It is so clear, so evident what the heart of God is in this verse. Our things won’t follow us into the kingdom of heaven, but we can bring people, and because he loves us—all of us, his children—it truly is his greatest pleasure to pour out these treasures on us. There are so many people I hope to party down with in heaven one day. The closest thing I’ve tasted of this was our wedding reception, when we got to see so, so many of our loved ones in one room. There were family members, old friends, new friends I never could have guessed at having just a short time before... There were surprise visits, and future babies, and so much joy and celebration in that room. All because God took me down this path of life that only he could have designed or even desired for me. I think heaven will be like this. He has greater plans and more wonderful friends and community waiting down the road for us, and he is making us one flock whom he is shepherding into heaven. Tonight I’m excited to put a stake in the ground in the Westside of Los Angeles as we prepare to plant a church there. God is beckoning so many people into his pasture, and there are still so many we have not yet met. I am so expectant for the many who will find a life of joy and freedom because @c3losangeles is creating this new home for all people. I look forward to the many people who never knew they could be valiant, sage leaders step into that calling. I can’t wait for people to find who they were designed to be. Westside, here we come! Luke 12:32 “ Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” ・ #30daysofbiblelettering#30dayletteringchallenge#scriptureoftheday#handlettering#handlettered#calligraphy#moderncalligraphy
quick journal sketches with no calligraphy pen on hand! ——- God paints Israel as an adulterous wife because she offers herself to other pagan gods. Israel is no longer worthy to be compared to a wife, demonstrating a dramatically broken relationship. With great anticipation, God looked forward to the day when relationship would be genuinely restored with His people. He wanted an intimate love-relationship with His people, and longed for the day when His people would have a marriage-like love and commitment to their God. When relationship with the LORD is ultimately restored, it will never be broken again. Relationship will be restored on a solid foundation (In righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy), and will result in deeper and deeper relationship (you shall know the LORD).
Очень люблю карандашные эскизы 💖 Так нравится эта текстура, что даже раскрашивать маркёрами не хочется 😜 #леттеринг#каллиграфия#lettering#lettering_ru#letterings#letteringco#art#calligraphy#design#lettering_team#u0026 @lettering.ru @lettering_team #30daysoflettering#30daysofbiblelettering#bible#biblelettering#50words
She’d stuffed the tears away so often she couldn’t get them out anymore, even when she needed to. She physically hurt herself, craving emotional release, and the light inside her grew a little dimmer every time. . I had friends in high school who struggled with self-harm, and I honestly think the only reason I escaped is because I promised myself I could cry whenever I wanted. (And was lucky enough that my face doesn’t go TOO blotchy after, so people didn’t notice!) . Maybe you need a little rain to clear away the dark clouds and let the sunshine through 🌞. “Not all tears are evil.” . Reposting this drawing I did for #30daysofbiblelettering last year. Prints will be available soon! What do you think? Should I make a colour version of this? Comment yes or no below 😊 . #biblelettering#letteringthepsalms#psalm30#joycomes#joycomesinthemorning#letthelightin#godisgood#letteringdaily#lettering#typeriot#typography#typemania
The prudent see danger and take refuge but the simple keep going and suffer for it Proverbs 22:3 @hannah.letters is the brilliant artist behind this design. Check out her feed for the full write up on this post ❤️❤️
A moment to remember for life. So glad and thankful to share the joy with my clients and be a part of such an important event in their lives. The bride came to me and asked if I could do a letterhead to frame up her thanksgiving to her parents for raising and giving her the best life. Love that beautiful smile on her face!
