My friend, Peggi, and I met in an online group a couple of years ago and realized we had a lot in common. We interacted quite a bit, but then we both got busy and lost touch for awhile.
A few months ago we reconnected and decided to have a Bible study together via weekly phone calls. Currently we are studying the fruit of the Spirit, and this past week the focus was joy. Peggi is an accomplished artist, and we both love artful expression.
Here is a lovely poured painting she gifted me:
We thought it would be fun to use art to enhance our study.
She did some paintings and I made a collage with found poetry. I worked on the collage for a few days, but I couldn’t seem to find the right words to use. So before finishing it I spent time outside sitting quietly and listening. Some thoughts from scriptures came to mind and I made a note of them on my phone.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
Psalm 8:1 (NASB)
O, Lord, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed your splendor above the heavens!
I let those thoughts mull around in my mind for awhile thinking about the awesomeness of God, how He created us in His image, and how we can mirror that image in our lives. Then, as I looked through my collection of words from magazines, I was inspired to finish the collage with these words.
Find truth, hope and love
Rise and shine
Soar with joy
Galatians 5:22-23 (CSB)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things.