Sunday, May 29

Scripture Sunday *Free* Printable: You are God's masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10

You are God's masterpiece.
He has created you anew in Christ Jesus 
so that you can do the good things
that He planned for you long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

This is one of my favorite verses. I talked about it here.
It is a daily reminder of who I am.
The lesson I keep learning and relearning:

You do you.

Stay in your lane.

Put your blinders on and keep your eyes on Him.

I get in trouble when I start looking around, thinking I need to do 
what she is doing, or that person over there is doing, 
when really, God created me to do the good things
that He planned for me to do.

He thought about me. 
He created me.
He planned good things for me to do.

I need to stop looking around, 
and simply look up to God, 
and look down to do those good things.
Whether it's making art or dishes or playing transformers on the floor.

There are good things that He created only me to do,
that only I can do.
When I'm doing that, 
I am exactly where I need to be. 

What if we all really believed this verse?
My prayer is that we will, you + me, 
I think it will change the way we live and love each other,
and it will change the way we see each other,
how we spend our time each day, 
as our days turn into years, and years turn into lives. 

I made this free printable for us, and our families
Print it & put it up & give it away.

Tuesday, May 24

Introducing the {Who I Am In Christ Collection} and a flash sale!

Introducing the 

I'm so happy to finally share my new {Who I Am In Christ} collection with you. 
I've had this idea in my mind for at least a year, maybe longer, 
and it's finally, finally finished and ready to be seen.

I was inspired, once again, by my two wild boys {now almost 5 and almost 8},
to create beautiful, yet masculine + meaningful 
art that they can grow into.

I want them to have scripture on their walls that 
reminds them of the truth about who they really are and
I don't want redecorate every two years as their interests change.
I love the way this collection turned out because I feel like it would 
fit in a nursery or in a dorm room, or anything in between.

I was thinking and praying about what I want them to know; 

about the truth I want them to carry around in their hearts 
as they grow into men, and I came to this conclusion:

I want them to know who they are and who they belong to.
Not what the world says about them, or what others may say, 
or what they think about themselves, but the truth of who God says they are. 
I pray that God's truth would be so firmly planted in their minds and hearts, 
that when they are out in the world and they forget, or they don't feel all the feelings,
they would know and remember the truth of who God says they are: 

God's masterpiece, 
His special possession,
chosen, holy and dearly loved.

And quite honestly, I need minute by minute reminders of 
who I am and who I belong to, myself. Don't we all?

Prints come in 5x7, 8x10, 11 x 14.

You can save by buying prints in sets here:

You can also customize your colors
to fit your look and style.

I hope you love them! I feel so nervous about sending them out into the world, but it is way beyond time.

***Also, I've been working hard behind the scenes
to update my downloads page so that it will be easier to navigate. I am {finally!} almost finished. 
Downloads will be available on the blog Friday.***

Wednesday, April 20

True Confessions + Sketchbook Inspiration + a Challenge

#1: True confessions: 

I've been binging on Fixer Upper on Netflix
and all I want are some chickens and shiplap and 
a 100 year old house in Waco, Texas.
And Jojo's thighs. I'd like to have her 
thighs-that-don't-touch, while I'm at it.
You too?

Seriously. There's nothing like looking at 
other people's stuff to make me feel 
like what I have is not enough.. 

Here's the thing...
I have a beautiful home.
In a beautiful place.
With a beautiful family.
I am blessed far beyond 
and I know this in my head, 
but Jojo makes me discontent with it all.

Okay, so maybe it's not entirely Jojo's fault. It's not just Fixer Upper. 
It's time in front of the computer overdosing on beautiful things, 
but not making anything in real life.
It's empty calories. Toxic. 

I have to repeat to myself over and over: 
It's not real life. It's all pretend. 
This is NOT what you were made for.

This is one of my favorite posts of all time from Glennon.
She always says it so well.

And our real life is the beauty.
The lego creations and dishes in the sink mean we live real life here.
We hunt down every single plastic toy we own and create an enormous... um... creation in the middle of the living room because cousin Chloe is coming from Texas and this is the only way to truly express our love explosion for her. 

This is the beautiful, REAL life that I get to live.
What in the world? How did I win the lottery?
I was meant for this real life, full of mess and interruption
because it is REAL. and real is messy. and real is mine.
Thank you Lord. 

#2: The Challenge

You know what helps me see the beauty 
in the real life that's right in front of my face?
Play and paint and making in the midst of the mess.
Time to make. I always come back to this. 

Playing and doodling whatever I feeling like doodling
with no purpose at all makes me feel like me. 
It turns my resentment into gratitude for 
this life I have created for myself.
And it's free. 

