March 30, 2014

with or without the numbers

in our culture, it's so easy to measure things up in numbers. we have endless amounts of information at our fingertips inviting us to measure ourselves up to those around us - our likes and followers and comments and retweets and repins are all numbered and displayed for everyone to see. the more numbers you have attached to your name, the more successful, the more important you must be.... or so the world tells us.

it's all fine to have lots of numbers - numbers aren't bad - but the moment we start measuring our success by the numbers we see, we've lost sight of what's truly important. and what is truly important?

"Jesus answered him, 'the first of all the commandments is: hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' this is the first commandment. 
and the second, like it, is this: you shall love your neighbor as yourself.' there is no other commandment greater than these."
[mark 12:29-31]

this is the quickest, most sobering test of success... and i don't see a whole lot of numbers here. am i loving God, the ONE that matters, with everything i have? the mind and heart and soul are vastly deep places.... am i loving God from those inner depths? am i truly loving my neighbor like their soul depended on it? am i doing everything i can to love God and share His love with people around me, even when i feel like they don't deserve it?
i hate to admit it, but most of the time, i'm failing this test.

"if i speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, i am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. if i have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if i have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, i am nothing. if i give all i possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that i may boast, but do not have love, i gain nothing."
[1 corinthians 13:1-3]

we could be the most outwardly successful people, but if we don't have a love for God and for people, then we've completely failed. God looks at our hearts, not our numbers, not our sacrifices, not our works [though, of course, works are fruit and we should definitely have fruit, they're not the gauge of our souls], or anything else.

no matter how 'small' you [or your gifts or platform] may feel, you are just as important and just as valid as that person with the seemingly bigger scope of influence. it's not what we're doing that matters so much, it's how we're doing it. numbers mean nothing when measured up against the eternal...

"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. so then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor." 
[1 corinthians 3:6-8]

"and if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of My followers, you will surely be rewarded." 
[matthew 10:42]

take heart, friends, nothing is overlooked and nothing is 'small' - if we are loving God and loving people then we are already successful... with or without the numbers. :)

March 24, 2014

looking glass logo!!

isn't that the most amazing name?! as soon as i read that business name in jana's initial email, i couldn't help but imagine the possibilities for her! i am so thankful that jana wanted to collaborate with me on her new look... and i am so glad to know her now!! stop by looking glass photography to see all of her lovely work!


March 22, 2014

joanna fisher logo!

i am just blown away by all the lovely people i get to meet through creating logos... and what a gem joanna fisher is!! i'm so happy and honored she thought of me to help bring her vision to life! throughout the entire design process, joanna was so friendly and fun, each email just exemplified her kindness! i'm so thankful we had the opportunity to collaborate and come up with this new look for her business!!

happy saturday!

March 10, 2014


i love when i get to work with dear friends, to put a design to an idea they have is just magical! crystal and izzi are some of my closest friends and i love their hearts individually and as a mother-daughter team. when crystal first told me about her dream of putting together a conference focused on legacy - i couldn't wait to paint something for it!

they each have such inspiring, godly insight and wisdom from different life perspectives and i know you'll love what they have to share... for more information, visit their site -


March 8, 2014

march desktop + wallpaper!

this quote has been floating around my head [and laptop] for months, just waiting for the right desktop... and i'm so glad kelli loved it too! we thought this was such a great pairing. :)

i love imagining the story of this tree pile - once flourishing in a forest, growing layers of branches and bark and leaves, these trees are cut down with no explanation, thrown uncomfortably on top of each other. to them, it might seem like their purpose is over.

little do they know that soon they'll be used as the essential structure of houses and buildings, keeping people warm in the winter, providing shelter from storms, becoming cozy homes where music's played and memories made. a house isn't built from just one tree, but many. and it's not just comprised of trees alone, but lots of different materials - light and glass and rock and water.... etc etc. 

no matter what your day-to-day looks like, what your occupations, backgrounds, talents, and gifts are - everything and everyone has great purpose. it's a specially formulated plan for your life - nothing is wasted or insignificant, it's all important. you are important. don't mistake insecurity for humility, be confident in what God has given you and the story He's writing for you - each letter, word, and punctuation mark is necessary. :)