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summer is dwindling down, but there are things to do

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This handsome dude is starting kindergarten in just a few weeks.

He keeps having bad dreams about having to ‘sit on the wall’ or go to the principal’s office and he worries that his teacher will ask him to do things he can’t yet do. To say he is nervous about starting school is a huge understatement. Bless his sweet little heart.  He will do so well in school, but I’m still feeling emotional about my baby leaving home.  I don’t even want to think about the tears that will fall on the first day of school :

Until then, we are focusing on enjoying the last weeks of summer.  I had high hopes of finishing a bunch of projects around the house and here we are with little time left and not one of those projects even started.  So I figured I could at least put a list together and see if making it public can keep me motivated. So here it is:

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Need a to do list too? You can download the template, print and fill in your list.

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{click image to download}

Here’s to making the most of the rest of the summer :

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my best friend

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Let me introduce you to my best friend. Her name is K.C. {the initials of her real name, but she’s gone by k.c. for forever}.  She is really, really pretty, has amazing arms, brings out the wittiness in me, loves her three children more than any mom I know, can have a conversation with absolutely anyone and make them feel special, and serves the Lord wholeheartedly. 

If you’d like a bit of the history of our friendship, this post tells all about it. But, in short, we’ve been friends since our freshman year of college and have made it through some rough patches {like the time when I tried to date her ex-boyfriend or when we had a minor blow-up while our families were living together}.  What I love the most about our friendship is that we’ve made it through those hard times, growing closer rather than further apart.  That proves to me that what we have is not based on convenience or circumstance, but on the Lord knitting our hearts together for a purpose.

K.C. has a gift of speaking and a heart for encouraging and challenging women in very relatable ways.  She started a blog {www.sanctifiedpearl.com} a few months ago and uses it to share stories about everyday life, motherhood, faith and how they all intersect.

I was planning on doing a formal introduction at some point {because I think you all will really like her too} but had not yet figured out when and how I would do it.

When I read her post from yesterday, I knew it was the day.

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If you are feeling weary, like life is crashing too hard, please read my best friend’s post : you will be encouraged.

Click here to read and say hi to K.C. for me!

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let’s chat

When I read a blog for an extended period of time, I start to feel like I know the writer.

Oh, doesn’t Ashley Ann just come up with the best projects?

That, Meg. She always makes me smile.

I was reading Angie the other day :

I don’t want to be presumptuous in thinking you feel that way about me, but I kind of hope so. When I’m writing on here, I’m usually writing as if to a friend, so I’d like to think that if we met in real life, we would hit it off beautifully.

So today, let’s pretend we are out to coffee {or sitting around a pool sipping lemonade} just chatting.

These are a few of the things I might talk about:

* I have a small infatuation with fonts lately. It could become a problem. I bought two new ones that I love {this one and this one}.  I also recently downloaded about a million free ones from here and here.

* Even though I know the bachelor/bachelorette is the most smutty thing to watch, I’m always enamored. I’m not in love with this season, but I watch it anyway.  I usually fold laundry at the same time to make it feel like its not a total waste of time.

* The kids and I spent two weekends ago with my uncle, aunt, cousins, boyfriend and fiancé and it was so great. They live on Bainbridge Island and this is the view from their back deck:

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kind of amazing, right?

While we were there, we spent an afternoon at an elementary school gym where my uncle is famous. He even has his own poster:

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He is the p.e. teacher and all the kids l.o.v.e. him : especially mine.

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I had forgotten how fun elementary school p.e. is with all the equipment and games. I even pulled out a jump rope and successfully did a few double-unders. Exhilarating, I tell you.

* The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts Friday.  Are you going? Each year we would get our new school shoes at the sale and maybe a few items for back to school. I am so not in the fall shopping mood {we’re hardly even into summer!} so I don’t think you’ll find me there this time around.  You can view the catalog here.

* I am reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle to the boys. I am not sure how I missed it as a kid, but it is my first time and it is such a cute story.  My kids could use a few of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s cures.

* Have you read any novels lately that are worth reading? I’m looking for a good one. Any suggestions would be appreciated.  My most recent faves have been Water for Elephants, The Help and Peace Like A River.

* No. 1 painted a picture the other day:

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can you guess what game he likes playing?

