i needed to be encouraged…and i thought just maybe YOU did too
maybe your THIS is cancer, divorce, rejection, discouragement, depression, loneliness, or something so terrible it shouts but remains unnamed? whatever is pounding loudly in your mind, your body, your soul, let me…let US be YOUR balcony person today..yes?
let me hug you with my words. let me wallpaper your soul to mine. let me encourage you to sing God’s song, and let me remind you that the song in YOU is His idea
hear me when i say the apostle paul did not lie when he wrote, ” long ago, even before He made the world, God CHOSE .. US! me and you..to be His very own
i’m leaning way, way over your balcony railing; i’m waving my coat above my head, and i’m yelling above the frightening noises of your world, ” i love you! i believe in you and your abilities! you can do it! keep at it! keep on!! He’s here beside me..our Abba..and He’s beaming with delight in YOU! yes, that’s right, He’s here, and He’s not sitting down
YOU are His child, He is your father. His coat is off too, and we are both in your balcony cheering YOU on together!! –excerpt from balcony people by joyce heatherley
wasn’t that good? i want to that kind of balcony person. and i need balcony people
i have struggled this week with something and through a song God reminded me that i am standing with an army
that i am not alone
that i just have to look around…and look up
there really are people in my balcony..cheering me on and up
rooting for me
and friend…look around…look up
i’m waving my hoodie for you!! with tears streaming down my face
i am cheering you on…YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT
when nikki & i saw these words we knew we had to create a tshirt
all of the items in the shop are inspired and pulled from our life
here is part of our mission statement i felt led to write one night
i want to make it into a sign for the shop–God’s shop
it is a joy and a gift to do what we do and we are humbled..truly
at your support of our business but more than that..of our hearts
in the words of ann voscamp
all is grace
thank you for sharing your adventures with us
it was awesome to read each one!!
the winner of the circle maker book is kahra!! number 21! email me at email@example.com with your address and i will have it mailed right out to you
ps..i wish i could send you tickets to paris too…don’t quit your daydream…layla @letteredcottage
we took the weekend to finish cleaning up & clearing out the old house. moving the rest of the stuff into the shop. moving is exhuastingisn’t it? the chapter is closing and a grand one is beginning. i’m scared to death and excited all at the same time!
a silly sidenote: I just realized yesterday that our two new addresses both equal 10!
i don’t know the words to tell you how i am feeling these days so i will share two photos that “kinda” capture it.
i started a new pin board titled .me. it is sort of a “vision board” to help me get to know me…and what that “looks like”.
here is the first one – i am terrified of heights…and to swim in lakes so this kindacaptures that stomach in your throat..eyes closed
this is the other one…
THIS one…to me…captures just a little what it feels like when God’s love and grace POURS down on me like RAIN!
and the funny thing is i am seeing FIRE all around me! like in my quiet times with God…FIRE words
my friend speaks a song to me…FIRE
my sign is aries…FIRE
and in Hebrews 12:29 this morning… God Himself is FIRE
i don’t understand it…i just see it…pray it…journal it
it burns inside…lissa said it this way, ” i have FIRE in my belly” i have known fire in my bones for a long time. i never knew what to DO with it..or really what it was
now don’t get me wrong…i still don’t KNOW what it is or what to DO with it except
LISTEN to it!
the unexplainable thing is how His love rain fills the empty places and yet…leaves me wanting more
the fire is burning while the rain simultaneously leaves me screaming Your name abba!!
there are somany things going on in my life right now and honestly…some things fall through the cracks. some balls drop.
i am focusing on my relationship with God and the business and really just LISTENING and GOING where i feel He is leading
i can’t explain it to you…i don’t understand it
the exodus house
a SHOP that happened in 3 days…literally!! i have GOT to tell you the story! it is SO God!
i still laugh like sarah must have laughed thinking of it
but i DO know God is moving
He wants us to LISTEN
the promise of the promised land still stands..we can still enter into it but we must BELIEVE and not doubt
there is the letting go…the taking a RISK!
speaking of RISKS! i am so far out here girls….so FAR
several times a day myself asks myself ” WHAT in the world are you doing?!
but you know what? the material things can be nice but i am keenly aware that they are GIFTS and meant to be enjoyed
i am still learning to enjoy good gifts from my abba!!
but not worshipped or the means to an end
the BEST thing ever is getting to know God more…and deeper
and taking His hand and going on a GRAND ADVENTURE ..WITH Him
we will go on together girls…i don’t know where we will end up
it could all fall apart in the end…that is what the LIES tell me everyday but the TRUTH is
it could end up to be the most amazing comeback story…EVER!!
