Prayer for Spiritual Strength

Hello, friends! I am so grateful to be through the transition out of social media and be back to sharing artwork, products, and biblical truth!

Over my holiday break, I was inspired to create and try new things. I have been inspired by Mid-Century Modern design ever since I was a little girl, treasure hunting in antique shops with my mama. I wanted to explore what I could do with that look as an artist. As I was scrolling through Pinterest, I was really drawn to old book covers in this very minimal, geometric style and wanted to try something of my very own.

The “Prayer for Spiritual Strength” in Ephesians 3 was my biblical inspiration, so of course I started with shapes that looked like praying hands, which then turned into a pattern. (Do you see the hands?) 🙏🏻

About a year ago, at a women’s ministry event at my church, we were encouraged to pray this prayer for someone in our life who hasn’t put their faith in Jesus – someone who doesn’t yet understand that what makes us strong is not what the world says, but what God says in His Word and what He does through the power of His Spirit.

Lately, my heart has been burdened for the people in my life who don’t know Jesus and are attempting to find strength in the wrong places. I don’t know how people are getting through these trying times without the kind of strength only faith in Christ can provide.

This week, I’d love to challenge you to join me in praying this prayer for someone in your life who needs Jesus. If you click to the second image above, you’ll see I changed the wording for your convenience to really make the prayer your own. I made the changes to help you focus on someone else, but maybe you are the one in need of strength. Maybe you feel weak in your faith. If so, I encourage you to pray for yourself. If you are concerned about it, let me assure you, it is not selfish to pray for yourself.

I look forward to praying with you all! Trust that God is moving in the seen and unseen. ❤️

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New things in the making

New things are in the making! New products, new art, and new ways of connecting with you. ❤️ 🙌🏻 ⁠ ⁠

Did you hear the news yesterday??⁠ ⁠

After this week, I will be logging off my social media accounts for an extended season. I’m not sure exactly how long it will be but, I’m NOT disappearing!⁠ ⁠ I invite all of you to join my mailing list, bookmark my website, and spread the word that I will continue my work creating art and products rooted biblical truth via my website and directly to your inboxes.⁠ ⁠

I am excited to create a place away from the distractions of social media where the weary, the hungry, and followers of Christ from all over can come to grow, be inspired, and rest in Him and His promises. ❤️⁠ ⁠

I’ve never done anything like this before. There are definitely some nerves, but I am ready to step out in faith and see what God will do!⁠ ⁠

Feel free to check out my post from yesterday for more details! 😊

Thanks for joining me here on my website! Stay tuned for all that’s to come!

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Big news!

‼️ BIG NEWS: I’ve decided I will be logging off social media indefinitely! BUT, I still want to keep this community alive here on my website and over email! Please join my mailing list and bookmark my website. I do not want to lose touch!

My reasons behind this big decision:

To be clear, I’m not being cancelled or pressured by negative comments. Thankfully that’s not something I typically deal with! I could not ask for a more positive community of people to show up for throughout the week. You have been the reason I keep coming back!⁠

But, I’ve been realizing everything outside of this amazing community is distracting me and damaging my witness. I get sucked into the explore feed, stories, reposts, opinions… it’s all too easy to engage in gossip and harbor bitterness. I can’t justify proclaiming truth here while allowing sinful patterns to continue behind the scenes.

I also don’t like the idea that we small business owners have to be on social media to be successful. I don’t like feeling “owned” by these big tech companies. I am a servant of God and refuse to be a slave to social media.⁠

I am beyond excited to step out in faith and see all God will do through this change. It’s been a longtime coming!

