Wednesday, December 24, 2014

This Christmas

I spent a lot of time with my head down in Jeremiah 29:11 recently working on a custom order for Christmas. With this tried and true verse (an anthem of the Christian faith, even) on repeat in my head for two nights, I carefully lettered its words with my brush while listening to Christmas music.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

It's a verse I've known by heart for years and yet I noticed something new about it this time around: you. It doesn't say them and it doesn't say man. Not that person and not him or her.

You, specifically. Four times, to be exact. You. Me. Us.

We talk a lot about Jesus wanting a personal relationship with us and I found that in this verse. I may not always agree with the plans He has for me, but the promise at the end of the verse reminds me why it's not about what I want or think I need. Like Bob Goff wrote, "Jesus is more interested in our hearts than our plans. Plans work out or they don't; our hearts define our lives." Jesus is crafting His plans for me around the hope He offers through knowing Him, and my future is found in His glory.

And there's what I am reflecting on this Christmas. Jesus' birth is far greater than anything else this season offers and I am happy to know Him.

Finally, if you keep reading to verse 13, it says:

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

So here's to more seeking and finding in 2015. Jesus is everywhere and I'm glad for that.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wedding Signs, again

One of my favorite aspects of my job is the incredible people I get to meet. Relationships can remain pretty surface level in my industry because you don't get to see clients all too often, but sometimes you are fortunate enough to really get to know someone. That's definitely the case with my friend Katie in North Carolina. Admittedly, our bonding started almost two years ago after a Justin Bieber concert (YES.), but these days I am grateful to call her a friend. As you can see in the photos, she's beautiful (it's unreal, right?), but my kind-hearted friend's beauty goes so much deeper. Katie, you are a gem!

I wasn't able to make it to her dreamy wedding last month, but I was there in spirit. Any by spirit, I mean handwriting. Here are a few photos of some of the pieces I created. Congrats again to the lovely couple!

All photos by the talented All Bliss Photography.
Custom signage available in my Etsy shop, or contact me for details!

Check out more wedding signs and boards I've created in the past.