Happy Friday! To wrap up the first week of GLOW, we have partnered with graphic artist Sydnee Peacock to bring you FREE downloadable scripture graphics! Today’s graphic features a very uplifting verse:
“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
May we delight in the things that delight our Lord. May His desires become our desires.
Place as your desktop background, print and frame in your office, download as your iphone wallpaper. Links to download are below.
Have a great weekend, see you back here Monday! Don’t forget to check out Sydnee’s blog and show her some love. She’s one talented lady who loves the Lord deeply!
Hey! I’m Sydnee. I’m a follower of Christ and wife to my best friend, Ben. We live just outside of Dallas, Texas. Everyday I’m excited to wake up and do what I love. I serve with Ben on staff at our church where we work together to spread the Gospel through design and multimedia. I can get blissfully lost for hours designing, but my love for writing can also compete for my time – so I do a little bit of both. Outside my 8 to 5, I’m testing new (mostly healthy) recipes on Ben, and keeping up with fashion and design trends on Pinterest. I’m not athletic at all, but I enjoy trying new fitness classes, and dressing the part. I love exploring new places with Ben and being spontaneous. We have a spoiled, little chihuahua named Sunday who was formerly a gangsta street dog we took in when Ben was in seminary. I serve with my husband in the college and young adult ministry at our church. Ben leads our small group study, and I get to make all the fun finger foods! I love encouraging college-age girls, helping them navigate through life’s greatest decisions, and pointing them to Christ.
Editor’s Note: The author of this post, Kristin Schmucker is a wonderful lady of God that has a passion for women to grow deep in Scripture. Her witness is an example to us all of what it means to be pursuing Him in the every day. This weekend Kristin will be taking over our instagram, posting uplifting and encouraging photos. Be sure to follow us and be on the lookout for her posts on Saturday and Sunday!
About two years ago, I realized that something needed to change. I was really having a hard time staying consistent with being in Scripture. I would do great for a few months and then miss, then I would do great for a week, and miss several days in a row. It felt like I just couldn’t stay consistent, and I was feeling discouraged.
I decided that it was just something that needed to change. I thought I needed to have some accountability, so I started the #lampandlight hashtag on instagram and invited friends to join me in documenting their time with the Lord as a way to keep each other accountable.
Soon, spending time with the Lord became a habit, and eventually it became the time of day that I most looked forward to.
There have been a few things that I have learned since then about why spending time with the Lord daily is so important.
Spending time in Scripture resets our thinking. It reminds us of what is really important and who we are in the Lord.
The Lord uses His Word to prepare us for the things we will face in this life. I have faced some really hard things this past year, and the Lord and His Word have been a source of strength each day. It is easy to run to Scripture when things get tough, but we are so much more prepared for storms that may come when we have already been in the Word.
Being in the Word helps us to know who God is. This is the biggest goal when we are reading Scripture. When we know who God is, we can understand more fully the purpose that He has for us.
Knowing God’s Word helps us to encourage others with truth. The more time we spend immersing ourselves in Scripture, the more we will be able to help others.
One of the goals of our lives should be to know God more, and to become more like Him. Spending time in Scripture is the best way to do that, His Word is living and active and has the power to change our lives, and our hearts.
If you are instagram and would like a bit of accountablility and community to encourage you to spend time in Scripture, feel free to follow me at @kristinschmucker and begin using the #lampandlight hashtag.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Photo Credit: Kristin Schmucker
About the Author
Hey there! I am Kristin. I am a follower of Jesus. Wife to Jeremy, my church planter hubby. Mama to two precious girls, our sweet toddler Stella, and our precious Sophia who is already with Jesus. I am passionate about women knowing God more, and falling in love with His Word. I blog at here and spend a little too much time on instagram at @kristinschmucker. I would love to connect and get to know you more!
