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Bible Journaling Image Style

What would a photo show to illustrate a margin in a Bible? Thinking about a snapshot to reinforce a section of Scripture helps to cement that for us to remember. Images can be traced or drawn free-hand. They can also be mixed with typography - words. There are a multitude of artist renderings from "in the margins" to full-page drawings. Margins may be preprinted and added to a Bible. We appreciate the wide variety of images.

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Valerie Matyas - Romans 2:29

When I stumbled on Romans 2:29 in my current Bible study, I was blown away by the imagery of a circumcised heart. What might that look like? How would a believer's heart look different than a non-believe? I chose the crown of thorns to mark the cuts of the circumcision and revealed what is inside my heart: the body and blood of Christ, the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, Christ and the saving power of baptism.

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Peggy Thibodeau - Psalm 91:16

In Scripture, the palm is always the date palm, stately and beautiful. It has extremely deep tap roots—called a root ball—and thus can flourish even in the desert, growing tall and living long. It is perhaps the most useful of all trees, not only producing dates, but also sugar, wine, honey, oil, resin, rope, thread, tannin, and dyestuff. Its seeds are fed to cattle and its leaves are used for roofs, fences, mats, and baskets. Its fruit is said to get sweeter as the tree grows older. May we all flourish like those date palms and produce sweeter and sweeter fruit for the Lord, even in our old age!

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Peggy Thibodeau - Isaiah 43:22

One Spring morning in my 15th year, my father and I were getting in the car to go to church early, as we sang in the choir together. He asked me, "Do you notice anything?" I looked around the driveway and said, "No." He said, "Look! The daffodils are starting to sprout!" He talked to me about how important it is to pay attention. When God is doing something new, we might miss it if we're not paying attention.

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Valerie Matyas - Matthew 11:28-30

For the past 6 years, my family has vacationed at Camp Arcadia, in Arcadia, MI, on the shore of Lake Michigan. We continue to return because of the real rest and peace we experience during our week's stay. Pat Maier created a coloring book to commemorate camp and I borrowed her shoreline picture to trace in my bible. The tracing was done at the end of our 2016 summer. I waited until our 2017 visit to color it. I sat outside the Inn, with the waves to my back and the sun on my skin. It was an amazing experience. I paired the picture with Matthew 11:28-30.

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