Guarding Our Hearts in the Social Media Age

Last night my husband and I watched the “Connect” documentary by Kirk Cameron, along with our kids. The documentary brought up many good points for us to consider as parents in an age where technology lets us constantly be influenced by the world and people around us, literally holding that influence in the palms of our hands.

This documentary was especially timely for my family because we just gave our daughters cell phones this year…something we thought we would never, ever do! It has been a learning experience for all of us as we try to set healthy boundaries and monitor how they use their phones. While they are not allowed on social media just yet, my husband and I are all-too-aware that it’s only a matter of time before they, too, will be perusing Instagram and Facebook and maybe even writing tweets of their own.

Cameron points out that when we give our child a cell phone, we give them a device they can hold in one hand that contains more technology than was used to put a man on the moon. Wow! He points out some of the dangers and ways that cell phone technology can be used for bad, but I love that he also points out how it can be used for good. He makes it clear that the solution to the risks and dangers of cell phone use is NOT to guard our children from technology and take it away from them. The solution is to get to the heart, in hopes that we can train them to use technology with wisdom and discernment.

We can better equip our children to navigate through our changing world by training them to guard their hearts, which will help them grow in wisdom and discernment that, Lord-willing, will carry them through their adult years.

So how do we teach our children to guard their hearts? One way is by teaching them to be aware of what they allow in their lives and how those things influence them. Encourage them to ask themselves the following questions:

What is my thought life like?

What do I spend the most time meditating on during the day?

What am I allowing in front of my eyes?

What kind of thoughts does that cultivate in me?

How does social media effect my mind?

Am I being influenced by others? If so, what is it about them that is having the biggest influence on my life?

Do all of my answers to the above questions honor God and show that Jesus is Lord over my life?

These are the things I want my children to be asking themselves. I hope to shepherd my children well, alongside my husband, training them to guard their hearts with all vigilance. As parents, we cannot control their every thought, move, word, etc., nor would we want to. We want to prepare them for the future when they will be responsible for making their own choices, without us there to guide them every step of the way.

And as Charles Spurgeon once said, “Train up a child in the way he should go, but make sure you go that way yourself.” Let us be asking these same questions of ourselves, and more! Many of us are on social media every day, and everyone we encounter on social media has a voice. We need to see each person we “follow” as a voice that’s trying to tell us something. What’s it saying? Here are some things for us parents to consider when we see those pictures and words scroll across our phones, tablets, and computer screens:

What is this person trying to tell me?

What’s my own opinion of this?

What does God’s word say?

Does this person’s words line up with Scripture?

Do my own thoughts and opinions line up with scripture?

What influence has this person had on my life so far, if any?

And finally, should I really even be following this person?

Dr. Kathy Koch, one of the experts Cameron consults with in his documentary, made a profound statement when she said that God is “not gonna rewrite the Bible for your generation.” So while we live in an age where technology makes it easier than ever to be influenced by the world, let us have Romans 12:2 written on our hearts to remind us: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Father, help us to be discerning people. Help us to filter what the world is telling us through the lens of Scripture. Give us self-control. Give us wisdom to use the minds you’ve given us for good and help us not to be so easily influenced unless it’s in a way that honors and glorifies You. In Jesus’ name, amen.


My Brother’s Legacy

In hopes of sharing my brother’s legacy for the glory of God, and in hopes of his story having an impact on eternity, that God would use his story to bring others to Christ, I have decided to post the eulogy I read at his celebration of life service. Please share with anyone who may need to hear this message of everlasting hope found only in Christ!

The Legacy of My Brother

Mario Chacon Jr.

My brother Mario leaves behind a legacy that has had an impact on so many of us here today — a legacy of love, family, talent, hard work, and making the most of the life we’ve been given. I’m sure everyone in this room has a story to tell about how Mario impacted their life.

But he also leaves behind a legacy that I hope will have an impact on eternity, and I’d like to share a little about that with you today.

When Mario found out he had cancer, he had no choice but to stare death in the face. For four years, he wondered what the future would hold for him. Then came questions about life, death, and faith. He turned to God to try to make sense of it all. He had a lot of questions, and there were some things that he never was able to fully understand in this life, and such is the case when we are dealing with some of the hard things in life and trying to make sense of it with our finite minds.

God says that his thoughts are not our thoughts and neither are our ways his ways. In those times, we have to trust that God is good and He is sovereign in control of all things.

By the grace of God I know that Mario, while he may have had a ton of questions for God, he never stopped pursuing God, and God never stopped pursuing him. It’s because of this that I know my brother is now with the Lord where one of two things have happened – either all of his questions now make sense, or none of it matters because he is experiencing the fullness of joy just being in glory with his King.

Philippians 2:12 says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, and that is exactly what Mario did. Watching him wrestle with his faith over the last four years is a true testament to just how serious we should take the state of our eternal souls. He knew it wasn’t something to take lightly. He knew that a changed life was evidence of a changed heart. He knew that it took the work of God to save him, and in the end, I believe that’s what happened. God used this time to draw Mario to Himself and He didn’t let him go from His loving and saving grip. Praise the Lord.

