I get lots of questions and often they’ve been asked many times by others just like you. I’ve created this FAQ page to help you get quicker answers to your questions.
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Can I share online what I’ve learned from you or been inspired by?
If you have learned from or been inspired by me and are sharing what you’ve created as a result, please let people know that you learned from or were inspired by Rebekah R Jones and provide a link to my blog (www.RebekahRJones.com) with your post.
It’s the kind and appropriate thing to give credit where due and I appreciate your support in helping me spread the word about this ministry’s impact on you. Please see my other question and do not share my own fully copyrighted work, without my express written permission. This includes sharing my original photos which inspired your work. Thank you for complying.
Also, I have two large communities which might be an appropriate place for you to share what you’re learning from me. Check out the rules for the Bible Art Journaling Challenge and Prophetic Arts for Jesus social media groups and join the communities. We’d love to have you!
Can I share your content or photos?
I work incredible hard providing great content and ask that you respect me, by not stealing my work either to share with credit, or claim as your own.
Please be kind and do not share any of my fully copyrighted content and photos, without first obtaining my written permission. You may contact me with requests.
I’m having trouble getting a free download from you. Can you help?
I’m sorry to hear that! Click here to see my step by step guide with photos, on how to get a free download from me.
Do you donate supplies?
I do not donate and there are a couple of reasons why. Firstly, I need to have on hand, supplies which I do and do not want, to demonstrate properly while teaching online. This means I rarely have supplies to get rid of. Secondly, when I do have supplies to get rid of, I set them aside to get ready for a fun “lovingly used by me”, supplies giveaway. This ensures I’m looking after those engaging with me.
Doing Art Ministry FAQ
Can you offer some tips for starting my own art ministry?
That is wonderful! Everyone’s journey is different so I can’t speak directly into your situation without knowing the details, but I can offer some general thoughts which may help.
Firstly though, if you’re asking because you’re inspired to create a ministry similar to mine, please check out my other faq titled, “I’m inspired by your ministry…” which is in this same faq section. Then, on to my general thoughts…
- We were each created with a calling which no-one else can fulfill. Find what you can offer the world around you and then think of ways you can best use your strengths to offer it. Maybe it’s painting and selling your encouraging work, local workshops, study groups, one-on-one support or other creative ideas. Just ensure you operate out of your strengths, which will allow you to give your best. The key is to find the right fit for your gifts and skills, as well as what others are hungry for you to offer.
- Speaking of giving your best, make sure you don’t confuse putting God first and putting ministry first. Ever heard that old saying which says our priorities aught to be… God first, then yourself, then spouse, family, friends and lastly work. It is SO easy for people to confuse doing ministry as ministering to God. In reality, ministry is work unto the Lord and should never be put before personal relationship with God, yourself, family or friends. When we keep these priorities, God sustains us and helps us learn how to balance a way to meaningfully give of ourselves in ministry.
- Rather than waiting until you have everything set up and ready to go before starting, find a place where you’re able to start offering with excellence, without having reached perfection. Excellence is important and perfection never arrives. Just get started and do it unto the Lord. Everything else will fall into place along the way.
- Love yourself. Please hear me out. If you burn yourself out trying to run a ministry, you will cease to be any good to anyone around you. Take care of yourself. Rest enough, enjoy life and enjoy what you do. Create a ministry which breathes life into you, rather than creates a burden for you. If you do this, others will be blessed by you being able to minister out of a place of refreshment and enjoyment of life. Everyone prefers to hang out with someone who is loving life. So, create a ministry that you love to be in and never becomes a burden which others can detect. The result will be a happier and more refreshed you, reaching more people with your message.
- Lastly, personal breakthrough comes before corporate breakthrough. Whatever we lead in, should be something we have personal breakthrough in first. A math teacher must learn math first, in order to teach it and we must gain spiritual and personal breakthrough in whatever we feel led to teach. Find what God has helped you overcome and find what you thrive at, and look for ways to package that into a sustainable ministry which can bless others, while continuing to bring you life.
I’m inspired by your ministry and want to start something similar!
I am honored that you’re inspired! Thank you. Can we be practical about this together for a moment? I want to ask you to set your inspiration aside and consider if you’ve got the time to do what you’re suggesting and also the funds to sustain yourself while you do.
I work 40-70 hours per week and this is my full time job in this art ministry. I also started working full time while making no money and have worked hard just to support my family, while also needing to invest a large portion of any earnings back into this ministry to help it succeed. Let’s be real, supplies and equipment don’t come cheap! 😉
This ministry IS wonderful, inspiring and thankfully impacting lives, but it also requires a TON of invested time and money. If this is more than inspiration and you’re feeling led by God, here is my request…
- Please do not use the Bible Art Journaling Challenge (or similar) name, to title your project. I would greatly appreciate you valuing the hard work I’ve put into helping people on my blog with this project. You can do this by coming up with your own unique project instead of a version of what I’m currently offering.
