The Twelve Days of Purpose – Day Seven “Coffee Tin Makeover”

My husband and I seem to go through a lot of Tim Horton’s coffee! I always blame it on the fact that we have lots of people over and we’re throwing on extra pots – but we do seem to fly through a lot! I’ve been saving these coffee tins knowing they’d be good for something eventually. Well I finally thought of a project for them! Containers for my baking supplies. I made two today. I am hoping to make a few more, most likely after Christmas since I feel like a have a million projects on the go!

First I took this coffee tin, cleaned out all of the grounds and removed the lid and label. Don’t worry if there is remaining glue residue on the container.

I chose a vintage looking piece of scrapbook paper. The pattern reminded me of wall paper in old houses. Then I Mod Podged it to the tin and let it dry.

While that was drying my wonderful husband went out in the cold to our garage and spray painted the lids white for me. This shot was him just touching something up while they were sitting in our living room.

After it dried I glued on and Mod Podged over a label I printed off the computer.

These are the two I completed yesterday. I still have a few tins, and a lot more baking ingredients I need containers for! As you can see in the picture the paper bubbled slightly. It actually gives it a cool vintage effect, although I will add more Mod Podge to the bottom of the paper next time.

Here’s a closer up shot of the flour tin.

Since Day Seven is a Sunday, and I was exhausted from the busy day we had before, I was thinking about resting in God’s purposes.  Some of these little projects have involved work, and today’s involved changing the look of the tin to use it for a new purpose. Sometimes God isn’t wanting us to do or change anything, except wait quietly on him. Sometimes change in our lives come because of non emotional choices that we stay committed to. The verse below says if commit our way to the Lord and trust in him, he will act.

Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for him to act.(Psalm 37:3-5, 7a)

May you walk in God’s will this week from a place a rest and peace in Christ!


The Twelve Days of Purpose: Day Five “Recycled Necklace Headband”

Kate from The Small Things Blog has awesome hair tutorials that I have been loving lately! I saw the one “How to Wear a Headband” and knew that I needed a cute headband! Today’s repurposing has come from a tangled old necklace and a black headband.

There was a flower jumbled in this necklace, but I slid it off. If you look through your jewelery there are probably many little things that you don’t use or that can be recycled to dress up a plain headband.

I thought this would simply be a project of gluing, but I quickly found out that the flower was too heavy to be glued on. I first decided where on the headband I wanted the flower, and I settled on three-quarters of the way around.

I took some black thread and weaved it through the petals and around the head band until it was securely attached. Then I used a glue gun to seal the thread. because the flower have two layers to it, you can’t see the thread at all now.

Ok this is hard to see, but you’re supposed to notice a smooth attachment. The glue gun really cleaned the look of the thread up nicely.

I was really happy with how the headband turn out (not happy with my hairs volume though at the time of the pictures. If you want advice on wearing a headband or other hair styles, check out Kate’s awesome tutorials).

This was a fun and simple project that cost me almost nothing! I have a brown headband that I’m going to dress up with some sort of fabric accessory at some point soon!

 

I hope that these little projects are inspiring you that we as humans can make something out of almost anything. God is so much greater than us, He can take our lives that seem meaningless and use them for something meaningful. Today I want to encourage you with this Psalm about purpose. Next week I will be sharing with you about what I believe my purpose is, sort of a “purpose statement”, and I hope that you will be able to think of one too. For now, read this verse and be encouraged that God WILL fulfill his purpose in you, and will rescue you from where you are at. Take time to rest in His presence this weekend and let His peace fill your heart.

Psalm 57:1-3 (emphasis mine)

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
      I look to you for protection.
   I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
      until the danger passes by.
 I cry out to God Most High
      to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
      disgracing those who hound me.
   My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness

 

Relentless 2011

This weekend marked my tenth November Retreat (a youth retreat put on by our church), my second as a married woman, my first as a mom. Each year this weekend becomes a milestone where I look back in awe that it’s already been another year, celebrate what God has done in my life and look forward to where I’ll be at the following November.

