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A New Beginning

The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur…hence the lack of blog posts. Last week we packed up everything that we own, and moved across the country from Texas to Pennsylvania to begin our church planting journey. We said lots of goodbyes to people that have walked through life with us, and have been a beautiful picture of what the church is.

It was surreal to pack up all of our belongings and leave a city full of people that we love to go back to the city that I grew up in. I am constantly amazed at the story that God is writing. I don’t think I would have ever imagined that this is where God would have placed us, but I am so thankful for His sovereign hand that has been working for years in our hearts and in the hearts of those we will meet.

I can feel the Lord stretching me, pushing me out of my comfort zone and towards Him. He is showing me that though things around me are uncertain, He is constant and sure. Though I don’t know exactly what the future holds, I know the one that holds the future. He is showing me that His ways are higher than my ways, that His Word is my comfort, and that I must run to Him in prayer.

And yet here in my weakness, I can see His grace so clearly. ( 2 Corinthians 12:9)

In my uncertainty, I can take to Him my heart and lay it at His feet in prayer, knowing that He hears me. (Philippians 4:9)

I can find refuge in Him, and Hope in His Word. (Psalm 119: 114)

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Cara Cobble Trantham

Beautiful. God. Girl. Journey.

Regina Erickson

Thank you for sharing!

Freedom and Grace and A Storewide Sale

Our new Freedom and Grace Journal launched today! I am so excited for this study on the book of Galatians to finally be available, God has taught me so much while I studied for this, and I couldn’t be more excited.

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The journal is available by itself, or as a bundle with some fun extra goodies!

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We also launched lots of brand new prints. You can also purchase the prints in bundles which makes it more cost effective to buy gifts or prints for several different rooms.

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With all the excitement we just had to have a sale, so you can take 20% off your entire purchase using the code FREEDOMANDGRACE Head over to the shop and take a look around!

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I know you’ve mentioned you like to study books of the Bible instead of themes. What resources do you use to do this? Let scripture interpret scripture, concordances, or…?

Following Rules ≠ Spiritual Maturity

Over the past few months as I have been studying the book of Galatians for my new devotional journal, God has been teaching me so much. Before studying the book of Galatians so in depth, I had certainly read it many times, and even memorized several verses from the book. I don’t think I had ever realize how much depth was in the book though, and how relevant it is to my life, as well as the church today.

The book talks so much about the freedom and grace that we find in Jesus. The book talks so much about how salvation is only by His grace, one of my college professors even summarized the theme of the book as, faith plus nothing. But, here is the problem…we as people tend to be doers. We know that our position in Christ is based on grace alone through faith alone, but somehow we think that we need to do certain things, or keep to a list of standards and rules to stay in God’s favor. We think that our spiritual maturity is measure by how many rules we follow, and how many things we don’t do. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely believe that one someones life has been transformed by Christ that there will be things in their life that will probably change. But it is so easy to focus on producing outward changes that have not reached the heart. We live a life trying to try harder, and do better, when we should be living a life resting in His grace and constantly drawing near to Christ. We should be asking Him to make us more like Himself, instead of trying to do the things that will make other people think that we are more spiritual than we are.

When we walk with the Lord it will affect the things that we do, but doing things does not make us have a walk with Him. We get it backwards so often. We try so hard to change ourselves, to do what we are supposed to do to give an outward appearance of righteousness. When really it is all Him, when we stay close to Him, He will change us. The gospel tells us that we can do nothing in ourselves to make us holy, it must be Christ working in us.

Instead of being consumed with following a list of dos and don’ts, I pray that we will instead run to Jesus. I pray that we will cling to Him, spend time with Him, and let Him transform us. Instead of being obsessed with trying to make others think we look spiritual, and holy…let us run to the Holy one.

3.5"x2" Business Card TemplateThe new Freedom and Grace study on the book of Galatians will be available Thursday, July 31.

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Jessica

Amen! I’ve wavered back and forth over the years between keeping the religious to-do list and throwing it all out and just clinging to Jesus. The more I try to do the to-do list, the further from Him I feel. The closer I get to Him, the more joyful, overwhelming love of Christ I feel.

