house of belonging : the art of living courageously


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 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 moccasins from 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!






Lemonade Makin Mama - loving this capture. so much fun and i love that God rewrites our stories!!!

Janet Butler - She is one VERY happy mamma! Thank you so much – what a blessing!

a freshly picked moccasin giveaway

ready for a giveaway from freshly picked? we are too!

sweet baby girl finn is wearing freshly picked gold moccasins paired perfectly with
our YOUNG WILD and FREE baseball t


simply put : these are THE best moccasins we have seen so far

like seriously!!
luxurious supple leather
ample toe wiggle room
you too can outfit your child in an array of colors

grandma’s & auntie’s..they offer gift cards too!



take a minute and enter to win a pair for your sweet one!
you won’t be disappointed..if you can’t wait head over to freshly picked and get a pair…or two today



leave a comment sharing one dream you have for that special little one in your life…

for an extra entry go follow our instagram and come back and let us know!!

:you can FOLLOW freshly picked instagram & facebook





Danielle A - My dream for my baby girl(and our other 3) is for them to seek God, be courageous, and jump boldly into every adventure knowing they are not alone!

Kristen Morrisett - My dream for my littles is that they would fearlessly go after what God’s called them to do and be who He’s called them to be. Welcome to the good life! {I already follow @houseofbelonging and @freshlypicked on insta & FP on Facebook} xx

Shannon Ashley - My dream for my baby girl is that she always knows the depth of love God and her family have for her. That we will always be there for her no matter what life brings.

Sarah B - My dream(prayer) for my boys is for them to find their identity in Christ & see everything around them in light of the gospel.

Donna Roper - My dream for my little grands is that they grow up knowing their Savior and serving Him all the days of their lives. Same holds true for all the ‘kids’ in my life.

Danielle A - I already follow on Instagram!

Cortney Tackett - My dream for my little is for him to grow up know how much myself and our God loves him. I just want him to be happy in life and I know he will find that happiness in God!

cortney tackett - I went to your IG :) I follow you both! I love your IG feed!! Thanks mama!!

Nicole - My dream for my little ones is that they be truly happy. Its so important in life to do what you love, and follow your heart. Being true to their heart will make my dream come true. I follow you on Instagram too. xo

Kristin McClain - My dream for my little ones is that they live life with no regrets and find happiness in whatever form it may be for them. I wish for them to be strong and secure.

Kristin McClain - I follow on Instagram @krismcclain27

Debbie w - My padre am for my 7 grands is that they be happy and always remember their roots. Family is a big part of their future. Thanks for the chance to win!

Debbie w - I follow you on Instagram…..pick me!

Crystal L - I hope that my two little boys will follow their dreams and walk in Christ’s foot steps.

Janet - My dream is that my baby girl be kind and give back to the world.

Janet - I follow you on Instagram!

Michele - My dream for my boys is that they will follow their dreams to whatever makes them happy and fulfilled.

Michele - Followed on ig!

Kristi - To have a personal relationship with Jesus

sheri - Hi Tiff – follow on IG

Kristine Brandenberger - My dream for my little is to know Jesus personally and love him with all her heart.

Kristine Brandenberger - followed your instagram!

Katie Greenlaw - Love following you on Instagram.

Katie greenlaw - I have 3 littles. My oldest is 3.5, my daughter turned 2 today, and the baby turns 1 in a week. God has blessed us immensely, and I want my babes to know his love and grace for themselves. Of course I want them to be happy, successful, pleasant to be around…but without Him as their savior…then it’s all meaningless.

jessica conklin - I wish for the kind heart I see in my son now to stay firmly in place. I don’t ever want him to apologize for who he is, for what he wants, for how hard he has worked or where he is going in life. Always have faith!!

Ellen - I have so many dreams for my children its hard to name just one…but I guess I would say that I hope my children are happy and health and are able to accomplish their goals.

Carolsue - My deream is for him to grow up to be a good person, treat others well and make a mark for himself in the world.

