Every design in our Grace Thru Faith store has a story! We find inspiration every day in the people we meet, places we've lived and teams we love. And when we can share the love of Jesus with our shirts, we feel like we've hit gold! We hope you'll enjoy reading a bit more about how these shirts come to be.
"The zeal is real!" A direct quote by the vivacious, intense and zealous woman, Elizabeth Tatham, who exclaimed this in our office last year while she was explaining how intentional her, and her family, are about sharing the gospel with others. I wrote about Liz last month and will continue to share her connections to the missionaries we support when you make a purchase with us!
We chose a true red color (Red because Liz is also a National Spokeswoman/Survivor at Go Red for Women), super comfy, soft and longer length t-shirt for our Zeal is Real shirt. Romans 12:11 (NIV) says, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord”. What a great reminder to us all that we need to be mindful of our countenance (demeanor) in life so that we can point others to Jesus Christ in a winsome and salty way!
Shiny? Yes. Bold? Yep. Edgy? For sure. You can blame it all on Kimberly Dawn Nyborg who resides waaaaay up North in International Falls, MN. She is an Inspirational women’s speaker and on-air host at KBHW Psalm FM. Kimberly started an online Bible study group (Proverbs 31/First 5 App) and named the group the “Gold Diggers!” My first thought was, cool beans, I would like to join that group; my second thought was…that would be great on a t-shirt! So it began. Kimberly based the name of the group on Jeremiah 29:13. Love that verse! For our t-shirt, we chose Psalm 19 as it speaks to both general revelation (verses 1-6) and special revelation (7-11). And of course, because of the beginning of verse 10, the psalmist is talking about the ordinances of the Lord, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold…” YES, they are!! There are many more verses that speak of the riches of God’s word/precepts/laws/commands and statutes being like gold nuggets that we should desire to dig-into daily. The Bible is rich with wisdom and life-giving truth, so ladies (and gents) let’s get digging!
Sunday, January 14th, 2018. Half-watching the Vikings/Saints game, I glance up to witness a last second TD by the Vikings. I honestly could not believe what I was seeing! Screaming so loudly with JOY, the dogs ran for cover. Now, plays like this can get me excited about football! Knowing that the Super Bowl was being held in Minneapolis and that the Vikings had only one more hurdle to get there. To be the first team ever in history to play the Super Bowl in their own town was epic. Yeah, I said it, epic. So, I immediately hop onto my handy laptop and start searching for a Viking purple and gold shirt/sweatshirt, anything to mark this momentous occasion in history. (Full-disclosure, I have been wanting to create some MN shirts for some time now as my heart really does belong in MN.) And, I came across these colorful, soft, fun, quirky, sweatshirts that had that Viking purple color within them. We hope you will love them as much as we do! Even though the Vikings did not make it to the Stupid Bowl (yes, still a bit salty about it), if you love the great state of Minnesota, you can wear this colorful hoodie with your head held high, showing your love for this beautiful state, also known as “God’s Country.”
As I pushed forward and backward the seemingly heavy vacuum and saw the white pup hair that was being taken away little by little, I lost it. Literally had a breakdown right there in the living room. The room was quiet except for the hum of the vacuum. It did not matter that no one was around, I could not help but bawl uncontrollably thinking of our beloved Gidget and the fact that we had to put yet another dog down...
What do you do when you lose a beloved pet? Kelly Sue shares her and her husband's journey through their grieving process of losing their beloved dog, Gidget, and how Barkin Dogs Rescue found them not one, but two new pups to adopt and love!
I will never forget the excitement I had going into a meeting with one of my professors, Dr. J back in grad school. I had the idea of launching a Christian clothing business from way back when and he had a side business that helped start-ups. I came prepared with all my notes, my hand-drawn ideas scribbled into a notebook from years ago and a prototype of a zip-up hoodie that had embroidered crosses and verses stitched all over it. I was so excited! See, Dr. J, now this is what I’m talking about! See this cool hoodie??!! It’s a nicer, higher-end product that I really think people would buy! He, of course, has far more knowledge than I and he is asking questions and pondering it all…thankfully not anything like “Shark Tank”; I would never have survived that type of questioning. He was genuinely being a kind fella and hearing me out. At the end of our meeting (as I am walking out) he asked me to write a “Theology of a Hoodie.” K…. hmmm….ok. That’s it? What on earth does he mean, I thought? I also thought, are you kidding me dude, you know full well how many books and papers we must write in graduate school and now you are asking me to (for fun) write a theology of a hoodie?!
Well, here it is almost 8 years later. (BTW I still do not know exactly what he was asking for, however, I have a far better understanding of hoodies after creating and selling them for almost 3 years now). “Theology” means a theological theory or system” I am going with just the theory or system; my guess is that was what he was asking for?
So, here is my brief explanation of how the system works, at least in my case.
Don’t ya love it when someone visibly looks shocked (not fake-shocked for like a tip or something), but, really stunned when you casually mention that you are about to turn 50?! ME TOO!! Hey, I’ll take fake-shocked sometimes. As I ponder this new year, the running thread at the forefront in my mind is about turning 50 in October. Can I lose 20-30 lbs. in that time frame? Is that even possible? Does that mean completely giving up sweets and bread? Will my legs ever look like they did in my 30’s? What can I do to my face/neck/hands to get ahead of this aging thing?
Then I swing to other side and think, really, why does it even matter? Why does it matter if some stranger thinks you are younger than you are? Like you are cheating the system somehow, like you got better genes (jeans?) than someone else? I mean, does it truly matter?!