Bible Journaling - Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart

I read somewhere that the word "heart" is used more than 800 times in the old testament. That is incredible! God sure isn't shy to talk about it. Over 200 times it deals with the thought of life, the emotions, the wellsprings of life, you know, the things that motivate and mold us into who we are. 

I found this super cool idea on Pinterest and knew I had to try it. The project took me to Proverbs 4: 23-27.

Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it springs the issues of life.
Put away from you a deceitful mouth,
and put perverse lips far from you.
Let your eyes look straight ahead,
and your eyelids look right before you.
Ponder the path of your feet,
and let all your ways be established.
Do not turn to the right or the left;
remove your foot from evil.

It's practically a guide book as to how he wants us to behave. I find it fascinating that he starts with your heart! And yet he doesn't say have an open heart. He doesn't say be vulnerable and welcoming to the ways of the world. God says guard it! Keep it safe. For out of it springs the issues of life. In other words, your heart leads everything else you do in life. 

When we let our guard down we become vulnerable to all the outside influences the Devil brings to our lives. As women we are easily offended and can get hurt because we are constantly dropping our guard. 

So, how do we guard our heart? He doesn't exactly give us details here. To guard our hearts we have to first decide what we will and won't allow in. Turning to God and asking him to help guide us is a sure fire way to protecting what's inside. We do this through prayer.

Phillipians 4:6-7 says Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all misunderstanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Ah, so there it is. See, God always has the answers. When our guard is down, worry is taking over, and things seem to be getting to much to bear God says "do not be anxious, instead pray and be thankful". By turning to him, praying, being thankful, and asking him to provide, God's peace will come over us and the guard gates go back up. 

This is so refreshing that I don't have to do it myself. Without a doubt I would fail. I completed this page as a reminder to constantly be turning to God to guard my heart and guide me in the way he wants me to go.

Project - Watercolor & Blowing

This project is relatively easy. Materials needed are basic watercolors, clear gesso, water color brush, pencil, black marker, and a straw. 

I began by prepping my page for water color. I like to use clear gesso so I can still see through to the words. Using a large flat brush I apply the clear gesso in a thin coat working my way from the center outwards. Since I'm not a patient person I use a blow dryer to dry quickly. Repeat for a second later for added protection. If your pages curl up on you, use a ruler or thick card on the back to uncurl them. 

Next I used a pencil to sketch out my design. I drew it on very lightly so if I made mistakes it was easy to erase. Draw your heart large enough that you'll have room to add lots of color in the center. 

When applying the watercolor you want to make sure you are using enough water that the color will run when applying wind. The gesso will help keep the water on the top of the page instead of soaking in. I started with my lightest color (yellow), applied near the center and used my straw to blow air and make the water move away from the center of the heart. Then I added the next color and repeated. 

After going all the way around in a circle working my way through the rainbow I applied a blow dryer to make it dry faster. If you need more color you can do a second later repeating the steps above.  

Last you'll use a black marker to outline the heart with a sketching technique and write out the verse with fun lettering. Just make sure the water color is nice and dry or it will ruin your marker or your writing will bleed. 

And that's it! Like I said, it's a relatively easy project. As with all art, if you are nervous or unsure try practicing on a separate paper a few times till you master the technique then try it in your bible. 

Here are my favorite supplies I like to use for this page.

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