His Eye is on the Sparrow Canvas

Have you ever had one of those moments?  You could call it coincidence but you know better.

Last month at church a sweet sister got up during a testimony meeting.  One of the ways she expresses herself and her faith is through song.  She sang a beautiful old gospel hymn that I had not heard before called His Eye is on the Sparrow.  It was beautiful and touching.

I went home that afternoon and was looking through some blogs in my reader and came across this post over at Red Heads Craft More Fun. It was a tutorial for creating a canvas art project.  She had used the words from the very same hymn the sister I had sung in church that day.  A hymn I had never heard before and now I had heard it twice in one day – I think that was a message to me.

So I decided that I need to create this canvas art project for the sister at church, a woman whose name I didn’t even know.

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I had a blank canvas sitting around from some uncompleted craft project.  I used my Cricut to cut out the letters (DoodleType) and bird (Home Decor) and got to work. My paint color was Jamaican Sea from FolkArt.  A little mod podge over the top and it was complete.

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I followed the tutorial over at Red Heads Craft More Fun and I think it came out great.  I love the sweet message of the hymn, that the Lord knows who we are and watches out for us.

Now I want to make one for myself.

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Do you have a favorite hymn you would love to see on a canvas in your home?  Which one would it be?H

Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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Comments

  1. says

    What a great idea…I would probably do “On Eagles Wings” or “Amazing Grace”.
    Right now I am busy building an ark so I can go out in the torrential rains!

  2. says

    Oh my. That is just lovely! Thanks so much for your inspiration. Isn’t it funny how God reveals himself in the strangest places? I’m glad I found you today.

  3. marti says

    Leigh Anne,
    What a lovely story, and I so agree that there are no coincidences! I’m sure the sister will be so touched with your gift…such a generous thing for you to do, with great spiritual overtones.

    If I could do a canvas to display in my home with my favorite quote from a hymn, it would be this from Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:
    “Here’s my heart, o take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above”.

  4. says

    I have been wanting to do one of these for a while and I have the lonely leftover canvas sitting in my room to prove it. My pick for lyrics: I feel my saviors love | in all the world around me! Are the letters vinyl or paper?

  5. says

    Love your blog!

    I’m from Oklahoma and this is a very old hymn. I don’t know how old, but my grandmother and older women relatives have sang it for as long as I can remember. And I love it and it feels like home.

    On a sad note, and I don’t know why, but it is very often sung at funerals around here. Like almost every single one. Sad and sweet and special all at once. I think that makes it that much more bittersweet. ;)

  6. Kirstie says

    I love this old hymn too. It reminds me of my dad singing along to a record he used to play. I love the canvas you made. I’m thinking I should try one for my dad for Christmas…any ideas on how to “man it up”?

  7. says

    Kirstie, I think if you just painted the canvas brown, black or gray instead of blue it would definitely make it more masculine. Think it sounds like a perfect gift for your dad!

  8. says

    It would be some phrase from “Where can I turn for Peace”. I love that song! I love Kirstie’s idea. My dad loves the song “Black Land Farmer”. I know he would love an idea like this!

  9. says

    Just this morning we were reading a scripture about this in Luke. My husband commented jokingly that it was a good thing Heavenly Father loves us more than the sparrows. This hymn must be in reference to this scripture. Kind of weird I would see this on your blog today. Maybe it’s a message to me too!

  10. Holly says

    Leigh Anne, does this lady take two buses to get to your church, and does she sometimes attend a church on the east side? If so, I believe this might be a lovely lady we’ve had visit several times, and one day she gave testimony, and I think she sang the same song! If it’s NOT the same lady, how even more amazing! And it was probably a first for our church–we United Methodists don’t give testimony much, and certainly not as beautifully as she did! Even if it’s not the same lady, how wonderful that you were twice blessed by that song. And I’m still surprised you had never heard it before! :)

  11. says

    Leigh Anne, I love that song!! Whew! I love so many hymns, but the two that come to mind that I really love and would make a nice canvas are : “Brighten the Corner where you are”, and “Make me a Blessing to someone today”. See? My Given talent really is that of a professional encourager! Thanks for your fun blog, I totally enjoy it!!

  12. kelly says

    i got to borrow my friends cricut last weekend and this is what i did! it was so fun making signs i want to make a hundred. i used wood signs from ben franklin 3.99 with 40% off and modge podge. cost under 4$ to make and they sell these kinds of signs for much much more!
    you did a great job! very cute!

  13. says

    I’m not sure if I could make this but it is sure is beautiful. Maybe I can try and if I can do it I will make one for my two girls for Christmas. Leigh Anne they are beautiful. If you ever do one for a drawing to win one please put my name in the drawing for it. then I can use it to help me make the girls one for christmas.

  14. Erin says

    I was just listening to my “Eclipse” CD (no, not the vampire movie, the Mormon guy group) and they have the Sparrow song on there. It’s very pretty. They also sing one called “Evening Prayer” which I could just listen to over and over again. So beautiful. When I was in high school, I remember my seminary teacher showing us a video of I think the MoTab, maybe not, singing a beautiful arrangement of “Come Thou Font” which I have loved ever since.

  15. says

    Greetings from Wordwise Hymns. Your post, and the added comments on the gospel song, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” caught my eye today. Not sure I’d call it “very old,” since it was written barely a century ago. The author is Civilla Martin, a Canadian (born in Nova Scotia). Our English hymns go back a long way. “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” was written by Isaac Watts over 300 years ago.

    In any event, if you’d like to know more about how Mrs. Martin’s song came to be written, you can check out my blog page on it, here…
    http://wordwisehymns.com/2010/08/21/today-in-1866-civilla-martin-born/

    God bless.

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