Monday, October 14, 2019

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes: October 14–20 Philippians; Colossians “I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me”

Come Follow Me Sketchnotes
October 14–20  Philippians; Colossians 
“I Can Do All Things through Christ Which Strengtheneth Me”

Wasn't General Conference simply amazing? 

I am so uplifted and encouraged by the messages I heard and the direct counsel and instructions I received.  And isn't it incredible how we can each receive personalized information, instruction meant just for us individually, during the same meeting?  

It's powerful.

One of the impressions I received was a new excitement for the Come Follow Me curriculum.  I cannot wait to study the Book of Mormon this way next year, and in the meantime, I'm feeling a renewed energy and commitment to studying the New Testament.

Our family has learned so much through these simple discussions, things I hope our children will remember.  A couple of nights ago while trying to keep our little ones' attention, we had them imagine putting on the Whole Armor of God, piece by piece. As we read the verses Elijah (5) held up his pretend shield of faith and we talked about how his faith will protect him from all the fiery darts of the adversary.

My husband made silly sound effects, like arrows were bouncing off the shield, "kwa-ping!" and we all giggled.  This spontaneous addition to our lesson was brought about because he was restless and not paying attention, but I hope it's a detail he remembers as he grows up.

It was a good reminder for me that this study is designed to be simple.  We don't need to spend hours create an entire working replica of the armor of God out of cardboard to reach our children's hearts.  

Simply listening to the Spirit in the moment brought that idea to mind and allowed us to have a more meaningful discussion than was originally planned.

But the thing that made it so we were there, ready to talk and discuss the scriptures in the first place is because we made a simple plan.

Here's our plan for this week:

Monday: Read Come Follow Me introduction + Philippians 4:4 and do the Frowny Face Challenge

Tuesday: Read Philippians 2:14-15 and discuss how we can be a Light to others

Wednesday: Read Philippains 3:5-14 and watch Sacrifice and Service

Thursday: Read Philippians 4:1-13

Friday: Read Colossians 1:9-11 and 2:2-3 and discuss what we can do to increase in the knowledge of God.

Saturday: Read Colossians 1:23; 2:7

Sunday:  Weekly recap and catch-up (if we missed any of the things planned above, which we probably did); kids lead discussion.  

Additional Study: 
That Your Joy May Be Full by Jean B. Bingham

How to use Scripture Sketchnotes:

TRACE. You can also trace these into your scriptures or journal using a light box or a sunny window.  My husband made me an awesome lightbox, but this one is a great option for you to purchase.

COLORING PAGE. Use as a coloring page for your kids to work on during family scripture time.  Write additional notes and insights on the pages as you go. You could add all the completed sketchnotes pages to a binder to keep as a reminder of the gospel topics you've discussed together.

STICKER PAPER. Print on clear sticker paper and cut apart the doodles to add to your scripture journal or into the margins of your scriptures.  (This year, I am using this free wide-margin New Testament PDF that I had printed and spiral bound at a local copy shop.  But there are many wide-margin options available.)

Printing on clear sticker paper allows you to add color to the doodles using colored pencils, but still be able to see the words beneath them.  I have tried out a few different kinds of colored pencils on this sticker paper.  Ergosoft pencils and Prismacolor pencils work really well.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Bible Journal with Me: Abound in Hope (Simple Watercolor Florals)

 Bible journal tutorial using watercolor to paint simple flowers. These simple watercolor florals are a beautiful addition to your bible journal.

There is something so beautiful to me about a simple line drawing over scriptures.  While I enjoy creating big, elaborate scripture journal pages, I am often struck by the power of these simpler pages.

This took just a few minutes to create, and used just a handful of supplies, and I am so happy with how it turned out.

Often when I am scripture journaling, I focus on a phrase that stood out to me during my study time (I use two separate bibles: one to study from and one as more of an art journal).  I like to illustrate those phrases in my art bible because those pages help me to remember the truths and encouragement spoken to my heart by the Spirit.

This phrase from Paul, Abound in Hope is a powerful phrase I came across recently.


Supplies Used:

Deseret Book Journaling New Testament  I have the inexpensive paperback copy and so far it is holding up really well through all kinds of paint and other mediums.

Micron Pens Always and forever my favorite for details.  


Posca Paint Pens

I drew this freehand into my bible, but it is based on a coloring page I designed a few months ago.  You can find the free coloring page here.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

What I've Been Reading: September 2019

Hey there!

I'm happy to share my thoughts on the books I read in September!  While I read some really great books, I feel like it was a pretty slow month for me. I just haven't taken the time to just sit and read very much. But I was still able to finish 8 books this month, and I'm on track to reach my goal of reading 100 books this year (I'm currently sitting at 77 completed)!

I didn't realize until I was writing this post that this was a very heavy non-fiction month for me.  I wonder if that's why it felt slower?

The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

This was a good, clean thriller. It's hard to find thrillers without much swearing, too much violence or sex.  It's a definite page turner and I loved seeing the story from multiple perspectives.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Read this for the #2020classics challenge. It was pretty hard to read at times due to violence. Honestly, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it.  Glad I read it, but it's not my favorite.

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink

This was said a really difficult read, but one in so glad I finally got to.  It covers the impossible decisions of health care workers after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  So horrifying that I found myself talking about it all the time, trying to figure out what I would have done in those circumstances.

Daily Rituals: Women at Work by Mason Currey

I read Mason's first book in this series, Artists at Work and loved it, but did feel the lack of female representation.  I am so glad he wrote a follow-up that was entirely filled with female creatives.  I loved learning about how those women balanced all of their responsibilities, because (generally speaking) women throughout history have had more roles to manage than men.

Present over Perfect by Shauna Niequest

I don't generally re-read books very often, but reading this again was just what I needed in this season of life.  A lovely reminder that our worth is not correct contingent upon our to do lists.

Insights from a Prophet's Life by Sheri Dew

I loved how this book was constructed: each short chapter tells a different story from Russell M. Nelson's life.  I loved seeing a glimpse of the outstanding life he's lived. His example of hard work and determination is inspiring.

Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius

This book tells the true story of a previously healthy boy (Martin) who comes down with a debilitating unknown disease. It takes away his ability to communicate and control his body.  He lives for years in this condition before someone realizes that his mind is completely intact. There is a short section that describes some pretty horrifying acts that were committed against Martin. 

The book is not extremely well written, and toward the end it definitely dragged for me, but still very worth the read.

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

I have been slowly working my way through this series. I've heard that the series is a slow build and that it takes four or five books to really hit its stride.  That's quite a commitment, especially for me, since I rarely read a full series.  While I enjoyed the first four books, I was not racing to get my hands on the next book.  But after finishing book five I am completely converted.  I can't wait to read more! Wonderfully well-written and completely engrossing.  I loved it!

What have you been reading lately?

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