"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver".
Have you ever needed a word of encouragement at a specific moment in time but didn't have anyone to speak it to you? Sometimes we just need something to give us peace and rest but we don't want to go clamoring our problems to the rest of the world. Other times, there's a distance between you and the person you need to hear from - That's where blessing jars come in handy!!
Recently, our family chose to make the move from New York to South Carolina and we knew how hard of a transition that would be for all of us - especially our kids. We had the kind of life people dream of...friends who love the Lord, fellowship with the best of friends, and family that would visit every week for Sunday dinners, holidays and birthdays too. Our neighborhood was alive with laughter and fun, with our kids often running around til the moon sparkled in the sky with the neighbors playing hide and seek in the dark, laughing at inside jokes only they understood.
It was magical...but we couldn't stay. Freedom was calling and we had to make a change in our lives that would change the trajectory of our kids futures for generations. We had to move where God was honored collectively as a state, where people still believed in one nation under God, and independence reigned with the backdrops of the constitution still meaning more than just a piece of paper to the people. It was time. But we didn't want to leave without sweet words of comfort to our souls and uplifting in our hearts. So we came up with the idea of Blessing Jars for the kids to share with one another.
WHAT IS A BLESSING JAR?
A Blessing Jar is a container filled with the most special handwritten moments. Words of encouragement, scriptures to make us brave and strong, memories, inside jokes, phrases, quotes, and words that only the giver and receiver could understand. And you can pull from it whenever you need uplifting.
A blessing jar can be made out of anything, really. We chose a ball jar b/c it's what we had on hand, but you could use a box, a cup, an envelope...whatever works for you! The most important thing isn't the container, it's what's inside.
Because our children have lifelong friends that they played with in our neighborhood every single day, they had grown to be like family. We had the 4 of them cut out 30 strips of paper (one for each day of the month), get out their gel pens, and write one thing per strip of paper. Although they (hopefully) won't need to pull a slip every single day, we thought 30 was a good number to at least last them for a few months as they get used to having moved away. Slips can be saved for later use or discarded if you so choose. Personally I think it would be an honor to save the contents even after they are used so you can go back and reminisce and be encouraged all over again when needed.
EXAMPLES OF WHAT TO SHARE INSIDE:
Blessing Jars aren't meant to be generic, but rather a personal expression of things you think and feel. Contents will vary for each individual. But to offer some help and spark ideas, here are some things you can consider as you share:
*Memories shared together
*Words of Encouragement
*Drawings (if it's from a kiddo)
*Challenges (I challenge you to....*fill in the blank, and then call me when you're done!)
"Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again, Rejoice!" Phil 4:4
"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper." Corrie Tenboom
"But I trust in you O, Lord. I say you are my God." Psalm 31:14
"It never hurts your eyes to look on the bright side." Barbara Johnson
"Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you." Proverbs 4:6
"I will be with you always." Matthew 28:20
"It's not what you do that makes you special, it's who you are." Adventures in Odyssey
"Remember when......(fill in the blank with your memory)"
"Life is too short to spend it being angry, bored, or dull." Barbara J.
"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to five you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
"When we bring sunshine into the lives of others, we are warmed by it ourselves. When we spill a little happiness, it splashes on us too. You are light!"
"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."Psalm 34:18
And my favorite...."You make my life happy."
Blessing Jars Aren't Just for Kids.
They can be for anyone who needs uplifting. Here are some ideas of who you can create them for too!
*a best friend
*a single mama
*a grandparent in a nursing home
*an active duty service member
*a mama from church
*a close friend going through a hard time
*an activity for a women's retreat
Are You Inspired to Make Your Own Blessing Jar Too?
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