Healing

He said, ‘If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.’ Exodus 15:26 (NLT)

When I heard this verse maybe a month or so ago at church, I knew it was something that would definitely end up in my lettering journal. I forget why this particular verse was mentioned, but nevertheless, it resonated in me and I just had to put it out there. At around that same time, I had just learned how to draw a floral wreath from my favorite IG letterer and decided that this verse would be a great place to practice my newly acquired skill:

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After this print circulated social media for awhile, my mom contacted me and told me someone wanted two of these prints for her daughter, flower wreaths and all. I will admit that I was slightly confused; of all the verses in the Bible, why would someone choose that verse? I just went with it and still was skeptical until my mom clarified the situation for me.

The person that placed this order wanted two copies of this print for her daughter. One copy would be for her daughter, B (I feel so bad–I know her name starts with B, but I don’t remember what her name is!!), and the other for B’s friend Olivia. B and Olivia are both nine years old. B picked this print out herself because Olivia is currently battling osteosarcoma. She wanted this print to remind her and Olivia both that God can heal anything, even Olivia’s bone cancer.

So lettering these pieces was a really humbling experience. I find myself still in a state of admiration when I think about just how much faith B and Olivia have. For this, I look up to these girls who are demonstrating what unwavering faith in the midst of challenging circumstances looks like. And as for Olivia, I know that God has already used her story and will continue using it to shape the lives of many. I know she has shaped mine.

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And lastly, I ask that if you’ve gotten this far in the post, could you join me in praying for Olivia and for God to bring complete healing to her body? That would mean the world.

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The Jump Off

Today was my first day back for Thanksgiving break. Instead of sleeping in like what I probably would’ve done, Brandon and I headed out at around 9am to hike to the Jump Off. It’s a lesser-known destination in the Smokies, but it definitely deserves a lot more attention.

The drive up was beautiful. We caught the leaves in their end stages of transitioning from fall to winter. Quite a few of the trees were still colored bright red, orange, or yellow. Eventually, we got to Newfound Gap where the hike began. It was around three miles to the Jump Off from the trailhead. Luckily enough for me, the hike was pretty easy and not that strenuous.

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mid-hike snackin’

acolorstory-3At our final elevation of 6130 feet, we were greeted with a beautiful view. But if you’re asking yourself, why does it look like there’s a layer of smoke over the mountains?,  it’s because there definitely was. The whole hike up smelled like a burnt out campfire. We drove back from the Smokies literally smelling like smoke. It was an unfortunate consequence of the forest fires that have been occurring across Tennessee and North Carolina. Nevertheless, a little smoke wasn’t able to cover up the beauty that was the Great Smoky Mountains. It felt good to be back. (And I had a great hiking buddy. Thanks for hiking with me, Bro.)img_4405acolorstory-2acolorstory-4img_4407img_4419img_4406img_4409img_4417

Pursuit

Happy Monday!

As some of you may know, I picked up hand lettering over the summer and it has been my newest crazy obsession. Lately, I’ve been especially busy with custom lettering orders as I’m fundraising for an ISL trip coming up in the spring, but hey I’m not complaining.

The cool thing about custom orders is that I have no idea what people will ask of me. I never thought it would turn into this, but doing lettering orders has definitely been a learning experience. Not only does completing orders allow me to refine my lettering style and work on my skill, but I’ve also gained new exposure to a lot of good quotes and Bible verses. More importantly, I’ve had to scribble so many thumbnails, sketch so many drafts, and erase and rewrite so many times that these verses and quotes have become internalized in my mind.

Lettering is also a means of meditation for me. When I letter my orders, I have plenty of time to think about what I’m writing about, what value it holds, and what it could mean in the context of my life. So this post is hopefully the start of a fun series where I’ll be sharing a piece I’ve done as well as my personal reflection on it.

So…yeah. Let’s go ahead and get started!
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Look for Christ, and you will find Him. And with Him, everything else.

-C.S. Lewis

When a good friend of mine asked me to letter this quote, I was really excited to do so because 1.) everyone knows C.S. Lewis is pretty much the best, and 2.) I found this quote to be applicable to life, especially as a college student.

I know that at least for me, I dedicate a good majority of my time as a Biology major hunkered down in my room over Organic Chemistry or Genetics textbooks. I spend so much of myself on my work that if and when I’m not careful, it draws me away from what, or rather Who, is truly important. God shouldn’t be an afterthought or a second resort, and sometimes I get so caught up with my pursuits in my future career path or in other things that I forget that.

Yesterday at church, our pastor talked about how the things of this earth will fade, but heavenly things will remain forever. I need to be reminded constantly that my pursuit of God’s face is the most important thing I will ever do because it is everlasting. And when I choose to find Him first and choose to prioritize Him over everything else, everything else will fall into place.


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