Small Shop Spotlight: Taylored Made

I’m excited to bring you a very special edition of Small Shop Spotlight. Instagram has connected me to some very special people, and my sweet friend Taylor is sharing about her shop, new products, and her incredible testimony!

Read about what the Lord has done in her life, and learn more about the inspiration behind her store, Taylored Made. Here’s what she had to say.❤️

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Grace For the Guilty Mom

 

I’m sharing a guest piece on mom guilt over at Mom of 11 Kids today! 

Thanks so much for reading!!

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I still remember that day vividly. It was a couple months ago and I was packing for a work conference and feeling stressed. You, like mommy, woke up a ‘grumpadump’ as we like to call it, and nothing, I mean nothing would please you. Finally I hit my limit, and the next time you whined I let out a roar. A crazy, loud, harsh, and devastating roar. You burst into tears because mommy had lost it, and I burst into tears because in that moment I had failed you as parent. The rest of the day I was silent, reflective, and wracked with guilt. The following day the guilt lingered, and on to the next day and for days and weeks to come. By this time the guilt had shifted away from that particular incident, and onto a myriad of other moments of my perceived failure.

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Monday Motivation: Be Kind to Yourself

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It’s been just under two weeks since my family and I arrived in Georgia.  We are setting in more with each passing day, but a lot about us being here has yet to sink in.  I’ve been grappling with a wide range of emotions, and while I thought I’d be gung-ho from the get-go, I find myself easing my way into these new waters, one toe at a time. 

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The Safety of the Lord

I want to take a moment to thank the Lord for His grace, mercy and protection! 

Early this morning my husband and I heard some unfamiliar sounds coming from outside.  One thump.  Did something fall over?  A second thud, louder and distinct.  Is that a car door slamming?  No it can’t be…I called for him to come from the other room (he was giving our baby a bottle), and he said the noise was coming from below us.  Looking out the window yielded no views, so he went out on our porch and saw an individual attempting to break into our neighbor’s car.  He yelled for them to stop and the culprit fled. 

If you’ve had the misfortune of experiencing this type of situation, you’re all too familiar with the feelings of uneasiness and discomfort that follow.  A slew of negative “what if” questions attempt to flood your mind, and you’re unsettled because it happened too close to home.  I felt these emotions just moments ago, but I thank God that His Word reigns supreme in my heart!  As my husband alerted the neighbors and talked to the police, I said a prayer of thanksgiving for keeping us out of harms way.  Yes, a window was damaged, but no one was hurt, and for that I give all the glory, honor and praise to my Abba Father.  We are in His safety!!  Hallelujah!!!

Psalm 121:7 (NLT) The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life.

Psalm 32:7 (KJV) You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround
me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psalm 5:12 (NKJV) For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.

Psalm 91 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowlerAnd from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”