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What a challenging week. I was studying faith in the Bible and God was testing my faith in real life. Check out the YouTube video below to hear more about what I learned during week 8 of the Produce in Me class.
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This week I have a special challenge for you all. It’s the black pen challenge! A few months ago God put this on my heart, but I have been hesitant to do it because I love being creative and using fun materials in my Bible and traveler’s notebook. This week I was stressing about not having a special new technique to share with you all, and it made me pause and think. God can give us creativity using just a black pen. We do not need to go out and buy new supplies or use crazy things in Bible journaling. All we need is God’s Word and a pen.
This week’s devotion has some fun images with a lot of symbolism. The devotion mentions two Bible verses that talk about having faith the size of a mustard seed. Mustard seeds are very tiny, so many of the images this week have little circles on them to represent the mustard seed. I used the black pen to make a variety of patterns around the border of the page. The little dots represent mustard seeds, and the partial triangles represent mountains.
The fruit for this week is an orange. Oranges have little seeds, just about the size of a mustard seed. In the devotion, I also mention Luke 17, which talks about being able to move a tree with your faith. I kept thinking about an orange tree with deep roots, jumping up and moving because of our faith.
Entonces el Señor dijo: Si tuvierais fe como un grano de mostaza, podríais decir a este sicómoro: Desarráigate, y plántate en el mar; y os obedecería. Lucas 17:6
Another image that came to my mind comes from Psalm 57 which I illustrated below: clouds.
This week not one but TWO people sent me the following message in Spanish from Aviva Nuestros Corazones. It is called, La fe para dar un paso. Listen to it here. I loved the podcast. It was all about how the Israelite’s did not have faith when they reached the promise land. God told them to go and enter, but they wanted to send spies to check out the land first. Then, when only Joshua and Caleb said they could take it, the Israelite’s ran the other way. They were too full of questions and fear and doubt to trust God and walk in without seeing and knowing the details.
The podcast also mentions Noah and how he had NEVER seen rain before, but God asked him to build a boat for a huge storm. I never realized that Noah had never seen rain. He had great confidence in his Savior.
It was really neat and challenging to see God teach me so much about faith this week.
Are you going to take the black pen challenge? Let us know in the comments below your thoughts on the challenge, and make sure to tag us in your pages on Instagram! @creativefaithco