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Growing Faith through Artistry

In a world that at times feels like it has lost its way and hope for humanity can become gloomy, a light can be found shining through in unexpected ways. Art and beauty address the human need for hope. Beauty helps us to believe that divine good does prevail. PS Director of Communications, Andrea Lawless, is doing just this through her class called ‘Illustrate Your Faith,’ a Bible journaling class that focuses on helping attendees grow in their faith using Scripture and art.

Art is about making space – both physical and mental – for listening, searching, and expressing. It cultivates the ability to process our current circumstances, transcend the present and imagine a different future. Her classes allow attendees to strengthen their relationships with God and renew their faith through a creative, non-traditional outlet. 

Andrea’s Bible journaling class has recently caught the attention of both the Houston Chronicle and the Examiner Group - Bellaire, River Oaks, and West University. She was featured on the front page of the Examiner newspaper recently and in the Sunday edition of the Chronicle on February 26. Andrea has found a way to marry her passion for creativity and art with her strong faith and to encourage other people to do the same. Her Sunday bible journaling classes use different mediums, including acrylics, watercolor, alcohol inks, stamps, stencils and more, alongside Scripture to visually process the Bible. Not only is the class free, but it's also a safe space that is low-stress for people to gather and create together while bringing new meaning and purpose to both art and faith. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join. 

In addition to her classes, Andrea also hosts and teaches at creative faith retreats around the US. These opportunities dive deeper into soul-filling opportunities. Whether it’s stitching a decorative tote or painting graffiti with mixed media, she has intertwined art and faith into a beautiful canvas. Her retreats offer time and space to meet with God. “Speaking from my own personal experience, I know stopping and making time for God can be scary.” said Andrea. “What does He think of me? What will He say? Do I really want to know? What will I be confronted with? So many questions. SO.MANY.FEARS.  But, you're not in this alone. We'll do this together. And together, is better.” Andrea has proven that art can serve as a means to understand our lives in the context of faith and redemption.

You can follow Andrea’s work and learn more about her offerings at or @andrealawless on Instagram. You're also invited to join Andrea at one of her upcoming Bible journaling classes.

Illustrate Your Faith
Learn new artistic techniques through this Bible journaling experience that combines God's Word with visual arts. These free classes run every other week through April 23.  Registration is required. No prior art experience is required, and all art supplies are provided. Click here for more information and to register. Remaining Classes for the semester include March 12 & 26, April 23 at West University Baptist Church ( 6218 Auden, Houston, TX 77005).


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