November is here! It's officially holiday time, sweater weather and all things cozy. Today is All Saints Day, a day in the Catholic church to celebrate all who have entered heaven. While I don't celebrate all Catholic holidays, whatever your denomination may be, I think it is a beautiful thing to remember and thank God for those who have gone before us, mentored us, and sacrificed to build the local church.
Who are you thankful for? Maybe a grandparent, an aunt, your mother, or a friend who showed you kindness while on your journey to Jesus.
Life is short. Our time on earth and what we do with it matters. God has great plans for you and we pray that you take time to say NO to activities that do not serve you or God's will for your life.
I saw a neat thing online where people were participating in 'No'vember. It's where you write down what you are going to say NO to this month. Saying no to things that waste your time is vital to making margin for your dreams!
What are you saying NO to this month?
Grab a journal and take this challenge with us!
Hello Friends! Want to share some love to trick or treaters?Download these free encouragement cards and tie them to your treats. You can also tie these to roses or keep them in your wallet to share with strangers. :)
"Fall is a season of great beauty, but it is also a season of decline; the days grow shorter, the light is suffused, and summer's abundance decays towards winter's death. Faced with this inevitable winter, what does nature do in autumn? It scatters the seeds that will bring new growth in the spring - and scatters them with amazing abandon!" - Parker Palmer
Every three months in our planner, we have a special place to refocus and refresh. We invite you to join us!
Fall Seasonal Refresh
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Hello Friend! Polly Here.
I was sitting in my house the other day and I looked up at my ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’ print and I asked myself… do I really believe this?
Is this my life motto?
Do I really have all my hope and trust in God?
I know God is good, and He is for me and certainly, heaven is my home.
Even though I knew all these truths, my spirit was full of anxiety and fear of the unknown. I was stressed in my business and personal life. Where I once had excitement for the future, all I felt was fear. Fear of the next launch, of the next bill, of the next time I would make a mistake. I kept thinking, ‘Am I enough?’
I realized my life motto sounded more like, ‘The Stress Is Yet To Come”
At that moment, I began to pray and be honest with God. Where was my hope? I realized I had put my hope in myself, in my strength. I was battling thoughts of failure and inadequacy daily.
I had to remind my soul that God chose me for this path, this business, this city, this season. Only God is enough. He is our power, He is the source.
I want to encourage you that God is always with you and He is ready to take your burdens.
Here are a few truth nuggets I want to share from scripture.
“Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things” Colossians 3:2
This scripture was the key to my problem. My focus was off. It was completely on myself, my strength, my problems. I am a bit of a control freak and life is not ours to control. Worldly success is fleeting and empty. This shift helped me to BREATH.
"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17
Thanksgiving and worship are the best medicine you can give your soul. Without thanksgiving, our human nature goes straight to anxiety and inadequacy. This shift helped me to remember the faithfulness of God is ALL seasons and peace for the future.
My last resource is an amazing sermon about conquering anxiety. This sermon was the biggest game changer in me conquering my anxiety. Watch it below.
Everything that we digest in our mind and body matter. We cannot experience peace if we never unplug from our phone, from the news, from our work. God wants to give you peace, so you must make space for him to give this gift to you! Find your boundaries this week. Unplug, and replace your intake with God’s word, great books, worship, and prayer!
I TRULY believe the best is yet to come for you! God is bigger than anything you are facing.
I am so honored and grateful to God that I get to manage and grow this beautiful gift and company.
I can't help but flash back to August 3 years ago. Horacio Printing was a vision, a dream, a desire bubbling up in my heart. I felt far from God and unworthy to approach Him. I felt shame and yearned for His presence. I wanted my life to have a purpose. In the middle of my mess, He met me with so much LOVE and compassion and called me to my mission. I realized my life was a gift and I was to honor Him by getting intentional in how I plan my life. I remember that night like it was yesterday. I couldn't sleep. I was up all night sketching out my first planner and every time I turned off the light my head would spin until I woke up and kept going.
Flash forward to today, I can't believe where we are. I wanted to share some lessons that God has taught me through this journey.
1) Your purpose is revealed in obedience.
