Friday, April 4, 2014

Two Dollars, Two Hours, Transform a Life

This idea has been pressing my heart for a few months.

It all started late last summer when I met a precious teen girl. She'd give bits and snippets about her life to me, her vivacious zeal drawing me in and causing remembrances of my youth when anything seemed possible. You remember those moments of wanting to emerge from the group? To stand out from the crowd and show the world you're a unique individual.

It's hard to be different
when you want to be accepted by your peers.

Her story is not mine to share, so I won't go into the details. I only know from the moment I met her, I felt compelled to pour love onto her and into her heart. She needs to know how beautiful she is, how unconditionally loved she is, how her uniqueness is celebrated by Him. 

I'm almost ashamed to admit how long I've been hearing Him telling me to do this. It's been months. I finally took the time to act on His prompt.

This project won't take much money or much time to complete, yet its heart effects will last a lifetime.

Pretty Container & Colorful Index Cards
$1 each from Dollar Tree

With the help of Biblegateway, I searched for Bible verses that had 'LORD says' in them. There are hundreds. While many won't apply because they are used by the prophets and seem woeful, there are more than enough for this project. 

Next I searched 'LOVE' followed by 'GRACE'. In under 2 hours, my intentions of having a month's worth of bible 'He Loves Me' verses was fulfilled. Actually, I was enjoying the process so much, I lost count while writing, and ended up with over 40 cards. 

Each card is handwritten with one verse and a catch. To make it truly personal, the person's name is inserted into the verse. Sometimes I think we forget the Bible is one giant Love Note written to each of us individually. For this reason, I believe it's incredibly important to personalize the verses as well as write them by hand. I know typing them up might seem quicker or easier, but taking the time...under 2 write by hand exemplifies you care.

~ Love Always, God

And something I didn't expect happened along the way of creating this little love basket of notes. 
As I wrote out cards, I had my own heart-transforming connection with Him. 
I realized again His love, His grace, His peace; and THAT my friends, is priceless.

How have you shown others they are loved?

Happy Friday! 

PS ~ If there is enough interest in the verses I used, I will generate a PDF 'cheat sheet.'
PPS ~ I received the parents' permission before communicating with this child. 

UPDATE:  Here's the 'cheat sheet list of the verses:  Love Always, God

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Sunday! Stand Firm

The Whole Armor of God--

 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

With its striking imagery, this is one of my favorite verses. Typically, you'll see the verse with a rendering of a Roman soldier. I wanted my children to be inspired by this verse, too; so to make it more impressionable for them, I drew on their Greek heritage to create this WordArt. 

When life gets tough, we remind the kids they are from a long line of tenacious & brave kinsfolk...Spartans. They are related to the '300.' If you are unfamiliar with the history of King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans, click here:  Battle of Thermopylae

We dig in and stand firm. We draw our bravery and strength from God's mighty power. We raise our swords high and rely on Him. 

Do you know your heritage?

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Patchwork in the Kitchen

It's not sewing, but I have been working on a bit of patchwork in the kitchen. This has been a month-long project...because I worked on it in between life moments. Yesterday, I finished the grout. I'll seal it this weekend...if our schedule cooperates. ;) Here's a sneak peak...

Once completed, I'll paint the cabinets a bright white. The walls will receive a new coat of color, too. DH simply shakes his head. It wasn't all that long ago the kitchen was painted. I enjoyed the gray; however, I love this mosaic tile...and the gray doesn't work well with it. We're going back to traditional, neutral tones. It's incredibly invigorating to work on home projects...although I'm a little down in the back this morning. That NEVER happened when I was in my 20s and renovating our first home. Sigh.

Have you done any painting or room renovations lately?

Happy Thursday!