So, I’m taking a step back from Instagram and Facebook. However, I am not taking a step back from creating content and products that build up the body of Christ! ⁠

I invite you to join my mailing list, bookmark my website, and encourage your friends to do the same! I’ll be providing the same great content directly to inboxes and my website. I do not want to lose touch, so make sure you leave comments on my website and reply to emails! ⁠

I don’t know if this change will be for a short or long season. I’m trusting the Lord will make that very clear! But I am excited to show up for you with the content I love to make and you love to see, just in a different space. ❤️⁠

I’ll be spending the next few days getting the word out, then I’ll be logging off. Please help me get the word out if you feel so inclined! I’m so excited to create a positive space on my website for you to come, grow, and rest in Jesus. ❤️

John 3:16

I encourage you to pause. ❤️ Do not gloss over this verse just because you’ve read it or heard it a thousand times. (So easy to do, I know!) Slow down, read the living and active Words of God spoken through the Apostle John:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” -John 3:16 ESV

This is our ultimate hope. As we face trials, the Gospel must be at the core of all we believe, all we say, all we do, all we think.

Our nation needs truth to be clearly revealed. Our God is the one true God, therefore, all He says is true.

Put your faith in Him.

Our nation needs peace and unity. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. In Christ, we form one family—one body. Sinful humans cannot achieve this apart from Christ.

Put your faith in Him.

Our nation needs love. The world idolizes love and kindness because it strives for it apart from God. Love and kindness are fruits of the Holy Spirit, coming directly from God Himself. They cannot be manufactured by our own efforts and ideas.

Put your faith in Him.

Maybe putting faith in Him for you means saving faith. Maybe this is the moment God is opening your eyes. If so, please reach out to me! ❤️

Maybe putting faith in Him for you means grounding yourself in an eternal mindset. Remember: Whatever happens in this world, God remains on His throne of justice. Jesus will return and will come to judge the living and the dead. Mercy will be shown to those washed by the blood of Christ, God’s just wrath will fall on the guilty and unrepentant. We know a truly loving God does not let injustice go unpunished. Our good God remains in control. His timing is perfect. Pray for hearts to turn to Him! Pray yours would be even more solidly grounded in Him and His Word.

I do not know what the future holds, but I know Who does and I know what He promises to those who love Him: Eternal life!! 🙌🏻

Put your faith in Him.

Romans 8:28

It’s good to be back after a 3-week break! The shop is open again and I’m excited to share some things I created while away. 🖤 ⁠ ⁠

But for now, I’m compelled to share this promise from Scripture as so many are praying for our country today:⁠ ⁠

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” -Romans 8:28 ESV⁠ ⁠

Together, as one body of Christ, let’s pray that truth would be brought into the light. Let’s trust, regardless of desired outcomes, that God’s plans can never be thwarted and that for those who love and follow Jesus Christ, He will work ALL THINGS together for good!⁠

You are the God who sees me

In Genesis 16, we read the story of Hagar’s encounter with God. She was a servant of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, was pregnant with his child and running away for fear of her life and well-being. It was a messy situation and a very low point in her life, as well as Abraham and Sarah’s.⁠ ⁠

While we could easily focus on the sin which caused this, as I studied this more in-depth for the first time with my Bible study, my eyes were focused on God’s compassion towards Hagar and her response.⁠

⁠He met her out in the wilderness and cared for her in her time of great need. He spoke to her personally and her response was beautiful. She responded, “You are the God who sees me.”⁠ ⁠

As I reflected on this, I was filled with gratitude and love for my Father in Heaven once again. He sees me. He sees you. He does not forsake His children – the one’s who have true faith in Him. He knows our hearts – our strengths, our weaknesses, our fears – and He knows us intimately. He is a good, perfect, loving Abba Father.⁠ ⁠

You can trust Him. 🖤⁠

2020: What we heard, what we know

As I sat to reflect on 2020, so many phrases and moments came to mind. The heaviness of the past several months began to weigh me down, but I decided to think about the phrases I repeated to myself (and should start repeating to myself) in response. Suddenly, my spirit was lifted.⁠ ⁠

Remembering God’s character and promises as described in His Word will forever be a source of hope, encouragement, and wisdom. He will forever be our peace and source of truth!⁠ ⁠

