for extra entries. Since I love Roben-Marie, who is part of the fab 5 artists that started The Document Life Project in 2014, it is sweet that I won from her blog. I have also already taken a few classes from Roben-Marie through their Art 5 Academy and I love the way she teaches.

There are many great artists teaching this year Tamara LaPorte, the brainchild behind all this and really fabulous. If you have never taken a class with her please do. I never thought I would be able to do faces, since taking one of her classes I now can do it.

Joanne Sharpe – OMG this lady is awesome!!! Her lettering classes are bar-none the best ever.

Jane Davenport – what can I say, artist extraordinaire.

Jessica Smith, Andrea Gomoll, and Juliette Crane, just to mention a few.

This weekend I took a class with the fabulous Dyan Revealey so stay tuned for that post with lots of pictures.



Okay I am jumping into to “What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday.” I am so embarrassed to post this but this was after making some Christmas cards and then I went ahead and started making balloons. I am in a watercolour pencil class by Dion Dior. I sketched and colored a set of balloons with my Faber-Castell watercolour. Once I had them made I decided to make one using the Koh-I-Noor for comparison.

Faber-Castell Balloons

Faber-Castell Balloons

The K’s are not as creamy as the FC’s and blending was a little harder. The colours and vibrancy are the same. I had one green – Olive Green Dark – that was really hard to blend and you could see the pencil lines. It could be that the point was really sharp, but not too sure.

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Koh-I-Noor Balloons

Finally – the thing I have been dreading – sharing my desk



Thankfully this was when I was done. I am one that cannot start working until my space is clean, so yes, all this has to be put away before I can begin again.