Happy November everyone! It’s the beginning of the month and that means it’s time for another Junk Revision Challenge. This month a few of my blogger friends and I have teamed up to bring you a little holiday inspiration.
I have had a piece of an antique door frame sitting in the garage since last summer, so I figured this would be a good time to put it to use and make a sign for Thanksgiving.
I wanted the words to be drawn right onto the paint, but it was chipping off so badly, I had to peel off what was loose. I’m actually so glad I did! Just look at that beautiful blue paint that was hidden underneath.
Because this is an antique door frame and old paint, there is a good chance the paint has lead in it. I tried to minimize my exposure by handling with gloves and throughly washing my hand. My sign is in a location where it won’t be moved around. My children have also been educated on the dangers of lead paint and know not to touch it. If you have small children under the age of 6 the dangers of lead are greatly increased, so please use caution. When in doubt, you can purchase a lead paint testing kit at your hardware store.
I found a font I liked online and just free-handed the letters onto my board. This method was the quickest and easiest for me.
I also free-handed the words joy, grace and thanksgiving on the sign. Once the words were penciled in, I traced over everything with a black sharpie.
I chose the word Eucharisteo because to me that is what Thanksgiving is all about. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelops the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning ‘joy.’
God asked us to give thanks in all things because he knows that joy flows out of giving thanks. “Even on the night Jesus was betrayed he broke bread and lifted it up and gave thanks.” 1 Corinthians 11: 23-24 Do you think you would have given thanks in that moment?
My Eucharisteo sign sits in my living room and is a constant reminder for me to give thanks in all things. Even the hard things. I hope this Thanksgiving is about more than turkey and shopping and the stress of family and finances. This year, I choose joy! I choose Eucharistic joy that can only be found in Thanksgiving.
Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy. -Ann Voskamp
For more awesome holiday projects, check out what my friends have created.