However 2020 ends and however 2021 goes, God will always be good. His promises will never fail. 🖤⁠

Psalm 73:26 reflections

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” -Psalm 73:26 ESV⁠ ⁠

I stumbled upon this verse the other day and thought how perfect a verse for this past year of hardship, sickness, unrest, chaos, and confusion.⁠ ⁠ This year was truly one of testing our faith. As we look back on this year, let’s acknowledge the hard. Weep if you need to. But as we mourn the losses, let’s remember to rejoice. In Christ, there are always reasons to rejoice! And today, as I reflect on Psalm 73:26, I praise God that He is the strength of my heart and truly all I need.⁠ ⁠

How has God grown and stretched your faith this year for the better? How will you carry that into the new year?⁠

COVID-19 Update: Fall/Holiday | 10/20/20

It’s been several months since my last update and with the busy shopping season upon us, I wanted to make sure I reiterated some of my covid policies and also make some updates to keep up with the increase in orders this time of year.

SHOP

  • The shop will remain open as long as my health and the government permits.
  • Orders are being shipped from a clean workspace.
    • I continue to keep your safety in mind in storing and handling products to be shipped.
    • All envelopes will be sealed with adhesive and/or water. I’m not licking any envelopes!
  • Shipping times may be longer than normal.
    • I am back to making trips to the post office twice per week, so my processing times are finally back to normal! However, there still seem to be delays with USPS in some states. Please be patient if your order is taking longer than normal to ship.
    • You can track your order with the tracking number you receive when your order has shipped.

For any additional questions, please visit my FAQs page. If your question is not answered there, you can send me an email and I’ll get back to you within 3 business days.

SHOP ON ETSY

PERSONAL

Thankfully, as of the moment I’m writing this post, my husband Luke and I have remained healthy! A few friends and family members came down with the virus and thankfully only had mild symptoms. My prayers and sympathies go out to those of you who have been impacted by covid in much more significant ways, whether that be through the virus itself or as a result of lock downs and other changes that have put added stress on your lives.

Luke and I continue to work from home full-time. I’m grateful the company Luke works for has allowed its employees to stay home. Layla (our cat) and I love having him home with us during the day! Many have asked over the past few months how my business is going and I really appreciate how much you care. By God’s grace, the business continues to grow and has pretty much been running itself! I haven’t had as much work to do, which has left more time to focus on the ministry side of things and prepping for Christmas.

If you’d like to become a monthly supporter, please check out my Patreon page. If you’d like to support my work in other ways, please consider buying some Christmas gifts from my shop this year!

Encouragment

As we finish out 2020, let’s commit our thoughts and actions to Jesus. Let’s remain grounded in His Word (the Bible) and find the freedom that is available to us through the message of the Gospel! God loves us even though we sin. And by grace, we are rescued from death and hell, and promised eternal life when we put all our faith in Jesus Christ alone. This hope is not just for the future, but is for right now as well. When we put our faith in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit, who dwells in our hearts and gives us the ability to grow in our relationship with Him, making us more like Christ. We grow in our relationship with Him in many ways, but being rooted in God’s Word is foundational. When our thoughts are shaped by what God says, it changes the way we think and act, how we spend our time, how we treat others, and ultimately, it changes culture.

This is the hope we must cling to. Ground yourself in Him and proclaim the Gospel to those who don’t yet love and follow Jesus. Not sure how to do that? It can be as simple as sharing one of my posts with a friend – I’ve written the Gospel message in many of my captions over the past several months (Here’s a recent post). You can start by sharing your personal testimony – how God has saved you and transformed your life, and what He promises to all who put their faith in Him. If you have not put your faith in Christ, I would love to get in touch! Join my mailing list to receive a bunch of free resources straight to your inbox instantly and feel free to send me a personal email. I’d love to send you a Bible and point you to some of my favorite resources.

Stay well and be bold, friends! Xo Lauren