Getting Ready to Go Expectantly

Things are starting to come together as we get ready to move in just three short weeks. This past week Jeremy was ordained. I am so proud of him for all that he has done to get to this place, and so thankful for all of the people that have poured into us along the journey.

Our remaining weeks here are going to be filled with lots of boxes, and lots of goodbyes. Jeremy has had an intense summer of lots of summer classes, and we have been in the middle of starting our online shop, so things have been hectic. On top of that we are getting ready to leave the comfort of the known, to enter into the land of the unknown. It is incredibly exciting, and just a tad scary.

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A photo snapped by my sweet instagram friend Amber as her family drove through the town we are planting in.

I think, though, that it is also a time of expectancy. We are looking forward to the future, knowing that the road ahead will be hard, that there might be days of discouragement, but that we will work for His name and for His glory, and wait expectantly for what He has.

We have so many dreams for the church that will soon take form, but those dreams don’t really have anything to do with pretty buildings, perfect music, or an abundance of programs. Instead, we are dreaming about people that will encounter Christ, and encounter grace. We are dreaming about our living room being full of new friends.  We are dreaming about a community of people captured by grace, that live out the gospel each day in a community of believers, and in their own communities. So, we are going into the unknown, realizing that there will be bumps along the way, but that we have a God who is sovereign over all, who knows exactly what lies ahead, and is already preparing the hearts of those that we will meet.

Will you pray with us?

Will you pray for hearts to be softened, and open to the gospel?

Will you pray for people that that will go with us?

Will you pray, and ask if it could be you?

 

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Ashley Paschke

Praying for you. Church planting is not an easy road but it is so so sweet! Looking forward to having you in NEPA!

Robin Crump

My daughter is in a church plant right now. Not always easy but very much a blessing.

Resa Michelle Workman

Praying for you and your sweet family!

A New Shop and a Huge Giveaway!

We launched a brand new shop today so we decided that we needed to celebrate! So we are giving away one of everything in the shop…yep…you heard it right…one lucky winner will get one of everything that we carry. You can enter through Friday at 11:59 pm EST.  You can enter below, and make sure to share the image below for extra entries to the giveaway and to help get the word out about our new shop!

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Samantha Updegraff

I would love this!!!!

Melissa McMurchy

Would love to see a shirt or maybe some jewelry!!

Josh-Danielle Venable

So excited for you and your new shop!! I LOVE everything! It’s all so beautiful!

Ashley Danielle Flores

I think a tshirt and maybe another mug would be nice
Xoxo

Congratulations on the new shop! Can’t wait to see what new items you’ll be sharing.

I would love to see coasters with some of your prints on them!

Ervina

The bag is lovely and I think would be fabulous in a few more designs as well.

Awesome contest! I love your prints and would love to see more!

What a fun giveaway! I am absolutely in love with everything in the shop! Great job!!!!

Jackie

Super excited!

Barbara Fenn

Love the mug!

I want to win omgoodness I LOVE that bag!!!

This is wonderful and your work is lovely!

Michael-Anna Frahm

I would love the joy in Christ journal & mug – what a perfect combination to start a new day!

Kayla

Beautiful. Fun. Inspirational. Real. You. Thank you.

Taylor Harmon

My husband and I used the bombshell pro font for our wedding invites, programs etc. so I am totally obsessed with all your products, Kristin! Thanks so much for sharing your time, heart, and the gifts God has given you with everyone!

I was just looking at the shop yesterday, and I love everything in it! To win it all would be so wonderful! :)

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Journals!

Maranda Brewster

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this mug!! Excited for your new shop!

Janice Keefer

Love all the items…would make incredible gifts for people I love and want to share with.

I am in love with this mug! Adding it to my wish list :)

Anonymous

Love everything but I think the mug is my favorite! Would go perfect with my morning coffee :)

Stephanie Shepherd

Would love some goodies and love the blue of the mug!

Ellen Walker

Love the mug! Your blog is beautiful and encouraging!

