Please welcome Anna Friesen, a wonderful artist from Alberta. She loves mixed media and creates weekly daily. In and out of her Bible. Anna is super encouraging and loves the Lord. Check out her blog. Some of her fabulous Bible journaling is below, too.

• • •intentional

​I desire to be intentional in many ways. It has often slipped away from me, elusive. That changed this year, when the Holy Spirit grew a new thing in me, and changed me.

Ezekiel 36: 26  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of STONE from your flesh and give you a heart of FLESH.

This scripture sounds rather morbid, doesn’t it? But look closer and see how it is used as a comparison. The properties of a stone versus that of flesh: a stone feels nothing. It is dead. Flesh? It is soft, pliable, very much alive, and is connected to your nerves, sending messages to your brain.

I will not pretend that my observation here is theologically-sound, but it is my perspective in the here and now, finding this to be perfectly suited for an artist. Your senses are alive, you see beauty in even mundane things. You see light, values of colour, you see hues, and they’re infinite! A little glimpse of heaven! What a gift God has given us. It makes my heart ache for the eternal!

But this gift is not just for your life as an artist, but is applicable in daily life as you live out your purpose.

So, speaking of sensitivity, my desire was to see clearly patterns in my daily life that keep me from fully experiencing joy and intentionality as a wife, mother, sister and friend. And, indeed, He has started a new work in me. I could list countless ways, but I’ll just say here that I’m so grateful. I am learning.

In what kind of ways is the Holy Spirit nudging you to be softer, pliable, with this heart of flesh you have?

♥♥♥  Blessings to each one of you!  ♥♥♥

Anna

I created this layout for a StencilGirl bloghop several months ago when I was on their design team. See the whole process here: https://artfulstories.blogspot.ca/2017/04/stencilgirl-and-amazing-casting.html

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Bible journaling (f a b u l o u s!!)

I always doodle and make notes during church, and occasionally I’ll refer to my notes for bible journaling:

Bible Journaling by Anna Friesen

Often I reflect on God’s character in my art journals:

Bible Journaling by Anna Friesen

Or I write out an inspirational song that speaks to my heart, but make it part of my design, not as the front and center:

Bible Journaling by Anna Friesen

Or I freewrite my thoughts:

Bible Journaling by Anna Friesen

Bible Journaling by Anna Friesen

Or, I’ll document struggles in my walk, like I did here. This one reflects one of those times I worked hard on being intentional, and God reminds me that I’m powerless without His spirit working in me. This layout is in my Life Documented 2017 Planner:

Bible journaling by Anna Friesen

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