Does anyone else have trouble sleeping? My husband tells me I have terrible sleep hygiene, and I have to reluctantly admit he is right. I will often check the clock throughout the night, over-think things, and struggle to switch off. A few weeks ago though it became more than just poor sleep habits, I was becoming anxious as I lay in bed, thinking I could hear other noises in the house. Toby was brilliant and kept assuring me that there was nothing to be fearful of, but he has sleep superpowers and fell asleep almost instantly. On those nights I kept reciting this Psalm, over and over to stop me thinking about anything else, “in peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety”. It’s still early days, but I’m starting to see changes in my attitude towards sleep, and last night I slept from 11.30pm-4am (unheard of! Usually I’m up every two hours!). I decided to make this verse into a print and it’s going to be going up on our wall. I thought it would look really good as a set with this verse from Psalm 143:8 as it talks about the morning. They are printed on luxury velvet card, and the black is so striking. Special discount today, £8 each for A4 (or £6 for A5), if you drop me a message (I’ll send you a PayPal invoice) or £12 if you’d like the set (which, at full price, makes one of them free!). Then they’ll be available on my shops at £12 (A4) and £8 (A5) or £18 for the set in A4. These are really encouraging verses to have on your wall to help you remember who to trust when falling asleep 😴 • • • #handlettering#typematters#handmadefont#moderncalligraphy#shepaintstruth#bibleverse#biblequotes#shereadstruth#ukcalligraphy#thankful#gratitude#30daysofbiblelettering#calledtocreate#cheerfullygiven#createdtocreate#creativewomen#beingboss#pursuewhatislovely#christiancreative#letteringhislove#handdrawntype#theeverydaygirl#createcultivate#live#creativebiz#womenintheword#createmakeshare
No story is ever dead or over because God gives us a *living* hope. It’s not even just a hope that stands still or looks the same always—it’s living, it’s breathing, it’s changing, and we get to choose to engage with it. Even if you feel like you or someone else or a circumstance will never change, God is higher, greater, and mightier and has given us this hope as a gift. This weekend reminded me that we are given new mercies every day. My family is in the midst of a birthing of a new day and new love. Relationships we had given up on are slowly being restored by a new generation—praise God for making these things new! (Swipe to see a photo of my sister’s and brother’s new babies, Savannah and Carsyn... so much life and hope in these two little nuggets!) In church, I sense a new era dawning, a fresh joy, a fresh sense of commitment to excellence... It’s incredible what people are doing because of their relationship with Jesus. Praying that this week God would be birthing a new spark in you for something you thought was hopeless. That relationship, that topic, that attitude... whatever it is, I am praying for that today. As for myself, today I am putting on the altar my sense that I will always be behind and the sheer anxiety that accompanies that. Honestly a pretty dismal place to be on a daily basis, and having battled it for so long, it’s tempting to yield to the thought that it will just always be that way. I have been working on this for a long time, but am not willing to give up, knowing that if it’s not good, God’s not done yet. I will probably have to give this up every day for a long time, but man, if God can give me new mercies every morning and give birth to a fresh hope in me every day, I will be grateful to never fall victim to the thought process, to remain in control with God at my side, and I’m sure he will begin rewiring my thought process (time to re-dive into all things Craig Groeschel and Dr. Caroline Leaf 🧠)! 1
i don’t think we can ever really lose our sense of wonder. i think it is innate, a part of what it means to be created by a Creator however, i do believe, without a doubt, that we can forget how to be in wonder ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ i loved the following commentary by st augustine on the miracle at cana hope it will bless you too and cause you to reconsider whether or not you still allow yourself to wonder at the marvel of God and of His creation ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The miracle by which our Lord Jesus Christ changed water into wine is not at all astonishing to those who know that God is its author. Indeed, it is exactly the same thing which produced wine in those six jars on that wedding day … and which renews this transformation in the vines each year. That which the servants poured into the jars was changed into wine by the action of the Lord; in the same way the rain that falls from the clouds is changed into wine through the same action of the Lord And yet we do not wonder at it because it is repeated every year; custom has caused astonishment to disappear. Yet it is far more worthy of our attention than what took place in the jars filled with water. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Indeed, who is there who dreams of considering the work of God who directs and governs the whole world? Isn't that person then seized with astonishment and as it were crushed beneath the weight of these miracles? If they consider the power enclosed within a single seed of the first species to come, they will discover a great reality there that astounds the observer But people, otherwise occupied, have become insensible to the works of God, which would daily provide motives for praising the Creator. This is why God reserves to Himself the work of certain unusual wonders so as to awaken them from their sleepiness and lead them to praise Him”
🌅💛 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake, LORD, preserve my life; in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies; destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.” Psalm 143:8-12 NIV
