Recently I shared my experience creating new, fun pieces to decorate our home out of “found things” or “clutter” that was just taking up space. You can check it out in Creating a Thankful Home: Decluttering & Upcycling for a Purpose. Part of that project turned out to be one of my favorite things because it is art made from our favorite things.
I had gone on a pinning spree on this subject but then came back to reality, realizing I was limited on wall space. Smh. Since moving or adding more walls to our home probably weren’t sensible options, I ended up morphing several pins into this ONE piece (for the sake of said limited wall real estate). But I am thankful that I had to get creative because this morphing of many pins makes me so happy! It is a compilation of:
- A song we played at our wedding 11 years ago and still love Somewhere Over the Rainbow What a Wonderful World by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole
- Our gratitude list as a family
- My desire to make our home reflect our personality
- My upcycling challenge of using stuff that was taking up space
There is so much bad news out there. The challenge every day is to remember to look for the good because the bad news will be shoved at us from every direction. To get to the good stuff, we must be diligent, intentional, and determined to find what is good in our world. We must believe that our actions as individuals either add to the good in the world or they don’t. We must be brave every day in believing this and walking this out, first in our homes, then our neighborhoods, then everywhere else we go physically and virtually. This piece of upcycled art does that for me each day.
Here’s how you can make your own version:
- Make a long list of your favorite things, what makes you smile, the blessings God has given you. If you share a home with other people, you could make this a group brainstorming gratitude session with hot chocolate, s’mores, or popcorn!
- Choose your “canvas”. I used an old painted canvas that my Mom had hanging in our home from my childhood. I loved the size of it so started there. You could do as simple as a sheet of paper though and frame it.
- Choose what you will put in the middle: You could do a song title like I did, or put “Grateful”, “Give Thanks”, “Blessed”, “Our Favorite Things”, or whatever else you can think of that makes you smile.
I’m convinced that the discontent in our hearts and the anxiety from the evil in the world becomes smaller as we choose to make gratitude a bigger part of our lives. As we choose to seek out the good that is in our God, in ourselves, and in our neighbors our world becomes more wonderful. The Bible gives clear instruction to think about the good:
“8Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” –Phillipians 4:8-9
Make a habit of counting your blessings, naming them one by one. It is a beautiful form of worship to give thanks to God for who He is and all He gives. Having this special piece of art in our home serves as a reminder that God is good all the time regardless of my mood or the news coverage that day. Yes we live in a broken world but we serve a Holy God! Trust Him, thank Him, and praise Him. You will be blessed by it. We may not be able to attain world peace today but we can find peace in our hearts and share that peace with others. It’s a start. Join me?
Need a great place to capture your gratitude? Check out our newest resource 100 Days of Gratitude journal. It is a journal for you to jot lists, doodle, do Bible art journaling, and practice dwelling on the good in our world and in our God.
What is your favorite way to reflect on your blessings? Will you make a habit of doing it more often and join me in living out Phillipians 4:8-9? Share your comments below.