Category Archives: Finding Beauty

He Will Make Us Brave

He Will Make Us Brave | Faith and CompositionI hear it echoing in my mind, this line from my new children’s book that I just can’t shake. When the hero of the story discovers that he’s frightened of something, his dad whispers eternal truth to him:

“What makes you brave isn’t WHO you are, but WHOSE you are.”

The words have gripped me ever since I released the book. Because although it’s a lesson for children, it’s also a lesson for us all.

It’s funny how God works, isn’t it? I thought I was writing a story for children, but God was writing a story for every one of us. The message is for ME and for YOU. Because if I’m completely honest … I’m terrified. I’m terrified of the task I feel he’s called me to and the gifting I feel he has granted me. I’m terrified of the work, I’m terrified of the process, I’m terrified of the vulnerability, and I’m terrified of failing.

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So I run from it. I ignore the call to do the work, and I do “busy” instead. I busy myself with urgent tasks and menial matters because busy is easy. Busy is comfortable. Busy is familiar.

But busy is not the task to which He has called us. He has called us to something else; something greater; something that will require endurance, courage, bravery, and complete reliance on him. He has called us into a bigger story.

We know it. We feel it in the recesses of our heart. He has called us into something that is so much wider and deeper than our own capacities. He has called us into a story of rescue and redemption of brokenness and beauty. And it’s frightening!

We wonder who we are that we should answer such a call. Aren’t there others who are better suited, better gifted? The smarter ones, the more talented ones, the better connected ones. It is terrifying when God calls us with all of our inadequacies and in spite of our inabilities.

Terrifying … until we grasp the the redemptive truth of WHOSE we are.

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Friends … do you know WHOSE you are? Not in an intellectual way, but in a deep, soul-knowledge way that changes you? You are a child of the GOD MOST HIGH. He who SPOKE the world into existence with a word calls you his own. I Am Who I Am says you are HIS. He has redeemed you, he has called you by name, You are HIS!

Knowing this, what do we have to fear? For neither death nor life nor angels nor demons can ever separate us from the love of Christ. His cross is our assurance of that promise. And the empty tomb is the guarantee. Fear has no place within this truth! 

Oh that we would let this knowing whose we are take root in our hearts and make us brave!

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Following the crucifixion of Christ, the disciples were terrified. They had scattered, ran, hidden away. They were scared for their lives because the man they had put their hope and faith in had died; they were the antithesis of brave. But then the resurrected Jesus—living, breathing, wrapped by his nail-scarred flesh—shows up in their midst. And suddenly their fear vanishes. One look at the risen Christ, and their fear is gone, replaced by a faith that causes them to share the gospel in the face of great animosity until they eventually lose their lives for its sake.

What made them brave? It wasn’t courage they mustered up on their own. It was the power of the resurrected Christ working within them. Left to their own devices, their bravery was pitiful; but with God, their bravery was powerful.

Because it is He who makes us brave.

What has God called you to do that requires bravery? What does he whisper in the quiet of the darkness that you must proclaim in the light (Matthew 10:27)? What job has he tasked you with? What gifting has he given you? You know what it is. That one burning desire that both energizes and terrifies you.

Friend … IT.IS.TIME. It’s not your work anyway … it’s his. And it is He who will make you brave for the task.

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;”

– Isaiah 43:1-3

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on AmazonFor more content like this, connect with me on FacebookInstagramand Twitter! To receive more encouraging posts AND get a free printable, enter your e mail in the box to the sidebar at the right. Then just click “I want to Follow F&C!” Be sure to check your inbox for the confirmation and the link to your free printable. You can also follow F&C on BlogLovin’

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Friday Favorites | March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites, March 27, 2015 | Faith and Composition
Sweet friends, I am literally giddy with excitement that I will be attending the HopeSpoken conference this weekend. I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the event, and this year’s conference sold out fast! I was a little late on the draw, and couldn’t snag a ticket. But a few days ago, the lovely Bonnie Rush of A Golden Afternoon hosted a giveaway for one conference ticket. By some strange combination of grace and sheer luck, I won the ticket. Thank you again, Bonnie, for hosting such a gracious giveaway!

