I found this amazing lot of antique keys - there's 60 in all. I got the box in the mail the other day, and was so excited to go through them all - they are so unique and have so much character! I love how some of them are on an old piece of rope, on big rusty keychains, and old ball chains.
Since I had kind of a lazy day yesterday because I was sick, I spent the morning cleaning all the keys. It's quite a long process of soaking and brushing and more soaking.
Here they all are soaking in a bowl of vinegar.
After they soaked in vinegar for about an hour, I then brushed each one with a toothbrush and washed off in warm, soapy water.
Then, I brushed them again with silver polish cream. And did a final vinegar soak.
Followed by rinsing in soapy water. I told ya - it's quite a process!
Here they all are, drying on a towel. Don't they look all shiny and clean? :)
As soon as they were dry, I stamped one and used it to make a special necklace for a friend. I asked the Lord for a word of encouragement for her, and I heard Him say "open your hands". She's been asking Him lately for more creativity in her life. She's been stepping out with some creative ideas that are "God-sized". And I was super excited to make this for her! (I also sang the song "Open My Hands, Open My Heart" by Sara Groves as I was making it)
This is the other side :)
And late last night, I strung several interesting keys on some suede leather cord I got the other day. I made this one for myself. This old key already had the number 7 stamped on it. I knew it was for me! 7 has always been my favorite number. And 7 is kinda a big deal in my life right now.
There are 7 of us in my family. (Clint, me, and our 5 kiddos)
And we are in our 7th year of being here.
And on the 7th day, God rested.
I feel like He is bringing me into a new season of resting in Him.
So, as I wear this simple little key, I am praying that it serves as a reminder for me to focus on my little family of 7, as well as being deliberate of staying in a state of rest on a day to day basis.