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Reminders: SHINE

Reminders: Matthew 5:16 | Eclectic Affinity #write31days

Many of these verses I’ve posted as free printables and digital wallpapers during this series participating in the Write 31 Days challenge were verses that my husband and I clung to in the midst of starting and developing each of our businesses. The textures as well as the layout are my designs. I really hope you enjoy them!

My current/next endeavor is creating artwork and designs for purpose of licensing. In business you need to be willing to change course as needed. In this season of life, licensing is a really good fit. Past versions of my business have relied on my doing as much or more office work or customer interaction and marketing than simply being able to create art.

I really miss the art. I miss creating new designs.

With an active, little munchkin, I’d rather be doing the aspect I’m best at versus trying to do it all. I’m currently preparing a collection of designs inspired by springtime and am excited what that could lead to. Several of my company’s designs were inspired by this journey of faith, and I’m sure many more will be as well.

In the meantime, I’m excited that these verses and their corresponding printables and digital wallpapers might inspire and encourage you (like they’ve encouraged me!) as they’re printed and hung in your homes or even displayed on your phone. When you see these in your homes or on your devices, think back to God’s heart for His people in Deuteronomy, and when you ponder His directives to keep these reminders in sight, keep your ears tuned to a still, small voice softly whispering “Don’t forget; don’t forget, My child.”

If there are verses you’d personally love to see turned into printables and such in the future, leave a comment.

If you’ve enjoyed having these free prints and digital wallpapers in your home or on your techie devices, I’d consider it a HUGE blessing if you’d consider donating even a tiny, tiny mustard seed amount to refugees who need help. For all the ache that I confess my heart has felt over wanting to know which town, which state, which address would be mine to keep, it can’t compare at all to the ache of what it would be to have to flee a home in fear. There are more refugees in our modern day than since World War II. It’s difficult to even comprehend what it would be like to not have any home at all. Donate, if you would, to Samaritan’s Purse at this link here.

 Keep scrolling for my #write31days recap at the end + some links to more blog series posts to check out!


This is part 31 of 31 (Hooray! We made it!) in a personal story participating in the Write 31 Days Challenge. To start at the beginning or to see all the posts in order, click here. If you want to follow along for future updates, follow on social media or subscribe as a reader to Eclectic Affinity!

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Download the Matthew 5:16 package of free printables and digital wallpapers here: Matthew 5:16 File Set

[Note: downloaded files, designs, and all content are © copyright Charm Design Studio, LLC. For personal—not commercial—use only. Use without permission is strictly prohibited. By downloading and/or using, you agree to these terms. For more on my policies, click here.]

#write31days recap


It was bittersweet wrapping up this last post in the Write 31 Days series. Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the rest and for going back to my regularly scheduled programming—but being a part of something can be a good thing.

Usually I’m a tutorial sort of gal, so blogging this much about a personal story is a first for me. What I love though, is that the story isn’t over. My hope is that these printables and digital wallpapers will find themselves where they need to be—now and over the coming weeks, months, and even years perhaps. In that, I feel grateful. That gratitude extends over into the online friendships that were made. There are so many sweet women online—women like the kind who look up a recipe for an egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free cake recipe for a momma on an allergy elimination diet looking to #eatmorecupcakes! These women who are sharing their words and their hearts—it’s humbling to be a part of that, a part of their world in my own small way in a tiny corner of the internet.

With all the craziness of this month (and this gal even pre-wrote posts!), I haven’t gotten to read any whole series all the way through yet, but these are a few favorite of mine that I had the chance to read a snippet or two of during the month of October. There are probably more I need to check out (and some I’m probably missing in this list), but oh my are there a lot of ladies (and a few brave gentlemen) who participated in this challenge! There are so many great series posts to read up on. Check out this board on Pinterest for a whole list of other #write31days blog series posts.

31 Days of Faith & Fitness // Crystal Stine

Speaking Praise: Words of Promise. Worship with Purpose // Grace Narratives

31 Day Series on Sewing Clothes for Beginners // The Ruffled Stitch

Taste of Stitching—31 Days of Embroidery // Lovely Messes

The ABCs of Socially Conscious Weddings // Chelsea Hudson

31 Days of Etsy Seller Q&A // Makery Space

31 Days of Faith in the Margins // Taz & Belly

31 Stories of Loving God as an Introvert // Sun-Steeped Days

31 Days of Biz Tips for the Introvert // Stephanie Ross Lane

31 Ways to Snag a Literary Agent // Jessie Kirkland

31 Days to Build a Social Media Presence // A Problem Like Maria

31 Days of Natural Beauty // A Delightful Home

31 Days to a Better Understanding of Football // My Cracked Conclusion

31 Days To a Less-Stress Holiday Season // Girl with Blog

Discovering God in the Old Testament: A 31 Day Bible Study for Mama // Leah D. Everson

31 Days: I’m Not Sorry // Giving Up On Perfect

31 Munchkin Memories // Sacred Rollercoaster

I basically want to read scripture, become strong, speak and praise with intention, sew and embroider something, be eco-concious, buy something on Etsy, make beautiful notes in my Bible, embrace stillness, learn some tips that could possibly be applicable to getting signed with an art agent instead of a literary one, work on my blog, make a face mask, attempt to not zone out seeing colorful jerseys run around a field, and prepare for Advent. Here’s to November!

Jacquelyn Arends

Graphic designer + Illustrator + Entrepreneur // Owner of Charm Design Studio; blogging at Eclectic Affinity

  • Janette

    Ah! What a beautiful conclusion to your series! I smiled the whole way through and even thought of few more blogs that inspired me but I did not get to mention in my last post :-) I am honored that you listed my blog! Wow, thank you! It is a true blessing to connect with you and so many talented individuals.

    November 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm
  • Peachy

    AWESTRUCK! That would describe your 31 Day Series to me. A full box of tissue next to me is no longer quite as full. It is good to ask ‘why’. It is even better to listen. And you did. God is and will continue to bless you on your journey. Being in the center of God’s Will is a riveting experience that has no parallel. Thank you for sharing your journey! God does indeed love you deeply! You have learned and you have taught through this experience. Bless you on your continued adventure.

    November 4, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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