Abby Schweitzer

I would love to see adult and kid (toddler) t shirts!

Rebecca

Congratulations on the new shop! That’s exciting! And I LOVE the mug. :):):)

Melissa Hyder

I love all the current items in the shop!

Jennifer Lynn Deitz

I’d like to see more mugs with different scripture on them

Tina G

I love the Be Still tote! Everything is so lovely!

Tina G

I would love to see a Be Still keychain. :)

Yasmin Shardow

Absolutely love the mug!

I would love to see a wall calendar in your shop. Maybe alternating the type of prints you already have with some of your amazing photography.

Jenny Kornegay Still

I love this!!!! Speaking truth into the lives of so many people! God is so good to us! How can we not share it?!

Lindsay Tanner

I love the mug! I would love to see more tote bags!

Ashley Watson

Everything is so beautiful! As a newlywed, I’d love to have a devotional journal so my husband and I could use it to share our thoughts and prayers in our daily devotions.

Amy Parrish

The mug is a beautiful color!

Alisa Ward

What an exciting Giveaway! I can’t wait to see the new journal & hoping for some more mug designs :)

Also, a wall calendar would be perfect!

Boy Reziell

The mug. Love it so much.

Nitasha Charmaine Friesen

I would love to see a prayer journal as well! You are such a blessing!

Lisa M. Stahl

You have such a lovely shop and I love all of the items you are offering. I would love to wake up to that beautiful mug every morning and be reminded of my Creator.

Kailynd Ann Biggar

Love this entire site!

Ashlee Faison Wallace

I thought my favorite was my mug (that I use every morning) however, my bag is giving it a run for the money :)

I’m a mug junky – so I’d love to see more mugs – I also have a bag problem , so more bags would be awesome.
Ooooo, & tops (t-shirts, HOODIES, sweaters, etc)

Courtney Patten

Excited about this! I love the mug and journal. T shirts and a long term journal would be great additions as well :)

Marissa KymberleeJoy Pruett

I would sooooo love to see more bags!

Rebekah

what a great idea and some great products!

Vickibeth O'Brien

Everything is so pretty, Kristin! :)

Vickibeth O'Brien

Everything is so pretty, Kristin!

Sarah Elizabeth Hirsch

So excited about this giveaway!! Would love to win!!

Chandler Blalock

Love this shop!

Kimberly Ellis Snow

Absolutely love the mug! Also I’m looking forward to ordering the journal. My brother-in-law passed away suddenly at a young age so I’m considering getting a journal for her. :-)

Amy Hohl

These would be the perfect gift for my mom’s birthday in August!

Luiselle A Bautista

Love love love and want the mug!!! And God bless You!!

Jennifer Ohlmann

Love the mug!

I love all the pretties in your shop!! Would love to see more mugs and prints.

Love it all! Especially the Be Still bag!

Sarah Apedaile

Would love more of your prints on mugs!

Kelly Gerkhardt

That mug is so great! I’d love to see more like it in the shop!

Kathryn Smith

What a generous giveaway Kristin! I love your shop and would love to get anything, let alone one item of each thing!

Charity Carlson

So exciting, still have my eye on one of those mugs!!!

Beautiful shop. What an awesome contest. If I won I’d share it with the beautiful ladies that I study with at our local pregnancy center/shelter.
Melissa W.

Anna Csoros

I am a mug person myself, so adding more of those to the shop would always be welcome!

Sonya Tavangaran

I remember when we met pre-PCC days, Kristin! Now, it’s awesome to see how much the Lord has worked in your life and how much He has been using you since then. You’re a great encouragement! :)

Amanda Hodgson- Dufour

Love this mug!!

deb huffman

more printed mugs

Stephanie Rogers

Love this, and love that you have this shop/inspiration

Angela Rector

I love the mug , my favorite color and perfect way to start the day!

Congrats on your new shop!
Perhaps some scripture kitchen towels! I love kitchen towels just as much as I love mugs! Ha!

