Mesmerizing Pottery by the Master Potter

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I’m a bit obsessed with videos of pottery being molded on a wheel. They are just so mesmerizing! When I need a little break from work or need to clear my mind, I go on Instagram to see these beautiful videos. (Check out some of my fave accounts: @tortus_copenhagen & @shopmazama).

When I was in school I took a pottery wheel class and it was one of the most therapeutic things I’ve ever done in my life. It was like being transported to another time and place. And my mind was solely focused on making the piece of clay into a piece of art. If you haven’t ever tried it, you should!

As I watch these videos, I’m reminded of what God’s word says about His role in our lives. He is the potter and we are the clay.

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and we are all the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)

The clay is made of minerals, soil, and sometimes metal. At first sight, it seems like a bunch of junk. Insignificant and without purpose. Sometimes that clay can be underestimated and even seen as ugly. I have to admit that when I look at the pieces of my life, my past, my dreams, my home, they seem so insignificant and like a bunch of mumble-jumble.

It’s our tendency to forget who we are in God’s hands. And what He does with the fractured, dirty, muddy parts of our lives. He digs deep into our hearts, mold us, and uses even the worst of who we are to make a masterpiece of our lives.

Being in the handmade business has made me realize that every piece is unique. Every piece takes time to print, cut, trim, package, and deliver. And somehow each piece has its beautiful imperfections.

We may not be perfect or perfectly crafted (both physically and spiritually), but God is constantly putting His hand of grace over every single piece and making into a “good work” for His glory.

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“Search me, O God, and know my heart…” (Psalm 139:23)

Would you trust God today and let him search the depth of your heart and scummy parts of your life? Can you place your faith in Him, knowing that the work of His hand is good?

Even if at first it seems like nothing, like junk, and you’re uncertain of what the result will be. The work that He can do in your life will create a perfect and mesmerizing piece of art.


What can you do today to allow God to mold the different parts of your life?

 

New Hand lettered Prints in the Styld by Grace Etsy Shop

Never Give Up Print | Styldbygrace.etsy.com

Last week Styld by Grace showcased its artwork at RAW Miami Signature Showcase. It was a huge success, we met lots of new faces, and we are glad that so many people connected with our message and art.

Love & Arrows Prints | Styldbygrace.etsy.com

At the show, we debuted a few new prints, which hit our Etsy Shop TODAY! Click here to view our newly revamped shop and purchase our freshly listed items.

Cafecito con Leche Print | Styldbygrace.etsy.com

Hope you love them as much as we do!


What new prints would you like to see in our Etsy Shop? Any Mother’s Day suggestions? 

The Arrested Heart Prayer

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Life can change in a matter of minutes. Jesus was praised and worshiped on a Sunday and betrayed and killed by Friday. Somethings happen that don’t make sense. And even when life is going pretty good, we can grow weary and discontent. When life happens, I pray that our response would be to run to our Father.

Maybe you’re the midst of chaos, turmoil, and uncertainty. Or maybe life is okay but you long for more. Jesus knows it, felt it, and overcame it. No matter the turn of events, the bumps in the road, or the monotony of life, because of Jesus we are victors.

My prayer this Easter is for my heart to be arrested by God. To be taken over, bound up, and hidden in Him. By faith, I know that if my heart’s tied to His, I’ll be able to navigate all the storms, valleys, mountain tops, so-so moments, and dry seasons in life.

My Easter Prayer for you & me:

“Lord, when life doesn’t make sense and bad things happen, arrest my heart to your Word, that I may cling to it and declare it over my life.

Lord, when I’m hurt, tired, and worn out, when it seems like the wells run dry, arrest my heart to your presence, that I may come alive and be washed over by Your Spirit.

Lord, when I’m scared and anxious, arrest my heart to your peace, that I may sleep through the night and feel your presence all around.

Lord, when my hope has come to an end, arrest my heart to the hope there is in Christ, that I may be reminded of my purpose and the plan you have for my life.

Lord, when nothing can satisfy me and I thirst for more, arrest my heart to your Spirit, that I may have rivers of living water flowing from within.

Lord, arrest my heart to yours, that I may see things as you do, and walk in your will all the days of my life.”

I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend, remembering Jesus. He is real, He is alive, and He’s coming back again. I pray you’d be reminded of the wonderful plan and purpose He has for your life.

