Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

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This Blog is about the “art” of life!  Creating art through food, mixed media, photography, and more and sharing it with the people I love. It is a forum to share all the Lord has done for me.  A place to proclaim THE GOOD NEWS!

IN EVERY HOME THERE IS A CREATIVE BONE.

In my home, creative bones come in many shapes and sizes. I believe we are all hard wired by our Creator…made in His image…able to create on many levels…like my husband who creates a beautiful outdoor haven for our home…like my oldest daughter who creates with beautiful stitches…my oldest son, who uses formulas I can’t begin to understand to create communications in space…my youngest son, who brings art to life on stage, and last but not least, my youngest daughter…who has chosen to be 3 dimensionally creative in her chosen occupation as an Entertainment designer.

We are all creative with unique forms of expression…

My chosen forms come in the way of food, mixed media, creative lettering and photography. The ultimate link to all of these is love. Loving others through a hearty plate, a sentiment expressed with ink and paint, or a moment of soul captured through a picture…and in this expression of love, joy is found.

The Lord has given me the heart of a teacher, and I have found many avenues to teach throughout my life including Large Group Children’s Church, Fitness, Cooking, Art, and my greatest love, Bible Study.

It was through Women’s Bible Study (and the women who came along side me) that God rescued me.  Because of what He has done for me, I cannot help but desire to share the good news with others.  I have had the opportunity to both be discipled and to disciple women of all ages and it blesses me in ways I could never put into mere words on a page. We were created to be a part of THE BODY, and we are all important to it’s health.

Over the years the Lord has been preparing me for this Bible Journaling Journey. Sisters,  He has created each of us with a unique purpose, and He has given us the tools to accomplish it!  Seeing the gifts He has lovingly blessed me with grow and mature to finally come together to be used for this purpose is an incredible display of His amazing Authority, Grace, Mercy, & Love.

Bible Art Journaling is the process of intentionally spending time in God’s word while praying, studying, listening, and then recording the truth the Holy Spirit has revealed to your heart. This becomes a memorial to the Lord and a remembrance of what He has taught you.  A place where you have met.

Through obedience, the Lord blesses us with a deeper understanding of His character and His love for us. He develops good fruit in us as we grow to become more like Christ.

My heart is to come along side others …not only to make the process of journaling easier, but to help others dig into God’s Holy Word and be changed.

The Virtue of Contentment : A Bible Journaling Study was born after years of  living as the poster child for discontent.   God has taught me the secret of Contentment and through the journaling process, has made it “stick.”

I hope you will consider joining me in this study, and if not, I pray that the Lord draws you to Himself in other ways!

I am beginning to venture out of my home town to lead this study all over the country, and I am deeply grateful  and humbled by this! If you want to know more about me or the study don’t hesitate to contact me at 1arthouse.com@gmail.com.

Last but not least, I am a mother of 4 …31, 28, 25, & 19 and wife to my husband of 32 years. I have 3 grandchildren whom I love and adore. Let’s rally together to train our children up in the Lord, they are the future!

Thanks for reading, I’m honored:)

Bless you,Sue

My Statement of Faith:

I believe that

-The sixty-six canonical books of the Bible as originally written, were inspired of God, and free from error. They constitute the only infallible guide in faith and practice and are  Jesus Christ which is THE Truth.
-There is one God, the Creator and Preserver of all things, infinite in being and perfection. He exists eternally in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory.
-God created Adam and Eve in his own image. By disobedience, they fell from their sinless state through the temptation by Satan. This fall brought humanity into a state of sin and spiritual death along with the sentence of eternal death. From this condition we can be saved only by the grace of God, through faith, on the basis of the work of Christ, and by the agency of the Holy Spirit.
-The pre-existing Christ, became incarnate without human father, by being born of the Virgin Mary. Thus, in the Lord Jesus Christ, divine and human natures were united in one Person, both natures being whole, perfect, and distinct. He lived a sinless life and died on the cross as the sinner’s substitute, shedding his blood for the remission of sins. On the third day he rose from the dead in the body which had been laid in the tomb. He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He performs the ministry of intercession. He shall come again, personally and visibly, to complete his saving work and to consummate the eternal plan of God.
-The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Triune God. He applies to man the work of Christ. By justification and adoption we are given a right standing before God; by regeneration, sanctification, and glorification our nature is renewed.

