walk in love

This new art print has been in my imagination for some time. I was waiting until I had just the right message to go with it and the creative inspiration to get it out on paper. That time came a few days ago – when the house was quiet {three in school, daddy sick in bed, little miss busy with a sticker book} and my bible open.


This is what I read:

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
2 John 1:4-6

I love that it is written to a woman {most likely a reference to a certain ancient church, but, whatever}, love that it includes children, and love that it boils the Christian faith down to the most basic requirement – to love one another.

But something else really struck me.

We live in a time where love is a word we just throw out {I just did a few times up there} to describe how we feel about something.

“I love this song”

“I love that color”

“I love your shoes”

We say it all the time. And we probably mean it. There is a lot to love in the world.

This scripture takes it a step further. Love, yes. But also walk in love.


It’s not just a matter of saying you love it. It’s in the actual doing {the walking} when love makes a difference.


I put the new print on our entry table. When we pass it, I hope it reminds us as we come and go to remember our ultimate purpose: to love.


What that looks like, I’m not certain. Maybe some days it means having a little more patience in how I interact with my kids. Or maybe it’s taking the time to stop and talk with the chatty neighbor lady down the street {even though I have things to do and places to be}. Maybe it’s writing that thank you note or smiling at the straight-faced bus driver.


All simple things, really. None requiring much more than a few extra minutes and some thoughtfulness.

┬áThe best part of it all is that it doesn’t matter what’s on our feet – high heels or flats, boots or barefoot – we can all walk in love.




This print is a new favorite of mine and I hope you love it as well.

20 Responses to walk in love

  1. mythreesons January 25, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    “…And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands…” Love is obedience and obedience is love. Love without obedience to His commands is disobedience which is then not love. Obedience without love is legalism. This verse also says that these commands aren’t new they are from the Father from the beginning…the Old testament. This verse also says that we are to walk in truth as the Father has commanded us. We also find this in the old testament. Psa_119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psa_119:151 Thou art near, O YHWH; and all thy commandments are truth. So if we are walking in love and in truth then we are walking in the commandments of the Almighty. If we are not walking/doing/learning the commandments of the Father then we are not walking in love or truth. I agree that being kind to others is a commandment of the Father which Jesus also taguht. Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as YHWH for the Messiah’s sake hath forgiven you. So walking in Love=being obedient to His commandments=truth=loving others and loving God. Jesus came to fully preach and teach the Father’s instructions so that we would know how to do them. We walk in the commandments of God because we are saved and received the greatest gift of love. If we say we walk in love yet don’t keep the commandments of the Father then we are ultimately not walking in love. We can not have one with out the other. Blessings to you all and I encourage you all to learn the ways of the Father so you can truly walk in love and truth.

  2. Sarah January 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    I love your new print, Emily. And also your thoughts on the verse. Both lovely. :)

  3. EarlyGirl January 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Emily, this is fantastic, and perfect timing for our women’s retreat this spring (we’re focusing on walking worthy of the Lord!). One question… are you designing these in Illustrator? Where are you finding your pattern backgrounds? I use Illustrator daily for clients, and the backgrounds that I have are old and NOT this cute. Or are you making your own? Help!

  4. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline January 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    simply lovely! the print and the message. Thanks for the reminder through your beautiful art.

  5. Heather :) :) :) January 23, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    What a cute way to illustrate a biblical principle :) :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  6. Kendra Martin January 23, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Love it! What Bible/version is the scripture quoted from?

    • emily January 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      It is from the NIV.

  7. Terri Meller January 23, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I try to keep up with your blogs and info because you truly inspire me…I love the print and that the Lord spoke to you about walking in love! I am 45 yrs. old and have a husband and two children and I own two businesses and want to do so much! I sometimes get ahead of myself…have you posted a blog about managing your time better and organizing, things like that? I haven’t had time to search yet but just thought of it as I am writing to you…ok if not when you do have time, I would love to hear your thoughts…advice! Ok keep up the great work!
    Peace and love,

  8. Andrea R. January 23, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    Did you get a new entry table???? I love it! I’ve been looking for a similar table myself. Where did you find yours???

  9. Glenda January 23, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Love the print and its message–and, where did you get the entry table? It’s fabulous too!

  10. Katie @ pps January 23, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    Thanks for this post – the message, the print, everything. Thanks.

  11. Jennifer P January 23, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    Very inspirational and exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you! It’s amazing the places that God can reach you!

  12. Sarah Barksdale Design January 23, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    This print is so great, the shoes are adorable but the message is even better

  13. Kelly January 23, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Emily, I’ve been following your blog for a year or two now and really have appreciated your posts a lot! It’s refreshing to click on a blog (among the many darling, crafty, stylish blogs that i read) and get a good dose of encouragement to the Lord! Thank you!!! :) And the print is darling! I have that verse up in my house now too (although its not near as cute!)

  14. Jill January 23, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    LOVE this!!!! Great print, and wonderful message!!

  15. Tabitha January 23, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Love this print! And I love your post! It is a wonderful verse! Great to have hanging up as a reminder!

  16. Lindsay at Life of Splendor January 23, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    LOVE this artprint. So cute, but so meaningful and a great reminder! It looks awesome in your entryway!

  17. Emily H. January 23, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    I love this!

  18. Kimm at Reinvented January 23, 2013 at 5:17 am #

    Oh my gosh, I love this, and the message behind it. It is a perfect message for our family, so I’ll, like you, display it in a “public” place, but the colors, shoes, and message are also perfect for my makeover of my 13 year old daughter’s room. I think I’ll get two! :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. I’m enjoying my JDC Monthly subscription so much, I wrote about it on my blog today. :)


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