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- #preachingtomyownheart when I'm tempted to check out or give up: . There's coming a day: no tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain. Our Redeemer is at work to make all things new, and He begins with your heart and mine through gospel transformation, making us new creations in Christ. . Gratefully we're not asked to grit our teeth and simply endure the heartaches of this world; we get to see through the lens of hope, and choose to bear the likeness of Christ while walking these roads between the now (all that we already have in Christ) and not yet (all that He is yet to do.) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . I'm praying this verse gives you hope like it does me, for persevering in this new week, friends! 🌿 . LAST CALL: Our Back-to-school Stationery SALE on all notebooks, journals, and notecards ends at 11:59pm MDT tonight, 8/20. Take 15% off all stationery with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15, #gracelacedshoppe link in profile. . (Also: enter the journal giveaway (see video post 5 posts back!) before 9pm tonight! Winner will be drawn and announced in comments on that post.) #gracelacedart #allthingsnew #pressoninpraise
- #preachingtomyownheart when I& #39;m tempted to check out or give up: . There& #39;s coming a day: no tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain. Our Redeemer is at work to make all things new, and He begins with your heart and mine through gospel transformation, making us new creations in Christ. . Gratefully we& #39;re not asked to grit our teeth and simply endure the heartaches of this world; we get to see through the lens of hope, and choose to bear the likeness of Christ while walking these roads between the now (all that we already have in Christ) and not yet (all that He is yet to do.) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . I& #39;m praying this verse gives you hope like it does me, for persevering in this new week, friends! 🌿 . LAST CALL: Our Back-to-school Stationery SALE on all notebooks, journals, and notecards ends at 11:59pm MDT tonight, 8/20. Take 15% off all stationery with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15, #gracelacedshoppe link in profile. . (Also: enter the journal giveaway (see video post 5 posts back!) before 9pm tonight! Winner will be drawn and announced in comments on that post.) #gracelacedart #allthingsnew #pressoninpraise
- #preachingtomyownheart when I'm tempted to check out or give up: . There's coming a day: no tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain. Our Redeemer is at work to make all things new, and He begins with your heart and mine through gospel transformation, making us new creations in Christ. . Gratefully we're not asked to grit our teeth and simply endure the heartaches of this world; we get to see through the lens of hope, and choose to bear the likeness of Christ while walking these roads between the now (all that we already have in Christ) and not yet (all that He is yet to do.) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . I'm praying this verse gives you hope like it does me, for persevering in this new week, friends! 🌿 . LAST CALL: Our Back-to-school Stationery SALE on all notebooks, journals, and notecards ends at 11:59pm MDT tonight, 8/20. Take 15% off all stationery with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15, #gracelacedshoppe link in profile. . (Also: enter the journal giveaway (see video post 5 posts back!) before 9pm tonight! Winner will be drawn and announced in comments on that post.) #gracelacedart #allthingsnew #pressoninpraise
- Today I followed these little hobbits of mine, Mancubs 5 and 6, down to a hidden lake while #mrtroysimons charged up a nearby peak (elev. 13,220 ft.) with the other 4 boys. Years ago, I would've declared this an unproductive use of time (I mean: home projects! cleaning! emails! obligations!) But I see things a bit differently now, 15 years into this motherhood gig. . Because adventure + awe = an effective way to reach #thesimonsboys' hearts, some conversations, teachable moments, and working out of hurts...surface in this context that otherwise wouldn't. . Slowly driving up a mountain, exploring historical ruins, and randomly hiking up cliffs and tough terrain is no waste when the journey's the thing...that carries the conversations that happen along the way. We can't determine who our kids will be, but we can certainly shape their affections and set out the welcome mat in wide open spaces. 🌿 . (So much more to say: Catch my Insta-stories for more of today's pursuit of adventure + awe.) 🌿 . #motherhoodissanctifying #simonsfamilyworship #simonsfamilyadventures #offroadingfamily
- Today I followed these little hobbits of mine, Mancubs 5 and 6, down to a hidden lake while #mrtroysimons charged up a nearby peak (elev. 13,220 ft.) with the other 4 boys. Years ago, I would& #39;ve declared this an unproductive use of time (I mean: home projects! cleaning! emails! obligations!) But I see things a bit differently now, 15 years into this motherhood gig. . Because adventure + awe = an effective way to reach #thesimonsboys & #39; hearts, some conversations, teachable moments, and working out of hurts...surface in this context that otherwise wouldn& #39;t . . Slowly driving up a mountain, exploring historical ruins, and randomly hiking up cliffs and tough terrain is no waste when the journey& #39;s the thing...that carries the conversations that happen along the way. We can& #39;t determine who our kids will be, but we can certainly shape their affections and set out the welcome mat in wide open spaces. 🌿 . (So much more to say: Catch my Insta-stories for more of today& #39;s pursuit of adventure + awe.) 🌿 . #motherhoodissanctifying #simonsfamilyworship #simonsfamilyadventures #offroadingfamily
- Today I followed these little hobbits of mine, Mancubs 5 and 6, down to a hidden lake while #mrtroysimons charged up a nearby peak (elev. 13,220 ft.) with the other 4 boys. Years ago, I would've declared this an unproductive use of time (I mean: home projects! cleaning! emails! obligations!) But I see things a bit differently now, 15 years into this motherhood gig. . Because adventure + awe = an effective way to reach #thesimonsboys' hearts, some conversations, teachable moments, and working out of hurts...surface in this context that otherwise wouldn't. . Slowly driving up a mountain, exploring historical ruins, and randomly hiking up cliffs and tough terrain is no waste when the journey's the thing...that carries the conversations that happen along the way. We can't determine who our kids will be, but we can certainly shape their affections and set out the welcome mat in wide open spaces. 🌿 . (So much more to say: Catch my Insta-stories for more of today's pursuit of adventure + awe.) 🌿 . #motherhoodissanctifying #simonsfamilyworship #simonsfamilyadventures #offroadingfamily
- HUMILITY + AWE: Always a good place to start for whatever feels unsettled or up-ending tonight. . How freeing when we recognize that He is God and we're not: . "...WHO cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? . ...WHO has the wisdom to count the clouds? WHO can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?" (from Job 38) . Not Job, not you or I...none but Him. And that's MORE THAN ENOUGH to settle our hearts tonight. . Happy weekend rest, friends. He is our answer for the unknowns and our hope for all that is already, and not yet, ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ TAG a friend or two with this reminder. ❀️ . #preachingtomyownheart #nonelikehim #gracelacedsunsets #sunsetloveletters
- HUMILITY + AWE: Always a good place to start for whatever feels unsettled or up-ending tonight. . How freeing when we recognize that He is God and we& #39;re not: . "...WHO cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? . ...WHO has the wisdom to count the clouds? WHO can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?" (from Job 38) . Not Job, not you or I...none but Him. And that& #39;s MORE THAN ENOUGH to settle our hearts tonight. . Happy weekend rest, friends. He is our answer for the unknowns and our hope for all that is already, and not yet, ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ TAG a friend or two with this reminder. ❀️ . #preachingtomyownheart #nonelikehim #gracelacedsunsets #sunsetloveletters