This past year has definitely gone the fastest out of every year yet. As we made it to retreat time, although we’ve completed our First Year of Marriage (you can read more about that whirlwind by clicking on the link) and had our baby boy, I felt like a youth again, absolutely craving this mountaintop experience I knew I would have with the Lord this weekend. Anticipation filled my heart because I knew God always does something incredible in me. No matter how big the flame in my heart has been, whether flickering or going strong, He has always breathed softly on it and renewed passion and purpose in me.

Last night in the service, our speaker, Danny DeLong spoke an incredible message about our calling in life. I was challenged to the very core of my being. He was talking about the Great Commission and how we are all called to be missionaries by default. He made the bold statement that we only add-on to our call as missionary other professions if we’ve heard clearly from the Lord. We watched a video about missions in Asia, and it gave tragic statistics about people over there and the broken lives that they lead and the lack of missionary presence serving there.

When I was listening to this, it made me feel like we should abandon everything, take our family and go do missions. Thankfully my husband was able to remind me that we have heard from God, and we are confident that we are where we are supposed to be for the time being. That moment though, really revealed a lot in me. Sitting in that pew listening to Danny speak with passion about helping people overseas shone a light into a dark part of my heart. This part was ravaged with fear. Questions swirled in my mind: What if we were persecuted? What if one or all of us died? What if we never saw our family and friends again? What if we couldn’t afford to give Caleb all the things that I think are important to a happy childhood?

I want my heart to be so broken by the Lord for the things of His heart that I would go anywhere. In that moment I felt that I couldn’t tell him “I’ll go anywhere”. I thought my agenda was surrendered to God, until I realized I have always subconsciously begged Him, saying, “I’ll do anything in North America, just don’t send us where we could die.” I hate admitting this since I have the one thing that can save other people’s souls for all of eternity – a relationship with Jesus Christ. If we have peace with God, losing my life should mean nothing. With all the emotions, responsibilities and love that goes with becoming a mom, it breaks me  to imagine missing any moment of watching Caleb grow into the courageous man I know he’ll be. This realization of the fear holding me showed that I need to commit to asking God for courage to walk out everything He asks us to do.

After many tears, prayers and talking to Andrew over the last twenty-four or so hours I feel like I’ve reached the point where I know I would go anywhere if the Lord asked us to. I’m so glad that God can use these times to speak directly to me. God can speak to us any time, but there is something about getting together with other believers and devoting an extended period of time to worship, prayer and teaching.

I want to thank every person who has ever been a part of putting on the November Retreat at our church. For the last ten years, I have been challenged every single weekend to draw closer to God and examine my heart. During the toughest years of my life, as a teen from a small town, I knew that I could come away for this weekend encounter with the Lord. I have laid at the altar so many times, weeping, as the Lord whispered different pieces of my calling to me – and He is still doing that today.

So if you’re still exhausted from putting the retreat on, I hope that this encourages you to know that ten years from now someone might be sharing how coming to this retreat radically impacted their life. These events are incredibly important. Even though my involvement looks different right now because Caleb is my current priority, I hope I will always be involved to some extent, whether billeting or serving to see this happen.

If there are two encouraging pieces to take away from this post, I hope they are:

1. If God has asked you to work at something, do it faithfully. You may not see results right away, and you might NEVER know the lives you are affecting for eternity. Whether it’s putting on a youth retreat, serving in your community or doing missions overseas, obedience will bring about amazing results.

2. The Lord wants to continue to reveals pieces of ourselves that aren’t fully surrendered to Him. If we invite Him to do so, He will shine a light into the dark places of our hearts. A newly exposed area may be raw at first, but it will draw us into deeper intimacy with our Saviour as we humbly say to Him “more of You and less of me.”

May Jesus Christ reveal YOUR unique purpose for being on this earth, and may ours lives plant seeds of hope in others everywhere we go. May the Lord bless you for your faithful service to Him. When the going gets tough, don’t quit. Go to the source of strength, and He will give you all you need.