I want to live a truly good story.

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and not for the reasons I might think.  Upon further inspection, I realize I want to live a good story for me.  for my family, for my children, for my transformation, for my character.  not for others, or for acclimation, or fame.

God is the master storyteller  and he handpicked this specific time on planet earth for me to dwell here.  truly “for such a time as this”.  it’s so easy for me to think I have control over my story and the timing of the story god is writing.  but my life expiereces aren’t random.  they are all apart of a bigger story.

the transformation God is working in my life is also for the people in my life.  since I don’t live a life huddled up at home, my life and my people’s lives are intertwined.  

if I change and transform, that spills out naturally from me and onto the people around me.

I’ve been re-reading a favorite book of mine, Donald Millers A million miles in a thousand years, and I love this quote about the transformation change…

“the thing we were meant to live through was designed to change us.  The point of a story is the character arc, the change.”  

I can say wholeheartedly that the story God is writing in my life, although it’s not one I would have dreamed up or chosen for myself, is indeed changing me.  It’s transforming me, drawing me nearer to himself.  The story of infertility that has been woven into my story the past 5-6 years has changed me.  It’s made me different than I was before, and honestly if I would have skipped this part of my story somehow, I would not be the me I am now. 

I am grateful for this part of my story, this event that drastically changed the course of my life has changed me.  There came a point in the story that God asked me if I trusted him, if I trusted that He would write my story better than I ever could…and again and again I have to surrender my plans, my dreams, my life to him.  for His ways are higher than my ways, his thoughts are higher than my thoughts as Isaiah 55 says.

and this story is NOT just about me.

I remember so vividly when our story was about to take a drastic left turn, God had led me on to this line of thinking.

just like his timing was perfect for MY life and my story, so was his timing for any future children he might bring into our family.  

Once you get a taste for a truly good story, an epic adventure, a risk that turns into reward, you want more.

You want it not only for you, but for your friends, for your people.  You want those around you to experience the joy and meaning that comes from taking risks, getting out of their comfort zones, and going on adventurers.

think about your own story – is it the story you want to live?

  • The Kayla Ross - Your speaking to my heart today. I recently just got done reading a book that talked a lot about Gods timing and being thankful for every part of every season, because his timing and vision is the best. It is comforting. I’ve been praying to let go and live. Just as I am now, because I’m suppose to be at this exact place. Thank you for this message.

  • Lauren - Oh such goodness here. That Donald Miller quote is perfect. Perfect for how my heart is feeling these days.ReplyCancel


He is the master creator of the entire universe.  He handpicked you and me to live in this time, in your city, in our country, for such a time as this.  He is weaving your story into the fabric of your community, your church, your sphere of influence.  He wants to use your  story and unique gifts to create for Him!  create relationships, tell stories, and make art that glorifies him.

Sounds easy right?  As creatives we all know that this comes at a high price!  When God has called and gifted you with specific tools and gifts, and asked you to use them, it’s pretty fair that you will face resistance of some sort.  I always like to think that this resistance is a sure sign that I’m on the right track.  Press on, press through, and trust that the God that called you to this will indeed equip and empower you to finish it.

I was re-reading one of my favorite books on story by Donald Miller, A million miles for a thousand years, and in it Don says this,

“If I have a hope, it’s that God sat over the dark nothing and wrote you and me, specifically, into the story and put us with the sunset and the rainstorm as though to say enjoy your place in my story.  The beauty of it means you matter, and you can create within it even as I have created you”   

Doesn’t that set you free to create?  To not only create, but create with joy and courage?  God loves you!  He created you for a specific purpose and he can use your mind, your hands, your art to glorify him in this big world.

Dream that dream, create that piece of art, tell that story, write that poem, pick up that camera…the world is waiting to see God through your eyes. 


  • live a good story. » Gloriously Ruined - […] God is the master storyteller  and he handpicked this specific time on planet earth for me to dwell here.  truly “for such a time as this”.  it’s so easy for me to think I have control over my story and the timing of the story god is writing.  but my life expiereces aren’t random.  they are all apart of a bigger story. […]ReplyCancel


this morning I was sitting on the floor with my daughter, Asher, waiting patiently on daddy to get home with Sunday morning donuts when we engaged in a conversation about love + Jesus.  She’s always asking me “hey, where’s Jesus?” and as I told her he’s alive in her heart, and mommy’s heart…[and every other family member + pet’s name she could say] we talked about how he loves her.  and us.

