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31 Days of Reminders

Reminders: Jeremiah 31:3b | Eclectic Affinity #write31days

I’ve been thinking for a while about God’s directive in Deuteronomy about keeping reminders about His commandments— “Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” That directive is stated in chapter 6 and again in chapter 11. (It’s also echoed in the Shema, a Jewish prayer.) When God says something more than once—it’s a good idea to pay close attention. What’s important to note here is that God’s commandments are encompassing more than merely a set of rules; it’s about drawing nearer to the character and will of God. As I look around my home I notice how few reminders there are on my walls. My Bible is filled with reminders, but for being an artist and a designer…my home is embarrassingly void of God’s word on my walls.

Potluck Pal Allergy Alert – free printable

Download our free Potluck Pal Allergy Alert printable for your next gathering | Eclectic Affinity

The incidence of food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities is climbing, which is why you’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t at the very least know someone with a food allergy, intolerance, or sensitivity even if not personally dealing with one. Some attribute this to our changing food supply, others to food-based additives contained within common medicines, and others to our modern, biologically changing gut microbe. Regardless of the reason, the possibility of food-related reactions makes the basics of eating together—an age-old custom of building community together—a sticky scenario. 

Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls

Popsicle Stick Paper Dolls, free printable

Of all the paper dolls I had as a kid, I remember one particular set the most. It was just a few simple outlines of people in outfits that came as a printed sheet that I cut out. I can’t recall if there were directions that said to do this or if I just did it, but I glued them all to popsicle sticks. Paper dolls and their little outfit tabs are notorious for bending and tearing, but these were simple enough that that wasn’t an issue; plus, already having outfits meant they didn’t need to be dressed up. Because they were so small, they were also easily portable within a checkbook blank box.

Remembering how fun those were, I designed a set of paper doll people that I think I would have had fun playing with as a kid, in hopes that there are some little folks who will have fun playing with them like I had fun playing with my old set.