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How to feed a soul in the new year?
I scour shelves.
Thumb spines.

So many choices whittled down to
just these three books
and a planner for counting 1000 gifts (I’m 43 days in…)
and a new practice for a new year…Scripture prompted art journaling.

Doodle. Ponder. Paint. Feast.
Want to join in?

No fancy supplies or artistic prowess required. I’m aiming to illustrate (and memorize) one verse a week but you may do as many in a month as your time permits. We’re beginning with 4 x 6 cards simply because I find a small canvas less daunting, but you may also  use a journal, cardstock, canvas, or whatever you like. Use crayons, paint, pencils, pens, markers to create detailed illustrations or simple patterns. Here’s a resource for hand lettering that you might find helpful: How to Create Fake Calligraphy by Jones Design Company.

If your children show an interest in joining in, include them in the process. Make it part of a creative quiet time experience.

If you’d like to share your creations throughout the month, you are welcome to photograph them, post them on your blog, and add a link to your post in the comments below of the link-up post (soon to be posted). You may share them as you complete them, or all at once. Next month, I’ll put up a fresh post with new Scripture prompts for February. You’re welcome to select your own Scriptures, of course, but if you’re not sure where to begin, here are some suggestions to you get you started:

You crown the year with your goodness and your paths drip with abundance.
Psalm 65:11

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Hebrews 1:3

p.s. I’ll be linking up to a list of participants so if you think you (or your kids) would like to join in, just leave me a note with a link to your blog in the comments or send me an email.

UPDATED 1.14.13: Don’t link your art journaling posts in the comments to THIS post. I’ll be posting a January link-up post around the middle of the month.

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