house of belonging : the art of living courageously volume I
ok..ok..THIS is what we have been wanting to share for.LIKE…ever!
House of Belonging: the art of living courageously
we will tell stories of courage
answer the questions of HOW do I live courageously in the middle of cancer for example
you fill in the blank a word
YOUR stories grassroots stories
we will peek inside hearts of people around the country
we will get real
we pray hearts are stirred
we will offer meaty content to chew on
that encourages YOU to pioneer new territories
take down giants
set captives FREE
maybe even cook a good meal just to BEGIN..
to let each other know WE ARE NOT ALONE!
our first lookbook..ebook..some kind of book…haha
to say it was a learning curve is an understatement!
my upcoming surgery had us in a time crunch which meant we didn’t get to put
EVERYTHING in it THIS go round
but hey...we are trusting Jesus with it all…it’s ALL GOOD!! right?
lesson learned: there is A LOT of work in putting together a lookbook!
volume I is a sampling of sortsof what is to come
WHO took these pictures you ask???
i love this person so much..and i have been so…beside myself to share her and her beautiful work with all
we mailed lissa the shirts and she ran with it telling the story that we all believed God wants women to hear
lissa so freely gave herself..her heart..to us
i’m just going to SAY it…it was God!
she bared her soul and let Jesus pour Himself into her
i can’t even pick a favorite..can you?
i LOVE them all!!
her gift is telling soul stories through the lens of her camera she lives her life REAL and is a living example of allowing God to heal her and set her FREE
to BECOME all that He had in mind for her from the beginning
the story of FREEDOM in Jesus!
real BEAUTY..true BEAUty is LIVING COURAGEOUSLY … in FULL FREEDOM
in a relationship with JESUS!!
Jesus BEAUTY crosses all barriers
age ethnicity economic status social status
whatever..you name it
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House of Belonging : the art of living courageously volumne 2
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if you would LOVE to have lissa tell a story for YOU
you can find her
God, You catch us -You can reach alllll the way
from sky to sea – You can pull us out of anything!
from the ocean waves that leave us gasping to the giants breathing out threats and taunting us,
only You truly know the void in which we are drowning
they hit us when we’re down, when life’s blows come
but God always sticks with us You stood us up in a WIDE OPEN field we stood there…SAVED — surprised to be LOVED! (the last two sentences are my fav…)
YOU God – are making our lives complete..moment by moment..day by day
when we place ALL the pieces before You when we surrender our plans for YOUR plans
when we are alert to Your ways
and don’t take You for granted
daily going over the ways You work;
we try not to miss a beat
we begin to feel put back together
and we practice trusting you ..with each step
God..only YOU…You rewrite our lives when we surrender the book of our heart to your eyes
-psalm 18:16-24 mingled with my words. i wrote this out as a prayer to God last week in my journal
something new is growing around the HOUSE:) i can feel it coming alive…
the rest of the story is coming next week!!
i emailed janet tonight and told her she WON a pair of freshly picked moccasinsfrom our giveaway monday she was the 15 that the random number generator chose. i bet she is one happy momma:)
wishing i could give each of you that entered a pair…they TRULY are darling
thank YOU’s so much!
our new Spoken Over customizable signs are in the shop!
a one of a kind sign written by you to your child
a canvas for you to identify words that are descriptiveand prescriptivefor your child/children/grandchildren
God speaks His word of us
we speak His Word over others especially our children…i know i do!!
so here is your chance to SPEAK your heart OVER your special someone …here is how it works
BOTH signs are customizable
we are more than happy to help you with this…just convo us here!
the BEATRICE sign
:child’s name definition
:verse or quote
the YOU WERE BORN to BLAZE NEW TRAILS sign
( i wrote this sign here..i agonized narrowing it down but this is what i ended up with..i pray it blesses your heart too:)
:here is where you can share your heart in several sentences..running from left to right-or you can use these words
maybe you have a prayer you have Spoken Over your child before he was ever born?
or a journal entry you wrote for her that you want to frame and hang?
