The Shop Inspiring Extraordinary Faith for Everyday Life

 

If you’ve been reading here awhile, you’re familiar with our feather story–how God kept showing up in feathers for me. The feathers, now strewn all over my house, remind me of God as I go about my day.

I remember his direction that August morning on a walk.

I remember His soothing words to my spirit as I cried into my pillow.

I remember His promises I found in His word.

I remember His goodness,

His faithfulness,

His protection,

His power.

But here’s the thing. I spent years not remembering. I know it’s easy for you to forget too. Life gets busy and we go days, weeks, maybe even months forgetting.

But remembering is what keeps us going in the hard times.

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits Psalm 103:2

When we can remember His promises, His past presence and protection, we can move forward in faith.

So today I’m opening an online shop where I’m excited to offer everyday products that grow an extraordinary faith. Products to remind us of God’s faithfulness and goodness through His word.

Mornings are one of the busiest times of the day. I love the thought of you curling your fingers around this mug and even just for a moment, letting it capture some of your thoughts. It has the Feathers podcast feathers on one side and Psalm 91:4 on the other. It’s white with gold iridescent ink.  A beauty.

 

And maybe one day, you’ll decide to wear this T-shirt and all day long you catch glimpses of the single feather on the front. And maybe as you go about your day, someone will read Psalm 91:4 on the back and remember His faithfulness.

And finally, I wanted to, in a small way, pass along some of the actual feathers we’ve found. Scott and I worked together to create a bookmark. I made one and keep it in my Bible and remember every time I see it. I only made 5 with these feathers so they’re limited edition. If you order on backorder, I’ll be sourcing the feathers elsewhere, but they’ll be the same design.

I wanted you to hear from me sharing a bit about our story and my desires behind the shop, so here’s a quick video I shot the other day:

To celebrate, I’m giving away a T-shirt of your choice. You don’t have to do a thing–everyone that orders automatically enters!

So without further adieu, won’t you come visit the shop?

Feathers Season 3 Episode 1 with Mary Carver: Chasing Dreams, Stopping Along the Way, and Choosing Joy

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In this episode, I interview Mary Carver.

Mary is a wife, mom and writer from Kansas City who lives for good books, dark chocolate and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. She’s a word nerd, a Jesus follower, and a big fan of YA novels, Mexican food and pretty office supplies. She has a blog called Giving Up on Perfect, writes for (in)courage (a blog for women from Dayspring), and author of Choosing Joy. Mary says that after a lifetime of trying harder and doing more, she’s finally learning to give up on perfect and get on with life.

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Mary shares her story of writing her first book Choose Joy, looking back at the stops along the way and seeing how they weren’t detours, but times of preparation. We then discuss her book Choose Joy and Sara Frankl’s story of choosing joy amidst severe pain.

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Those of us who read her words realize she was just a person like me so when I face troubles, whether they’re extreme as hers or just regular run of the mill junk life gives me, maybe I can do that too. Mary Carver

I’ve always felt like there was something big that God had for me to do and I don’t mean big like famous like world-changing, but big for me and big for Him. Mary Carver

I always felt this drive to find out what it is He wants me to do. There was a lot that I learned and I needed to learn in all those jobs. So I wasn’t in all those jobs until I could write a book, they were part of the process. I always felt like the stops along the way were the end. Mary Carver

I was able to come back to this belief that God would use me and He would use me in a big way, and I don’t mean big like Jen Hatmaker or Oprah. He would use me in a way that mattered to him and me and there was a reason all those other things didn’t work long-term. Mary Carver

I really want things to make sense, but that’s a silly thing to ask from God because His ways are not our ways. Mary Carver

That’s where the rest comes in. We go back to His words in Scripture and go back to the truth and say I don’t understand this, but He does. Amy Bennett

At the same time she trusted that God had a plan even if she never understood it, she also still remained hopeful that she could be healed or things could change. Mary Carver

Healing doesn’t always mean physical healing. But He had healed her heart and He had changed her and used her. Mary Carver

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Feathers Season 2 BONUS EPISODE with Joy McMillan

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I’m on my Christmas vacation and have some time to put together some BONUS EPISODES!

