Pick Me Up Jars + Printable List of 50 Positive Quotes and Scriptures

Pick Me Up Jars + Printable List of 50 Positive Quotes and Scriptures

Hello friends! I have something a little different for you today. A  bit of happiness, in a non-food form…if you will!  In my LDS ward, I work in the Young Womens program with the 14 and 15-year-old girls. We meet on Sundays to study the gospel and once during the week to learn different skills, have fun, form friendships, do service or just to support each other. Both of my daughters are involved in the Young Womens program which is an added blessing to me. Dream calling to be sure! The girls are so full of fun and energy. It’s always wonderful to be with them.

Last week one of my cute class member named Taigan suggested we do an activity making “Pick Me Up Jars”. She explained that during a difficult time in her life a friend had written inspirational quotes and scriptures on individual pieces of paper, rolled them up and placed them in a mason jar and given it to her as a gift. Taigan chose one paper out each day to read in an effort to gain inspiration and help her through the day.

I was sold on the idea. There is such an amazing power in beautiful words, wouldn’t you agree?


We had a great time at the activity. All of the girls brought a list of their favorite uplifting quotes that we all shared.


We all brought different pieces of scrap-book paper and pens.


We shared our quotes with each other and tried to write as many as we could on small pieces of the paper.


I think this quote was my favorite. I’ve had it rolling around in my mind ever since. 🙂


We rolled up each paper and tossed it in the jars.


It was fun to see the different color combinations the girls chose. My daughter Emily made this fun yellow and black jar.


Anyhow, I thought the idea was definitely worth sharing with you all. It makes a great activity for the youth! These jars are also great to give away as gifts or even as an uplifting gift to yourself! I have included a list of 50 uplifting quotes and scriptures below you could use for your jars. If you don’t want to write them all out, you could easily just print them off and cut them into strips.

To print the list click HERE.

  1. “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side” -Katherine von Shlegel
  2. “Fear not, I am with thee, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee yes, I will help thee, yea I will uphold the with the right hand of my righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10
  3. “Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He will strengthen thy heart.” -Psalm 27:14
  4. “Keep trying, keep trusting, keep believing, keep growing. Heaven is cheering for you! Today, tomorrow and forever.”-Elder Holland
  5. “See the good in yourself!” -Jeffery R. Holland
  6. “We are infinitely more than our limitations and our afflictions.” -Jeffery R. Holland
  7. “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead.” -Jeffrey R. Holland
  8. “Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.”
  9. “Never give up on anyone, and that includes giving up on yourself!” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  10. “God didn’t design us to be sad. He created us to have joy!” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  11. “When life gets too hard to stand, kneel.”
  12. “Rejection is Gods way of saying “wrong choice dear”.
  13. “Come what may and love it!”
  14. “Don’t let the silly little things steal your happiness.”
  15. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”
  16. “God sometimes takes up into troubled waters, not to drown us, but to cleanse us.”
  17. “For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
  18. “Think positive, be positive.”
  19. “And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4
  20. “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Suess
  21. “Pray More, worry less.”
  22. “Nothing is going to startle us more when we pass through the veil to the other side than when we realize how well we know our Father in Heaven and how familiar his face is to us.” Ezra Taft Benson
  23. “There are far, far better things ahead, than any we have left behind.” C.S. Lewis
  24. “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.”
  25. “It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself that determines how your life’s story will develop.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  26. “Courage, dear heart.” C.S. Lewis
  27. “The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.” Maya Angelou
  28. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou
  29. “All flesh is in my hands; be still and know that I am God.” D&C 101:16
  30. “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”
  31. “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
    If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
    If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
    If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
  32. “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”
  33. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
    -Frederick Keonig
  34. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
    -Helen Keller
  35. “…for I Nephi will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” 1 Nephi 1:20
  36. “Happiness is a state of activity.” -Aristotle
  37. “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
    Scott Fitzgerald
  38. “Look to me in every thought. Doubt not. Fear not.” D&C 6:36
  39. “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
  40. “In His strength, I can do all things.” Alma 26:12
  41. “Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is.” Mandy Hale
  42. “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
  43. “Bloom where you are planted.”
  44. “I am encircled about eternally in the arms of His love.” 1 Nephi 1:15
  45. “But the Lord stood with me, and gave me strength.” 2 Timothy 4:17
  46. 5 Simple Rules to be HAPPY 1) Free your mind from hate 2) Free your mind from worry 3) Live simply 4) Give more 5) Expect less
  47. “Happy are those who take life day by day, complain very little and are thankful for the little things in life.”
  48. “He hath made everything beautiful in his time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
  49. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 22:6
  50. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27


…and just because I love ya (and because I have been loving the quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald so much)…


I made it into this printable. (For my fridge, and for yours if you are so inclined). You can print it by clicking the picture, or by clicking this link.

Have a great day, everyone!

Post a comment!


  1. 1
    Renee Givens
    September 21, 2016 at 8:14 am

    What a wonderful idea,love this!

  2. 2
    September 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Oh my goodness, thank you SOOO much! I love to take something to my VT sisters each month and your list is amazing! THANKS!

  3. 3
    Karen D
    September 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Beautiful!! Our daughter made something similar for her Dad for father’s day a few years ago…52 reasons why he is a great dad. He read one each Sunday and still keeps the really special ones pinned to the board by his desk.

  4. 4
    September 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Thanks! This is a great idea!!

  5. 5
    Margaret Matlock
    September 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Love the quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I collect quotes so I love your list too.

  6. 6
    November 1, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Love this idea and I love your handwriting! Did you use a calligraphy pen?