- HUMILITY + AWE: Always a good place to start for whatever feels unsettled or up-ending tonight. . How freeing when we recognize that He is God and we're not: . "...WHO cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? . ...WHO has the wisdom to count the clouds? WHO can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard and the clods of earth stick together?" (from Job 38) . Not Job, not you or I...none but Him. And that's MORE THAN ENOUGH to settle our hearts tonight. . Happy weekend rest, friends. He is our answer for the unknowns and our hope for all that is already, and not yet, ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ TAG a friend or two with this reminder. ❀️ . #preachingtomyownheart #nonelikehim #gracelacedsunsets #sunsetloveletters
- When we are broken and busted up in our sin and heartache...it can be like these moon flowers that open and bloom in the dark of night: . "The burden of our sin broke the Father’s heart as He placed the penalty for that sin upon the broken body of Christ. When we remember that Jesus knew grief, we can understand the fullness of what it cost for God to do as He promised: heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds in a way that’s eternal." πŸŒŒπŸŒ πŸŒ„ . These words I penned in @gracelacedbook remind me why my heart can rest tonight. In Christ, we are bound up and mended in the truest way, friends, even if we don't always know it physically or emotionally, this side of heaven. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . >> Tell me: How does the truth of the gospel bind up your wounds tonight? . Tomorrow marks two weeks until the release date of this labor of love, #gracelacedbook. We are giving away gifts (printable, tote bag, retreat giveaway with me!) when you register your pre-order of the book from any online retailer thru August 31. . I am so honored to know so many of you are sharing this resource of beauty + truth with loved ones, Bible Study groups, and checking off your Christmas lists. THANK YOU. Some retailers online are STILL offering pre-orders at 1/2 off, so be sure to get your orders in. It's my whole heart in hardback form. ❀️ Grateful to share it with you. Link in profile. . #preachtoyourself #hehealsthebrokenhearted #hebindsuptheirwounds
- When we are broken and busted up in our sin and heartache...it can be like these moon flowers that open and bloom in the dark of night: . "The burden of our sin broke the Father’s heart as He placed the penalty for that sin upon the broken body of Christ. When we remember that Jesus knew grief, we can understand the fullness of what it cost for God to do as He promised: heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds in a way that’s eternal." πŸŒŒπŸŒ πŸŒ„ . These words I penned in @gracelacedbook remind me why my heart can rest tonight. In Christ, we are bound up and mended in the truest way, friends, even if we don& #39;t always know it physically or emotionally, this side of heaven. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . >> Tell me: How does the truth of the gospel bind up your wounds tonight? . Tomorrow marks two weeks until the release date of this labor of love, #gracelacedbook . We are giving away gifts (printable, tote bag, retreat giveaway with me!) when you register your pre-order of the book from any online retailer thru August 31. . I am so honored to know so many of you are sharing this resource of beauty + truth with loved ones, Bible Study groups, and checking off your Christmas lists. THANK YOU. Some retailers online are STILL offering pre-orders at 1/2 off, so be sure to get your orders in. It& #39;s my whole heart in hardback form. ❀️ Grateful to share it with you. Link in profile. . #preachtoyourself #hehealsthebrokenhearted #hebindsuptheirwounds
- When we are broken and busted up in our sin and heartache...it can be like these moon flowers that open and bloom in the dark of night: . "The burden of our sin broke the Father’s heart as He placed the penalty for that sin upon the broken body of Christ. When we remember that Jesus knew grief, we can understand the fullness of what it cost for God to do as He promised: heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds in a way that’s eternal." πŸŒŒπŸŒ πŸŒ„ . These words I penned in @gracelacedbook remind me why my heart can rest tonight. In Christ, we are bound up and mended in the truest way, friends, even if we don't always know it physically or emotionally, this side of heaven. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . >> Tell me: How does the truth of the gospel bind up your wounds tonight? . Tomorrow marks two weeks until the release date of this labor of love, #gracelacedbook. We are giving away gifts (printable, tote bag, retreat giveaway with me!) when you register your pre-order of the book from any online retailer thru August 31. . I am so honored to know so many of you are sharing this resource of beauty + truth with loved ones, Bible Study groups, and checking off your Christmas lists. THANK YOU. Some retailers online are STILL offering pre-orders at 1/2 off, so be sure to get your orders in. It's my whole heart in hardback form. ❀️ Grateful to share it with you. Link in profile. . #preachtoyourself #hehealsthebrokenhearted #hebindsuptheirwounds
- If the Lord had given me everything I asked for, I would've missed out on some of the most sanctifying joys in my life thus far. . When I've asked for ease, He's given me perseverance learned through trials. . When I've asked for success, He's given me weakness made strong in Him. . When I've asked for understanding, He's taught me to want the Good News of the gospel more than any other. . When I said, "Lord, send me!" He showed me that my mission field could be at my kitchen table with these boys. He taught me #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing. 🌿 . I'm out tonight with this Mancub six-pack of mine and counting all the ways He does "immeasurably more than we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20) when we agree that His ways and purposes are better than ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . How are His ways better than your own tonight in your life? . #motherhoodissanctifying #thesimonsboys
- If the Lord had given me everything I asked for, I would& #39;ve missed out on some of the most sanctifying joys in my life thus far. . When I& #39;ve asked for ease, He& #39;s given me perseverance learned through trials. . When I& #39;ve asked for success, He& #39;s given me weakness made strong in Him. . When I& #39;ve asked for understanding, He& #39;s taught me to want the Good News of the gospel more than any other. . When I said, "Lord, send me!" He showed me that my mission field could be at my kitchen table with these boys. He taught me #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing . 🌿 . I& #39;m out tonight with this Mancub six-pack of mine and counting all the ways He does "immeasurably more than we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20) when we agree that His ways and purposes are better than ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . How are His ways better than your own tonight in your life? . #motherhoodissanctifying #thesimonsboys
- If the Lord had given me everything I asked for, I would've missed out on some of the most sanctifying joys in my life thus far. . When I've asked for ease, He's given me perseverance learned through trials. . When I've asked for success, He's given me weakness made strong in Him. . When I've asked for understanding, He's taught me to want the Good News of the gospel more than any other. . When I said, "Lord, send me!" He showed me that my mission field could be at my kitchen table with these boys. He taught me #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing. 🌿 . I'm out tonight with this Mancub six-pack of mine and counting all the ways He does "immeasurably more than we ask or imagine" (Ephesians 3:20) when we agree that His ways and purposes are better than ours. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . How are His ways better than your own tonight in your life? . #motherhoodissanctifying #thesimonsboys
