Named By His Grace

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I’ll never forget the day this beautiful girl came to call the foot of my bed home.  She was about 3 1/2 months old and cried for three weeks straight. I had no experience with babies and she was quite the introduction!  But one day the storm shifted and she became one of our happiest little ones, singing Jesus loves me in multiple languages by the time she was three.

I was privileged to watch her transform into precocious, smart little girl who had very definite opinions on just about everything. I watched as she grew into the fullness of her name, His star that shines for such a time as this.

One of my favorite things I got to do in my time in South Sudan was name the babies who came into our care. What a beautiful thing to be able to call out their identity formed from His grace.

Ironically, I’ve always been a bit hesitant to put my own name out there.  I don’t want people to get the impression that it is about me. So I’ve come up with an endless stream of creative project names to cover the scope of what I do, largely because I didn’t want to use my own name.

I am celebrity status averse. I’d really rather stay hidden behind a paintbrush or keyboard creating. I could care less if folks ever know my name. I am still amazed you all read the litany of unfolding stories in these pages.

Friends tell me I’m “known” in certain circles, but that thought still strikes me as so very strange.  I’m just me.  Why ever would I be known?

So when God asked me to consolidate my whole online world into one overarching theme based on my name, it stretched me to my core.  I hemmed and stalled and prayed more.  Surely He didn’t mean literally use just my name.  Uh-huh.

I’ve known for a while I needed to consolidate, focus, simplify and trim my online worlds down to a major website for me, this blog and the organizational website for Create 61. Anything more was way too complicated and if I was confused by what I should put where, I’m sure you might be confused with me. But that didn’t make the decision easy. This transition was stepping out of the boat in ways that scare me way more than moving to Africa ever did.

Sometimes stepping out of the boat makes no sense until you are standing on the water with Jesus.

Screen-Shot-2016-01-05-at-6.41.30-AMHere is a screen shot from my new all-in-one website MichelePerry.net.Have you visited there yet? I am so happy with how it has turned out!

It is my everything creative/illustration, special missions projects, ministry & creative workshops, e-books/resources, coaching/training, mentoring and more all woven into one place.

One of the things I am most excited about is that as of Jan 1, 2016 10% of all the proceeds that come in through this website and my Etsy shop are going to support my family in South Sudan!!!  I’ve been praying about a way to support them sustainably in ways I have not been able to do because of ongoing colossal financial costs that are still largely unresolved.

{Thank you to those of you who have given. Your generosity is humbling and amazing. I am so very honored.  I still need some fairly major miracles but we know Who orchestrates those, right?}

etsyHere is a peek at my Etsy storefront. It is just getting filled up with pretty prints and commissions.  If you are on Etsy, please follow {favorite} the shop {MichelePerryStudio} to see all the latest and I’ll send you a discount code to use.

You can follow my Instagram account @micheleperry for more insider discounts and to follow what is effectively my online visual/creative sketchbook.

Creativity + Missions + YOU = Kingdom Exploits

None of this will happen without you friends.  But with Jesus, together we can see the impossible bow before His throne.

Illustrating grace- Michele