Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pallet Art Girl's Night

The girls in my small group love our night's out. Sometimes we meet at Panera. Other times we have a baby shower. Or trade freezer meals. A few Saturday's ago, we decided on a craft night.

Now that my friend Ashlee knows how to use power tools, there is no project we can't tackle together! She took apart pallets and assembled these wooden signs.

Once we knew who could come, we printed names and wedding years. Using this tracing method, we painted a large colored initial on the board. The scripted last names looked great on top of these large initials.

Some added "Est. 2004" to complete their last name pallet art. It was so fun to see each person's style come to life as they painted their signs.

I always leave these nights feeling encouraged by these sisters in Christ.

Titus 2:1, 3-5, 7-8 says, "..,.Teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. ...And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can't be criticized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us."

I used to think these "older women" that were to be examples referred just to my mom and grandmothers. It is scary to realize that I am now in that role of being the influencer to my children and other young women around me. I still have a lot to learn, but I left this evening feeling challenged to make a difference.

When I looked around at the number of families that were represented that evening in that workshop, it was staggering to think of the influence we ladies could have. Our children...their friends...our friends...our spouses...our co-workers...our grocery store cashiers....the list goes on and on. As we painted the year that our families were established on those signs, it seemed to signify a testimony of the number of years we have been influencing our family.

In 2 Timothy 1:5-6, Paul credits Timothy's spiritual growth to the influence of his mother and grandmother. What do we makes a difference. We are changing lives.

I love these ladies and jump at every chance I get to hang out with them. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by these like-minded women. Together, we can encourage each other to make a difference. 

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