So I have vowed to turn off the TV and 
set a little playdate with my sketchbook.
And I feel better. You might too.

 I found this fun challenge on instagram this morning.


Wanna join me?

Just post your doodles or knitting or gardening 
or whatever it is you do to feel like you.

My goal: Notice the beauty that 
surrounds me every single day.

My hashtag: #100daysofnoticingbeauty

Noticing beauty around me. 
Finding little things that make me happy. 
Plants and food and dishes and textures and color combinations 
that make my heart sing. 

Day 1:

What you need 

Watercolor paper

A really thin brush

Speedball ink 

Water jar

Watercolors of any kind

Paper towels

Step 1: Find beauty around you. 

In your kitchen. In your closet. 
In your yard. In your laundry pile.
Notice it. Study it. 
*Record it. *

Step 2: Doodle it.

Dip the thinnest brush you have into 
this luscious ink and start doodling. 

***Remember: This is all about the process.***. 
Put on some headphones and music you love
and play and play and play. 
with line and and paper. water and color.

Buy cheap paper. Fill it up. 
Then do it again. and again. and again. 
This is not about perfection. 
It's not even about product. 

This is about showing up for your creative self.
This is about playing, experimenting, and making mistakes.
Big, beautiful mistakes. All over the place. 

It is in the freedom of making mistakes
{lots of little mistakes
big messy mistakes} 
that you will find freedom.
space. passion. 

There is no life under the tyranny of perfection, 
only paralysis. 
But I digress... 

My whole point is this: 
Doodle your beauty.

Step 3: Color it.

(Wait until the ink dries.)
Use whatever you have. 
I used a combination of inexpensive cake watercolor sets
in order to get the colors I wanted. 

Here are some easy, inexpensive options:

Crayola (yes, Crayola!)
These are so juicy and vibrant.

Loew Cornell
There are 40 colors in this little gem of a set.

Sakura Field Sketch Set 
I love this compact little travel set 

and this is the set I am saving my pennies to get this set:

Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set
I have heard great things about these 
& they have gold! so fun.

Step 4: Share it

Remember: It's not about perfection 
{or even competence!}
This is about feeding your creative self 
and sharing it with us. 
Because when you do that, 
you inspire us to do the same.

And we say, 
"Oh. If she did that, maybe I can do that, too. 
Or maybe I can make time to do this other creative thing 
I've wanted to do for so long that will feed my creative soul. " 

As I said up there at the top
I'll be sharing here on my IG account
with the hashtag 


and joining everyone else with the hashtag


See you there!

Monday, February 8

He has done great things for us. Psalm 126. Free printable.

 I finally made some time to be creative and spread out my paper and paint and 
supplies. I started going crazy again with paint and paper.
I feel alive when I paint. 
The hardest part is always getting started.

I made this for us, because it's where I'm at right now.

And it makes me happy. And I need to remember this.

This is where I am right now.
God is answering big, huge, mountain-sized prayers in our family
that I never, ever really believed would or could be answered.
He is showing up and breathing life into our death.
He is making beauty from our ashes.
He is turning our darkness into light.
He is here.  With us.

And it is still a hard and painful journey.
But He is in it, in the muck and the mire, 
and there is joy on the other side of the anger and the pain.
The only way we can get to the joy is through the pain. 

The only way I get life in Christ is through the cross.
There is no resurrection without death.
There is no joy without pain.

I have tried to go around the pain and anger for so many years, 
to avoid it. Now I it's time to walk through it, with Jesus.
Knowing that only He can carry me through it
and lead me out of it.
This is where I'm at today.
I don't know where you are, 
but I hope and pray that as we thank him for the great things 
that He has done and will do in our lives, 
that He will fill us with His joy and His perfect peace today.

Friday, January 8

Faith Art Friday: Start Faith Art Journaling for under $20. Today.

Each Friday Melissa and I invite you to join us on our blogs to play and explore our faith + creativity. We post a faith art journaling prompt and our response, along with a few tips, tricks, and ideas. Then *and this is the best part* we meet to share our journals and responses in our private Facebook group. This group is such an encouragement to us.  Everyone is welcome here, simply request access, and we will invite you to join.
Come learn, create, and share with us.

Welcome back.I loved seeing all of your words and hopes and dreams for the year in our Facebook group. If you haven't shared yet, please do. We love seeing what you are making and what God is doing in your life. 

I keep hearing from you that supplies are the biggest barrier to getting started creating. I get it. When I go into the craft store, or browse through Amazon, the sheer volume of supplies for art journaling can be overwhelming, and so can the cost. 

I have a little secret to tell you, that took me years of trips to the craft store and lots of money to learn.  And I hate to be the one to break this to you, but...

