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. “Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die….” (From: There is a Fountain)
    I love your new sign.

  2. I love this. My home school is called Oaks Academy because of Is. 63:3 — “They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of The Lord, that He may be glorified.”

  3. “My Grace is sufficient for you” has been our anthem since we built our home. It means a great deal every day, but today especially since we lost a dear friend this morning.

    I enjoy your blog and the feelings of strength, peace and comfort displayed in your home. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Our church has a children’s primary song called “I’m trying to be like Jesus” and it is the song that epresents the stage of life I am in right now. I am a mommy of beautiful, crazy little rugrats. It is the song that I sing in a whisper at night to hush a baby to sleep and it is the song I hum to myself when I don’t think I have the power to keep moving forward.

  5. ‘she is clothed with strength and dignity and can laugh without fear of the future.’

    Proverbs 31:25

  6. “Your grace is enough” by Matt Maher

  7. My anthem is one of these two: “Hello, my name is Child of the One True King” and ” Broken Hallelujah”

  8. Elizabeth G. says

    Nice giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Awesome giveaway! Christ is enough for me!

  10. I have two that I can’t seem to get away from right now; Redeemed by Big Daddy Weave and You Love Me Anyway by Sidewalk Prophets.

  11. I also have a question… Where did you ever get your planter bust? I love that thing!

  12. Psalm 37:3
    Trust in the Lord and do good.
    So simple, yet profound. We must trust wholeheartedly to live in full submission and do whatever He deems good.
    An overall goal and anthem for me and mine :)

  13. beautiful words! I don’t have an anthem, but now need one. I like the message of Child of the One True King. Really love this song too!

  14. Kristina A says

    I don’t have an anthem …. something I should think about. Thanks for the chance.

  15. I love your posts! I have been eyeing these signs for awhile and trying to justify the price! I would love to win one, but will have to work on our anthem. Thanks!

  16. I, how I love beautiful words! I’ve been thinking about what I want to display in my house! “Let me be singing when the evening comes…” What a good idea.

  17. Our anthem will forever be to quote JFK — “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bicycle ride…”
    Believing IN that my husband, Dean & I have NOW pedaled 75,000 + MILES on one of 3 recumbent tandem bicycles that we own! Did I mention ALL withing the age span of age 32 – 60 thus far?
    1,000,000 thanks & we’d LOVE to WIN this quote!!!
    “E” (in VT)

  18. Beautiful words and sign! Would love to choose something for a new home – I am getting married next February, and we will start a new home together!

  19. Let it Be and All You Need is Love by The Beatles are two I often turn to for solace or uplifting.

  20. I’d love to win this!

  21. Went to her Etsy shop and have fallen in LOVE with the sign she created based on the book: RAISING A MODERN DAY KNIGHT. One of my favorite boos EVER and the sign is soooo inspiring to look at every single day. If I’m not the giveaway winner, I may have to ask for that as my Mother’s Day gift. Simply gorgeous!

  22. I love her family rules signs! “Forgive and Recover”- so good!

  23. Oh man! All is Grace & 10,000 Reasons have been anthems in my life recently, too. Beautiful idea.

  24. Signs are intentional…love the thought of getting one!

  25. Rebecca D says

    I have eyed these signs for a while now. They are gorgeous! I think I would choose a quote by Epicurus that speaks to being happy with everything you already have instead of desiring more and more. “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” These words are an excellent reminder to not take my husband for granted and to appreciate my three young daughters.

  26. Mine is In Christ Alone. Their signs are beautiful!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  27. I don’t know if I can choose one right now. Maybe a Keith Green song? I really love so many of his lyrics!

  28. Beautiful sign! And I love the soundtrack of our lives. Certain music always takes me back to specific events. Good stuff.

  29. Love the “Let me be singing when the evening comes”!

  30. Jeanne Clifton says

    Oh my – I love the hymns. I would probably a verse from one of the old hymns.

  31. What a beautiful idea. I grew up with lots of Scripture plaques on the walls, and I absolutely love the idea of declaring an anthem with a piece of art. I can think of so many songs that could apply to our life right now; the struggle would be choosing just one!

  32. My anthem(s) right now are We Delight and Be Merciful to Me (both Caedmon’s Call) and Rejoice and God is Good (both by Dustin Kensrue). They are all on my labor playlist for our little boy, who is five weeks old today. I listened to this playlist a lot in the months leading up to his birth, which was great because I didn’t get to listen to it at all when he was born (37 minute labor, hellooooo!). I’d love to have one of those songs printed and hung on our wall!

  33. I love the idea of an anthem! I’d love to win this and narrow down the song that most represents our family!

  34. I would love one of these signs!! My daughter, who is graduating this spring from HS lives and breathes music. It would be such a perfect gift for her. I may have to order one for our family anyway because we all appreciate music and do find it to go with the “themes” of our life! Great idea!!

  35. Love this song. Have played it a thousand times since reading this post.

  36. Love this! It’s been on repeat since reading your post.

  37. I have many different anthems, but one long-running one is “Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer.”

  38. Beautiful! Both the concept and the sign. I like the idea of having an anthem. I’ll have to think about that.

  39. Oh how I love your sign! It is so true that songs become the soundtracks to our lives. My anthem right now would be from Matt Maher, Lord I Need You. Reminds me every time that God is near.

  40. Oceans (where feet may fail) by Hillsong

  41. Love the idea of an anthem. I will give this more thought. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  42. Dawn Beaver says

    So many incredible songs…it would be difficult to choose one!

  43. Jennifer K. says

    I’ve been loving Free to Be Me by Francesca Battistelli lately :) Thanks for offering this great giveaway!

  44. I. love. this.
    You can’t know how much.
    And you.

  45. I’ve been loving “Your Grace Finds Me” by Matt Redman lately, but “It is Well with My Soul” never fails to speak to me. I’d pick one of those.

  46. My anthem right now is a couple of lines from the hymn, The Day Thou Gavest.
    They are:
    To Thee our morning prayers ascended,
    Thy praise shall sanctify our rest.

  47. I would love a sign… and would have to put some serious thought into what it would say. I will start that today. thanks!

  48. In our house we love the Caedmon Call song, “ready our hearts to carry your love” it’s our ‘anthem’ song. I love the sign and this post – wonderful!

  49. I would love to have one of these for our home with an old, traditional hymn like “Count Your Blessings,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” or “Amazing Grace.”. These are songs we want to become part of our children’s hearts.

  50. “Let all things be done decently and in order …… “