somehow the conversation turned, and she told me she didn’t love me, she only loved daddy.  [maybe because he was getting her donuts and I wasn’t?]

we’ve been practicing our emotions, and so she knows what it means when I make the “sad face”.  I sat there on the floor genuinely sad.  even though I know she didn’t mean it, even though I know in my heart she deeply loves me.  but the words that came out of my mouth reminded me of someone who loves us all with their life.

me: “Asher!  I love you with my whole life, can’t you just show me that you love me too?” 

as my three year old proceeded to lay in my lap and snuggle up to me, showing me her love and affection I was reminded that that someone who lives in our hearts loved us with his entire life.  can’t we just show him we love him?  is that too much to ask?

it seems so simple, and maybe it is.  love God with all our life.

“And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.” – Romans 12:1-2, the message 

I want to love God with my life.  not because I’m supposed to, but because I love him.  may my life “proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light” as 1 peter 2:9 says.  Isn’t that beautiful? he chose us, and called us out of darkness into his light?  Let’s live in that light and proclaim that love with how we live our lives.

  • Allison Ramsing - This is such a wonderful reminder to love God with all our life!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - What a beautiful reminder. We have been dealing with this with our kids too and even though you KNOW they don’t mean it, it still stings.ReplyCancel

I’ve been called to write

to share my life and my story on paper.  online.

I don’t take this lightely.


it’s not about me, but about being obedient to where the lord has called me, and how he wants to use me in the body of christ.

we all have gifts, and we are all part of one body.

Romans 12 tells us we are all individually members one of another

how beautiful is that?

when we compare of gifts, or our measure of faith – its like slapping god in the face.

you see, because the gifts + faith we have been given is simply GRACE.  

gods grace – the unmerited abundant supply for the need of the moment.

we are the BODY of christ.  we belong to one another!

let’s embrace that, rejoice in that, link our arms together and get back to work.


when I was at hope spoken a few weeks ago, God spoke some big things in my life.

we started dreaming together again

and it got my heart racing.

I have so much more to process and to share, but the women God led me to pour my heart out to that weekend gave me such a gift.

the gift that says – Wynne, I see you.  I see you recognize God is speaking to you.

Wynne, what you do from here is you saturate yourself in Gods Word.

give your life over everyday.

renew your mind daily in His word

believe that you are who god says you are.

gather people around you to pray and fast.

but seek the Lord daily.

HE is where you are found.


so here I am, today.

first morning in the new house.

in my chair.  with my bible.  and my coffee.

letting his light renew me.

and putting my pen to paper.

doing what he’s told me to do.

not knowing where it will go, or how He wants to use it.

simply receiving His grace upon grace

and embracing the NOW.

  • Laura Lindsey - Love love love this! I have been in a season of little to no direction, wandering around trying to “figure it all out.” But we can’t figure anything out apart from letting God show us who we are. Thanks for the encouragement and wisdom!ReplyCancel

  • Allison Ramsing - This is so good! Praying God keeps revealing His plan to you as you keep seeking Him!ReplyCancel

  • Angela Olsen - Beautiful, Wynne. I especially love reading “believe that you are who God says you are.” So needed for my heart today. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Jessa - I love this post! It hit my heart so much! I have been struggling with having grace in my heart and not judging myself too heart.ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Beautiful! I just want you to know, Wynne – you inspire me!ReplyCancel


If you aren’t following along on instagram, I share almost daily on @wynnesessentials about our journey with essential oils and young living.  [follow along here]  well, this month is our teams #naturalbeautymonth!  If you don’t know this about me yet, I am a RESEARCHER!  I love to find all the info I can and could spend hours on end googling things in bed on my laptop.  Like I literally googled “what are petro chemicals“..but hey, there are no stupid questions and I’ve learned so much.   So, after I downloaded the “think dirty” app and realized SO MANY of the products in my bathroom were “dirty” it was time to start cleaning out and finding cleaner products.  here’s what I’ve found!


have I mentioned how much I love thieves?  not only the hand soap + cleaner, but thieves has taken over my oral routine.  toothpaste, mouth wash, and floss rounds out my teeth cleaning each day!  At first it was sort of weird that it didn’t “foam”, but my teeth feel sparkly and clean and I can’t go back.


my shave gel was for sure “dirty”.  but Dr. Bronners to the rescue!  I love this spearmint/peppermint organic and fair trade shave gel!  I’m just got everything I need to make this DIY body wash with essential oils! I’ll let y’all know how I like it soon!