I can’t wait to share the details with you, and I am excitedly looking forward to filling up on Jesus and getting the chance to fellowship with like-minded women, many of whom I’ve befriended through blogs and Instagram but have never personally met. It will be such a blessing to finally get to meet so many of these women face-to-face.

In honor of HopeSpoken, I’m featuring four conference vendors/contributors to share with you for today’s Friday Favorites. Each of these ladies creates products of impeccable artistry, and they have a beautiful heart for Jesus. Go check them out!

1. Better Life Bags exists to empower women through the creation of gorgeous custom bags. Based in Detroit, they employ low-income, often first-generation-immigrant women to craft the bags, thus giving these women a skillset and an income. Love their mission!

2. Thirsty Hearts Design is a little Etsy shop by Angela Poston that will breathe life and hope into your heart and your home. I especially adore her art prints and her wood signs. 

3. The Felt Flower Shop creates jaw-dropping floral creations out of felt. The succulent boxes and wooden letters are absolutely darling!  

4. Joyful Papery brings beauty into the everyday with her hand-lettered paper designs. Her sweet sentiments and watercolor creations create a contagious sense of joy.

Have a great weekend, friends! I’ll be back soon to share about HopeSpoken and to talk a little bit about Easter!

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Friday Favorites | February 6, 2015

Friday Favorites, February 6, 2015 | Faith and Composition

Today I’m excited to start a new series on the blog, something a bit more lighthearted that will give me an opportunity to share some of the things I’m loving right now. I’m dubbing it Friday Favorites, and today is the first installment. Every other week (or each Friday, if I’m ambitious), I’ll pop in to feature some of the lovely things that have caught my attention. They may include products I’m smitten with, books I’m reading, songs I’m loving, foods I’m craving, and more. So check back each week for recommendations that I think you’ll love as well.

Now for today’s first Friday Favorites: 

1) I love Lauren Daigle’s heart-moving song, “Let it Be.” I’ve had her station playing without interruption on Pandora for a week now. Go ahead and queue it up. It will bless your heart, promise!

2) I recently discovered Haute Hope via the Grit & Grace Instagram feed, and I was instantly smitten. Founded by Jess Puccinelli (who is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside!), Haute Hope curates a collection of breathtakingly beautiful gift boxes that give a portion of proceeds back to charities. I mean it when I say I haven’t seen a prettier collection of gift boxes anywhere. The contents, the packaging, the attention to detail are all impeccable. If you’re seeking a gift for a birthday, Valentine’s day, bridal shower, anniversary, or any other special event, be sure to check out the stunning collection at Haute Hope. You can also follow all the loveliness on Instagram.

3) Our weather is still a bit cold, but warmer days are on the way, and nothing puts me in the mood for spring like tulips. I picked up several pots of tulips at my local Trader Joe’s last week for a mere $2.99! That’s less than a latte, and the joy they will bring will last so much longer. If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, hop in and snag some!

4) This gorgeous print designed by Jenn Sprinkle features the theme verse for IF: Gathering 2015. At just $12, the gold-foil art piece is a lovely way to put scripture on your walls. And speaking of IF, are you going? I‘m so sad that I can’t attend the much-anticipated event this weekend (I mean … I’m really bummed). Some family circumstances have prevented that from happening. However, you can bet I’ll be following along on the Live Stream. You should too; With names like Jennie AllenLauren ChandlerJen HatmakerAnn Voskamp, and more, you know there’s going to be some anointed teaching! 

That’s all for this first installment of F&C’s Friday Favorites. Have a blessed weekend, friends! 

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A Look Back, Plus the Top Posts of 2014

Top Six Posts of 2014 | Faith and Composition

I can hardly believe 2014 is coming to a close. The older I get, the more I understand how true it is that the days are long but the years are short. It is somewhat startling to reflect on this past year and realize just how quickly it has all passed by.

So in honor of this past year and in anticipation for what the new year holds, I wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the top moments right here on F&C. Although I launched this little blog in the spring of 2013, 2014 was the year that F&C really began to find its voice. This was the year that my focus centered and my heart rested on the content I longed to share … this was the year I gave voice to the words burning inside.

