FREE Spring Printable!

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Last summer the hubs and I decided to redo some of the landscaping in our front yard, and in this process bought a flowering cherry tree. Unfortunately we bought it after it’s blooming season (late spring) so we never got to see it in it’s true beauty. I don’t have a green thumb by any means, but all summer I worked hard to keep that little tree alive.

It was a dry summer, so I was definitely paranoid about the tree drying up. I watered it like crazy. I remember a few times seeing the tips of the leaves turn red, as if the tree had decided to take a turn into an early fall. I’d frantically water it more. By some miracle, I managed to keep it alive.

Just the other day I was out in the front yard, the weather being at least nice enough to enjoy, and even though everything is brown and there’s not a leaf on any tree in sight, the promise of spring is definitely in the air. To my delight, my little cherry tree has buds on it. This might seem silly to you, but to me, this is a big deal. I can’t keep plants alive for the life of me! (It’d be so much easier if they were like kids and cried when they needed something!) I am just thrilled I managed to keep it alive, and I’m so looking forward to seeing it in full bloom.

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I love spring. I love the colors, the warmth, the sounds of birds chirping and kids playing. there’s just something so lively about it after a long winter. That’s where my inspiration came from for this print. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it! The print is free for personal use, and you may print it as many times as you like!

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Needtobreathe Free Printable!

Needtobreathe This freebie comes a little later than I had planned on, and I will give you my sincerest apologies! Truth is, I’ve been toying with this design for over a week now and just didn’t love it quite yet. I had in my mind what I wanted it to look like, but I couldn’t quite communicate it on screen.

The inspiration for this print comes from one of my favorite bands, Needtobreathe. If you’ve never heard of them, please go look them  up on youtube and listen to pretty much any song. Not just the music, but the words. They have some really powerful songs out there.

One of them comes from the album “The Reckoning” and it’s called “A Place Only You Can Go”. You can listen to it here. It’s just one of those beautiful songs that really speaks to my soul. The chorus is this beautiful, simple stanza:

“Oh I know this song won’t do

enough to prove my love to you

In my heart you’ll always know

There is a place only love can go

There is a place only you can go”

I don’t know what it is about this chorus that touches me so deeply, but I just love the words to it.

The print fits an 8×10 frame but can be resized for any size frame smaller. To download the print, click here. 

Please feel free to use this print for personal use, commercial use is not permitted.

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Clothing Ourselves with Strength and Dignity

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I recently finished the book “So Long Insecurity” by Beth Moore, which to me is a book that I would recommend any woman of any age add to their list of “must reads in my lifetime.” It’s one of those books where, within the first few pages of the very first chapter I find myself asking the questions “Does this author know me? How did she know what I was going through? Did she write this whole book about me?” I don’t normally do that with books, but this one hit so close to home it was scary.

Let me fill you in on a little secret: I struggle, sometimes daily, with insecurity. There it is. It’s out on the table: I’m insecure. Thing is, I bet if you were totally honest with yourself, you struggle with insecurity too (women and men alike). Maybe you’re insecure about your marriage, or your friendships, or your looks, or your parenting abilities, or… well, you get the picture. We all have something that makes us doubt ourselves (although I probably have more than most!). It’s why I loved this book by Beth Moore; she talks about how normal insecurity is, how so many people struggle with it, even though it’s our human nature to avoid the topic altogether.

clothedwithstrengthBLOGThroughout the book, Beth uses the verse from Proverbs 31 sort of as a slogan that we as women should adopt: “She is clothed with strength and dignity.” It’s almost ironic that I read this book when I did, because just a few short months prior I had created a print for my etsy shop centered around the very same verse. At the time I created it, I had no idea what storms I would face, what insecurities would come creeping up, and just how much I could really use that scripture.

God wants his daughters to be enveloped in strength and dignity.  I love how Beth describes what dignity is in the book:

“To possess dignity is to be worthy of respect. Worthy of high esteem. Absorb this: you are worth of respect. So am I. No matter how foolish insecurity has tried to make us feel, we have the right to dignity because God Himself gave it to us. If we really believed this truth, we wouldn’t have to mask our insecurity with pride. If we knew who we were and what God has conferred upon us, what everybody else thought of us would grow less and less significant.”

This book has really challenged me to lay down my pride and admit something I really hate to admit: I struggle with insecurity. I don’t want to hide it like some dirty little secret anymore. I refuse to. Yes, I have wounds from others that have caused many of my insecurities. Yes, I have my own self-inflicted scars where I’ve foolishly hurt myself. But I’m on a healing path. I might never be completely void of insecurity, it might sneak back now and then, but I can be “clothed with strength and dignity” the way God originally intended for me (and you!) to be.

Instead of seeing myself through the eyes of the world, or through my own critical eyes, I can see myself through the eyes of my Creator.

Instead of comparing myself to other women, other wives, other moms, I need to be focused on who Christ designed me to be: A woman drenched in the security that comes from the Father. I absolutely believe it’s an obtainable goal.

After finishing the book, I was inspired to revise my original print, and I’m in love with the final outcome. I’m planning on printing it and framing it up in my bedroom, so that when I wake up, I’ll see this scripture and be reminded of who I am to be; who God wants me to be.

If you’d like your own copy to print off at home, I’m offering a special deal through my site for 50% off this print with the coupon code: PROVERBS31. That makes this print a whopping $2.50.

proverbs-mockupIf you don’t have the money to spend, or maybe you don’t even like the style of the print (that’s okay!), then at least write this scripture down on a sticky note, and stick it somewhere you’ll see it everyday. Remind yourself that this is what God intends for his children; not a life of living in constant insecurity. We as women have too many negative messages thrown at us daily, and sometimes we just need a reminder of our true value.

And most of all, please go read Beth Moore’s book. It’s so incredibly eye opening, and has helped me tremendously through some really tough battles (sometimes battles with myself). It’s just ten bucks for the kindle version, and you won’t regret spending the money. Or, shoot, find a local library that carries it. Just read it. Seriously. It might bring some healing to your life that you’ve desperately needed, like it did with me.

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– Stephanie

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