* We have a new baby boy in our lives : my sweet little nephew Hudson. Can’t wait to meet him.

* I saw this recipe for soft pretzels on this blog and we tried them today. YUM. If you are a pretzel kind of girl, you should make them.

* I don’t have an iphone. I know, gasp.  Truth be told, I am about the worst phone answerer in the world and so a fancy phone seems mildly unnecessary. But the more I think about it, the more I think it would be oh so handy.  Email on the run, entertain kiddos in a pinch, and this post may have tipped me over the edge with the realization that I would have a pretty good camera with me most of the time and I wouldn’t have to lug around my big one. Are you an iphone fan? Any thoughts?

Am I boring you yet? Don’t worry, if we were chatting in real life I would let you talk too.

One more thing :

I have the itch for a new project. A master bath makeover? Something clever to cover the walls in the mudroom? Sprucing up the boy’s room? Paint the floors in the kitchen? Do you ever get the way : just itching to do something creative with your house?  I’ve got the bug. Good thing we have a busy next couple of weeks or else this house would be turned upside down. I’ll let you know where this energy gets focused and what room gets the makeover.

Thanks a bunch for hanging out with me! It was fun :

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summer in snapshots {week two}

It’s Wednesday : which means a photo collage capturing our week. snapshots two

{I’m linking to The Starfish Blog Summer in Snapshots}

This week was our first full week of summer.  By day two, with the rain pouring down, I thought I was going to cry. Bored kids already?  Fortunately, by day three, the rain stopped {momentarily} and we were back on our game : a big cardboard box for fort-building, lots and lots of painting, a new baby swing for hours of entertainment, daily play dates with neighborhood buddies, over-priced popsicles from the popsicle man and family visits.

I love summertime for its slower pace, sunny days and outdoor activities. But with kids who love summer activities much more than the occasional boring stay-home day, and a momma who works from home, finding the balance is tricky. Never, ever, do I want my kids to feel second to my business and yet I also want them to know that sometimes I have a few things to take care of and my life doesn’t always revolve around their momentary desires.  Teaching them to ‘hold on a second’ is great : but when they hear that over and over and over throughout the day, what does that really say to them? Their mommy is too busy? Their mommy doesn’t care?

The other day I was checking email when No. 3 came into my office wanting me to look for his sword {what else?!}. I used my regular line of ‘hold on a sec’ and in his spunky three-year-old voice he declared, “I hate your computer.” 

Gulp.

Perhaps he just wanted what he wanted right this very second {as he loves to say}, or perhaps there was some real honesty in that statement. Either way, I took it as a warning.

I love working, designing, emailing, creating, blogging : and I love my kids too. I haven’t figured out the balance between running jones design company and being a wife & mommy, but I’m determined {with lots of friends praying me through it!} to make most of the summer with my babes, while also doing what I do here on the blog.

I’m not sure why I’m sharing all of this, other than to say that if you are struggling to balance planning a wedding with working or raising a family while in full-time ministry or getting the laundry folded with a new baby, I get it. I’m right there with you trying to figure it out.  And while I may not be perfect, and I may be totally out of balance some days, I know that what really matters are the people I am called to love. 

So be encouraged today : maybe you need to let some things go, maybe you need to stop for a second and take in the view, maybe you need to close your computer and find a sword.  Whatever it is, just remember to cherish those you love most.

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25 bits of randomness

#1 I’m pretty random by nature : take this blog for instance. What category does it fit in? Lifestyle? Home Decorating? Crafts? Who knows. But it represents my life. Random. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

#2 I am quite taken with Pinterest. Slowly but surely my boards are gaining pins.

#3 My go-to summer salad is Mediterranean Chicken Orzo Salad.

#4 I’ve had surgery on my left eye three times {I have strabismus}.

#5 I don’t tan. I burn, then it dissolves overnight. And I get freckles.

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growing pains

We are entering a new phase of parenting. With it comes great joy as we watch our kids grow in to their own personalities, develop their individual talents, become independent and responsible.

But it also comes with new challenges, heartaches and fear.

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q & a recap and a free printable

Well, my goodness. That was fun!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who took the time to ask questions, those who replied to them and all who read through the answers. I am normally a question asker, so it was fun to be on the other end and have to come up with answers!

