I recently started a little creative project just for fun. I came across a challenge on Instagram called 30 Days of Bible lettering and decided to try it out.
Each day there is a new verse to letter in some way. I gave myself some rules because I knew I would quickly judge my efforts as not good enough and the perfectionist in me would ruin all the fun. My rule is that I get just one try – no starting over, and I have just 5 minutes to do it. My goal is for it to be a brief creative warm-up of sorts.
I have always enjoyed writing and as a girl spent many hours practicing my handwriting, so it’s no surprise that this exercise attracts me. I hope, after 30 days, to be a little more confident, a little better at spacing and composition, a little less shaky, and a little better in general.
Of course, the best part is the time I spend pondering the verse as I write it. I find myself thinking about its application in my life today, about my Savior Jesus Christ, and gratitude always follows. After all, how can you read words like “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” or “thy comforts delight my soul” without feeling more confident in Him?
So many of these verses are also a call to action: love in deed and in truth, pray without ceasing, let us not be weary in well doing! With all that is going on in our world I find these messages particularly compelling. Pray and serve and never quit – doesn’t that sound like a great way to live?
I broke my rule on the “pray without ceasing” one because I decided to learn to draw a wreath – something I’ve never tried before. So of course I got out a scratch paper and fiddled with it and made mistakes and then got interrupted and all of a sudden I was 4 days behind! I came back to the challenge, took a deep breath and just did my best. So many mistakes, but I like it.
I mentioned life has been overly full lately. I am grateful for all we have going on but I do sometimes wonder and fear when I look too far down the road – so much needs doing! I loved being reminded that my part is to not be weary from all of it, but to joyfully do my best and trust that it will all work out.
Bible lettering has reminded me that much of the overload is a result of that more abundant life that Jesus promised. I marvel at the blessings being poured out on us and while I sometimes shake at the responsibility they bring, my heart runs towards them, thrilled to be living a life with the meaning and direction Jesus Christ offers.
I am currently behind again on this project, but hope to catch up. I’m posting them on my personal Instagram account, @jenniferSharrison, if you want to follow along. Better yet, grab a pencil or pen and join in yourself! I might do a second round of bible lettering, using my personal favorites. This could become a really fun habit!