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Begin The Process

What goes on the arrow? The nock represents prayer, the fletching represents the Spirit, Scripture, and Saints in our lives. The point is Truth and that would be Jesus Christ. The cresting rings or Christing rings, as we call them, represent something that is specific to your family. These rings will represent various truths that are present in your family. These will be provided by each member of the family as you engage in the process of making your arrow. There will be memories from the past including the loss of loved ones, a season of suffering, due to illness, or some other way your family has been impacted and has grown or not grown. We grow out of suffering and your family may be in the midst of grieving a loss, even the loss of a friendship or maybe a job. What is the environment in your home? Is your home a safe haven for your kids and their friends? There are no limits as to what can go on the arrow as long as it is seasoned with truth and the grace of God. It may take some time for every member of the family to be on board with the idea. Take it slow and make it fun.

As you make your arrow, God will help you identify your family’s positive qualities and those areas that need some attention. Being totally honest and transparent is paramount to receiving the truths about your family and about God. When you are genuinely set on growing the heart of your family, God will give you the grace to receive Him. Remember when you receive Him, you receive His love because He is love. Once you learn to celebrate your family’s strengths and identify needs, you will begin to grow individually and as a family.

What your family believes is so important to who it becomes. And what each member believes about their family will influence the environment in your home. Making the arrow will help you learn more about your spouse and your kids. They will also learn more about you. This intentional exercise can become the most important and impactful thing you do as a family.

There are many outcomes you will experience in the process of making an arrow. What will help you get to the core of who God created you and your family to be is to find good information that will lead you in the process. A good place to start is a book called 5 To Thrive by Dr. Kathy Koch, founder of Celebrate Kids. Dr. Kathy identifies and fleshes out our 5 core needs as Security: Who can I trust? Identity: Who am I? Belonging: Who wants me? Purpose: Why am I alive? Competency: What do I do well? While these needs are often used by the enemy to tell us lies about who we truly are. God fills every single one of these needs through His truth in scripture, grace, and the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.

​ Identifying your needs and how to apply the truth to your arrow will set you on the path to seeing who God created you to be, being fully alive, and knowing your true identity in Christ. Identifying your core needs will help you begin the life-long process of walking daily with the King. Think of the process in terms of going from one place to another, from point A to point B, from health to healthier, from unblessed to blessed, from negative to positive, from running in the fast lane to establishing a sacred pace of life. Peace is the outcome.

To learn more and to go deeper in every aspect of our 5 core needs, please acquire a copy of Dr. Kathy’s book ​5 To Thrive.

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What Will I Need

To make arrows, you will need the following components:

You will need a cresting device(crester) which spins the arrow to make perfect rings. These are called cresting rings. At Thriving Oaks, we call these Christing rings. You can purchase an arrow cresting device here at Thriving Oaks or buy it online. The shaft, nock, fletching, and points are available from many sources. 3 Rivers Archery, Kustom King, and there are other sources you may discover. You may discover a source better than these and that is ok. We are not in the business of selling components so feel free to find your best source.

If you choose to make your arrows from wooden dowels, they are available at any hardware store. Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace are all good sources. Even Walmart has wooden dowels. The difference in using wooden dowels is that an arrow shaft is made specifically for that purpose, so it is more precise. We are not making an arrow to shoot so a wooden dowel will serve the purpose effectively and costs less.
There are many choices for paint. Hobby Lobby is our best source. We like water-based acrylic because of the cleanup. Oil based paint is good too but the clean-up is a little more trouble. Good brushes are a must. If you are going to skimp, do it with paint and not the brushes. Paint pens work well. The Elmer’s PAINT brand works really well. There is a lot of trial and error in making arrows. It’s a process and the same is true as we live out who God created us to be. The more you do it, the better you will become. We are a work in process.

Your greatest expense is the cresting device. You may want to share your cresting device with other families to help offset the initial cost of getting started. If you are a DIY person, you may want to consider making your own. There are instructions for making your own crester(Christer) online. Either way, you will be pleased with the return on your investment.

​Arrow Making Components

1. Arrow shafts or wooden dowels
2. Paint
3. Nocks
4. Fletching or plastic vanes and fletching tool
5. Points

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