Sermon Sketchnoting – Obedience Icon

I got a note from Jan this week:

I love how you illustrate notes! We took your workshop at the Daybreak Women’s Conference and enjoyed it very much. As I am going through the Bible this year I am trying to highlight anytime someone shows obedience to God’s Word. I would love to have a symbol that I can just draw in the margins but I am not creative and would love a suggestion or two of what I might draw….

So her request got me to thinking about an icon for Obedience. I came up with an icon, and thought I’d share my thought process on how I arrived at this icon.

First of all when you’re doing some Sermon Sketchnoting or Sketchnoting during quiet time, the images have to be:


  1. Consist of Simple Shapes (combining geometric shapes often makes for simple images)
  2. Easy to Draw
  3. Fast (when you’re taking notes, often there’s not a lot of time to draw an image)
  4. Easily recognizable (not that you can’t create your own code, but if there’s a connection it will be easier to remember.





1 Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

It’s simple, fast and easy to draw and the connection between yielding to His will and Obedience is an easy connection to make. So what do you think? Does this icon work? Any suggestions for improvements? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Stay tuned next week for a really special doodle birthday devo.



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