Last year, I came up with the word “Trust” as my word of focus for the new year.
Little did I know that God would put me to the test and prove just how much I truly needed to learn about trusting Him.
In February, I saw my life flash before my eyes when I almost got hit head on by a car that slid into my lane.
In March, coming home from Dallas over spring break, I endured a 5 hour panic attack that left me a wreck for what seemed like forever.
In May, I had a breast cancer scare.
These are just a few of the things I went through this year, and each time I was pushed to trust God more and more.. Trust that he has a plan. Trust that his plan is always better than mine. Trust that anxiety is not from him.
As this year comes to an end, and I look back over the year, I can’t help but think of the word, “Blessings.”
Even though I had some hard times in 2013, there were definitely times of blessings, abundant blessings…
Like, I didn’t have cancer, I didn’t get in a car crash, and I have an amazing job that I love!
So, I thought I would create a simple project to remind me of those blessings, and to be a focal point in our home for 2014.
1′ x 12′ board
black paint pen
black and white card stock
Here’s what I did…
Step One: Grab a 1′ x 12′ board. I was able to purchase mine at our local hardware store already cut to this size! Bonus!! No cutting involved!
Step Two: Next, using some 3M Sandblaster sandpaper, sand the surface and the edges of the board until it’s smooth.
Step Three: Using a stain of your choice, stain the entire board. I prefer a darker stain, but any stain would work.
Step Four: Once the stain is dry, grab some 3M Scotch Blue Exterior painters tape. I chose exterior painter’s tape because it seems to work best on wood.
Step Five: Measure the distance from the top and bottom of your board and make marks on the right side, the center, and the left side of your board. I chose to mark 3 inches down from the top and 3 inches up from the bottom. By marking on the sides and the middle, you have marks to line up your tape so you are even all the way across!
Step Six: Paint the center using white chalk paint. (This is where you better hope you are using a good painter’s tape! When you’re painting on top of something that has been stained, there is no way to fix paint that decides to seep under the tape.)
Step Seven: After painting on a coat of paint, use a wet washcloth to wipe down the paint. This gives it more of a weathered look and allows you to see some of the stained wood behind.
Step Eight: Carefully peel back the tape. (I always hold my breath here…)
YES!! Perfect!!! Look at those crisp lines!! LOVE it!!
Step Nine: Print off the word “Blessings” using your favorite font. I used Chancery Cursive at size 375.
Next, flip over the printed page and use a pencil to shade over the letters.
Step Ten: Place your printed page on top of your white painted stripe and trace over the letters while pressing firmly at the same time. The pencil lines will be left behind when you remove your paper.
Step Eleven: Fill in the lines using a black paint pen.
Step Twelve: Finally, print off your favorite pictures from the year, or pictures that make you feel blessed, onto card stock paper.
I printed off several…
..and backed them all with black card stock.
Step Thirteen: Roll up tape and stick behind each picture. Place them on your board.
Because I want to be able to change out my pictures each year!
And now I have a great reminder of my new word for 2014… BLESSINGS…
I will choose to remember how God has blessed us each and every year. That even in the valley, there is always a mountain top just ahead.
May God bless you all in 2014!!
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