I am thrilled beyond words to begin this blog. It’s been in the works for months now- lots of thought, prayer, and time. Alyssa has worked extremely hard on it! Claps for her for listening to the Lord urging her heart to start this ministry. And now all of us have the privilege of being blessed by it and having an online community of women. Women encouraging one another, sharing the good and bad of life, and just plain having FUN!
As you can see in my bio, I’m Andi…a wife and new mommy. I’ve lived a short 24 years on this earth but feel much older now that I’m a mom. I have been a Christ follower for 11 years of my life, by the sweet grace of God! I have three jobs that I love and that the Lord continues to use to mold me into His image.
First, I’m a wife. Being a wife certainly doesn’t come without its challenges. I have the most patient husband on earth. I never realized how selfish I could be until I got married…anyone with me?
Secondly, I’m a mommy…challenging but incredibly rewarding (If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that…but really, it’s true). Liam is my pride and joy!
Look at this sweet face!
And lastly, I’m a minister to middle and high school girls. Tyler, my husband, is a youth minister, and I get the “job” of partnering with him in this. I say “job” because I have SO much fun doing it. Those girls keep me YOUNG! I love them more than I love everything sweet and chocolaty (and that’s a phenomenal amount).
As I post weekly, you’ll notice my posts will be all over the place! I have a heart for youth girls, mommas, and wives. I love to bake and am LEARNING to love to cook. I love to craft and am delving more into DIY projects. SO, let’s have a blast together! We encourage feedback, conversation, questions, etc. I can’t wait to catch up with you every week! Thank you for being a part of this ministry!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Smell the coffee. Feel the sunshine. Wear your comfy pants.
I remember when I got my first cell phone. It was back in the days of tiny phones. Like, the smaller your phone, the cooler you were. Mine was blue and the buttons and screen glowed orange when it was being used. I shared minutes with my two brothers and got a maximum of twenty text messages a month.
I was fifteen and I had arrived.
Phones have definitely come a long way since then. I now have an iPhone and it is my lifeline. I never leave home without it, actually, I never leave the room without it. This might sound like I’m a little too plugged in but, my iPhone is a link to most everything that’s important in my life.
If you want to get to know me, all you have to do is take a quick glance at my folders, pictures, etc. You could pick it up and, judging by the tiny finger print smudges, app after app by fisher price, and picture upon picture of them, realize that I am a stay at home mom to Judah who is almost three and Annabelle who is 7 months old.
You could look at my call history and realize that my husband and my dad are the people that call me most, resulting in a woman who understands deeply the love that the Lord desires for us to know when he refers to us as his children and bride.
You could look at my texts and realize that I call a lot of people mine. You would see a long string of group messages filled with pictures of my kids or any of my eight (soon to be 9) nieces and nephews, jokes, and love notes from my family. You might get a little overwhelmed when you see that the string never ends because, well there are my parents, five of us kids, and our spouses all contributing to the banter, and then you’ll wish you were one of us. That’s not even including my wonderfully loving mother, father, and brothers in law; precious gifts that my husband gave me along with his name.
You could look at my apps and realize that I love to read. Anything. Everything. All. The. Time. I have every e-reader app out there plus reference apps for libraries, historical documents, and of course The Constitution. This is my idea of fun but if that doesn’t suit your fancy, don’t let it stop you from being my friend! We could always bond over Pinterest!
My phone is the greatest window into who I am. Even the case was carefully chosen to express my taste to anyone who sees it. It is my prized possession, an outward collection of my insides. My mind, heart, passions, interests, interactions, all of it, in one neat little rectangle covered in red flowers.
As I was reading 1 Peter in my Bible app today, I came across this verse.
“But you are…God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
We are God’s special possession! When you plug us in and turn us on, it might read “God’s iPhone” on the screen. Just as the apps on our phones declare who we are, our actions, our words, the order of our lives should declare who He is.
When people get to know you, engage you in conversation, open you up like a folder on a phone, what do they find? Whose are you?