You all said some NICE things to me and for that I am so appreciative. The fact that I get to do projects, write my thoughts, share random things from my life and that you enjoy it is just amazing. I love that I get to be part of your life and that we feel like friends.

If you haven’t looked through the questions and answers, let me give you the cliff note version:

* I am not doing a summer boutique this year {although it was great fun and may be something we do again in the future}. But I am doing a fundraising event in just a few weeks to help friends with their adoption. I’ll post more info soon, or you can read this post.

* I’m thinking about starting What I Wore back up : I’ve got to get over the awkwardness of it

* Lots of questions about blogging, graphic design, business things and I’ll figure out how to best answer those in more detail

* I still can’t come up with a great answer to how I do what I do with four kids other than that lots of things don’t get done, my kids play well together, I stay up late and my husband is very supportive. I’m working on more detailed answer to this one too

* I am most definitely going to plan a trip to the south {somewhere} and meet up with all you southern ladies.

* If you have any additional questions, or need more detailed answers than what I replied with, please feel free to email me {emily@jonesdesigncompany.com}.

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To say thanks for playing along with my Q & A game, I’ve re-created that little scripture card that I tucked on my piano and am offering it as a free download {along with two others that you can write or stamp a favorite note on}.

{click on the image to download the pdf}

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Thanks again for your kindness.

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hold on to your fork

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I heard a story this weekend and wanted to share. Perhaps you’ve heard it, or maybe it isn’t even true, but the meaning is sweet, nevertheless. You can read many different versions online, but this is my recap:

A woman who was nearing death, requested that she be buried with a fork in her hand. When asked why a fork, she went on to share that her favorite moment was when following a meal, she was reminded to ‘hold on to her fork’ which, of course, meant dessert was on its way.

She chose to be buried with a fork as a beautifully symbolic picture to those who would mourn her death that this world was not her home, but that the best was yet to come. Her view of eternity was so true : a place where even the best of this world would pale in comparison to what Heaven will offer.

I know it is easy to fear death or pain or hardship – especially when you just can’t seem to escape it – but please know that there is good to come for those who put their trust in God. Whatever your circumstance, whatever your current struggle, whatever your fear, know that not only is there hope of an eternal life with our Lord, but He also offers unexplainable peace, joy and comfort as we walk through trials here in this messy world.

Be encouraged and remember to hold on to your fork – the best is yet to come.

***UPDATE***

I’ve turned the saying into a print and it is now available in the shop {or below}.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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a whole lot of stuff to share

This is me clearing out my brain. Some of it is business, some just random thoughts. Enjoy.

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If you purchased the new art print assortment and your name is:

Lisa Baum . Vickie Baccaglio . Jenna Allen . Lynda Ford . Ashley Cole

you just received yours for free! I will refund your payment and send your prints to you shortly.

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If you missed purchasing the collection, have no fear. It is still available and can be purchased {HERE}

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I have now updated the tutorial page with all of the projects I’ve shown on the blog.

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If you are looking for a past project, this is a great place to find it {you can click the ‘tutorials’ menu item to be taken to the page}

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Have you seen this darling children’s clothing line?

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I was shopping at the Bellevue Square Nordstrom and came across the most adorable {and soft!} clothing for kids. I wanted one of everything, but left with only a t-shirt for my oldest.

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Speaking of clothing for my oldest : poor kid has a mom who strongly resists most graphic t’s {especially ones with cartoon and video game characters}. I’m not sure at what point I should just let go, but I’m still holding firmly to my desire for him to wear preppy polos and surfer t-shirts. Am I a terrible mom for enforcing my baby {okay, fine, he’s 7} to wear what I want him to?

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And as for clothes for me : I’ve been shopping twice in the past three days and I have found nothing for myself. I think I’m in a clothes rut. What is a girl to wear on these unpredictable spring days? What is stylish? What is practical? I need Stacy & Clinton to do a little consultation with me.

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I really love this song

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For those who have asked : here is how I do my hair:

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I’m not sure why I look so angry/terrified while I’m curling. My curling iron is from the beauty supply store and gets really hot {it has a 1 1/2″ barrel}. I generally wash and style my hair every three to four days and it stays looking okay on the non-shower days {actually, my hair always looks best on the second or third day}.  I have naturally fluffy and somewhat wavy hair {see image 2} and it holds curl well. It does not, however, look good when let dry naturally.