- **THANK YOU, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** . Back-to-school Stationery FLASH SALE + GIVEAWAY! πŸŽ‰ That's journals, notebook, notecard sets! Take 15% off with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15. Now thru Sunday night, 11:59 pm MDT, at #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile. 🌿 . In defense of pen and paper in this digital age: . 1) Because there's only one you that will ever have your exact handwriting. . 2) Because when we write by hand, we shape the way our minds work. . 3) It TAKES TIME...and things that take time are worth doing. . 4) "Omnia mecum porto" --"everything I own I carry with me." We only really OWN what's in our hearts and minds, so writing it down is treasuring that ownership. . GIVEAWAY: . Win 1 journal from #gracelacedshoppe of your choice. To enter: 1) Follow @gracelaced + like this post. 2) Tell me why YOU journal or would like to? 3) Tag at least 3 friends who you know still love the feel of pen to paper. Where are my journalers? πŸ™‹πŸ» {Winner will be drawn Sunday night! Must be U.S. resident to enter.} . #gracelacedart #gracelacedshoppe #longlivejournals #backtoschool
- **THANK YOU, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** . Back-to-school Stationery FLASH SALE + GIVEAWAY! πŸŽ‰ That& #39;s journals, notebook, notecard sets! Take 15% off with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15. Now thru Sunday night, 11:59 pm MDT, at #gracelacedshoppe , link in profile. 🌿 . In defense of pen and paper in this digital age: . 1) Because there& #39;s only one you that will ever have your exact handwriting. . 2) Because when we write by hand, we shape the way our minds work. . 3) It TAKES TIME...and things that take time are worth doing. . 4) "Omnia mecum porto" --"everything I own I carry with me." We only really OWN what& #39;s in our hearts and minds, so writing it down is treasuring that ownership. . GIVEAWAY: . Win 1 journal from #gracelacedshoppe of your choice. To enter: 1) Follow @gracelaced + like this post. 2) Tell me why YOU journal or would like to? 3) Tag at least 3 friends who you know still love the feel of pen to paper. Where are my journalers? πŸ™‹πŸ» {Winner will be drawn Sunday night! Must be U.S. resident to enter.} . #gracelacedart #gracelacedshoppe #longlivejournals #backtoschool
- **THANK YOU, THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED** . Back-to-school Stationery FLASH SALE + GIVEAWAY! πŸŽ‰ That's journals, notebook, notecard sets! Take 15% off with code: BACKTOSCHOOL15. Now thru Sunday night, 11:59 pm MDT, at #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile. 🌿 . In defense of pen and paper in this digital age: . 1) Because there's only one you that will ever have your exact handwriting. . 2) Because when we write by hand, we shape the way our minds work. . 3) It TAKES TIME...and things that take time are worth doing. . 4) "Omnia mecum porto" --"everything I own I carry with me." We only really OWN what's in our hearts and minds, so writing it down is treasuring that ownership. . GIVEAWAY: . Win 1 journal from #gracelacedshoppe of your choice. To enter: 1) Follow @gracelaced + like this post. 2) Tell me why YOU journal or would like to? 3) Tag at least 3 friends who you know still love the feel of pen to paper. Where are my journalers? πŸ™‹πŸ» {Winner will be drawn Sunday night! Must be U.S. resident to enter.} . #gracelacedart #gracelacedshoppe #longlivejournals #backtoschool
- Why do we preach truth to ourselves? Because: life doesn’t go as planned, results don’t always turn out the way we want them to, we may be misunderstood, mistakes happen, and because sometimes we get our hearts broken. That's why you must #preachtoyourself. . Friends: β€œHave you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” (D. Martin Lloyd Jones) . Even if the circumstances of today, this week, this year, or this season don't form the canvas you'd choose to paint for yourself, you can still determine what to believe and how to respond to them. . Today, I applied the very truths I wrote about in @gracelacedbook, and preached God's peace and sustenance to myself. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Preaching truth to ourselves is like studying a subject and painting to its likeness. As the artist puts brush to canvas, help us, Lord, to adorn (and saturate) our hearts with the beauty of your Word. It's not a pretty picture we seek, Lord; make us whole...make us a complete work in You. . {You're invited to soak and linger in these truths from God's Word thru #gracelacedbook, available for pre-order + bonus gifts thru August 31. Purchase through link in profile and claim your gift at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook.} . #gracelacedart #preachingtomyownheart (πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty)
- Why do we preach truth to ourselves? Because: life doesn’t go as planned, results don’t always turn out the way we want them to, we may be misunderstood, mistakes happen, and because sometimes we get our hearts broken. That& #39;s why you must #preachtoyourself . . Friends: β€œHave you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” (D. Martin Lloyd Jones) . Even if the circumstances of today, this week, this year, or this season don& #39;t form the canvas you& #39;d choose to paint for yourself, you can still determine what to believe and how to respond to them. . Today, I applied the very truths I wrote about in @gracelacedbook , and preached God& #39;s peace and sustenance to myself. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Preaching truth to ourselves is like studying a subject and painting to its likeness. As the artist puts brush to canvas, help us, Lord, to adorn (and saturate) our hearts with the beauty of your Word. It& #39;s not a pretty picture we seek, Lord; make us whole...make us a complete work in You. . {You& #39;re invited to soak and linger in these truths from God& #39;s Word thru #gracelacedbook , available for pre-order + bonus gifts thru August 31. Purchase through link in profile and claim your gift at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook.} . #gracelacedart #preachingtomyownheart (πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty )
- Why do we preach truth to ourselves? Because: life doesn’t go as planned, results don’t always turn out the way we want them to, we may be misunderstood, mistakes happen, and because sometimes we get our hearts broken. That's why you must #preachtoyourself. . Friends: β€œHave you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?” (D. Martin Lloyd Jones) . Even if the circumstances of today, this week, this year, or this season don't form the canvas you'd choose to paint for yourself, you can still determine what to believe and how to respond to them. . Today, I applied the very truths I wrote about in @gracelacedbook, and preached God's peace and sustenance to myself. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Preaching truth to ourselves is like studying a subject and painting to its likeness. As the artist puts brush to canvas, help us, Lord, to adorn (and saturate) our hearts with the beauty of your Word. It's not a pretty picture we seek, Lord; make us whole...make us a complete work in You. . {You're invited to soak and linger in these truths from God's Word thru #gracelacedbook, available for pre-order + bonus gifts thru August 31. Purchase through link in profile and claim your gift at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook.} . #gracelacedart #preachingtomyownheart (πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty)
- If you're wrestling your heart tonight, here's my encouragement to the both of us: . When it's easier to simply entertain ourselves numb, affirm ourselves confident, or filter ourselves perfect, let's instead speak truth to one another and #preachtoourselves as well: . "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." (Romans 12:9-10) . Can't read these words and not be affected by them. Conviction, contemplation, and action...I don't want to ever be too far from this intersection...I'm grateful you meet me here to do the same. . Because we so easily forget, because nothing affects change more than truthtelling expressed through love, let's encourage one another daily so that sin doesn't lie to us and harden our hearts. 🌿 . >> Pretty much my whole purpose here online and in @gracelacedbook is bound up in this heartbeat to encourage with truth. This Hebrews 3:13 print is one of my faves from the book, available mid-September in #gracelacedshoppe. Pre-order bonus gifts when you order #gracelacedbook still available thru August 31. Click over to link in profile to pre-order...may you be encouraged through His Word. . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- If you& #39;re wrestling your heart tonight, here& #39;s my encouragement to the both of us: . When it& #39;s easier to simply entertain ourselves numb, affirm ourselves confident, or filter ourselves perfect, let& #39;s instead speak truth to one another and #preachtoourselves as well: . "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." (Romans 12:9-10) . Can& #39;t read these words and not be affected by them. Conviction, contemplation, and action...I don& #39;t want to ever be too far from this intersection...I& #39;m grateful you meet me here to do the same. . Because we so easily forget, because nothing affects change more than truthtelling expressed through love, let& #39;s encourage one another daily so that sin doesn& #39;t lie to us and harden our hearts. 🌿 . >> Pretty much my whole purpose here online and in @gracelacedbook is bound up in this heartbeat to encourage with truth. This Hebrews 3:13 print is one of my faves from the book, available mid-September in #gracelacedshoppe . Pre-order bonus gifts when you order #gracelacedbook still available thru August 31. Click over to link in profile to pre-order...may you be encouraged through His Word. . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- If you're wrestling your heart tonight, here's my encouragement to the both of us: . When it's easier to simply entertain ourselves numb, affirm ourselves confident, or filter ourselves perfect, let's instead speak truth to one another and #preachtoourselves as well: . "Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." (Romans 12:9-10) . Can't read these words and not be affected by them. Conviction, contemplation, and action...I don't want to ever be too far from this intersection...I'm grateful you meet me here to do the same. . Because we so easily forget, because nothing affects change more than truthtelling expressed through love, let's encourage one another daily so that sin doesn't lie to us and harden our hearts. 🌿 . >> Pretty much my whole purpose here online and in @gracelacedbook is bound up in this heartbeat to encourage with truth. This Hebrews 3:13 print is one of my faves from the book, available mid-September in #gracelacedshoppe. Pre-order bonus gifts when you order #gracelacedbook still available thru August 31. Click over to link in profile to pre-order...may you be encouraged through His Word. . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- Hospitality is a beautiful thing even with zero frills, and personally these days (in the midst of a demanding season of #thesimonsboys parenting + @gracelacedbook launching + #gracelacedshoppe running) I'm grateful to extend AND receive the SIMPLE hospitality of come-as-you-are + share-what-we-have.... . But when all the random stuff in your house + studio comes together to magically create a boho-Southwest themed party to celebrate a faithful friend...well, that feels like undeserved grace. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™†πŸ» . {FYI: My backyard hasn't been this pretty since I turned 40 two years ago, when @annaleahart made those sweet macrame hangings for me, which then became the beginning of her biz, @ropeandroot. This weekend, I had the joy of throwing a baby shower for her, but being hit with a debilitating cold this week, I was so grateful to Troy + the boys who worked so hard to clean up the yard, and for the help of my @gracelacedteam rockstars @hannah_lovely1002 and @gm_adams, and friend @saysiv, who stepped in with last minute prep, cooking, and crafting help. What's better than hospitality...is hospitality via group-effort. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ} . P.S. And, because my work keeps me mostly online, one of my favorite things is to celebrate + connect with GraceLaced friends in real life. Two things related to this: 1) If you are local to NM area and would like to attend the @gracelacedbook Launch Party on September 1, please email Jessica at info (at) gracelaced.com to request any additional tickets that may become available. 2) I'll soon be posting my speaking, travel, and event locations this Fall + upcoming Spring: TX, NC, IL, OK, and more, in the next 9 months! Hope to meet some of you and take a bit of #gracelaced hospitality on the road. ❀️ . (#gracelacedhome sources tagged)
- Hospitality is a beautiful thing even with zero frills, and personally these days (in the midst of a demanding season of #thesimonsboys parenting + @gracelacedbook launching + #gracelacedshoppe running) I& #39;m grateful to extend AND receive the SIMPLE hospitality of come-as-you-are + share-what-we-have.... . But when all the random stuff in your house + studio comes together to magically create a boho-Southwest themed party to celebrate a faithful friend...well, that feels like undeserved grace. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™†πŸ» . {FYI: My backyard hasn& #39;t been this pretty since I turned 40 two years ago, when @annaleahart made those sweet macrame hangings for me, which then became the beginning of her biz, @ropeandroot. This weekend, I had the joy of throwing a baby shower for her, but being hit with a debilitating cold this week, I was so grateful to Troy + the boys who worked so hard to clean up the yard, and for the help of my @gracelacedteam rockstars @hannah_lovely1002 and @gm_adams , and friend @saysiv , who stepped in with last minute prep, cooking, and crafting help. What& #39;s better than hospitality...is hospitality via group-effort. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ} . P.S. And, because my work keeps me mostly online, one of my favorite things is to celebrate + connect with GraceLaced friends in real life. Two things related to this: 1) If you are local to NM area and would like to attend the @gracelacedbook Launch Party on September 1, please email Jessica at info (at) gracelaced.com to request any additional tickets that may become available. 2) I& #39;ll soon be posting my speaking, travel, and event locations this Fall + upcoming Spring: TX, NC, IL, OK, and more, in the next 9 months! Hope to meet some of you and take a bit of #gracelaced hospitality on the road. ❀️ . #gracelacedhome sources tagged)
- Hospitality is a beautiful thing even with zero frills, and personally these days (in the midst of a demanding season of #thesimonsboys parenting + @gracelacedbook launching + #gracelacedshoppe running) I'm grateful to extend AND receive the SIMPLE hospitality of come-as-you-are + share-what-we-have.... . But when all the random stuff in your house + studio comes together to magically create a boho-Southwest themed party to celebrate a faithful friend...well, that feels like undeserved grace. πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™†πŸ» . {FYI: My backyard hasn't been this pretty since I turned 40 two years ago, when @annaleahart made those sweet macrame hangings for me, which then became the beginning of her biz, @ropeandroot. This weekend, I had the joy of throwing a baby shower for her, but being hit with a debilitating cold this week, I was so grateful to Troy + the boys who worked so hard to clean up the yard, and for the help of my @gracelacedteam rockstars @hannah_lovely1002 and @gm_adams, and friend @saysiv, who stepped in with last minute prep, cooking, and crafting help. What's better than hospitality...is hospitality via group-effort. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ} . P.S. And, because my work keeps me mostly online, one of my favorite things is to celebrate + connect with GraceLaced friends in real life. Two things related to this: 1) If you are local to NM area and would like to attend the @gracelacedbook Launch Party on September 1, please email Jessica at info (at) gracelaced.com to request any additional tickets that may become available. 2) I'll soon be posting my speaking, travel, and event locations this Fall + upcoming Spring: TX, NC, IL, OK, and more, in the next 9 months! Hope to meet some of you and take a bit of #gracelaced hospitality on the road. ❀️ . (#gracelacedhome sources tagged)
- The best cure for anything ailing is to linger long on what mercies you've been given. It's to practice praise for what IS and not bemoan what isn't. . Weary bones rejoice that they get to move at all. Piles of laundry remind us we have people to love and care for. And this job that doesn't clock out just because it's Friday? ...feels less wearisome and more like a privilege when we see these little lives we get to shape...#witheyesofgratitude. . Tell me, friend: How does gratitude change your perspective tonight? . #motherhoodissanctifying #pressoninpraise #preachingtomyownheart #thesimonsboys . {πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty}