Carolsue - I follow you on Instagram as cezovski9

Leita Schiemann - I dream for my son, Otto, to be happy however he chooses to live his life. <3

Leita Schiemann - Following in IG :)

Julianne Best - I dream for my son to always know how incredibly loved he is. He is adopted and is not only loved by us, but his birth family as well. I also want him to know that he can do anything with his life. He can be anything he wants, he will be amazing no matter what

Julianne Best - Following you on IG

Glenda Childers - Finn is so charming.

My dream for sweet little Lily … that she will always know that she is loved by God and her family.


Jennifer Lott - All I want is for my son to be happy.

Jennifer Lott - Also following on instagram!

Callie Lynch - I dream for my children to find Christ at an early age. Great giveaway!

Molly C - My dream for my daughter is not to grow up worried about how her body looks but to be amazed at all the things it can do.

jo b. - that my lil one always folllows her dreams!

Bree Z. - I follow both you and Freshly Picked on Insta. I’m @inthewateriambeautiful_

Bree Z. - My dream for my boys is for them to grow up being who they want to be. I want them to live the life they choose, believe what they want to believe, and be who they want to be.

Cassandra - How adorable!! I dream for my daughters to be happy God fearing women…well actually I pray about it :-)

Michelle T - My dream for my little guy is for him to grow up content in who he is. No need to try to change himself.

Michelle T - IG follow–asimplefreak

Shannon Ashley - I follow @housepfbelonging and @freshlypicked on Instagram. I do not have facebook.

Ashley - I hope that my little guy will appreciate the impact of being kind. Kindness has a rippling effect and is the root of happiness. <3

Casey R - I hope that my little lady grows up to be whatever she wants to be and accepts who she is.

Casey R - I follow you on instagram!

Misty - I dream for my little girl to follow all of her dreams.
I am following on IG :)

Jade Bradburn - I want nothing more than for my kids to be happy! Whatever makes them happy! I hope they take the values I teach them through life and do everything with love ❤️

Jade Bradburn - Following your IG calleighx3madden

Stephanie - My dream for my little Lucy is that she would be a strong warrior for Jesus. To be strong and courageous. To live bravely, trusting WHOLE HEARTEDLY in our sweet, powerful Jesus. That’s my dream! :)

Lindsay T. - My dream for my children is to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior and to live passionately for Him.

Following you on IG (@mommytoews) thanks for the chance! :)

theresa J - Hoping that my children find a fullfilling love

Faith Steidl - I pray that my baby girl grows up knowing that she is completely free to be exactly who she is, like the things she likes, dress the way she likes, and know that just being HER confidently is the most beautiful she can be! // followed on instagram, @faithelise

Christy D - My dream is that my son will follow Jesus!

Christy D - Following on IG cmdaven

R.Johnson - For both of my boys, to know truth. Follow and love Jesus with all their heart!!

R.Johnson - Following your IG!

Natalie Martin - All I want is my special son to happy and make others smile!

Liz m - My dream for my daughter is that she will grow up knowing that she is loved and has the ability to make the world a better place because she’s in it.

Liz m - I’m filling on Instagram @ecmorris

Liz m - I’m following on Instagram @ecmorris

Amanda - I want my little girl to be happy, healthy, and to always follow her dreams and do whatever her heart desires.

Amanda - Following your instagram!

Mariaelena - My dream for my little ones is for them to be happy and to always make good choices.

Mariaelena - I follow you on Instagram (@maelena1990)

Angela s. - To be happy and healthy! To love life!

Dana Allen - My dream is for my daughter to finally make it home after over a year now in the hospital and live a full and healthy life, preferably out of the hospital. She was born at 25 weeks and has a rare genetic disorder causing her not to be able to breath when she sleeps and to be missing the cells in her bowel to move food through. I so very much want her to have experiences all other children have despite her medical needs.

Dana Allen - Also I am following on instagram!

Amy - I dream that my baby will grow up healthy, happy, and stay close to the truths that she knows.

