Bible Journaling

Creative Retreat Kits | Unfailing Spring

“And the Lord will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.”
Isaiah 58:11

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In this month’s devotional, I wrote about how only living water can quench our thirst. I love this verse in Isaiah that speaks of a spring of water that doesn’t fail. Just as in the story I shared early in this month’s devotional, I can tell you firsthand the value of a spring of water, particularly when you are parched and dry.

I live in California, in an area that is often hard hit in years of drought. As of this writing, we have had a great season of rain and are officially out of the drought. Amen and thank you Lord! But my mind goes back to a season not so far in the past in which our lands were dry and we were literally crying out for water. Prayers were offered up before Sunday sermons. Friends asked for mercy and support as they shelled out tens of thousands of dollars to deepen their wells in the rural areas or drill new wells altogether. Entire towns went without running water and safe, drinkable water. Crops suffered. Prices soared.

Though I’m speaking of the need for physical water, it is not unlike our hearts and souls. We exist in a very thirsty society. We cry out in pain and exist in a state of constant need. We fight, we divide, we rise up, we fall… all in pursuit for our very thirsty souls. When, right there, just a whisper away is our Lord and Savior, offering up living water. The very thing we need and the only thing that can quench.

May we tune our hearts to his voice and open our souls to Him to allow Him to fill them up with his living water, and allow Him to guide us through the desert places described in Isaiah 58.

I wanted to make an extremely simple page for this scripture as I wanted the scripture words themselves to speak the loudest. So, with just a few stamps and inks and some washi tape, I pulled this page together.

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I started by stamping the Living Water title from the stamp set in a deep black archival ink. Don’t you just love the lettering in this month’s kit?!

Next, I grabbed my Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China, as well as the gorgeous Waterfall Blue pigment inkpad from Creative Retreat. You guys, these inks are gorgeous. I want them ALL. I just used the poured water stamps (there are two in the kit) to stamp streams of water from top to bottom of the page in the various different ink colors I selected – alternating the shapes with the colors.

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I loved the simplicity of this but the impact of all the different streams of blue. Next I grabbed some thin washi tape from Illustrated Faith and highlighted my verse. These two shades coordinated so well with the Faith Art box this month.

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I finished by securing that sweet, simple black leatherette bow from the kit to the top of the page with some simple stripe washi tape (I think this one was from Felicity Jane). And that’s it!

Later, I plan on making a quick journaling card from the devotional card for a little personal journaling.

Friends, I pray that you find our Savior in your desert places and allow him to pour his living water into your heart, to redeem and transform your soul. His spring will never fail, never give out and never leave you in a drought. Drink it in, and be satisfied and filled forever.

Want to see how others are using the March Faith Art box? Follow @creativeretreat on Instagram and follow the hashtag #creativeretreatkits. Because this is my last post with Creative Retreat Kits, I’d love to keep in touch. Follow me @bibleartgal.

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