Lettered Light Giveaway

Lettered Light Giveaway

Bible Journaling is interacting with God’s word in illustrated form and is such a creative way to put God’s word into our hearts!

McKenzie’s was inspired to delve into Bible Journaling and the results are so amazing!  I mean just look at them!

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Based on Psalm 94:19

 

I Can Do All Things - TheLetteredLight

Based on Phillipians 4:13

God Make the Plans to Give Me Hope TheLetteredLight

Based on Jeremiah 29:11

Trust the Lord with All Your Heart - TheLetteredLight

Based on Proverbs 3:5

How It All Began

Her creativity has inspired many to try Bible Journaling.  Many have also requested that she create fantastic visuals for their favorite verses or thoughts and that is how The Lettered Light was born.

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A little shop filled with words! A place where inspired words meet art and the rest is up for interpretation. Ink, paint, watercolor, stamps, stickers, and words… lots of words! A shop filled with pieces that will put a smile on your face on a hard day, remind you of our ever present Father on a lonely day, fill you with peace in an anxious time, and wash over you with love on every day. The Lettered Light is a place where your inspiration is the right inspiration and where His words will continue to guide you.

You can find The Lettered Light on Etsy where she offers both custom designs or reprint. You can also interact with her on Instagram.

The Giveaway!

Today we have an extra special gift just for you.  Register below to enter for your chance to win an 8 x 10 Digital Colored Print of “She is Clothed with Dignity & Strength” from The Lettered Light Scripture Art collection. 

She is Clothed in Strength - TheLetteredLight

Based on Proverbs 31:25

 The Lettered Light Giveaway!

Open Your Bible: Let’s Get Started!

Open Your Bible: Let’s Get Started!

Okay, has your interest been sparked?! Did you check out all the fun inspiration at IllustratedFaith.com? Are you ready to get started?! LET’S DO IT!

When I first started journaling in my bible, I didn’t have as many supplies as I have now. That is totally okay because I didn’t need much to get going. Just a Bible and a pen!

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{These are dollar store pens and a pencil from the Target Dollar Spot. You don’t even need a special Bible!}

Something I must remember, even now, is that what I love about Bible journaling cannot be all about the tools and supplies. I have seen all too often people so caught up in having the newest, coolest thing on the craft aisle that they seem to miss the opportunity for devotion. I have to keep myself in check with this, too. It is very tempting to pick up one more stamp, sticker set, or a new pen to try. Don’t get me wrong: there is nothing wrong with trying new things, it’s fun!

I want to remind us all that our focus is not the medium for our art but the WORDS that inspire the art.

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{This is an example of a simple entry using only pen. Seen here are my wide-margin journaling Bible and a regular margin Bible.}

When I sit down to start on a new scripture, I first write out the words in a sketchbook or on a scrap piece of paper. This is my meditation time. I literally write the same verse several times, if I need to. My goal here is for the words to speak to me. As soon as that begins to happen, certain words begin to feel more prominent and seem to speak loudly. I will start to write them bigger, and my verse will begin to take shape! Use this time to really concentrate on the words. Meditate on them and consider their impact on your life. What is the Lord wanting you to hear?

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{A sample page from my sketch book, showing my meditation process.}

Through this process, I start to get a feel for how I want my verse to look and the shape I want it to take! Once I feel good about that and how the words have led me, I move on to the artsy part in my Bible. Like I said before, even if you only have pens and a Bible you can still enjoy this form of worship! I choose to focus on the words because I have always been fascinated by lettering, but some people prefer to illustrate with actual people or boats or animals, whatever the text suggests. There are no wrong answers here. Freedom of your own interpretation and expression at its finest.

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{Here are some examples of entries with minimal tools but maximum impact! These are made with pen and either colored pencil or marker – things your kids may have in their art supplies!}

Don’t be afraid to get started because the Lord is ready to speak to you! As you go along, pick up a fun stamp or sticker set here or there to keep you excited, and before you know it you will have a library of tools to use. But…

Remember this: the Lord doesn’t need all of this to speak to you.

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He only needs YOUR open heart and HIS open word, so grab a pen!

What’s your favorite verse?

Why don’t you start your faith journaling journey by illustrating that verse?

(We would love to hear about your journaling journey!  Leave a message or tag us in your post.  Add the hashtag #creatingagreatday to your art.  We look forward to seeing how the Lord is moving through you!)
Writing Your Heart on the Word

Writing Your Heart on the Word

Write the Word on your heart

by writing your heart on the Word

I am a visual learner through and through. I have to write things down.  I have to look at my lists constantly to remember things. I love maps and knowing where things are. I love stationary with lines for my lists. I actually have lists of lists. Yeah, I’m one of those, ha! When I was in Bible class as a child, I was always so confused as to why the map of where things happened in the Bible had different names than those same places today. A visual learner’s nightmare!

Used with the permission of Illustrated Faith.

Used with the permission of Illustrated Faith.

I recently discovered Bible journaling through IllustratedFaith.com and my whole spiritual experience has been forever changed. Until now, my visual and creative side had no part of my experience with the Word. And where would it? The bible is a book I could visually read, of course. Or as some people do, I could listen to the spoken word, but its too easy for me to tune that out. I could watch movie reenactments of the stories, but even then my mind wonders to the process of creating such a film and not the actual point and message.

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{this is one of my favorite pages, I love the simplicity. This page was created with ink pen and colored pencils}

My mind was BLOWN upon discovering how some people have begun to put their creative juices literally ON the pages of their Bible! Draw creatively in the Bible? Use paints ON the Bible??   Stamps? Stickers? Ribbons? Tape? Markers? A simple search of the hashtag, #illustratedfaith on Instagram helped me to understand that this was a world worth getting on board. A world where my work is perfect because I created it, and I created it for a reason that speaks to me!

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{this is a simple example of bible journaling in a bible with regular margins, this page was created with washi tape, watercolor, stickers, and ink pen}

The process of illustrating my faith onto the pages of my Bible “had me at hello!” I began simple, with just pulling out a key phrase here or there that spoke to me that day.  Sometimes, just writing it larger in the margins, similar to the way some magazine articles are designed. A call out of a specific text. As I dug deeper and continued to be inspired by others, I became more brave and confident to claim my bible in a new way!

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I traced my precious son’s hand for this page! This page was created with watercolor paints and ink pen.

I am so excited to get to share this new way to experience the Word! I really feel that I am experiencing the text in a new way. I think about how I had drawn the verse that spoke to me yesterday, and I think about what verse I want to illustrate next. It can be a form of meditation, to stir on the words in a way that may be new to me!  I have a sketchbook full of ideas that I play with before I put anything on my Bible pages. Some verses have several pages of thoughts and ideas.

When is the last time you can say you used pages and pages of a notebook focusing on one verse?

When I started bible journaling, my answer was NEVER!

“Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds” Deuteronomy 11:18  

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