So while we sit here today, grieving over our loss, let us who are in Christ rejoice that we will see him again one day.

But if you’re not sure where you stand before God, now’s the time to realize your sinfulness before our holy and righteous God. Confess your sins to Him and receive the same free gift of faith and forgiveness that Mario found in Christ our Lord.

1 John 1:5-9 says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

I can stand here today and say that while my heart is sad because I will miss my brother, I can also rejoice because he is in a better place. No more treatments, no more suffering, no more pain, no more questions. Knowing all of that doesn’t take away the pain of missing him. But the pain magnifies my hope. Hope of being with my Lord one day, and hope of seeing my brother completely happy and pain free.

I hope that if you have never put your faith in Christ before, that you would do that today and not leave here the same person you were when you walked in those doors. Confess your sinfulness to our holy God and trust that Christ paid the penalty for your transgressions. Turn away from your sins and devote your life to Christ.

By the grace of God, Mario had almost four years to seriously consider the state of his heart and what would happen after death. But as for all of us here today, many of us probably won’t receive a four-year warning, to find the forgiveness in Christ that grants us an inheritance in the kingdom of God. That’s why it’s urgent that we look to Christ in faith today.

I know where my brother is today, and it’s a place where he has so much joy and peace that he wouldn’t want to return to this earth even if he could. Praise God.

So let Mario’s legacy be one of love, family, talent, hard work, and making the most of the life we’ve been given. But let it also be a legacy that points us to Christ.

Thank you.


Lettering Series: The Attributes of God

Today kicks of my lettering series on the Attributes of God. I plan to cover one attribute a week for the next several weeks.
Why the attributes of God? Because as Dr. Steven J. Lawson says, “The higher our knowledge of God, the higher our worship will be of God… Everything about your worship hinges on it. (We) were made to worship God.”
There are several different studies on the Attributes of God, and each one differs as far as which attributes they cover. I am really hoping this will encourage you to dig into this topic for yourself. I have a few resources I can personally recommend that have helped me.
  1. The book, “The Attributes of God” by A.W. Pink. It’s a short book and you can find the pdf for free online if you do a google search.
  2. “Knowing the Living God,” a workbook by Paul Washer from @mediagratiae. My husband and I have been using this book with our kids for family worship. What I love about it is that every page points you to scripture. It’s important to look to the Word of God Himself to know the truth about Him, and this workbook helps you do exactly that!
  3. I highly recommend you download the One Passion app where you can find sermons by Dr. Steven J. Lawson. There is a series on there called the Attributes of God. I highly recommend taking the time to listen to that. You can listen while doing household chores, driving, or whenever else you find yourself normally listening to the radio. Set your mind on things above!
  4. You might also want to download the Sermon Audio app (or you can use the website). Each week, if you want to try to find a sermon or two to listen to on a particular attribute, you can do a search on Sermon Audio and look for solid preachers that may have something on the attribute you are looking for. For instance, you might search “The Immutability of God” or “The Holiness of God,” etc.
  5. Last, but most important: The Bible! I will be sharing scriptures on each attribute, but you can also search the scriptures yourself to see what else you can find on any particular attribute of God.
I will cover one attribute a week for a set amount of weeks that will depend on how many attributes I decide to cover. I am still compiling my list of which attributes I plan to include. I will be lettering the attributes and the scriptures that support them. I may also include helpful quotes from some solid bible teachers and pastors.
There is no way for our finite minds to know our infinite God exhaustively, but that doesn’t give us an excuse not to try to know Him as much as He has revealed Himself to us in His word. I am thankful for solid teachers like Paul Washer, Steve Lawson, A.W. Pink, and many others that have put these attributes together for us to point us to the truth found in His Word. I hope and pray that this series will encourage you in growing in the knowledge of God, growing in your love for Him, and growing in your motivation to share the truth in love.
If you don’t already know God, I am praying for you, too. God’s word will not return void, and I praise Him that I know He will accomplish everything He has foreordained with this series.
I’d like to leave you with the following quote by J.I. Packer:
“We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place, and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God.”

How Do You Keep Your Lines So Straight?

There are a few questions I get asked so frequently I thought it would be a good idea to address those here on the blog. One of those questions is, “How do you keep your lines so straight?”

First, let’s be honest…

When I freehand a design like you see in a lot of my Instagram timelapse videos, the lines aren’t perfectly straight. The fast speed of the videos is very forgiving, so you hardly notice all of my imperfections.

For the most part, though, I am able to achieve somewhat straight lines, and I think that mostly just comes with lots and lots of practice and developing a second-hand nature for writing in a straight line without a guide. (Get help learning and practicing lettering & calligraphy with my lettering kit at

However, when I am sketching out a design that I intend to use for a print or a sign, I do want to be more precise with my lines, so I prefer to use a guide. In comes my secret weapon…

Okay, it’s not a secret, but here it is: Rhodia Grid Paper + Litup Wireless Portable Light Box.