-It is our responsibility to

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

-To Love God, and Love others.

 

 

 

 

 


30 thoughts on “About”

  • I truly have enjoyed reading your blog posts on Bible journaling. I am very new to Bible journaling and have found inspiration in your posts. I am looking for a different type of Bible tab unlike the store bought ones. I was wondering if you could share your Bible tabs. I like the washi tape in your Bible could you explain how to apply it? Thank you very much.

    • Hi Katie! Welcome to Bible Art Journaling! In teaching classes here where I live I have found many in class that begin with the fear of “doing something wrong” or “messing up” their Bibles. I have encouraged them to start in a watercolor journal to experiment with different mediums and to get their feet wet practicing lettering, stamping and other techniques until they feel a bit more confident. Bible Art Journaling is less about the “perfection” of the art and more about what God is revealing to you…creating something that will provide a memorial that you can easily look back on and have a visual memory of the lesson you learned. It’s a very personal thing. Much of what you create can even be done with help…meaning by the use of stamps, stickers, rub ons, etc. The “tabs” I think you’re referring to in my Bible are washi tape that I applied to the first page of each book in the Bible. I folded the tape in half over the page. (half on the front half on the back.) If you don’t get it on straight, it pulls off very easily and you can reposition it. Hope I’ve been some help! Please feel free to ask questions anytime Katie!!

  • Hi Sue! I stumbled a cross your blog and really enjoyed it. I have always been artistic and enjoyed crafting over the years. In school art was a huge part of me and my life but over the years I had lost it. Life happened! As a busy military wife and mom my life didn’t seem to be mine as much as everyone else’s. No regrets! because I have a wonderful husband of 27 years and two great girls 26 & 22 who don’t need me as much any more. I find myself with a lot of free time now a days and I’m trying to find my way back to the art I’ve always loved. I’ve been searching pinterest and a few blogs for inspiration and found you! I love the bible art journal but I admit I’m a little afraid. Not only of messing up a bible but I’m afraid that I’m no longer artistic. It’s been so long and taking that first step is very scary to me. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head. I’ve collected quit a few supplies over the last few weeks so I think I’m ready. I pray everyday that God leads me back to my art and for the confidence to take that first step. I truly think he led me to your blog, so thank you for the inspiration to take that first step! Shan

    • Shan, thank you for taking the time to write to me! I am so appreciative of a wife who chooses to be her husband’s helpmate and a Mom who has stayed home to raise her kids. How wonderful that you have some time now to enjoy some of the gifts God has blessed you with, like art:) I do understand your hesitance to “mess up” your Bible…but, remember Shan, we are all messes!! Anything you do from a place of worship and prayer will be beautiful because the Holy Spirit will be a part of it! Some of the women I teach felt more comfortable practicing in a separate journal until they felt more confident. I think this is a great idea, and something that you can use right along side your Bible. You could also try using a “Journible” which is a blank journal (one for each book of the Bible) that allows you to re-write scripture on one page with room on the opposite page for notes and art. http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?Ntt=journible&N=0&Ntk=keywords&kw=journible&mt=e&dv=c&event=PPCSRC&p=1018818&gclid=CjwKEAjwh6SsBRCYrKHF7J3NjicSJACUxAh71EjnbkuHOgfShwGJ31tsJCLcT5xLSfhMulbxYPQU9xoC1Tfw_wcB If you have ANY questions about anything regarding Bible Art Journaling (or anything else) please write me again!! I am sincerely happy for you to step into this new season of life…God will meet you there!! xo

  • Hello! I thoroughly enjoyed your bible journal art! I would love to know what bible you use for journaling. I have looked several places and can’t find one like yours with blank and wide margins (without lines) I hope you can help me!

    • Kat, I use a Crossway ESV single column Journaling Bible. It actually does have lines, but they are faint. I don’t mind them at all…in fact, they are a help:) I’m a little challenged when it comes to drawing straight lines, or writing with uniform characters…so lines kinda help:) You can order them through Amazon or Christian Books online:) Hope that helps!!!

