My mom and I were hunting for old sweaters when I came across the FREE box at a local thrift store. It was one of those moments when God spoke to me instantly. I was bothered by these items being free. That sounds so weird. You’re looking at a girl who loves free stuff more than the law should allow. But nonetheless I was taken aback because I saw such potential and value in this box of glass vases.I immediately retrieved five vases from the box and paid for them on my way out. Yes, I said they were free, but I just had to pay.
I literally couldn’t walk out without giving something for them.
I’m telling you. WEIRD.
In full disclosure this is the second round of painting happening to these freebies. The first ended up with one of those Pinterest fails you laugh about. So I moved to plan B. Of which I had none.
That lead me to rummaging through my craft room and closets until an idea hit. Thankfully an idea grabbed hold and it was an easy one…
My favorite kind.
Have you ever used Krylon’s Looking Glass spray paint? This is not a sponsored post, but it should be. I love this stuff. It really is AMAZING.
Here is an affiliate link for Looking Glass paint if you are interested, it can be hard to find in stores.
I took my five vases outside and spray painted them. This stuff drys so quickly! You can use it in a multitude of ways. It’s also great for creating faux mercury glass.
I didn’t do anything fancy, just painted and I think they turned out fabulous. They look like silver or pewter vases!
Now to really use them to their full potential I worked them into a Fall tablescape that anyone could easily duplicate.
The vases got turned into candlestick holders. I filled the vases partially with sand to hold the candlesticks straight.
Clippings from my yard and some dried Milo (or Maze) made the rest of this simple centerpiece.
Layering different trimmings for a greenery arrangement was a cinch.
Sprinkle a few extra candles and votives alongside mismatched plates and an effortless table comes together in no time.
To add a special touch to one of my new vase friends I tied some dried grass plumes to it with jute, then hot glued a few acorns for a sweet little vase corsage.
Just look at what these “free” vases added to this table scene.
Value. Worth. Beauty. Completion. Wholeness. Light. Warmth. Height. Depth.
That’s why it bothered me so deeply these vases where placed in a box and deemed of no value or worth by some worker in the store.
How often do we let others determine our value?
How often do we diminish our own worth?
When we let other’s opinions of us change us, we’re giving ourself away.
When we allow other people’s gifts and talents to intimidate us into hiding ours, we diminish our value.
When we listen to the enemy telling us we aren’t good enough, smart enough, likeable enough or kind enough, we put a free price tag on ourselves.
Women give themselves away to men they date.
We let work titles and accolades define who we are or aren’t.
We allow past mistakes to keep us lingering in the freebie box.
But our value is real. We are worth something…and it is beautiful.
Who are you? That’s an important question if you want to know your worth! For starters:
You area chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
Girl – you are chosen! You are royal priesthood! You are a daughter of THE King!
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
People will make their opinion known, they will place value on things and people, but the opinion of man is of no concern to God.
You are His concern.
Because you are a chosen child. Your hairs are numbered. He knows all about you.
If the creator of the world, the author of man’s salvation, the one who has authority over all things calls you His and lovingly never forgets you, why would you ever let another human determine your worth?
Your worth is already established, staked and claimed.
We can either accept God’s value on our life or someone else’s opinion.
I believe God looks into the free box and sees amazing, creative, endless possibilities where we just see junk. I don’t know about you, but I would rather be poured out to the potential God sees in me verses sitting stagnant in the shadow of unworthiness any day. You have to remember who’s you are in order to walk in the confidence of His worth.
So today friend – remember you are a chosen daughter worth more than you can imagine.
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