- The best cure for anything ailing is to linger long on what mercies you& #39;ve been given. It& #39;s to practice praise for what IS and not bemoan what isn& #39;t . . Weary bones rejoice that they get to move at all. Piles of laundry remind us we have people to love and care for. And this job that doesn& #39;t clock out just because it& #39;s Friday? ...feels less wearisome and more like a privilege when we see these little lives we get to shape.. #witheyesofgratitude . . Tell me, friend: How does gratitude change your perspective tonight? . #motherhoodissanctifying #pressoninpraise #preachingtomyownheart #thesimonsboys . {πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty }
- The best cure for anything ailing is to linger long on what mercies you've been given. It's to practice praise for what IS and not bemoan what isn't. . Weary bones rejoice that they get to move at all. Piles of laundry remind us we have people to love and care for. And this job that doesn't clock out just because it's Friday? ...feels less wearisome and more like a privilege when we see these little lives we get to shape...#witheyesofgratitude. . Tell me, friend: How does gratitude change your perspective tonight? . #motherhoodissanctifying #pressoninpraise #preachingtomyownheart #thesimonsboys . {πŸ“·: @wildflowersjoy @joyprouty}
- Watercolor, just the right medium to capture the idea of joy: a little uncontrollable, best when unexpected, perfectly imperfect, and a wild kind of free when the water flows... . The #gracelacedfieldsofjoy 2018 calendar is off to the printer for proofing today! Meadows, hills, clovers, wildflowers, valleys...joy overflows when are hearts are set free. I'm grateful to all of you who join me each year in meditating on 12 thematic scriptures, setting our sights on His perspective instead of our own. 2017 has been a journey through #gracelacedhopeinthedesert and now we can't wait to share this new journey in joy with you. 🌿 . Where are you finding joy today, friend? And, curious, where are you from and what do you think of when you think of FIELDS? 🌾 . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- Watercolor, just the right medium to capture the idea of joy: a little uncontrollable, best when unexpected, perfectly imperfect, and a wild kind of free when the water flows... . The #gracelacedfieldsofjoy 2018 calendar is off to the printer for proofing today! Meadows, hills, clovers, wildflowers, valleys...joy overflows when are hearts are set free. I& #39;m grateful to all of you who join me each year in meditating on 12 thematic scriptures, setting our sights on His perspective instead of our own. 2017 has been a journey through #gracelacedhopeinthedesert and now we can& #39;t wait to share this new journey in joy with you. 🌿 . Where are you finding joy today, friend? And, curious, where are you from and what do you think of when you think of FIELDS? 🌾 . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- Watercolor, just the right medium to capture the idea of joy: a little uncontrollable, best when unexpected, perfectly imperfect, and a wild kind of free when the water flows... . The #gracelacedfieldsofjoy 2018 calendar is off to the printer for proofing today! Meadows, hills, clovers, wildflowers, valleys...joy overflows when are hearts are set free. I'm grateful to all of you who join me each year in meditating on 12 thematic scriptures, setting our sights on His perspective instead of our own. 2017 has been a journey through #gracelacedhopeinthedesert and now we can't wait to share this new journey in joy with you. 🌿 . Where are you finding joy today, friend? And, curious, where are you from and what do you think of when you think of FIELDS? 🌾 . #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #gracelacedart #watercolor
- For days when the questions outnumber answers, the burdens outweigh comforts, and responsibilities outrun capacity, sing out to the Lord who will not be outdone in faithfulness: . O to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be Let that grace now, like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here's my heart, O take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above / Robert Robinson, 1778 . A bit run down tonight with a cold and a load of cares, but I'm remembering again: We would be wanderers but for the grace of God that holds us fast. Grace didn't just save us then, it sustains us now. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Perhaps I'm not the only one feeling weak and worn tonight? Tag someone to encourage? 🌿 . #preachingtomyownheart #pressoninpraise #tunemyhearttosingthygrace #bindmywanderinghearttothee
- For days when the questions outnumber answers, the burdens outweigh comforts, and responsibilities outrun capacity, sing out to the Lord who will not be outdone in faithfulness: . O to grace how great a debtor Daily I& #39;m constrained to be Let that grace now, like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here& #39;s my heart, O take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above / Robert Robinson, 1778 . A bit run down tonight with a cold and a load of cares, but I& #39;m remembering again: We would be wanderers but for the grace of God that holds us fast. Grace didn& #39;t just save us then, it sustains us now. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Perhaps I& #39;m not the only one feeling weak and worn tonight? Tag someone to encourage? 🌿 . #preachingtomyownheart #pressoninpraise #tunemyhearttosingthygrace #bindmywanderinghearttothee
- For days when the questions outnumber answers, the burdens outweigh comforts, and responsibilities outrun capacity, sing out to the Lord who will not be outdone in faithfulness: . O to grace how great a debtor Daily I'm constrained to be Let that grace now, like a fetter Bind my wandering heart to Thee Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it Prone to leave the God I love Here's my heart, O take and seal it Seal it for Thy courts above / Robert Robinson, 1778 . A bit run down tonight with a cold and a load of cares, but I'm remembering again: We would be wanderers but for the grace of God that holds us fast. Grace didn't just save us then, it sustains us now. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Perhaps I'm not the only one feeling weak and worn tonight? Tag someone to encourage? 🌿 . #preachingtomyownheart #pressoninpraise #tunemyhearttosingthygrace #bindmywanderinghearttothee
- Maybe like me: You're prone to guarding your heart from pain + your mind from worry by never misstepping or messing up. As if we can maneuver our way to a worry-free life... . But I'm wrapping up this day remembering the truth: It is the peace of God, secured through the work of God, surrendered in prayer to God, resulting in praise and thanks to God...that stands guard over our hearts and minds tonight. . The sea of worries that you may think go scattered with the wind tonight...when cast on Christ, can become blooms that thrive in the most difficult and unexpected places. πŸƒ Tag a friend to encourage tonight. ❀️ . {This #gracelacedart from @gracelacedbook is #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe, and will release with a collection of #gracelacedbook prints in September. May each page of the book and the words/art found there serve to direct our eyes to His faithfulness...πŸ™ŒπŸΌ} Book link in profile. πŸƒ . #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing #beanxiousfornothing
- Maybe like me: You& #39;re prone to guarding your heart from pain + your mind from worry by never misstepping or messing up. As if we can maneuver our way to a worry-free life... . But I& #39;m wrapping up this day remembering the truth: It is the peace of God, secured through the work of God, surrendered in prayer to God, resulting in praise and thanks to God...that stands guard over our hearts and minds tonight. . The sea of worries that you may think go scattered with the wind tonight...when cast on Christ, can become blooms that thrive in the most difficult and unexpected places. πŸƒ Tag a friend to encourage tonight. ❀️ . {This #gracelacedart from @gracelacedbook is #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe , and will release with a collection of #gracelacedbook prints in September. May each page of the book and the words/art found there serve to direct our eyes to His faithfulness...πŸ™ŒπŸΌ} Book link in profile. πŸƒ . #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing #beanxiousfornothing
