An Etsy Shop {My Latest Fundraising Endeavor}!

As you may know, graphic design has been a huge passion of mine for about 2.5 years now. I was very into blog design for a long while, but eventually I stopped because I was too busy with school, work, etc. Last year, on a hiatus from blog design, I came up with the idea to design prints and ope up a etsy shop. It was a better idea at first glance because it was less demanding--I could design prints whenever I had free time, so the print would be premade for people to buy, and I would just have to print and ship. I had 2-3 prints last November, but for whatever reason, I dropped the idea.

Then, this September, as I was trying to figure out what the best fundraiser I could do for Angel Tree would be, I came back to the etsy shop idea. I really, really wanted to do it. Even more than before. So, I got to work! I was glued to my computer for weeks, designing and designing to get a good amount of prints stocked in the shop. I figured out all the logistics (shipping, supplies, printing, etc. which all turned out to be a surprisingly huge obstacle!), and this week, I was finally able to open up shop!

I'm so excited to show you the fruits of all my time & energy:

My etsy shop, Light. Live. Do.! I'm very excited about it. I sell 8x10 art prints, and I'll be adding more and more as I go, but you can also contact me about a custom print design. Of course, the best part of it all is this--these prints have a purpose! 100% of profits from each sale are donated directly to Hale, my Angel Tree child. This will be my third year participating in AT, but this is the first year I've ever had a real way to fundraise. I've had many ideas each year, including a bake sale type thing (which I still really want to do, but probably won't be happening this year), but this is the first year I've followed any of them all the way through. I have high hopes, and I'm praying my shop will be very successful so that I can really help my little guy out!

Please go check it out and spread the word! Help make a difference for some beyond worthy kids this Christmas (& get a pretty print to hang on your wall while your at it)!



Make Me a Do-er.

The other night, I read James 1. It's one of my all-time favorite Bible chapters, so if you haven't read it...seriously, go do it.

The part of that chapter that really, really stood out to me the other night was verses 22-25.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. {James 1:22-25 NIV}

Don't fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don't act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. {James 1:22-25 The Message}

And that's when it hit me: I want to be a do-er.

A mover and a shaker. 

A person could read the entire Bible through & listen to sermons galore but never really do anything in the end.

Doing is so important to me. Actually doing something matters.

You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. {Matthew 7:16 NLT}

Actions speak louder than words, it's true. Anyone can say they want to do something great for God, but how many actually do?

I'm so guilty of "letting the Word go in one ear and out the other". I'll read a Bible verse and think, "Wow, I just love this!"...but if I never actually make use of what it says, what was the point?

I like to think about doing. I like to write about doing. But I really don't "take action" very often. Or ever.

The Bible is supposed to be a manual for a life. The stuff written in it tells us how to live. Not how to write/talk/dream about living, but how to actually do it. And that's what God intended. For us to actually do the things He calls us to.

So... today, I'm calling you to action. Whatever you feel passionate about, DO it.

 The dictionary has 2 definitions for doer:

1. One who does something: a doer of evil deeds.

2. A particularly active, energetic person: a real doer in party politics.

Whatever you feel like your purpose is, live it out. Be energetic & truly passionate about it....it's your purpose, after all. Maybe you feel called to take action for orphans {see another verse from James 1...verse 27}. Maybe you simply want to take small steps everyday to become more like Jesus. That's something. Maybe your calling is to do something huge, maybe it's to do something small. I don't know, and it doesn't matter.

The Bible is full of calls to action. Make a difference for yourself, your community, and your kingdom by taking one on. Make a difference in this world. Be the change you're wanting to see {because yes, with God, you have that kind of power}.

Whatever it is, just do something. Start today, right now.

Be the doer God created you to be.


Orphans in the Bible.

There are 147 million orphans in the world. 147 million. Which is 147 million too many. But...what can we do about it? Today, I wanted to take some time to focus in on what God says about orphans. Here is my list of the top ten orphan related Bible verses.

1)."Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress." {James 1:27}

2). "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." {John 14:18}

3). "It is not the will of your Father that one of these little ones should perish." {Matthew 18:14}

4). "Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me." {Matthew 18:5}

5). "You are the helpers of the fatherless." {Psalm 10:14}

6). "He defends the cause of the fatherless." {Deuteronomy 10:18}

7). "You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child." {Exodus 22:22}

8). "A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God sets the lonely in families. {Psalms 68:5-6}

9). "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." {Luke 18:16}

10). "Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." {Isaiah 1:17}

God calls us to take action for orphans. To help, defend, love, and seek justice for them. To be the change
they need. There are many ways to make a difference for orphans; you don't have to adopt at all! You can donate, fundraise, or even simply share and spread the word to help orphans find their forever families. If God hasn't put the plight of orphans on your heart yet, pray about it. Make it happen. Be a light to the world and do something {no matter how big or small} for orphans.

{Check out Reece's Rainbow, my very favorite orphan ministry, for many ways to make a difference in the life of an orphan.}