The first one up is the “conversation after the conversation” with Joy McMillan who was on episode 13 in Season 2.

It’s a quick 10 minutes where Joy and I laugh over our brain forgetting words and remembering them at random times, my connection to South Africa, and Joy shares a bit more of her story (she’s the one that lived a double-life as a teenager, stealing and hanging out with boys in bars and God led her to share it all with her fiance) and the roots of her issues. It’s very powerful with a redemptive end!

Merry Christmas!

Feathers Season 2 Episode 16 with Amy J. Bennett

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In this episode, I share what God has been doing in my life this year. He gave me the word “focus” for the year, called me to step away from writing and asked me to speak. We see how God first taught me about abiding with him and then how to share his goodness wherever he led me.

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Sometimes God asks us to step back from good things. Amy Bennett

God has been taking me on a journey of discipline. Amy Bennett

God had been slowly peeling back the layers to get rid of things in my life to discipline me. Amy Bennett

Prophecy about Jesus coming back in Scripture broke me in a really good way. Amy Bennett

I approached it not with a sense of skepticism, but seeing it as God’s words to me. Amy Bennett

God said, “Amy, get up and talk!” Amy Bennett

God said, “You can do nothing unless you abide in me and you cannot abide in me unless you are in my word, spending time with me, obeying what you read and what I tell you and the whole poitn of this is so that you have joy and you have joy complete.”  Amy Bennett

Life as a Christian was all about abiding in Him so we could be fruitful and part of that fruit is His joy. Amy Bennett

I am the best me when I am abiding in you. Amy Bennett

It’s not about what I could do for him, it was about resting in Him. Amy Bennett

Scripture

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Isaiah 12

In that day you will say:

“I will praise you, Lord.
    Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
    and you have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation;
    I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense[a];
    he has become my salvation.”
With joy you will draw water
    from the wells of salvation.

In that day you will say:

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
    make known among the nations what he has done,
    and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things;
    let this be known to all the world.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
    for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”

 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5

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Feathers Season 2 Episode 15 with Elizabeth Maxon [Podcast]

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In this episode, I finish my chat with Elizabeth Maxon.

Elizabeth is a storyteller, a truth seeker, a grace giver, and a word weaver.

Her passion is journeying with others from splashing in the shallow waters of this world to diving into deep truth and real community.

Elizabeth is wife to Joey and mama to Lucy and Oliver. The Maxons make their home on the edge of the woods in the quaint college town of Clemson, South Carolina. Together they are one branch on a very complicated, but beautiful family tree.

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Elizabeth shares the story of God calling her to the quiet to hear his direction. In the quiet, He asked her to leave her job, although it was in the church and she had no next steps or reasons to leave. She shares how God immediately began to increase her influence and move her family.

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Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Dallas Willard

Not all good things are God things. Elizabeth Maxon

If I want to hear from God and lead me specifically, I have to give him some room for him to tell me these things. Elizabeth Maxon

I have to carve out some time every day that I can position myself to hear from God. Elizabeth Maxon

We start seeing threads and themes coming together and see God directing us. Elizabeth Maxon

God gives me holy highlighter moments. Elizabeth Maxon

What do you think requires more faith of you right now?

Trust without clarity. Elizabeth Maxon

God calls into places that aren’t completely clear, but if we trust Him, we have to take that step. Elizabeth Maxon

If I say I surrender my life to him, that means being obedient. Elizabeth Maxon

Any vision that I have for my life has to start with a revelation from him. Elizabeth Maxon

Without revelation, we just do whatever. Elizabeth Maxon

Follow me and really learn what that means. Following me means staying behind me and waiting for me to give you the go ahead on what I want you to do. Elizabeth Maxon

God, bless me in the waiting. Elizabeth Maxon

In the waiting, he’s developing our character to match our calling. Lysa TerKeurst

Empty is the new full. Elizabeth Maxon

Scripture

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint. Proverbs 29:18a

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