We recently moved and I am in the process of decorating our new home. Like most of us in the trenches of parenthood, we are on a tight budget. I didn’t want to feel like in order to create refreshed spaces in our home, that I had to go out to Target or Hobby Lobby and buy new wall decor. Just like I’d do for most projects in my home, I put on my DIY hat and got to work.
Because I am a graphic designer, I tend to be drawn more toward art that is typographic in nature. For those of you non-artistic folk, typography is the art and technique of arranging type to make it readable and appealing. You would recognize current trends in typography with all the beautiful calligraphy that is filling your Instagram and Pinterest feeds. I am not calligrapher by any means, but designing IS my forte.
When I got to thinking about what words or scripture I wanted to see daily in this season, the Lord pressed Matthew 6:33 on my heart.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Knowing I didn’t have the free time to create a pattern or graphics from scratch, I remembered I had a pile of “paintings” my Sweet P has been working on every weekend! So I decided to incorporate her artwork as well. First, I scanned one of her dried paintings to the computer.
Then, I imported her painting into Photoshop, laid out the scripture, and incorporated a simple leaf graphic I already had. If you don’t have a design program like Photoshop or Illustrator, you can use a cheaper but effective online tool like Canva or Picmonkey. When printing out my art, I chose a heavy card stock so that the image would be bold and bright. And as for the frame, I reused one I already had and replaced the old print with our new one. Voila!
In this season of motherhood, of being a wife, a sister, a daughter, a friend, I must seek Him first. Period. I am hoping that seeing this scripture on the wall of my office will be a daily reminder. A reminder that when my daughter wakes for the 4th time in the middle of the night, to seek Him first, and react with patience. A reminder that when a friend experiences the loss of a loved one, to seek Him first, and send her a card to let her know that Jesus is with her. A reminder that when my husband tracks soppy cut grass into the freshly vacuumed house, to seek Him first, and respond saying, “The yard looks great babe.”
To seek God first, not only at the start of my day or in the decisions I make, but also in my reactions, will help me better reflect the character of Christ. I need this reminder in plain sight as I fail daily and need God’s grace over and over.
Will you join me in displaying His Word in your home? For a free download of this print in various versions, click here.