Life is a grand adventure when you’re walking by faith. Sometimes you think you’re headed in one direction, and then you turn the corner and God leads you down a completely different path than you expected. That’s happened to me quite a few times, but the one I’m referring to today is my journey into hand lettering.
Two years ago, I walked around a bend (metaphorically speaking) and there was an unexpected gift laying in my path. I leaned over and picked it up, full of curiosity. It turned out to be a nudge into the world of hand lettering.
It actually happened that I’d been enjoying a coloring session (with a good old-fashioned kids coloring book) when it hit me: why couldn’t I create my own Scripture-based coloring book? I’d always loved to doodle, and I love encouraging people to meditate on God’s Word, so the thought struck a nerve and I started doodling some designs.
The coloring book project never quite got off the ground — I started a few designs, only to discover how much I had to learn about drawing and lettering artistically. But that led me to start exploring the creative lettering world, and I was hooked. Or, as they say, the rest was history.
I’ve always thought in words . . . complete with fonts and layouts and colors . . . but I’d never thought about trying to put those word pictures down on paper. Then all of a sudden, God allowed me to see how it could be possible. And as I started to dabble in it, I discovered an ability that I’d never even dreamed of having.
The thrill of putting on paper what I see in my mind is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before! It seems tailor-made for the way God created me — and it’s even more exciting to hear how God uses those designs to encourage others and remind them of His precious promises. In fact, there’s a part of me that wishes He had allowed me to discover hand lettering a long time ago! But He knew when I was ready not just to enjoy it for myself, but to learn how to use it for His glory.
And the Adventure Continues…
In fact, I’m making strides to shift from hobby to side business.
You may have noticed more items in the shop lately or received some emails about them. I’m working hard to design and create and plan for the year(s) ahead, and am learning everything I can about starting my own business. Side note: it’s not for the faint of heart!
But as fun — and intense — as it is starting a business, God keeps reminding me that He must always stay FIRST in my life. Psalm 1:2 speaks of the man who does not listen to the world’s counsel (in this case, eat/breathe/sleep business ideas and marketing) . . .
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
That is the person who God will deem successful! Not the one who earns thousands of dollars or makes a “big name” for themselves on social media, but the one who delights in HIM with every fiber of their being. The one who spends quality time with God before getting busy with marketing and planning.
That’s what I want to do in my own life, but it’s also what I want to encourage with the art I create! The DogFur & Dandelions mission is to encourage biblical thinking in the everyday, and whether I’m producing blog posts or hand lettered products, that’s my guiding principle:
- to delight in God’s Word more and before anything else, and
- to produce art that will encourage others to do the same.
I don’t entirely know where this journey will take me — maybe it’s just for a season, or maybe it will offer a long-term change. But I know the One who’s leading me, and I’m walking by faith every step of the way!
Have you ever discovered an unexpected ability or interest that God used to change your life’s direction?