Thursday, June 25, 2015

Doin Summer, the Acuff way

A quilterly friend I know quotes Jon Acuff frequently. Short little bites of helpful information passes before my eyes every now and again. Weeelll, one little bit of ephemera caught my eye and held my attention......#DoSummer2015

A fun little learning activity that has you commit to 1500 minutes of learning something new or getting better at something you do. You get a little check off printable too.....

That means 15 minutes per day for 100 days or however many 15 minute segments you do. Today I worked on my skill for 1 hour so I colored in 4 boxes. If I get done before the end of summer, I will pick something else to do. Heck, I may even do one per season!!

What did I pick?  Something that seems to be all the rage...Bible Art Journaling.
I am not normally a bandwagon kinda girl: I am usually out front, leading the parade. LOL  I do like a good parade, but I digress......

Why did this speak to me? I seem to be utterly unable to write in my bible. It feels like I am defiling a sacred text or something. A major hang up, to be sure, since the Bible is supposed to be a living, breathing, how-to manual for living life to the fullest. I am actually supposed to use it, touch it, feel it, learn it, be one with it. How can you do that if you don't take notes or highlight what is speaking to you?  You can't, you really can't. So I am taking a bold step toward getting rid of my hang up.

The tools......simple, inexpensive, few

A wide margin Bible of your choice and something to write with

It can be as simple as a pencil or a single fineline marker or watercolor pencils.....whatever strikes your fancy. I am starting with what I already have.

I have only done a couple pages and it is harder than I thought. Not just the skill to do pretty things, but to really ponder the words and then translate them to something artistic that gets the point across. You really have to think about it....a lot. At least I do, beginner that I am.

My first few feeble attempts.  LOL  Can you say kindergarten? Sure, I knew you could.

I cannot say Jeremiah without saying "Jeremiah was a bullfrog"

My flower ain't too dang bad.......

There are a few more, but you get the general idea. 
Yes, I hope my skillz get mad, but I will settle for finding my style and not having extreme trepidation when a pencil comes close to a page.

What will you DO this summer?? 

I've got a full sewing plate and I can't wait to commit to 1500 minute of that!!


  1. Wow! I've never heard of bible journaling. I'm like you though....other than highlighting a particular passage I just can't bring myself to write anything. I'm glad you're stepping out of your comfort zone. Looks good! I have a sketch book that I like to doodle in while I'm watching TV or something. It's fun and relaxing!

  2. Love it! I have a journaling bible in my amazon wish list until it's available in September. You've done a fantastic job! I used to draw all over my first bible when I was 16. Brandon has it now in his bible collection. I guess I was a bit ahead of the curve back in the day :)

    1. rebel, you are! I have a "catholic girl's book of prayers" that I doodled in. I got it while I was going to classes for my first holy communion. I still have it. It was from my gramma mary