This last year has been full of some really rough stuff. We’ve lost babies, gone through fertility treatments, had our daughter diagnosed with JRA, surgeries, moved to a new state, took out a ton of student loans, pregnancy complications, health problems with our dog, financial stress and more… It’s been hard! I’ve cried more than my fair share, and been lifted up by the loving arms of friends and family on many occasions.
As I searched desperately for a way to relieve my stress, I found Jude, my friend Leisha’s unborn baby boy. Jude had a multitude of health problems and was born premature. After a good fight, he passed from this life hours later in the loving arms of his parents. For one so small, he touched a lot of lives, including mine. Jude helped me realize that it was not all about me, and that others struggle just as desperately as I do. I know that seems really obvious, but I was so inwardly focused on my own pain I had forgotten about others.
During times of trials, it is very typical to turn to your faith, and I was clinging to mine. I not only needed relief but wanted to help my friends as well. I have never wanted to be the person to sit idly by waiting for my friends to “call if they need anything” and decided that the best way to help is to take action. In my patriarchal blessing I have been told to “express the wonderful truths of this life in all things [I] create and do”and also to “use [my] talents in being assistance to others”. I have always felt intimidated by this counsel, but finally realized how I could do it!
Coloring is a very therapeutic way to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression! With the encouragement from friends, I started “The Stressed LDS Adult Coloring Book” which has since been changed to the more simple title of “Be Still My Soul”.
I honestly never expected myself to finish, but I feel so accomplished that I have! Hundreds of hours have gone into hand drawing, scanning, editing, and organizing these images full of LDS themes and symbols. However, knowing that financial situations can be tight for some causing stress, (this being exactly what I want to help people relieve) I have chosen not to put my coloring book up for sale, but for free with option to donate. I ask that if you have the financial means, please feel free to donate whatever you can afford. Donations will help keep future coloring books at free to low cost. Know that I love you all, and I hope that this coloring book will help someone as much as it has helped me!
Be Still My Soul
Printing and Coloring Info & Suggestions:
-22 pages (20 coloring images) in a PDF file
-Includes additional references for study and inspiration in relation to the image you are coloring!
-Hand drawn and lettered images
-Pages are composed to be 8×10. You can easily print them out on regular 8×10, color them, trim them down and display your artwork proudly!
-Print on thicker paper like card stock for a better quality of coloring.
-Be mindful that ink jet printers and watercolor do not work well together. If you plan on using watercolor, please consider a laser printer!
-Use colored pencils, crayons, sharpies, felt tips, watercolor (see above tip), ect!
-Suggested donation amount is $5
-For Personal use only
-Do not distribute full copies to groups, but feel free to share the link to friends to get their own!
-Do not claim designs as your own, please!
-SHOW IT OFF TO ME! Email: Spottedpepperdesigns@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/spottedpepperdesigns, or instagram @spottedpepperdesigns! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see what you do!
-If the file type does not work for you, you have questions, or you find an error, please let me know ASAP. I would love to help you out!