The Power of Choosing Your Anthem :: A Giveaway

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We’ve talked before about choosing a song to help ground an event, and how when you put those songs together they make up the soundtrack of our lives. I like to choose an anthem and match music to big events, transitions in our life, or the spectacularly ordinary parts of our life, it’s a trick I use to instantly take me back to the feeling I had during that time.

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Before Uganda I purposely sought out a song that could represent the trip. It was easy knowing Shaun’s music and also the fact that he leads these trips, plus, one of his songs was my anthem for the last Compassion Blogger trip to Tanzania.

Weeks before we even got on the plane I started listening to All is Grace by Shaun Groves (inspired by Ann Voskamp). And now, even though we’ve been home for over a month, when I hear that song it takes me back. I cannot urge you enough to start choosing your anthems. This one act has helped set the mood in our home and trigger memories of meaningful moments in our life.

wood sign

During that same time, Tara from Between You & Me had offered to make me a sign for my home. Months passed and I couldn’t decide what I wanted on our sign. I thought about something from Napoleon Dynamite, or maybe Nacho Libre and even considered the song that Earnest T Bass serenaded Charlene Darling with, remember that one? My boys have that song/chant memorized and it is hilarious and kind of an inside joke for our family.

I’m really glad that All is Grace won out, Shaun totally wins in a competition with Napoleon, Nacho and Earnest T Bass. Although I’m pretty sure I could sell out tickets to that fight.

declare your athem

As much as I love to have this song playing at any and all times during our day, there is something about having the words to the song displayed in our house that takes it to a new level. You don’t just hear the words. You see the words. I didn’t realize the power of having words that mean so much, on our walls.

I hope you not only choose an anthem, but declare it and display it.

Once I knew I wanted to have the words from All is Grace in our home I asked Shaun for his permission and even had him approve Tara’s mock up of what it would look like. It’s important to get permission from artists when you are using their work.

wood sign

I love my wood sign so much that I asked Tara if she’d offer one to giveaway here at Nesting Place. I’m all about original art and meaningful beauty and it doesn’t get anymore meaningful than having a custom wood sign for your home.

between you & me signs

One winner can choose an existing sign listed in the Between You & Me shop or they can customize one for their home. With the custom sign, Tara can happily customize the words (but not sizing) for this giveaway–the winner can choose one of the sizes they offer in their shop. Open to US shipping addresses only.

Also anyone can use code NESTER10 for a 10% discount!

All Is Grace (With Ann Voskamp) from Shaun Groves on Vimeo.

Find out more about Shaun’s Latest CD : Third World Symphony (LOVE this so much!)

this giveaway is closed, winner announced here

tell us, do you have an anthem right now? what is it?


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  1. Tina Matteson says:

    I love this idea! Right now my ‘anthem’ is “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” – a remake of the classic Fanny Crosby hymn, by Chris Tomlin. Especially the lines “This my song through endless ages, Jesus led me all the way.”

  2. Beautiful signs! Our anthem is definitely Hillsong United’s “Oceans”. I feel like I can take on the world when I listen to that song :)

  3. I would so love to win one of Tara’s signs……please pick me! Thanks

  4. Niki Blake says:

    I would love to win. I don’t have an anthem right now but would like to. LOVE to listen to Christian music and worship all day. Might be fun to pick “an anthem” for our family… always……great ideas! <3

  5. I have two: Let It Go from Frozen and In My life by the Beatles

  6. Great idea. Would love to have one of these signs in our home.

  7. What a wonderful giveaway – blessings!

  8. What a neat idea! Hadn’t thought of an anthem before, but I like it!

  9. I’d love to have one of these signs!

  10. I would love to win for sure! My anthem at the moment is “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. It has echoed the desire of my heart these past few months.

  11. April Pendergrass says:

    I have wanted one of these signs!!!!!!! I’m going to start working on my anthem now!

  12. Love you posts. My current anthem is ” IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL” . Now I’m thinking of all the great old hymns and sayings that my mother and aunts gave me to treasure.

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Our family’s anthem would have to be “Whom Shall I Fear” aka “the Angel Armies Song” by Chris Tomlin. Our four kids (8 and under) have really embraced the idea that “the God of Angel Armies is always by [their] side.”

  14. Keep your head up – Ben Howard. I love this idea!

  15. I love these signs! So charming.

  16. Paula Romer says:

    Nester, Thank you so much for this video clip of Shaun and Ann. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing this special song and your anthem with us. I would love a chance to win a new
    anchor anthem art piece for the new home we are building. I would have to give it some thought as I have many “theme” songs it seems these days as the soundtrack for our lives. Looking forward to your new book release!
    Paula R.