I’ll be honest, I can’t decide how much I actually agree with this quote 😂. I think that sometimes working hard for something we love can make us feel stressed, and to be even more honest, I think I’ve been in that place with Make Today Beautiful recently. I absolutely love creating custom prints and have been doing a lot of that lately, but creating other prints has felt a bit stressful at times. I’ll be working on a particular quote only to see someone else release the same quote a week before I was going to, and then I won’t want to release the one I was going to in case it looks like copying! Or I’ll feel under pressure to create new designs in the first place. Or I’ll find that I can’t quite get the style to fit the words that I want to say. I spoke a bit about this in my stories on Friday; I had some extra time to be creative for myself and ended up in a mini existential crisis wondering what Make Today Beautiful even looks like as a brand! But the wonderful lot over at @cheerfullygiven now have an incredible seller portal where the brilliant @menekse.stewart had some great advise. This evening I am starting to see themes emerge and I can feel my passion for this business starting to reignite (just in time for maternity leave ha!). I think having a break from the every day running of this small business (the shops will remain open, bar custom orders, as my wonderful husband will be posting any orders that come in on Saturdays) will really help me reevaluate what I’m passionate about, my style and creativity. I’m excited about what this year, and the future holds for Make Today Beautiful ☺️ I hope you’ll stay with me on this journey of exploring creativity and see what happens! 😘 have a great start to the week! • • • #handlettering#typematters#handmadefont#moderncalligraphy#shepaintstruth#bibleverse#biblequotes#shereadstruth#ukcalligraphy#thankful#gratitude#30daysofbiblelettering#calledtocreate
“Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul. I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The LORD reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 146:1-10 NIV
Today for work, I went to do a live hand lettering gig. Traditionally those made me really anxious leading up to, and even during the event... Throw in a handful of people hovering over me while I worked, and I was a ball of nerves, even if you couldn’t tell from the outside. I was so self-conscious, worried about being judged, and concerned about whether I was good enough or measuring up to their expectations. But today was different, because I went into it knowing that by the grace of God, I have been given a gift to do what I do. And it’s not my doing that makes me confident in this gift, it’s that *he* gave me the gift. And if so, obviously it can’t just be a mediocre gift, because he is the most high, so abundant, so generous, and all-powerful (and definitely the best calligrapher in life, because he created the most perfect calligraphy). So. I’m not stressed by this kind of work. Because I am called. I was made by the God of the most high. I am worthy. Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well” ・ #30daysofbiblelettering#30dayletteringchallenge#scriptureoftheday#handlettering#handlettered#calligraphy#moderncalligraphy
⚠️WARNING ⚠️ Long caption ahead, but hopefully it’s worth the read. 😊I recently read the book, “Principle of the Path.” This book discusses an obvious but often overlooked principle. But first, to define “principle.” A principle not a rule or a law (something you can break, or choose to not follow) but it is something that is applied to you every moment of your life, such as the principle of buoyancy which explains why pebbles sink and boats float. It’s not something that can be invented, but rather something that is discovered. For example, knowing the principle of buoyancy won’t keep you from sinking but learning how to leverage it will. That’s the nature of a principle. Likewise, the principle of the path - that whatever path you’re on will determine where you will end up; the direction of your life will determine your destination, regardless of your intentions. Sounds obvious, right? However, so many people don’t know how to leverage this principle to their advantage. A verse in Proverbs highlights this perfectly. “The prudent see danger and take refuge but the simple keep going and suffer for it” Proverbs 22:3. This verse introduces us to two kinds of people - the prudent and the simple, or the wise and naive. They are headed down the same path and “see danger” but react very differently; consequently they experience two very different outcomes. A prudent, or wise, person understands that all life is connected. They are aware of the cause and effect relationship between what they choose today (in one season of life and experience tomorrow (in a future season of life). This makes allows them to make informed decisions in the present and take appropriate action when they see danger ahead. In contrast to the prudent, the simple, or naive, lives as if though life were disconnected; or there is no connection between today’s choices and tomorrow’s experiences. If you ask them “do you think the choices you make today
With 8 days left until my shop opens, I’m praying fervently that everyone who comes across my shop feels a bit of the Lord’s joy and love. For He is the One who gives life, talents, and opportunity. And this life, this passion is His to do whatever needs to be done. #etsyshop#etsyopening#30daysofbiblelettering
I’ve been so encouraged by how so many business owners love the Lord unabashedly, even in the midst of their business. (Like Chip & Jo.) Including watching some of you spread the Word through your art. This community is 😍 . .Sometimes it’s hard to remember the source of your talent and that the reason He gives us talents isn’t to make us happy or life easy. It’s to spread the Gospel. I pray that this little side hustle becomes a source of His Light and a way for all to know of the best, unconditional, pure love there is. . . . .This was a commission for my sister, @laurenp_18 and I had so much fun with the flourishes! Swipe 👈🏻 to see some of the details!