Shop Filigree Lane {Now Open!}

Hey friends!

I have some exciting news…I’ve opened an online store! My Filigree Lane Etsy shop is now in business!

Shop Filigree Lane features an assortment of things I’ve made, from hand-lettered chalkboards to one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Currently, my inventory is small, but as I continue creating unique or custom works, I will add more items.

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I hope you enjoy the pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them! Have a wonderful day!

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Keep Freedom Ringing {Vote + Pray}

America is at a crossroads, and I believe we should take every opportunity to stand up for the things of God and His Word.

//FRANKLIN GRAHAM//

The headlines seem to constantly boast of God’s absence in our modern world. Read More

Trick or Treat! {Easy Halloween Costumes}

Can you believe it’s already October? This year has FLOWN by! Much to my delight, Texas has had a nice cold snap this week! It finally feels a bit like fall around here.

Halloween can be controversial sometimes, especially among Christians. It is viewed as a pagan holiday, immoral and a waste of time. To me, Halloween is a fantastic opportunity to have fun, eat some candy, and fellowship with your neighbors. It is a great way to shine the light of Jesus in your community while also glorifying God with your actions.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

//MATTHEW 5:16//

I have always loved dressing up for Halloween. When I was younger it gave me a chance to be the characters I loved for a night and make fun memories. Now that I’m older I get to just be silly and have fun with dress-up. Costumes tend to be time consuming and pricey. That’s why I whipped up these easy, last-minute costumes that you can create on a budget, in a flash! If you’re still in the market for a Halloween costume, these ideas are for you!

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{Change the World in Your Sleep}

It all started with an idea.

For the last ten years celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart, {watch his story here} has traveled the world doing shoots for renowned celebrities; staying in a countless number of hotels along the way. Now, he wants to revolutionize the hospitality industry with a hotel that will change the world. Read More

Taaluma Totes {A Piece of Greece}

Hello friends!

I have an exciting post to share with you today! Earlier this summer a brand called Taaluma Totes contacted me with a special mission.

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{The Heart of a Refugee}

Refugee. For many, this label, devoid of identity, brings to mind the words “nobody” “foreigner” or  “intruder.” It’s easy to conjure up these stereotypes because we are so far removed from them and their bleak situation. We aren’t faced with the horrors of war. Our last hope for safety doesn’t lie in the hands of human smugglers. We don’t have to stand at a country’s border begging for a visa. This is reality in the life of a refugee. Hopeless. Grim. Strenuous.

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Earlier this summer, I had the life changing experience of meeting refugees. We didn’t go in guns blazing throwing around Arabic Bibles like confetti. Our mission was simple. Meet needs, make disciples, and mobilize laborers. Mostly, we played with kids, shared meals together and listened to stories of their rigorous pilgrimage. Miraculously, this is the thing they needed most; to be heard. When people know their stories are being heard and met with compassion, their desperation for healing invites us into their deepest places of suffering.

The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch and still do nothing.

//ALBERT EINSTEIN//

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Many I met spoke of “the old life.” Before the war, their lives looked a lot like ours, routine based, safe, even enjoyable. When the media bombards us with horrific stories on the refugee crisis, the key point they miss is that refugees are people just like us. They have families, hobbies, and unique stories. They aren’t terrorists, nor are they greedy people just trying to get in on the American Dream. Their tired eyes and forlorn gazes screamed their desires loud and clear: They just want to live. They want to trade in their tents for a real home. They want to cook their own meals instead of having to rely on prepackaged government rations. All in all, they want a better life. Without changing their immediate circumstances, Jesus gave us the opportunity and command to be able to give them the best life- a life with Him.

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This humanitarian crisis sweeping across the Middle East and Europe was foreseen and ordained by the hand of God. He has brought eternal beauty out of the rubble of war. He has transformed the hearts of devoted Muslim leaders. He has sent dreams of Jesus or “the man in white” to Muslims night after night, slowly softening hearts of stone into pliable clay. None of this was by accident. The day He breathed life into existence, God had each soul in His mind. When Jesus breathed His last, He has ISIS in mind just as He had each one of us in mind. Our prayer for this irreplaceable hour is for Jesus to win more Muslim hearts than ever in the history of Islam.

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Though most of us don’t face the extreme circumstances that refugees do, in a way, we are all refugees. After all, this world was never meant to be our eternal home. As Christians, we are not citizens of this world trying to get into heaven, rather, we are citizens of heaven, making the best of our time here on earth. Jesus’ goal wasn’t for us to have a glorious, fun-filled life during our time in this world, it was to serve Him and share the hope we have for eternal life on the golden streets of Heaven. We look forward to that great day with eager anticipation, but praise God for the ways He has orchestrated our existence here on earth.

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

//C.S. LEWIS//

Lord I pray that you keep Your sovereign hand over Europe. I ask boldly that you will continue to radically pursue the hearts of Muslims and Europeans alike. Thank you for choosing me to be a small part of this larger movement. I pray that you will break our hearts for what breaks yours and prompt us to follow your command to GO. I ask for boldness, hope, and your love to shine out of us as we penetrate through the darkness of this world. Thank you God for what You are doing. We are your humble servants Jesus. 

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