Styld by Grace Tees are Here!

Design, Fashion

styldbygrace_tshirt_mockup_etsyWe are so excited to announce the start of an apparel for Styld by Grace!
And our very first Tee is available for PRE-ODER today!


You can PRE-ORDER it here:


Along with the Tee, you can download FREE phone wallpapers with the same design here:

Mountain Top Experience

Faith, Travel

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A couple weeks ago, the youth and young adults from my home church (Metro Life Church) went up to the mountains of Jasper, Georgia (at Sharptop Cove) to hear from God and have some good ol’ summer camp fun.

The sites were amazing, the food was mouth-watering (it wasn’t your typical camp food. It was homemade deliciousness), and the words/prayers that we were covered with were life changing. Lots and lots of people were baptized, we worshipped, we zip lined, we danced, and we shared the amazing things God has done in our lives.

My top 3 “takeaways” from camp are:

Be open and vulnerable
When God asks us to pray, to speak, to share, to listen, let’s just do it. And let’s do it with a humble and open heart. Sharing what God has done in your life can be scary and it takes vulnerability. But you never know who is listening. There are people needing to hear what YOU have to say.

Embrace the unknown
Going into an environment or place we’re unfamiliar with can cause us to put up walls and become isolated. But the unknown is a great place for us to discover what God wants to show us. The daily grind has a way of masking and muffling the voice of God. When we are in a new environment, with new faces, and new scents and new sites, our eyes are opened and our ears become alert. Let’s be willing to embrace the unknown so we can hear from God more clearly.

Make a remembrance
Whenever I travel or have an experience that marks my life, I make it a point to create a remembrance of it. This year I bought an arrow necklace at the camp site’s store that has inscribed “Be Brave”. It’s a reminder that I must continue to be courageous and do the things God asks of me. Going to camp was a step of faith. And by taking that step of faith, God used me and affirmed me in ways I wasn’t expecting. I also took a load of pictures to remind me of all the fun we had up in the mountains of Jasper, Georgia.


What experiences or trips did you have this summer?

Have you set some time apart to meet with God this summer? What are some ways you can do so before the hectic fall season starts?

Anchored iPhone Wallpapers Design Process

Design

Just posted on my Shop, new FREE iPhone wallpapers!

I wanted to share how I created these wallpapers, using watercolor and the magic of Photoshop. Read below…


Watercolor Pieces

Watercolor is a fun medium to work with because you can get many tones of colors by diluting the paint with water. Experimenting with hand lettering was also pretty cool… I am definitely a beginner, but I like the imperfection of the letters I created.

Once I finished my pieces I photographed with my iPhone 6’s camera.

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Photoshop Magic

As you can see, the images above look dark and there are some watermarks that don’t look nice. So Photoshop helped me brighten, add contrast, fix the colors, and remove any imperfections from the paper. See photoshopped image below.

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Converting them to iPhone Wallpaper

The final step was to add some branding (#anchoredbyGod and styldbygrace.com) and put the images within templates of the screen sizes of the iPhones 5/5s-6plus.

Click on the Shop item below to download these wallpapers from the Shop.

Summer Stripes and Florals

Fashion

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This is my favorite summer outfit for 2015! I love patterns and bright colors. And I especially like florals. It’s the first time I purchase a crop top. And I was brave enough to wear one because I’ve been working on getting in better health and shape for the past 3 months. I’m feeling proud of myself! Pairing this high waisted skirt with a crop top is a modest way to rock a crop top. The best part is that I got this outfit for less than $12. Both items were on SALE at H&M. Definitely “Styld by Grace” approved! ;)


Stripped H&M Crop Top (Similar Style) | High Waisted H&M Circle Skirt (Similar Style)
Fossil Silver Boyfriend Watch | OHM Boutique Arrow Bracelet (SOLD OUT. But, I like this Arrow Charm Necklace too) | Forever 21 Ear Jacket (Similar)


Photography by: Tiffany Roura

Anchored by God-What’s the Connection?

Faith, Relationships

As I started thinking of how we can live a life that’s anchored by God, I was reminded of the time that it took me to understand and actually walk this principle out. Living out my faith in God from ages 14-20 was a complete roller coaster for me. At times, I was devoted, and at other times, I was completely astray. I made connections with the wrong people and decided I wasn’t going to do the “church thing”.

But one night in my dorm room, a few months before turning 21, I told God I was completely exhausted and tired of living on a never ending cycle of devotion and unfaithfulness towards Him. I was at a point where the things I said I’d never do, I did. And the heaviness of being away from God, was getting to me. Well, God spoke to me so clearly that night. I will never forget it. He told me I was standing at a crossroads and I had to choose His way or my way. But I couldn’t be in-between any longer. That night I decided to get off the roller coaster I had been on for 6 years and decided to live a life devoted to God.

My heart was resolved, but I had to put action to my decision. Actions that before I hadn’t taken seriously. I believe the actions I took by faith, are the ones that have helped me stay connected to God. And they are the actions we as believers must take on a daily basis to be anchored by God.

So what are these practical actions that keep us connected and anchored?

1. The Church
1 Corinthians 12:12-28
Yes, going to church will keep us connected to God. The bible teaches us that we should not neglect congregating as believers. I used to say that I didn’t like church because people were judgemental and controlling. The truth of the matter is that churches are comprised of people. And people, including myself, are not perfect. There will be judgemental and controlling people at church, but there are also loving, generous, grace-filled people that help us walk out our faith. The church is not a building, the church is made up of the people that go to the building. It’s our duty to encourage the church to keep fighting the good fight of faith. If you’re alone on this, it’s going to be a lot harder to stay anchored. But if there are people encouraging you and inspiring you to “keep swimming”, it will be easier to walk with God.

2. God’s Word
2 Timothy 3:16 | Psalm 119:11
What does the bible mean to you? Do you take its words as truth or as simple suggestions? I would like to submit that the bible is our guide and ultimate truth. It is literally the words God speaks to us. If we need to know what to do with our lives, or the will of God for our lives, then we need to read His teachings. The bible, because it comes DIRECTLY from God, is our strength. When we are about to throw in the towel, God’s word gives us the strength, the knowledge, the understanding, and the determination, to stay anchored. There are so many verses of encouragement and so many promises for those who are living for God. God’s word is the love story of how God gave it all up, to give us freedom and life. No other story can compare to the one written in the Bible because it is not fiction, it is true and it is true because it comes from the very mouth of God.

Maybe all of this is foreign to you as you’re reading or maybe this is something you’ve heard so many times. If it’s new, don’t be overwhelmed. Take steps every day towards these actions. Take an online bible study, read a Christian book, or read a Psalm every day. And find a church that believes in and teaches from the Bible.  If this is not new to you and you’ve heard it all your life, then be encouraged to not grow weary. Take it up a notch. Make a commitment to dig deeper into God’s word and continue serving at your home church.


What are some practical steps you have taken to stay anchored by God?

Do you have to recommit to making God your anchor? Or do you have to make a decision to follow Him once and for all?