gracelaced Having never planned on having all boys, I now marvel at the privilege of #raisingfuturemen. What I paint for #gracelacedfathersday is usually what's meaningful for my own crew - what speaks to #mrtroysimons and what we both hope #thesimonsboys will grow to grab hold of. Becoming...happens one day at a time, and #gracelacedart exists to bless you and yours on that journey.
{Mark your calendars: #gracelacedshoppe's Father's Day SALE begins next Wednesday, June 1. This and other prints + canvases will be available for celebrating the menfolk!} #watercolor #brushlettering #fathersday #boymom
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gracelaced Today, I'm writing my heart out, while #thesimonsboys are building forts and #mrtroysimons is rolling on new paint at @vistalaplata and hanging up #gracelacedart on its bare walls. We have our first renters coming in a few weeks! 🏼
I know I haven't talked about it much, but we bought this place so that I could write in a remote environment, and yet have my family close, (and host an occasional retreat!) I'm deep in the trenches of writing my first book with @harvesthousepublishers currently, with a deadline fast approaching this Fall. I'm so grateful for the opportunity, but am certainly finding a new context to #learntolovewhatmustbedone and to cast my anxieties on Christ. I'd be so honored if you prayed with and for me? To Him be the glory, for this sweet place of respite and what goes forth from here...for our family and others.
{Canvas reproduction of original watercolor is available at #gracelacedshoppe, or link in profile.} #GraceLacedVistaLaPlata #bookwriting #watercolor #bedeeplyrooted
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  •   karenstott Absolutely praying for you! You've got this sweets. And HE has got you! 6h
  •   _kristinmsimmons Such an honor to lift you up to Father, @gracelaced your words have lifted me so many times. Can't wait to read what the Lord writes through you! 4h
  •   madebyjoni Praying for you ♡ What a beautiful space to create! You are such a blessing to me...just wanted you to know that x 20min

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gracelaced Let this stop you in your tracks as it did me. It's not the number of hours...it's the extent of our dependence in proportion to our need. Our expansive burdens + tasks are met by an extravagant Savior when we avail ourselves of the welcome to "draw near." (Hebrews 10:22) What infinite resources are available to us today when we seek FIRST...it's not too late.
"I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer." (Martin Luther)
#comingsoontogracelacedshoppe #hesafteryourheart #martinluther #brushlettering #watercolor #gracelacedart
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gracelaced Friends, I've so enjoyed personalizing all your wreath orders from #gracelacedshoppe. Our wreath prints celebrate weddings, anniversaries, and family, and I'm so honored to add a personal touch to these commemorations of the grace-filled work of choosing "I do" day after day. They point to Christ because, simply put: We choose and love one another because He chose and loved us first.
{Reminder: The 15% off storewide SALE ends 11:59pm MDT tonight (5/24), use code: TOGETHER15. #linkinprofile • GIVEAWAY for prints + $50 credit to the talented @jessicandesigns ends tonight as well, so be sure to enter two posts back! } #gracelacedart #watercolor #weddingseason
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gracelaced When evening ushers in quiet and we're tempted to start tallying up our worth in numbers, checked boxes, and feelings...we'd do well to rehearse what Jesus says about our purpose + identity: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden...In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:14,16)
And suddenly we remember once again: "Not the labors of my hand can fulfill thy law's command...Nothing in my hand I bring; simply to the cross I cling." (Toplady - Rock of Ages, Cleft For Me)

#thegospeltransforms #bedeeplyrooted #GraceLacedVistaLaPlata #durangocolorado #hesperus #laplatacounty
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gracelaced THANK YOU!! This GIVEAWAY is now CLOSED! A big GIVEAWAY, but first this:
There's a tiny "R+T" on that ring...and initials of each of #thesimonsboys on one of the stacking bands, because I'm just a noisy gong or clanging symbol if I don't speak to Troy and the boys intentionally with love. It has to begin at home if we are to show the love of Christ beyond our front doors. That's where I'm at this Monday morning.