I was obedience to God's calling to create this company and little by little I am still discovering the purpose. If you would have told me January 1st me would have a warehouse in Orlando, Florida, I would not have believed you. This certainly wasn't on my Horacio Printing 'bucket list', but I have learned that obedience is the key to finding God's will. One step at a time, let him unlock your purpose through following the Holy Spirit within you. You have NO idea the freedom you will bring to others, from small acts of obedience.
2) God's love for you is WILD and He wants you involved in a community.
We pray for you, the Horacio Printing family, and I want you to know that God is WILD about you. He has not left you or forgotten you. As a company, we started encouraging community through Dream Planning Parties in January and we have heard incredible testimonies! Here is one from the SweetHive. Check out this page to read more! Together we are stronger, together we are powerful. We are the body of Christ.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
3) He will move mountains to help the marginalized.
Through the sales of Horacio Printing, we have raised over 24,000 to fight human trafficking by partnering with A21.org. In Orlando, Fl we have officially partnered with the Samaritan Village an incredible program helping women survivors of human trafficking. They provide an amazing 18-month program to help these women find freedom and healthy independence. We are going to be apart of their program providing a 'baby step' job to learn important job skills. God is so good! We are praying our warehouse is a place of joy, learning trust, growth, dignity, and healing. Please keep these women in your prayers.
Thank you for being part of the Horacio Printing Family! I truly appreciate your support. I know this is just the beginning of what God is doing in Orlando and through Horacio Printing. Thank you so much for your encouragement and prayers! I am excited to enter this new season of life. The best is yet to come!
I believe that these statements are lies.
I believe that you are an artist. At your core, your were designed in the image of God. You were created to create, to dream, to take an idea and make it a reality.
You learned to create what wanted at a young age. Remember when you had the idea of enjoying a PB&J and then you made that your reality? Remember the brilliant worlds you created in your childhood bedroom or backyard? It is in our DNA to dream, plan and do. To create. God has a wild imagination. He gave us this imagination too, and I invite you to embrace it again.
God is ready to co-labor with you. He puts passions and dreams in our hearts for a reason and you have no idea the impact you can have on this world by simply saying yes, taking the next step, and being obedient to your calling.
I truly began to believe this when I read The Artisan Soul by Erwin McManus. He says-
“What is your idea of you? Who is it that you have decided to become? If your greatest work of art is the life you live, and ultimately life is a creative act, what life will you choose to leave behind as your masterpiece?”
― Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
“Since part of our creative responsibility is to move from imagination to image, we need to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ and allow our imagination once again to be the playground of God. And once our dreams and visions are the material that has been passed on to us by a divine imagination, then it is time to dream, to risk, and to create.”
― Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life into a Work of Art
Your greatest work of art you will ever create is your life. Your life is your canvas! What are you going to create?
Pick up a copy of Erwin’s book if you have not already read it! It is a treasure.
June marks the middle of 2017. We are here! The middle is a perfect time for REFLECTION.
How do you feel? Do you feel like time is flying? Do you feel like 2017 is slipping away? You are not alone.
When I find myself here, I shift my gaze to Heaven. God has a beautiful perspective on timing. Our time here is short, but Heaven is eternal. Heaven is beautiful. Heaven is our home.
When I shift my gaze to Heaven, my heart follows and fills with peace. God is ready to meet you right here -- in the now -- in the present moment.
I want to encourage you by telling you that God is not worried about a perfect performance. He cares far more about the condition of your heart than He does whether you can check off your to do list in record timing. It’s better to depend fully on Him than to exhaust ourselves striving to impress God and our peers.
God wants to SPEAK encouragement and strength into you as you enter the second half of the year. Look at what The Lord said to Joshua in a time of transition:
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
We are all here together in the middle of the year. Don’t waste your time beating yourself up with comparison or self-defeating internal dialogue. You have the power of the Holy Spirit within you and the strength to make the final six months of 2017 power months where God does incredible work in you and through you! We must be strong and VERY courageous.
We have 2 Challenges to help you reset your heart and step into the second half of 2017 with renewed strength.