Katy Boozer Dortenzo

awesome! gladly sharing :)! such awesome things with awesome reminders :)

Danielle Anderson

Love the shop! I’d love to see inspirational jewelry on here too.

Penny Mellen Morrison

I am new to your blog but love it! I love the mug, that is one of my FAVORITE songs!!

As a pastors wife i make cards and would love to see bible vers to use on cards

Natalie Jean

I love all your products! You’re so creative :) I’d love to see some more fun mug designs!

Maegan Lewis

I LOVE the mug! I’d say a mug with another saying or verse

Heather McDaniel

Omgoodness. I would absolutely love to win this. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Michele Lynne

Congrats on the brand new shop! It’s exciting to see how you are branching out! I love the journal devotional and scripture memory cards-an I’m looking forward to your next devotional journal!!
I think it’d be fun to see more mugs and bags and ways to bring scripture into our lives and our homes :)

Leticia Aguilar

I love the mug! We all need Jesus :) Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway! May the Lord Jesus Christ bless and prosper you and your family in all that you do and may He open up the flood gates of Heaven and pour out His blessings upon you until they overflow. God bless.

Lissa Holguin

Love your products..would love to see more bags…I am a bag girl :)

Kim Wallar

I NEED this mug!! I’m new to your site. SO glad I found you!

Ashley Tintinger

I’d love to see some more mugs, maybe in other color options as well.

Dani Teeple

So excited for you to have YOUR OWN shop. Congratulations and many many blessings for success!

Lauren Wolfe

Just stumbled upon your instagram and blog and I think I am in love, haha. Thank you so much for your faithfulness in sharing Scripture and encouragement. It is such a wonderful blessing!

Jennifer Davis

Love to see how God is using you both! I’ll be praying for you!

Corinne Satterfield Ford

Love your work and would love to go through one of your devos!!

Heather

I love the mug!

I LOVE that mug! I can’t wait to explore the site and see what you’re about!

Kimberly

Love all of your products and your new shop!

Stephanie BArnes

Love the mug and everything else!

I love everything in your shop, maybe some more pretty mug designs would be fun!! :D

Jen

I recently found you through Instagram, and I love your posts, and now your blog. I will be ordering one of your prayer journals. I use a monthly planner and would love to have one with your touch, with daily or weekly verses and room to journal! Thank you so much!

Tracy Ohlmann

Love the mug!

Angela B.

I love the Jeremiah 29:13 print, and I love the mug! Would love to see more prints and mugs. :)

Elisha

I love everything in your shop! I think it would be neat to see some more mugs and bags! I also think soem new devotional journals ;) and maybe some journals to write in with a scripture or inspiring quote on front.

Angela

This is such a fun giveaway! I don’t know what I would add I your shop…maybe some cute women’s Tees. Your items and your blog are ao beautiful!!!! Thank you for being a vessel for Christ!!!!

Angela

What a fun giveaway!! Your shop and blog are both ao beautiful! I think maybe you could add some cute women’s Tees. But I already love what you have!!!!

Susan pruitt

Love the mug and store!,

Cool!

Shelley Moore

Ooohhh my favourite thing (outside of the wonderful journals!) is definitely the tote bag! I’m big on bags, and this could be my new favourite!!

i love the mug, and your bag is soooo cute. i would love to see some book markers :)
thanks for the give away (fingers crossed)
<3 laura

Love!!!!

JohnandMaegan Raeside

All of your items are beautiful and meaningful! You are a daily encouragement. Thank you. ~M

Abbi

Everything looks so cute! I love the colors. :)

Beth

Love, love, love the mug! So cute!

Gorgeous stuff! Excited to be following you!

Shelby

My heart is so full and so at peace reading that mug. I love it!! :)

Tracy Ohlmann

Love the mug!

Dawn Owens

I have been following you for awhile now and you have encouraged me and inspired me. Thanks so much for your courage and your faithfulness to The Lord. And THANK YOU for making pretty things with scripture that I can fill my life with to encourage me throughout my day.

