It was so fun to post new photos of Audrey’s nursery last Friday and you all said some very kind things about it. Thank you!

But the best part for me was that many of you were somehow impacted by the scripture in her room.  For some, it is your favorite verse. For others, it meant something special to you at that particular moment. I love how God’s word can do that : it is living and can speak different things to different people right when you need it most.

So today, I want to share with you why I chose that verse to be Audrey’s.  It is sort of a round-about story and this may go all over the place, but I’ll give it a shot.  Here it goes :

When I was pregnant with our No.1, I read Wild At Heart, by John Eldredge.  I think deep down I knew I was going to have a boy and so I wanted to learn a little more about how they are made and prepare myself for raising a son {as a side: you should read it whether you have boys or not : it’s a great book about manhood}.

When I was pregnant with No.2, I read Captivating, by John’s wife, Stasi.  Perhaps I read it because I thought I was having a girl {which, clearly, I was not}, or maybe it was just because I loved Wild At Heart so much, but truthfully, it didn’t have the same impact. Good, but not great.

Skip forward a few years {in between No.3 & No.4}.  I was at our Ladies’ bible study during worship time and had the sweetest picture dance across my closed eyes.  I saw a little girl, with the sun shining down on her, spinning.

She wore a light dress and with her arms outstretched and her face looking to the sky, she just twirled.

And what I heard in my heart was, “Emily, you’re my girl. I am so pleased with who you are and now I want you to twirl”.

It seemed so strange – twirl? What does that mean?

But because of the book I had read a few years before, I knew.

Stasi Eldredge wrote about little girls who stand on the coffee table and spin while their daddies watch them, adoringly.  That desire to be adored by our dads is ingrained in us from such an early stage.  We want to be beautiful, cherished, captivating.  We twirl without a care, simply because we feel lovely and we want the world {or our daddy!} to see us.

So that Thursday morning, in the middle of bible study, I knew what the Lord was trying to say. He wanted me to know that just as that little girl spins freely in front of her daddy, I, too, can twirl without inhibitions before my Heavenly Father.

I am His girl.

He is delighted in me.

Not because I am great at twirling, but because I am twirling.  I am just being His daughter, His girl and He is pleased.

When I was pregnant with Audrey, I was, again, at bible study when the word DELIGHT came to my mind.  I looked up the word in the concordance of my bible {that back section where it tells what word is found in what scripture verse} and came to Zephaniah 3:17:


I had read the verse before, but I read it this time with fresh eyes.

He will take great delight in you : He will rejoice over you with singing.

Well, no wonder He wants me to twirl, I thought. It’s because He is the one doing the singing!

Do you see it? Do you see that He loves you SO much that He sings over you?

In a society where we are never good enough, never pretty enough or thin enough or stylish or creative or talented enough, the Lord says,

STOP. I am with you. I am MIGHTY. Strong enough to save you from whatever it is that is after you. Let me quiet you with my love. Will you listen to my sweet voice as I sing my songs of delight over you? You are just as I want you to be. Now be free.

And twirl.

This is such a deep truth that I want for myself and one that I want for my daughter.  I want her to know that above all else, she is perfectly and wonderfully made. She doesn’t need to strive for her God’s love. She doesn’t need to hide from her God’s love. She just needs to accept it.

And twirl.

And so, that is why I chose that verse for my baby girl. And I pray it for you as well.  It is hard being a woman – we feel so many pressures to be what we are not and far too many of us struggle with insecurity.  Oh how we long to be free! How wonderful would it feel to put on our best twirling skirt and dance – and feel beautiful doing it!  I know it is hard and sounds so lofty, but it is what I believe we are to do as daughters of the Most High God. Surely, if He can sing over us, we can step out and dance.

Perhaps even twirl.

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177 Responses to twirl

  1. valerie November 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    28 years ago I hung a beautiful pink and white plaque in my daughters room. It said “Jesus danced the day you were born.” I believed it then and now that my grandson sleeps in that same room when he is here…I have left it up (even tho it is pink)….I believe it today. If He danced when I was born, he is certainly singing over me now. Many many mornings I have awakened to a song in my head and wondered…..”Was that what you were singing over me last night?”
    Love the verse.

