National Infertility Awareness Week: Encouraging Mobile Wallpapers

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Words are powerful. And when you’re going through a valley season, they are especially powerful. Words can defeat you or encourage you. And one word of encouragement can really change your day. At least that’s what I’ve experienced while struggling with infertility.

Whether the encouragement came from a friend, a blog, or God’s word, they have been pillars of my mental and spiritual health.

The artworks I created, which can be downloaded for free below, are some of the words that have helped and continue to help me stay hopeful, faith-filled, and give me permission to go through every emotion I’m feeling.

I hope they encourage you and give you strength. Share them with others who need them too.

Download the wallpapers by clicking on the wallpaper. Then, right-click if you’re on a desktop or long press if you’re on a mobile device.


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National Infertility Awareness Week: My Husband’s Diagnosis

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In recognition of National Infertility Awareness week, I’d like to give honor where honor is due. To my husband, Edward, who was diagnosed with infertility almost a year ago.

He is a rock. He is strong. He is resilient. He is faithful. He is steadfast. He is hopeful. How he’s been able to see the silver lining in all of this is beyond me. But he has no idea how God has used him to increase my faith.

This past weekend, I took a three-hour drive all by myself to attend one of my closest friend’s baby shower. Edward had to work and couldn’t take off. And honestly, I was looking forward to the time alone.

I needed the open road, no distractions. During this alone time, I started telling God how I felt about all this infertility stuff. How I didn’t understand why He couldn’t just heal Edward. How I didn’t understand why Edward. This guy, who has a pure heart, all the intention in the world to take care of his family, can’t have kids easily. WHY?!

The resounding question: WHY?!

I truly felt (kinda still feel) angry for Edward. Yet he is completely full of faith and hope. Despite hearing the worse news any person who desires children can hear, he believes wholeheartedly that God will keep His promise to us.

I’m the one who questions. He’s the one who continually trusts. Anxious versus peaceful. That’s how I’d describe our personalities. It works. And somehow God knew we needed each other.

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In that moment of asking God, He quieted my questions with “I knew this would happen, Theresa. I had Edward in mind. I knew he’d meet you. I knew you’d be angry. And he’d be at peace. I knew he would need the fight you bring. And you’d need the calm he brings. I didn’t bring illness to his life. I brought you to him. His helper. The person who would be able to go through this with him”.

What a revelation! I can’t help but cry as I write this. You see, Edward may have been born with infertility issues or it could’ve developed with time. Who knows. But, what I do know is that God didn’t cause this. In fact, before Edward was born, He knew how and when He’d bring about the miracle. And if God chose me to be the vessel to bring about the miracle, then I humbly accept the call.

Now more than ever, I believe that God isn’t in the business of causing pain or affliction. He’s in the business of restoring, providing and giving life. He joins people together and provides the resources needed. Not every miracle looks the same. But it doesn’t make it less of a miracle.

I want to encourage you and let you know that God knows the need, the desire, and the intention, of our hearts. And He will always show up when those things are aligned with His perfect will. Your miracle, our miracle is in the works. He knows. He is working on it. And He may be using you as the vessel for that miracle.

With all my love and appreciation,
Theresa

P.S. I’ll be blogging each day this week in honor of National Infertility Awareness Week. (Did you know it affects 1 in 8 people?!) Some of the posts will be about what’s next in our personal infertility journey, free artwork to encourage those struggling with infertility, and important facts about infertility. Hope you stay tuned!

 

Out Of Hiding & Easter Wallpapers

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Hey friends!

It’s been a while since I published something…
truth be told (because this is a blog and I should be honest), I’ve taken a hiatus from creating and writing. There have been lots of changes and challenges I’ve needed to work through and seek God about.

At the end of 2017, it was clear to me that I had to “go back to the basics”. Get focused once again, get a hold of my “why”, and take care of my emotional and spiritual health.

The only way I can describe what I felt was sadness and a very heavy heart. Some people told me I was experiencing loss and grief. You ask, “loss over what”? Exactly. I didn’t know that going through infertility would make me feel this way.

I say all this to say that I’m slowly getting out from under that dark cloud. There are good and bad days. But in general, I’m feeling more motivated and hopeful than I was a few months ago.

I have not forgotten about Styld by Grace or all the loyal people who have supported and loved me and this dream God put in my heart. I just want to be able to create and write from a place of hope and encouragement. Not bitterness and hurt.

Many of you know each year I create free artwork for Holy Week. It’s such a meaningful week for me. It reminds me of how close Jesus is to me. How much He loves me. And it ignites a deeper love for Him in my heart.

To honor Him (and this little dream of mine called Styld by Grace), I created a few wallpapers. I think it’s the perfect time to come out of hiding.

Share them, keep them, and let them remind you of His great love.

With all my love and appreciation,
Theresa

P.S. If you’re on Instagram, I’ll be sharing them on my Stories as well 🙂

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12 Days Of Christmas Event-Day 8: Christmas Tags Freebie

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One of my favorite things to do during Christmas is gift wrapping 🙂 I always search for unique and cute gift tags, wrapping paper, and bows. I thought it’d be fun to create my own this year and share them with you.

On today’s 8th day of Christmas, enjoy these free Christmas gifts tags inspired by the Christmas collection prints on the Styld by Grace Shop. 

12 Days Of Christmas Event-Day 4: Free Monogram Prints

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On the 4th day of Christmas Styld by Grace gave to me…

Free illustrated monogram prints! Use them as a last minute gift for a friend that you can print and frame yourself 😉 Or you can always just use them to spruce up your beautiful home 😀

Download the Free Illustrated Monogram Here! The instructions on how to print and permission for use is all in that PDF.

Enjoy and let all your peeps know about this awesome freebie. Oh, and don’t forget to share how you use them with me on Instagram!