I started blogging in 2016 during a season I thought would never end. When I heard the Holy Spirit whisper to me in Starbucks on a Tuesday afternoon to start a blog about encouraging women in their faith, I thought it was crazy. In my most broken state - mentally and spiritually - beauty arose.
While this blog has had its twists and turns, name changes and color changes, it finally is in the place I feel God wanted it to be all along. It’s a place for women to come and feel encouraged in pursuing their own God-given purpose without fear of competition, rejection, isolation or feeling like an imposter. It’s where you’re free to live in the fruit of a joy-filled life with Christ, and most importantly, it’s a place that walking by faith isn’t just a cute lyric or phrase, but a standard, a lifestyle and a call to go higher with God.
I’m not one to pass by a good nod to symbolism, so from the color scheme, the font, the images and the words, everything is layered with meaning. The earth tones (greens, pinks and browns) remind us that dust is where we come and back to dust we will return. I think Job said it best in chapter 19, verse 25 (CSB version), “But I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on the dust.” The wheat or barley in the imagery reminds us of a few key things found throughout Scripture. But, while I could list a thousand things, I’ll just remind you of my two favorite - Ruth and the barley Boaz gave her as a gift for her and Naomi, and the harvest. When Ruth went to Boaz on the threshing floor, she was calling to him for marriage and covering. But, what he gave her in return was substance for her and her mother-in-law. Boaz’s provision for her whole family is a reminder that Christ not only covers us, protects us and goes before us, but that He is all we need. Secondly, the harvest. In 2020, I believe that the church is on the greatest cusp of harvest. Matthew 9:37-38, ESV says, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” That’s our mandate, our call to action - to mimic Ruth and her labor in the field. Sow, glean, thresh and reap the harvest that’s at hand. Lastly, you will notice a ton of greenery and plants. Green is representative of life and in Christ we have life more abundantly (John 10:10).
Thanks for stopping by,
Hannah F. Ball