these words will begin to frame their lives as they live and move in their room
words are powerfully silent
we speak over our children our hopes dreams and prayers and now they can hang in their room and someday can be hung in their home when they are grown and have a home and children of their own
click on over to theshop to order or send us a custom request…we have been adding a couple of new signs..the new I Am His Sign with “son” instead of daughter is coming today PLUS we will be adding some more new kids tshirts..you can see my cutie nephew in this new one!
this one can also be painted in our original colors ( white background/black lettering/wood frame…distressed of course! yes please;)
we will be adding some more new kids tshirts..you can see my cutie nephew in this new one!
what your afraid of the most may be where God wants to use you the most. silence the voice of fear with faith -layne schranz
in my small shadowed life God showed Himself faithful to me
i experienced by doing what i knew in my head and craved deep in my spirit
what i had read in umpteen books but so desperately wanted to experience myself
but little did i know that it would be TBT as i audaciously trusted God and subsequently transported to jr. high and all the old tapes of
your not good enough
you aren’t pretty enough
you don’t say the right things
you don’t fit in
were on replay..over and over again as cracks in my salvation armor and sword hung to heavy to wield. i sat in my hotel room and cried
i felt stupid and vulnerable and wanted to run back home and wrap myself in my security blanket
where i know i am loved for all my flaws and broken places
but ya’ll…by His grace i didn’t leave…didn’t run
i stood in Jesus’s strength by offering Him my weakness…He is mighty in our weakness!!
what was trying to surface was the fear of not being loved
and i wanted these girls to love me
so i took a risk and text a friend and asked for prayer
and she wielded the sword over me .. for me
she reminded me to practice these words because everything is a practice
here were the words that became my mantra i trust you jesus
because you see..i knew i knew i knew that i was meant to be here
to many God stories that worked out for this to happen!
i can’t tell you why
the only thing i know is that in all the crazy moments that were unfolding inside of me
the #eyesclosed moments when i couldn’t take any good pictures like everyone else
arrived exhausted – just overcoming the fear of flying about did me in…haha!!
my legs swelled huge
i lived on cheesecake and biscuits because i couldn’t eat much of what they had
i quietly fought to find bathroom time to take care of the “bag”…with 250 plus women that was a little challenging
i felt so out of place…which was my own “junk”
in the midst of ALL of this what God gave me was eyes to see THIS
women who loved, prayed and spoke grace over me
that soothed my newly exposed skin..words like these from danielle burkleo
unless God is closing a door keep walking through them
STOP OVERANALYZING and FEARING everything instead LISTEN and say YES to God
i was on sacred ground when hannah singer’s words fell
scars – visible or not – are reminders to us of God’s provision -
you don’t have to be free of the circumstances to be FREE -
leslie padgett’s words hooked my pain so i was able to enter into hers..
everything broken and lost is a testimony psalm 119:111 -
God takes us to the grand canyon of our fears and asks “do you trust Me now?” Pain offers a CHOICE always to participate or not -
God will not tell you what to do until you know who you are –
what if we began to look at pain as a teacher?
i think our small group has a forever crush on honey holden..did ya’ll know she is a grandma too? #grandmapower
it won’t ALWAYS be this way -
and that our STORIES are written in seasons -
and WELL..paw paws really ARE SEXY!! #pawpawsaresexy
our CALLING FIRST is to Jesus – as He leads us – He will show us how to use our gifts or change them – lauren chandler
jenny simmons words were anointed when she told the prison story and my heart couldn’t contain the words “turn around and look at my daughter’s”
and take time to throw candy – yes…besides “new skin” in shauna niequist story i would have to say throwing candy was powerful!
they became my blanket of security..wrapping me in their acceptance love ..
became my blanket that weekend
they became living pieces of vulnerability for me to witness
i was humbled
i was reminded
i was challenged
i was stripped
i saw no matter what her story was i related in some way
i learned something
i found God to be faithful
He showed up just like He promised me He would
i am practicing giving Jesus room to prove Himself faithful…
and i left with fresh new skin that burned with every word
and every tear that fell my cup was more and more full
i left with an amazing diverse group of women who inspire me to be the best me
who encourage me that God really is giving me a new song to sing
and that one day i will sing it
how to get there you ask?
choose to be brave in whatever is in front of you
EVERYTHING is a PRACTICE
be open to receive good gifts from God
BRAVERY requires vulnerability
being brave has no boundaries
you don’t have to have a catastrophic story to have a story little or big in your eyes makes no difference- God wants to give you HOPE in your story
i can know many facts about bravery..read every book
sing every song
have 100 quotes around my house but
until i trust God with me and my story
change will never occur be until i DO or CHOOSE to prACTice DAILY
running TO fear wielding my sword of FAITH and asking for help along the way
so i can grow. change.
