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

Newsflash: This will be your year!


🎉This will be YOUR year!
🎉Whether you lose 5 pounds or gain 10, it’s YOUR year.
🎉Whether you get in shape, or don’t, it’s YOUR year.
🎉Whether you accept your gorgeous self with all your beautiful imperfections and brokenness, or don’t, it’s YOUR year.
🎉Whether you live in joy or you live in misery, it is still YOUR year.



Everything about the upcoming year is all about you:
🎉The choices you make
🎉 How you respond to what life throws at you
🎉What sort of goals you set and how hard you’re willing to work at accomplishing them 🎉The people you choose to surround yourself with: you can choose people who bring you down or who work to lift you up.

It is all about you. This IS your year. Make it worth living intentionally, with purpose, and with joy and love!

(C) Michelle A. Farley