    • 7
      November 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you! 🙂 I just used a gel pen.
      Best to you,

  7. 8
    Julie Seitz
    November 26, 2016 at 4:10 am

    I love this idea, I want to share it with our Young Women;s leaders, but I want to use it as a Christmas gift first!

  8. 9
    November 26, 2016 at 7:26 am

    cool. this idea really helped me with getting presents for my friend

  9. 10
    January 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

    HOW PERFECT! I’m going to make these for EVERYONE! First the women I visit teach, then to my family who needs a little pick me up! And maybe even girls camp craft! LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS! Thanks Taigan, Thanks Jamie!! Love and miss you all! xoxoxo

  10. 11
    February 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Just Wonderful! I have several friends that are going through trials and this will be a perfect encouragement gift.

  11. 12
    February 7, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! What a great idea:)

  12. 13
    March 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Great idea! I am going to use it for my “Take good care of yourself” baskets I give to friends in need of a lift.

    • 14
      March 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

      So happy you liked this idea! I hope your friends enjoy them!

  13. 15
    April 30, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Love it!

  14. 16
    May 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing!! This is perfect for my best friend and my niece who are both fighting cancer right now! I would really love to get a printable with your handwritten notes and tags, they are SO lovely! Please oh please!! I would happily pay you for your time and amazing talent! =D

  15. 17
    August 9, 2017 at 7:16 am

    What a great idea for inactive sisters. Will be making these!
    Found your site looking for Jalapeño Pepper Jam…Keep it up, love the simplicity of the recipes!

  16. 18
    September 27, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Perfect for Christmas gifts! Thanks for this lovely idea! ??

    • 19
      September 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

      You are most welcome! Hope you enjoy them!

  17. 20
    Rachel Moore
    October 6, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Nice idea for shut ins at church.

  18. 21
    November 2, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    What a great idea! I’m going to make one to send home with each of my family members for Thanksgiving Day! Thank you.

  19. 22
    fay lawrence
    November 25, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    I shall use this idea for the senior shut-ins at church

  20. 23
    December 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Love love love this idea! I pinned it a few months ago so I could find it again. I’m making these to give as Christmas gifts for the ladies in my Bible study group, co-workers, and family! Such a simple idea, but we can all always use a “pick-me-up”. Thanks for putting together the list of quotes and the printable! (I’m a fan of hand-written notes as well, but there’s NO way I have time to get all of these done LOL) I’m off to dig through my stash of scrapbooking/crafting supplies for pretty paper and decorations for the jars 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  21. 24
    March 31, 2018 at 2:46 am

    I came across this for a reason. I know that I personally and many others could use reminders that there are many reasons to be grateful and see the bright side of things. Thanks so much for sharing!

  22. 25
    April 28, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I am definitely going to use this! Please don’t be offended, but positive is spelled with an “i” instead of an “a”. I really hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings! I would want someone to point it out to me. ? Keep up the amazing work!

  23. 26
    August 6, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I love this idea. I’m going to make a Gratitude Jar. My 49th wedding anniversary is at the end of the month and you gave me the idea for the best gift ever for my husband. Thank you for sharing this beautiful idea.

    • 27
      August 13, 2018 at 9:24 am

      What a great idea for an anniversary gift! I hope he loves it.
      Best of luck,

  24. 28
    September 19, 2018 at 9:20 am

    What size mason jar did you use? Looking to do this for Pastor Appreciation gift.

    • 29
      September 28, 2018 at 9:40 am

      Hi Donna,
      I used a quart size jar.
      Best of luck!

  25. 30
    Evelyn Wagstaff
    December 5, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you so much for all your hard work you do for everyone. I love all the Ideas you have given me and I love your 12 days of Christmas the Savior gave to me. Again thank you so much.

  26. 31
    Lisa Young
    April 14, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you awesome

  27. 32
    Karen Sennie
    November 30, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    I found this great idea through Pinterest.com, through craftsonfire.com!
    I thought it would be a great idea/gift for my son who is going through a breakup. He’s been downing himself and it’s breaking my heart. He has Aspergers Syndrome and a bipolar disorder. He’s been so depressed lately. Lord, I tried to say something positive to him but…. then I saw this pick-me-jar! So perfect! Thank you

  28. 33
    Susan Yakus
    December 13, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    What a wonderful and thoughtful idea. I am definitely going to make some. I have a friend going through cancer treatment and this is just the ticket! Thank you!

  29. 34
    February 25, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    You’re quotes are amazing helping a lot of people.Keep it up and keep sharing your value able thoughts.

  30. 35
    June 2, 2020 at 5:50 am

    I would like to share my thoughts about your piece of words. These are really amazing please keep writing because your words really helping out to improve my life. thanks

  31. 36
    June 24, 2020 at 6:55 am

    These are really amazing.

  32. 37
    July 5, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Your quotes are really good and helping alot different people. You guys doing great job. Keep sharing…

  33. 38
    Ashleigh Zsirman
    October 10, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Love this idea xxx

  34. 39
    Greta Dickerson
    November 13, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I save folger jars and they make the perfect jar for ideas like yours. Last year I gave away “Senior Moments” (funny notes with mints attached) to seniors.

  35. 40
    June 23, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you for this idea (and the printable!). I’m working on a book launch giveaway and this idea will be perfect!

  36. 41
    Martha Ann Siler
    July 6, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you so very much for these ideas and for the printable. I plan to use these at Christmas as gifts for our Senior Citizens in our church. Blessings to you.
    Martha Ann

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