  17. Portia smith says:

    Love it!

  18. What a great idea! I’m always looking for meaningful art to hang in my home.

  19. I have been looking for a sign for above my desk and these are beautiful. Ps I love your anthem.

  20. What a wonderful giveaway! I’d love to have something like this in my office!

  21. This is so lovely! I would love to have something like this in my home. Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. I need some inspiring words to look at every day in my kitchen.

  23. My anthem has become Chris Tomlin’s “God of Angel Armies”. When I was pregnant with my daughter it would be playing everytime we had a doc appt. It was, to me , a subtle reminder that my Jesus is always by my side!

  24. Ever since Shaun shared his heart and music at our church a few years ago, we bought his CD and our youngest quickly claimed it as his new bedtime music….he has fallen asleep every night listening to Third World Symphony for over 2 years.

  25. Would LOVE to win!!! Loved this post!!! Incredibly inspiring!!!

  26. That is so beautiful. I would have to think awhile about what song I would like to have in our home.

  27. leigh sabey says:

    Beautiful idea! I’ve never thought to choose an anthem for my life, but certain songs do bring me back.

  28. It is well…….

  29. LOVE this idea of displaying an anthem in our home… like a battle cry that leads us onward toward Christ with the passing of each day! I think I’ve had many anthems, but right now it’s “Ocean” by Hillsong. Especially the phrase, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could every wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.” The past several years have been an intense season of wrestling with trusting God in the face of a lot of loss, disappointment, and pain. I know that only He can take me to the place where my trust in Him deepens, because I won’t go there on my own, and though it’s extremely hard at times, I’m slowly learning that it’s worth it. And that my Savior goes with me.

  30. Molly Uhlenhoff says:

    I love it!! The song and the wall art. What a great idea!

  31. Leisha Southerland says:

    My current anthem is “Oceans” by Hillsong. I love the idea of displaying the lyrics somewhere, and I’ve long been a fan of Between You & Me signs :) great giveaway!!

  32. There have been different anthems at different times in our lives as a family. I would actually have to think on it for a while, but how powerful to be reminded of HIS great love for us. Would love to win one of Tara’s signs!

  33. I love your choice! And would love to win one of these amazing signs for my own home!!

  34. Wow … What a great idea. I have a *perfect* spot for something like this, too. :)

  35. Beautiful idea. My anthem would probably be:
    All the way my Savior leads me,
    Cheers each winding path I tread;
    Gives me grace for every trial,
    Feeds me with the living Bread.
    Though my weary steps may falter,
    And my soul athirst may be,
    Gushing from the Rock before me,
    Lo! A spring of joy I see;

  36. Sherri F. says:

    Stronger…by Hillsong. Love this idea!

  37. Her signs are stunning. It would be hard to pick just one, but fun to try!

  38. Sheila Laurence says:

    Lately the song has been ‘When you don’t know what to say, just say Jesus’. I love the sign!

  39. Karla Fritts says:

    Love this! The anthems that got me through this past year have been “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson & “Roar” by Katy Perry.

  40. Love Angel Armies by Chris Tomlin!

  41. Jenny Kropf says:

    “10,000 Reasons”-Has meant so much through my mother’s sickness and death-gives so much hope and reason to keep on singing

  42. Jenn Becker says:

    I have

  43. oh this looks amazing. i have been thinking about this very thing – how our family needs an anthem, and would love to win this treasure! love!

  44. I can’t decide between several anthems and need to mull it over more! Love those signs!

  45. My anthem would be an old hymn. Not sure which one. I’d have to pick one if I win!

  46. Her signs are beautiful!

  47. I’m not sure of an anthem right now, but I do know what I’d want on a sign: Habakkuk 3:17-19a

  48. Kimberly says:

    I love this shop!! As for an anthem– I don’t have one right now, but I love the idea of it, so I need time to think about it…

  49. I would love to win the sign like the one you have up there^^^ the one that says “Let me be singing when the evening comes.”

    I want to win it for my friend, Jayne, who is suffering intensely everyday, day after day, with a terrible auto-immune disease. This song has particular significance for Jayne, as she does battle everyday with her disease: it is HER anthem. Wouldn’t it be so special to give this sign to her???

  50. I love your sign and would be so thrilled to win one of Tara’s beautiful signs!