Good Things

At first glance this is just a plain old plastic box, there’s nothing special or pretty about this container; I think I picked up at the dollar store or maybe at HEB. But when I was attending Concordia University in Austin, Texas {Go Tornadoes!} one of my very wise professors encouraged us to pick up a box and fill it with good things. You see my classmates and I were all studying to be Directors of Christian Education, which is a big fancy way of saying we do pretty much anything in the church. All of us specialized in Youth and Family Ministry, but we each also specialized in one or two of these areas: Music and the Arts, Children’s Ministry, Multicultural Ministry, or even Outdoor Ministry. Working in the church isn’t always easy, you can’t always please everyone or get things done just the way you want or hope to. At times people will say or do something that will bring you…tear you down. I would imagine that not matter who you are or what you do for a living, things like that happen to you too. That is where the Good Things box comes into play.

Inside my humble little box are notes, cards, Scripture verses, and anything else that says something nice about me; I have even printed out emails, Facebook posts, and Tweets and put them in the box, too. No, I’m not some kind of narcissist for doing this, what it allows me to do is remember. Even when I mess up, or feel like I don’t have anything special to offer I don’t have to believe that lie! These Good Things remind me that I DO have something special to offer, that when I fail, I don’t have to let it keep me down, but I can instead get up, dust myself off and try again…hopefully I’ll have learned what I need to do that better the next time. I would encourage each of you to make a Good Things box as well.

One thing you can do to get started is of course to pick up a box that you want to set aside for this purpose; maybe you could pick up one that is a little prettier than mine :). I recommend something about the size of a shoebox, because as you add more and more to your box, you’ll need lots of room. Something you can add to your box to get you started is a printout of personalized Scripture. LeAnn Rice over at She Cooks has a printout with 100 verses you can personalize. CLICK HERE for her resource page and scroll down about halfway until you see Blessing Box {I like that name better, but I still call mine Good Things :).}. She gives you simple instructions on how to download and insert your name into the verse. You can print them out on pretty paper or cut them out on cardstock and place them into your box.

Every once in a while, even if I’m not feeling defeated or like I’m no good, I like to pop open my box and read through a few of the Good Things given to me by someone special, or unexpected. I slowly read over the personal notes, Scripture verses, and God reminders. I let them sink into my heart. I hope that you will make one yourself, it’s never too late! If you have a spouse, children, or even a great friend, you can get one started for them! What a great gift to offer someone you care about! A box filled with Good Things!

Father,

There are times when we feel…well..like poo. We look at some of the things we’ve done and wonder if there is anything remotely special about us. Our failures make us wonder if we will ever be able to do anything right. Lord these are lies from the evil one. He has come to steal and kill and destroy, but You Lord, have come that we may have life and have it to the full! We ask that as we make our Good Things box or one for a loved one, that You would help us fill it with Your Word. May it be a reminder of who we are in You. We are precious, chosen, set-apart, gifted, beautiful, useful, and a conqueror. Above all, we are Your beloved children and You have called us by name!

Amen.

Need more Good Things to store up? Consider doing an online Bible study. I’m getting ready to jump into two when I’m done with A Confident Heart by Renee Swope {What can I say, I’m a glutton for God’s Word!}.

One by Wendy Blight on her book Hidden Joy beginning April 9th. Visit her blog today for a giveaway

The other is hosted by Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies. It starts march 25th and she’s doing Micca Campbell‘s book An Untroubled Heart. Visit Melissa’s blog today too for another giveaway.

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11 thoughts on “Good Things

    1. Tammy, I’m so glad you found this useful! I pulled my box out the other day just to look through a few things and add to it. It’s been such a blessing having it in my office :). I would love for you to share a picture of yours when you get it done!

      ❤ Heather

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  1. Love this – thank you so much, Heather!! Going to make a blessing box this weekend for a friend who is moving, and love the verses link – that’s what will be going in the blessing box – thank you so much for these fantastic ideas!!

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  2. Heather I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing it. I don’t always comment, but dear sister I love reading your blog…you are so gifted. Praying you have a fantastic weekend dear sister!!! Love you!!!

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    1. LOL, we’d need a BIG box! How about I just pack myself into a plane in about 4 months ;)? I’m glad this touched your heart today sister, we all have those poo-poo days…sometimes it feels like it lasts forever, but God has already won the battle for us! I love you, see you soon! {Hope you’re ready for that HIGE hug ;)}

      ❤ Heather

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  3. I love this idea! Several years ago, I made small boxes that I decorated myself & it was called a “Joy Box”. I filled it with Scriptures, poems, & inspirational quotes. I gave one to my mother-in-law and several friends who were special to me. I loved seeing the expression on their faces when they opened them. It is a wonderful blessing & gift to give someone else. I really like the the name Blessing Box too! Thanks for sharing!

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