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Psalm 9:7

This summer I did an in-depth biblical word study on the word “justice.” You can check out the full study by downloading the free ebooklet “What Does the Bible Say About Justice?” when you sign up for my mailing list. But today, I wanted to focus on the verses that highlight God’s character of justice and a handful of the verses that have encouraged me continually since first doing this study. I hope these verses will encourage you and ground you more deeply in the truth of who God is:

“But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice.” -Psalm 9:7 ESV

“For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off.” -Psalm 37:28 ESV

“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.” -Psalm 89:14 ESV

“But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.” -Isaiah 5:16 ESV

These words have and always will remain true. Our day-to-day circumstances do not change who God is. He is unchanging and completely dependable. We know this is true, because He tells us clearly in His Word.

The perfectly just God of the universe who sent His Son to save sinners can be trusted.

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He can be trusted.

Something my Bible study teaching leader once said has been on my mind a lot lately:

“Who He is can be trusted when what He does cannot be understood.”

How is your faith in God right now? Through the trials in our world and in our personal lives, are you being led to seek Him more diligently or are you questioning where God is in all of it? Maybe you’re in serious doubt about God’s goodness and drifting away from him.

I’ve experienced all of the above, so even if your faith is feeling pretty weak at the moment, there is no judgment here. I’ve been there. You’re not alone. I would like to share some truth with you specifically, and to those of you who are remaining strong in your faith, feel free to read on and pass this along to someone you know who needs some lifting up. ❤️

How often are you reflecting on God’s character and promises according to His Word?

Can you think of any at the moment? It might be helpful to search “God’s promises in the Bible” online and to write down the ones that impact you most. I encourage you to focus on His character and promises directly from the Bible. Worship songs, messages from pastors and influencers can be helpful, but the Word of God has power unlike anything or anyone else we might hear from. The Bible alone is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s living, and active (Hebrews 4:12).

Reflect on the verses you found. Do you really trust the promises they contain? Do your thoughts and actions to what’s happening in the world around you reflect belief or unbelief?

I always think back to a time when my husband was really sick and I was genuinely worried for his life. I was in a pit of despair, praying, “God, I know you are sovereign, but what does that even mean for me?” I knew God saw me, He saw Luke, He was with us, and was in control, but I was unable to apply that truth to my life in the moment. I was unable to trust that no matter what happened, God would work all things together for good (as He promises believers in Romans 8:28). I had knowledge, but I was lacking wisdom that enabled me to trust fully and find peace.

I’ve since learned that the Holy Spirit equips us for this kind of faith. God commands us in Ephesians 5:18 to be filled with the Spirit and in 1 John 5:14-15 He tells us we can be confident that whatever we ask in Jesus’ name, we not only know that He hears us but that we already have what we request of Him. (When I first learned this, it blew my mind. Anyone else??) When we humble ourselves before God in prayer and genuinely ask for His help to follow what He commands, this is always an example of what it looks like to pray in Jesus’ name, because we are praying within the will of God. God answers us because He is good and is faithful to His promises.

Pray that God would fill you with His Spirit and know the prayer is answered. Ask that by the power of His Spirit, you will truly believe in who He says He is and all He promises. Ask that it would change your life!

The God who gave up His only Son so that you could have eternal life can be trusted. Repent of your sins, give up control, and put your faith in Him. Receive the Holy Spirit as the mark of faith and experience the fullness of the Spirit over and over, continuing to grow in trust and obedience.

There’s a lot we experience in this life that doesn’t make sense, but who He is and all He promises in His Word can be trusted when what He does cannot be understood. His Spirit equips us to trust that promise fully. Whether things in life go the way we hope they will or not, God is always good, always loving, and perfect in all His ways. ❤️

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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. ❤️

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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.

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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!⁠

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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. 🖤⁠

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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. 🖤⁠

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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?⁠