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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Piece of My Heart: Whispers of Rest

Hello, treasured friends! I hope you're having a beautiful week. ♥︎ As you know, my crafting schedule has been scaled back to allow healing. This unexpected season of rest aligned with Bonnie Gray's new book Whispers of Rest, which releases TODAY! ♥︎
(Yes, my coffee was long gone upon remembering to take a photo!)

I am thrilled to be a part of Bonnie's launch team, which came with the blessing of an advanced copy of her book. I have long-adored her gentle heart, which brightly sparkles throughout her writing. If anyone could convince me to rest, it would be her. ;) Like so many, I was living at a hectic pace and my joy was diminishing. Chronic pain was not helping matters. I was beginning to hide my heart.
Whispers of Rest engages far deeper than the title implies. I learned and received the value of resting in God, but even more it brought me to a closer relationship with the One I dearly love. The One who beckons us to come to Him and live through Him. She invites us to set our hearts free by the gentle touch of Jesus. Bonnie reminds us that God has placed a beautiful, natural light in us that cannot be destroyed.... His perfect love. I am determined to let go of fear and cling to Jesus instead. ♥︎

This book is a treasure trove of encouragement that deepens our faith. One of my favorite morsels is tucked within Day 7:

"Jesus didn't shut down his heart. He opened his heart to love and brokenness, so that he could one day make your heart his home."

During this Whispers of Rest journey, I unexpectedly was emboldened. Instead of shutting down my heart that felt it could take no more despair, I am once again seeking out shattered hearts that need hope. Instead of feeling irreparably broken, I'm refueled with God's love and light.. along with an urgency to shine it into lives overcome with darkness. ♥︎

Bonnie's heart is beautiful and she has a passion for resting in quiet love. I am grateful for her vulnerability as she steps out again to encourage us to care for our souls. You can learn more about her and Whispers of Rest on her blog.

Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a blessed day! 🌷

Monday, May 15, 2017

Birthday Love

Hello, precious friends! This year has been unlike any other but I am valiantly fighting to regularly craft once again and sprinkle your work with sweetness... thank you for the continual love. I am forever thankful for you. ♥︎

I am posting today on the Wild Orchid Crafts blog, sharing a wee bit of birthday inspiration. ♥︎ This is also for our new delightful challenge at Deep Ocean, where we are playing with furry/fuzzy friends! Pure sweetness.
My darling mother's birthday is fast approaching! To celebrate, I've combined vintage pink with classic white and soft green. My papers are from Maja Design's Vintage Romance.
Along with gorgeous flowers, I've layered lovely trims and elegant pearls. I love the combination of the fabric babies breath with vintage seam binding... the softness and wispiness make my heart flutter. Wild Orchid Crafts is a treasure trove of sweet beauty. ♥︎
My chipboard elements are from Wycinanka, two of which have been painted with Crackle Paste. Thank you for fluttering on by and I wish you a blessed day! ♥︎

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