Why My Word for 2017 is Rest 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I fight sadness with busyness. There, I admitted it to you and myself. Somehow hurt seems to evaporate for me, even if only momentarily, under a mountain of to-do lists and phone alerts, that is until the pain catches up to me. And it always does…

No one talks about rest. Everyone I know is hustling, striving, pushing to arrive at the next level. I am not saying ambition is bad, but when it slowly robs you of peace, surrending to moments of stillness heals – even a few minutes alone each day, practicing deep breathing, slows the pace of frantic days.

For the past few years I chose a word to guide me annually. As my relationship with God grows, I now pray for direction in this regard; last year I heard breakthrough. In 2017, I hear REST.

Sounds rather dull, huh? Not quite as epic as breakthrough, and yet it is subtle in its depth. Rest not from a standpoint of passiveness, but standing within my faith, accepting the radical love of Christ, and the flow of grace I experience while reading the Bible, couched in verses like Psalm 46:5: “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

If you know me, you understand I am a doer, often juggling multiple projects. Rest? What’s that? I want to do it all and solve problems.

I carry the weight of my own struggles,  along with a deep commitment to social justice. I cannot afford to become still. And yet God is saying draw closer, rest in me, take your eyes off the problems and confess my promises. Each day, I am learning to listen intentionally, as I meditate on this powerful verse:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27

Do you have a word for this year? How did you come to it – through prayer, mediation, journaling, etc.? I want to hear all about it in the comments below!

Finding the Blessing In Our Struggles 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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A few months ago, I joined an awesome tribe of writers at Our Words Collaborative, a Christian devotional website where we share how God is moving in our lives. From time to time, I’ll republish some of those devotionals here on Mondays. I think it’s a great way to kick off our week – centered in faith.

Artwork by Ainsley Jordan

There are days I wake up, beating back exhaustion and swallowing tears. The past few years have stretched our family in ways we never imagined. And yet, through it all, an unrelenting faith is taking root. Often I pray not day by day, but second by second.  Most people would not place struggle and blessing in the same sentence, but I now understand God uses our most painful experiences to help grow us beyond ourselves, and into the realm of steadfast belief. His grace always sustains and guides us, even when we feel alone.

“If I told you my story, you would hear hope that didn’t let go…” 

– Big Daddy Weave, “My Story” 

I believe God will do the impossible. And I say this to myself repeatedly, especially during those times when the weight of disillusionment chases me, relentless in its pursuit of my joy. Confessing victory over what looks like destruction defeats the enemy every time. It’s not an easy mindset to practice, but it’s a liberating one.

I draw strength from various ministries, meditating on verses of scripture which feel as if they were written solely for me. And I read books by healing ministers such as Becky Dvorak (Dare to Believe: The True Power of Faith to Walk in Divine Healings and Miracles) who works in Guatemala, and travels the world with her husband, delivering powerful testimonies, teaching people to activate their faith and walk in the supernatural.

“Everything is possible for one who believes.” -Mark 9:23 

Slowly, friends, I am learning to transcend the physical and embrace my spiritual eyesight. God can and will do the impossible in our lives. Yet we must do our part, cultivating radical and unwavering faith within our hearts. I would like to share two ways I am activating my faith throughout the day; I pray it helps you on your own journey:

1. Surround Yourself With God’s Promises: Put up encouraging and healing scripture verses all around your home and office. Read them aloud daily, several times a day. Commit them to memory.

2. Celebrating God Through Song: Listen to praise music with meaningful statements about victory and perseverance. I particularly enjoy songs from prolific artists such as Big Daddy Weave, Mali Music, Lauren Daigle and Plumb.

Our struggles are shaping and refining us. Instead of resisting them, embrace the lessons and allow your soul to bloom through connecting to His presence.


Prayer: 

Dear Lord,

Help me to understand what appear to be obstacles are actually opportunities to activate radical and unwavering faith. Today I might face struggles, but remind me you are here, standing alongside me, conquering each roadblock.

When I am tempted to talk to co-workers, friends or family, remind me to first come closer to your spirit. Place your words within my heart: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
Amen.

Beauty / Style Finds: Uplifting God through Jewelry, Sienna of Joy In The Gems 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I discovered Sienna’s beautiful faith-inspired jewelry line, Joy In The Gems, through her uplifting Instagram page, and had to drag myself away that afternoon! The scriptures she highlights in these pieces resonate with my spirit, and I am sure you’ll be moved as well, lovelies.

Don’t miss her coupon code (20% off) to get your shop on at Joy In The Gems towards the end of this post!

Sienna Hermary, owner of Joy In The Gems


Your work is not only deeply inspiring,  but visually stunning. What materials do you use? What is the price range? 

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

All of my pendants are made with lead and nickel free zinc alloy (metal), and my designs are printed on card stock before being sealed with glass domes. My larger 1.5 inch pendants cost $16-$17 USD, and my smaller 1 inch designs are $13-$14 USD. You can also find my metal bookmarks for around $7-$10 USD!

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary


What lead you to start your business?

A while ago, my oldest sister turned to atheism. She’s extremely intelligent, which made it hard to defend my faith against her.

I ended up looking and digging in the bible so much that I decided to create my @godquotesforgirls Instagram page, and eventually got into necklaces as another way to wear encouragement around our necks! 🙂

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary
Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

What is your business philosophy / mission?  

My mission is to help anchor the faith of anyone who is doubtful, facing hard times, or who just needs a reminder that God is with them!

Also, I hope that my products reflect the Lord’s commandments to remind us of His amazing love and grace!

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

What inspires you to keep creating?

I have a lovely family and parents who are SO supportive of what I’m doing! Also, I am continually encouraged by the sweet comments from my followers, inspiring photos from other creators, and the never-ending need our world has for a Saviour!

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary
Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

Share 3 random fun facts about you!  

1. I’m an animal lover (and dog whisperer)!
2. I drink tea – morning, night, and every time in between!
3. I currently live in Alberta, Canada, but have always loved Seattle, WA!

If you could choose one quote or verse of scripture that summarizes your biz, what would it be? Why?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” (Colossians 3:23)

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

I see each and every person around me as a little temple of God, and by serving them, I know that I am serving Him. My shop isn’t just a job for me, but a whole-hearted ministry meant to bring glory to my Creator!

Photo Credit: Sienna Hermary

 

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