Inspired by a Word

Lately, I’ve been having fun stamping on sterling silver. It can be quite challenging to get a good imprint on the metal. Lining up the stamps is always a challenge. And there is only one chance to hit it properly.  A second hit usually adds a ghosting effect that isn’t desirable.

Who can resist cute little birds and a heart?!


This LOVE pendant is made from leather and sterling silver. I even got to stamp the leather too!

Lots of practice on copper was needed before I progressed to the sterling silver. Even then there were many mistakes. But I persevere because of words and the inspiration they bring.

A favorite word of many is LOVE. We all need it. Life just doesn’t seem worth living if you don’t know you are loved.

Other words are equally encouraging: HOPE, FAITH, JOY… One that I have on a necklace and wear often is TRUST. At times it seems difficult to trust – when everything looks all wrong, out of control. …when I would have things go so much differently. But that is when God asks me to believe that He is loving and all powerful, able and willing to do what is good and right.TRUST

Another word that has jumped out at me lately is confidence. No, I’m not trying to find the power within myself to conquer. But do I have CONFIDENCE in God? Somehow that one word added an aspect to trust that I hadn’t contemplated yet. The online dictionary says it means: “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing, certitude, assurance.” To me that is an even deeper word than trust. It’s something to ponder…meditate on. Psalm 71:5 says it well, “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,  my confidence since my youth.” And so he has…and will continue to be!

What word inspires you? Is there a word that you need to speak to yourself over and over again? I’d love to hear about it! Here are some of the jewelry pieces that I have made with words on them. Some are still available on my jewelry website: Gentle Spirit CreationsCollage of Stamped Jewelry by Janine

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18 thoughts on “Inspired by a Word

  1. I too am inspired by words and the power they hold. Knowing you are loved is the most powerful of all feelings. I have been victim to the outside world and was not always loveable. I treasure the love of parents who loved me even when I was most unloveable. They valued me…saw the best in me…even when I couldn’t see past my pain. That’s what anger is…fear and pain. My parents and my siblings always believed I could do anything…to the point that I began to believe it myself.

  2. “Contentment.” It’s a word I don’t think we hear often enough. 1Timothy 6:6 says “but godliness with contentment is great gain.” We imagine we will be content if we have more… But this is not the case, and I think it is the root cause of many of the issues we face today.

  3. Janine,
    I’ve enjoyed reading through a couple of your blog posts. Thankyou for inviting me. Everything you do is beautiful!

  4. Matthew 16:19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

  5. I like the ‘Be Still’ of course. These look gorgeous. Thanks for your update. It’s like having bible study on the Internet.

  6. I like your thoughts on the word “confidence.” There’s no one else we can have greater confidence in, than our great God. Then again, Its because we can “trust” him. Keep up the good work on both your jewelry and your blog.

  7. Hi Janine,
    I love the pictures of your jewelry; and I like how you have incorporated words of inspiration into your creations. The words that you have mentioned are the ones that probably mean the most to most people. I guess that I have more issues with “trust” than with the other inspirational words that you mentioned. There are things that have happened in my childhood and in my young adult life that have made it so that I have difficulties with trusting anyone. I have great “faith” and I wish that other people were as “honest” as I am. Many people who get ahead in life take advantage of the “honesty” and “trust” of others, and that is how they chose to live their lives. I say that nothing goes unnoticed by “God”, and one day everyone will have to answer to him. God knows our struggles and your inspirational jewelry reminds us of how to live our lives; and we should all be living them for “Jesus”. Jesus “loves” us unconditionally and we all need to “pray” to him daily. “Prayer” gives us “hope” for the “future”, the “courage” to face things and accept them, and it leaves us with “faith” that through God all things are possible. God wants us all to have “peace” and “joy” in our lives, and this is possible if we have “belief” in him.

  8. Love this! Each year I seem to be given a word. Some past have been rest, hope and joy. This year is the “keys”. Not sure what that means but beauty opens beforeme and I am gaining coconfidence. God Is.

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