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Back to School: Faith Edition

Back to School: Faith Edition

 

It’s that time of year again! Summer is wrapping up as children and their families prepare for a new year of school. Heading back to school is always bittersweet. While we say farewell to summertime, we also prepare to welcome the season of learning. As we gather up school supplies, buy new tennis shoes and backpacks, it’s also a wonderful time prepare to enter into our “new” faith. Whether we’ve accidentally hit pause on our prayer practice, or wonder what this transition will bring to our spiritual lives, heading back to school can teach us a lot about our own faith.  

 

Continuous Learning

Each year, our children head to school with an anticipation to make new friends and learn new things. Our faith is no different! We are constantly learning new things about Jesus, while receiving new gifts from our faith. Just as our children are always learning, so can we too strive for a deeper understanding of our connection to God, our world, and our families. Just as we prepare to send our children back to school, we can also prepare ourselves to reenter into our faith by surrounding ourselves with inspiration. Engaging with books of faith, spiritual music, and developing new friendships gives us the opportunity to strengthen our faith in new ways.

 

 Fears and Challenges

Back to school anxiety and anticipation is normal! Our children explore their fears and challenges all throughout the school year. Sometimes it’s a difficult project, at other times perhaps a friendship becomes challenging. Working through these obstacles gives our children perspective, wisdom, and life experience.  Maintaining faith does not come without its own set of challenges. Our own busy lives can challenge our faith in different ways. Consider using these times of difficulty as a way of acknowledging God’s steadfast love. When we stop to understand our own fears and temptations, we can walk away with a deeper understanding of ourselves.

 

New Faces of Faith

Do you remember how exciting it was when there was a new kid in class? Or maybe you were the new kid! The people we surround ourselves with do more for our faith lives than we could anticipate. During this back to school season, you might decide to join a new faith group, an exercise class, or book club. Developing new relationships gives us an opportunity to have deep connections with others. God is always living in others! What’s a better way to connect with God than through others?

 

Blessed Attire wishes you and your family a safe and faith-filled transition back to school! How do you strengthen your faith in this season of learning?  

It Only Takes A Spark

It Only Takes A Spark

“What does ‘be still and know’ mean?”  “Philippians 4:13! That’s my favorite verse.” A spark; a question; a conversation.  THAT is why I started Blessed Attire. 

 I was shopping the other day and was wearing one of our "be still and know"  Let’s Race tank top and a young woman came up to and said it was her favorite bible verse.  Another woman, who was standing near us came up to us and asked us what it meant.  We stood there in the middle of the store talking about this verse and Christ for 20 minutes! It was amazing.  That conversation, that spark, is the reason I do this. 

Featuring Our Favorite Products

It’s easy to forget that God’s grace is all around us! Sometimes, when life gets busy all we need is a small reminder of God’s love for us. We understand how chaotic life can be at times. That’s why we’ve created products specifically designed to spark conversation and allow us to be present to His love. 

Sometimes all it takes is a conversation or a quote to bring us back to what is truly important in life.  Or to allow someone the opportunity to ask you what they mean. Here are a few of our favorite Blessed Attire reminders!

 

Positivity in a Bag

Sparking conversation with our neighbors is hard to do these days. In the grocery store or around town, it’s easy to stick to ourselves. We pop in our earbuds and go along with our day. Carrying something like a tote bag to brighten someone’s day is a perfect way to start a deep and faith filled conversation. We love positive messages. That’s why you can find uplifting quotes like 1 Cor 10:14, “and do everything with love,” on many of our products. Start your day with a little love!

Something for Everyone!

Adults aren’t the only ones who need reminders of God’s love. Blessed Attire loves inspiring an interest in God for everyone in the family. We design products, like  t-shirts, that help kids understand their own faith. Being proud of faith is a powerful thing! Fostering this interest from an early age will give kids a strong faith-filled foundation.

 

Spread Out or Snuggle Up

Whether it’s a day at the park or a snowy winter night, God is with us everywhere. Quoted blankets, like this one, are great to leave in the car, on the bed, or draped over a sofa chair. Inspirational quotes will put a smile on anyone’s face, especially those who need it most. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

 

Stay Stylish

Who said wearing faith has to be frumpy? Our quoted t-shirts for men and women are designed to be flattering for each style and preference. Perfect for inspiring conversations, or acting as a physical reminder of God’s presence, there is something for everyone.

 

At Blessed Attire, we get energized by fueling people’s faith. Our products are a testament to our ever-growing faith and commitment to connecting with others. What products are your favorites?  What are some of your favorite versus or quotes? 

In Darkness, We Find Light: How to Stay Positive

 

In Darkness, We Find Light: How to Stay Positive

We live in a world full of beauty, hope, and love, but it can also show us moments of chaos and hurt. When things are going our way, when the weather is beautiful and flowers start to bloom, it’s easy to stay positive and connected to God’s bountiful creation. It’s in times of darkness and challenge where it becomes a little more difficult to remain positive. At Blessed Attire, we’re always looking for ways to stay positive and live in gratitude—even when we are faced with obstacles. This week we want to share some ways to stay positive, even when it doesn’t feel easy!