- After months of prayer and preparation, I started with a unique idea which I hadn’t seen elsewhere and really fit my style, gifts and skills. The idea was of creating devotionals on my blog and YouTube channel, which had both spiritual teaching and creative tutorials included, with a finish of challenging people to go and create using the same devotional scriptures I’ve taught with. Please do not simply copy what I’m doing, with your own twist on it. I say this for you, me and everyone else.
- I encourage you to ask God to lead your inspiration into helping you create something that uses your unique talents, gifts and calling, to the best of your ability. There is room for all of us in this community and I believe it will serve us all best, if we don’t duplicate versions of each others hard work and instead formulate what God has designed us each to be the very best at. You’ve got something to offer the world that I don’t have. Find it and use it for God’s glory with your own unique style, gifts and skills.
Facebook Group FAQ
I can’t figure out how to post in your facebook group. Can you help me?
Facebook Help has fantastic tutorials to help you get started with Facebook Groups. I recommend you check it out and follow their advice, as it’s far better than any I could offer you. I hope you’re able to sort it out and join in!
Please remember to view the group guidelines for any group you’re in, to ensure your post is suitable for the group you intend to post in. I share a link to mine, in the pinned post which you’ll find at the top of the group page.
I’m waiting to join a Facebook Group you run. Why haven’t I been accepted yet?
I take seriously, protecting my groups from spammy accounts, which regularly request access. Because of this, I manually process and vet, each request myself. Yes, that means I’ve hit the accept button over 18,000 times now. 🙂
Because of this process, and because I regularly get hundreds of requests to join, I have a set schedule of when I process groups. I then let them settle in before adding another batch of newcomers. This keeps everyone settling in well and has served well, the groups I run. Your patience will be worth it.
If your request has been denied, I likely thought your account did not meet requirements. Feel free to try again. 🙂
How do I join your group?
Thanks for your interest in joining! You might be surprised to know, I have more than one group. 🙂
If you’re interested in my Bible Art Journaling Challenge Facebook Group, all the details about the community and how to join in can be found on my Bible Art Journaling Challenge page. I hope you’ll take a moment to read things on that blog page, so you can get the most out of your time with myself and the community.
If you’re interested in my Prophetic Arts for Jesus Facebook Group, all the details about the community and how to join in can be found on my Prophetic Arts page. This group has a rather large waiting list due to it’s popularity and my need to manually process each request personally. I promise it’ll be worth your wait.
Once you have been accepted into a group I run, please ensure you read its group guidelines and pinned posts (found at top of the groups), etc., to ensure we all get the most out of our time together.
I can’t click a link you emailed me. What should I do?
Sometimes links aren’t able to be clicked on some mobile devices. If you have this problem, you may need to view it on a desktop, or other devise, to click on it properly. Otherwise, try copying and pasting it directly into your internet browser.
I entered the giveaway with the wrong email. What now?!
If this happens to you, the email you entered will likely bounce when I first try to email it. So, just enter again. To do this, try opening the giveaway link (http://giveaway.rebekahrjones.com), on a different devise or browser and then you’ll be able to enter again. Please note that only 1 valid entry per person is allowed, per giveaway. This solution is only for those who have mistakenly entered an incorrect email.
Bible Art Journaling FAQ
I want to start Bible art journaling. What Bible do you recommend?
I own several Journaling Bibles and use a few that I love most. Have a look at The Complete Guide To Choosing A Journaling Bible, to view all my Journaling Bible recommendations, favorite, a checklist for choosing, tips on choosing a Bible translation and things to consider. My guide is simple to use, while offer in depth cross referencing for anyone really wanting to hunt down the “perfect” Bible for their creative journey with God.
Where can I find your free downloads?
What is Bible art journaling?
Bible art journaling is a growing movement, where many are creating on the pages of their Bible as a devotional process. It is also sometimes also called Bible Journaling or Illuminated Journaling. The idea is to engage more freely with the Word of God in new ways and to record personally inspiring scriptures in creative and artistic ways, which serve to remind us of moments in our personal journey with God and help us grow in our faith.
I’m new to Bible art journaling, how do I get started?
I’m so glad you found me! Getting started is super easy and so fun! First, find a Journaling Bible using The Complete Guide To Choosing A Journaling Bible. Then, choose supplies remembering to stay within your budget. You can even use an art journal and supplies you already have, if you prefer.
Next, I’d recommend you use a devotional like my free Bible Art Journaling Challenge series’ with video tutorials, to get started with ease. You can even join my growing community, to get even more out of the challenges!
Most importantly, this is about you encountering Jesus in the Word. So, drop expectations and remember God created you and loves you right where you are at! Just dive in with a purpose to have fun in God’s presence and be transformed by His love through creative expression in the Word.
Where can I find a large print Journaling Bible?
There are a few wide-margin Bibles on the market, which you can see in The Complete Guide To Choosing A Journaling Bible.
I see some people ‘prep’ their Bible page before creating. What is page prep, when do I need it and how do I do it?
Good question! Bible art journaling can become overwhelming when you start realizing the creative options available. But it shouldn’t be. Stick with what will give you creative joy in the Word. If you want to learn about page prep, here is a brief overview.
