Growing in Grace: Embracing Imperfection & A Giveaway!


Slowly glancing over I observed my friend as she dug deep into the beautifully adorned goody bag sitting at her place on the table. Pushing the slivers of hot pink tissue paper to the side, she pulled out a bracelet. The metal plate on the front displayed these two words typed in plain black ink “Embrace Imperfection”.

Immediately I knew I too NEEDED that bracelet, and so I began a search. I quickly headed to the table near me with empty place settings to search for a goody bag with that same prize. And, I found it.

“Embrace Imperfection”.

My heart so often needs to hear those words. My weary soul needs to be reminded.

You see, I am a perfectionist. I have been for as long as I can remember. If you asked me about myself, I would likely describe to you a pretty mediocre individual.

I can do many things, but I can do none of them perfectly, therefore, I fail.

In high school, basketball was my sport of choice. I loved the game, and as I got older I worked really hard to be the best that I could be, BUT many games I can remember recalling the shots that I didn’t make, rather than the ones that I did.

As I go throughout my day to day life I have often held on to this outlook. Many times I dwell on the things I didn’t get accomplished, the areas in which I wish I could have done more, the characteristics in my life that seem to fall a little short. And somehow I forget about all that has been done, all that God is doing in me.

“Embrace Imperfection”.

God is still working on me.

And, until that glorious day when I go home to be with him, I will be imperfect. I will fall short.

But, He sees beauty in my imperfection.

After all, He is the maker of this imperfect heart.

So, today, I choose to embrace imperfection. In myself. In others. And, then I say “Thank you Father, for you do not give up on me, even in the midst of my short comings. “

Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”


**I was able to get my hands on an extra “Embrace Imperfection” bracelet and will be giving it away to one lucky reader at the end of this week! All you have to do is leave a comment in order to be entered for your chance to win!**

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My Marriage isn’t THAT Bad: Messy Beautiful Love Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

Anyone who has been married more than 3 seconds will tell you that although marriage has moments of bliss and beauty there are many messy moments in between.

The most beautiful thing in marriage are the times when we allow God to work in us and bring beauty out of the mess we have made. That is why I love this new book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages.

First, can I brag on the author a bit? Darlene Schacht is SO real in this book. She shares her story with such humility, the good and the bad. Of course this book is cram packed with Biblical advice for marriage, but not before she so beautifully sheds the mask of perfection and shares her heart, her real life failures, and the true story of the mess in her marriage.

She then continues to bring to life Biblical principles throughout the pages of the book! I LOVED that I never had to search far to find a Scripture passage to back up the wisdom she was sharing. It is obvious that she was seeking the Lord and thoroughly studied His Word as this book came together.


Not only are the pages full of God-sized advice for marriage, but she breaks down each principle by sharing real marriage illustrations that are relatable for ANY marriage no matter what valley or hill top you may find yourself on.

Can I be honest? I wasn’t sure if I would relate to Darlene’s book. I have read bits and pieces of Darlene’s story before on her blog,, and it’s POWERFUL. BUT, it’s not my story.

Sure, I get annoyed with my husband. I’m not always as patient or kind or giving as I should be. Many days I put my needs before his. Sometimes I unintentionally belittle him. We have had our share of burdens and struggles, BUT nothing like this…

I’m almost ashamed that I thought this way! If you’re in that same boat, thinking, “well, my marriages isn’t THAT big of a mess,” think again.

All of our marriages could use some extra attention. For me, as a wife, I was challenged. I was challenged to be better, to be more like Christ in my marriage. And, I think that is the MOST important thing that could happen for any of us! messy

So, stop by a book store or hop online and buy this book, Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages. In stores TODAY, September 16th!!!

O, and comment below to be entered for our giveaway, a brand new copy of this book!!! Giveaway will be Friday!


Marriage: When it Gets Messy & Grace is Needed


Grace. It’s such a beautiful word. A word that I need so desperately. Something I must cling to day by day, often, moment by moment. Grace.

When grace is played out in real life it is such a beautiful display of what Christ did for us. Grace. He gave it freely, no strings attached.

SO, why is it that in marriage when the going gets tough, we often overlook the option of grace? Grace is suddenly a naïve idea for another situation. It becomes unrealistic, old fashioned, and definitely not a popular societal choice. AND, might I add, our spouse certainly DOES NOT deserve grace. RIGHT?!

Well, my friend, the truth is we all fall short. You and I, we don’t DESERVE grace either, but our Heavenly Father loved us so deeply that He saw fitting to bestow his unlimited unmerited grace upon us.

What if we did the same for our spouse?


New York Times best-selling Author, Darlene Schacht, paints a beautiful picture of true grace played out in real life in her NEW book Messy Beautiful Love. I count myself SO blessed to be a part of the launch team for this new book, and as a participant I had the privilege of getting my hands on an early release copy.

I am just digging in, but already am captivated by her story and am excited to glean from her real life wisdom on practically living out grace in marriage.

Grace, when life is good and GRACE when life is unbelievable messy.

CHECK OUT ALL THE FREEBIES YOU can take advantage of  when you PRE-ORDER this book today!!! This pre-order offer in only available through the 15th, so jump on it!


Our First Ever GIVEAWAY!!! Details Here!

I have never done something like this on my blog before, BUT I am so excited to announce that today’s post will be about our first ever GIVEAWAY and business review!

If you are already a follower of my blog, you are at the right place! You will already be entered in the giveaway. If not, now is the time!

Here’s how this will work:

  • You must follow my blog, meaning be on the email list. Go to . Scroll down a bit and on the right hand side you will see an option to “follow gracefilled growth”. Enter your e-mail address, and wollah! You are now a follower of Gracefilled Growth.
  • If you are local, go to your facebook account and “like” the “Reloved Relics & Boutique” facebook page as this is the AMAZING business providing our giveaway.


Do these 2 things and you are automatically entered for our giveaway of a unique item from Reloved Relics & Boutique! The giveaway will occur once Gracefilled Growth has gained 50 NEW followers on the blog, so stay tuned for the winner! AND please share the love by passing this along to your friends!

NOW, for the GOOD stuff. Want to hear a bit more about Reloved Relics & Boutique?!

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If you are a treasure hunter, a lover of antiques, or someone looking for a little frill, Reloved Relics & Boutique is THE place for you!

They provide a wide variety of unique home décor options, and vintage furniture. Wall hangings, nick nacks, dishes- you’ll find it all. AND, the creative decoration ideas you will glean while you are browsing will blow your mind! To find a store with such individuality in a small town is truly a treasure in itself.

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AND then, there is the “boutique” part. LOVE IT! Reloved Relics features a variety of hand crafted bows and head bands. As well as ADORABLE chunky necklaces for the little girls in your life, rompers, and all things “sugar and spice”. The oooos and aweeees that will be leaving your mouth might surprise you!


And to top it off, Reloved Relics & Boutique is a locally owned, locally ran business. Stacy Cumpton, owner of Reloved Relics supports a variety of other local businesses by hosting different vendors merchandise in the store at all times. AND, because of the set up, you will find something new and unique each time you visit!

Go check out Reloved Relics & Boutique facebook page in order to view the new arrivals, location, and hours!

HUGE tent sale going on at this business on this Saturday, August 16, from 8-3. Stop by and show some love!