Holiday Launch 2016 + Sale

This season doesn't have to usher in busyness in our hearts even if it seems that way on our calendars. The holiday season...our celebrations of Thanksgiving and Christmas, are opportunities for us to remember the joy of God's provisions, beginning with the ultimate gift of salvation through Christ coming to abide with us.

Today, we launch Holiday 2016 in GraceLaced Shoppe, with new Thanksgiving and Christmas prints, canvases, Christmas cards, and a new journal. Here are this year's offerings...


THANKSGIVING

Our Thanksgiving designs are all about gratitude and praise, in all circumstances, to the One who is worthy...

CHRISTMAS

For Christmas we invite you to join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior. The JOY we long for in this live is made possible because Christ came to ABIDE with us. We celebrate and REJOICE in a risen Christ. It's for this joy that we TELL others, far and wide, of the hope of the gospel.

NEW YEAR

Finally, our favorite product all year: Hope In the Desert 2017 Calendar, created to help us to memorize scripture with 12 repurpose-able scripture memory cards and 8x10 art prints. Buy a single calendar for yourself or a discounted 4-pack to divide up and give as gifts to your family and friends. (With this week's additional 20% sale, each calendar in the 4-pack ends up being just $30 apiece!)

SALE DETAILS

Enjoy 20% off all "Holiday" category items in the Shoppe with code: BEATTHERUSH.

The sale ends at 11:59pm MDT, Sunday, October 30.

(P.S. If you are already a subscriber, be sure to open the email you received in your inbox this morning for a little free gift from us!)

Shop all GraceLaced Holiday Products

Grateful for all of you who celebrate each season with my artwork. To Him be all glory.

Because of grace,

 

For Us Moms Who Long To Create

I'm often asked how I do it -- how I can be a mom to six and still make time for creative endeavors like art and writing, while also running a business. The shortest answer is this: I didn't for many years. It looked different in various seasons, and most importantly -- I have lots of help (more on that another time!)

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We moms tend to think that it's all or nothing; that we must either throw ourselves into mothering or fully into career, a creative pursuit, or business. We sometimes think that making time for one assumes the demise of the other, but that's simply not true. 

I spent the first 12 years of motherhood learning how to be a wife and mom. The days were full and nights were short as one or two were always in diapers for the last 14.5 years. I had to learn to rest, again and again. The Lord used motherhood to sanctify me and continues to do so. There was little room for art, but I snuck it in to nap times, evenings, and weekends.

I don't think I understood it then like I do now, but somehow: We get to reflect our Maker's artistry, we just have to change the means in which we do so in various seasons. Whether it's with a sewing machine or supper ingredients, we can use what time and resources we have to do the most with our giftings. It just may not look the way we expect it to. 

I'm honored that part of my story is told by the authors of Life Creative: Inspiration For Today's Renaissance Mom, Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart. Life Creative, which releases today, is a book in celebration of motherhood woven together with creativity. Wendy and Kelli know what it is to long to create as moms, and they share encouragement for us to do so in various seasons of our lives. It's a book to inspire women to embrace both by God's grace and for His glory, because motherhood and creativity are certainly not exclusive of one another.

Are you a Renaissance mom? Are you a creative, desiring to see how God will use your giftings alongside your calling of motherhood? I pray you'll be encouraged to be equally bold and patient, content yet curious. Our gracious God made you uniquely you...and He's writing a beautiful story through your giftings, friend.

Because of grace,

 

Hope...In The Desert {Launch + Sale!}

For those who know barrenness, waiting, thirst, and longing...

...those who know dry seasons of the soul...

...for the one who's cup isn't overflowing like it once did:

God makes a way in the wilderness. He provides rivers in the desert, and breaks up our fallow ground. He is the author of hope in, and through the desert.

I have known such desert seasons more than a few times in my life, and can confidently say there is nothing more satisfying than a parched soul whose thirst is quenched -- Jesus alone is our balm and sustainer in those seasons. 

I am grateful and thrilled to share with you the Hope in the Desert 2017 (3-in-1) Calendar.

My prayer for us is this:

That come what may in 2017, whether our current circumstances change or don't; whether we feel relief or not; whether we experience lush growth or press on in drought, we might hold fast to our HOPE in Christ, the source of living water, himself. 

As with the last year's Garden of Truth 2016 Calendar, the Hope in the Desert 2017 Calendar is meant to instruct, inspire, and encourage us as we speak to our longings with the truth of God's Word.

It is designed to be repurposed as (12) 8x10 art prints and (12) scripture memory cards. My desire is for us to find the Word of God beautiful, practical, transformative, and purposeful in our everyday lives. That is my heart behind every piece painted in GraceLaced Shoppe, but especially in our annual calendar. We hope you love this year's version as much as we do. 


WE ARE CELEBRATING WITH A SALE!

 

Now thru September 20, receive the entire 12 image Hope In the Desert Lock Screen download set, FREE with calendar purchase. (You will receive an email with FREE coupon code once you've purchased a calendar.)

(FYI: With the 20% storewide discount, our already discounted 4-pack bundles are only $120...making the calendars only $30 a piece!)

Take advantage of the 20% entire store on canvases, including brand new Hope In the Desert Canvas offerings...

I hope these verses are a balm to your soul as they are to mine as we break up the fallow ground of disbelief and hardness of heart, and welcome the downpour of sustaining grace that comes only by way of redemption. He is our hope in every season...even in the desert.

Grateful for you all. Press on, friends.

