Sometimes you need a new promise and a fresh burst of courage. Katie Lewis, creator of handcrafted, wearable truth at her online shop Dear Mushka, has written extensively on the promises of God and how they spark joy and peace in your everyday life. In fact, she’s created a whole line of beautifully illustrated scripture cards that she and her tribe will be memorizing together.
Today, we’ve mined her devotions (available on her blog) to uncover three promises you probably haven’t heard recently (we certainly hadn’t!). We can’t promise they’ll change your life...actually, yes we can.
The mother of two adopted sons, Katie began her shop as a blog. “Mushka” was what Katie’s mother called her, and it became her name for her future (as yet unknown) children. Eventually, Katie added a shop to the blog to raise money to adopt her first child.
Today, the shop employees Katie and her husband full time (or, as full time as parents of two young children can be!) and provides hope and inspiration to thousands of women every day on Instagram and through jewelry, tees, and more.
Here are the incredible promises Katie has shared with us:
1. Have You Missed This Promise About Promises?
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. -Psalm 119:50
As Katie’s shop transitioned to wearable truth several years ago, she realized “what we chose to put on everyday was a personal decision; we were laying it close to our hearts or across our wrists and letting it say something. Why not let it tell our stories?”
This promise, the first from the Dear Mushka scripture pack, is a deeply meaningful description of the power of stories and promises and the God who weaves both together.
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Katie writes: “Most attribute this Psalm to David--who had a life full of suffering--but no matter who wrote it, we all know this earthly life is full of brokenness, hardship, & death.” What’s so valuable about promises from God, however, are that “even when spouses fail, health lacks, babies pass, terrorists attack--we can still stand because of the life God's truths bring.”
Read the rest of Katie’s devotional here.
2. The Secret Promise About Money
2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency, in all things, at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
You’ve probably heard this verse before, and maybe it’s been used to encourage you to keep on with the hard stuff. But you might not know that wasn’t the original intent of this verse.
Here’s how Katie explains it:
“In this part of Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he's talking specifically about financial generosity. In verses six through nine he's looking at the Church of Corinth and essentially saying: Those who give generously will reap abundantly for the kingdom. Give cheerfully! And know that God will provided everything for you to do so.”
Here at Stand for Mom, we’re working or ministering in some capacity as we mother, and money is coming or going (or both!) at a rapid pace. What we do with it--and how we handle a little or a lot--matters, which is why we love this third promise from the DM scripture pack.
Read the rest of Katie’s devotional here.
3. The Secret Promise When You’re Afraid You’ve Heard it Wrong
All women who think they must have heard God wrong when something he promised didn’t happen, raise your hands. All hands raised? Ours, too. That’s why we love Katie’s story.
Katie shares that back in 2012 she felt God stir her heart with a dream. The problem? Her husband didn’t share that dream and Katie relates that she was “heartbroken in a way I’d never experienced before.”
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Katie had a choice: to give up, to assume she hadn’t heard right, to question. Instead, she spent the next year and a half praying. She writes, “Ultimately, I quit bringing it up in exchange for simply sitting at God’s feet every few days with my questions. Did I mistake the calling? Should I pursue the issue further?”
Many months later, Katie experienced the intense joy of knowing that God answers “prayer upon prayer upon prayer” when her husband experienced a change of heart.
Read the rest of Katie’s adoption story here.