Let me go ahead and answer a question that you might already be asking in your head, why hand lettering in a devotional? Why not just send out free a free printable that is already finished? While I’ll continue to send free wallpapers and printable’s to my subscribers, what I truly desire for every woman is that they would experiment with different creative outlets for themselves.
We are all image bearers of God and if we are created in his likeness then we also inherited his creativity.
Think about the first time we are introduced to God in the Bible, he is creating something. He creates the ENTIRE universe from the largest mountain to the tiniest insect. It’s hard to even begin to fathom the magnitude of his creative mind. And even if we possess a tiny fraction of his creativity, we still have a great gift.
Unfortunately as women and mothers in 2019, we rarely have time to create. Gosh we barely seem to have time to accomplish basic tasks for our family, so why take the time to create? it can feel useless and pointless. While creativity is far from useless, one thing that I believe is essential to our everyday life is reading the Bible and praying. So I decided to incorporate creativity into this time through hand lettering verses. This doesn’t require a lot of talent or natural ability because I made the verses traceable.
Hand Lettering Verses Helps Us Memorize and Meditate on Scripture
By hand lettering verses, you are accomplishing three things. 1. Creating something beautiful 2. Assisting your devotional time through memorizing scripture through writing it down. 3. Practicing a skill that can be used in the future.
Below is an example of the first devotional. It begins with a short prayer and verse. (I encourage you to read the entire chapter that the verse is from) Then there is a short devotion, some questions to engage your heart and mind, and a traceable verse at the end.
The concept is very simple and only requires three things. The Bible, the devotional, and a pen. You can even just print out the traceable verse and read the devotion and questions on your computer, it’s up to you! Here are the three finished verses. You can print them out any size and hang them on your fridge, mirror, or anywhere that you can see them throughout your day.
I made the designs cohesive so that you can even put them in your child’s room as a reminder of what to pray for them.
Tips for Hand Lettering
Because the verses are traceable, you really don’t need a lot of tips for how to hand letter. The basics are:
Down strokes are thicker, up strokes are light. Thinner pens like micron pens and thin sharpie pens are usually the easiest to write with.
WHEN YOU PICK UP YOUR PEN - PUT DOWN YOUR PERFECTIONISM.
I wrote the above statement in bold because this is the number one excuse I hear from women and moms everywhere. They don’t want to create something because if it’s not perfect, it’s not worth it. What I desire for myself and women everywhere is to breakdown this barrier of perfectionism. We will never be perfect wives, mother’s, daughters, or friends. It is only by the grace of God that we are able to fill these roles even somewhat successfully. And when we fail, we have to repent and ask forgiveness.
Creativity is the same way. We will never achieve perfection but that doesn’t mean we should therefore never create. There is beauty and grace in the process of creating something, and even if it’s not perfect, you are still utilizing this gift that God has given you.
If you want to try out this devotional all you have to do is subscribe to my email list and I will send it straight to your inbox!