What is your current season of life? Spring, oh, young one? Summer, you blessed one?
Exactly one year ago, I found myself smack dab in the middle of a new-to-me season of life. Sort of sneaked up on me. Yep, I’ve reached my Autumn. In reality, it’s been upon me for quite a while, but I was in denial.
While praying for direction in this Autumn season, God revealed many things to me through Priscilla Shirer’s book, The Resolution for Women. Why are we always racing through our seasons, eagerly looking toward the next, yearning for it? We wish our lives away by not focusing on, enjoying, and truly living in our current season. You know, relishing…embracing.
During late summer, as I re-purposed an old drawer into a tray, I wanted to add a quote . The “Embrace This Season” line came to me. It was short, concise, and it fit the space. Sort of became my motto for 2012.
So, that’s what I’ve decided to do. Embrace it, y’all! What a fun reminder, this tray.
Last summer, I visited my favorite salvage place and collected, among other things, several old drawers ($2 each). I made Bow Keepers with a couple of them. But with this drawer, I decided to do something a little different. After removing all hardware, I snapped a chalk line around the drawer front edges to cut off the “overhang”, since I needed all edges flush with the drawer box.
After cutting the drawer front edges at my marked lines and sanding all surfaces, I wiped it clean and stained it a dark walnut. I stenciled the words a light grey-blue and sanded the letters lightly when dry. Just to give it an old, worn look.
To make the rope “handles”, I drilled two holes in each end. One end already had holes from the drawer pull I’d removed. Just drilled the holes a little bigger.
I threaded some rough rope through the holes and knotted the ends.
Done! Beginning in the Fall, this tray has been used in many different ways. It now rests on top of my upper kitchen cabinets as a backdrop for my three White roosters, Bob, Snow, and Egg (been naming them lately, since my collection has grown, y’all).
I love this constant reminder of my 2012 journey, a reminder to embrace my current season. Not to wish for a previous one or long for a future one. Thank you, Lord, for every phase of life and the blessings You bring to each season!