Originally posted on WrittenWorship.com
In November, Illustrated Faith introduced their traveler’s notebooks and a challenge to document the things that we are grateful for. I decided to follow along (at a bit slower pace) in my YPH Mixed Media Artist’s Notebook and make it into an art journal of sorts. While I really love using my journaling bible, there is nothing quite like this thick paper to smear my paint all over. I love that this challenge can be done anytime and you can customize it to add as many items as you’re thankful for. This could be another one of those never ending projects for me. The photo below shows Illustrated Faith’s prompts for each day of the month.
I love that this project incorporates bible journaling and art journals. This is such a good starting place for people who may not want to go all in and buy a bible and more supplies. You could easily do this with any notebook or journal and the supplies you have – even if it’s just multi-colored pens! I’ve also seen people on instagram incorporating this into their daily planner or just using these prompts as a guide for pages in the journaling bible. The options are endless.
Personally, I love being able to layer paint without having to worry about making holes and ruining other pages. But most of all, I loved thinking about these things that I’m thankful for and writing tidbits of how God has blessed me or answered my prayers and bible verses that these words reminded me of. I did hide a bit of writing under flaps and in a pocket just to keep things out of sight and a bit cleaner looking. It’s my little love letter to God.
I’m not quite done yet, but as I continue working on this project, I realize how small my gratitude is compared to the big things that God has done in my life. I realize how much I take for granted. Pretty often, I think and pray about how thankful I am for my family, friends, and job but I rarely thank God for my salvation, freedom, and hope. Wow…what a wake up call.
It almost reminds me of reading One Thousand Gifts and keeping track of one thousand things that I’m thankful for. While I did more abstract art, you could definitely use more photos or actually draw or paint out each things instead of writing about them.
I’ve been keeping this journal in my Chic Sparrow Traveler’s Notebook and when I’m having a bad day or when I’m having a hard time seeing how God is working in my life, I take a take a look at these pages. These pages are proof of the amazing things that God has done and they remind me to continuously work for the kingdom goal.
Did you follow along with the #GratitudeDocumented project? I’d love for you to share your photos or links to your blog below!