I have been bible journaling for about two and half years now, and can I tell you something? Art Worship has completely changed my relationship with my Bible!  It’s true! Now, I admit that Bible Journaling is not for everyone – but the lessons I’ve learned since I started creating art in my bible are universally applicable.  (If you want to learn more about the process of Art Worship itself, I’d suggest googling a few key words such as “bible journal”, “art worship”, “scripture art”, and “illustrated faith”).  Today I’d love to share with you three lessons that I’ve learned since I started worshiping through bible art:

1) It’s about the process not the outcome:

As an artist, but also as a mom, a wife, and a person in general, I’ve been known to put a high premium on perfection.  I’ve been known to want things right, and good, and orderly – which are all worthy, but generally unrealistic goals. Can you relate?  

As I’ve been Bible Journaling, God has been teaching me about processes. Similarly to art, human beings are constantly in process – while we can set goals that sound like perfection, reality is, that in our lifetime we can never truly accomplish it. And that’s where Grace steps in! (Philippians 3:12-14; Ephesians 2:8-9).

As with creating a masterpiece, we can go back to scripture again and again – adding layers, and depth, and details.  Working towards the perfection that is Christ (1 John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1)

2) It’s about relationship not memory:

In art and in life, if we want something to grow we need to dedicate time to nurture it.  Just like any relationship, our relationship with God needs to be a priority in order to keep moving forward.  To know God, we must know His Word (Proverbs 30:5-6; Psalm 119:105; John 14:23-24). What I’ve learned through bible Journaling, is that by setting aside the time to worship and adjusting my heart to an attitude of supplication, I’ve been able to grow my relationship with my Heavenly Father and have been inspired to dig deeper into His word.  For this, I had to search my heart and rethink my attitudes time and time again (Romans 12:2). Meditating on God’s Word in such a way, I’ve learned scriptures by heart and captured their meanings with my soul, rather than being able to quote them scripture and verse. A relationship is not by rote – we are instructed to hide God’s word in our hearts in order to live it out in our lives (Psalm 119:11).   

3) It’s about the attitude of worship and not the accolades:

I want to care only about impressing God – but in this Pinterest Perfect world, it can be a challenge not to put a  “filter” on my worship. Have you been there too? It can be a challenge not to want to look the part, even when what’s underneath is not about God at all (John 4:24).  But, friends, lets remember “we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).  So let me encourage you, in any form of worship that best fits your true heart, be bold (2 Corinthians 3:11-12), take courage, and remember that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks! God knows your heart (1 Chronicles 28:9).

I hope that today, you’ve been inspired to find yourself in God’s Word.  I hope that perhaps you will consider setting up a routine of worship in your life.  I’d love to hear about what has inspired you to know God more and to dig deeper into His Word.

Kristy Schoyen

Kristy Schoyen

Jeremiah 29:11 (and surrounding verses) “ ‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ “