His Banner is Love: Truth You Need to Hear

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Written by the lovely Kaci Nicole

I’m a big words girl.

I love writing, and I love the feeling of finding a perfect quote.  Goodness, “Words of Affirmation” is even my top love language.

My love for words stems from the fact that I believe in their power.  Power to influence and power to change.  Think about God’s first recorded words in Scripture, as He is creating the world.  Of all the methods He could have chosen (which is oh yeah, anything), He chose to speak the very universe in which we live into existence using words.  This means that His words have the power to change reality.  I think He has instilled in our words the same capacity. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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The Stages in [insert your name here] ‘s Journey

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Call me crazy, but I write my future self letters.  Correction – I used to write myself letters before I had a smart phone. Now I make myself videos. Just like I used to write letters about current goals and dreams and revelations, I now record a video to my future self when I think she may need a reminder or guidance or just a smile. Then I save it in my videos folder until whenever. Not kidding – sorry not sorry. Maybe you get this – anyone else with me already? – or maybe you’re wondering what on earth I am talking about. Continue reading

Danielle is an author and entrepreneur. She loves afternoon tea, weddings, and finding the perfect gifts for her favourite people. Her mission is to hire and train the unemployed, and to help women joyfully celebrate life. Danielle was a corporate banker for years and has lived and worked in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

You can find more of Danielle’s work at www.definingsomeday.com & www.laceandscone.com

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How to Spread Love The Eternal Way

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As an imperfect mother living in a world where social media proclaims perfection, it is easy to be filled with constant worry and even, at times,  jealousy. Questions like “Am I doing well enough as a parent?” “Do my children have enough new toys?” “Do my children have as many gifts for birthdays and Christmas that the social media feeds show?” “Are their clothes ‘in style’?” may arise. The list could go on and on about what this world deems great parents to be. It can really make you feel like you are not good enough, when in truth, these things are only things, and they do not measure our ability to parent our children, and do not truly matter in terms of our children’s salvation.

Dear friend, we, as parents –in order to set an eternal example– must set our eyes on things that are from above and not from this earth. Continue reading

Kalie is Wife to her grade school sweetheart + Mama to their two littles. She is currently completing her Bachelor Degree + will graduate this December (by the grace of God). Writing about the truth of Jesus Christ is her happy place, the place where she feels the Lord speaks to her most. Kalie has a little blog of her own that is very dear to her; along with her husband and children + home, this blog is where she feels the Lord has made her ministry in this season. Phil. 1:6
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Artist Feature: Bethany Joy Art

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This post is brought to you by the lovely and talented Bethany Joy, of Bethany Joy Art. We hope you find inspiration in her story and her beautiful art!

Hi, friends! I’m Bethany Joy, a painter of color and “joy.”  The feeling of paint on my fingers, wearing my favorite denim paint shirt, squeezing a new tube of paint, watching paint drip down a canvas, even waiting for paint to dry…those things make my heart smile.  But, I didn’t choose painting, at first that is… Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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When Grace Met Imperfection

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Hey friends, I’m so excited to share with you a sweet friend of mine’s story. Shannon is a joy and encouragement to know, and I hope you find her story as inspiring as I did!

Hey, my name is Shannon and I’m a twenty-something-year-old born and raised Washingtonian whose love for green grass, white linens, garden veggies, puppy kisses, and God’s grace is 100% unapologetic. It was an honor to be asked to share some thoughts with you, on this cozy corner of the Internet. I encourage you to grab your favorite beverage, a fluffy blanket, and stay awhile. Thanks for reading!

My journey towards living an authentic, grace-filled life is nowhere near completion, but my goodness it sure has a come a long way from where it first began…

I was 4 years old. My papa and I were driving home from church on a warm summer evening when I asked him the most intelligent question a 4-year-old could possibly ask: “Dad, how do I get Jesus to actually live inside my heart?” Without hesitation he maneuvered the car over to the side of the road, put it in park, and turned to face me with the biggest smile. From that night forward, Jesus became more than just a story, He became the leader of my story.

Faith has always been a key component of my identity – it literally defines how I see the world, attempt to react in situations, and most importantly offers me the promise that my future is just the beginning of a divine legacy. I picture faith as a golden thread, intricately woven throughout the years, remaining vibrant in color despite human tendencies to dull it. The concept of faith has not always been easy for me to comprehend, especially as a “scientist”. You see, my background is heavy in the sciences. With only 1 year remaining between a medical doctorate degree and my future in healthcare, the majority of my life has been spent learning, pondering, and researching in the fields of biology, chemistry, physiology, mathematics, etc. Thankfully, a faith-based upbringing, partnered with the decision to pursue my pre-medical undergraduate degree at a small, private Christian university, provided me with a solid foundation on which my faith continues to grow.

