JOURNALING WITH PURPOSE
Art journaling has become not only a source of relaxation, it gives me a creative way to express what is in my heart. One of my favorite ways to create is collage.
When I put words on a collage I like them to be meaningful and encouraging.
My Collage Journaling Process
Sometimes I already have a theme in mind. Other times I thumb through magazines cutting out words or pictures that stand out to me. I might also use various other materials like washi tape, stickers or patterned papers and cards.
First I try to arrange the pictures to decide which to keep and which to save for another time. Today as I was looking through my materials I found a poem my mom had cut out of a newspaper. In simple rhyme it described how we can be content because God knows the future.
Then I found a paraphrase of Philippians 4:19 on a card I had been using as a bookmark:
I will meet all your needs according to the riches of My glory in Christ Jesus.
As I read over the verse and the poem, I thought about how God is always with me no matter what happens. Slowly a theme began to come together. I gathered other pictures and some stickers and kept arranging them until I was satisfied with the result. Then I glued everything down. Finally, I added washi tape in different places for a finishing touch.
The caption above is what I wrote when I shared the photo on Instagram. It wasn’t until later I saw the word FRIENDS behind the words now and forever. I thought to myself how appropriate that word is, because Jesus is my forever friend. For that I am grateful.