Art & Devotion: Words Like Honey

Facebook pleasant words “You feel better, Mama?” I woke up hearing these sweet words at six AM. I was home solo with the kids for a couple days and wasn’t feeling well. The first thing my son thought of when he woke up to the sunrise that morning was Mama. He warmed my heart, he was so sweet.

In contrast, don't we all (from time to time) say things that aren't so sweet? Or we walk away from a conversation that left us feeling empty? We’ve been put in our place.We’ve been made to feel inferior. We have been kicked when we are down. We are sensitive. I am. I pout when I’ve been hurt, even though I have said things that aren’t so kind. We are imperfect people that can’t seem to keep from hurting each other. But, not always. We also can forgive, we can love, and we can encourage. First, Jesus forgives, Jesus loves, Jesus encourages, therefore we can.

God does give us each other. And sometimes. Sometimes, we hear these sweet warm words just when they are unexpected, and such a blessing. Pleasant words, loving words, encouraging words. Help, and comfort, and understanding.

“You can stay with us.”

“You are doing this for Jesus, friend.”

“Let us know how we can help.”

“Can we bring you a meal?”

“I’m sorry that happened to you.”

“Would you like a cup of coffee?”

Pleasant words are sweet, they are nourishing, they give strength. Pleasant words are a reminder to me that Jesus is working through those around me to bless me, to keep me going in my faith. It’s a really neat opportunity if I get to do the same for them. Pleasant words are blessings that can be easily missed, but they are there. They are so beautiful.

When it comes down to it, the best place we can find words to strengthen our souls is right where the words of Jesus are recorded. We find his pleasant words to us. We can find sweet gospel words to share with each other. These are really truly meaningful nourishing words that last.

“Gracious words are a honeycomb,

sweet to the soul and healing to the bones…” Proverbs 16:24

To keep these thoughts in mind through August, click the images to download this artwork for use on your computer desktop or Facebook cover photo.

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Art & Devotion: Standing in Grace

standing in grace 700 px This summer is really getting the better of me. My romantic visions of domestic tranquility, mountain hikes, and relaxing evenings sipping lemonade were a little off. Instead, I sprained my foot doing laundry, soccer camp got hailed on, my son punched his little brother in the nose (it was an accident, Mom!), I spaced out social engagements, and then got a migraine. Oh my.

I don't even have a good excuse for most of my moments of crabbiness and forgetfulness. We have, for once, no serious health issues or tragedies happening, the daily schedule is not crazy. I don't have a good excuse, which means I have to admit - I'm just not perfect. Nor are my kids or husband. We can make a perfect mess of a perfectly lovely day.

But in between the kids' squabbles, and my ice packs, and mountains of laundry, I can see God's grace. My daughter is walking around reciting "unto life everlasting, amen." My boys forgave each other without a reminder, and I found five quiet moments to sit down with coffee to write today. Jesus is making it work, taking our awkward days, filling them with grace, and moving us another day closer to home (heaven.) We are standing in grace this summer, like always.

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

For a visual reminder that I'm walking around in God's grace, I created the above piece of wallpaper artwork to put on my computer desktop. If you could use a reminder as well, click on the image and save.

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"I Am His" Medallion Necklace // L. Olson Designs Big Birthday Giveaway

When it's our friend's birthday we celebrate! Our friend Lonni of L. Olson Designs is proud to celebrate 2 years this September. How are we celebrating? We are celebrating the people who make up our communities by taking part in Lonni's Big Birthday Giveaway party and gifting them with some fantastic products! Join us!  The giveaway runs September 16th-20th. We are giving away this "I Am His" medallion necklace by Redeemed to the giveaway party. Isn't it beautiful? With an affirming message and a relevant Scripture reference printed on back, this necklace adds inspiration and vintage flair to wardrobes of all styles!  Wear as an expression of your faith and as a precious reminder to yourself.....'I Am His!'.

Click HERE to join the party and enter to win!

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Enter this or all of the 12 giveaways worth over $400 in prizes! When you enter any of the giveaways you’ll automatically be included for a chance at a $25 gift certificate to Lonni's shop, L. Olson Designs on etsy.

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Lonni is a wife, mom, and designer located in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Her background is in architecture. She has her BSAS and MArch degrees, along with a Historic Preservation certificate, from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked as an Architectural Project Manager for several years. Today she works from home, running her Etsy shop and doing freelance design for individuals, families, and small businesses. The focus of her work is mainly graphic design, creating graphics and images for web and print purposes. She also does architectural design projects and provides social media services and consulting.

When she’s not working, Lonni enjoys reading a good book, drinking coffee, and spending time with her husband and two boys.

Are you in need of design work or social media help? Contact Lonni today to get a customized quote for your needs.

 

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