You may be familiar with this line, often sung at Christmastime: “Let every heart prepare Him room.” While those words are most often associated with Advent and Christmas, the season of Lent offers us another opportunity to prepare room for the Lord. During Lent, we reflect on our lives and the state of our relationship with God; and by removing the vices that may strain that relationship, or adding practices to help strengthen it, we make room in our hearts and our lives for Christ.
This Lenten season, the Seasons Illustrated Bible Journaling community is focusing on that room. I am thrilled to share with you our community’s Lent 2017 study: Lent Illustrated: Fruit of the Spirit!
Here at Seasons Illustrated, we love the work we do. We love getting to dig deep into the Bible, writing prompts, and seeing your beautiful work in our Facebook group. But creating these studies takes lots of work, time, and money on our parts. So while we love to create free studies like the Women of Valor study when we can, we do have to charge for our other studies to make sure that we can keep putting these studies out.
In an attempt to keep our studies affordable for our readers, we use pay-what-you-want pricing with a base rate, so that if you cannot afford the $10 recommended price for a study, you can pay as little as $5. However, some people in our community can not afford to pay money for Bible journaling at all. We still want these beloved members of our Seasons Illustrated family to be able to join us. That’s why, for the second time, we are using scholarships for our Len t Illustrated study.
This past winter, our team received 42 requests for a scholarship to participate in our Advent Illustrated study. Those requests included families living on one minimum wage income, retired women and men with a very limited budget, and a woman in a remote village in India who wanted to share the Bible with young girls in her community. Thanks to the generosity of the Seasons Illustrated group, we were able to fund every single request. We’re hoping we can do that again this Lent.
Thank you so much for your application for a scholarship for Lent Illustrated 2017. This scholarship program is available for those who cannot afford to pay the $5 base price for a Lent Illustrated study but would still love to participate. If you are taken off of the waiting list for a scholarship, you will receive a free Lent Illustrated eBook and access to all other associated downloads, resources, and freebies, as well as a certificate marking you a Lent Illustrated Scholar.
It is with great joy and excitement that I share with you the cover for Lent Illustrated 2017: Fruit of the Spirit! The eBook is now available for pre-order.
Friends, I am so excited to share today’s news with you! For the past few months, I’ve been working with a small team of friends and fellow writers to bring you a new study for the Epiphany season. As this is a time when, thanks to Valentine’s Day, many in our culture are focusing on love, we thought it would be great to bring you a love-themed study that examines different love stories from the Bible: not just romantic love stories, but also stories of family love, the love of friends, or love of neighbor.