 

Morning Gratitude

It can be so tempting to dive into all of our daily activities as soon as we wake up in the morning. Spending time in the morning praising God through journaling or quiet time reading scripture or meaningful quotes can be a great positivity practice, even if it means waking up 10 minutes earlier. Starting the day on a positive note will eventually become a habit you won’t want to break.

 

Wear it!

What’s more positive than wearing a smile? Sometimes just smiling, even if we have to fake it at first, can remind us of all the beautiful things we have to smile about. Wearing something special such as a bracelet with an encouraging quote, or a t-shirt with a meaningful saying can spread positivity, especially to those around you!

Practice Trust

In moments of desolation and challenge, we can have feelings of anxiety, worry, and doubt. In these moments, it’s important to remember that God is on our side. When we experience these feelings, it can be helpful to listen to music that reminds us of God’s presence in our lives. Carrying a reminder of God’s love for us throughout the day, such as your favorite quote or scripture can be a source of positivity when we need it the most.  

 Don’t Give Up!

Even when you feel like giving up, know that what you’re experiencing is only temporary! Connecting with your spiritual community can be a great way to feel supported throughout challenging times. Many churches and places of worship have small groups, events, and seminars that are open to the community. And most importantly, never forget that you are loved!

 

We’re always looking for daily doses of positivity and inspiration. Our products are great reminders of the joy in each day and help us stay positive, especially during challenging times. What helps you stay positive?  We would love to hear from you!

Music that Moves-God's Lyrics

Music that Moves-God’s Lyrics

I remember the day… It was chilly outside, but the sun was shining making it look warmer than it actually felt.  I was in our bedroom folding laundry when the song came on.  I have always loved music!  It can change your mood in a split second. You can connect with a song, hear a lyric and think “THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL!” Music can make you smile, it can make you laugh and it can make you cry.

It had been a rough few weeks in our home.  Our house was for sale and anyone who has sold a home knows how stressful that process can be.  Unfortunately, my daughter did not want to move so emotions were high in the house.  My husband’s travel schedule for his work had increased which meant he was away more than normal and that added to the stress level.  I have a “muscle disease” called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and I had not been feeling well for weeks.  On top of all of this my dad had just been diagnosed with cancer.  

It felt like I was standing in the mud and just sinking. I was going through the motions each day but not actually moving.  Then the song came on.  I stopped folding laundry and just listened for a minute.  Then I sat on my bedroom floor and cried as I listened to the words of “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North.  (http://tenthavenuenorth.com/lyrics/worn/)   I was worn.  I felt like God knew exactly where I was and knew I needed to hear that song.  I needed to know I was not alone and that He was with me.  Have you ever felt worn?  Tired, broken and just worn? 

At some point we all need the reminder that no matter how worn we are, how broken or tired, we can always find rest and strength in God.  Sometimes that rest or strength can come from family or friends but sometimes it may come in the form of music.  

Blessings,

Andrea

 

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Why I started "Blessed Attire"

I am often asked “What made you decide to start a t-shirt business with no experience?”  In all honestly, I asked myself that question along with many others when I decided to start this adventure. What are you doing?  You have no design background!  You don’t know how to build a website? What do you know about t-shirts?  Lucky for me, God has a way of answering questions for you. 

I have no design background, but I owned a previous company and had a little (and I mean little) experience in building a website.   I also worked for a promotional company for a short time so I knew a little about how that industry worked.  As for printing, shipping and all of the other puzzle pieces, I was out of my element but as I mentioned, God has a way of providing answers to questions.

So, why did I start Blessed Attire? It was never about the shirts themselves but the messages.  We live in a world that is chaotic, stressful, and often unkind.  Social media, the news, and even people have become so focused on the negative aspect of things that we forget about the amazing things!  We forget about the sound of a babies laugh, the smell of our favorite dessert, the feel of the grass on our bare feet for the first time after a cold winter, and the love our God will always have for us.  I wanted the messages on each shirt to be positive, to spark a conversation or to just make someone smile in a world that has forgotten the small things; that has forgotten the positive things.  My hope is that each person will find a message that speaks to them.  My favorite verse is Psalm 61:2 (…when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I) which is why it is one of the verses we offer! That speaks to my heart and my soul.   I want people to find a verse they love and let them be the positive message in the world.  Let that message spark a conversation.

God was able to answer all of the business questions.  I have no design background but every design you see is my creation.  The questions about the website? No problem…I learned everything I could and then met the right people at the right time to complete the website.  I even found a Faith Based printer for the shirts!

So, why did I start Blessed Attire? To spread messages of positivity, encouragement and joy in a world that often feels chaotic. 

My question to you…What inspires you? What makes you get up each morning? 

 

Blessings,

Andrea