Are you planning your Christian Vision Board Party?? We are on the cusp of a brand new year and with that comes the hope and possibility of so many new things. Perhaps you are thinking of how your 2021 went and praying for a 2022 that is full of promise! New years are exciting and when we are intentional about considering the opportunities that a new year may present us with and directing our focus on praying through those opportunities we can surely create space for God to do amazing things!! So how do we do this?
Well, Habukkuk 2:2-3 says;
Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.
We are called to write down the visions God gives to us. We can do this through journaling and through the process of creating a vision board. This guide will help you create a beautiful vision board that can help encourage you to stay focused on your God given dreams and purpose.
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What is a Christian Vision board?
A vision board is a visual reminder of the goals, plans, and purposes that you have prayerfully been given from God. I like to think of it as a creative prayer journal. Some of us aren’t quite verbal in our expressions and a vision board allows us to take the mental picture of where we would like to go or where we feel we are being led in life and place it on paper as a reminder. Writing the vision out by creating a vision board helps us to maintain focus and clarity of mind. It also keeps us intentional in our actions.
If you are looking to get clarity on your goals as well as be able to focus your prayers to achieve your God given focus. The interesting thing about using a vision board is that you do not have to do it all by yourself if you do not want to; you can incorporate friends and family who will help bring out the best vision of yourself in the future. Asking questions such as:
- What are my best qualities?
- Where areas in life can I use some improvement?
- What activities have I excelled in?
Asking questions from those you love in addition to spending quiet time with God pondering these questions can help you create a vision board that can encourage you while you work in purpose.
Why is it important to write the vision?
In the same way that pictures are able to communicate much more than text, making a visual representation of your dreams and purpose enables you to see them clearly. The brain activity that happens when someone views an image is quite intense but worth taking note of.
As expressed earlier, Habukkuk 2:2 gives us a charge to write the vision:
Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.
How often do we get a vision, revelation, or answer from God and then do nothing with it? Writing the vision on a vision board is one way to put to paper the revelations God has given you.
The cool thing also is our brains are wired towards creativity and invention. We were created in the image of God. He is creative, we are creative. Writing down the visions that he gives us allows us to focus our intentions, our prayers, and our work on the things he has called us to do. When we write the vision and pray over these, our minds begin to flow with the creativity we were given from God. This mental work causes the rest of the body to work towards a successful outcome.
Additionally, as part of the neurological study conducted by mental health experts, it was detected that mental training for a physical exercise significantly conditioned the body for the actual exercise.
What should a Christian vision board say?
This is one of the more personal parts of a vision board and also where the Christian vision board will differ from one that is more based on goals. Our visions, that is the goals that we are walking towards should be constantly surrendered to the Lord. The things that he lays on our hearts are the things that we put on our vision boards.
To create an encouraging Christian vision board you must be in consistent communication with the Father so that you can hear what he says. That is what is meant by writing the vision, that is to say, we are creating a vision board around the things that the Lord has said to us.
Additionally, you can add the things that you are hoping for him to intervene in. For example, maybe you are hoping for growth in your marriage or with your children. Adding these to your vision board along with scriptures can help to ensure that your vision board encourages your prayers and guides you to trust more in the Father who is able to do exceedingly abundantly.
For reference some areas that you can consider placing on your vision board include:
- Dreams and Aspirations
The list is literally endless. There are so many directions you can take your vision board, especially because there are no boundaries with where the Lord can show up and show out in your life.
Christian vision board checklist
After you have decided what you will add to your vision board its time to get creative. Now I want to note that you absolutely should be constantly praying over your vision board and seeking holy spirit inspiration!
To create a vision board checklist, you will want to first list all of the things you want to put on your vision board.
Next you’ll gather supplies. Literally any and everything could be a vision board supply. You’ll want to consider the esthetic, afterall you want your Christian Vision Board to be consistently visible to you. Some ideas for things to use to create your vision board are:
- A board, can be cork, cardboard or wood
- Printable Vision board images
- Old magazines
- Glue, tape, or other adhesives
- Construction paper
- Your bible
- Additional embellishments such as Washi Tape, ribbon, etc.
After you have collected the supplies all that is left to do is to map our your vision board and then have fun!
Mapping out your vision board
Actually, adding items and pictures on your dream board is the fun part of this entire process. Remember that you are creating something beautiful that outlines what you want and can achieve as an individual. Before you permanently glue something on your board, lay it on your best spot and visualize it amid the bigger picture. With gluing, leave the edges free at first to allow room for overlaps and underlays. Once you are sure that what you have stuck is in its rightful space? Go ahead to pin down the edges and place weight to ensure a flat finish.
Write the Vision: Make the Plan
If you are like me, maybe you have set yourself on the path to trying out some new habits this year. Maybe its your health and you are hoping to finally see some change in the scale and some room in your clothes. Perhaps you have been eying your finances for years and would like to see the new year bring more stability in your bank account! Whatever it is that you are hoping to see become new, my prayer is that you reach whatever goal you set for yourself!
After a year of so many transitions and having a lot of things happen around and to us, a vision board can be an amazing way to plan for the 2022 you are hoping to see. Trade the anxieties of this year for the hope that comes when you press into God’s plan for you life. When you do this, you get to enjoy the peace that comes from casting your cares and anxiety on him!
What are you doing to make sure you embrace the peace that only God creates as you plan your 2021?