This summer we moved desks around. In the process, I found three spiral bound notecard units. I knew what they were. When I was a young wife and mother, I made my own devotional by purchasing blank notecards on a spiral tab. On these blank note cards, I wrote things I daily needed to be reminded of. There are Bible verses, quotes from books I read, messages from the radio, principles from Bible Study Fellowship, or challenges God convicted me of.
Many of these principles have stuck with me for a lifetime, defining my life in various ways. Some that stick out:
- Only two things are eternal: God’s word and people – Chuck Swindoll, Daniel Study
- Do the next thing – Elisabeth Elliot
- There is nothing I can do to make God love me more, and nothing I can do to make Him love me less – Kathy Collard Miller, “When Counting to Ten Isn’t Enough.”
While the list could go on, I’ve decided to share these water/sun/who-knows-what-else stained notecards with you in original form. I used to keep them on the window sill above my kitchen sink. I figured it’s as authentic as it gets. These words convicted me, gave me hope, challenged me as a young mother struggling to be God’s woman. As I’ve photographed each one of them, tears fill my eyes as I know either the heartache or the victory over each one. As I post this first picture, I realize my efforts to be the “picket-fence-woman” has resulted in a fence/life/testimony full of cracks. Looking back on that young mother hearing Chuck’s words for the first time, I now know God does minister through cracks, scars, and brokenness.
So look for the Notecard Series of pictures both here and on my parenting posts at Not Alone Mom, or on Twitter or the Facebook page of Life Beyond the Picket Fence. I know they are Pinteresty, but I haven’t figured out that venue yet. One of these days Picket Fence will find Pinterest, but until then, be challenged, encouraged, and enjoy my humble, authentically stained devotional cards.
Complete with typos. On the first one.
Welcome to my kitchen-sink world, cracks and all.
“Write them on the door frames of your houses and gates.” Deuteronomy 6:9