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This week of Jesse Tree has primarily been in reading about some of the prophesies of Jesus. Knowing how he has fulfilled them and will one day bring it all to completion has been exactly where my heart has needed to land all week. I remember saying to myself on Tuesday, the 15th just before going to bed “I need the Prince of Peace today.” It was a day that was triple booked. I had crawled into bed that morning near 1 AM after finishing up cookies for an exchange, rounded up kids for school, and as I was leaving for the day, received a call that made me cancel the day to check on my MIL. Needless to say I spent the rest of the day at the hospital with her. When they got her into ICU I finished the day out with running kids, a band concert, more running, last-minute shopping, attended a party briefly that was supposed to be at my house that night (thankfully my dear friend had it at her house instead), forgot my wallet, scrambled to trace my steps to locate it, and more running around. When the day was done, so was I.
Immanuel: God with us. It was super crucial for me this week to find the time to reflect on what He promises for those who trust in him. I cannot even imagine doing life without the His presence.
Day 13: Prophecy of the Root of Jesse: Day 13 and 14 both fall within the same passage, so their illustrations were a kind of 2-fer.
Day 14: Prophesy of the Lion and the Lamb
Day 15: Prophecy of the Prince of Peace: This had to be a simple design for me!
Day 16: Prophecy of the Good Shepherd: I was challenged in this illustration because art is not really a strong thing for me, but I wanted a more realistic drawing of the Shepherd watching over his flock. It was inspired by a painting I saw on Pinterest.
Day 17: Prophecy of the Suffering Servant: Another Pinterest inspired painting
Day 18: Promise of the New Covenant
Day 19: Prophecy of the town of Bethlehem: This illustration I had done some months ago while reading through Micah. It is also inspired from a painting I saw on Pinterest.
Already half way through the month and as we near the home stretch before Christmas I feel both relief and stress. Relief because of all the things that have occurred parties, decorating, Christmas shopping, and stress because of what is left to come. It’s nice, for me to take them time though, and adore the King as I study the passages for the Jesse Tree. These are absolutely some of my favorite stories!
Day 8: Moses and the Law:
The inspiration behind this was taken from Deuteronomy 6 where we are told the importance to impress on our children the law of the Lord and to follow Him with all our hearts. It is the 10 commandments written to look like a finger print.
Day 9: The Promised Land:
This past year, I had focused on the theme of God as our shield. This passage below has inspired me to take some time in 2016 to study the theme of overcoming. I guess it’s very similar, but I can’t wait!
Day 10: Ruth and Boaz:
Day 11: King David:
This was hard for me to choose, because 1 Samuel 17 is a sort of “Lesson for Life”. God doesn’t see things like we see things.
Day 12: King Josiah finds the scroll:
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It’s official! Thanksgiving has come and gone; December has begun. It’s the Christmas season full of parties, delicious food, wonderful decorations, extreme hyper-busyness (as if life wasn’t already in hyperdrive), shopping, and giving to others. And that is just to name a few.
Last year I posted everyday about the Jesse Tree. The Jesse Tree is an advent activity that we began a couple of years ago. You can read more about it here, but to summarize we have a Christmas ornament and scripture passage that we open and read. The passages start in the Old Testament and follows the lineage and story of the coming Messiah as it can be traced all the way through scripture.
I have included here what I wrote last year about day one if you are interested in reading more. This year I’ve decided that I will be using my journaling Bible and will be illustrating my faith following the Jesse Tree. Some of them will be super easy, but I know that other illustrations will be a challenge. Although I enjoy art and challenging myself to play with creativity, by no means am I Michelangelo. But that’s okay. There are no rules to illustrating my faith except that it is art worship to me.
For today’s illustration, I used this pin from Pinterest for inspiration. I wanted to capture the darkness and light being separated in creation.
When I showed my family the illustration every single one of them commented with “but you painted over the words and can’t read (the Bible).” I love that! I love it because it means that the Word is important to them. When I use my Journaling Bible it is important for me personally not to cover up the words because I want to illustrate what is being said, but the words themselves are more important than the pictures and illustrations that are made. Perhaps there will be a season in my life that I don’t feel so strongly about it. All that to say, rest assured. I only painted over the introduction material and nothing else.
If you haven’t read my previous post about today’s Jesse tree, it links creation found in Genesis 1 with the pre-existence of Christ and creation found in John 1. I also love how in Revelation, when it describes the new heaven and new earth, it says there is no need of the sun because the Lamb is the source of our light. I had all these things in mind as I was painting as if it could truly be captured. Oh, the magnitude!
3 weeks before Easter I decided that I would read through the Gospel of John leading up to Easter. It is one of my favorites and is so full of deep theology and rich emotion. It was truly a wonderful thing. Not only was I reading it, but I also decided that I would use a journaling Bible that Alan got me for Christmas.
Recently I have discovered an amazing group in the cyber world who are involved in the illustrated faith movement. I call it a movement, although some may not consider it so.
Illustrated Faith is a group of people (which is primarily women, but not completely) who illustrate verses, songs, art, etc in the margins and pages of their Bibles. It is a form of art worship. Some are great at lettering, others at drawing. Some us stamps, stickers and scrapbooking skills. Really there is no right or wrong way. Some cover the words up with illustrations so they can’t be read, but others purposely avoid that. If you have a chance, check out this site.
So I thought I would share my pages I journaled from the Gospel of John.
For the first chapter, there are so many great verses I wanted to highlight that I choose 3. The word, Jesus is the light of life, and the lamb that takes away the sin of the world.
The second chapter I wanted to highlight the central theme of belief and journal some thoughts about that. What I hope is to pass this Bible down to one of my kids and it be a treasure of my faith.
Chapter 3 I again highlighted “belief”. Jesus repeats this phrase over and over in the gospel. Belief in Him is what brings about eternal life.
Chapter 4 is the woman at the well, so I choose to draw a coffee cup. Also highlighted a verse from Matthew about harvest.
In chapter 6, I wanted to journal a little about the significance of Jesus’ “I Am” statement, but didn’t have much room. I used a “tip in” which is adding a photo or paper that can be folded back.