I recently read Psalm 119. It’s becoming one of my favorite psalms. It’s all about God’s word. These are some verses that stuck out to me: -How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to … Continue reading
I walked into 2013 without knowing what I was getting into. A few days before the year began, I was inspired to draw, after a year of not drawing. I was listening to a Moriah Peters song, Bloom, and this doodle happened.
I drew another doodle, inspired by another song by Moriah, Sing in the Rain.
I took a picture of it and uploaded it to Instagram. I got feedback on it and it encouraged me to doodle more.
Britt Nicole shared one of my doodles. She didn’t credit me, but no hard feelings 🙂
As with the Sing in the Rain doodle, I got encouraging feedback. In the month of May, I turned 17. On my birthday I decided to dedicate myself and my art to The Lord, and I prayed that my life became the proof of God’s love, along with my art. I prayed that at the end of my life I could hear God say “well done”. In my heart, that day was the beginning of Gabydoodles as a ministry. After that, doodling became a fixture in my life [and my Instagram].
Through doodling I’ve “met” so many people that have blessed my lives and through them God has shown me his love. One of them is Raquel, who featured Gabydoodles in her blog and helped me create the Gabydoodles blog.
Through doodling I’ve also seen God’s creative nature. He makes me creative because He is the Creator. He is creativity. He invented the colors I use to draw, He created the nature that inspires me, He created the musicians and songwriters that inspire me. He created me. He inspires me. He is the reason why I doodle, the reason why I want to tell the world about His love.
Gabydoodles, undoubtedly, has been the highlight of 2013. And yet, it wasn’t in my plans. I wasn’t looking for it. As this ministry grows, my relationship with God has grown too. I understand Him in a different way. I love Him even more. I am so excited to see what God has in store for me and Gabydoodles in 2014 [an Etsy shop, maybe?].
Will your grace run out if I let You down?
‘Cause all I know is how to run.
I am a sinner; if it’s not one thing, it’s another.
Caught up in words, tangled in lies.
But You are a Savior and you take brokenness aside and
Make it beautiful.
-All Sons & Daughters, Brokenness Aside
This song takes me to a place of grace and breaks me every time I listen to it. Those lyrics break me every. single. time. There is so much truth in them. I am a sinner. I get caught up and tangled in my sin. I forget. I forget. I forget what He did for me. And then grace happens. He is a Savior and he takes my brokenness aside and He makes it beautiful. He turns my sin and makes something beautiful out of it.
I am so grateful for the gift of grace. His grace won’t run out if I let Him down.
And maybe you think, “Doesn’t God get tired of dealing with me? If it’s not one thing, it’s another. There’s always something that seems to go wrong.”
When you experience grace, it changes you. It makes you want to leave your sin behind and live life in a way that glorifies God. Your brokenness is put aside and made beautiful.
“I don’t know how long I’m going to have you for, but I’ll be watching when you change the world. Look at your hands, they’re still so small. Someday you’re going to stretch them out and save us all. Noel, Noel. God with us, Emmanuel. You’re here, I’m holding you so near. I’m staring into the face of my Savior, King and Creator. You could’ve left us on our own, but you’re here.”
[Francesca Battistelli, You’re Here]
This is one of my favorite Christmas songs, as it is told from Mary’s point of view. How awestruck she must’ve been when she realized she was holding her Savior in her arms! I can only imagine how wonderful that moment must’ve been. I’m so glad God didn’t leave us on our own and instead sent his Son to save us. It is something we’ll never repay! I’m so grateful, now more than ever, for the gift of grace.
God must love us A LOT if He was willing to send His only son to save you & me (does John 3:16 ring a bell?). You’ll never find that kind of love here on earth. That is amazing love. Just like the song says, Jesus could’ve left us on our own. He didn’t have to come. He could’ve simply ignored mankind and its sin. But he loved us. He loves us.
I call that grace.
I’ve experienced grace on so many levels this past year. There have been times in this past year when I’ve made a fool of myself, when I’ve embarrassed myself, when I’ve put God aside and neglected my relationship with Him and instead of finding God with his back turned on me, his arms were reaching towards me, embracing me in His grace. I will never stop thanking God for grace. Grace is what fuels me to do everything I do for God, including Gabydoodles.
I’m so glad He’s here.
I hope you’ve experienced grace in this past year the way I’ve had and I hope you and I continue to experience it in this new year that’s quickly arriving. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
P.S.: If you wanna read more about grace and what I’ve got to say about it, click here! Warning: bring your dancing shoes with you. You’ll need them.
- Gifts, Grace, and Christmas Morning (marccortez.com)
“This Christmas” by Traci Beeson
I share my [lack of] love story to tell you that you don’t have to rush into love. You don’t have to be desperate. You don’t have to settle for any guy. God is writing your love story. He knows what is best. Get to know Him. Make God your first love and he’ll do the rest. Pursue him. Continue reading