A Messy Masterpiece

At almost 50 years young, I can look back and see where I have failed to let God be part of my choices, my decisions. I’m working, at least trying, to remember that even though I didn’t ask God to be a part of the choice, and it didn’t turn out the way I wanted, it was not a mistake. 
I feel as if they were, or can be used, to glorify God and be used as a learning experience, a stepping stone. Bad decisions DO NOT equal mistakes – in this I’m learning grace …for myself (the one person I rarely shower in grace).
While I’m made up partly of the choices I’ve made, more importantly, I am His masterpiece. I am whole, I am cherished, divinely created, unconditionally loved. Like an piece of art, with every brushstroke (hardship, prayer, blessing, mountain, valley), I am a masterpiece, HIS masterpiece. A messy one, but still, and always, a work of art.
Thank you Lord for the grace you shower each and every day. I am humbled to be able to share these words with y’all and earlier this year and made myself this ring. I felt it needed a matching tee. May you feel his love pouring over you today.
Big Love,
You can purchase a Messy Masterpiece ring or tee at Flying SR Custom Works.
PS. I forgot to mention that after I wrote this in my journal, I turned to our Scripture challenge with Rachel Mellard and lo and behold, God’s reassuring words were waiting in Psalm 86:15 and Romans 5:7-8.
(c) Michelle A. Farley

High Desert Thoughts

“She had a way of pulling herself back together into something that was unstoppable. ” JmStorm

5 days in the high desert, standing barefoot in the Rio Grande, staring up at Santa Elena Canyon in absolute awe of God’s handwork, I finally decided to own who, and how, God created me to be. Let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy pill to swallow.

I’ve spent most of my life as a people pleaser. I do not like conflict. I’ve always been the “yes” man. If it meant making other people happy, lightening their load, or brought them peace… I would set myself on fire to keep them warm.

Yeah, God created me to be a helper, a nurturer, a lover, a light giver. A storyteller. Wordsmith. He didn’t create me to be an enabler or a door mat. He has filled my live with joy and my heart with love. The kind of peace I finally have can only come from one place.

Doors flew off the hinges this weekend as I picked back up the title of daughter of the most high king. Divinely created. Unconditionally loved. Tender hearted. Passionate. Kind. Full of grace. REALLY intense at times, sensitive in others. Compassionate. All gifts from him that aren’t bad things to possess, especially in these times.

My worth can only be found in one place.

Self worth comes from God. Not from one’s achievements. Not from people. Not from outward appearances. Not from materialistic possessions. But from God alone.

My prayer tonight is that you find your peace and let go of the things that are not from him that are weighing you down.

Sending big love.

Today’s VOD:

GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction.
Psalm 23:1-2 MSG

Boots on the Ground

You know when you meet someone for the first time and they just move your spirit and touch your soul?

In 2016, we hosted our 1st DFW Warrior Cry Music Project benefit. I’m not even sure how I came across Adam, but we invited him to play.

That day, I visited with him, his beautiful wife, two kids, and his mom (who has now become a very dear and cherished friend). I sat in awe, humbled, tears welling up as he shared just a small part of his journey as an active service member, and how music, and his wife, literally saved his life.

Fast forward 4 years, and Adam has put in the hard work, always pushing forward, inspiring others, overcoming, and reaching for the stars. It is with great honor to call him friend and watch him succeed in his music career.

I can’t wait to catch a show and also have him grace the stage of another Warrior Cry Music Project event! Be sure to check out Adam Berry and take a few minutes to listen to one of his songs.

Thank you sir for your service and for sharing your passion with the world!

THIS is why we do what we do!

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