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!
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!!!!
honestly? i have been wearing many hats lately. running a business..growing it..is lots and lots of hard work
i am learning it is blood sweat and tears on my part and then letting God do His part
which means the down time i do have is usually spent answering etsy convo’s..planning the next days workload and putting something in my mouth to eat…cleaning house .. oh and i do find time to eat Mexican with my mom and girls!! i love Mexican food!!
it leaves little time to peruse my favorite blogs and leave comments
answering back comments on my own blog all of which i miss terribly!!
but you know–it is part of growth. it is a season. for me..i know i cannot do everything- we aren’t meant to.
i can only do so many things and do them well so some things have to be set aside for a time. and i am learning not to feel false guilt
or take on pressure that isn’t mine to take…you know?
and that is ok!
and honestly… i passionately love what i am doing and where i am at right now
i feel like i have been given a second chance in life..i am feeling better and stronger than i have felt in years
it has been a year april 28 since i had major surgery having my colon removed and a colostomy bag. since then, i had another surgery to create a new pouch that takes the place of my rectum made out of my small intestine ( crazy right ) and then april 21 i will have the last and final surgery where they will hook it up and remove the bag. while i am beyond grateful for this process, having a bag has been…life-alteringly HARD!! and while i am super duper excited to not have a bag i am aware there will be some months of healing and adjusting to the new way of doing things. it will be hard. but I AM READY:)
i will never be “normal” again. there will be things i won’t be able to eat. there are some issues that pop up with jpouch’s and energy levels always seem to be an issue and dehydrating but being on this side of severe ulcerative colitis and having such a poor quality of life i will take this anyday!!
God has been my rock..my strength. He chose me for my weakness…it has been through these hard places that i am willing to be teachable, by His grace, to be taken deeper into trusting Him
giving Him a real chance to prove Himself to me
i am trying to learn everything i can from this experience and one thing i have been practicing is LIVING BRAVE!
to STOP DOING WHAT ISN’T WORKING..and figuring out why i keep going back
creating a new future – living day-tight as mark batterson says:)
nikki and i have so many things coming up–i have some fun news that i will share soon too:)
all of this being said
PLEASE know i think of you all often. i do! it is the way i am made. i know those of you who pray with me..and for me and encourage me are part of the reason i am this far in the journey. i am SO looking forward to the next part of the adventure–and i think it really will be an adventure!!
if i am to tell my story…i have to be at that place to help others get out…so this season of my life is part of that story
it is part of what i am to teach but i have to “live” it first…does that make sense?
ok…now for the winner!
we had 313 comments and random number generator choose 105
Ashley – ashmcferrin on ig –
i asked ONE thing you want to do this summer and Ashley said, ” my kids have been begging to go fishing for the first time… so this summer i want to go fishing!….have fun Ashley..fishing is one of summers highlights:)…xo
whoo hoo girlie!! email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your address and it is boxed and ready to come home:)