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The May giveaway winner will be announced on Monday. Be sure to sign up!

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My baby is a girl after my own heart. She loves necklaces and licking the cookie dough off of the mixer paddle.

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Okay, one last thing. The other day I thought it would be very fun and nice mommy-ish of me to pour a bunch of uncooked oatmeal into a bin and let the kids and their cousins play with it {you know, like they do at the sensory table at preschool}.

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They did have fun, but they did not keep the oatmeal in the bin.

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How was that for random? Have a great day!

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what I learned while laying at the pool

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Ryan and I snuck away for a few days last week to Palm Springs, California. We’ve been having some dreary weather in the northwest, so we jumped at the chance for sun, sun and more sun.

We did little other than sleep in, lounge at the pool and eat : which was just fine for the both of us.

While sitting at that gorgeous pool, here are some things I thought about:

:: this was the first trip we’ve taken without our kids since our honeymoon. I know, that’s crazy. But I’ve been either pregnant or nursing for the past eight years and it just never happened.  We really should do it more often. It was good to connect without having kids to distract us from just enjoying one another.  If you have the opportunity, I highly recommend it.

:: Who on earth watched our four small children while we were out gallivanting around town? My little sister. Bless her. And my brother-in-law too. It is no small fete to care for your own two children, but then to take four more? Amazing. If you have a friend or sister who will watch your kids so that you can get away, ask them. And then do it for them in return. I highly recommend it.

:: I forgot how much I love reading real, paper books.  Blogs are delightful, but sometimes loosing myself to a novel is the best form of entertainment.

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I read The Help from start to finish and loved every second of it.

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It’s been on my to-read list and I’m so glad I finally got to it. What an amazingly compelling story {I sort of miss the characters now that I’m done!} about a time in history that seems like forever ago, but is sadly not that far gone.  If you haven’t read it yet and need a good read : this is it. I highly recommend it.

:: If you get an email from ‘paypal’ saying that your account has been accessed by someone else and it tells you to click on the link and give them all kinds of personal information : don’t fall for it.  Take it from me, doing so is a big pain. I do NOT highly recommend it.

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thank you and a good children’s book

Thank you kindly for your words of encouragement yesterday. Sometimes I just need to share my heart {however embarrassingly honest it is} and I love that 1. I receive such wisdom from you sweet ladies and 2. I feel more normal as many of you struggle with the same things.  So thank you.

And have no fear : I am not going anywhere.  Writing this blog is my job, my ministry and one of my favorite hobbies, so I won’t be giving it up anytime soon. Just trying to keep it real.

I will have a real post tomorrow, but for now {while Audrey is sitting in my lap and #3 is waiting not-so-patiently to play Sorry – my worst favorite game to play with kids} I will leave you with a great recommendation for a springtime children’s book.

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Bear Wants More is a happy story with delightful illustrations about a hungry bear and his wilderness friends.  My little ones love it {and so do I!}.

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There is a whole series of Bear books and I’d like to add them all to our collection.

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Enjoy your day : now I’m off for a long game of sorry.

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things around here

A few photos from today:

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Sometimes yellow is just what you need to add some sunshine to your home.

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I’m so inspired by this spread from Holiday with Matthew Mead {I know it is a holiday publication, but I want my house to reflect this calm warmth all year long}.

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The boys and I made these decoupage easter eggs {tutorial found at Dear Lillie}.

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Sometimes the simplest things like tissue paper flowers in an old basket can make the loveliest centerpiece.

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A gorgeous hellebore from Nonna’s garden promises that spring is here.

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I am finally getting around to painting the walls in our bedroom {Bedford Gray by Martha Stewart}.  I’m not sure I’m in love yet :

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The april giveaway collection is just hanging out on the dining room table waiting to be won {you can enter here}.

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Lots and lots of legos : a new organization system is in the works. Not sure if it will stand the test of time, but its worth a shot.

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This bible study is changing my heart. And life.

Things around here are pretty. Flowers, pillows, happy children with plenty of toys. My life looks pretty. And for the most part, I can say that things are great.