The pairing is perfect and you can WIN BOTH: (1) 11x14 of one of these two prints from #gracelacedshoppe AND $50 store credit to @jessicandesigns for personalized handcrafted jewelry of your choice.

TO ENTER:
1️⃣ Must follow @gracelaced + @jessicandesigns
2️⃣ Tag one friend, and tell how she LOVES well. Tagged friend of winner will WIN a "Beloved Is Mine" 8x10! (Tag as many as you'd like but on separate comments.) Winner will be drawn Tuesday night and announced here in the comments.
{15% off SALE at #gracelacedshoppe ends Tuesday night, use code: TOGETHER15} #gracelacedart #watercolor #brushlettering (Must be US or Canadian resident to enter and 13+ age. Not sponsored or endorsed by IG.)
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gracelaced We were talking today with friends about the idea of leisure and lingering in conversation. It's a lost art; we are rich in knowing it's worth. Seneca says: "In guarding their fortune men are often closefisted, yet, when it comes to the matter of wasting time, in the case of the one thing in which it is right to be miserly, they show themselves most prodigal." Time...our most precious unrenewable resource.

Also: Summertime means family dinner at 8:30pm with a half bag Ling Ling potstickers from #costco and sweet chili shrimp + rice vermicelli. #gracelacedkitchen #lingerlonger #tabletalk #seneca
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  •   hstavness Is that vermicelli recipe on that beautiful blog of yours? 4d
  •   831dauer @gracelaced thought you might appreciate that...so you are enrolled in CC? This is our 4th year and we are so blessed to be in Christian community! We are on a mission to Know God and Make Him Known!! 4d
  •   king__mariaa @rosemarydust girl yes! Breakfast food maybe? 3d
  •   rosemarydust Yesss please @king__mariaa 1d

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gracelaced For all of us doers: Better than sacrifice, better than doing big things for God...is obedience and worship TO Him. He's after our hearts.

Lord, set our hearts + minds on serving you first through yielding and praise today, that we might be filled up before we are poured out in service in the week ahead. By grace, enable us to know your heart: "For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings." (Hosea 6:6)
{Print available in #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile, and included in storewide 15% off with code: TOGETHER15.}
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gracelaced My six arrows. 🏹 These long days, short years: Learning to worry less about perfect form or hitting the bullseye every time, every day. It's freeing to know your true aim...cuz, with our eye on the prize, doing the next thing + picking up the bow day after day...is on course. Mamas, take heart when #motherhoodissanctifying...it's our loving Savior reminding us that He is #notthroughwithusyet.

#thesimonsboys #mysixsons #boymom
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gracelaced Thorns and thistles produce the most beautiful blooms. Suffering, for a believer, is to be expected, but so is abounding grace to redeem and endure. I've been filling up in 1 Peter lately, as I paint and prepare for the @thegospelcoalition's #tgcw16 conference, this June in Indy. Grateful to be partnering with them for a special print series that's #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe.
{We're midway thru a storewide SALE at #gracelacedshoppe, in celebration of newly released #gracelacedart: Take 15% off any orders with code TOGETHER15. Good thru Tuesday!} #watercolor #watercolorflorals
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gracelaced For better or worse, in sickness or in health, storming ahead or taking a step back, in beauty or in brokenness...I'm grateful to walk these fleeting paths of life with this man. Today is the closing of one chapter and the first page of another; an end of an era making way for a new beginning. Today he served his last day as a headmaster, but one thing remains the same: Our times are in His hands. (Psalm 31:15) So grateful that change is not scary to God; it's just the field in which He sows greater faith to trust Him more.
#ruthandtroyrejoice #mrtroysimons #marriageissanctifying
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  •   anne_everitt Not sure what's going on but if future plans are open you should consider coming to Fort Collins to start a school. We need something here like what you've done in NM. I would do anything to help make it happen. 6d
  •   danielleajones Praying for this time of change for you @gracelaced 4d
  •   gracelaced @anne_everitt Awww, he is certainly taking his passions with him, but not sure we will be starting up any school again any time soon, as much as it was a grand adventure. 12h
  •   gracelaced @danielleajones thank you, friend. Need it. 12h

