Ah September. The hot days of summer are winding down, kids are going back to school, and most importantly here in the south (in my husband's opinion), college football season begins again.
This month, I thought that a combination of a dark slate gray and a bold minty blue would be a perfect transition piece between summer and fall. I'm not quite ready for the traditional fall season just yet, and these two have been begging to be used together, so voila! Here you go! I designed these with a similar feel to The Colorblock Collection that just launched in the Etsy shop a few weeks ago! Pairing bold and soft hues together is one of my favorites to do ... just wait until you see what's in store for the holidays! :)
As always, there is one desktop design and two phone designs for this month. I am curious to see which one you will love more! I am also going to be changing things up here this month and am returning to blogging weekly on Thursdays and so every month, in addition to sharing the designs for the monthly downloads, included with it is going to be my thoughts behind why I added a particular verse for the bonus design. In the past, this was included in the monthly note of grace, but I want to open this up to everyone who visits my site as a way to learn more of my "why" behind what I do. So if you'd like, I would love for you to continue to read below to see why this months verse was chosen.
For September's bonus design, I chose to focus on a verse in 2 Timothy this month because reading that one morning simply struck a chord in my heart. This book in the bible is a letter from the apostle Paul to his son Timothy. To put it into very short story, Paul is a prisoner and writes this letter to his son. In the letter, he encourages him to speak about God's word, appear to be strong, and be okay for suffering, if it is for the Lord. He encourages him to pursue what is good and righteous and stay away from foolishness and ignorance. He speaks about being kind to everyone and speak the truth that is within the Scriptures. In 3:17, he says "that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work". He continues to give him instructions on sharing the word of the Lord and that people may oppose hearing it, but that God will always be with him no matter what. Soon after is where this verse comes in:
2 Timothy 4:17
"But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it."
I feel that this verse can help so many people to overcome obstacles that they are encountering, whether they are big or small. On a personal note, I think this speaks volumes to what God wants us to do as Christians. For a very long time, I have quietly prayed and built a relationship with Him on my own, but I was afraid to talk about anything out loud. That is not what He wants. He wants us to have strength to speak about him into people's lives, to help others to grow a relationship with him too. Over the last few months, I have gone through a tremendous change in my soul and I am no longer afraid to talk about my relationship with Christ and how I want it to grow, to share verses from the bible that lift me up and stir my soul and encourage people to build a relationship with Him as well.
I hope that this month's free calendar downloads will bring a smile to your face, help to keep your desktop clean and your calendar organized with dates at the ready, and that the bonus design encourages you, builds you up, and gives you strength. I would love to hear from you in the comments below what your thoughts are on this particular book in the bible too, if you'd like to share! Take care, and have an amazing month!