Have you seen affirmation jars? They’re also known as inspiration jars or pick-me-up jars, among other names. The idea is simple: brief affirming or inspiring statements are written on paper, then inserted into envelopes, and gathered in a large container.
Jars like these are available for purchase all over the Internet but I decided to make my own. I gathered up old magazines, used calendars I’d saved, leftover scrapbook paper, and the like. Then, I pulled together my favorite calligraphy markers, along with envelope templates, glue, and tape. I visited a local consignment shop and found just the right glass canister. And, then I started making envelopes.
It became a spiritual discipline. Most evenings I’d spend 30 minutes or so working on this project. As Paul exhorted the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 5:11), “encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
This message is an excerpt from “Create an affirmation jar to encourage friends, colleagues,” a Women of the ELCA blog by Linda Post Bushkofsky.