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. I love it! I’m so excited to look through more of her stuff. :)

  2. lovely idea! Thank you!

  3. That is my favorite song of his too! What a beautiful sign in your home!

  4. I ADORE all of Tara’s signs. I have 3 boys and I know exactly what sign I would choose to speak life to them daily. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  5. Courtney says:

    I also think its very important to have an anthem or a motto, in bold print, in your home. I have a huge chalkboard that I fill with whatever scripture is appropriate for our family. I try to switch it out once a month but that doesn’t always happen. I would really enjoy a beautiful print such as the one mentioned above since my handwriting is not the greatest. Thanks, I love your blog.

  6. Beautiful sign!! I love the lyrics of that song. Interestingly, I chose “All is Grace” as an anthem for our home recently!

  7. Hmm. Was just thinking of ordering a custom sign, but hadn’t quite decided on the words yet. It would be great to win this!

  8. YES! I’ve recently found your blog-loving it. I’m a musician, so oh the choices of an anthem for my home. I’d have to say “Come Thou Fount”!

  9. Tiffany Arnette says:

    Their work is as beautiful as their story! It is hard to choose just one…all the signs are encouraging!

  10. What a wonderful idea! I would love to display one of Tara’s signs. Thank you for this post and giveaway.

  11. oh my, the wonderful world black horizon! i’m in love!

  12. My anthem is “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman. That sign is awesome! I love it!

  13. Shaun’s “Enough.”

  14. When we moved from Oregon to Colorado 10 years ago we kept hearing the same song on the radio as we crossed five states. When we hear it now it always makes us smile and remember that adventure. But I’ve never thought about a song or anthem for a specific reason. Thanks for the idea, and the five away.

  15. For someone so obsessed with how music connects with life, I have never thought about choosing an anthem beforehand. That’s brilliant. And happening immediately.

  16. Right now, “It Is Well With My Soul” is my anthem as I’m grieving the loss of one of my grandmothers. I absolutely love the words to that song, and knowing it was penned when Horatio Spafford’s 4 daughters had died at sea and he was passing the place it happened on his way to join his grieving wife, make them that much more poignant.

  17. Kathleen Lee says:

    What a great concept! Of course I associate songs with various times in my life, but I had never considered choosing an anthem at home. I will get on that immediately…

  18. FancyNancy says:

    How do you pick just one? Great Is They Faithfulness. It Is Well. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us. Hmm. I love how she did All Is Grace for you. It’s beautiful.

  19. This is so awesome!! I have a song that is my family’s anthem and I would absolutely love to have it hanging in my house!

  20. I don’t have an anthem right now – but your post is definitely making me think maybe I should!

  21. I walked down the aisle this fall to “crown him (majesty)” because the words have been so powerful for myself and my husband. It would be so sweet to have this in our home!

  22. LOVE this idea of having an anthem….Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Love her signs and would love to win one to display our family anthem in our home!

  24. Love your anthem idea…thank you!! Now to decide which song, there are so many we love and our walls would love to have something hanging on them:)

  25. I love her instagram- the signs are gorgeous!!

  26. Yes, yes, yes!

  27. This is so unique and personal . I would love to have “an anthem” . Thanks for the chance.

  28. Shanthi kerssies says:

    My husband gave me one of her signs for Christmas this year, I absolutely love it!! Can’t wait to add another meaningful sign to our home!!

  29. Diane T. says:

    What a beautiful expression!

  30. I think the idea of an anthem for daily living is inspired! I guess I tend to focus on the big things/celebrations. You have convinced me to make everyday a celebration!

  31. Such a great idea and giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

  32. I do not have an anthem, but would love to. Wish I’d have known about such a thing when my children were growing up! It’s never too late!

  33. Love her work, and I always have an ever-changing anthem in my life!

  34. Thanks for the chance to own one of these beautiful signs!

  35. What a beautiful sign/song/idea! I will have to be intentional about choosing an anthem/s from now on.

  36. We are working on adding art to our home after nearly a year of living here – I’d love one of these signs!

  37. beautiful signs and beautiful idea! hmm… will be thinking of my anthem now…

  38. Right now I think mine would be Heart Beats by Johnnyswim!

  39. Elyssa M says:

    Love this! My hubby and I really like to have special quotes and song lyrics up around our home too. It’s a great way to create a space that’s very personalized and inspiring!

  40. My anthem right now is In Christ alone. That is a beautiful sign!

  41. This is such a brilliant idea and something I am taking to heart. On the search to narrow down more specific!!! Matthew West Do Something really speaks to me. <3

  42. Kristina says:

    I love your idea of a life anthem! Right I just want to focus on grace and giving thanks…need to search some songs :)

  43. i watched that video some time back and just fell in love with his music. life anthem…great idea!

    thanks nester :)

  44. Beautiful! There are so many different songs that have been meaningful to me that I actually think it would be hard to pick just one. Love the song you choose!

  45. What a lovely sign! I would love to have one. Great idea!

  46. My anthem is ‘Jesus at the center’ by Darlene Zschech. I just desire Jesus to be the center of every area of my life.

  47. Be thou my vision. Love the words and I find myself humming it all the time.

  48. What an awesome idea to put an anthem in your home. Brings tears to my eyes to think about all God’s done in our lives and to be reminded of that with an anthem. I LOVE the idea! Thank you.

  49. I have been admiring her signs for awhile now. Winning one would just make my day, week, makings or maybe even year! Thank you for the chance!

  50. Beautiful sign…lovely idea…