My mom found an excellent resource for families (see the end of this post for more info), and I was looking through it when something jumped out at me. It was given as a blessing for your children, but really, it's Scripture:
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:3-4I thought there could be nothing more fitting than making a necklace as a physical reminder of tying loyalty and kindness around your neck! And it's just in time for this week of accessories!
Here's what you need:
Felt (mine is cut to about 5/8 x 4-1/2 inches)
Necklace chain (I used one of my color chains)
Fold the strip of felt in half to figure out where you'll stitch, and where it will fold over the chain. Working from the center out and using two strands of floss, stitch the word "LOYALTY" on one side, and "KINDNESS" on the other.
You can use a water-soluble pen, or just free hand stitch it as I did. It's okay if the words are a little wonky. The important thing is that they are going opposite directions so that both words hang the same way.
Fold the felt strip over the necklace chain, and stitch a few running stitches to hold it closed around the chain.
Now you can tie these words around your neck as a reminder. Other translations of these verses have different words, like "love and faithfulness", which I also like. Any way you look at it, keeping words like this close is a nice way to remember, whether you're a child or an adult!
The resource for families is called HomeFront, and is part of a curriculum called Tru. I want to avoid hotlinking, while still keeping links current for this monthly publication. You can find a collection of issues on Scribd, or to locate the particular issue I found this verse in, search for "Tru HomeFront September 2012".