bind my wandering heart to Thee

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wall hanging diy wood earthy

I have seen similar projects scrolling through pinterest, but never had the time to make one for myself.  And I thought I would never get the font right.  (Turns out, it doesn’t need to be perfect to look great.) It ended up taking a little more time than I thought just because the wood glue had to dry, but overall, I’m really happy with the way this turned out!

For this project, I used wood glue, tapered shims, cardboard, paint, and heavy books. (I ended up spending a total of four dollars. That was only to buy the shims because I had the rest of the supplies around the house.)

First, I glued two of the tapered shims together to make the pieces equally wide.  (This would have been a lot easier if I had used regular pieces of wood, but that would have made the project cost quite a bit more.)  For each pair, I rested a heavy book on it for about half an hour to make sure that it would stay together.

Once I had all of the pieces I would need glued together, I arranged them on a piece of cardboard and used that as a foundation for the piece.  I glued the wood strips to the cardboard.bedroom wall hanging wood earthy diy
Then I started the drawing! I used this picture as a guide for the font, but I freehanded the drawing.  I’m no expert artist, so I was surprised at how easy this font was to duplicate.  Don’t be afraid.

I drew the outline in pencil first so I could erase.  Once I was sure I had the font the way I wanted it, I used a small paint brush to fill in the letters.  Again, this sounded scary to me, but trust me, it was so easy.  Take your time and you will be fine.

Once everything was dried, the cardboard I used for the foundation started to warp, so I ended up gluing two pieces to the back vertically to correct it.

As you can see, this ended up hanging above my bed at home.  For me, it’s been the perfect way to beautifully display a reminder of where my focus should be.  I hope you’re just as pleased with the way yours turns out!


love yourself

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I’m processing through what I’ve assumed to be true about following Jesus and I’m finding that there might be more than I thought to some things.

I’ve heard/read/listened to so many lessons about humility and self-sacrifice and putting others first.  I think these are great things! Jesus lived a life of service for sure.  But the way I’ve interpreted this before is that I should focus on other people.  Love them and do things for them until I can’t give any more.  That. is. exhausting.

And then this week I read Matthew 22:37-39.  Jesus was talking to his disciples and told them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (ESV emphasis mine)

As yourself.  Love others the way that I love myself.

I don’t need to only focus on other people.  God knows that I need attention too.  Not in an arrogant, narcissistic, me me me way, but in an intentional, refreshing, making me better way.  

I’ve focused on loving myself by journaling and taking care of my body and taking pride in who I am.  There are some times in the past where I would have looked at this week and called myself self-centered because of how much I’ve thought about this.  Whatever.

After investing in myself, I feel better equipped to love others.  I’m no expert, but I think that might have been God’s intention when He told us to love others well and to love ourselves well.

If you want, you can join me in writing letters to yourself.  This probably sounds super cheesy to some of you.  But take time to think about the things you admire in yourself.  God has given everyone incredibly unique gifts and they all deserve attention.  Thank Him for those gifts and encourage yourself to use them for good things!

You are valuable and worthy of love, admiration, and respect- especially from yourself.

precious family time

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family silly string

I’ve looked at the time other families spend together and thought, “Aw, that’s so nice.  I wish my family was like that. That’s precious family time.”

When it came to my family, I complained when we had the chance to spend time together. Or I was on my phone.  Or I didn’t care.  Mostly I didn’t care. Bad attitude.

This winter break, even if my family was doing things that weren’t my favorite, if we were all present, I tried to think of it as precious family time.  Because it was.

I’m thankful for the time I’ve gotten to spend this break shopping, puzzling, watching the Bachelor, and adventuring with my family.  The effort I’ve made to be fully present in my time with them has been so worth it.  Thanks for putting up with my terrible attitude family.  You’re my kind of people.