My second cell phone was a flip phone (moving up in the world huh?). It was just the coolest until it started to break down on me. The screen began to short out and for some reason, it only worked on speaker. Every conversation I had was broadcast for the world to hear. Oh technology!
It just so happened that this was going on while I was engaged to my now husband, Scott, and while I was living in Missouri and he in Colorado. My room mate had to get used to our lovey-dovey chats pretty quickly. There was no escaping them. We loved each other too much not to talk and my phone didn’t love me enough to function properly so there you had it; our love on speaker phone.
How beautiful would it be if our lives lived out, were Jesus’ call on speaker to the world, declaring His praises, His goodness, His grace to anyone in earshot? How perfect would it be if we loved Him too much not to talk to Him and we didn’t care enough about what others thought to function in a reserved manner? How amazing would it be if our lives declared His? Loudly. Amplified by a speaker of passion and praise. Because He is ours and we are His.
Our love on speaker phone.
I have been blessed to grow up in a home full of people who love Jesus like this. I have been privy to a million lovey-dovey conversations between Him and those I love and admire. I learned how to be a friend of God by watching them. And then one day, I decided to join the conversation, to make my life His and to invest in our relationship above all else.
Maybe this isn’t you yet. Maybe you’re new to this relationship with Jesus. Maybe what I’m saying sounds great but you have no idea how to get to this point. You don’t know how to work this thing, this relationship, this new software update in your heart, and like my grandparents with a smart phone, are too overwhelmed by all that it does. So they only use it to make calls.
Don’t only use your relationship with Jesus to make calls. Don’t limit His love, His power, His grace in your life because you don’t know how grow into it. He desires so much more for you. He’s capable of so much more. He is love and patience itself. And His plans, His grace, His love, are easy to find.
Here at GLOW, we desperately desire to create an environment that helps us all become that picture of God’s grace to the world. Just like the app store suggests apps for you to download based on your interests, we are all about providing a community filled with tools, scriptures, encouragement, and more to help you become a reflection of Him, the one who has written His name on our hearts.
We want to lean into His grace together, figure out how to walk with him together, grow into His best friends, His daughters, His fragrance of love to the world together. So jump in. Get comfortable. Bring your minds and hearts and join us as we seek Jesus in the everyday.
We are His special possession declaring His praises, declaring who He is, since He’s called us into light.
And just like the screens of our phones, we can GLOW.
My life looks nothing like I thought it would. My 19-year-old self was the career-driven overachiever that saw myself living in New York City or Los Angeles working my way up the secular news casting industry. I swore I wouldn’t get married until my late twenties and the thought of children made me want to pass out. I grew up in a ministry home in Colorado, my parents were church-planters, my dad a pastor and a professor at a seminary, my mom a pastor’s-wife. While I never went through the “pastor-kid rebellion” stage everyone talks about, living a life similar to the home I grew up in had never crossed my mind. I loved the Lord and desired to live a life for Him, but I preferred to believe that the Lord wanted me to be a witness in the secular world as I worked through my version of the American dream.
Fast forward a few years. I graduated college in 2012. Double majored in three years, 4.0GPA. Internships under my belt, accepted into grad schools in New York and Boston, and applied for many jobs in Los Angeles. Somehow, through all my hard work, the ONLY opportunity that worked out was moving to Fort Worth, Texas to work as a photographer for a seminary, very similar to the one my dad worked at for the past ten years. Cowboy country wasn’t exactly what I had in mind. But, I felt like it’s what the Lord wanted me to do.
So I moved.
I met my (now) husband a few days later…he was my neighbor.
Michael was in seminary for theological training; He was called to be a pastor. A pastor. My head spun, again. Really, God? But, as the Lord often works, we were married a year later.
We have now been married for 15 months and I’m loving every minute of married life. Shortly after the wedding, Mike and I moved to a VERY tiny town in Texas where he is now pastoring FBC Kopperl.
While I’m still in shock that I went from desiring the big city hustle and bustle to being a pastor’s wife in small-town Texas, the Lord has done a work on my heart that I am ever so thankful for.
