I have known about and had the assets for a while to make something for the #lighttheworld Christmas initiative, and in the end, I decided I wasn't going to do anything this year. So many talented people create lovely and inspiring things to download and do to help make things easier. I just didn't feel like I needed to or had anything to add. Then Monday night I was talking to John about something completely unrelated, and suddenly the Spirit whispered (very loudly because sometimes I am hard of hearing), and I saw in my mind this download. So Tuesday morning I started working, and I sent an email requesting and receiving permission to alter the content into a journal form. This project came together faster than anything I have done in a very long time, such that I was able to create the content, print it off and study.
Time for study is always heavenly.
So once again I say, anything that is good that comes from me I acknowledge God's hand and divine intervention. I am nothing without Him.
The download is straightforward.
I wanted something that you could just print, cut (if desired), and go. There is too much going on this time of year for anything complicated, and I enjoyed the reflective questions and knew I wanted to write as well as act and perhaps even write about the different ways we decide to serve.
I just took the materials provided, created the daily entries, added two per page and printed. You can even fold into a book. However, I will warn you that the download isn't in a book format so you won't be able to print front to back and have the days be in order.
I wanted something that was versatile for as much or as little embellishing as possible. I also wanted to leave plenty of room for writing, and as you will see there is not enough, and that is okay. I love adding inserts and post it notes along the way.
You will notice, and if you don't I'm pointing it out, my printer is once again running out of ink, and I was in such a rush I didn't pay attention until everything was printed and I wasn't going to fix it. So my light the world is probably more pink than red, and there is a darker streak on the left-hand side. Rather than getting frustrated I just said, "Oh well" and started cutting the pages in half.
I knew I was going to continue in my smaller Moleskine notebook (5 x 8.25) so I reduced the pages to 95%. If you are going to use a Leuchtturm1917, you can just print and cut. I love that feature, but I had a Moleskine, so I used what I had on hand. I always go with a softcover because I know it will accommodate all the extra paper I add to the journal. Both bindings hold up beautifully to the abuse I give them.
I also created four pages of labels; one is not pictured in the photos because it was a late edition. Labels are my favorite accessory.
I printed everything on inexpensive full sheet shipping labels, like these on this link. I'm not overly concerned about them being archival. I have photos of most of my pages, and I will probably scan things, so my scripture journals are more for me than anyone else.
As always I didn't have enough room, so I added a page using washi tape on the outside edge. I ran out of time this morning, so I didn't finish day one, but that is the beautiful thing about studying. Some days you have an hour to devote to the scriptures, and other days there might only be 10 minutes here and 10 minutes there. No matter how long I have to give the Lord seems to bless me tenfold. It's such a blessing.
Another reason I moved to a smaller journal is that it's a little easier to throw in my bag and it doesn't weigh as much.
If you could describe my style, it would be messy and chaotic. I don't worry about staying in the lines. In fact, one of the reasons I have multiple lines is because I always mess up. I get bumped, or I'm just careless, and the pen goes crazily off course. I've learned to embrace the mess and just move on.
I also don't have enough emotional energy when I study to do big fancy things. I typically only have two pens, a ballpoint pen (Uniball Signo 207 or Uniball Signo RT1 0.28) and a gray brush pen for shading (currently using a Koi cool gray from this set). That being said, I know you will look at this and think it's big and fancy. Remember to do whatever feels right for you. The journal is only secondary to the scriptures. Get into the scriptures and see what God wants to teach you.
After cutting out a sheet of the labels and penning around them in my journal, I got smart and outlined the labels before I cut them out. You certainly don't have to outline anything. I just like the way it looks.
Also, can you see the super lame washi job I did on page one (see below)? I'm classy that way.
Now I know it's not December 1st yet, but I wanted to start and give you an idea of what I do when I study. There is no rhyme or reason to how I study or format a page. I love my stick people (see this post), and I always have arrows: big, small, thin, fat, arrows are essential.
As for my studying, I try to stay in the scriptures as much as possible. I do enjoy another person's views or the way they understand a passage of scripture, but if the Spirit can teach me that is preferred. I love using the cross-referencing system that is in the scriptures. I learn in ways I didn't anticipate and in ways that are hard to describe.
Scripture Citation Index I love this resource and use it all the time. I have the app on my phone as well. I look up the scripture reference and then it brings up a list of conference talk in which the scripture was mentioned. So thankful for this resource and it has significantly enriched my studying.
I'm sure I've forgotten something, so please ask. I hope you will feel Christ's light and share it with others this holiday season and always.
Download Akimball_lighttheworld_2017 (journal pdf)
Download Akimball_lighttheworld_labels_2017 (labels pdf)