The Potter

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

I realize I have not blogged in a very long time, but this kinda stirred me up tonight so I figured I would do as I felt led; which leads us to this blog. So any who, this morning I had a song stuck in my head. I had not listened to it recently and thought it was random for it to be the song I woke up singing. (Not literally like I woke up singing this song but you get me..)

 

“Oh you take broken things And make them beautiful Oh you take broken things And put them back together again.

Hallelujah, to the Potter, who came and made me new, I look just like you, Oh You take broken things and make them beautiful, oh You take broken things and put them back back together again. So come and go with me to the Potter’s house and he’ll make something good.”

Lyrics from Potter and Friend

This song came out a while ago but it’s by Dante Bowe and it is really good you should go listen to it if you have not. Normally I am not into “corny” Christian songs but this, in my opinion, is different.

Anyway, so I decided to do a devotional tonight. One of the verses in my devotional came from Jeremiah 31. As I am flipping to that verse, I first land on chapter 18 of Jeremiah which was the Parable of the Potter and it stuck out to me instantly. I was like, “Woah… that is kinda freaky.” But immediately I knew it was God. I feel like that was His subtle way of saying, “I see you. I am with you always. Even in those insignificant moments of your life, I am with you.” Like it sounds so general, so almost given or expected to know He is with us. But seriously. Like I thought it was cool how something so random was used as an outlet for God to get my attention. I love that. Like I had the choice to receive that. I did not have to do that devotional tonight. (I usually don’t..) And it makes me wonder, “What else could I have missed out on?” 

-Raegan

 

 

Coming Soon!

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The countdown is on! In 20 days or less, I will have a new Captivated website up and running!! This new website will include all of my Captivated Tees as well as my blog and media outlets. I am so excited for this new season. This journey has taught me what it means to have patience through the process. And it is not over yet… It is just the beginning.

There have been times where I have grown discouraged because I have had to face frustrating obstacles, but the Lord is faithful to our prayers and always provides a way. Owning a business comes with its own challenges. It is by no means a piece of cake to start and run a successful business! Just a little over a year old, my business is starting to bloom… and there is much much more growing to be done. I am so incredibly blessed to have supportive parents who are able to help and guide me. Now, in this season of my life, doors are starting to open for me with new opportunities. I hope y’all are just as excited as I am to watch this story unfold.

“You crown the year with bountiful harvest. Even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” -Psalm 65:11

This verse will be featured on one of my newest tees! It is perfect for Thanksgiving and captures the essence of His heart towards us with the comparison of a bountiful harvest. I love that. I will be doing a testimonial blog on this verse in the upcoming future. This tee, as well as one more, will be on long sleeves for the colder weather. (Stay tuned… more info soon!)

Thank you all so much for supporting me with my business and blog. I cannot wait for the new website and shirts!! I will keep y’all posted and hope you will go forward with me on this adventure.

Sincerely,

Raegan Babb

 

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First Love

“Then He said to them, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it.” -Luke 9:23-24

Have you ever seen two people who you could tell were deeply in love with each other? You can tell that all they want to do is be with each other. I have always heard that true love is when someone else’s happiness makes you happy. Shouldn’t this resemble our relationship with Jesus? It should be a little more like “fallin in love” and a little less like “something to believe in.” I am not talking about just praying a little prayer once and feeling like that was sufficient. No, have you recklessly abandoned yourself unto Him? Your dreams, hopes, desires, ambitions, etc. I mean yes he knows our hearts and everything about us before we could even form the thought ourselves. But there is something about the vulnerability of coming before the Father and communicating it all before Him.

 

I’m going to get really real right now.  I feel like we have this preconceived idea of what we think a relationship with God looks like. I know I used to. I took notice of other people’s spiritual lives. I would be in awe of how “spiritual” other people seemed. I wanted mine to be up to par. Really what I was looking for was a genuine, love- filled relationship with Jesus. But why wasn’t I getting the results I wanted? I thought if I talked the talk and walked the walk, so to speak, I could have the same level of spirituality of these people that had me in awe. I was coming up empty time and time again. Praying felt like a chore, reading my bible was boring at times, and I was struggling. Why? To get answers, I would go to meet God and just explain my frustration. I felt the answer. Not exactly a clear straight forward answer, but it was a sense of direction that I needed. You see, you do not have to have this premeditated, forced relationship. It is impossible for it to be love-filled if it’s forced; it is impossible for it to be genuine if it’s so premeditated. You have to go back to that first love feeling. That feeling when you first felt touched by the Holy Spirit. You knew without a shadow of a doubt it was real because you knew you must respond. A response that shouldn’t be taken lightly, no, but a response that should lead onto a path of love and happiness… And I must admit, I mess up allllll the time. I am not perfect in my walk with God. I do not read my bible every day. I do not always pray these in depth and elaborate prayers. But I love my Lord and I know He loves me so much that nothing I could ever do could make Him turn his back on me. I am growing everyday. I am learning how to use the gifts and talents He has placed within me.