  2. Anniina November 6, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Greetings all the way from Finland:) For the past month I have, since I came across your blog/shop while surfing the internet, frequently returned to your site. Partly because I’m so glad for finding stylish christian art prints, but formost because you are so open about your faith. It inspired me to start with my on blog, in the same spirit as your blog is. Making stylish christian art prints in finnish and sharing openly about my faith. I’m an mom and an interiorarchitect and formost a girl whos father is The Allmighty God. This scripture , Sef.3:17, has repeatly come up during these years since my firstborn, always reminding me how special and important I am to Him. The things you shared where so, how so you say, ” on the spot” and was an answer to my prayer for the name of my blog. I named it daddys girl but in finnish = isin tyttö. It is still a work in progress, but I would really like to ask you if I could put your twirl link on my blog? Your thoughts are so true and encouraging. Thanks again for shareing.

  3. Joell January 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Just this evening I finished reading the book “So Long Insecurity, You’ve Been a Bad Friend to Us” by Beth Moore which was absolutely phenomenal, and then I read on your Twirl post of the subject on women’s insecurities! I know God is teaching me so graciously about His love and how to give Him my total “Trust!” . Thank you for sharing!

  4. Kelly January 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    I am so touched! I thank God that there are young women with blogs like yours who love God and are not afraid to say it. Your precious baby girl is blessed to have you as a mommy and that is a beautiful verse.

  5. Michelle January 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I don’t usually leave comments, but I would be so ungrateful if I did not give thanks for the gift you gave me by sharing this message today. I can’t tell you how much I needed to read this. Truly. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  6. Han February 21, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    I found this via Google Images as I was looking for a picture with Zephaniah 3:17 on it. My friend is going through a rough patch and it sprung into my mind while doing some other bits.

    The picture of a girl twirling has been brought forward at church recently too :)

  7. Melanie S March 22, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    Emily, thank you for being transparent, always sharing your heart, shining God’s love through you to others. I love to hear how God is speaking to others…it is encouraging to me. Have a joyful day!

  8. Mimi May 30, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I absolutely love your fake calligraphy tutorial! I work on a maternity floor and have been using it on crib cards and people love it. I was just wondering if you had any more handwriting tutorials. Thank you

  9. Margaret June 7, 2012 at 8:47 am #

    Emily, I happened on your blog because of something that was posted on Pinterest (paper flowers!) and have been so blessed to find out that we are both sisters in Christ! Thank you for your posts so full of inspiration, both to the creating part of me, and the part of me that so loves our Creator! God bless you!!

  10. nancy October 19, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Interestingly I was a national competitor in baton twirling when I was younger. My father took great pleasure in ‘coaching’ me along, encouraging and attending competitions. I was a feature twirler in high school in college. Bigger than all of that – I am a believer. I noticed twirl on the mug and large board in your office. Thank you for the expanation. It also makes me think of the movie You Have Mail. Mother and daughter twirled (danced) in the old classic bookstore. I love the connection you have made. He delights in seeing us enjoy our live and wants us to Twirl… Our gifts are from Him… Blessings.

  11. Pam November 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Very lovely post Emily. Oh to feel that free, again and forever…..

  12. Elisabeth January 7, 2013 at 4:59 am #

    I am so blessed to have read this this morning! This verse has been coming across my way numerous times these past couple of months. It has been so refreshing to read each time! I love your words to follow…. ” now be free, twirl.”. I will be shaing this with my two sweet daughters. I long for them to know how much there Jesus loves them and thinks they are beautiful just the way they are. I try to remind them of this often! Thank you for sharing! Your creations and words are all so beautiful and inspiring! Be blessed!

  13. Penelope March 22, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    This is the sweetest, most poignant message for all girls of all ages, whether or not they have their own little girls! I absolutely love it and remember loving to twirl!
    Thank you for writing it!!

  14. Janie April 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

    Will you put your twirl print up for sale? I would love to buy one!

    • emily April 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      I am still working on the design. I just can’t get it right!

  15. Shannon April 30, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    Thank you for writing this, very inspiring and just what i needed :)

  16. Caroline September 5, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Your blog on Twirl is the second dance message I believe has been sent to me this we…. Mysterious ways… I am blessed to be my Fathers daughter… Thank you for this post :-)

  17. Kim September 6, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    I prayed for a little girl but God gave me 2 boys, a husband and a male dog. Your post brought tears to my eyes as I read it. Thank you for the beautiful reminder. It’s pretty rough and tumble at my house and sometimes I need the reminder that I am loved by my Heavenly Father just as I am.

  18. Wynne April 26, 2014 at 9:31 pm #

    oh emily! now I understand why you have the “twirl” necklace so close to your heart. i have tears in my eyes, and have received this message! what a beautiful picture of gods love for us, his girls!


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