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gracelaced The one thing we must know today - the one thing that will transform every word, thought, action - is that we are loved and forgiven by a mighty God. "Love never ends" is not a gentle platitude; it's why our frailty can stand at the foot of the cross. Today, we can love beyond what comes ordinarily when we find the love of God truly extraordinary. Let's start there. He is #notthroughwithusyet because His love never ends.
{NEW PRINTS + storewide SALE in #gracelacedshoppe (link in profile), including this Personalizable Banner print for weddings, anniversaries, and families. Use code: TOGETHER15 for 15% off any order thru Tuesday. Enjoy!} #gracelacedart #watercolor #brushlettering #thatsdarling #shepaintstruth #bedeeplyrooted #christiancreative
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  •   designcuts Such a stunning piece! We absolutely love your Instagram account! So much inspiration :) 1w
  •   christimenges Gracelaced, does it come just as words and not wreath? I know there was a previous pic posted w/o the branches. I really liked the simplicity of the words solo. But I LOVE all of your work, and think it's beautiful w the flowers too! 1w
  •   gracelaced @christimenges Hi! I'm sorry I'm behind on comments! Currently, only available with wreath. I'm sorry! I'll definitely post here if I do make it available as text only. Thanks! 5d
  •   gracelacedassistant @christimenges Because of the amount of requests that Ruth received, she is going to release this print in a text-only version! Keep an eye out, it will be released soon! 2d

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gracelaced #marriageissanctifying: I so easily underestimate the power of welcome...of swinging wide the door of empathy (and not expectation) when #mrtroysimons comes home. To kick the piles of shoes aside at the door and make way for him to find haven + home - not in these four walls - but in me laying down the welcome mat that says: "You are my beloved, not because of the perfect badges you wear/don't wear, but because His banner of love covers the imperfect both us." Remembering that welcome + love are verbs that declare to one another what Christ so freely declares over us.
{This print is one of two NEW RELEASES launching tomorrow, Wednesday, in #gracelacedshoppe, just in time for wedding season. My newsletter goes out in the morning (sign up on the blog) with a FREE printable + the heart behind this release. PLUS, there just might be a storewide SALE...so be on the lookout for a coupon code! Tag a friend to let them know about new #gracelacedart!}
#watercolorfloral #brushlettering #christiancreative #thatsdarling #bedeeplyrooted #shepaintstruth
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gracelaced We can be overwhelmed by the right things today: When the overwhelming worthy-of-praise list eclipses the overwhelming to-do list, the "peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:7)
What will turn down anxious thoughts and make peace possible this Monday morning is how I choose to think. I'm trading in thoughts that take inventory of my own strengths or failures, and replacing them with inventory of His goodness. Praise God we can be overwhelmed by Him who is worthy!
{Print available in #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile.} #gracelacedart #watercolor #gouache #brushlettering #shepaintstruth #bedeeplyrooted
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  •   glittermama06 I purchased this print a while back. LOVE it. 1w
  •   christianwifelife Loved your hope writers interview today! Thanks so much for sharing. Definitely helped me when thinking of designed feed vs. real life feed! 🏼 1w
  •   careybchristian Purchased this for my girl - It's her life verse. Beautiful (again) and love your words :) 1w
  •   bynadia Oh my hat I love this!!! 1w

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gracelaced It felt so fitting to be aboard such an overwhelmingly huge ship. The work of mothering + educating our children is bigger than any of us know to do in our own strength, but praise God: Our Captain is trustworthy, and he steers our course. An ocean of grace keeps us afloat.
Thank you, #wildandfreeconf, for such a sweet time of encouragement and for your warm hospitality. @gracelacedassistant and I are going home with but a handful of inventory -- you blessed us so! Yet still the best: Hearing your stories of how #gracelacedart and this space here has been a vessel of beauty and truth. I'm grateful and honored.

