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There’s A Page For That

Title: There’s A Page For That
Materials: Bullet Journaling
 Artworks in collaboration with: Lynn Tran (@hwangmyeons)
Description: It seems like almost everyone is keeping a bullet journal these days. Are you?

Instead of turning to our smartphones and an endless system of organization apps, thousands have returned to a blank notebook as the perfect catch-all for organizing, capturing, and tracking life.

There are no rules to bullet journaling. The goal is to find your style and best practices for keeping track of what matters to you. Not sure what to include in your bullet journal? A quick search on Pinterest or YouTube can provide inspiration but this same search can also lead you to feelings of uncertainty. Should I be doing that too? Am I not doing enough? Do I need that notebook, those pens, and all that washi tape? Am I not creative, artistic, or organized enough to even keep a bullet journal?

Pretty soon what seemed like a simple and fun system of organization can turn into an obsession. More and more time is spent creating the perfect Instagram-worthy spread and less time is spent actually living and engaging with the items listed on the pages. It isn’t difficult to become devoted to this little book and find that we spend more time with it than we do God’s book — the Bible.

Organization is a noble goal but as Christians, we need to remember that we are called to live our lives centered around the Bible…and not our bullet journals. After all, God calls the one who delights in and meditates on his law “blessed”. (Psalm 1:1-2)

How can we stay organized without neglecting God’s Word? A bullet journal can be used as a great tool for developing spiritual accountability. Whether you track a daily Bible reading plan, reflect on passages of Scripture, or keep a list of prayer requests, a bullet journal can be used to direct you back to God and His Word.

Here are a few ideas of ways you can incorporate bullet journaling into your time with God.

  1. Include verses that you have been encouraged by from your time with God or want to memorize and etched on your heart.
  2. Make a page with verses that can help you deal with a sin or an attitude.
  3. Draw up a log that tracks your time spent on devotion.
  4. Keep a list of monthly prayer requests and journal the outcomes as God reveals His answers.
  5. Create a spread of photos that remind you of God’s blessings throughout a particular month.
  6. Dedicate pages for sermon notes that you can refer back to for specific lessons.

Remember: Glorify God in everything that you do (1 Corinthians 10:31), including bullet journalling.

 

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On The Other Brand

Title: On The Other Brand
Materials: Graphic Design
Description: We are constantly bombarded by what the media offers–whether through social media or simply by walking through the streets in our neighbourhood. Whether we realize it or not, the endless campaigns of big brand names seep into and become deeply embedded in our lives. Today, we would like to challenge you to look beyond the familiar brands that surround us, and to look into the beatitudes. May it be a constant reminder of His everlasting love and His promises, keeping us grounded in love, faith, and truth.
Artworks in collaboration with: Geraldine Lai & Goh Mei Hsien

Disclaimer: These are made-up examples intended for learning and discussion. They are not meant to represent any specific company or market.

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The Perfect Source

Title: The Perfect Source
Materials: Hand-lettering
Description: 
Sometimes we just need words of assurance. The Bible is the perfect source for that. My hope is that through these words, we will know how great and deep the Father’s love is for each of us.
Artist: Julio Mesak Nangkoda

 

Loved

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 

Lifted

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. (Psalm 40:2)

 

Surrendered

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

 

Child Of God

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. (1 John 3:1)

 

Rooted

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.(Colossians 2:6-7)

 

Artist Feature | Julio Mesak Nangkoda

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I love what I do and I do it with commitment. Hand lettering was something I started in junior high school where I would scribble random letters on my table. Later on, I decided to take up a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design. As a Christian, I want to use my creativity in hand lettering and graphic design to inspire and share with others what I’ve learned from the Bible.

More Than A Verse


Title: More Than A Verse
Materials: Illustration and Hand-drawn type
Description: This series of illustrated Bible verse were created from a desire to communicate messages that will forever share the wisdom, hope, grace, and love of our great and wonderful God. When all else fails, the truths we find in God’s Word will always remain. In God’s Word, we are reminded of God’s promises and truths — in the good and the not-so-good times of life. We can know that we are never alone!

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Remind me of why I create and work || Keep my eyes on Your glory instead of pursuing my own.

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Remind me of the bigger picture || Keep my eyes on Your will as you know what’s best for me.

 

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Remind me of Your grace || Keep my eyes fixed on Your blessings.

 

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Remind me to turn to Your Word || Write Your wisdom on my heart.

 

Artist Feature | Emma Skerratt

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I’m Emma Skerratt from Cheltenham, England. I grew up in Bath and went to university in Cornwall, where I fell in love with coast. I was blessed to grow up with Christian parents so my faith journey isn’t defined by a particular moment but more a growing relationship.

The thing I love about hand lettering is how much personality and character each project can have. Each artist has their own individual style and I found that by lettering Bible verses that I could visually represent what I want to stick in my head.

I like to think that my lettering is a form of worship and a response to all God has done for me. When I read a piece of Scripture that really affects me, all I want to do is reflect on the truths in it and create a unique piece of art that praises the Lord. I hope that my lettering will help and encourage other visual learners to engage with Scripture in a similar way.