as I was researching I realized how harmful dryer sheets were, and so I hopped on amazon and ordered these wool dryer balls.  I put a few drops of joy, lemon, lavender, or purification on them and put 2-3 in the dryer for fresh smelling and SOFT feeling clean laundry! (I’m still working on a laundry detergent…more to come!)


so I keep hearing my “crunchy friends” [newsflash: i have become that friend too] talk about how deodorant can cause cancer…but I learned that it’s because of the aluminum in it.  so I’m on the hunt for the best natural deodorant and honestly, it’s still sorta weird.  but I’m between using young livings meadow mist + this cream my friend Alison got me off etsy.


I absolutely LOVE my young living ART skin care line.  The face wash, toner + light moisturizer are perfect for daily use.  Plus, at night I have my coconut oil+ lavender mix in a mason jar for eye make up removal.  then my coconut oil + frankincense in mason jar for night time moisturizer.  This month I also added the wolf berry eye cream and I’m loving it for my dark circles.

IMG_6952makeup:: tarte bb cream/ tarte concealer / tarte eyeliner / beauty counter blush / root pretty mascara   / beauty counter lip sheer / burts bees lip shine / 100% pure cocoa bronzer

I’m still looking for powder + eye shadow 😉  let me know if you have something you love! I’m also waiting on a few more hair things to come in – so there will be another post!


I have something fun for you just this month!  For the first THREE people to sign up as a wholesale distributor on my young living team – I’ll send you a root pretty mascara!

 If you have any questions, or want to talk oils – email me!  wynne.elder@gmail.com or click here to learn more about getting your very own young living products!

  • Danielle D. - Loved reading this, Wynne! I started on this same “adventure” 4ish years ago. (As a bonus, many of the chemicals in personal care products that cause the most concern are related to potential hormonal issues and damage to the endocrine system… I have thyroid problems so am particularly keen to avoid that junk!)

    Just a couple recommendations for you– deodorant: I’m currently using the lavender scented Primal Pit Paste and am really happy with it. (My understanding is that there is no such thing as a “natural” antiperspirant because perspiring is a natural form of detoxification and anything that forces your body to not sweat is bad news… BUT… you can totally avoid the stink with natural products.) For eyeshadow: I love Alima, Kjaer Weis (an expensive investment but once you buy any of her make-up, you can keep the beautiful packaging and just buy the replacements which are cheaper), and W3ll People. For mascara and eyeliner I have been super happy with Zuzu Luxe which is very affordable and which I can easily get at Whole Foods. I dig the pencil liner; my little sister is a fan of the liquid liner. I am not a powder girl but know my sister has loved W3ll People’s powders. Favorite blemish-zapper (most effective blemish treatment I have ever found): Osmia Organics Spot Treatment. Favorite very simple, gentle, effective face lotion: CV Skinlabs (which I can buy from amazon – yay! It’s spendy but lasts me a really long time and is the best thing I have found for my skin; CV Skinlabs was founded by a cancer survivor who was totally dismayed that cancer patients with very sensitive skin were forced to use products chock-full of chemicals). Favorite shampoo and conditioner: Acure Organics.

    Other resources: Spirit Beauty Lounge (online store) is my fav for buying make-up and skincare products. You can also check out Eco Diva and Pemberley Jones. A few of my favorite natural beauty blogs: No More Dirty Looks (they also have a great book you should check out!), Genuine Glow, The Green Product Junkie, and Beauty by Britanie.

    Anyway – this is such a long comment but hope some of these suggestions are helpful. :) The natural product world is a fun one– it is growing a lot as people become more concerned about what they are putting on their bodies (our skin is our largest organ and absorbs some amount of anything we put on it!) and also realize that “natural” does not mean “ineffective.” Fun fact: J. Crew’s signature move for giving their models a dewy glow is RMS Living Luminizer, one of my own personal fav products. Have fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsy Wallace - Love following this journey you’re on! When William was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, I trashed almost every toiletry/beauty product in our house! I’m curious how long the shaving gel lasts? It seems like the “clean” shave gels I use don’t last very long at all but I’d love to give that one a try! Also, I haven’t worn deodorant in YEARS. Maybe I’m making this up, but I think once we cleanse our body from all those nasty toxins, we our natural selves aren’t really smelly. Maybe? That’s what I’m going with anyway;-)ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Tilley - Please try blended cutie for your little ones hair, it’s amazingReplyCancel