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2021 Bible Art Journaling Mini Retreat

It was a beautiful couple days at a beautiful setting soaking in the Word of God and enjoying each other’s company.

The Blue Belle Inn Bed & Breakfast in St. Ansgar, Iowa, recently provided a relaxing backdrop for a rejuvenating getaway for our Bible Art Journaling Mini Retreat.

After a few ice breaker activities, we joined proprietor, Sherrie Hansen, for some worship singing and a special Celtic prayer circle lesson. We were even part of her daily prayer time on her Facebook LIVE episode for the evening!

We followed a light supper with some creative T-shirt painting. My friend, and charter member of my first Bible Art Journaling group, Mijean, designed our shirts; and we have enjoyed making the activity of painting them a regular experience during our annual retreats the last couple years. There is just something so relaxing about painting and then selecting that special scripture to hand letter onto our shirts that we can proudly wear time and time again.

Our Friday night activity was movie watching. Our viewing of Episode 1 of Season 1 of The Chosen had a little competition from a thunderstorm that rolled through. But seeing as how we desperately needed the rain, it was welcome background noise. We enjoyed snacks of apples, popcorn, and M&M’s.

Some Bible study questions and discussion led us in to our first Bible Art Journaling page of the retreat.

But now, this is what the Lord says—

    he who created you, Jacob,

    he who formed you, Israel:

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Isaiah 43:1 NIV

The thunderstorms continued through the night, but many of us awoke early to find a gorgeous morning. We took advantage of the favorable weather to sit on the big wrap around porch of the Blue Belle Inn to draw near to God. Just what every retreat needs.

After breakfast, served by the Blue Belle staff the next morning, we took the “art” of Bible art journaling to the next level. Mijean led us in a diamond painting activity where we all bedazzled a butterfly keychain. The transformation of the caterpillar into the butterfly is a beautiful, spiritual reminder of our own transformation when we give our life to Jesus.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

I so appreciate the time during these retreats to draw near to God, but it always goes way too fast!

Until next year…

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