212. The Short List – Verse Print

ShortList Verse

My sister got me into researching scripture wall art since she’s loving on Philippians 4.8 “Whatever things are true..noble…just…pure…lovely…” In my internet travels I happened upon a wall decal with Romans 12.12.  Being unwilling to commit to an actual wall augmentation on my sister’s behalf I made a photo print to frame or just gently tape to the wall where my sticky note prayer list is.  I’d like to go with a non-permanent route since I don’t actually live here.  My print is will be ready at Costco in a few hours, but I’ll probably choose a later pick-up time since we won’t be able to get there for a few days.

You, though, have a couple of options:

(1) If you like the verse and the picture as-is:  Download the image and then upload it to the photo processor of your choice.  I am using Costco’s 8×8 print – I think they are $1.49 each.  I have uploaded the image so you can click on it and it’s full-resolution.  I have a Mac and practiced adding it to iPhoto with no problem – I’m assuming PC users can right-click and save as with minimal fuss.

(2) If you want to make your own:

  • Choose a photo that is meaningful to you.  Mine is of a tea plantation in Africa – we went on a picnic one day and the sky was so beautiful.  I purposely chose one colored so that the text would have enough contrast to be seen.
  • I cropped mine so it’s a square – a very common size for posting online – I just checked to make sure Costco offers square prints.  You can choose any size you like – the key is to verify printability.
  • Drag it into powerpoint and add a text box.
  • Highlight any words you want with a different font.  I usually just use Microsoft’s standard fonts, but if they look like handwriting, they are probably from Kevin & Amanda – Fonts for Peas.
  • Select everything on the slide once you’re done fiddling.  (Control-A)
  • “Save as Picture” to the folder of your choice – just remember where you put it.
  • Upload it to your photo processor and print it!

This is where I’m putting my picture/verse:

133.  The Short List

133. The Short List

133. The Short List

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I love Excel.  A spreadsheet is not a blank sheet of paper you’re supposed to fill up with the Great American Novel – it’s a series of orderly rectangles that can tell you stuff if you fill in the blanks with numbers and symbols.  I used to have a recurring nightmare back in the crazy days about being stuck in an Excel spreadsheet.  (I’m not kidding.)  I can see myself running around, bumping into the borders of a cell.   Now the thing that is notable about that dream is that I’m running – not that I’m stuck in Excel.

I don’t use spreadsheets often now, but once I learned to use them I relied heavily on them for all sorts of things.  I once wrote a paper for my Social Entrepreneurship class in Excel.  It was just going to be an exhibit but it kept on growing and growing until it became the bulk of what I wanted to say.  I also used to keep my prayer list in Excel.  The functionality was perfect for me – I made different tabs with different categories for days of the week.  Nicely color-coded of course.

These days I can’t really see or write too well, but I think devoting myself to prayer is really a stamina thing.  I consider myself cognitively intact, but my mind tires easily and I avoid telling anyone I’ll pray for them since I will likely forget in 5 minutes.  That’s why I decided to use a post-it note prayer list.  This is good for me since it’s a memory aid, but it also helps my motor skills because my left hand is in charge of moving my stickies.  I figure it might also be good for little ones who are learning to pray.  Here’s a suggestion – once you fill in the sticky notes with names, snap a picture on your phone and send it to the person you’re praying for, congratulating them on making the short list!   Also, there are some topics you might wish to make one post-it note for and just move it around daily, e.g your country’s monarch, POTUS, your church elders…

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