While reading through a wonderful book by Max Lucado this week, I came across a suggestion that he made in a short section of a chapter (just one paragraph).
The chapter was discussing ways to continue to hope in God even when you didn’t see Him, sense Him, hear Him, or feel like He was doing anything.
Max’s simple, yet profound suggestion was this: “Cling to God’s Character.”
A few of his suggestions include:
- · He is still sovereign.
- · He still knows my name.
- · Angels still respond to His call.
- · The death of Jesus still saves souls.
- · God is still faithful.
- · He is not caught off guard.
- · He uses everything for His glory and my ultimate good.
This list could go on and on. There is really no limit to the amazing traits we could record.
After closing Lucado's chapter and walking away from my reading time, I began to think on ways that I could better and more faithfully cling to God’s character.
~ How could I focus more readily on God’s faithfulness?
~ What might I do to cause my mind to more quickly and consistently focus on the character of the Lord?
~ How might I encourage my family to think more about God’s goodness?
~ How could I exhort others to ponder more on God’s great character?
In my musings, I came up with an idea – why not make some physical, tangible displays of God’s faithful character?
Why not come up with some ways to post, place, hang up, and put these character traits up in our home and in our world?
So, with the help of Pinterest and my wonderfully creative daughter, we brainstormed a few ways to more intentionally focus our attention on the great character of our God. These are just a few ideas; many more could be added.
Here are just a few ways to display the faithful character of God in our homes and in our lives:
1) Idea One – Use a bulletin board.
Ø Fill it with photos of friends and family – both old and new. Choose photos that will make you thankful to the Lord for all He has done for you and your family.
|My Bulletin Board|
Ø Place uplifting quotes and positive sayings about the Lord on this board.
Ø Add favorite Bible verses to the board. Select those that give you much hope.
Ø Place this bulletin board in a spot where you will see it daily.
Ø Each day as you pass by, a verse, motto, or encouraging word should “stand out” to you.
Ø My bulletin board helps me to focus on the wonderful character of our God.
2) Idea Two – Type up a list and keep it in your prayer notebook.
Ø List 5-10 characteristics of our God and His character that you believe and hold firmly to.
Ø Those characteristics I listed include:
1} God is always with me, beside me, and watching over me.
2} God is always at work – in me, around me, through me, and for me.
3} The Lord will fight for me.
4} God bends down to listen to me.
5} God will always provide for me.
6} God has perfect timing.
7} The Lord is my strength.
8} God has an amazing plan for my life.
9} God is everything I need.
10} The Lord is always able to do exceedingly, abundantly beyond all that I ask or think.
Ø Add photos, pictures, or printed verses that support this characteristic of the Lord. (I printed verses and quotes from Pinterest, but you could easily just write them out).
Ø Put this list in your prayer or devotional notebook so that you can look at it each morning as you spend time alone with the Lord. Photos of my list and notebook are below:
|My Prayer Notebook with Two Pages|
|Closeup of Notebook Page|
|Page in Notebook|
Ø This list will be available to give you hope each day and to remind you of the Lord’s faithfulness.
3) Idea Three – Use a large picture frame with square photos.
Ø Obtain a frame with no backing or glass.
Ø Add twine and clothes pins to the frame with a staple gun.
Ø Then, add your photos, verses, quotes, and other items which encourage you about the Lord and His character. Below, you can see the frame that we made. The square photos were sent to Walgreens Photo via their app and my Instagram account.
|Our frame with photos, verses and favorite quotes.|
Ø Hang this frame in a prominent place where you will see it often to remind you of God and His character.
4) Idea Four – Use a smaller picture frame with small cards.
Ø This idea is similar to "Idea Three," but the frame is much smaller.
Ø Obtain a frame, silver cording, and smaller clothes pins. Spray paint the clothes pins silver.
Ø Add the cording and clothes pins to the frame with a staple gun. I've added a couple of pictures that I saw on the Internet for suggestions.
Ø Then write out some traits of the Lord (that encourage your heart) on cardstock.
Ø Attach these cards to the silver cord and hang the frame in a prominent place. Mine is hanging in the kids’ bathroom on the wall next to their mirror. They can't miss it!
|Our "Character of God" Smaller Frame|
Ø My hope is to encourage my children with reminders of the faithfulness of God.
5) Idea Five – Put a list on the refrigerator noting character traits of our God, or put Bible verses on the fridge so that the whole family can see them.
This site offers free downloads if you'd like to just print some off some verses: http://www.bibleparent.com/email/w25learn.html
I also found this idea for making verse cards with younger children:
You can access more info at: http://happyhomefairy.com/tag/bible-verse-cards/
Ø Write them on cards; put them in frames
Ø Post them on Twitter; put verses on your Facebook wall
Ø Add Scripture to your Instagram
Ø And place God’s Word all over your home, work place, and even in your car.
Ø Having God’s Word in your line of sight constantly will help and encourage you on the hardest days.
7) Idea Seven – What do you think?
Do you have some other suggestions for how to practically cling to the Lord and His character?
Have you done some things around your home or business that you’d be willing to share?
I’d love to hear some of your ideas and suggestions.
My prayer today is that my family will cling more closely to God’s character – no matter what is going on in our lives.
I pray that you and your family will do this same.
Blessings to you, Melanie