You can catch the process video for this project over on the CR YouTube channel, or by using the link at the bottom of this post.
“4Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
(Deut. 6:4-5, NIV)
These verses are called the “Shema” in Jewish culture, and have been prayed every morning and every evening for thousands of years. In fact, Jewish families usually have a special box called the Mezuzah which hold these verses near the front door of their home. Every time someone enters or leaves, they touch the Mezuzah, and then kiss their hand where they touched it. This is an act of devotion to the One True God.
“Shema” means to hear, but also to listen and obey. The verses preceding these are God retelling the commandments to the Israelite people, reminding them of the covenant relationship He has with them. Their part of this covenant is to share God’s character with the other nations, and they are to do this by living out the commandments, which are a picture of God’s character. This is only truly accomplished by LOVING HIM. When we respond in love to God’s love for us, with all of our being, we exemplify a life that shows His character.
The Shema goes on to say to teach these commandments to our children ALL. THE. TIME. I have a process video that I created a while ago with the October 2017 Faith Art Box where I journal those verses and discuss this concept.
Deuteronomy says to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. This passage is repeated in the New Testament when Jesus explains what the greatest commandment is: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind” (Matthew 22:37). When you combine these four aspects–heart, soul, strength, and mind–that means to love God emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. Entirely. Completely. Holding nothing back. God held nothing back with us.
I created this page with vibrant colors of acrylic paints, to match the colors in this month’s Faith Art Box. I used the stamps and stickers to spell out part of the Shema prayer. I love how the black letters, colorful wordfetti, and white elements work together with the colorful background.
This month’s kit, with its love and heart motif, can be used for a variety of Bible journaling pages, but also for Valentine’s Day cards or packages. You definitely want to pick up yours soon! Make sure to share your projects and pages with us on Instagram or in the Insiders Facebook group, where you also get access to the monthly free printable.
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