She makes thoughtful purchases that contribute to her home. Once again, she is providing for her family by the way she saves, makes wise purchases, and even by providing food she's grown.
"She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard." ~ Proverbs 31: 16
In this case, she looks for a good piece of land. She wants to know that it will work for the intended purpose of creating a place to grow food for her family or to sell. This is not a haphazard decision or an impulse purchase.
Not only does she put the thought into this purchase, she has earnings set aside for the planting and she does the planting. This is no small task! And, we must consider the ongoing maintenance of such an endeavor. It will require her time and attention for many days to come.
I like the thought that she is a saver - she has prepared for this by setting money carefully aside. She is a planner - she has thought through her idea, done her research. When the time comes for her purchase, she is ready to make a wise one. She is a doer - not only did she have the idea and save the money, she is following through and doing it!
Her investment is life-giving which builds up her home. She has increased her responsibility and her bounty. Growing things picture such beauty to us. They are planted, watered, tended, cared for and harvested. All in due season. It is a picture of staying connected to Our Father so we can be watered, tended and cared for by Him so that He can reap a harvest from our lives.
Are my purchases well thought out? Do they bring life and peace to our home? Am I saving for the future? Am I planning ways to contribute to the furtherance of our home? Am I bringing life through these decisions?
God brought to mind to create a sign for the gate of my garden. I hope you will enjoy making one and bringing His Word into our homes more and more.
unfinished wood plaque available at craft stores
craft paint for main color and two colors for flowers
pencil with an eraser
black thin tip marker
piece of ribbon or fabric
staple gun or hot glue
newspaper or waxed paper
Start with your piece of wood - lay a newspaper or waxed paper underneath.
Paint the entire thing your desired base color. Let dry.
Choose a color to paint the flowers on your sign. And, now is the time to use the eraser on your pencil.
Dab the eraser into the paint and "stamp" three dots in each corner as shown.
Finish it off to five dots. Repeat for each corner.
Halfway between each corner, you can add a smaller flower if desired. Stamp two dots vertically as shown.
Then, stamp two dots horizontally as shown.
Using your second accent color, stamp a dot in the center of the flowers at each corner. Just wipe off your eraser or rinse under water and use the same one for this color.
Then, use the edge of the eraser to create a tiny dot in the center of the middle flowers.
Again, using the edge of your eraser, create tiny dots, between the flowers, around the edge of your sign.
Using a pencil, hand write "Garden" in the middle of your sign.
Now, trace over your writing with a black fine tip marker, embellish with small leaves if desired.
Hand write the words from Proverbs 31:16 around the edges of your sign. And add lines to sides of "Garden" lettering if desired.
Using the edge of the eraser once again, create a circle of tiny dots around the word "Garden" - use whichever color you like best.
Select a piece of fabric (shown) or ribbon to create a hanger for your sign. Staple in place. You could also use a small nail or try a strong glue to adhere hanger. When you are finished, spray with a coat or two of polyurethane spray to help your sign withstand the elements outdoors.
Please share your projects! I'd love to see what you come up with!