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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!
About Lent Illustrated
Lent Illustrated is a seven-week Bible journaling study during the season of Lent, in preparation for Easter. What is a Bible journaling study? It’s exactly what it sounds like – a Bible study with a journaling component that allows you to take what you’re learning and turn it into devotional art. You do not need to be an artist to join us for Lent; every skill level is represented in our group. If you don’t feel comfortable making art in the margins of your Bible, you are more than welcome to buy a separate notebook in which to journal.
What is Lent?
Lent is one of the seasons of the liturgical year, or Christian calendar. The liturgical year is a series of seasons and celebrations that keep an eye on the life and ministry of Jesus; Lent is the season before Easter in which we experience penitence and draw near to God before Easter. Lent last seven weeks, and this year begins on March 1.
About Our Lent Illustrated 2017 Theme: Fruit of the Spirit
This year’s Lent Illustrated theme is Fruit of the Spirit. We begin with Ash Wednesday week, studying two verses that give us insight into the practices associated with the Lenten season. This week serves as a primer and introduction to Lent.
From there, we journal through the nine fruits of the spirit named in Galatians 5: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The virtues are presented at a pace of two prompts per week. In these weeks, we study ten different Bible verses and attempt to open our hearts more widely for God, cultivating the fruits of the spirit in our lives and ourselves.
Finally, the third portion of our Lent study covers Holy Week, as we walk alongside Christ in his final days. During Holy Week, there are daily readings and verses, as well as two journaling prompts. In this week, we do our best to process and experience the story of Holy Week and the Crucifixion. We ultimately conclude with a final, joyful prompt as we rejoice in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Lent Illustrated 2017 Cost, Dates, and Logistics
How will Lent Illustrated be made available?
The 2017 Lent Illustrated guide will be available as both a print book and an eBook. The print book can be ordered via Amazon to any country to which Amazon delivers. The eBook can be downloaded anywhere in the world, and you may read it on a computer, or print a copy for your own records. The preliminary release date for the book in both print and eBook is February 22, 2017, though it may be released a few days early depending on Amazon’s printing.
How much will Lent Illustrated cost?
We are committed to making our resources affordable and accessible to everyone. For that reason, we continue to do pay-what-you-want pricing for all of our studies. This year, our recommended price for Lent Illustrated is $10, but our base price is $5, meaning that you can pay $5, $10, or any price above $5 that you want.
What if I cannot afford the $5 base price?
Not everyone is in a position to spend any money on a Bible study, no matter how small the cost. For that reason, this year we are introducing Lent Illustrated Scholarships. You may fill out an application to be an Lent Illustrated Scholar and receive a free eBook copy of Lent Illustrated. Members of our community are encouraged to purchase scholarships for those who cannot afford to purchase a study themselves. Each time a scholarship is purchased, a new person will be taken off of the Lent Illustrated Scholarship waiting list.
Do I need a separate Bible?
You do not need a separate Bible to participate in this study, though you may wish to have a journaling Bible or notebook rather than using your study Bible. These are the choices I recommend:
You do not need to use my recommendations and you are welcome to journal on anything that you please!
Do I need fancy art supplies?
No! Some people enjoy having many art supplies to help them in their practice, but almost all of us got started with the same things you already have in your house: pens and colored pencils. You do not need to buy art supplies to journal with us, although you are welcome to if that is what makes you feel comfortable in your journaling.
When do we start?
Lent begins on March 1, 2017. The book is already available!