Dawn Owens

To answer what should be added to the shop, how about a pencil case to carry in the beautiful bag you made. I would love to have something that matches the pattern

Hannah Grimley

Products I would like to see in the shop… Maybe more mug options? They make for great gifts.

Robin Crump

Thank you for doing this giveaway – I love all of your stuff!

Kim Vander Helm

I love the stuff in your store!!! Thanks for the give away!!

Traci Beeson

I’m honestly not sure – I’m just obsessed with everything that you already have!!!! I’ve been eyeing that mug especially – maybe more mug designs? :)

Chelsea Ciccotelli Tademy

I love the mug and the bag – I’d love to see some stuff to encourage relationships (with your spouse, kiddos, family, etc.)

Melissa Siena

I love it alllll

Emma Landis

Love!

Jessica Kratzer

The TOTE BAG!!!

love the mug! I think jewelry, fun inspiration prints or t-shirts would be awesome!

Bethany C.

this is so special!! thank you!

Deanna Martin

Beautiful website!

dawn

Thanks so much for this fun giveaway, so excited for you and all the new products and journals you have been making. What a faithful child of God you are in everything you do. It’s helped me trust and grow in my faith so much.
Thanks so much for this chance to win, would love to have my tea and Jesus time with your new mug!

Jessica Barron

I love your blog and shop! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful piece of your heart and passion.

Shannon Phelps

Love the mug and the beautiful way you let your light shine for Jesus!

I would love to see a latte sized mug with the same words! “In the Morning When I Rise” is one of my favorite songs!

Michelle

Everything is just lovely!

Love you items and congratulations with your shop! I personally always love bookmarks… To place in the various places in reading at in the Word. Xoxo

Enthusiastically, Dawn

I love the mug, and found you on Instagram. I would love to see a plain journal…with some of your pretty style. NOw I am on my way to look! But a matching journal, bookmark, coffee mug….BUNDLE. yeah, that would be sweet. With a scented candle thrown in for good measure. ;)

Jan A.

I found you on Instagram and love all your goods! Glad I found you even if I don’t win your sweet giveaway!!

Love your site, your heart, your faith. I’d love to see bookmarks, keychains and shirts in your store! Live Inspired, Kristin

Jennifer Peach

A very generous giveaway, thank you!

Tina Hendricks

Love all of your products!

Lisa Suit

I love everything in the shop, I don’t know what I would add!!

Jessica Bishop

Beautiful mug!!!! I love your shop! Such pretty things! :)

Jessa Reed

I absolutely adore your work! Coffee mugs are my favorite!

Makenzie Neely

I’d love to see a shirts and more devotionals.

Lindsey Gustafson

Not sure what other items I’d like to see but I LOVE the mug! perfect color

Emily Cole

Love your blog and your shop!! So excited to see what else you’ve got up your sleeves!!
Blessings!! Emily Cole

Rachel Swinburne

i love love love love the journals and the bag and the mug!!!!!! i love everything about the shop!

Julianna Foster

i love that mug! and all your prints!

Jessica Jenkins

I love the simplicity and creativity in all of your work. I greatly admire it all. God Bless

Taylor-Lynn Louis

Love this shop! Hope I win the giveaway!

Crystal Williams Rosecrance

Love!! Absolutely love!!

Bianca Roman

i would love to see a devotional planner perhaps!

Anna Ervin

I love the mug and I came across your blog on insta! I love it already!

Kristin Williams Honeycutt

Love the blog!

Sara Coppola

Hopefully all these shares are gaining you lots of new followers so that you can spread joy and hope and the Good News to many more people! :)

Amy McNary

Love reading your blog and I love looking at everything in your shop.

Chiantia Crews

I love every single thing in your shop!! What a blessed site! Many blessings to you. I wou

Jill Snelson

Your stuff is just gorgeous!!!!!

Danielle Nicole Gately

The mug and journal are my fave! :) Thank you for all the inspiration to come to Jesus.

Traci Anne Thurow

Excited to find a new Christian blogger. I would love to see more kitchen/home accessories such as towels and candle holders. Also maybe some t shirts with your beautiful vibrant prints!