- Maybe like me: You're prone to guarding your heart from pain + your mind from worry by never misstepping or messing up. As if we can maneuver our way to a worry-free life... . But I'm wrapping up this day remembering the truth: It is the peace of God, secured through the work of God, surrendered in prayer to God, resulting in praise and thanks to God...that stands guard over our hearts and minds tonight. . The sea of worries that you may think go scattered with the wind tonight...when cast on Christ, can become blooms that thrive in the most difficult and unexpected places. πŸƒ Tag a friend to encourage tonight. ❀️ . {This #gracelacedart from @gracelacedbook is #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe, and will release with a collection of #gracelacedbook prints in September. May each page of the book and the words/art found there serve to direct our eyes to His faithfulness...πŸ™ŒπŸΌ} Book link in profile. πŸƒ . #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing #beanxiousfornothing
- Georgia is so lush, y'all. 🌳 And sweet tea. 🍹Also: hospitality, magnolias, hydrangeas, fried green πŸ…, and tall mossy oaks. 😍 . We were brought out to be part of the dedication weekend + #whoisgenz conference for the brand new @impact360 campus, and though we were invited as GraceLaced, this weekend has absolutely lit a fire under #mrtroysimons' education-, discipleship-, worldview-, and generation-shaping heart. . I saw his wheels turning, his pen frantically journaling, and his heart pounding for this perennial passion: . To shape the next generation with the truth of God's Word --that not only transforms our hearts to worship but also to serve our neighbors well. It's discipleship + mentorship, and I saw his heartbeat echoed so well this weekend here. (See my instastories.) . Imagination + reason, mind + feeling, theology + relevancy, beholding + becoming, compassion + truth: I love that these are not either-ors with him...they are Troy's personal everyday iOS. . I just had to take a minute and let the warm glow fall on this man that always makes so much of my passions and giftings --celebrating and supporting me like no other. This weekend: I witnessed again that sparkle, that wild drive in his eyes--that drive he has for eternal impact-- and I want to cheer him on. And because everything worth doing is always worth doing first at home, I'm grateful I get to stand with this one, always. πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ . (Some of you caught our first IG Live together last night, and we are going to pop in at 10:30 Eastern tonight, to wrap up what we learned today as well if you'd like to chat with us!) . #marriageissanctifying #impact360 #pressoninpraise #witheyesofgratitude #notthroughwithusyet #ruthandtroyrejoice
- Georgia is so lush, y& #39;all . 🌳 And sweet tea. 🍹Also: hospitality, magnolias, hydrangeas, fried green πŸ…, and tall mossy oaks. 😍 . We were brought out to be part of the dedication weekend + #whoisgenz conference for the brand new @impact360 campus, and though we were invited as GraceLaced, this weekend has absolutely lit a fire under #mrtroysimons & #39; education-, discipleship-, worldview-, and generation-shaping heart. . I saw his wheels turning, his pen frantically journaling, and his heart pounding for this perennial passion: . To shape the next generation with the truth of God& #39;s Word --that not only transforms our hearts to worship but also to serve our neighbors well. It& #39;s discipleship + mentorship, and I saw his heartbeat echoed so well this weekend here. (See my instastories.) . Imagination + reason, mind + feeling, theology + relevancy, beholding + becoming, compassion + truth: I love that these are not either-ors with him...they are Troy& #39;s personal everyday iOS. . I just had to take a minute and let the warm glow fall on this man that always makes so much of my passions and giftings --celebrating and supporting me like no other. This weekend: I witnessed again that sparkle, that wild drive in his eyes--that drive he has for eternal impact-- and I want to cheer him on. And because everything worth doing is always worth doing first at home, I& #39;m grateful I get to stand with this one, always. πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ . (Some of you caught our first IG Live together last night, and we are going to pop in at 10:30 Eastern tonight, to wrap up what we learned today as well if you& #39;d like to chat with us!) . #marriageissanctifying #impact360 #pressoninpraise #witheyesofgratitude #notthroughwithusyet #ruthandtroyrejoice
- Georgia is so lush, y'all. 🌳 And sweet tea. 🍹Also: hospitality, magnolias, hydrangeas, fried green πŸ…, and tall mossy oaks. 😍 . We were brought out to be part of the dedication weekend + #whoisgenz conference for the brand new @impact360 campus, and though we were invited as GraceLaced, this weekend has absolutely lit a fire under #mrtroysimons' education-, discipleship-, worldview-, and generation-shaping heart. . I saw his wheels turning, his pen frantically journaling, and his heart pounding for this perennial passion: . To shape the next generation with the truth of God's Word --that not only transforms our hearts to worship but also to serve our neighbors well. It's discipleship + mentorship, and I saw his heartbeat echoed so well this weekend here. (See my instastories.) . Imagination + reason, mind + feeling, theology + relevancy, beholding + becoming, compassion + truth: I love that these are not either-ors with him...they are Troy's personal everyday iOS. . I just had to take a minute and let the warm glow fall on this man that always makes so much of my passions and giftings --celebrating and supporting me like no other. This weekend: I witnessed again that sparkle, that wild drive in his eyes--that drive he has for eternal impact-- and I want to cheer him on. And because everything worth doing is always worth doing first at home, I'm grateful I get to stand with this one, always. πŸ€œπŸΌπŸ€›πŸΌ . (Some of you caught our first IG Live together last night, and we are going to pop in at 10:30 Eastern tonight, to wrap up what we learned today as well if you'd like to chat with us!) . #marriageissanctifying #impact360 #pressoninpraise #witheyesofgratitude #notthroughwithusyet #ruthandtroyrejoice
- Need to bear my heart here: . Is our God only good when our dreams come true, when our sickness is healed, when we achieve our goals? Do we still praise Him when He says no? If I want my answer to be yes always, I know I must train myself to see the triumphs and pains of life the way He sees them. . In a season of many thorns and much hard soil, today -- I personally experienced His great kindness seen thru the overwhelming receptivity to @gracelacedbook. To be in the top 25 books on @amazon today has been surreal...but I ask myself: Is His faithfulness any different if this were not so? . And so I come back to this -- page 31 of #gracelacedbook and remember my own words: "His grace is sufficient for the thorn He chooses not to remove" and He is equally faithful when He causes the field to burst with blooms. HOW IS HE STILL GOOD IN YOUR LIFE? . 🌱 So #solideogloria. He is good, however He chooses to use #gracelacedbook. Thank you all for pre-ordering this labor of love -- @amazon is currently still running their 1/2 off sale (we don't know when these sales come and go!) so please do order now at discount and claim preorder gifts at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook. Link to purchase in profile. 🌱 . #gracelacedart #andifnotheisstillgood #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
- Need to bear my heart here: . Is our God only good when our dreams come true, when our sickness is healed, when we achieve our goals? Do we still praise Him when He says no? If I want my answer to be yes always, I know I must train myself to see the triumphs and pains of life the way He sees them. . In a season of many thorns and much hard soil, today -- I personally experienced His great kindness seen thru the overwhelming receptivity to @gracelacedbook. To be in the top 25 books on @amazon today has been surreal...but I ask myself: Is His faithfulness any different if this were not so? . And so I come back to this -- page 31 of #gracelacedbook and remember my own words: "His grace is sufficient for the thorn He chooses not to remove" and He is equally faithful when He causes the field to burst with blooms. HOW IS HE STILL GOOD IN YOUR LIFE? . 🌱 So #solideogloria . He is good, however He chooses to use #gracelacedbook . Thank you all for pre-ordering this labor of love -- @amazon is currently still running their 1/2 off sale (we don& #39;t know when these sales come and go!) so please do order now at discount and claim preorder gifts at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook. Link to purchase in profile. 🌱 . #gracelacedart #andifnotheisstillgood #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