But my heart is heavy : in a new sort of way. I say I’m in a funk, but I’m not sure that it accurately describes how I feel. My heart is being refined and while it hurts a little, it is a good hurt. 

I’ve been realizing the past few weeks my life is out of balance. I love doing the work that I do, am inspired by it, fulfilled, motivated and encouraged daily by you sweet ladies. But I also have four children whom I love. A husband who is fun to be around, friends who live literally next door. And yet, half the time I choose writing a blog post or designing a new print or emailing a reader over them. Maybe even more than half the time. 

I don’t confess this for any other reason than to let you know that I am not as put together as I appear. Or would like to be. Or would like you to think I am.  Just so we’re all on the same page. I struggle. I have bad mommy days. I go weeks without spending time with really great girl friends. My laundry piles up and there is a lot of dust on our unused piano.  My motives are often impure and most of the time I don’t even recognize it. 

We’re all in the same boat : trying to do the best we can, sometimes finding success, other times unable to escape the fact that we’re failing miserably. 

While in Houston, my best friend and I were talking about these things when this scripture came to mind:

1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

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I try so hard to be the best blogger or the best designer or decorator or project do-er {or fill-in-the-blank} and yet, if I am not loving those around me I am nothing.  How much of my time and energy is spent on doing and striving and forgetting about the simple {and loving} things like phoning my mom or sending a note to a struggling friend? I hate to admit the truth.

I don’t really want to be a clanging cymbal. They are sort of annoying.

And so, I am on this journey – a hard, painful, beautiful journey – of figuring out how to genuinely love. Not out of selfish gain, but out of sacrificial goodness.  The book I’m reading says that the mark of maturity is love. I sure hope I can get there soon.

Be encouraged today. And perhaps you can put an extra dose of love into your everyday occurrences – it truly is the most excellent way.

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these hands

I took these photos one afternoon a few weeks ago.  It was a moment when I was truly cherishing my little ones.

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With their sweet hands that clean.

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And build.

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And craft.

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And draw.

But I’m afraid I don’t always cherish these moments. Too often, I see it like this:

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Audrey wasting another diaper wipe.

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#3 making a mess in the living room.

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#2 using far too much tape.

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#1 leaving his papers strewn about the table. Again.

Ugh. I hate admitting that.  Do you know what I mean, though? So often I miss the joy of their playfulness and creativity because I’m more concerned about things like wasting tape and not wanting to clean up another mess. Things that are necessary, no doubt, but not things that show my children how much I value them.

My babies’ hands make messes. They hit. They drop their food on the floor and wipe their sticky fingers on the sofa.

But they are everything I’ve ever hoped for.

They are full of curiosity and unlimited talent. They share their toys. They offer to help. They draw amazing pictures and write silly stories. And they give the sweetest hugs.

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I created this little note card to put up in my office : sometimes I just need a gentle reminder to refocus my perspective. Perhaps you do as well.

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Being a mommy can be a thankless job. We may not hear much gratitude for all we do, but I know that simply by loving our families to the best of our ability, we are making a difference. And perhaps with the right attitude, this great responsibility and honor can be full of joy and grace even when it’s messy.

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Sorry that I overlooked that many people have one child! So here is a card for you.

And a family one as well.

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random notes for today:

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If you ordered an art print last week and have not yet received it : IT IS ON ITS WAY!

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My baby is S E V E N today. Seven! I get teary just thinking about how fast he has grown. I don’t know why I get so sappy on my baby’s birthdays : don’t I want them to grow and flourish? Of course! But there is something slightly mournful about knowing my son will never be little again. I guess that is why they say “cherish every moment”.

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I could not love this boy more. He was the sweetest baby, the most delightful toddler and now a kind, smart, goofy and amazingly creative big kid. I’m pretty proud to be his momma.  See? I’m crying.

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I had a minor break down on monday {although I’m pretty sure my husband would not call it minor}. Sometimes I just get a little overwhelmed by life and responsibilities and all my to-dos and asking for help is not my greatest strength. While I may look like I’m good at balancing marriage and kids and business and hobbies, I can assure you I struggle mightily.

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So monday after calming down, I created a calendar for myself to help avoid said meltdowns.  If you would like to print your own, I’m happy to share. You can download the pdf file, save to your computer and print them weekly to help you {and me} stay organized.