If you have never experienced that first love feeling with Jesus, ask Him to reveal himself to you. To reveal His love.

I have probably shared this before, but I had a vision of Jesus a couple of summers ago. He was carrying the cross up the hill of his crucifixion site. He had on the crown of thorns, he was sweating and bleeding, and he was so weary as he carried that cross… I just remember crying and being astounded by such love. I remember saying, “I’ll do it.” I knew in my heart that I meant I would do anything for Him because of what he had to endure for me. I mean if Jesus could die on a cross for sinners, the least we could do is live for Him. And if that is not true love, then what is.

-Rae

Overcoming Anger


“..because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” -James 1:20

Have you ever gotten so mad that you felt your pulse beating fast, your head was racing, your eyes were welled up with angry tears? (Yes, that is a thing trust me.)

Today I learned that I had been blocked on social media. Now this honest to goodness is no big deal whatsoever and I could not care less now. But the reason I’m sharing this is because it really upset me in the moment. When I found out, I was livid. But why had it bothered me so much? What did I ever do to this person?  Do they really not like me enough to the point of blocking me on all social media? These were just a few of the thoughts scrambling around in my mind.

This is a fault in our human nature. Some of you might be like, “Who cares? Get over it, it’s not a big deal.” Ok ok but you cannot tell me there are certain people out there that would hurt your feelings too if you found out you were blocked by them. I might be totally wrong in saying that but there has to be other examples of irrational anger. Because this is a perfect example of an irrational anger. We love to lash out and say a piece of our mind in the moment, but is it really worth it? 9 times out of 10 you will cause more destruction out of an act of expressing your pain and hurt rather than keeping to yourself. You know the best person to express your unsettlement and anger to? God. Simple. I mean but he doesn’t respond right? He doesn’t give you the affirmation you so desperately seek. You want gossip. To talk badly about this person so you can happily move on. No. I’m telling you first hand this doesn’t work!! In the past, I have sat in my car cry screaming to God about my anger, my hurt, my unsettlement. But he listens. He’s really good at that. And sometimes I can feel him respond. Whether that’s a song that comes on the radio, a bible verse that pops into your head, the feeling of not being alone as if someone is sitting next to you and they are nodding at your every word. He is there. He is present in every moment. James 1:20 is just one of the many verses the bible talks about when it comes to our mouth and life and death in the tounge and all that good stuff. Be slow to anger. Don’t yield to it. I am not trying to be Mother Teresa right now, because I’m learning too! I had to resist a sub tweet today! Lol in that moment when I found out that I was blocked, as petty as that is, I immediately wanted to express my anger. Looking back at that moment today, I’m glad I didn’t give in. The Lord is still working on me. And he is so good and faithful even when we are not.

-Rae

Late Night Thoughts

It is another late night and I am consumed with thoughts. I have really been working on my Captivated IG account by trying to reach out to new followers by telling a little bit about myself. I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback I received. I’ve had people reply pictures of their beautiful creations, learned where some of these amazing people are from, and just talked with them about Captivated. I was so grateful for the kindness and sincerity from these strangers who were interested in me and my work! It truly blessed me. And I’m writing this now because, as I laid in bed, my mind was just racing from it all. This outlet has really given me an opportunity to connect with people from all over the world. I had one of the nicest people from Costa Rica message me and even showed me some of her art work! It was really awesome. It gave me a larger appreciation for what I am doing. So many people out there need encouragement. When these people would message me, encouraging my work, my heart would swell. It gives strength. It has inspired me to be better. Not just with what I feel I’m called to do in this season but to just be a better person- to encourage, inspire, love, appreciate, believe, etc.

maybe that’s what it’s all about…

Good night, lovelies.

-Rae

It’s a Great Day for a Great Day

I woke up this morning to a text that said my class was cancelled for the day. This news immediately put me in an awesome mood. Upon hearing this, I happily drifted back to sleep with no cares in the world. At least for today. 

Usually I babysit a 10 year old just about everyday. Today, however, I did not have to watch Maggie. So my day has been free to do just about whatever I want. Don’t you love those days? Honestly, I would probably be a tad bored if I had these days often. But since I don’t, I was pretty happy about it. I woke up this morning thinking of that quote, the title of this blog, “It’s a great day for a great day.”

My encouragement to you is this, avoid waking up with the “busy” mindset. Try to just take you day one breath at a time. I woke up thinking about everything I had going on today. Once my day became a freebie to do what I wanted, I started to realize that you can be optimistic even about your busy days. You won’t dread your day as much if you just take the day as it comes. Don’t overthink it. Wake up, drink your tea or coffee, get a shower, read your bible, exercise, watch tv, whatever your morning schedule is, do it and just be in the moment with those things. You’ll find yourself enjoying your day more if you learn to be present in the moment that you are given.

