when you go through deep waters, I will be with you.
I have three quotes, mantras if you will, that I chant all day, every day.
There is meaning behind each one.
•MY GOD IS BIGGER
A fellow cancer momma reached out to me and shared a quote that went something like this, "Don't tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big your God is." I began changing my thoughts. When I would start worrying about the what if's, I would say, sometimes out loud, "My God is bigger than cancer." Whenever I had an urge to google something, I would proclaim, "My God is bigger than Google." so on and so forth.
•ONE DAY AT A TIME
When Grace was diagnosed with leukemia, we spent one week in the hospital. During that time we were BLESSED to meet a precious girl who was fighting the same battle as Grace. She was about 7 months into her journey. Her momma has become the person I look to for inspiration and hope. I don't think she realizes what a blessing she is to me. When we met she told me that the only advice she could give me was to tell yourself everyday, "One day at a time." It seemed simple enough, but it wasn't until we got into the thick of chemo treatments and steroids that I understood what she meant. Sometimes I feel like I'm drowning. Barely treading water. I begin thinking how can I do this for another 2 years. And then I remember, all I need to worry about is TODAY.
•I SURRENDER ALL
I LOOOVE the devotional One Minute Prayers for Moms
There was one prayer that spoke to me titled "All in." I love control. So this concept of COMPLETE surrender, being ALL IN, with God is hard for me to wrap my head around. But. I know if I’m going to walk this road and not lose my mind, I have to be ALL IN! It reminded me of my favorite hymn “I Surrender All.” My, how that has taken a whole new meaning in my life. “All to Jesus, I surrender, ALL to him I freely give.”
I decided I needed to look at these mantras every day. I didn't have time to tattoo them to my forehead, so I decided some cute signs would work.
Cricut Maker (I have a Cricut explore.. but if I was going to purchase one today.. I would definitely buy the maker.)
Cricut Mat (for this project you only need the 12x12 mat)
Freezer paper (A little hack for you... quilting paper is the perfect stencil material to iron on material. It peels off perfectly.)
Paint Brushes or Sponges
To start off, you need to cut your stencils.
I'm not going to walk you thru how to cut your stencil. Silhouette people.. do your thing. Cricut people... do your thing.
I am a Cricut person. Mostly because it was a gift, ergo it was free, ergo I am a Cricut person.
Because I love you, I'm sharing the PNG files.
My God Is Bigger
One Day at a Time
I Surrender All
For the stencil material, I use QUILTING PAPER. It will iron on to the canvas material perfectly. Remember when you put it on your mat you need to place it shiny side face down. REPEAT. SHINY FACE DOWN. REPEAT. SHINY SIDE SHOULD BE TOUCHING THE CANVAS.
Then weed your stencil. I REALLY like use craft tweezers I found on Amazon. You want to take out the part of the paper where you want paint to go.... so the letters.
Next, center your stencil on the canvas. Don't worry about the center of the letters that didn't come off with the sheet, you can iron them on after you get the large piece of the stencil on.
I set my iron at a pretty high temperature. To be conservative, I will advise you put it on medium heat. Use some pressure when you iron it. You can tell if its completely sealed by running your finger over it.
Place the inside of the letters on your material, make sure the SHINY SIDE IS FACE DOWN, and iron it down.
Using a small sponge or paint brush (I used a paint brush this time), paint inside of the openings.
Be careful to not peel/push the stencil from the canvas while painting. Also, make sure not to paint on the canvas. Stay inside the lines.
Once the paint is not soaking wet, you can peel it off. Again, I like using my tweezers to get all of the pieces up.
TADA!!!!! It's done and ready to hang.