God has this one…i believe that! God is above ALL things…yes yes and yes!!
it’s better than sex! i know…GASP! the S word…i’m 45..i’m over that…ha!
my season of life and circumstances maybe different than yours. my kids are grown for the most part. i still have grace who is 14 but i don’t have little ones anymore so i have more freedom than i did when i was a mom of young ones
my fingers are cracked and bleeding from work.. stain and paint under my nails everyday
my hair is thrown up into a messy ponytail or bun
mu daily attire is paint clothes
not much time to go out on the town getting all dolled up
my laundry is in piles
boxes are still strewn all over the house waiting for be put away
I USED to believe God just came in and did the rescuing
now i KNOW it takes hard work on my part…PRAYING hard and long…for years sometimes. at the same time .. when it is GOD’s TIME…things are effortless. they just HAPPEN!
you see Him everywhere!! HIS PART…it blows my mind!!
the SHOP is in full force and is fast becoming our second home
the days are FULL
my heart is on FIRE
and i don’t know much or do many things well but the ONE thing i am hearing and responding too is to let God LIVE FREE within my LIFE
i am deconstructing false constructs (LIES) i have been taught
and rebuilding from the ground up!!
it really hit home when i was asked to fill out a page telling about ME and i couldn’t answer hardly a one of them!
i don’t know WHO i am…no wonder i was whatever to whoever!!
it is so much more than an exodus house..it is my exodus
i am making a commitment to share more often about that here..everyday or two. so many many of you have prayed through with me
and supported me with you words and i can’t thank you enough! i wish we could sit together over coffee and just talk
for hours! you have asked about a home tour and i promise i will be sharing all of that so very soon. just taking a little time to get
things in their place!!
we just added our first POSTER to the SHOP! ( link on the sidebar ) it is printed on a high quality archival paper and is SUPER nice
so i will leave you with these words for monday
fill in the blank with YOUR name!!
___________ LIVE COURAGEOUS
love LOVE love to each of you today!!!!
**i am having trouble with linking and images…just something weird going on with my computer…so i couldn’t link to lissa, the shop, my .me. pin board or the images…i will work on it:)
ok..BIG NEWS! t-shirts have arrived in the SHOP!what do you think?
yay!!! we are excited!! this is just the beginning. we will be adding more in the coming weeks PLUS stay close because some of my blog friends will be sharing their shirts in the coming weeks too–we will have some fun giveaways or something. FYI – we have more GOLD designs coming too…yay again!!!
i am excited to share my YES news with YOU! but the words won’t come out right … it is to BIG! only God. not even humanly possible. i had no resources to make this happen. on instagram i shared this picture of how my heart is feeling right now…
“if we dwell on all the things that could go wrong, we’ll be to afraid to take another step”
ruth had lived in fear all during the months of mahlons illness, and it had accomplished nothing…after mahlon’s death, she decided she would never again allow her mind to dwell on things beyond her control
I started my photography business back in September of 2013 and it has pushed me out of my comfort zone like nothing else. I think sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith. The past has proven me to be a slow and steady kind of girl, taking few risks, and therefore, not really changing or growing much in any way. I think I’ve unknowingly preferred the safety of the nest rather than taking the risk of testing my wings. I suppose I figured there was no failure in the same ol’ same ol’. After awhile the “same ol’” started to feel rather boring and I felt this yearning like I was made for something more yet I just sat here inside the same four walls. The ugly truth is that I doubted God’s plan for me figuring that I had it wrong and there wasn’t something “extra special” planned for me. I actually reserved myself to accepting my role as wife and mom, choosing to be content with just that. But still that little tickle in my soul… this tiny seedling of hope that if I jumped out of the nest God would teach me to fly.
i know some ofher words. i have lived them. God has been using her risk taking steps to fly to encourage my heart! as a little girl all i wanted was to have a family. to get married and have babies. to be a mom and wife was the pinnacle of “how it was supposed to be”in my mind. and i made sure it happened. it still amazes me the power of the human will to orchestrate a life that we think is safe. i put all i was and all i knew into those roles.
what i learned was if you throw all of yourself into someone else..or something else YOU get lost
years go by and if we’re not careful .. we wake up one day old and full of regret
i don’t want to choose that. to settle for that
i used to think that the passions i had were meant to be hidden
that when i could do something good … i felt guilty
good things didn’t really happen to meand if they did i felt guilty because so many others were struggling
i didn’t give myself permission to shine. it seemed nonspiritual to me prideful even?
i am passionate about truth..trust..my relationship with God in all of its messy growth
i fight hard for my convictions and often my impetuousness gets me into hot water what i didn’t know then that i am understanding more now is that
abba has provided me with circumstances to teach me how to use the gifts He has placed within me
that i need to stop living trusting fearand start putting actions to trusting God..in real life..not daydreams
within my days. doing something tangible..you know?
i always felt that passion was weird somehow
like i never quite fit in but i am learning that to grow..to move forward i must let go off all these lies
and say yes to what God has before me
to take risks that make me feel uncomfortable and make me want to run the other way but i haven’t not yet
i have days that just bomb..maybe consecutive days even
the difference is i choose to get back up. i must!
