Finding those words that resonate and touch our hearts and being is one of the best things. I love it especially when I read a familiar bible verse in its context again or in the context of my life and its meaning is just so powerful. That’s what drives me to document it in my journaling bible, or to spend time thinking over it and lettering it and just marvelling that familiar words can strike my heart somewhere new. Beautiful words that resonate through my favourite books, or a new novel, ringing with truth through the story always make me stop and pause. I want to let these words change me, to remember the truth of life that stories show us as we travel along our own narratives.
In the words of Jo from little Women- I like good strong words that mean something.
Stick it on your wall isn’t good enough. It is great to have beautiful homes or beautiful spots in our homes (ours is a mess of random things on the floor most of the time, but walls can usually stay somewhat consistent) – but decorating with pretty things for the point of decorating misses the deeper meaning of choosing things because they are meaningful. Or if you don’t decorate at all and prefer the peace of quiet walls- stick it on your wall might not work at all anyway. Put words on your wall, or in your journal, or in notes in your phone by all means, but don’t miss the chance to let words dwell in you and become alive in you and transform your heart and life.
Hide it in your heart. The words I paint and write and letter and put up in my house and on my heart are ones I need to remember. Bible verses that point me back to the things I want to focus on. Words from books that fill me with the hope of the imagination and the wonder and light that life holds. Truth that echoes true to us whoever we are. Words that encourage and inspire and lift us up on the days when things seem dark and we are losing sight of the wonderful mystery for which we were made.
The words you speak to yourself, the thoughts you don’t even notice shape the way you see the world, yourself , others. There’s a reason why Paul reminds us to think about good and true things- because the world is quick to offer interesting or entertaining things- but we need that grounding of truth and life and wholeness to base everything else off. Hide truth in your heart, for your darkest days, to shape your truth as a person.
Stick it on your wall, if you want. But don’t become numb or complacent or forget the wonder of the words offered to us in this life. Words can change us. Words spoken can connect and heal and unburden. Words written can fly across oceans, draw connections with others stories, join thousands of others on the black and white page leafed through in a book. Words leave a legacy, whatever role they have in your life.
Stick it on your wall, if you want. My shop has plenty of prints for this -but that’s not their primary purpose. Their primary purpose is to encourage, to resonate, for those words that echo deep in your heart to be able to dwell in you and be reminded to you day by day, in the moments when you need an anchor to draw from. They can speak to those around us, show others in our homes the things which lodge in our hearts and echo out from the way we live and the way we want to live.
Hide these words in your heart, let them sit with you, mould you, change you. Let the best words, the truest words become the soundtrack to your life, the ripple that comes along with you as you live out your day to day life- the echo of truth written long ago following your footsteps.