And this was the year you read them! You read my words, and then you kept coming back. In fact, throughout the year, this space was viewed more 660,000 times from across 190 countries! It is incredibly humbling and immensely encouraging to write that statistic. And it’s all because of you! So thank you! Thank you for stopping in, for taking a minute to browse, for absorbing what overflows from my heart. I write because of you … I write to encourage you, to inspire you, to remind you that you’re not alone in this incredible calling of motherhood. And I write because I feel a kinship with so many of you, even though many of us have never met. I feel the friendship in your comments, and I sense a bond despite the width and breadth that separates us. And so I hope and pray that in this coming year, you will return to this space time and again so we can walk alongside one another and find support and encouragement in the shared journey.

But for now, take a moment to look back at the top six most-viewed posts of 2014. I hope you’ll find immense encouragement bubbling up from these pages! (Clickable links for each article are below the image.)

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  1. When Mothering is Hard and No One Sees (this is the most-viewed content on F&C to date)
  2. A Letter to My Husband on His Birthday
  3. When the Little Years are Fleeting and Their Needs Never-Ending
  4. 13 Life Lessons from a Mother to Her Son
  5. To Fellow Mamas of Multiple Little Ones
  6. How to Love a Husband When You Feel You’ve Nothing Left to Give

Happy new year, dear friends! I look forward to rejoining you right here in 2015!

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Your Story Matters

Your Story Matters ... Why you should be authentic and tell of your journey | Faith and Composition

I lie awake sometimes and wonder … Why do I do this? Why do I sit down at the keyboard when the house is sleeping and give life to words? Why do I bare honest struggles and remove my mask for readers to see, for the world to witness? Sure I paint pretty pictures at times, but I also divulge the dark and the messy. I reveal when real struggles abound, and I’m honest about those moments when mothering is hard.

And sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. Is the transparency worth the risk? Because honestly, it’s often easier to paint a smile on my face and feign perfect contentment. I could do that in my personal relationships, and I could do that here. There wouldn’t be much harm in it really, but there’s not a whole lot of benefit either.

So I tell the stories. I share the gritty and the glorious. I take the risk, and I tap out the words because I think we all thirst for authenticity. And you know what? I think you should too; I think you should take the risk and tell YOUR story. 

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Tell your faith story, your motherhood story, your longing-for-motherhood story, your marriage-is-hard-work-but-it’s-worth-it story. Tell where you’ve been and where you’re going. Tell how God has brought you through, or how you’re waiting for Him to carry you through now. Show authenticity. Take off the mask. Break down the walls.

People are hungry for truth and honesty, and they long to connect with authenticity. They want to know they’re not alone in their struggles and the pressures of their daily challenges. People need to hear your perspective, they need to see your journey. They need to grieve in your sadness and celebrate in your triumphs. Because when the forest is too thick or the light too dim, it may just be your truth-telling that pulls them through.

If it’s too hard to tell the whole story, tell part of it … just part of it. Tell it on a blog, in a Bible study, through a song, to a friend over coffee … however best suits your mode of expression. And if you don’t get the response you’d hoped for, keep trying. Swallow your fear, embrace bravery and tell your story again.

Because it matters.
Your story matters.

Your struggles assure others that they’re not alone in their battles, your victories buoy hearts, and your faith walk testifies to the truth that so depserately needs to be heard.

Yes it’s risky. Removing the mask and being authentic always carries some risk. But the risk … ? The risk is worth it. Because your storytelling might just be the impetus someone else needs to remove their own mask and embrace authenticity. 

So tell your story. 

Tell of the peaks and the valleys, the gritty and the glorious, the mundane and the majestic. Be a truth-teller: testify to grace, hope and redemption. And then after you’ve spoken … after you’ve said yes to bravery and tasted of transparency … listen. And it’s then that you just may hear others finding the courage to do the same.

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Like what you see here? Then you’ll love my first-ever children’s book, Bruce the Brave. Now available on Amazon

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