Page prep on Bibles is done by adding a couple layers of clear art medium (like clear gesso, or matte gel medium), to your Bible page, which you allow to dry between applications. It is only safe to create on once it is BONE dry to avoid hurting any supplies like pens, etc. Keep in mind there are different colors and levels of grit in different products. I’ve tested most options on the market and you can find my page prep recommendations on my supplies page, along with extra tips.
You typically need to page prep when you intend to add wet layers to your Bible page. Not everyone does it and there are no rules. In early 2015, I had so many people complaining to me that they were disappointed that their supplies had “bled through” to the back of their page, that I started to look for a way to “seal” the page before creating, to resolve this frustration. After much testing and suggestions, I came up with my method of page prep which resolves this concern and has the added benefit of strengthening the page, for added durability during creative sessions.
You can view my growing library of video tutorials throughout this blog to see my tips for applying my preferred page prep products. As promised, I intend to release a dedicated online course to reveal all my page prep secrets. If you sign up for my emails, you’ll be sure to hear when it becomes available.
What supplies do you recommend for Bible art journaling?
You can see all my starter recommendations on my Supplies page with guidance. To find a Journaling Bible or learn about them, check out The Complete Guide To Choosing A Journaling Bible. Each time I share a blog post which features any supplies, you’ll always see what I used, visually linked in that post. Additionally, both my original Bible Art Journaling Challenge series and Heaven Is Calling series, have a recommended supplies list. Ultimately, I encourage you to use what you have and stay within your budget. There is lots you can do on a limited budget.
Prophetic Art FAQ
What is prophetic art?
Prophetic art can be defined in many ways. I like to explain it as a creative expression of what God is saying. God loves to speak with people and He loves it when we use our creative gifts to provide a road map for people to encounter Him.
Where can I learn more about prophetic art, or connect with other prophetic artists?
In 2008, I founded a Facebook Group called Prophetic Arts for Jesus, which has grown to be the largest online community of prophetic artists and those who want to see what Jesus is doing in the arts across the world. With 10,000+ members representing 50+ nations, the community is active and a fantastic place to learn from others and connect with both peers and those who can help you aspire to more. You can request to join the group and I will manually process your request as time permits. I can promise your patience will be rewarded.
Supporting This Ministry FAQ
How can I support your art ministry while shopping online?
Thanks for asking! See my disclosure to learn how this works and where you can shop while supporting this art ministry.
How can I support your ministry while shopping in the UK?
Thanks for asking, I appreciate your support! As you can imagine, there is a lot of work and time needed to manually add links to my blog. This prevents me from adding UK links to each post. However, if you would like to support my art ministry, you can click on this Amazon UK link here before you begin shopping and then everything added to your cart within 24 hours and subsequently purchased within 90 days, will be credited to me. Since I live in a small town, I buy many of my supplies on Amazon. If you see a product I’ve shared on my blog, you’re likely to be able to search for it on Amazon UK and find it there.
What is Patreon and what does being a patron mean?
Patreon is a crowdfunding platform which allows people to support artists on a monthly basis. I have a WONDERFUL group of patrons over on Patreon, who partner with me in this art ministry, to help people encounter Jesus through creativity. You can become a patron for as little as $1 per month and quit at any time. It’s a great way to connect better with me too.
I can’t seem to place your accent. Where are you from and where do you live?
You are perceptive! I spent the first 25 years of my life in Oregon and California in the United States before meeting my British gentleman and following him to the Southwest of England where I’ve lived many years now.
I heard you were dramatically healed after being bedridden. Where can I learn about your story?
Yes! I was healed by God after being bedridden for 2 1/2 years at the end of an 18 year increasing illness. After prayer, I woke up healed the following morning. You can read my story over the course of a few posts. I recommend you read them in order of date I released them, to read the story as I unfolded it and I pray it encourages you in your own journey. See my healing posts, to read the story.
I feel like we could be great friends! Is there a way to connect more with you?
I am so blessed by all the wonderful connections God helps us make. The best way to connect with me is to like my Facebook Page and chat with me in the posts there! I’d love to see you there. I do get a lot of requests to become “Facebook friends”. While I would love to add every new friend request, it is not feasible or allowed by Facebook rules. I follow Facebook protocol and keep my personal profile “Facebook friendships”, reserved for longtime personal friendships and have a Facebook Page for those who I’m enjoying connecting with as a result of this art ministry. I am active there and it is a great way to connect.
If you want to follow me more personally, you are welcome to follow my personal Facebook profile where I sometimes share public posts of personal interest, which you can comment on and interact with also. And don’t forget, I love seeing your comments on my blog posts here too! I read each one.
Art Supplies & Techniques FAQ
What’s the difference between waxed paper and deli paper?
They are essentially both the same paper, except that wax paper has had a wax coat applied to it. Deli paper is a fantastic transparent paper which is traditionally made to wrap sandwiches at the deli, but can be used for all sorts of fun creative projects.
I’ve got a question about a Bible art journaling supply or technique.
Check the Bible Art Journaling FAQ for your answer. 🙂
*If you do not see an answer to your question above, I suggest you search my blog for an answer and then contact me if you still have a question.