I have been hanging out in the Psalms this way for over a decade. Ten years ago it was still a pretty lonely practice to dabble in Visual Arts and Scripture. These methods made sense to a few of my friends. We certainly encouraged each other that this was a "valid" process to interact with Scripture.
It still amazes me how much we have grown in the "Telling the Story of God's Faithfulness". We now have gathered an international community as we learn, grow, and educate. We share the dynamic way that hands and hearts meet in the pages of God's Word as we journal, pray, and create in all sorts of mediums and in all sorts of methods. Recently, we gathered in my home for a Creative Haven session where Visual Faith team members came and we learned together how to make an altered book for journaling. Diane Marra and Michele Bowden share the studio space here at Vintage Grace Studio.
Old book covers were selected as we bound them for a new project with elastic and paper signatures (inserts) so they are ready for the next creative response project. Doodads and old jewelry pieces add a bit of bling to the binding. (You can remove a signature easily to work on a page layout.)
Visual Faith team member Eve Waring joined me on another day for studio time. As I thought about this week and what happens when we are together, I am so thankful that without saying a word- we know.
We belong here. This creative mission that is centered on pointing people to Jesus unites us. The story of who we are and who we belong to-Jesus-is at the center of our community at Visual Faith® Ministry. As we gathered there was a prayer time echoed with grace as we prayed for the health of a team member. There was encouragement as we all tried something new - TOGETHER. Vintage Grace Studio was named years and years ago. But, it has certainly grown into the place of being ... the place of belonging. And the door is always open for more friends. As we learn and share about these possibilities of inviting others in, may the Lord bless every invitation. Maybe you will think about hosting your OWN GATHERING to share His story and learn the story journey of a new friend. We can do this - together. (A special thank you to Michele Bowden for the watercolor gift that inspired this blog post.)