Grace: The cure for perfectionism

grace_perfection_artwork_2In a world where flawlessness, immaculately chiseled bodies, and baby-smooth skin is the norm, there’s very little room to show weakness or imperfections.

Being a girl boss, a hustler, a workaholic, is admired. I cannot lie. I would love to be able to live a perfect life. A life where I can juggle every single opportunity, event, outing, and project that comes my way. All the while nurturing every relationship, making time for the gym and eating only organic food.

What kind of life would that be, though? Where failure, hang-ups, and imperfections never existed. There wouldn’t be any room to embrace, and receive the benefits of a wonderful and mysterious thing called Grace.

God’s grace is better, more reliable, and more stable than any physical or material thing we may obtain. Recognizing that we cannot do it all, let alone do it all perfectly, helps us understand the beauty and empowerment that come from God’s grace. Grace is looking to God to do for us, what we cannot do for ourselves. 

Following our dreams and working hard to accomplish our goals is not the problem. After all, faith without works is dead (James 2:17). When we embrace God’s grace, we surrender our need to be in control. The idea that our deeds, religious rituals, and resources, are the source, is what gets us stuck and overwhelmed.

If we would shift our thinking and allowed His grace to wash over us, the striving, the struggle, and the hustle would have a purpose. Our calling would take a shift and His grace would be the catalyst to achieve what He’s placed in our hearts. Essentially, our striving would turn to worship.

Even in the middle of being wrapped up by His grace, life will have it’s ups and downs. But when we choose grace over perfection, we become aware of God’s forgiveness, mercy and favor. Oh, how reassuring that is for me. And I hope it is for you, too. Regardless of what we do or don’t do, He loves us and cares for us.

When people see what a hot mess I am sometimes and wonder how the heck it all gets done, I have no reason to boast. It is not that I’m perfect or live by a standard of perfection, it is the grace of God that empowers me, gives me strength, and self-confidence to push through.

How freeing it is to know that I don’t have to have all my ducks in a row to receive God’s blessing. His grace is enough. We don’t have to live a “perfect” life or be the “perfect” person. His grace is enough. There’s no amount of good, pretty, nice, or perfect, we can create or strive for, that will ever satisfy. Only His grace is enough to empower, encourage, strengthen, bless, and motivate us on. 

[Bible verse references: Romans 5:8, 1 Timothy 1:16, Ephesians 2:8-9]


What does “Grace over Perfection” mean to you?

I would love to know what God’s grace means to you so I’ve made available free printable “Grace over Perfection” journaling pages. You can download them below! Share pics of what you’ve written about God’s grace on Instagram using #graceoverperfection. Can’t wait to see what you have to share!


Printable ‘Grace over Perfection’ Journaling Pages:

Black & White ‘Grace over Perfection” Journaling Page

Pale Pink & White ‘Grace over Perfection” Journaling Page

Pale Seafoam Green & White ‘Grace over Perfection” Journaling Page

 

What Word will Define Your Year?

 
Last year, I started a yearly tradition for myself. I chose a word for my year. A word that would define and drive my goals and dreams. That word was: Brave. I needed lots of courage to do the things God was asking me to do and by naming my year, I felt pressure (the good kind) to live up to the word.

Up until the very last week of 2015, I was challenged to live up to the word brave. I was amazed at the things God did through me and for me, because of the expectation I set for my year. Naming my year also helped me bring down negative thoughts that crept up and it was a reminder that my year was defined by a positive affirmation and not a negative one. 

 

Well this year, I named my year Discipline and Overcome. Discipline in my eating habits. Discipline in my writing habits. Discipline in my work habits. Discipline with time management. Oh, and the list goes on and on. Overcome was a word gifted to me by one of my dearest friends. And it’s the word that will help me defeat the obstacles that I will face in 2016 while striving to be more disciplined.

I would love to hear from you on what word you have chosen to define your 2016. What word will drive your goals, dreams, and endeavors in 2016? Will you allow that word to be a positive reinforcement when negativity tries to creep into your thoughts? Do you believe that God will give you the power and strength to live up to your word? I believe He can and He will!

To help keep your word at the top of your mind, I would like to gift you with a free print with the word you chose for 2016. So, comment below with your word, to enter to win a print!

The winner will be announced Tuesday, January 26. Contest ends tomorrow, January 22 at 11:59 pm. Print will be handwritten, digitized, and will look similar to the artwork at the top of this post (frame not included).

Good luck!