- Need to bear my heart here: . Is our God only good when our dreams come true, when our sickness is healed, when we achieve our goals? Do we still praise Him when He says no? If I want my answer to be yes always, I know I must train myself to see the triumphs and pains of life the way He sees them. . In a season of many thorns and much hard soil, today -- I personally experienced His great kindness seen thru the overwhelming receptivity to @gracelacedbook. To be in the top 25 books on @amazon today has been surreal...but I ask myself: Is His faithfulness any different if this were not so? . And so I come back to this -- page 31 of #gracelacedbook and remember my own words: "His grace is sufficient for the thorn He chooses not to remove" and He is equally faithful when He causes the field to burst with blooms. HOW IS HE STILL GOOD IN YOUR LIFE? . 🌱 So #solideogloria. He is good, however He chooses to use #gracelacedbook. Thank you all for pre-ordering this labor of love -- @amazon is currently still running their 1/2 off sale (we don't know when these sales come and go!) so please do order now at discount and claim preorder gifts at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook. Link to purchase in profile. 🌱 . #gracelacedart #andifnotheisstillgood #youdonthavetobebloomingtobegrowing
- We were made to rest in Christ, and no other. No wonder nothing else soothes fully, nor satisfies. (Maybe we can stop trying so hard to find rest where it's not meant to be found?) . The thistles on the cover and in this section of @gracelacedbook serve to remind us that we can rest in the character of God --in His very unchanging attributes-- no matter what thorns and shifting a hard season may bring. 🎨 I painted this page for myself, friend, because I need to remember this most. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ (P.S. Print version is coming to #gracelacedshoppe in September!) . πŸŽ‰ πŸŒ±πŸŽ‰ UPDATE: If you missed @barnesandnoble's 50% off sale of #gracelacedbook yesterday, no worries-- @amazon decided to match, and has my book currently at $14.99. (NO IDEA for how long so take advantage while you can!) >> Follow link in profile! . {Don't forget to claim your pre-order bonus gifts now thru August 31 at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook!} #gracelacedbook #gracelacedart #restinhim #preachingtomyownheart
- We were made to rest in Christ, and no other. No wonder nothing else soothes fully, nor satisfies. (Maybe we can stop trying so hard to find rest where it& #39;s not meant to be found?) . The thistles on the cover and in this section of @gracelacedbook serve to remind us that we can rest in the character of God --in His very unchanging attributes-- no matter what thorns and shifting a hard season may bring. 🎨 I painted this page for myself, friend, because I need to remember this most. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ (P.S. Print version is coming to #gracelacedshoppe in September!) . πŸŽ‰ πŸŒ±πŸŽ‰ UPDATE: If you missed @barnesandnoble & #39;s 50% off sale of #gracelacedbook yesterday, no worries-- @amazon decided to match, and has my book currently at $14.99. (NO IDEA for how long so take advantage while you can!) >> Follow link in profile! . {Don& #39;t forget to claim your pre-order bonus gifts now thru August 31 at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook!} #gracelacedbook #gracelacedart #restinhim #preachingtomyownheart
- We were made to rest in Christ, and no other. No wonder nothing else soothes fully, nor satisfies. (Maybe we can stop trying so hard to find rest where it's not meant to be found?) . The thistles on the cover and in this section of @gracelacedbook serve to remind us that we can rest in the character of God --in His very unchanging attributes-- no matter what thorns and shifting a hard season may bring. 🎨 I painted this page for myself, friend, because I need to remember this most. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ (P.S. Print version is coming to #gracelacedshoppe in September!) . πŸŽ‰ πŸŒ±πŸŽ‰ UPDATE: If you missed @barnesandnoble's 50% off sale of #gracelacedbook yesterday, no worries-- @amazon decided to match, and has my book currently at $14.99. (NO IDEA for how long so take advantage while you can!) >> Follow link in profile! . {Don't forget to claim your pre-order bonus gifts now thru August 31 at gracelaced.com/gracelacedbook!} #gracelacedbook #gracelacedart #restinhim #preachingtomyownheart
- No one complained that our bucket list day was ruined. No one moaned about being stuck with an unexpectedly sick boy...followed by a sick dad. They affirmed, encouraged, and helped with wet wipes and quick exits out of the car. . It's as if the Lord knew we needed it. There's more than one way to find encouragement in the midst of long, hard seasons when maybe you just want the easy button for once: . Sometimes we get to stand at mountaintops, and sometimes we stoop low and serve one another...and find refreshing there, too. . Our unwanted trials, inconvenient setbacks, and untimely aches + pains...serve as beautiful backdrops to God's surprise gift in the midst of all suffering: Compassion. Everything looks like blessing through the lens of gratitude. In more ways than one, we checked one off the bucket list today. β›° (More in my instastories today.) . #thesimonsboys #thesimonseight #witheyesofgratitude #pressoninpraise #motherhoodissanctifying
- No one complained that our bucket list day was ruined. No one moaned about being stuck with an unexpectedly sick boy...followed by a sick dad. They affirmed, encouraged, and helped with wet wipes and quick exits out of the car. . It& #39;s as if the Lord knew we needed it. There& #39;s more than one way to find encouragement in the midst of long, hard seasons when maybe you just want the easy button for once: . Sometimes we get to stand at mountaintops, and sometimes we stoop low and serve one another...and find refreshing there, too. . Our unwanted trials, inconvenient setbacks, and untimely aches + pains...serve as beautiful backdrops to God& #39;s surprise gift in the midst of all suffering: Compassion. Everything looks like blessing through the lens of gratitude. In more ways than one, we checked one off the bucket list today. β›° (More in my instastories today.) . #thesimonsboys #thesimonseight #witheyesofgratitude #pressoninpraise #motherhoodissanctifying
- No one complained that our bucket list day was ruined. No one moaned about being stuck with an unexpectedly sick boy...followed by a sick dad. They affirmed, encouraged, and helped with wet wipes and quick exits out of the car. . It's as if the Lord knew we needed it. There's more than one way to find encouragement in the midst of long, hard seasons when maybe you just want the easy button for once: . Sometimes we get to stand at mountaintops, and sometimes we stoop low and serve one another...and find refreshing there, too. . Our unwanted trials, inconvenient setbacks, and untimely aches + pains...serve as beautiful backdrops to God's surprise gift in the midst of all suffering: Compassion. Everything looks like blessing through the lens of gratitude. In more ways than one, we checked one off the bucket list today. β›° (More in my instastories today.) . #thesimonsboys #thesimonseight #witheyesofgratitude #pressoninpraise #motherhoodissanctifying
- Today, he and I argued over the dumbest things, boiled over from some other storms lately. (May also have something to do with mini remodeling + hanging stuff on walls. Anyone else? πŸ™‹πŸ» More in my instastories.) . It's not the deadlines, pressure, disappointments, or the fundamentally incongruent decor sense I dramatically claim to be the stressors in our marriage. πŸ™„ . Those things just reveal who I aim to please most, and oftentimes it is myself. When our words overflow from our lingering thoughts, stressors only peel back the layers of our own self-protection and pride. But when we're reminded that Christ is our only Rock and Redeemer, we lay down our arms and take up our true defense: A mind + heart that rehearses the truth of undeserved GRACE. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #marriageissanctifying #motherhoodissanctifying . Turn our hearts to please You, Lord, that our words might follow suit, and bless those you've given us to walk with. Amen. 🌱 . {Print/canvas available in #gracelacedshoppe, thru link in profile.} #gracelacedart #watercolor