Shannon 1As a physician-in-training I put my faith to the test every.single.day. My position on a healing team grants me total access to the most vulnerable, ugly, and joyous moments that human life has to offer. I find this level of stranger-intimacy truly humbling.  Medicine is a beautiful and messy journey, one that requires faith. Faith to hold a patient’s hand as they take their last breath, faith to bring a tiny life into this world, and faith to understand that the human body is not something to be “mastered” but something to be respected. My admiration for God’s divine creation spans beyond the awe-inspired complexity of the body, but also runs deep into the dark soil where my “baby greens” grow. As a wanna-be-green-thumb enthusiast, I can’t help but become giddy with excitement when I see a leafy green stalk emerge from the soil below. The concept that delicious life can grow from a tiny, seemingly life-less seed, never ceases to amaze me.

Similarly, I compare life without Jesus to be like the inanimate seed – buried, cold, and struggling to simply survive the harsh environments before realizing that it has a purpose for living that gives life to others. That being said, I encourage you to pause, look around at what fills your daily life and gives you purpose. Is it your job? How many followers you have on your social media accounts? The car you drive? What your significant other does for work? The list could go on and on, and on. Instead, I now challenge you to pause again, take a moment to jot down what really matters to you, and make a second list of what you know matters to your Creator. Do your lists align? If not, prayerfully ask Jesus to help you break out of the darkness and into His light, so you can become a life-giving fruit to those around you. More frequently than not, I, too, have to press pause and re-evaluate the situation at-hand. Clarity doesn’t always come with a quick prayer, and often requires a painful struggle before I emerge with a renewed perspective that 99% of the time also comes with a sense of peace, His peace.

I pray for that same sense of peace to find you, right here, right now. You are loved. You are cherished. And most importantly, you have a purpose for living that is unparalleled. Your Heavenly Father created you perfectly and desires nothing more than to be in daily conversation with you. Silence the cell phone, close the laptop, and take the time you need to reconnect with your Creator. You imperfections are perfectly welcomed in His presence.

Praying abundant blessings over you as you continue to navigate this imperfect journey we call life, and seek to accept the grace that eagerly awaits you.

Blessings,

Shannon

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Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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Meet Kaylie Hodges: A Story of The Unexpected and God’s Blessings

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I never wanted to get married and have kids.

Don’t worry. This isn’t coming as any surprise to my husband since I looked him in the eye after knowing him for only six months and spoke those words very clearly. I was going to be free. I was going to travel and live big. I’d seen just enough brokenness in being tied down that I believed healing was found in being untethered.

Less than seven months later I was looking that same man in the eye as I walked down the aisle. That’s pretty much how my entire adult life has gone. I keep finding what I’m looking for in the most unexpected places. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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Meet Erin Nausin of Primavera Studio


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Hey friends! Today’s post is brought to you by the wonderful and talented Erin Nausin of Primavera Studio. We hope you’re as encouraged by her story as we are!

Truth be told, I come from a family of planners. Not only did I know what we’d have for dinner any given night of the week, but I also picked out the college I’d attend long before the applications were due.

And it totally worked. I was a good student with good friends and a good future ahead of me. Having a plan meant I had my junk together, and that was important. Way too important. Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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An Encouraging Word from Elise Hodge of She is Light

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At the very mention of ‘social media’, the neurons in my brain start firing in a hundred different directions! And if you ask me what I think about social media, I’ll tell you that it is a fantastic tool to build community, share creative pursuits, meet other like-minded women and cheer each other on. But with the wonderful world of social media comes a whole bunch of challenges.

The truth is that young women and teenagers are constantly bombarded with an alternative reality. They may be alone, sitting in their room, mindlessly scrolling through image after image – pictures of fitness models, yummy food, breathtaking images of travels to the far corners of the earth. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with these pictures – they can be beautiful, aesthetically pleasing and creative! Continue reading

Laura is the co-founder + editor behind SWS. She is currently living on Maui with her husband, where they’re passionate about serving and glorifying Jesus. She loves naps, surfing, adventuring with their border collie, Mowgli, and is an advocate for the fact that #GraceNeverRunsOut.
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