As shown in the picture above, I use two sheets of Rhodia Grid paper in the size you will find at the above link. Two sheets fit perfectly within the lit up screen area of the light box also linked above. I line them up perfectly and then use washi tape to secure them to my light box. I use washi tape because it is easy to remove. (Also pictured: Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pen — one of my top favorites!)

Once I have my sheets neatly secured to my light box, I can then use regular computer paper or (whatever kind of paper you prefer to use for sketching), turn on my light box, and place my blank sheet right over the graph paper so the lines show through and keep my writing nice and straight. If I need to secure my blank sheet so it’s not moving around and throwing my lines off, I will secure that also with washi tape for easy removal. (I LOVE @raindropwashishop for adorable washi designs not sold in stores, and because I love to shop small and support other makers and creatives.)

This is the method I use for sketching out a design that I want to use for prints or for my wooden signs. If it’s a design for a wood sign, I will then take my sketch and tape it to my wood piece and use carbon paper to trace my sketch onto my sign, and then paint it either using regular acrylic paints or acrylic paint markers. One of these days I hope to put up a full tutorial via the blog or YouTube, but for now I hope this quick explanation helps.

Of course, you could always skip the light box and just use the grid paper to sketch your designs. The process I use helps cut back on paper, which I love because Rhodia grid paper can start to get costly if you’re having to buy it all the time.

Some things I love about the light box:

  1. It has a rechargeable battery, so you can used it while it is plugged in or unplug it and take it with you wherever you want to work, since it is portable.
  2. The light is dimmable so you can customize the intensity of the light per your preference.
  3. It has a ruler on the screen for any of your measuring needs.
  4. It is thin and lightweight.
  5. It has pads on the bottom so it doesn’t scrape up my desk.

Once again, here they are listed with clickable links to where you can find them online:

Rhodia Grid Paper

Litup Wireless Portable Light Box

Sakura Koi Coloring Brush Pens


Menu Planning Made Fun

It’s always nice to be able to spruce up the mundane with a little fun. When I do my menu planning, I like to write it out nice and pretty with some brush pens.


This week, I used my Pentel brush touch felt-tip pen 12 color set SES15C-12“>Pentel Touch Brush Pens to fill out my breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu for each day of the week. These pens are some of my favorites because they are smaller and the brush tips aren’t as big as some of the large brush pens out there. It makes handling the pen a little easier, especially if you are new to brush lettering. It’s all about personal preference, though, so you’d have to try them out for yourself to see how you like them!

The planner I use for my home life is the me & my BIG ideas Create 365 The Happy Planner, Hello Life, 18 Month Planner, July 2016 – December 2017“>Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas. The menu portion is part of the “>Home Planner Add-on.

Meal planning makes life run a lot more smoothly with caring for my family, homeschooling, and running our small business.

Find the items mentioned by clicking the links below:

Pentel brush touch felt-tip pen 12 color set SES15C-12“>Pentel Touch Brush Pens

“>Happy Planner

“>Home Planner Add-on

Pencil Calligraphy, Uncategorized


Hi guys!

First off, welcome to my new website! I created this new site to be your one-stop shop for Hand Lettered Truth. Here you will find links to all of my social media accounts and my Etsy shop. I am super excited to share that this site is also a BLOG!!!

This is a blog where I will continue to share as I grow in my faith and understanding of my God. I love hand lettering and I love using it as a tool for scripture meditation and memorization. If you’ve been following me on Instagram for any length of time, you may have noticed that many of my posts are based on things that I am learning in my own walk, bible studies, family worship, etc. This has been a great platform to share the gospel through social media, as well as encouraging other believers in their own walk, and I look forward to continuing to do that through blogging and lettering.

Hands down, the most common question I get asked a gazillion times day is — yup, you guessed it — “What pen are you using?” I have tried to include that information in my posts, but sometimes I only have a split second to post in between flipping quesadillas and changing diapers…so I often forget to include important information. I’m hoping this blog will help…

Each time I post a new blog, I will share a link to it via social media with an image or video of something I hand lettered related to the blog post. If you are wondering what pen or paper I used in the post, you will be able to find that information right here in the blog, along with a link to where you can purchase those items.

For example: You may have reached this specific blog post via my Instagram video for the picture below. If you wondered what pencil or paper I used in the video, you will find that information at the bottom of this blog post, as well as a link to where you can purchase those materials online.

For this design, I used a Sakura127 Mechanical Pencil. My favorite! The pencil is thin and lightweight and makes it a joy to use. You can find the pencil at the following link:

Sakura127 Mechanical Pencil

The paper is Rhodia’s Classic Black Notepad with blank paper, found at the link below:

Rhodia Classic Black Notepad – Blank Paper