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            Something that has been on my heart lately is the constant struggle that us girls have to find freedom. Freedom from the chains that hold us back from truly embracing who we really are. Recently I have found myself to have fallen into a cycle of convincing myself that I am unworthy. I get so caught up in comparisons, judgements, opinions and thoughts of other people, that I very quickly lose sight of the truth- that I am worthy to be loved and that God could have done anything with me but He decided to create me exactly the way that I am. Not only did God lovingly shape each and every one of us, but we are His MASTERPIECE and we need to remember that. Jeremiah 31:3 says “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” There is no measure to the amount of love that God has for us. So why is it so easy for us to get down on ourselves? Because we let opinions and influences of those who don’t even know us overrule the love of our Father who made us. Don’t let the temptations and evil of the world get to you.

            Getting to the point of seeing yourself the way God sees you might be a long and strenuous journey, but it is a necessary one. The only way that we will be able to do all that God calls us to do is if we overcome the constant battle in our own minds and believe that we are strong and deserving enough to fulfill His promises and plans for our lives.

            I long to inspire other girls to do all that it takes to get to the point of loving yourself just the way you are. Something that I like to do is write encouraging letters and leave them places for people to find and what I write at the end of every letter is “You are worthy. You are loved.” So remember- God does not make ANY mistakes. You are worthy. You are loved. You are BEAUTIFUL.

Stay lovely.  xoxo

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When my husband and I relocated last year, I was desperate for friendship. On a lonely day, God brought my wonderful friend, Andra, into my life! With similar interests and passions in faith, design, and business, Andra asked me to form a business partnership with her!

We created With Grace & Gold, a design boutique centered on creating purposeful and authentic branding for small business owners – and we launched on October 1, 2014. Andra is an experienced and talented designer, and I am driven to help people succeed in business – so we are a perfect match! Our business is centered on inspiring and encouraging — and helping people to bring their dream to life through clear and effective branding. Through logo design, blog design, and web design, we want to help every small, creative business to succeed.

With Grace & Gold is rooted in scripture – Grace: the grace we have been given, and Gold: “He knows where I am going, and when He tests me, I will come out as pure gold.” (Job 23:10) It is our reminder to live a purposeful, faithful life – in all that we do.

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dressI am taking the best classes this quarter at Cal Poly Pomona; a Visual Merchandising class {learning about store displays and store layouts} a Design & Merchandising class {learning the business structure of a company} and lastly a Textile Fabrication class {a science class which experiments on fibers and fabrics to determine their end-use}. Yes this is my favorite quarter yet, and how could it not be, all these classes are getting me one step closer to one day owning a shop.

For my Visual Merchandising class we had to come up with a store display for our first homework assignment and I’m super excited how mine came out. I might have put a little too much time into it (a little more than 7 hours) for a simple project but I know everything I make can be included in my portfolio and perhaps something I’ll use later so I want to give it my all.

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What do you guys think? OH and this is done on Illustrator; meaning I drew every single line. Tracing those flowers and necklace was the majority of the work but it was a much needed detail ;)

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Notice I also had to include the Darling Magazines; you know those are going to make it on my shelves before anything else :)closeup2

I love everything I’m learning in these classes and can’t wait to share it with you!

Lately I’ve been so uninspired so I started collecting photos to inspire me and it turns out they look amazing all together :)

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The biggest lesson I learned this year has to be to dig deep and study the bible for myself and to not rely on others to teach me. I’ve encountered plenty of bad teachings which seem good at face value. At first I felt a little defeated and didn’t understand why God would allow me to learn wrong messages when I was so eager to study His word. Then I was able to see how this was a way for me to grow and learn how important it is to individually seek God, to grow a PERSONAL relationship with Him.

First off let me say this is not easy. I said it. Understanding the bible is hard, and could be overwhelming not knowing where to start. That said I can also say once you start, it is the most rewarding feeling in the world. The more you learn the more you crave to know more. The more you seek Him, the more you’ll understand Him.

So where do you start? Anywhere really, you’ll start seeing how the bible ties together as you go. For me the easiest was to start by topics or questions I have. I started one day with a dear friend as we tackled the topic “Speaking in Tongues”. It was something that we came across in our lives and didn’t know what the bible said about it so we researched every verse we could on the topic. After reading these verses it was very clear. We didn’t need someone to tell us what they thought it meant, the bible was very clear on the subject. From there on I started looking at other topics.

The Will of God

This topic started as I read Matthew 7:21;

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

I read this and first thought was fear, I am scared to be in that place, and second was what isss the will of the Father? I’m sure many can give their opinion, and I’m sure alot of it sounds great and could be true but I wanted to see what the bible says on the topic. I tried reading everywhere it talked about it and these are the verses I found;

Matthew 6: 9-10
“Our Father in Heaven hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”

From this I noticed “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” So is God’s will the same on earth as His will is in Heaven?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

That seems pretty straight forward.

1 Thessalonians 4:3

“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified”

I really wanted to understand what sanctified meant so I looked it up; “to be made holy”, aka to be like Him.

Ephesians 5: 1-20

(read it all but let me point out a few verses) “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (meaning we have to learn it and understand it). “Instead, be filled with the Spirit” (#2 Pray Continually) “speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (#1 Be joyful always). “Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God (#3 Give Thanks to God) the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

These are verses I found that helped me understand the will of God a little more, I hope it helped you as well or at least encouraged you to start researching for yourself these topics. I am by no means a pastor or scholar of this so I recommend you double check everything I say with the bible. This is a scary thing for me to write about since it’s somewhat of a controversial topic but I realized this is on my heart and I don’t want to keep that from this blog. This blog is part of who I am and I want to connect with other Christians and to encourage on another which is what I hope to achieve through this.

A last note; God will continue to teach us and help us grow. He’s the only one who can reveal His word to us and help us understand it. I pray to grow closer to Him and hopefully inspire others & myself to dig deep in His word.

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God, may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10

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