My heart is restless and my thoughts are often too scattered to sort through.
Most mornings I wake up before my alarm. And even before I can gather my first thought into something coherent I am already panicking.
Too much to do. Too much to manage. Too much to make sense of, sort through, and accomplish.
Almost every single morning my heart is beating for something other than my Savior. In the few hours I spent sleeping I have already forgotten that I am His….
Read the full post over at Glow, Live As Light where I had the privilege of guest posting this week.
You can also find a printable version of the print above on the full post.
Hooray for the start of my most favorite time of the year!
Let’s choose purpose, intentionality and joy this December as we remember the true reason for the season.
I pray these wallpapers brighten your December days and point your hearts to Jesus!
Thank you Shay Cochrane and the SC Stockshop for the gorgeous fall image! It’s perfect!! If you have not done so yet, sign up to receive an SC Stockshop image free to your inbox once a month along with purposeful and intentional business (life!) tips! Sign-up here!
To use Desktop Calendar: Click on the image below, and save the large image to your computer. Then set it as your desktop wallpaper.
To use iPhone Lock Screen: Click on the images below, and save the image to your photos. Open your camera roll, select the image and click next. A box should pop up with icons (message, mail, copy, etc.) choose ‘Use as Wallpaper.’ Scale or position the image to your liking and then select ‘Set Lock Screen.’
I pray your Thanksgiving is filled with joy! (And lots of turkey and even more napping!)
Enjoy this free art print and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
With Black Friday only a few days away, here are 11 fun items to gift your mom, sister, and sweet friend in your life!
And most importantly, Happy Thanksgiving!!!
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I come from an enormous extended family so our Thanksgiving dinner has always been buffet style and the ‘adults’ sat at the table while the rest of us piled anywhere there was an open space. I loved it. And still do. I plan on eating my fill while loving on my siblings and niece and nephews and parents and cousins and aunts and uncles and my sweet granny.
If I am being honest, the table setting doesn’t really matter. What matters is family and hearts of gratitude towards a King who has provided graciously for His people.
But it sure is fun to play right?! If I were hosting a small Thanksgiving dinner I imagine this is what my pretty white table would be dressed in. I am obsessing over these sweet details!
But I’m still biased towards the chaos of a big family with paper plates buckling under the weight of home-cooked country Thanksgiving goodness.
Hooray! I am so excited to introduce to you this gorgeous brand that I have been pouring over the past few months. This brand, complete with a new website (!!!), launched this week and I am so excited about how everything turned out.
Joy is an amazing young woman with an unbelievably strong testimony of a changed life. She desires to encourage and inspire woman with the Truth of Jesus and I have no doubt this woman is going to do big things.
Congratulations Joy!! It was an honor and absolute pleasure to work with you!! I am so excited to see what your future holds!
P.S. The collateral pieces and client experience elements along with website details are just as amazing! I cannot wait to show them to you next!
Hospitality, a word that we have to come to define beautifully decorated homes and perfectly executed dinner parties, can actually be defined biblically as generosity towards guests, both friends and strangers. Generosity, to sacrifice and give of one’s resources, gifts, and time. To be available to love on people in both big and small ways; in the planned and unplanned; both when life is put together and when life is messy.
Oftentimes I fall in to the former category. I have long since defined hospitality as a clean, organized home with gorgeous table settings and a 4 course dinner. And yet, over the years, God has been changing my heart, pulling me towards that which is uncomfortable, a place where I get to see Him more fully.
The beauty is that my home can still be clean and organized and I can still cook a really yummy dinner. It isn’t about not doing those things, rather hospitality is a matter of the heart.
Am I striving for those things to establish and validate my worth? Am I performing to impress others? Impress God?
The beauty is that my worth, my validation, my value lie in my Savior. He has made me righteous. Him alone.
Not a clean house. Not a beautifully decorated house. Not a beautiful dinner party.
God graciously let me see that I was finding so much worth and value in my performance, in my ability. And when He began to change my heart He took away guilt over not attaining perfection and in it’s place gave me freedom.
Freedom to not always be put together. Freedom to be a mess. Freedom to love others well, despite the circumstance.
A few months back I was commissioned by She Reads Truth to create the artwork for one of their most recent Bible Study Packs. The topic was Hospitality. And I could not have been more excited. As a woman who has struggled with having a biblical perspective of hospitality, a Jesus-centric view of hospitality I couldn’t wait to interpret that visually.
We chose the hospitality icon, a pineapple as the focal point. I watercolored the pineapple and did so very purposefully. Although I love watercoloring, specifically in this case, I chose that medium because it represented the messy beautiful work that hospitality is. It is never perfect, but it is so very beautiful. And the same thinking was applied towards the lettering. After a few attempts at beautiful and almost elegant type for the title, I chose to do a quick marker written title; again representing that it is not perfect and it is often messy but it works. True hospitality works. And lives are changed because of it.
It was a joy working with the She Reads Truth team and together we created a Study Pack, Art Prints and Bible Verse cards. They all hold the same symbolism and are all so beautiful.
If you have never joined the She Reads Truth for a bible study, do so! Spend time in the Word and see His promise to renew your mind, heart and soul. And the She Reads Truth team has graciously offered a 15% discount to my readers with the coupon code: ASHLEE through Friday, November 21. I think that is a great deal too amazing to pass up. So, go get your Hospitality Study Pack and ask God to work in your heart His desire for you in regards to true hospitality.