Because of grace,

 

Capturing Photos For Business and the Everyday

We hear the encouragement often to "be present" or "be in the moment" and clearly, this digital age has got us all distracted from what's alive and real, right before us. But as a mama, I long to capture these everyday moments that I have with my boys: the messes we make (and sometimes bemoan) but later wish we had captured in a photo or a picnic at the park; these boys are growing like weeds, and I don't want to miss a thing.

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But sometimes I'm worn out and distracted, and I teeter between freedom and guilt in capturing my everyday life. I love when I catch a candid photo, a moment that truly captures these ordinary but special days, as they truly are. Photos tell a story that our hearts want to remember long after the immediate memory fades.I want to tell the story the Lord has given me, but sometimes the photos don't reflect that story and I get frustrated. Do you get that way? 

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Capturing everyday moments with our families, whether with a DSLR (a "real" camera, i.e. the Nikon D750 I use) or phone, is easier when the tools and logistics are more natural than forced. My friend, Ashley Campbell of Under the Sycamore really embodies this. She truly inspires me to find the #extraordinaryinmyordinary through creatively seeing and capturing my everyday. 

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I love that Ashley encourages all of us non-professional photographers to use the tools we have to creatively tell our stories...and to find freedom in it. With the accessibility of excellent cameras in our back pockets these days, we really have every reason to document and capture our point of view.

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Ashley recently interviewed me for one of her SnapShop courses, "iPhone & Business." I don't have fancy camera crews or professional photographers for my business; I'm simply armed with my iPhone. If you've ever wondered about how I shoot my product photos, the interview tells all. 

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Capturing Photos For Business and the Everyday | gracelaced.com

We're all trying to live out our callings. We're all trying to bring praise to what He's done in our lives by telling our stories. I'm growing in this myself, day by day, and I hope you will too. Let's not be all or nothing people with photography and capturing our everyday. These are blessed and worthy moments and endeavors we are living, whether in home and business. Let's find freedom and growth in learning to see better, and capturing what we see with more wonder. I'm grateful that we don't have to be fancy or amazing to do so.

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SnapShop classes for both DSLR and iPhone are available through Ashley's membership site + community, where you can learn and grow at your own pace.  For $5 per month, you get access to all past lessons, with new content added each month. There is a $50 sign up fee (so worth it - the DSLR class alone used to be $250) but I’ve got a discount for you!

$10 off with code: GraceLaced

(code expires 9/16/16)


Learn more and join SnapShop here.


Pressing in and pressing on together,

 

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2 Simple Ways I Begin My Day (That Make all the Difference)

2 Simple Ways I Begin My Day (That Make all the Difference) | gracelaced.com

Sometimes people assume that being a mom of six automatically means that I’m always frazzled, and that style + beauty are last on my list of priorities. I am no fussy, glamorous mom, but I’m often asked about how I "look so nice" going about my domestic and business-from-home life. My answer usually involves something about how inefficient I can be some days and how I never got out of sweats just the other day. But the truth is, I do make conscious choices about preparing for my day, choices I've learned, that can make all the difference.

This is not a post about unobtainable beauty regiments and idealistic rituals. I'm simply sharing the two most important ways I personally care for myself each day so that I can care for my husband and six sons. A busy mom's tendency is to roll out of bed and begin meeting needs and checking off boxes. We think our efficiency determines our productivity, but in reality, our attitude and mindset have more to do with our productivity as moms than our schedules.

For me, preparing myself for the day isn't fancy, but it is intentional. Caring for myself helps me care for my family. As we enter the busy back-to-school season, these are my two secret weapons to being my best for my family.

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1. Spend time preparing my heart

This is where I start because this is what I underestimate the most. It’s so easy to overlook things of the heart and nourishing your soul because oftentimes, the results are not immediate and can feel like a luxury when we wake up to such long lists to accomplish in a day. But, I’ve come to find that this simple beginning is an investment that pays dividends throughout the day. It might look different for each person, but the principle is the same:

What we take in heart-wise will most influence our output work-wise.

It’s not enough to wish to grow in patience, endurance, wisdom, and love for God…it is cultivated through intentionally feasting on the Word of God and communing with Him. Maybe that means you sing, listen to audio bible, journal, read, paint, or take a walk while you pray, but remember that He meets us in His word when we are willing to quiet our hearts to listen and receive. Creating room to breath, think, and grow internally will always benefit the work we do throughout the day...even if it's not 3 hours...

2. Preparing to be presentable

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I love an old pair of sweats and a messy ponytail as much as the next girl, but not getting dressed or leaving my hair undone has never armed me with a better attitude or helped me be more productive. When I get dressed like my day is significant, I usually value it as such.

When I take the time to put together an outfit or throw on a simple dress, and style my hair (even if it's just taking the extra 10 minutes to blow dry with a round brush), I send the message to myself, my kids and whomever I might meet that day that I'm showing up with my best. It’s not about trends, as much as it’s really about embracing (and begin grateful for) our natural beauty, and feeling like the best version of ourselves, right where we are. As a mom of six, I've known seasons where I was lucky to change into a shirt that wasn't covered in spit up or sticky fingerprints — there's grace for those days, friends!

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I think the key is this: We just need to keep pushing ourselves toward being more intentional and not more apathetic. I don't want life to happen to me but rather be proactive about it, and for me, it begins with how I present myself.

Here's what I've found as a busy mom: Discouragement sneaks up on us so easily but can so often be diverted with a simple routine to let our feelings follow our determination, rather than the other way around. Be blessed, friends. Little by little...we are growing day by day...

2 Simple Ways I Begin My Day (That Make all the Difference) | gracelaced.com

(This post was originally posted and featured at SheKnows.)

Because of grace,