Better supplies won't make you a better artist. 

They really won't. Spending more money on supplies will not make your time creating more rich or satisfying or any better. I know cause I've tried and I have boxes and bins of stuff I've never used as proof. Supplies are simply a tool to get to the making part. Don't let supplies stop you! 

This is for you. Today. {Not tomorrow.} 
Because you were made to make stuff.

I created today's tutorial, Faith Art Journaling for under $20, to encourage you to create with whatever you have. I want to make this simple, accessible, affordable {and fun} for everyone. That includes you. and your kids. and your neighbor down the street. 

It doesn't have to be this big huge commitment of time and space. If you could hear my video, you would hear my 4 year asking me for a snack and me stopping to get him one, and then stopping to break up a fight between them, and then my 7 year old getting out the markers and making right beside me. 

So let's talk materials first, and then we'll start on today's prompt. The materials this week are the exact same as last week for one addition: white ink.


1. A Piece of Paper

I use this journal: 

I like it because the pages are thick.

This one is good, too:

And this one:

Use what you have and what you like best. You can use watercolor paper, 
or card stock, or copy paper. I encourage you to experiment with 
different weights and brands of paper to see what you like. 

2. Water 

3. A small, a medium, and a large sized brush

You don't need fancy brushes for playing and experimenting.
This is a nice little set:

4. A paper towel

5. An Extra Fine Tip Sharpie

You can get them pretty much anywhere, or order them by the dozen here: 

Yes, 24 colors for $3.99! Like I said, you don't need fancy supplies to make art. You just need to use what you have and show up. These are about the cheapest you can go.

These are a fun, inexpensive pack, too:

And I also love these: 

I'm using Crayola today because I want to 
show you that you don't need fancy stuff to create.

Now that we have our supplies, let's start. I love today's prompt. Don't let it scare you, this doesn't have to be a big, life-changing event. It can be something that you are thankful for, a verse that you keep coming back to, or what your word (or verse) for the year means and looks like in real life.

For me, my word was uncomfortable. I've been working hard to be really comfortable these last few years. I've had small kids. My husband has been in school and working full time.  It's been a stressful season of life. and I think I've kind of hunkered down and done what I've had to do during those times. 

But as I read the gospels and look at the life of Jesus and his best friends, he was constantly calling them into awkward, unknown, uncomfortable situations. The kind of situations I avoid. And I know that LIFE in Him begins at the end of my comfort zone.

I'm standing right in the middle of my comfort zone. It is very clearly marked with a circle in the sand. Jesus is standing just beyond my circle. And if I want to follow Him, and really experience the LIFE that he promises, the life that is real LIFE, I have to make a choice.
I can't stay comfortable AND follow him. Like the rich young ruler, like James & John who left their comfortable nets. 

When I was a Young Life leader in college, my leader used to tell me to get uncomfortable every day. Talk to someone new, do something you don't want to do, listen to the still small voice and follow it. The best advice for living life. ever.

The more I walk with Jesus, the more I think that following Him has less to do with being nice and following rules, and more to do with my willingness to be uncomfortable. 
to step outside of myself for Him.

I'm tempted to call it brave, but brave makes me think of David and Goliath, when Jesus may just want me to knock on my neighbor's door to say hello, or engage in a conversation that's not on my self-centered agenda, or dare to talk to God about the places in my heart that seem dead.

I just know that uncomfortable will look completely different from the plans I have.
Uncomfortable and unknown are the only place I am aware of my need for Him. 
Of course I always need Him, but I forget so quickly as soon as I get comfortable. 

I chose this verse today:

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, 
and no mind has imagined what 
God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9

I love this verse. It's in reference to Jesus coming to Earth, how everyone was expecting an earthly king to rule and reign on earth, and they missed it. They missed God, right before their very eyes, because He looked different than their expectations.

This verse so applicable to us today. To me. My eyes haven't seen, my ears haven't heard, my mind can't even imagine what God has for me. And it is guaranteed to be different than what I expect or imagine. If I'm not careful, if I'm not willing to get uncomfortable, I will miss it too. When it's right in front of my face.

Father God give us eyes to see you. Give us ears to hear you. Give us hearts and minds that are willing to let go of OUR expectations, to get uncomfortable, so that we can know you, Jesus. Amen.

So, I made a video. It's awkward. It was really hard. But, the more I make these tutorials, the more dumb it seems to use photos, when I can just communicate so much better with video. I can talk to you. And I like to talk. And I don't like to write. 

Here is my first video. I started it 5 years ago, when I was young and naive. I hope you like it. My main point... Just get started. Just make something already. And come and share with us okay? Okay. Here goes...

Now share with us right here.