- Today, he and I argued over the dumbest things, boiled over from some other storms lately. (May also have something to do with mini remodeling + hanging stuff on walls. Anyone else? πŸ™‹πŸ» More in my instastories.) . It& #39;s not the deadlines, pressure, disappointments, or the fundamentally incongruent decor sense I dramatically claim to be the stressors in our marriage. πŸ™„ . Those things just reveal who I aim to please most, and oftentimes it is myself. When our words overflow from our lingering thoughts, stressors only peel back the layers of our own self-protection and pride. But when we& #39;re reminded that Christ is our only Rock and Redeemer, we lay down our arms and take up our true defense: A mind + heart that rehearses the truth of undeserved GRACE. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #marriageissanctifying #motherhoodissanctifying . Turn our hearts to please You, Lord, that our words might follow suit, and bless those you& #39;ve given us to walk with. Amen. 🌱 . {Print/canvas available in #gracelacedshoppe , thru link in profile.} #gracelacedart #watercolor
- Today, he and I argued over the dumbest things, boiled over from some other storms lately. (May also have something to do with mini remodeling + hanging stuff on walls. Anyone else? πŸ™‹πŸ» More in my instastories.) . It's not the deadlines, pressure, disappointments, or the fundamentally incongruent decor sense I dramatically claim to be the stressors in our marriage. πŸ™„ . Those things just reveal who I aim to please most, and oftentimes it is myself. When our words overflow from our lingering thoughts, stressors only peel back the layers of our own self-protection and pride. But when we're reminded that Christ is our only Rock and Redeemer, we lay down our arms and take up our true defense: A mind + heart that rehearses the truth of undeserved GRACE. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ #marriageissanctifying #motherhoodissanctifying . Turn our hearts to please You, Lord, that our words might follow suit, and bless those you've given us to walk with. Amen. 🌱 . {Print/canvas available in #gracelacedshoppe, thru link in profile.} #gracelacedart #watercolor
- At almost 42, I still marvel at the truth: My kids aren't so wowed by my accomplishments, awards, and stuff I provide for them; they are happiest when they see me happy. . They tell me that their favorite is when I'm happy, present, and learning about things they're interested in. They tell me that's how they feel loved. . Does that punch you in the gut like it does me? Our kids will forget everything else someday, save the smile on our face and the laugh that will ring in their ears. . And so lately, rest looks like a whole lot of following #thesimonsboys where it's muddy, rocky, thorny, and windy. Ironically, all that I want them to learn about those very real paths in life have something to do with traveling those roads with joy. And so, I'm relearning again: To go first. ☝🏼 . {More in my instastories.} #motherhoodissanctifying #contagiousjoy #caughtnottaught #boymomlife #boymom
- At almost 42, I still marvel at the truth: My kids aren& #39;t so wowed by my accomplishments, awards, and stuff I provide for them; they are happiest when they see me happy. . They tell me that their favorite is when I& #39;m happy, present, and learning about things they& #39;re interested in. They tell me that& #39;s how they feel loved. . Does that punch you in the gut like it does me? Our kids will forget everything else someday, save the smile on our face and the laugh that will ring in their ears. . And so lately, rest looks like a whole lot of following #thesimonsboys where it& #39;s muddy, rocky, thorny, and windy. Ironically, all that I want them to learn about those very real paths in life have something to do with traveling those roads with joy. And so, I& #39;m relearning again: To go first. ☝🏼 . {More in my instastories.} #motherhoodissanctifying #contagiousjoy #caughtnottaught #boymomlife #boymom
- At almost 42, I still marvel at the truth: My kids aren't so wowed by my accomplishments, awards, and stuff I provide for them; they are happiest when they see me happy. . They tell me that their favorite is when I'm happy, present, and learning about things they're interested in. They tell me that's how they feel loved. . Does that punch you in the gut like it does me? Our kids will forget everything else someday, save the smile on our face and the laugh that will ring in their ears. . And so lately, rest looks like a whole lot of following #thesimonsboys where it's muddy, rocky, thorny, and windy. Ironically, all that I want them to learn about those very real paths in life have something to do with traveling those roads with joy. And so, I'm relearning again: To go first. ☝🏼 . {More in my instastories.} #motherhoodissanctifying #contagiousjoy #caughtnottaught #boymomlife #boymom
- He meets us where we feel forgotten: . The same God who chose an insignificant couple to welcome His arrival in a common stable in Bethlehem is the same God that proclaims His faithfulness right where we are... . For me tonight: It was pulled over on the side of a desert highway. Along the broken down outskirts of town, semi-trucks passing by, headlights coming and going...and in the middle of the most ordinary night -- the Redeemer makes these words of truth come aglow as a banner of love over what feels forgotten: . "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away... . ...Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." (Psalm 107:1-5, 28-30) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Look up, friends...beyond the mess strewn across the house, beyond the unresolved questions, beyond the desert you're in, and see how He provides, through His Word and ever faithful promises. πŸŒ„ (More in my instastories tonight.) . #gracelacedsunsets #preachingtomyownheart #preachtoyourself #theheavensdeclare #sunsetloveletters
- He meets us where we feel forgotten: . The same God who chose an insignificant couple to welcome His arrival in a common stable in Bethlehem is the same God that proclaims His faithfulness right where we are... . For me tonight: It was pulled over on the side of a desert highway. Along the broken down outskirts of town, semi-trucks passing by, headlights coming and going...and in the middle of the most ordinary night -- the Redeemer makes these words of truth come aglow as a banner of love over what feels forgotten: . "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away... . ...Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." (Psalm 107:1-5, 28-30) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Look up, friends...beyond the mess strewn across the house, beyond the unresolved questions, beyond the desert you& #39;re in, and see how He provides, through His Word and ever faithful promises. πŸŒ„ (More in my instastories tonight.) . #gracelacedsunsets #preachingtomyownheart #preachtoyourself #theheavensdeclare #sunsetloveletters
- He meets us where we feel forgotten: . The same God who chose an insignificant couple to welcome His arrival in a common stable in Bethlehem is the same God that proclaims His faithfulness right where we are... . For me tonight: It was pulled over on the side of a desert highway. Along the broken down outskirts of town, semi-trucks passing by, headlights coming and going...and in the middle of the most ordinary night -- the Redeemer makes these words of truth come aglow as a banner of love over what feels forgotten: . "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away... . ...Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." (Psalm 107:1-5, 28-30) πŸ™ŒπŸΌ . Look up, friends...beyond the mess strewn across the house, beyond the unresolved questions, beyond the desert you're in, and see how He provides, through His Word and ever faithful promises. πŸŒ„ (More in my instastories tonight.) . #gracelacedsunsets #preachingtomyownheart #preachtoyourself #theheavensdeclare #sunsetloveletters

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