Sarah Hayes - not sure if this is over but my dream is for her to have great self esteem and to find and love who she is

Michelle Charles - My dream for this little miracle baby is that he/she grows up feeling loved and embraces life for the beauty that it is! You can achieve anything you put your heart to!

Michelle Charles - Following you on IG! MichelleCharles02

Bethanyanne - My dream for my daughter is to grow up to love Christ and live a happy life.

I follow on IG: mrsbethhoward

Emily - My dream is for them is to grow up knowing that they are loved and to learn to love others. :)

Emily - Following on Instagram

Bonnie M. - My Dream is for all 4 of my kids to be happy and healthy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Bonnie M. - I follow freshly picked on instagram.

Bonnie M. - I also follow freshly picked on IG :-)

Bonnie M. - oops that went twice, sorry! But I also follow FP on Facebook.

Spoken Over original artwork created by YOU!

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 descriptive and prescriptive for 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
:child’s name definition
:verse or quote



( 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 the shop 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 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 can see my cutie nephew in this new one!


enjoy your weekend….it is my birthday weekend:)









Rachel French - Happy Birthday Tiff! I hope you have an amazing weekend and are blessed in the coming year.

Rhiannon - You do such great work. I wish I wasn’t too poor to afford to have one in my home. Hope you’re well!! Many blessings to you and your family! :)

Susan Jeffries - You just keep getting better! What a talent!! Susan

emails with the subject: do you feel like being brave?


-emails with the subject: do you feel like being brave? in them –  if opened and YES is typed and SEND is clicked

will put new skin on words like





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 ..

these women
these words
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
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 every book
sing every song
have 100 quotes around my house
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 martin challenges 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
when you try
something new








Becky - He does sing a song over you. This scary thing really does get easier the more you put yourself out there. The new skin will cover. Your friendships will thicken and you’ll see time and again how He carried you through whatever scary thing it was you were facing. That’s where the trust is built. Wishing we had more one on one time girl.

Lissa - Watching you love your story with Jesus in you is a beautiful thigh! You have a friend in me! Love you dearly. You’re special and important to me.

Sarita - I’m so glad that you found the brave in you. God is also proud of you.



Flower Patch Farmgirl - Oh, I do not want to ever lose what I gained last weekend.
So blessed to squeeze you, too!

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - YES to brave! I’ve discovered that it has to be a daily yes…a moment by moment yes. Yesterday’s yes doesn’t get us through today. And so we say yes again and again. So proud of you for saying yes to going. Love what it did for you…and what you’ve shared here. xo

BARBARA N - I am so very happy to have met you in person, you are just the Bravest Gal I know, Jesus has a good warrior in you you are going to tell story after story that will prove his love for all of us!
have great weekend and catch up on your eating!!

what i would say to the little girl in me…

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
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 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
it’s time

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!!!!



paige - so much truth my friend
your mama is beautiful!

jamie - These words hit the center of my heart. Thank you for sharing your heart!

Sarita - Love this post! Powerful words…


Erica Brown - Wonderful post! I feel it! Beautiful picture of your mom!

lissa - this is so good! so encouraging and inspiring! God is speaking through you!

Deb McClusky Claytor - Thank You as I live in a very difficult situation…tour words brought hope and tears.
(A big hug)
Deb Claytor

Lemonade Makin Mama - WOuld sure love to squeeze YOUR neck girly… wish I was going, but I know youre going to have a lovely time!!

Linsey @ Bravehearted Beauty - Isn’t it amazing how much healing Jesus can bring to our little girl selves all these years later? I find myself telling my little girl self all kinds of truth these days…truth I didn’t know then, truth that heals my little girl heart. So sweet and tender of you to share your words to your little girl self here. Love your heart! And love your FIRE! xoxo!

Becky @Farmgirl Paints - You are God-strong. Oh man my eyes just locked on those words. Cannot wait to squeeze you!!! I’m gonna cry. Just be warned.