Yes, the transition was hard for me. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have always known that God knew best, but if I had listened to myself and not to Him… where would I be now? Since I was little, my favorite verse has always been Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
I am daily reminded of this verse – it is even engraved in my wedding ring. Most of the life-changing decisions that I have made up to this point were not what I would have picked for myself in my limited view of the here and now (except marrying my husband!). But by listening to to the Lord, trusting what He says is best, and leaning on Him when I don’t understand, He has kept my path straight. For, as Isaiah 55:8-9 points out, His ways are higher than mine.
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
I know, deep in my heart, that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. While my personal desires took a little longer to catch up (and perhaps my attitude as well), I am beginning to understand a few of the reasons the Lord led me down the path I’m on. I love the town I live in, the people I have grown close to, and our church that is wonderfully kind. My heart no longer desires the successful (by worldly standards) career that I had always dreamed of. Instead, my heart’s cry is for people to grow closer to the One who matters.
The Lord is so graciously molding my heart to seek Him, and only Him, in the every day. To love where I am, what I’m called to do and to be a reflection of Him. I work full-time in marketing and also as a freelance photographer in my “free time.” However, I have come to realize that I am most fulfilled when I am doing ministry with my husband.
Because I married Mike who is called to the ministry, I am also called to a role in ministry work. However, each day that passes, I feel more of a personal call to the ministry – a ministry for women, just like you.
Last spring, as I was praying through this passion of mine, the Lord laid the idea of GLOW on my heart. I put it off for a couple months simply because of the fear of failure. After a little extra push and support from my husband, I finally put my mind to it. And here we are. LAUNCH day. 9.29.14. My heart has overflowed into this little blog, this community of women that I can’t wait to grow closer to. Thank you for joining us!
Throughout the last few months, God has allowed me to come in contact with many women across the nation who have agreed to participate in this project! He has humbled me through these introductions – I’m so thrilled people want to be a part! Thank you to Andi and Kelsey for partnering with me! I couldn’t have done it without y’all (excuse the “y’all”…Texas has taught me a thing or two). And thank you to all of the other women who will be contributing, some frequently, some just as one-time guests. I, personally, am SO excited to read your posts…to understand your perspective. Ultimately, I can’t wait to see how God works through all of us!
A huge thank you is owed to Stephanie of How Sweet Designs for helping me with the template customization on the site. This girl is amazing and I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone starting a website on a budget. Stephanie is very creative, knows how to make my crazy ideas come to fruition, responds to emails quickly and stuck to our agreements on the designing process and timing. Check her out.
Another thank you goes out to Corina Sorenson for designing our logo and artwork. She streamlined the process and was willing to tweak when I needed very detailed tweaking!
Finally, thank you to my husband, Michael, who pushed me to do the blog in the first place, who listened to me talk on and on about the smallest of details (that no guy in their right mind would care about) and who never complained when I said I needed to spend just a litttttttle more money for this one littttttttle thing. I love you, and your support has been vital in this endeavor of mine.
Cheers to the launch of GLOW: Live as Light. Leave a comment, follow us on social media, and ultimately join our conversation. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for our community of women. I pray that our hearts will be softened to hear what the Lord has to say. I pray that our walks with Christ will be strengthened as we go through life in the everyday. And finally, I pray that we will be a light in this world, that we will GLOW among our peers.
Welcome! We are excited you are here and we can’t wait to get to know you! Grab a cup of coffee and stick around a while.
We are happy to announce our OFFICIAL blog LAUNCH on Monday, September 29! In the meantime, join the conversation by SUBSCRIBING to our blog posts (trust me…you won’t want to miss anything)! Also be sure to FOLLOW us on social media. We will be posting updates until the launch.
Feel free to look around. Take a peek at Who We Are as well as Our Story to learn more about us. And by all means, invite your friends!
Thank you for stopping by! We are anxiously awaiting 9.29.14.