img_1115“In the Groove” from By the Well 4 God has challenged me on a variety of levels.  First off, from a spiritual perspective, I’ve really been convicted to look at my current discipline patterns.  Am I just going through the motions?  Is my heart truly connecting to the words I am studying?  And, of course, Day 11 has me really looking at the heart behind my service to others.  Then, on an artistic level, the bold colors and patterns really push the envelope for me artistically.  I’ve enjoyed the challenge!

“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:26-28

Jesus preached service to others before all else.  And not just any service, but self-sacrificing service.  His whole life was an example of how to lead in God’s kingdom by serving the least.  In all honesty, having a joyful heart while serving is something that I struggle with.  This study certainly hit home for me, and convicted my heart to reach out to God to ask for transformation!

img_1103When I began this journaling entry, I had two big problems to solve.  First off, I had already journaled on the page with Matthew 20:26-28 and I had bleed through on the opposite page.  I generally don’t worry about bleed through in my journaling Bible, because I find it a nice challenge when I do have to contend with it on another entry.  I decided to deal with the shadowing and bleed-through with fabric!

img_1102If you know me as a crafter, you know that I am not super comfortable with sewing.  And by “not super comfortable,” I mean I just don’t sew.  I don’t even have a functional sewing machine at the moment!  So, I had to finagle my fabric with a combination of tape runner adhesive, liquid glue, and some book binding tools to get the job done.  But, I was able to create a ruffle and page cover with the cute fabric I found at Tuesday Morning.  Sometimes, we have to work around our own crafting short-comings….that’s half the fun!img_1105

The other two main elements on the page were created with a couple of different stamp sets that were created to compliment the “In the Groove” kit.  Paper-piecing is an excellent way to create custom elements.  I used a combination of papers from By the Well 4 God, fabric pieces, and colored pencils to put together the pocket of posies and the 70s “Gigi” girl.  The focus on Day 11 is true service, and the Tom challenges us to seek out opportunities for “hidden service.”  Hidden service is all about not seeking credit or the ways that we serve others.  Seeking to serve others with our talents and abilities without also looking to be in the lime light.  So, to illustrate this point, I placed Gigi behind the fabric ruffle on the page, peeking out at the pocket full of flowers.

img_1099The rest of the page came together pretty easily with the addition of a title and subtitle using the alpha stickers that coordinate with the kit.  I also created a tag tip-in with leftover fabric so that I would have a place to add in my journaling.  This topic truly hit home, so I had plenty to write about!

Have you used fabric in your Bible journaling before?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Keep it creative,

-The Scrappy Wife

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