Challenge One: Set up your morning routine. Great days start with great morning. We challenge you to carve out 20 minutes in the morning to be alone in your quiet place with the Lord. Put it in your planner and set your alarm. Try our recipe:
- 5 Mins – Worship & Heaven Meditation. Let your mind float to Heaven and steep yourself in the eternal reality. This shift puts our earthly issues in perspective.
- 5 Mins – Bible Reading (If you don’t know where to start, start with Matthew Chapter 1)
- 5 Mins – Morning Pages (Let yourself write freely. You can write your observations of what you just read and then record a prayer.)
- 5 Mins – Prayer
Challenge Two: Host a Dream Planning Party! We have designed a mid-year dream refresh event filled with free resources to help you set up the next six months! Writing our dreams down is a great start, but speaking them out loud to others takes them to a whole new level. You can do this with just one friend, or you can have an event with 20 women. We promise you will not be disappointed. Learn more here and listen to what previous hosts have to say about their event! SIGN UP!
Spring is here! Spring represents new growth, new possibilities and new beginnings. I believe that God has new possibilities for your life that He wants you to take hold of - new ways of looking at relationships, new ways of serving other, new ways of loving the people around us.
With new growth there are growing pains. Stretching is painful, especially at first! I believe some of you reading this are in a season of stretching. I want to encourage you to lean into the areas of your life where you feel stretched and try to be thankful for the burn! Thankful that God is using you and sculpting you for your glorious future and purpose. You need to stretch out your faith and breath because you are not doing this on your own. You have the strength of the God of the Angel armies on your side and the further you stretch, the further they will take you!
Personally I am in a season of stretching with relationships. I recently traveled down to Orlando, Florida to check out warehouse for Horacio Printing. After we saw the space and witnessed the miracle of our new warehouse, I went with my friend to her missionary prayer meeting at a local church. Many of the people in the room had not yet raised the funds for a missionary trip the group was planning. But the group leader stood up with power and said ‘God has promised you this trip. But you have to FIGHT for your promise. When you are given a gift from God, you receive heaven's attention AND hell's attention. That means you have to fight in the middle, every day. Fight for your promise from God!'
As I sat and listened I realized that my battleground, or mission-field, was right in front of me. For me, I heard God tell me that my promise was my husband, and I was not fighting for my promise. I have not been fighting for joy in my home and fighting to make it a place of encouragement. I realized my home is my mission-field right now. This perspective has brought a complete change in the way I interact with my husband. When I step into my home it becomes my place to make a difference in my partnership in love. God over-delivered in his promise to me for my husband, and he'll continue to support me. But I also have to fight for it every day - and now I realize nothing could make me happier!
Today I want to ask you: What is something that you have prayed for and begged God for? Maybe it’s your job, your husband, your apartment, roommate, church family, provision, education, an opportunity. What was something that God promised for you and He delivered – and now you have it and it doesn’t seem as shiny, holy, or wonderful?
What is your promise? What do you need to fight for?
This is your promise, and you have to fight for your promise! This is your mission field. Your battleground. Maybe it is your marriage, your job, your friendship. If the enemy could get you to resent you promise and lose your desire to fight for it… your promise will lose it’s purpose. If the enemy could ruin my marriage with discouragement and comparison, he could dim my purpose. God promised us to each other, and His promise has PURPOSE; to glorify Him.
I want to challenge you to write down one promise that you want to re-commit to for God. God is good and He can bring fresh perspective and grace to anything that is dead and bring it back to life!
Hello Horacio Printing Family!
You are INVITED to our Spring Gathering in New York City on April 8th! We want to speak life over you and your dreams as we enter this new beautiful season of life!
We are excited to offer a morning of Holy Yoga and dream planning! This is your time and space to connect with God and dust off dreams.
We’ll start with one hour of Christ-centered yoga, lead by Caroline Williams, to stretch our bodies, open our hearts, and worship God in a new body+heart+soul way. After yoga, we will walk through the seasonal refresh section of the planner to reposition our goals, hearts, and to encourage one another.
What is included in my registration? One hour yoga class, two gifts from Horacio Printing (worth +$25!), yummy snacks, lots of heart encouragement and sisterhood connection.
There will be a few yoga mats available to rent for $2 at the event. If you have your own though, please bring it!
We hope you can come! You can learn more and sign up here.