Throughout 2020, we released a part-of-a-set mug each season. Each mug had a word that we strive to be, that coordinated with a Bible verse. The series is named “things you are” because we are stating it as if we are. We are stating that we are… cheerful, hopeful, thankful, and joyful.
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” Proverbs 17:22
“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” Psalm 71:14
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him, so you may overflow with hope by the power of the holy spirit” Romans 15:13
Cheerful and Hopeful were released in March and June of 2020. The time to design, pick out, order, and get mugs in my hands takes 4-6 weeks. So when I was designing “Cheerful” this time last year, I had no idea that I’d need to be reminding myself so often of the coordinating verse in the months to come: “a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones”(Prov 17:22). When schools were being canceled, there were so many unknowns (and so little toilet paper), and the year wasn’t unfolding as planned, that verse and the Cheerful reminder on the mug was what I needed while being present with my family.
Right around that time is when I was designing Hopeful, to be released in June. The verse “as for me, I will always have hope, I will praise you more and more” (Psalm 71:14) was frequently on my lips as we kept moving through the spring and uneasiness and uncertainty filled my heart. It was a helpful reminder that my hope isn’t in this world. My hope is in the Lord. And no matter what is going on around me, I will continue to praise Him.
As we continued through 2020, the next two phrases on the Things You Are collection were fairly easy to decide on. Thankful made sense for the fall season, and Joyful for winter.
As confusion and chaos show up on our phones each day with no end in sight, searching for things to be Thankful and Joyful for is extra important. These mugs and the corresponding verses are a tangible reminder each morning.
My prayer with these mugs is that even when days seem dark and uncertain, that you find things to be thankful and joyful for. That when things are spinning out of control in the world, that you look right in front of you and choose to be grateful for the blessings you have.
They are beautiful to give as gifts or purchase for yourself. Each mug comes with the coordinating verse on a card that you can display on your bathroom mirror, in your car, as a bookmark, or many other places.
It was so much fun releasing these throughout last year. My prayer is that they offer you encouragement each morning, on coffeedates with friends, and a smile when given as a gift.
The mugs have been available to purchase individually. But now that they’ve all been released, you get purchase them as a set of four. Ordering as a set gets you $15 off, plus you qualify for free shipping!