Jesus is a relationship. He never disappoints. His plans for us are only good.
this season is only temporary. it will pass
but here is the moral of the story
more than likely it will hurt or be uncomfortable
that is way we have to take up courage and do it afraid
i may not over know this side of heaven what all of this was for other than
i did it!
i flew and i didn’t die
and if i want to continue to live in God’s wide & SPACIOUS place…in FREEDOM
then i will have to choose to take up COURAGE every.single.time
choosing to let Jesus continue to put more and more skin on the hard words
that if i choose to let fear win i forfeit healing
when i feel the pain and step into it i allow God to get in my surrender is FREEDOM my surrender is HEALING & WHOLENESS
there is HOPE in your story
and He whispers over you today and everyday
see…i am doing a New thing..can you not see it?
that being foolishly courageous is being all in – shannon martinchallenges us in hard ways not just with her words but by her life..she is the picture of brave in the flesh..she DOES LIFE
that is the secret – what God is showing us..DO IT..praACTice it daily…it makes CHANGE
and don’t forget to throw candy!
move out of your comfort zone. you can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new
i wrote some of my heart out on wood…you know in the bible when it says He saves our tears in a bottle?
this is what i hear God say when he has cupped my face so many times…He drowns out the lies i hear with truth
He believes in me..He comforts me like no one else can…this is what He is telling the 9 year old little girl when her world
has broken into a million pieces and in her eyes her daddy would be there helping her pick up the pieces but so often that is not the
case for little girls…or boys
but our real Father…He bends down…our very own daddy – with His eyes sparkling with joy seeing us as we really are consumed with love He says…
:i love my mom in this shirt:
you were born to blaze new trails
to pioneer great adventures
to reclaim new territories – take daring risks
to tell your one.of.a.kind story and if necessary start a new page
use your story to CREATE a new future – don’t live in the past
never ever quit and when you fall hard…get up harder YOU are God-strong
when you cross over into new land and face unknown giants always remember
you are never alone- the God – of – the – Angel – Armies goes before you
you were born a warrior – wounded scarred and battle-weary but SAVED by no strings attached GRACE
fight hard for your story – you are worth fighting for
you are ENOUGH. you are strong and courageous
heaven is singing songs over you every.single.day
i know you will have BIG faith
slavery to anything is surviving
instead..choose to live FREE let faith not fear be your compass
TRUTH not lies be your guide
my prayer for you for all eternity is that God’s word – like blood -
pumps through your veins
that you crave His LOVE like the oxygen you breathe
you are set-apart..watch with eyes wide open for God do amazing things around you
remember to give God room to PROVE Himself FAITHFUL
God is with you ALWAYS-
make your mark by DREAMing BIG..because you never know that
you were born for such a time as this…write your HIStory…xo
sometimes i sense a fire at my heels and the need to run….
i an sense it coming in my bones
the need for them to know
i wrote these words first to the little girl in me and then for all the little girls and boys who are lost…who have no voice
who feel abandoned…who are in hopeless situations
so they will know. so someone will tell them…believe these words for them
i write them to my children…my grandchildren
because one day we may not live in a country where we are so free
a day doesn’t go by that i don’t feel grateful for all i have…all we have as a country
but i believe it isn’t always going to be this way
and i believe there is a call going out to prepare..we are not to live by fear
we are to be on the front lines
and i wonder have i taught my children … not by my words but by how i live..what i stand for
i hope to have this sign ready before i leave for Hope Spoken thursday!!!!
more on that soon and we still have a big surprise i am DYING
to share with you but i think it will have to wait until after i get back…but it is worth the wait…she is worth the wait…and i get to squeeze her neck in less than a week…..eeeekkkkk!!!!