Good idea! I would make a "Hope" charm for myself.
Using the same materials as the Tattoo Dictionary Charm, I started looking for the word hope.
I had a problem. In more than one dictionary, the placement of the epoxy sticker would include words that wouldn't exactly "work" for my Word of the Year charm.
|Hope in Beer?|
I tried several dictionaries and even a thesaurus. One dictionary may have worked, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the word hope three times.
Finally, I realized that I could use a Bible! I looked in the Concordance and found the perfect placement. Then, I copied the page (so I wouldn't cut up the Word) and used that for the charm.
As I was looking through my Bible for the word hope, I started thinking about a set of jewelry I designed a few years ago. I made quite a few necklaces, with bracelets and earrings to match.
I called them "BE...ADS", beads with an attitude of prayer and the word.
Most of them were an illustration of the Beatitudes in Matthew Chapter 5. I remember thinking about Proverbs 6: 21, keeping the teachings of your mother and father: "Bind them continually on your heart; Tie them around your neck."
What better way to keep reminded of a particular word, attitude, or verse than to bind it around your neck?
I ended up selling or giving away most of what I made. Even when I got down to the last of them, if someone asked for one, I couldn't say no. For some of them, I was not able to reproduce what I made because the beads were from a limited selection.
I kept some of my favorites, and I wear them to this day. Here they are (what's left)...
|Poor in Spirit|
This one was macrame, a small pouch made of cotton cord. Inside I placed two pennies, symbolic of the widow's mite. She gave all she had. A reminder to me that it matters not what I have, but if I am willing to give my all.
|Hunger and Thirst|
Sometimes I clean the copper, but I like the aged look best.
Blessed are the Merciful. How could mercy have been shown more than by His shed blood?
This one is actually not a gold chain, but braided gold thread. Three strands to represent Father, Son, and Spirit. I often need a reminder to show mercy.
Ah...my favorite. Blessed are the pure in heart. This one is so simple, just a glass heart and a light pink seed beads. To me, a pure heart isn't one that is perfect, or without flaw, but transparent. Am I willing to be honest, open? Am I willing to allow God and others see the real me? I want to see the REAL GOD. And I want Him to see me. No hiding.
I read somewhere that copper is often symbolic of persecution. The pearl, in the Bible, represents the Church. Wearing a bracelet like this one helps me remember to pray for those who are being persecuted for His namesake.
That's all I have left. Those who mourn, The humble, The peacemakers will have to be redesigned one day I suppose. I have a couple of other "Be...ads" jewelry based on other thoughts and scriptures. I'll share them another time.
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