Almost a Year…

The end of this month marks the one-year anniversary of the Throne of Grace blog. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for a year!! Even more amazing to me is that God has faithfully given us words week after week. If you’ve been with us from the beginning, you may remember I had my doubts! If you missed that original post, you can read it HERE.

I still feel empty!!!

The reality that I’m completely dependent upon the Lord remains clear, despite my prideful desire to feel like I’ve got a handle on this!

I said it a year ago, and I’m reminding myself today…it’s just the way God wants it! This blog belongs to HIM…

We pray that our time together over the past year has in some small way been a blessing to you! We pray God is using the words He gives us to encourage you, challenge you, and bring some smiles your way as we all seek to put Jesus first in our homes, work, ministry, and lives!

One of the goals we have for this next year is to build up the community of Throne of Grace friends. I’m not talking about more readers and more subscribers – unless that is God’s will for His glory! I mean we want to get to know all of you better, and want to reveal a little more of ourselves. More authenticity, more connection, more two-way conversation…more FUN!

So to get the ball rolling, Deb, Tami, and I will be taking the next three weeks to share some random facts about ourselves.

Some things silly.

Some things serious.

Hopefully all things that will give you greater insight into the hearts behind Throne of Grace!

Check back tomorrow for Round #1. I’m up first! I’ll give you a sneak peek…Can you guess what this photo has to do with me?

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By His Grace & For His Glory,molly

Getting my Craft On

I love to craft.  I love my friends.  So what better way to enjoy both, than to host a craft day for my friends?

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A couple years ago I came up with this wipe-off calendar board project (above) to try and help our family better organize our day.  I came up with a format that I thought would work well and then measured and cut paper to design a layout.  I have it hanging up in our kitchen…and it actually works well when I remember to fill it out!  I have had several friends request that I teach them how to make a board for themselves.   I finally I got around to doing just that and invited some friends over for a craft day.

I went to my local Ikea beforehand and purchased 15 ¾ x 19 ¾ inch frames for everyone attending (they are 6 bucks each).  I then asked my guests to bring at least 5 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to use for their frames.  Everyone has different taste and styles, so this allowed them to customize their board.  My dear friend Kelly also sent over some amazing papers from her company Lawn Fawn (lawnfawn.com) for us to use (Thank you, Kelly!).  Each guest brought their own adhesive and cutting tools (and I had extras on hand in case they forgot…which they may have done).

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I had my board out for my friends to reference while doing the project.  Some used my same format, but others came up with different ideas.

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It was so fun helping each other decide on which patterns to use and to see what everyone came up with.  Each board was unique and they all turned out amazingly!

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I love crafting with friends.  There is something about working on a creative project while surrounded by friends that is so comforting and inviting.  Women share their hopes and dreams…and their struggles.  It creates an atmosphere of trust and bonds women together.  Kind of reminds me of a quilting bee!

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When I was new to California, my sweet friend Brianne hosted a craft night at her home and it was there that I met and made some of my dearest friends.  I met Tami (fellow Throne of Grace employee) the first time that night, and she quickly became one of my closest friends.  Even though we had just met, by the end of the evening we had shared some of our deepest struggles with each other…and I even got some scrapbooking done!

I believe God has given me a passion to be creative (some call it “being crafty”).  I have seen Him use this passion in my life.  It has provided me with so many dear friends that I wouldn’t have otherwise.   It also is an opportunity to reflect on God’s creative nature.  Oh yeah, it also helps when making Prayer Journal covers for Throne of Grace. 🙂

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Are you struggling to find friends who you can trust and open up to?  Or maybe there is a new girl in town that you could encourage.   Have you considered hosting a group of women in your home to do a time of crafting…or cooking…or whatever you like?  I would love to hear about it!deb