i can’t explain it but i am curious to take God at His word this time
i wonder if it is providence. His timing for all i know all of the years before have led up to this moment
the hard part for me is waiting. waiting for that right time
letting the story unfold a wee bit more
i have learned that God isn’t going to light a bush on fire for me saying
tiff – this is exactly what you are to do..and here is how you are to do iti do see feel His heat upon my heart
my normal has always been fear living but i know now that is not living
like ruth..i have learned that living in fear and dwelling on things i cannot control accomplishes nothing
and like the old fan we replaced with a new gold sparkly light
is kinda how i see the fresh new growth in my life
a new direction and it is spilling out into every area of my life
it isn’t the absence of hard though…or pain
it is like the turning of the seasons..new growth springing up while simultaneously the old
shrivels up and fades
so instead of dwelling on things i cannot control
or feeling stuck believing lies
i am letting go and allowing life to move me as the Spirit moves one thing i am making a habit of is
since we closed the shop several months ago while i recovering from surgery
i had time to really hear God and it was during this time that for lack of a better word the vision for
the new signs came into being
we are taking the next risky step and making everything more cohesive
here on the blog..in our home
i have started a new pin board called my exodus home
more on this in the coming weeks…
i want where i am the things i am being taught to have the same feel as what we create
i have been praying for sometime for a new direction with our signs..to set ourselves apart a little to find our own niche
and i hope you will find that in the coming months as we
show our hearts to you
through our t-shirts – mugs – bags and paper-goods
that they will inspire YOU to take those risks
to not live in FEAR so much
to see YOUR dreams that God placed in your heart years ago
begin to GROW
all of these things will slowly be added in the coming months the t-shirts will begin to be added to the shop next week so stay tuned to instagram for the first peeks
when we find that what we have been doing isn’t working and we are seeing the same results
it is time to do something different.
just like the old fan. it had served its purpose but it was in need of an update a fresh look
the strands of crystals catch the light and together cast a pattern of dots across the room
bathing the room in captivating sparkles
each one of us is like a crystal. a unique blending of gifts, personality, quirks and history –that when strung together cast a light so bright it captivates those looking on
and i don’t know about YOU but i want to shine not only for my good but for all those looking to find their way
bring glory to God..really it is releasing those in prisons of fear, shame, guilt by us being released..it is these things that
give God glory!
how about YOU? in what ways have you seen that living in fear has accomplished nothing? maybe this weekend spend
some time thinking on what it would look like if you just took the next step..you know the one? the one that you can’t take because you have been paralyzed with fear? this isn’t about anyone else’s story. it is between YOU and God
abba..we thank you that we have a God who is not made of wood stone or any man made substance. You are a God who created the whole world..and yet..you have gone to unfathomable measures to have a relationship with us. we thank you for the circumstances we find ourselves in today for they are our teachers. only You can take to our eyes what is ugly and useless and turn it into something of beauty. we thank you for your grace that looks at us in our own nakedness and loves us clean through. so i come this morning with the only thing of value i have…my trust. here abba…there is no one on heaven or earth that i can come to..that hears me like You do
so abba i pray in the midst of my life…and the lives of my friends who you know even now .. those reading..those who like me find ourselves reckless in our love for you. we know how frail we are in our human form but we long to see freedom…we long to see You revive Your work in the midst of our years…in my 45th year abba REVIVE Your work…it isn’t to late!
you want what is good for us .. your plans for us are good..to prosper us in all kinds of ways but also
You want glory..help us to not cause harm to others by our words and actions
to SHINE for you..to be like the women of faith before us…ruth, rahab, tamar…may their hearts that burned for YOU burn within us today…
in jesus name
is it friday? it doesn’t feel like it. my days are so off. happens during the holidays…for me anyway.
hey…just a quick post to let you know we are OPEN again.
please read the policies as i am only taking 10 customs at a time
i keep thinking i am super woman
inevitably life shows me i am not
a COUPLE of THINGS
- we have an awesome t-shirt line coming in the next several weeks! we have some of my favorite word women joining in on the fun
so be sure to check back
-we do most all of our social networking on INSTAGRAM. this is where i will open and close the shop..have pop up instasales..give sneak peeks..host fun giveaways…you get the point?:) you can follow on your computer if you don’t have it on your phone too
you can search us @houseofbelonging
-my mom has two new curtains in her luxe linen line. they are in our sign images in our shop
you can find her shop Shades Up & Co. HERE
-we still have a FEW MORE SIGNS to add to this collection before it is complete
use code DEEPERSTILL10 for 10% off through tomorrow
-a BIG thank you to heather @livemadelovely who designed our new logo. you can find her HERE
( pssst. she is closed until january 15 but she is totally worth waiting for…aren’t you glad i didn’t use totes?..wink)
we still have LOTS of tweaking to do to make the blog & shop cohesive over the next month…but we’ll get there.
we adore each one of your comments and ideas. PLEASE know we love to hear them. i (tiffini) am so grateful for you lifting me up in prayer. i have another test on january 22 to see if all the parts are healed and functioning correctly. if so, they will schedule the surgery for the first part of february…so that is where we are with that. i am still on pain meds due to a constant pain that they don’t really know why is there. they say it can be normal…a big sigh. getting through it though. it can always be worse and i am so thankful for so many other things in life.
ok…off to work girls…have a beautiful friday
REMEMBER…LIVE today. start writing down little things that will move you toward your dream…xotiff