  • So like your work. I am journaling with a lady that says she has no artistic talent. With your writing, I can show her how easy it is to turn into drawings.

  • Have you ever done any c lasses in VA or Maryland? I love your work.i am not artistic in a fine art kind of way but I love attempting to let the Spirit guide me.

    • Hi Arlene! So nice to “meet” you:) I SO enjoy hearing how others are listening and connecting to the Holy Spirit through this kind of worship! I have not taught classes outside of my home town, Cincinnati. Thank you for asking! Thanks for reaching out to me and for your encouragement! God bless you:)

  • I can’t think of anything else other than GOD himself that led me here. How inspiring. I can’t sleep and doodling the Pray with wings was so soothing – I LOVE this site and am grateful. I can’t wait to share it w/ my daughter and friends. Hugs

    • Hi Trisha! So glad you enjoyed the doodle! I agree that it is soothing:) Spending time with our hearts focused on God always is! Welcome! Hope you stop back! Sign up as a follower and receive weekly posts in your inbox:) love to you and your daughter!

  • Hello. I found you website through looking for Christian tutorials on how to do Bible Journalling or even just doing some word art creativity in notebooks. I’ve not looked at much but I’ve already learned a lot on how to create. Thanks for sharing.

      • Hi Sue,
        Do you offer online classes? I was trying to view some of your tutorials, however it says password protected. I look forward to hearing from you, your art work is beautiful! God Bless!
        Tara

      • Hi Tara😃 Those pages are included in a Journaling Bible Study that I wrote called “The Virtue of Contentment”. They are doodle and lettering tutorials, Large group activities, leader guide, and projects for group Bible study. (But can be done individually) I am in the process of final revisions, and the study will be available for purchase in a few weeks😀 Thank you for inquiring!!

  • Hi Sue, love your creativity and this blog, I have been following you for about a year now.
    I am a creative crafty, artsy girl and have had the unwavering feeling I should be sharing my talent show through teaching for several years now. Three months ago I became a new member to my current church- they offered several classes on how the church works and what you can do to become a more intrical part of the church, and have asked individuals to step up and lead life groups. I really feel this is where I need to be, teaching a Bible art journaling class, and the pastors are open to it!
    I am so excited but don’t know how to begin, I do have a lot of questions that I hope you can help me with.

    What do your students journal on or in?
    Do you supply the tools and mediums for the class?
    Does everyone work on the same verse? (Odd question but I have read some have everyone bring their favorite bible verse then each person works on their own)

    What is the basic outline of your class?
    How do you find the verses you choose to work on in class?

    I know it’s a lot but I hope you can help me with some of these

    Tesa

    • Hi Tesa! You caught me at a great time! I’m on a little getaway with my best girlfriend and have time to chat if you’d like to call me😊 So much info to share in a typed message. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have ! (513)304-3794

  • I love your post on the the War Room. I just watched it this past week. I have definitely been summoned back to the closet. Been away for a bit. Thanks for sharing – I just asked God yesterday where to start with my War journal and prayer. And I found you today.

    • Hi:) “The Virtue of Contentment” pages include files, projects, Leader notes, etc. for a Journaling Bible Study I have written. I will be posting more information about the book soon! Bless you:)

  • Hi Sue, I just joined your Bible journaling blog and can’t wait to start journaling in my Bible and get in the word. I’m curious as to they type of medium you use. I see by the pictures on Pinterest that you use some watercolors and some sort of pens to write with. Can you share what it is that you use? Also, do you use cardboard behind the page to protect the other pages? See, I’m a rookie. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Love, love, love your journaling pictures.

    • Hi Beth! I am pasting a link to the supply list photo from a previous post. These are my “go to” tools! And yes, I it is important to place something behind and next to the page you are working on. Paper, waxed paper, parchment, or plastic sheets. Please feel free to ask me ANY questions you might have! Xo, Sue. http://wp.me/p3zDnx-13q

  • Hi! Just popping in to say that your blog looks so beautiful and your Christ loving heart is so encouraging. I just stumbled upon your blog but can’t wait to keep up with it. xo, Sarena

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