This is an interesting story. It’s all about how I learned self control… in a totally unexpected way. When I first started working on My Cents of Style line I knew immediately that I wanted to do some kind of bracelet. My bracelets have always been really important to me (you can read about why here) and I really wanted to share the idea with you guys. But then I had a hard time narrowing down exactly which word I wanted to use on the bracelet, my own inscriptions are pretty personal so how in the world could I choose words that would work for so many different people? I kept thinking if only there were some universal words or ideas that might work for everyone. And then I realized what I wanted to do, The Fruits of the Spirit!
As a little girl (a preacher’s daughter, no less) the fruits of the spirit were drilled in early. For those of you who aren’t familiar, one of the apostles (Jesus’ BFF’s) listed out these nine attributes that Christians should have.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”Galatians 5:22
But the thing is, these are attributes we should all have regardless of where you grew up or what you believe in. And so I wanted to make fruit of the spirit bracelets and I thought that we could all wear them as a reminder of the attribute we most need to work on in our own lives.
The two I was most excited about were peace and patience. I figured that since I’ve struggled with my stress level that peace would be a great one for me. And with three little boys, patience was definitely an attribute I needed to dedicate time to. In fact, you’ll notice that I chose their colors (gold and rose gold) so they’d go well with my current bracelets. I really loved the idea of self-control because I thought it might be a great reminder for those of you who are dieting this season and want a gentle reminder. I even made it silver (not my favorite metal) because I didn’t think I’d need that one.
Funny how things work out.
Right about the time that all the product started showing up for the line was the exact same week I got Bells Palsy for the third time. As a long time emotional eater I suddenly found myself gobbling up everything in sight. And it didn’t stop when I started to feel better. I had re-developed a bad habit and I couldn’t seem to control myself. And then I saw this bracelet on the desk in our craft room and I started wearing it. Almost immediately I felt more in control… or that at least I had more self control. Maybe its because I always take my bracelets so seriously. Or maybe it was like Dumbo and a magic feather. Either way, it totally worked for me. Every time I’d reach out for something that wasn’t a healthy choice I’d see the bracelet and remember that I wanted to have self control. Several weeks have gone by but I still haven’t taken it off. It’s funny how self control can stand for so many things in my life.
It takes self control to make myself write on my next book.
It takes self control to run three times a week for my marathon training.
It takes self control to not hit the snooze button in the morning, to keep my house cleaned up, and to keep my temper in check during my morning commute.
It’s actually kind of shocking to me how much I needed a reminder to have self control and I think now that I know better, I’m probably not the only one. Whether you need to practice self control, kindness, patience, peace, or look for more joy in each day there is a bracelet for you. These would also make a beautiful holiday gift for the women or girls in your life. I hope they are as helpful for you as they are for me! xo, Rachel
Get the bracelets for $10.95 when you use Fruits10 at checkout!