the beginning of a small story

I have thought long and hard about this post because I knew that the Lord would lead me to share my story with you. And through all of the thinking, I am not really sure that I have found the right combination of words. So I am going to write as the words come to my mind. Because it’s time to tell you this small part of my story.

Isaac and I were newly married, living in a one hundred year old house with those tall windows that were held in place by intricate wood framing. The light that poured into the living room was so dreamy that it made me want to sit by the window all day. But with both of us in school and working to make everything work, there was hardly time to sit and enjoy the warmth of the light. But that lack of time didn’t stop me from dreaming about the children that would one day call me “mom.” Oh, how I wanted children. It was never baby feverit was this intense desire to shepherd someone in the way of the Lord and watch them grow to walk with the Lord. I longed for children. There were a few times that I would start to ask God for a child and He would gently tell me that it was not time. With my ponytail bouncing from side to side and a smile that couldn’t help itself, I would move on with my life. There was a peace that I had that only comes from the Lord.

A couple of years later I was standing in my in-laws’ kitchen. Isaac was telling them what time the moving truck would be at our apartment. My eyes drifted down to the tile in their kitchen and then my mind wandered to children. So I asked God to give us children and He said “Yes, pray! Ask me!” The moving truck arrived a couple of days later to take our boxes to St Louis and I was fully expecting to be pregnant in the coming months.

And then, nothing.

I was fine. You know, “fine.” Trusting God. Hoping in Him. You know, “trusting God” and “hoping in Him.” I shrugged off whatever it was that I was feeling with the the hope of shoving down the pain that was welling in my soul. I was ready for the pain to end because surely I had never longed for anything like I was longing for this. 

In March of 2012 (just 8 months later) I flew to Haiti to film for the Journey. I sat on the edge of my bed, trying to hide my agony from God and then I asked Him for a child. The words that He said to me are going to be part of a testimony of His love and grace: “Jordan, if you were to go to the doctor right now, they would tell you that you could never have children.” Quickly I responded and it was only a response that could have come from the Spirit of God who lives in me: “But Lord, I don’t believe what man says, I only believe what you say.” And then silence. I waited and groaned for God to say more. I agonized and the pain had somehow seeped out of my soul and into my life. Somehow God does that. Somehow He pulls my heart strings and sees me. I pulled myself up off that stiff bed and put my feet on the mosquito graveyard that was our hotel floor and one foot after another I walked into the world, broken.

This is the beginning of a story. It’s part of Isaac’s story. It’s part of my story. God is pulling at my heart strings and making a beautiful song.

ducks are returning - photography by Jordan Brittley

April 19, 2014 - 12:15 am

Jessie Warner - So excited to hear the next part of the story!!! :) :D

April 18, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Emily Gluntz - I love you dearly and am continually blessed by how you allow the Lord to work in your life!! Thank you for opening the deepest recesses of your heart to share this story.

the wise woman builds

The windows are open even though it is only 54 degrees outside because I am ready to embrace the spring with arms wide open. I love the start of flowers and trees and the gentle breeze that finds it’s way through our open windows.

Today I read the first verse of Proverbs 14 and my heart was stirred: “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” I rolled this verse over and over again in my mind. So what started out as an instagram post and led to a blog post and I hope that you are encouraged.

When I picture this woman of wisdom who builds her house, I think about the dirt-stained shirt and the holes in her jeans from working so diligently. I think about the sore muscles, the fatigue at the end of the day and the sacrifice that it must take to work so hard day in and day out. And at the end of it all when she stands before that house, her very soul sings a song of joy. Not because of what she has done, but because God has been faithful to supply the wood, nails, paint and strength to begin each day.

Sometimes I think that I need God to give me all of the strength that I will need for the rest of my life right NOW, but instead he supplies me with the strength needed for today. So my souls sings a song of joy today because my God is so, so very Mighty.

 

the wise woman - calligraphy by Dans L

Calligraphy by Dans L’eau.

Wherever You Lead

When Kristin asked me if the Delight Blogging team could interview me for one of their “Meet the Artist” posts, I was a little excited. Maybe it was because I know the gals behind the blog and I think that they are seriously incredible. Or maybe it’s that I really love answering questions. I seriously pondered each question for quite a while because I wanted the answers to come from an honest part of me, regardless of what the answer might be.

So click HERE to read my heart, people on the other side of the screen. I hope that it encourages you in some way.

Wherever You Lead - calligraphy by Dans L

Calligraphy by Dans L’eau. Image by yours truly.

 

 

Delight East

One lives on the top of a hill overlooking the valleys. Another lives in the middle of a booming city. Still another lives in the middle of nowhere with no neighbor in sight. We call them Delight girls. In 2013, Kristin held the first ever Delight Retreat in Wenatchee Washington. I filmed Fear to Freedom, the Delight Promo and the Extended Version of the retreat. We were surrounded by trees, a roaring river and mountains that seemed to touch the clouds. Later in 2013, Kristin brought Erin into Delight to be the co-leader of the entire organization and I have to tell you that they make a great team. This year, Kristin is running things on the west coast and Erin ran things on the East coast (the retreat I am about to share!)!

Part of me wants to jump right in and show you the faces of these wonderful Delight girls right now, but first let me tell you a little bit about this retreat (you might want to grab some tea). Because it was incredible. The girls arrived on Thursday and we greeted them with posters, glittery hats and a welcome dinner. We started sharing out hearts with each other from the beginning and it was so refreshing to connect with new ladies who love the Lord and want to put Him at the center of their businesses. Angie and I ran a business and branding workshop (she did business and I did branding) and I hope that the girls enjoyed it as much as we did! I think we could have easily talked for days about business and branding since we are both so passionate about sharing! In fact, I decided to write a BOOKEmily & Emily made fabulous meals for us every day and Kristina helped in any and every way that she could in addition to speaking tons of truth to the girls. And of course there’s Erin, who not only made all of the leaders feel so wildly welcome, but she also challenged us to live in the freedom of the Lord. To let go of insecurities and boldly do all that God was calling us to do. These people have touched my heart. We were unified and free together and they are now some of my dearest friends.

One of the creative projects for the retreat was for the girls to work with their small group to design a canvas that displayed who they were in the Lord. They said no to shame and yes to His grace. The Lord brought victory to all of our lives.

Meet the Delight East group.

Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley
Delight East 14 - Photography by Jordan Brittley

 

To see more photos from the creative project, click HERE.

April 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Angelsea Urban - These are amazing Jordan! Thank you so much for your beautiful work. XOXO!

April 15, 2014 - 12:18 am

Sabrina Nohling - These are so beautiful!

April 14, 2014 - 10:28 pm

Nancy Swanson-Taylor - Lovely

April 14, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Ivy Christina - Jordan these are all so lovely!! I literally want cry looking through all of these beautiful faces I’m seeing <3

create your art

I was up late one night a couple of weeks ago while the creative in me would not be still. I was being stirred with idea after idea and after filtering through the ones that I could take on at this point in time, I have started working on a book for creatives. Well, there are actually several books underway, but the one that I am tackling right now is Branding from Within. I am so excited to collaborate with Dans L’eau to create the artwork for the book! To tag along, you can follow me on instagram or use #jbbook or #brandingfromwithinbook.

Create Your Art - Photography by Jordan Brittley & Calligraphy by Dans L

Photo by Jordan Brittley & Calligraphy by Dans L’eau