Thursday, June 24, 2010

Serious Bling

My sister and her kids volunteer every summer at the Miss Texas pageant. They do lots of fun things, escort, drive, chaperon, greet, and of course attend the galas. She asked me to make a sign for their annual silent auction. This sign is geared toward the younger girls at the pageant and their program called Lonestar Princess. Complete with a crown hanger -this sign has plenty-a-bling! I really wanted to make a blingy Texas flag in Pinks and Purples, but would that disrespect the Texas flag?

Fun New Signs

These are some fun new signs! Both of them are 4 foot long. The top one was inspired by my own difficulty with laundry, it is designed to go above a washer and dryer or in a laundry room. I thought that having some kind of verse would inspire me to turn this task into something that would honor God instead of making me feel overwhelmed! So, the verse is Psalms 51:1-2, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin." The sign reads - Sometimes we need to be reminded who truly does the washing! I love it! My kids like the underwear hanging on the line. It makes me smile when I go into the laundry room - so I guess it fulfilled its purpose. See the detail photos below.

This is a line from one of my favorite songs of all time. The song, Princes and Frogs by Superchick reminds girls to wait for their prince. The sign reads, "All princes start as frogs and all gentlemen as dogs -Just wait till it's plain to see - What they're growing up to be - Cause some frogs will still be frogs - And some dogs will still be dogs - Some boys could become men - Just don't kiss them till then." Love that message! This sign would be a great gift for a teenage girl!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sign Making

I grew up in a home where my parents spoke the Word of God over us continually. Whenever we were in pain, sick, facing fear, or just walking through our daily lives, we were using scripture.

My parents really knew how to live out this verse:
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up... Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." - Deut 6:5-9.
I have found entirely too many Christians don't make the Word of God a continual part of life, this verse makes it pretty clear it's not just a Sunday thing!

As I got older, I loved to find a verse in the Bible that really spoke to me and tape it somewhere visible. I had them on my dresser, mirrors, car, you name it; and these verses really ministered to me in so many situations.

So, I started putting them on decorative signs in our house. Probably the plainest one I ever painted is pictured below, but it has had more meaning to our family especially me than any other.

My kids will complain about a chore, and then look at that verse and feel the conviction of God - and I didn't say a word. Way cool! It really helps them to hide these important verses in their hearts, too.

Finally, I started making signs for other people. God would place a verse on my heart for someone going through a challenging time, and I would write it on a sign for them. It is a great way to share the love of Christ with others. But more than that the sign becomes a constant reminder of your values as a family and a ministry to others who come into your home as well!

So that's how I became a sign maker - and where the name Write Them on Your Doorposts came from!