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
we shot the last of the signs today and are busy getting the shop ready to open which is why i have been absent from here.
how have you all been? i bet you have been thinking about this last year and the new year ahead. i know i am.
which brings me to this–no WORD of the year for me for me this go round
being present within each day..one day at a time… is enough for me. my experience has showm me..me talking about me
here .. that part way through the year the WORD of the year went out the window. long since forgotten
2013 has been one of the hardest years i have EVER experienced.
you can read about my surgeries herehere here and here
a growing business that my health seemed determined to ruin
life can change in a second and leave you never the same…grasping for air
for some sort of footing when the ground is crumbling out from underneath you
you just can’t seem to breath and you scream and
no one hears
been there? yeah..me too.
i have struggled HARD with unworthiness and the feeling of not “belonging” my whole life which is the origin of my blog title
looking back over the last year and am undone. the outpouring of grace that you all have shown me. your support of our business
i am blown away
i am grateful to God for His provision…grace..for His constant and unchangeable love for his wayward daughter
that i am the daughter of the king of the universe STILL blows my mind!
i laugh when i think we have a business. a mother daughter business. i must admit that i am OVER the moon doing what i am doing and who i am doing it with. nikki just gets me. i have always said we are like moses and aaron. she is my mouthpiece when i make no sense. she is able to capture my heart for the story i am trying to tell
she does that when she designs the signs i tell her i see
and by pulling of a photo shoot in our backyard..even after the wall fell over twice
that is what photographers are. they are soulographers. ( i first saw this word here ) they bring to life what is in the visionaries soul.
it is similar to the relationship of peanut butter & jelly. they go together
she is the one that encouraged me to blog. she see’s things in me that i don’t. she believes in me. she is my teacher in so many ways. she’s awesome that way.
this is really want i want to say to you today–
to take you by the hand and tell you that YOU ARE going to make it!!
you CAN do it
i don’t care if you have to get up 75 thousand times.GET up! wherever you are right now…do it
you really really don’t know what is around the corner.
God is able to do things you could never dream up even if you tried. trust me. i am living it
i have learned that everything can seem to be falling apart all at the same time that your dreams are being realized
my heart for house of belonging this year is to continue to take you with me on my journey. this year is going to be FULL of new adventures. some so hard you think all is lost..some so beautiful they will leave you breathless and if we are open and receptive we will be loved all the way to life by the One who loves us FULLY!
i believe – if we surround ourselves with words that they will seep into the fabric of our life and will change the course of our lives
you see–i am on a journey. an exodus in a way. i have yet to share that part of my story with you. when and if..the time is right i will but for now know that truth will set you free but you must be willing to let go of
your dreams..in the way YOU think they should come about
let go of yourself
you must surrender. not just once
but every moment of every.single.day
you will fail miserably some days. some weeks and yes…some years.
but you must must get up and keep going
i am so…( i struggle here for the words ) humbled that we get to share US with you. we are not perfect. that is not even the point is it?
i just pray with all my being that this collection cracks open your soul..
and for the first time…in maybe a really really long time–at this time next year– you will be seeing new growth..new healing
new LIFE..a stronger BRAVER deeper woman
these words are for YOU
COMING thursday january 2 the DEEPER STILL collection. the shop re-opens with the first round of soul-crafted words
from our hearts to yours
be sure to check our instagram @houseofbelonging for a contest to win a 60.00 gift certificate towards the
Deeper Still collection…tuesday around 10am cst…xo
wow! that was crazy hard! i narrowed it down to 4 but this one just felt..well..perfect in every right way. I loved reading your ideas and why you chose them. how you heard my heart. that was the best!:) you all are the best friends i’ve ever had! NONE of them were silly ( rachel..wink) i mean it!
miss mindy YOU are the winner so come january YOU get to choose any sign from the deeper still collection! here is what she said…
Do you mind if I throw out a name and an idea for a new sign? Oh, good, cause I was going to do it anyway! Haha! I would love to see a sign based on the lyrics of the song, Oceans. Maybe “Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger. ” I think “Deeper Still would be a great name for the collection
we are working…and praying hard through these signs. the time it takes to design is mentally exhausting. some of you know what i mean. i have been looking back over this last year and despite the surgeries..the setbacks..the shop closings God’s grace kept me longing for deeper still. i couldn’t make it without Him
the STILL GOD sign just sums up the deeper still collection and my last year
i am so excited to share this collection with you all. i am praying it blesses, encourages, sustains and moves your forward–devouring your days by living in the NOW & not the NEXT..to be brave even when your afraid and be able to see the good..the sacred in all the hard places. to get up each morning and choose to be grateful..choose to love..and not just love but do LOVE does #bobgoff
we have a COLLECTION of another kind so stay tuned:)
i have had you ask if i am doing any more pre-orders on the STILL GOD sign. i am opening it back up for a bit more since we are wrapping up the end of the orders.
here is what you do to order one:
just leave your paypal address in the comments and i will invoice you. they will be shipping out the week of january 2. the STILL GOD sign comes in two color choices.
2 color choices:
leave your choice with your paypal address
chalkboard ( shown above)
gold lettering on a white background ( seen below)
24″ x 24″ framed 100.00
each sign is individually distressed. no two are alike:)
well…off to watch the aca awards. the rest of the week is busy busy. getting the last 15 or so orders out the door over the weekend…doing a happy dance…hugs hugs to each of you. your prayers are the wind beneath my wings. i have had so many of you ask how i am doing so i will be giving you an update very soon…xo