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Once again, thank you for all of your nice comments, your amazing encouragement to me, your support of my business and my blog.  I am so thankful for the many ways you bless me.

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the lamp print

I wasn’t planning on sharing this story – the story of how the lamp print came about – but it seems appropriate after all of the wonderfully positive feedback and questions about it. It is pretty personal to me and if you aren’t in the mood for long-windedness and rambling, please feel free to click away. I am not offended.

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So here it goes :

In May of last year I was beginning to really enjoy blogging {I started doing it a little more regularly in January of 2010 when I combined my business & personal blogs}.  I found myself composing blog posts in my head as I washed the dishes or nursed the baby, I took extra photos of life just in case they were blog-worth and I started expanding my vision of what my little stationery business looked like.  As I played around on my blog, I began to get comments : and followers : and it felt really good. 

I’m the type who thrives off of positive feedback and is crushed when I disappoint. It is not something I am proud of admitting and certainly an issue I am working through. I wish I didn’t care so much about what others thought of me, but if I’m being really honest, I do. A lot.

So as I was gaining followers, I had to really check my motives with this blogging thing : was I simply doing this to gain approval of man {or woman}? I would read another blog, see on the sidebar how many followers they had and then compare myself and feel completely inadequate.  Yuck. That is not a fun place to be.

So one afternoon I had a quiet few moments to pour out my heart to the Lord in the form of – what else – my private blog. {I love to journal and find that I am much faster at typing than writing, so I created a blog to be able to do that – password protected, of course!}.

In those moments, I came across this verse:

Philippians 2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

That really hit me – I didn’t want my motivation to be selfish or based on impressing others {both in my blogging and in life} but only in what could help others, inspire them, encourage and bring God glory. That really became my prayer.

A few days earlier, I had returned from an amazing women’s retreat where we had looked up our names to find out the spiritual connotation and the scripture that went with it {from this book of names}.  On this particular afternoon I looked up the verse that went with Emily and it was this:

Matthew 5:16 {New International Version}

16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

For some reason, this didn’t really make sense to me. What did letting my light shine have to do with the name Emily, and more personally, in my current life situation? So I looked it up in another version to see if it brought clarity – and oh how it did.

Matthew 5:16 {The Message}

14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand””shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever had this type of experience – when you feel like Scripture just comes alive and speaks right to your heart? That is what happened to me with this passage. It felt as though God’s will for my life just came together for me : and it felt so good.

What I got from this scripture is this: Whatever I did, whether on a blog or in daily life, my sole purpose was to speak God’s name.  Because I did have a small following on my blog, I felt I had a public ‘platform’ from which I could do it. I knew it wouldn’t always make me popular, that I could lose potential business and that I may never have tons and tons of followers.  But I realized that “by opening up to others, I [could] prompt people to open up with God” – which really was what I wanted in life. I didn’t {and still don’t} feel like I needed to share my faith all the time, but I loved that I could just be open about who I am and that maybe that could also bring Him glory.

Are you still reading? Sorry, this really is long-winded and I hope it is making sense.

As I was contemplating this all, I looked on my office floor and saw a stack of papers waiting to be recycled. On the top was a print out of a lamp silhouette I was going to use for a project.  And it dawned on me : I should put this scripture on the lamp and make a print for my wall as a reminder of my purpose.

And so I did.

lamp

My intention was really just to create this as a reminder for me, but when I shared it with a friend and she suggested turning it into an art print, a whole new facet of my business began.

I think having scripture in our home is so important, but I’ve had a hard time finding ways to incorporate it. I’m not really a fan of the traditional scripture art with photos of snowy mountains or vast meadows {do you know the ones I’m thinking of?} so I decided to come up with a few that are a bit more graphic, modern and simple.

I have a million more ideas for future art prints, and I love hearing suggestions for new ones. If you have a favorite verse or saying, please let me know!

{already in the works are: Twirl, Be Intentional, 1 Cor. 10:31, the great commission, the Aaronic Blessing – I will add them to the shop as they become available}.

Thanks for bearing with me on a roundabout story of how the lamp print came into being.  It is personal, like I said, but I guess that is what this blog is all about – sharing myself with each of you and {hopefully} bringing God glory through it all.

{if you are interested in the art print collection, please click HERE}

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