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This is the third in a short series of posts in which I am sharing some “artful devotions” from this summer: hand-lettered verses.  You can find the first post HERE and the second post HERE.

Later in the summer, I veered off of the Letter the Gospel series of verses, and I lettered some verses that I’d been studying on my own in response to other things in which I was involved or that I was experiencing.

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P.S. All the verses are from the ESV

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This is the second in a short series of posts in which I am sharing some “artful devotions” from this summer: hand-lettered verses.  You can find the first post HERE.

I found that hand-lettering verses this summer really made me meditate on the exact and specific words used.  As I planned the way the words would look and fit on my page, I had to decide their importance and weight– and how that would impact how a viewer saw the verse.  I think the emphasis that I’ve placed on some of the words also says a bit about how God was working in my heart and what He was teaching me as I studied.

I am hoping that the time I spent meditating on these Scriptures will help to implant them firmly in my heart and mind–similar to the way God’s attributes impacted me and I am remembering them better for having made illustrations in my Bible last summer.

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P.S. All the verses are from the ESV

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Last year over the summer, I did some illustrations in my Bible as I studied God’s attributes and names.  It was a really satisfying way to add some artistic creativity into my devotional time.  More than that, the attributes and names that I illustrated have really remained in my heart and mind because of the time that I spent meditating upon them as I worked.

This summer, I decided to do more “artful devotions,” and in the late spring, I came across Krystal Whitten’s “Letter the Gospel” challenge.  I bought myself a blank sketchbook and worked on a verses throughout the summer.

I’d like to share some of what I made here on the blog.  I studied each verse for a bit before I started working on the lettering.  During my studying, usually I would have an idea of how I wanted to present the verse on my page, and I penciled in lines with a ruler and added my lettering in pencil, too.  I used my three thicknesses of black Becky Higgins Project Life pens to ink the words.  (I’d really like to try a brush pen, but I haven’t purchased one yet!)

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P.S. All the verses are from the ESV

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At the end of May, I wrote about how I was going to try a different type of devotions during the summer this year.  Throughout the past few months, I enjoyed studying God’s Word by adding illustrations into my Bible.  I did not photograph them all, but I did want to share some here.

All of my drawings are made with colored pencils and some ball-point pen (I chose these media so that there would be minimal bleed-through and shadowing on the next page).  Near the beginning of the summer, I downloaded a study guide from the Navigators, from which I drew some guidance.  Usually, I studied the name or attribute of God for a day or two before knowing what exactly I would illustrate, and then I would spend a day or two working on the actual drawing.

Below I’m sharing a selection of artful devotions from the summer of 2016:

devotion on the name of God: Jehovah, from Exodus 3:13ff

devotion on the name of God: Jehovah, from Exodus 3:13ff

devotion on the name of God: Jehovah, from Exodus 3:13ff

 

devotion on the attribute of God: omnipotent, from Jeremiah 32:16ff

devotion on the attribute of God: omnipotent, from Jeremiah 32:16ff

devotion on the attribute of God: omnipotent, from Jeremiah 32:16ff

 

God is transcendent. based on Ps 113:4-5

God is transcendent. based on Ps 113:4-5

God is transcendent. based on Ps 113:4-5

 

God is holy. Based on Revelation 4:8-11 and surrounding verses

God is holy. Based on Revelation 4:8-11 and surrounding verses

God is holy. Based on Revelation 4:8-11 and surrounding verses

devotion on the attribute of God: good, from Psalm 119:68

devotion on the attribute of God: good, from Psalm 119:68

God is Jehovah-nissi: God our banner. Based on Exodus 17:8-15

God is Jehovah-nissi: God our banner. Based on Exodus 17:8-15

God is Jehovah-nissi: God our banner. Based on Exodus 17:8-15

 

God is omniscient and omnipresent. Based on Psalm 139:1-12

God is omniscient and omnipresent. Based on Psalm 139:1-12

God is omniscient and omnipresent. Based on Psalm 139:1-12

 

God is Jehovah-rophe, the God who heals. Based on Exodus 15:22-27

God is Jehovah-rophe, the God who heals. Based on Exodus 15:22-27

God is Jehovah-rophe, the God who heals. Based on Exodus 15:22-27

 

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God is merciful. Based on Ephesians 2:4-5ff

The above illustrations are not all that I’ve done; I’d love to show you in person if you’re interested in seeing more 🙂

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Perhaps you have heard of this new-ish trend in Bible journaling?  Creative people draw, letter, and color in their Bibles as they reflect on the passage they are studying.

I’ve been intrigued by this idea, and now that summer is starting, I thought that I would give it a try.  During the academic year, I participate in Bible Study Fellowship, which is a wonderful, in-depth, and disciplined study.  I very much appreciate the structure and schedule to BSF, but for summer break, I decided to try something a little bit different (and way further out of my comfort zone).

I thought a lot about whether I should share my devotions on my blog, and while I still don’t know if I will post about all of them, I thought I would at least share this one.

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I’ve begun the summer by using the BSF prayer guide for the John Bible study that will begin in the fall.  The guide gives Scripture from the book of John and suggests prayer prompts based upon that Scripture passage.  As I read through the first few pages, I was struck especially by John 10:10.  Jesus came that I, Natalie, might have life in Him, and have it abundantly!  A joyful life.

For the past few months, I’ve felt like I’ve been overshadowed by clouds.  It didn’t help that the weather itself was literally cloudy, rainy, and cold.  I was discouraged, frustrated, and sad.  And I didn’t like it.  But I just couldn’t shake the clouds.  I decided that I should really study this idea of a joyful life– a fullness of joy from and through Christ, not my circumstances or accomplishments.  In Christ alone, my joy is complete.  A completeness of joy.  What does this mean?

I used my concordance to do a bit of a word study on the word “joy.”  Several verses struck me, but the one that really kept echoing in my thoughts was Nehemiah 8:10.  A little bit of context: The Babylonian exiles have returned to Jerusalem and have rebuilt the city wall, amidst much opposition.  The wall is completed, and all the people gather to hear Ezra read the book of the Law of Moses.  The people weep as they hear the words of God and have them explained to them.  Nehemiah and Ezra tell the people not to mourn, for “the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

Cross-referencing this verse led me to passages in the Law about different feasts in which the people were told to rejoice before the Lord.  The feasts were in celebration of the blessings that God had given to the people– they were to celebrate and be satisfied in the abundance of God’s provision.

All of this leads back to that abundant life in Jesus Christ.  His blessings have overflowed upon me– most importantly through my salvation, but also in the everyday blessings I see, well, every day.  I should be celebrating them.  This reminded me of one of the memory verses my kids and I sing together, “Rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you.”  Deuteronomy 26:11.  I find my strength in what God has done, in His abundant blessings.

So the idea of thankfulness and joy in gratitude for God’s blessings is absolutely not a new one, but this personal series of devotions was instrumental to me, at this moment in my life, to begin to drive away the clouds that were crowding in on me.  I used colored pencils to create a sun-filled sky above lush grass.  You can see the clouds being pushed away, by God’s strength, at the bottom of the picture.

My joy is in Him.  Thank you, Lord.

artful devotions: Nehemiah 8:10

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