#solideogloria #motherhoodissanctifying #gracelacedpopupshoppe
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gracelaced "How do you do it?" is the question I've been asked a lot at the #wildandfreeconf this weekend, regarding being a mama entrepreneur. While there are lots of practical answers I could give, the simplest one is this: God's timing is always better than our own; and, the best inspiration really comes from living your everyday life well...so stay faithful wherever you are. I've come to find that the biz, the talents, or the way we train our kids don't define us; instead, who we are in Christ teaches us to steward those things the way they were intended. I think seeking first the Kingdom (Matt.6:33) has really been my primary biz strategy, and it's actually quite practical.
{This crew is at home cheering me on this weekend while @gracelacedassistant and I are in Long Beach, sharing #gracelacedart. Thanks for such a lovely welcome, Cali!}
#gracelacedmotherhoodandbusiness #gracelacedshoppe #motherhoodissanctifying #mysixsons #thesimonsboys #lifecreative #bedeeplyrooted #gracelacedbusinesstips
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gracelaced "Remember He is the artist and you are only the picture. You can't see it. So quietly submit to being painted." (C.S. Lewis) Friends...He is able, and He's #notthroughwithusyet.
{Print available in #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile. P.S. Sneak peek of NEW wedding season prints #comingsoontogracelacedshoppe, releasing next Wednesday. Grateful to impart grace + truth with #gracelacedart}
#watercolor #handlettering #brushlettering #watercolorflowers #shepaintstruth #christiancreative #thatsdarling #bedeeplyrooted
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gracelaced We want "Him who is able to do more than we ask or imagine" (v 20), but that begins with finding His love for us greater than we can comprehend at the foot of the cross.
"The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope." (Tim Keller) ️ Dare to hope, friends. We are the Redeemed; we experience the miracle of grace everyday, even this day.
{Print available in #gracelacedshoppe, link in profile.} #gracelacedart #watercolorflowers #thegospeltransforms #preachingtomyownheart
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gracelaced If we really believe these words, then no moment or lifetime spent loving + investing in any child's life is wasted. God's plans aren't measured in product, but purpose. Wherever you are in mothering, fostering, mentoring, adopting, teaching, investing, or waiting...He has you there on purpose.
{Special 5x7 edition of "Divine Appointment" for end-of-year gifts in 5-pack discounted bundles available in #gracelacedshoppe, and on SALE thru 11:59pm MDT 5/8: 15% off bundle with code: BUNDLE15. Shoppe link in profile.} #gracelacedart #gracelacedmothersday #watercolor #handlettering
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  •   joyfinderspath @garcia3cynthia I just did. Along with 2 more I'll tag you in. I've been eyeing them for months. And Ruth didn't have them all at the conf. So I took advantage of the 15% off today! 6d
  •   stacyorefice @stapleshaley like this 4d
  •   sellfam03 @melgsmit we need this in our office! 2d
  •   artfulrising I just received one of these prints from a parent. Thank you for sharing your gift and giving a voice to parents that are grateful for teachers. 2d

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gracelaced The more I realize that motherhood is stewardship rather than ownership, the more I can embrace the blood, sweat, and tears of this journey with gratefulness, not entitlement. Who am I that God would allow me to mold young hearts while He molds mine? It's grace indeed.
To all the mamas on this journey of love, loss, believing, and becoming: Happy Mother's Day..."for from him and through him and to him are all things." (Romans 11:36) That's reason to celebrate.
#motherhoodissanctifying #gracelacedmothersday #thesimonsboys #mysixsons #boymom #happymothersday
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