How it all started....
First, I want to say hi and thank you for stopping by our little website. This has been quite a beautiful unfolding of my wings…. after-all… isn’t that what new seasons are all about???….. learning not just to fly, but realizing it’s TIME to do just that….. and when God gives you a spouse, children and sisters that believe in and encourage you to live your God-given purpose …. you find yourself soaring.
Why I created my first GraceUponGrace Prayer Journal……
In October 2015 we moved from our small hometown of Summit, Mississippi to the third largest city in the USA…Houston, Texas. This move came just one month after our youngest child graduated from college, got married and moved to Alabama……….so many changes were hitting us all at once!
For the first time we had no children at home…. we were moving from a small town to a HUGE city…… we downsized from our four-bedroom home to a two-bedroom apartment…..my husband changed jobs….. and I was no longer teaching first grade. A twenty-eight year long battle with aggressive Rheumatoid Auto Immune Disease made it impossible to continue teaching the children I loved so dearly. Our lives seemed unrecognizable.
After packing the house one day, before the big moving day….. I watched “War Room”. The movie echoed my deep love of and firm belief in the power of prayer. This movie set my creative heart on a journey to create my own "traveling" war room. I took scrap fabrics from my children's baby clothing and began to make the cover for the first Grace Upon Grace Prayer Journal. The inside of the journal was then compiled of any papers I had in my "creative stash".... and then I hand-bound it on the kitchen floor with a nail and hammer.... and the graceupongrace journal journey began.
As I design and create your one-of-a-kind journal, I pray for it's recipient. It is my hope that the time spent writing prayers and/or creating art in your journal will bring you closer to our Father and usher you into more meaningful conversations with Him at the throne of grace.
Meet Watercolor and Textile Artist RobinAnn Sila
As a self-taught watercolor and textile artist, RobinAnn has always been passionate art. Throughout school you could find the pages of her notebooks filled with sketches and doodles along with her notes. Once having children, she began to create with them and feels that is when she found the true joy in the creative process. This joy was not found in a perfected piece of art… rather it was found in the process of creating. She and her children would use what the had around the house or they would find things on their walks to create “beautiful messes” that ended up being treasured pieces of art. RobinAnn included, “They were always so thrilled with each creation, which gave me a stronger passion to continue learning a variety of art mediums. Art journaling became a way of teaching myself through trial and error.” She has watched as her own daughter has found the same love for art and finds this the greatest gift to she has ever received….watching your children finding delight in that same creative process that you spent so many hours fostering in them from such a young age is priceless.” she added. RobinAnn can now be found most days in her Art Studio making journals as a way to document this new season creating her Grace Upon Grace journals and filling her own journals with moments to remember, prayer, and art. “I’ve heard often that we should go where the peace is, and for me spending time communicating and creating in the quiet stillness of the day is my peaceful place. God always shows up and continues to guide me each step of the way,” she concluded.