Deuteronomy 6:5

New Print available in Etsy Shop! IMG_7840One quote comes to mind:

I’m IN LOVE, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!
~Buddy the Elf

Why? Because I love the nautical feeling of two trends; indigo and brass!

IMG_7843Inspired by these, I decided to create this little piece based on some earlier calligraphy practice with one of my favorite scriptures.

Isn’t it fun when multiple passions just go together like PB&J? Memorizing scripture and penmanship practice… Penmanship practice and Adobe Illustrator practice… Adobe Illustrator Practice and a love of home decor…

It all came together to inspire this totally IMperfect piece featuring a totally perfect scripture:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5

Available for download at our Etsy shop here.


Hope this little printable brings you some encouragement in your walk to do just that!

XOXO,

Mrs. S

 

A Little Pruning

IMG_4927.PNGThis is one of my lovely Southern Maidenhair ferns. Huge and full, I loved watching it thrive.

IMG_4924.JPGThis is my Southern Maidenhair fern this afternoon. Scraggly. Bare. Cut down.

As I, with surgical precision, cut away fronds and watched them fall to the tabletop below, I thought of how the Lord cares for me, tending to my heart like the most watchful gardener tending to a prized rose…

IMG_4926.JPG…Carefully removing the parts that are dingy and damaged.Even if it’s a little painful. Even if I don’t want to see it. He loves me too dearly to leave me alone, blind to my sin and unrepentant.

Because, though on the day of my salvation, I stood fully cleansed by Christ’s blood, He’s still not finished with me yet.

IMG_4925.JPGHe’s making way for abundant newness everyday.

I look at the new life springing forth.

He is doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it? He is making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

He is making those dry dusty places, our wagon tracks, overflow with abundance.

He is removing my heart of stone and replacing it with a heart of flesh.

I pray you too know that He didn’t stop at salvation, though that was a gift beyond measure.

No, friend, He continues to shape those who love Him. We need not walk the earth alone and wait for our time in heaven. He has good things for us now.

If we’ll only remain clay in His hands. If we’ll only come eager, like the children who gather around my feet at school each day.

If we’ll endure a little pruning, friend, He’ll shape our hearts in ways we couldn’t imagine.

Reblog: What the North American Church is Most Hungry For

Because this broke my heart open in a million different ways, and because it should stay that way, I’m sharing this original post from A Holy Experience…

Please click the link to continue reading. I promise it will bless and soften you this morning.

So yeah, dear North American Church, Anywhere, if you dared to look into eyes and didn’t turn away, you’d care. Yeah, yeah, I know — another day, another cracking news flash, another crisis we’re all supposed to give a caring rip about.

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2014/10/what-the-north-american-church-is-the-most-hungry-for/

Froggy Fun

Today in Science, as I was rifling through an animal encyclopedia of sorts, I realized there were no amphibians to be found in my book. I could NOT find my original source to save my life… That can happen in a classroom shared with 28 children who are welcome to touch any materials they choose.

With a gaggle of first-grade children at my feet eagerly awaiting pictures and information, I muttered quietly to myself, “Oh… Please let there be some frogs in this book.”

Suddenly, a few of the children began to pray. For frogs, y’all. 🙂

And a kid yelled, “DEAR JESUS, IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY GHOST LET THERE BE SOME FROGS!”
Another one said,
“Oh, Lord, pleeeaaaase let some amphibians appear!”
And a third exclaimed, “JESUS PLEASE GIVE US SOME FROGS. Amen.”

Apart from a few kindergarteners during my first year arguing about whether the trinity is comprised of three distinct persons or three in one (yes, it really happened one day in snack), today had to be my favorite kids-and-faith moment at school so far. 🙂

The great news is, The Lord answered their prayers faithfully and helped us to find frog facts after all (in another book).

I continued wordlessly as though nothing had transpired, but couldn’t help the huge grin on my lips.

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matt 18:3

It is with tears of gratitude that I give thanksgiving for this profession and opportunity to love on the sweetest children.

Fellow teachers, I pray for you. If you’re worried about whether your time with your students counts in the Kingdom, especially if you’re in the public school system and feel you have to “check your faith at the door,” I want to encourage you with this scripture:

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Matt 25:40

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