I first heard about Grace Notes Subscription on the Mom Struggling Well podcast. Emily Thomas, the host of the podcast, shared that scripture memory was a struggle of hers, but that her friend Deborah’s business was helping her with it. As someone who has always had a hard time truly hiding God’s word in my heart, I was intrigued.
Grace Notes Subscription is a monthly subscription service that selects one verse of scripture for each month, creates beautiful artwork for that verse, and sends subscribers prints of the verse to display in their home or office. The verse and design change each month and while Deborah does provide a sneak peek or two on social media, the finished product is a total surprise. This truly makes opening each envelope feel like receiving a gift from a friend in the mail.
Deborah is a wife and mom of four kiddos, so she knows all about having a busy life. Grace Notes is her way of practicing Lectio Devina (Latin for Divine Reading), the idea of reading a portion of scripture repetitively and seeing the word come alive in your life. In fact, the mission of Grace Notes is to provide a way to repetitively read, pray, and meditate with the same small portion of scripture for a month so that the word of God would become living in our lives.
Each month’s Grace Notes Subscription envelope includes two prints (5×7″ and 2.5×3.5″) and one waterproof vinyl sticker of that month’s design. You also get a coordinating paper clip that changes every month and a 5×7″ card to write your prayers for the month and the verse. All the pieces are designed as a set and I haven’t received a set yet that I didn’t love.
As someone who has a full (to sometimes overflowing) life, this idea of starting small and almost bumping into scripture as I went about my day sounded divine. It made scripture memory feel approachable – doable even! I quickly ordered the November envelope and was blown away by the scripture Deborah chose and the design.
I had been meaning to add a monthly gratitude log to my bullet journal but hadn’t made it a priority. Upon opening the Grace Notes envelope and seeing the month’s verse – In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – I started the log and clipped the small verse to the page. I’ve continued this habit over the past few months and find that having the verse attached to the gratitude page 1) helps me connect what I am grateful for to God and 2) reminds me to pray the word as I record my gratitude for the day.
I've been keeping a gratitude journal this month and it has made such a difference in my attitude. Looking back over the past 24 days, it is easy to see patterns of family, love, friendship and grace. I'm so thankful for the blessing in our life. This month's @gracenotessubscription verse was a perfect compliment. #thankful #thanksgiving #gracenotessubscription #practicegratitude #gratitudejournal #bulletjournal #OWplans
The larger print spent the month leaning on my mantle and the sticker lived on my phone case. I love that each month’s verse seems to be carefully selected with the time of year and rhythm of the season in mind. November’s verse focused on thankfulness, December’s verse encouraged joy, peace and hope and January’s verse reminds us God’s mercies are new each morning. In fact, January’s verse helped confirm that steadfast was my one little word for 2017. I can’t wait to see what Deborah has selected for February.
I find the larger print is just the right size to washi tape to the edge of my computer screen, lean on a mirror or even pop into a frame on my dresser. This year, I decided to create a collection in the back of my bullet journal for each month’s Grace Notes sticker. This will help me keep track of the scripture I memorize this year and is a nice way to see all the designs in one place.
I’ve also started writing the verse on the left side of my bullet journal facing the monthly title page. At the end of every month, I’ll affix the larger print to that page. Writing the verse at the beginning of the month is a great opportunity for me to pray over the month and ask God to direct my path in the coming weeks.
How to get a Grace Notes Subscription
You can order a single Grace Notes envelope for $10, or order a 2, 3, 4, 6 or 12-month subscription for $9 each month. If you subscribe, the orders ship on the first of the month and you can either pay all at once or be billed on the 20th of each month for the following month’s envelope.
Grace Notes subscriptions make a great gift. In fact, I gave my mother in law a subscription for Christmas this year and it was a big hit. Deborah can even stagger your subscription to be delivered every other month, making a 6-month subscription last all year if you like. This would also make a great graduation gift for a niece or birthday gift for a dear friend. If you are buying the subscription as a gift, you can ask Deborah to send the first month to you so you can give the gift in person and explain how it works. The Grace Notes shop also sells wood stands handmade by Deborah’s husband that are just the right size to display the small or large print and would be a great addition to a gift subscription. Heck, I may be gifting myself one soon. 🙂
If you can’t tell, I absolutely love my Grace Notes subscription. Having these beautiful prints of scripture set out where I can’t help but read them has helped my scripture memory so much. Even better, I find myself refocusing on God and what His will is for me and our family every time I set my eyes on a print. If you are someone that has a hard time making time for Bible study or memorizing scripture, this is a subscription service that I think you will really enjoy.
To be clear, this is not a sponsored post, I pay for my Grace Notes Subscription with my own money and the links included in the post are not affiliate links. I just love this subscription and think you will too. I also love supporting women-owned businesses, especially ones that were created to solve a struggle in the founder’s own life.
How about you?
How do you make time to study God’s word and memorize scripture? Do you have tips and tricks that help you or a favorite devotional to share? Comment below; I’d love to hear all about it.