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diving in today quite literally in my journal.  most of the time I handwrite a prayer journal, but sometimes it’s coming too fast to hand write, and I type it.  this is a screen shot.  lots of typos, bad grammar, but it’s not meant to be perfect.  these are just honest words to my daddy God.

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praying for you sweet sister.  you that feels, so often as I do, that God has forgotten you.

I pray you know He has not!

I pray He will breathe LIFE into your dry bones.

I pray He will meet you at your deepest point of need.

I pray the Spirit will envelop you and wrap you so tight you FEEL His arms around you.

you are NOT alone,  you are NOT forgotten, you are HIS daughter.

his beloved.

rest in Psalm 139:17-18 

 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

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  • Tiffany Cadenhead - Thank you, thank you, thank you. Believing God heals, redeems and restores all things! ReplyCancel

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y’all!  just a little fun HELLO from Paige + I back when we were with Noonday Collection + International Justice Mission in Rwanda this summer on our #StyleForJustice trip!

I think I was showing Paige how I do voice memos?  who knows.  but it makes me happy to hear us so happy and giddy over Noonday.  we saw it y’all – we saw the real deal.  spent lots of time in our Rwandan seamstress’ studio, created some fabulous designs you’ll see in January, visited their homes and their families, and broke it down Rwandan dance style at a big party we had the last night with them.

these purchases we make through Noonday are legit.  it’s not “poor little African women” – but it’s empowering these women to create change in their homes and communities through sustainable work!

women empowering women. 

when you gift this season [hard to think about Christmas already, huh?] GIFT WELL. 

know that the purchases you make [and the pretty bows you tie around them for your loved ones] are sending kids to school in Uganda, keeping families together in all 10 counties we work in, and providing dignified work for our artisans.

consider shopping our new winter line for all your holiday gifting needs TODAY!

a few of my winter favorites//
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Woodland Journal//$18//made in India

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silk blush headband//$34//made in India

antiqued cuff//$48//made in India

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rebel clutch//$84//made in India

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classic crocheted headband//$35//made in Peru

frosted eyelet arm warmers//$28//made in Peru

happy shopping! 

  • Kiersten DeLong - I am loving that headband and arm warmers from Peru! talk about gorgeous!!! :)
    Also, I am seriously loving your little notes to self. They are so fun and creative. Thank you for sharing them :)ReplyCancel

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A candle doesn’t lose it’s flame by lighting another candle” – anonymous

may we be the kind of women who instead of tearing each other down, judging and criticizing, we instead pull out our match and LIGHT THE FLAME for our sisters.

we are in this together, y’all.  it’s not about us.  it’s about all of us.

let’s light each others candles.

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who’s candle can you light today?

 

  • Chantel Klassen - Yes! This is something I definitely need (& want!) to get better at.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Bunker - Love this. Also…I’m now singing the old Kathy Troccolli song, “Go Light Your World.” So thanks for the encouragement and for the flashback. ;) ReplyCancel

  • Whitney - Your quote caught my eye. Made me think of the scripture in Matthew 5
    14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

    15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.ReplyCancel

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one would think for someone who travels so much, I would have this “cruise control” thing down.  my husband sure does, and let me just say on our last trip, my lack of using cruise control sure did get me a speeding ticket [oops].

but I don’t.  I don’t have it down.  I still want to be the one in control.

driving home for the holidays last year, I had this thought about it [as you heard in the memo]

“if I want to do it, I want to do it”.  y’all, can you hear that sass??

now, maybe I should repent. ha.  this sounds like I don’t want to be controlled by the Almighty, but I so desperately want to be hid in the shadow of his wings, and guided by His will.  trusting Him as we walk into opportunities.

but I think, really I am just [as you’ve heard in this series before] independent.  and if someone tells me I can’t do something, I don’t like that.  I don’t want to have limits put on me, and what I can or can’t do.

I want to be the one with my foot on the gas pedal – slowing down, or speeding up.

maybe this control is an illusion.

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what do you think?  is control an illusion in your life?

  • Caroline - It’s hard finding the balance between wanting to control and wanting to be under Him! Thankful for His grace as we navigate the territories!ReplyCancel

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living the days + writing the days. 

y’all, yes and amen.

I feel like this summer was a big fat – LIVE THE DAYS!!!!

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we were road tripping across the country, visiting friends, making memories and having grand adventures.  we were investing in people, in each other, and having an absolute blast.

the summer is so often a time for bloggers like myself to take a much needed break.  kids are home from school and there is fun to be had, pools to be swam in, afternoon snow cones to be consumed, and movies to watch.

too much fun sometimes to write it all down.

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but THIS.  this series.  going back through voice memos I left myself last year on the way home for Christmas, or on our summer road trip, or random moments in between – now I’m writing the days.  

I’m sitting at starbucks on a overcast Sunday morning, while my amazing hubby watches the kiddos, and writing the days.  remembering, recording, and pounding letters on my keyboard while sipping my skinny vanilla latte.

living the days is the most important, I just hope I can take Shauna’s amazing writing advice, and when it’s time to write the days, “create silence” so I can make stuff.

what about you?  how do you balance living the days + writing the days?

  • Shannan Garber Martin - Well, this is genius and brave, Sister.
    Keep going!!!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - Love those summer pictures!!! Nothing better than a day at the pool!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Madeira - I totally recognize sweet Hayes from Nashville! :-) I love Jennifer!! LOVE your blog, your heart, and your honesty. :-) And adorable pictures of your cuties.ReplyCancel