-Rae

The Future of Captivated


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Well it’s about 1 AM. I am currently up because I have been toying with my website. I am not tech savvy so I was struggling to say the least. Today was a busy day for me. I babysat, as usual, and managed to stay at the warehouse all day in an attempt to get some Captivated Tees under way. I am super excited! There will be 6 new designs. I’m hoping to get them all in a few weeks. I am also planning on getting some postcards printed to send out to businesses to expand my own business. Right now is a an exciting but stressful time. Juggling summer classes, babysitting, my shirts, and even some travel ball, I am super busy. Also, my family is possibly moving so I’m hoping we get settled before I get too involved with Senior year festivities.

Things are looking up for Captivated. I’m hoping to create better time to set aside for my business in an attempt to avoid stress and headaches. I’m getting better at balancing and prioritizing my schedule of involvement.

// To see some older designs you can go to Sassyfrasstees.com \\

Well since I have class tomorrow I should probably get some sleep… Lol goodnight lovelies.

-Rae

Waiting for Someday


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I have a terrible habit. I have a tendency to wait until I’m _____ in order for me to feel _____. Like an example would be right before school got out. My thoughts were that I would finally be stress free and relaxed once summer was here. Now that summer is here I feel as busy as ever! I am constantly doing something from babysitting, to taking college classes, playing softball, trying to keep up with my shirts, hanging out with friends, etc. I have these false expectations that once I’m “stress free” I will achieve true happiness and contentment.

The goal I’m learning, slowly but surely, is how to be happy and content no matter what my circumstances are.

Sure being busy can contribute to stress in your life but learn to make the most of it and keep a positive attitude no matter what! (Easier said than done sometimes, I know.) Don’t wait for someday. Learn to love every moment of your life. Even the mundane ones.

“Someday, when I’m skinner, I will be happy and have better control over my life.”

“Someday, when I get in a relationship with someone, then I can be really happy and feel good about myself.”

There are an endless list of “somedays” if you allow that to be your excuse. Instead, learn how to be happy and content in the now. Learn to love your life! Do things you’ve never done. Step out of your comfort zone. Make your someday not seem so far away by making little steps of progress each day.

“Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life.” // 

-Rae

Captivated Tees

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Update: These are 2 of my new designs! I’m currently working on a few more, but hopefully I will have them all completed soon for the summer!

I’m excited to see my business grow. My biggest challenge at the moment is continuing to stay optimistic and positive during these humble beginnings. Everyone has to start somewhere. I hope I can be an encourager or an inspiration to anyone who wants to pursue a passion! It is tough sometimes because you want to be “accomplished” and skip to the part where you’re already successful. But I’m learning that the beginning process is important and necessary for anyone, especially entrepreneurs. Don’t give up!

-Raegan B. //

Starting Fresh

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“Hello?”

The stars were quiet. The river spoke in some other tongue, some vernacular for fish.

“I’m sorry, God. I’m sorry I got so confused about You, got so fake. I hope it’s not too late anymore, I don’t really know who I am, who You are, or what faith looks like. But if You want to talk, I’m here now. I could feel You convicting me when I was a kid, and I feel like You are trying to get through to me. But I feel like You are an alien or something, somebody far away.”

As I lay there talking to God, being real with Him, I began to feel a bit of serenity. I felt like I was apologizing to an old friend, someone with whom there had been a sort of bitterness, and the friend was saying it was okay, and that he didn’t think anything of it. It felt like I was starting over, or just getting started. That is the thing about giving yourself to God. Some people get really emotional about it, and some people don’t feel much of anything except the peace they have after making an important decision. I felt a lot of peace.

Blue Like Jazz 


Can you relate with Donald Miller’s experience? (Author of Blue Like Jazz) I know I can. Actually, last Wednesday night I left church before it was over because I felt like I needed to get alone to a quiet place to talk with God like right then. When I finally parked my car at this little creek, I noticed how beautiful everything was around me. The sun was setting, the creek was flowing, and I felt the presence of God. My worries seemed less important or threatening. To be honest, I felt God more in those woods near that creek than I had previously felt at church. Wherever you’re willing to meet God is where he will show up. Whether it is in your church, the woods, or even in your bathtub. Anyway, I rambled on about how I was confused, how I was ashamed of how I had reacted to certain situations in my life, how I was stressed out, and I just asked for forgiveness, for peace of mind, and for Him to comfort me. Well I cried, and it was like walls were coming down because I was allowing myself to be vulnerable with him. It felt really good to just talk to Him like an old friend and catch him up with my life and everything I was feeling. It does not matter how long it has been since you have opened your bible or prayed. It does not matter if you have not been to church in a while or whatever your reason may be. As the lovely Joyce Meyer says, “It’s never too late to begin again.” So start a fresh walk with God today. He will draw near to you if you are willing to make yourself available.

Lamentations 3:22-23English Standard Version (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness