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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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 am dropping the tailgate down…jump up…let’s talk
i’ll share my heart tiffini style…( making no sense..ha!)
then i want to listen to yours…that is what we would do if we were together today..
we’ll start the week off on the deep end and then end it on a lighter note…
the GIVEAWAY is at the end of the post..i will never know you don’t read a word…xo
i have been working on taking back my life and i am giving it to the One who can put all the pieces together again
i stand before the One who knows all of me
i can hide nothing from Him
pieces of my broken self is dying off so the new me can rise up from the fire
i can’t get back the years
i can’t make up for it all by sacrificing myself .. punishing myself
i’ve spent so many years trying to make my fairy tale life come true
you know when you grow up without a daddy you seek love from all the wrong places
you can manipulate someone into staying with you so you can create that perfect family with until
one day you wake up in survival mode desperately trying to bail the water out of the lifeboat
but the water is pouring in faster than you can bail it out..there are 5 kids and you
and only 5 life preservers…who is sacrificed today..the water rises even more toxic
i ultimately stayed in a relationship that i thought was giving my kids what i never had but it was a lie..
laying them on the altar and sacrificing them and me while eroding our hearts from the inside out
i can’t change someone else. i tried
it really comes down to owning my story by changing myself
i am learning that owning the story also means i can write new chapters
i can change the characters
i can create a new plot
i am not powerless
i am not a victim
i am not helpless
all those stories i tell myself about myselfare FEARS!!
they are lies that keep me living a life in circles
always going back when i step to far out in to spaciousness and freedom
and you begin to create life preservers..for everyone..but most importantly..yourself
i have waited for years for “change”
i have lived years accepting responsibility for stuff that was not mine really believing it was
and this wasn’t the only relationship i do this with
come to find out “taking responsibility for others” is something i do as easily as i breathe”
so i have allowed God room to work in my heart. to radically change me. i am a rebel at heart
i always have been i guess
maybe a little david..a little peter
i am learning to submit all of me to Him..to use what is weak
for His glory so that my weakness are saturated in His Power
and in so many ways and on so many levels
what i’m doing “feels” so wrong and i am learning to not live on feelings but in faith
new territory remember? never been this way before…
but deep in my soul
i believe there are slaves in captivity…in eygpt
that need to be led out of captivity into the promised land
i have decided to be a jesus follower..not a “christian” or a “religious” person
it is time to break the chains forage a new land
walls are crumbling…His wind words are burning inside hearts
i can feel them blowing all around me as i am taking back my life
in grace and truth
you want to know what i am finding as i am taking back my life?
i was broken and bruised
out of the ashes i am burning like a fire
all the pain and the truth
i wear like a battle wound
so ashamed and confused
i am not broken or bruised
now i am a warrior
i have thicker skin
i am a warrior ( you are more than a conqueror )
i am stronger than i’ve ever been ( when i am weak – He is strong = i am God-strong
my honor is made of steel ( i have the armor to put on )
you can’t get in ( because i am surrounded by favor from the one who is fire in the bush )
you can never hurt me (
there is a part of me i can’t get back ( now you are a reborn into a new life )
a little girl grew up to fast
nothing left you can say
cause you were never going to take the blame anyway
it is time to stop waiting ( move forward )
i have seen so many people die in waiting!
they wait their whole life away
leave us alone here in egypt – we’re better off as slaves in egypt than as corpses in the wilderness exodus 14: 12
going back to what doesn’t work BUT we know it inside and out don’t we?
it is comfortable
it is our safety net..
we take 10 steps in and the ground quakes with approaching giants
a finger pushes hard into our deepest fears
what are we going to do?
how hungry are we?
the red sea scene is filled with passion!
God’s people being so afraid!!
but taking God at His word
ought we to do the same?
the above is being a jesus follower…not 60 minutes on sunday
it is living the Word out in everyday real life
it is galations 5:25-25!
Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original
what is engaging 60 minutes a week and then live a life that is no different than the world?
i ask myself these same questions!
the choice can go something like this
are you going to stay sick or do you want to be healed and made whole?
abba showed me something last week as i was having a hard morning and i couldn’t put my finger on it. i left the house for work with a to do list running long in my mind which turned into a heavy weight and hot irritation
and it sends you straight over the edge at one bump
so anyway – i was driving down the road with no radio cause sometimes it it to much noise for my head and i wanted “still”
and here is what i heard
daughter, why are you carrying it? it is MY WORK and you are carrying the whole weight of it as if it was YOURS
what? i was momentarily stunned
wouldn’t you know the first giant i meet is my deepest fear
the bulls eye at the core of my insecurity
BAM! just like that
so naturally i grab hold of it and start controlling it as if i can…
but God already went before me right? remember He tells us that
so He put the circle maker and now all in…in my path
not a coincidence btw…
it is helping to connect the dots i always ask for God to help me understand HOW TO “do” His word HOW does that look in real life…i so often don’t understand at first
how do i take those pieces of verses and change me…
so what was i doing?
i started worrying about how i was going to do all of it
there is a whole other part of this story i can’t share of course
suffice it to say
we are in the thick of it and it is coming down to the one question i have feared for years
it is being narrowed down
God and me
though He slay me YET will i praise Him
so i gave it back…and again and again
it is His work
He can handle it
it is way bigger than i could ever dream
so i am circling my jerico
praying for wisdom
trying to bridle my hurt-anger
standing on the promise that
God will fight the battle for me while i am inwardly STILL!!
we can throw the word brave and courage around like candy..much like i’m sorry and i love you
but when the pestle of life relentlessly grounds you round and round…squeezing out all the fear down to the raw meat
it can get bloody real
what about you? do you feel like this sometimes too?
are you going to give me a chance to prove myself to you daughter? love, abba
THIS is my loaded question today..
it’s time to burn the plow no looking back..no more living there..no more egypt
no more slavery
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tell us ONE thing you want to do this summer and the WINNER will be announced in wednesdays post…xoxo