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Antonette and Destiny – A Go Boldly Send Off

2019 was a wild ride for Redbud Wren Co. A ride we couldn’t have done alone. The RBW team was vital to getting us to where we are now. We are so proud of the work we have accomplished together up to this point, and we are SO expectant for what 2020 will hold.

This next year will bring a lot of changes to Redbud Wren Co. and we are so excited, but one of those changes is a little (lot) bittersweet. Our gals Antonette and Destiny have decided to Go Boldly in a new direction for their lives and we could not be more PROUD of them! Although we will miss their presence terribly on our team, we are so excited to watch this next chapter unfold for them.

We can’t say enough how thankful we are for the commitment, contribution, and love that they poured into this business dream. And we have no doubt that they will do amazing things in this next phase of life. Below, we asked each one of them a set of questions to give you a peak into what is next for them.

Antonette’s Q & A:

What has being apart of RBW taught you?

The sweetest things I’ve taken away from my time at RBW are the relationships with these beautiful women. I’ve loved seeing their fearless vulnerability up close, and sharing in their dreams. Being apart of RBW has taught me the value of having a trusted community that will stoke the fire in one-another.

What is next for you?

I turn 30 this year and am finally all-in in the things I believe God has called me to do in the earth. I feel more focused than ever. My first endeavor will be to celebrate our second little Weatherly entering the world safely this summer. Beyond that, I am excited to venture deeper into ministering in my local church and abroad. 

Where did the confidence to “Go Boldly” in your next venture come from?

It’s taken a couple of decades, but I’ve finally realized that not only will my plan B’s in life not satisfy my soul, but they also don’t work! After exhausting all of your options, I think it hits you that you can either jump in, or you can die wishing you had. Going boldly came easy to me when I realized that my dreams are bigger than me. Now, I’m more motivated to impact others for God’s Kingdom, than I am afraid of failure or success

Destiny’s Q & A

What has being a part of RBW taught you?

It taught me a lot about honor and sisterhood! This group is so full of honor and it shows.

What is next for you?

A lot of growth! Being intentional about growing in my craft specifically, but i know there will be so many opportunities for growth in 2020!

Where did the confidence to Go Boldly in your next venture come from?

Simply, it just feels right in my spirit. I have such a supernatural peace for this year.

Although these amazing women will no longer be a part of Redbud Wren Co., we know God is stirring them in the right direction for their lives and are cheering them on as they step out into their next. Be sure to cheer them on too and follow along with them on their journeys!

You can find them on Instagram:
Antonette – @antonetteroseweatherly
Destiny – @dest.leigh

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Go Boldly Interview with Natalie Popplewell

We are so excited about our second Go Boldly interview and feature! Kayla sat down with Natalie Popplewell; owner of 410 Collective, Co-Owner of Revolution Coffee, and Co-Photographer of Gingersnap Studios – yes she is kind of a superhero! So get ready to be inspired by this amazing woman.

1. How did you know you wanted to start this business?

Which one? Hehe. 

Truthfully, I fell into almost all of my businesses. That’s not to say there wasn’t a lot of hard work involved, but I didn’t really plan any of them. I have always known that I wanted to own a business. When I was young, I wanted a pet store. I would “draw the layout” with markers. I wanted the downstairs to be the business and the upstairs to be where I lived, before I even knew what lofts were. Fast forward to 2011 and I was given the opportunity to purchase a building in Downtown Denison. In order to prove that I could pay the mortgage, I had to take over the existing Antique Mall and run it for a couple months. I also moved into the loft upstairs. The lady running the shop at the time taught me how to run the mall, get a Tax ID and pay taxes, etc. Essentially all the basics I needed to know!

Previously I had done photography in high school and had a small business doing that, which is what led me to looking at buildings for a studio. Owning a building and running an antique mall was a bit overwhelming so I put photography and the studio on the back burner. In 2016, after having decided to rent out the store downstairs rather than running it, I picked photography back up. Not long after that, I joined forces with Amanda Mendenhall to create Gingersnap Studios (we’re both redheads.) Which has 100% been the most successful venture so far.

I then was finally able to build our studio in 2017! Its located in the back corner of my building! I continually have a desire to invest in new ventures, so in 2018, I invested in and became part owner of Revolution Coffee Co and also opened 410 Collective! We have been open for almost a year and its truly been the hardest, but most rewarding thing I’ve done! Long story short, I’ve always wanted to own businesses, it just looks a lot different then I ever imagined. Yet so much better than I ever imagined! 

2. Where did the confidence to put yourself out there come from?

Naivety. Kind of kidding. Kind of not. I was very young (20 years old) when I bought the building. I had NO idea how hard it was going to be. Each business venture was 100% harder than I imagined, but I’m so thankful I stuck through the difficult times. You just have to push past the fear and say yes to the scary things! Its worth it! I also always trusted that no matter what, God would put me on the right path and make my way successful. It didn’t always look like what I planned, but it was always better than I planned. 

3. What was your first big success?

I guess I would say buying the building! That was only the beginning and there have been lots of triumphs and failure since, but that was the first big one! 

4. What is your message? Or what do you hope people walk away with after experiencing your business? 

With Photography: We want to make people feel special, feel beautiful, and most importantly have fun during our weddings and sessions. We love that we get to provide people with the ability to remember their most precious moments forever! 

With the Coffee Shop: We want people to come in and feel at home, feel safe, and feel like we are their friends! Because that’s what we are! We love giving off that Cheers vibe while providing amazing coffee! 

With 410 Collective: The goal of 410 Collective is to allow entrepreneurs and creatives who may not have the finances or time to have their own shop a place to sell their items and hold workshops! I love working with other people on projects and watching their dreams come to life! 

Personally: I’m very passionate about the phrase, “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I truly wake up everyday excited about what I’m doing, what I have achieved, and what I’m going for next! Is it hard? Yes! Do I work 80 hours to avoid working 40? You betcha! Is it worth it? 100 times over! 

5. What is next for you? 

For 410: I would like to push for all booths filled with amazing local artisans, creatives, and entrepreneurs! I hope to have several workshops a month as well as events. Right now I kind of feel like we are just making it by, but I hope for 410 to thrive in 2020 and provide Denison and Sherman with fun activities for the whole family! 

For Gingersnap: Our goal is to move towards primarily weddings and also towards education. We may or may not be slowly working towards a course for budding photographers!

For Revolution: We have some exciting things coming up with RCC. More merch, more flavors, and changes to the bar! 

Personally: Saving up for more investing of course! Hehe. I’d like to either invest in more rental property in the next few years, or possibly split up the lofts. Who knows? I’m saving in preparation for whatever God has planned next!

I told you she was amazing! 🙂 Be sure to follow Natalie on Instagram (@gingersnapnatalie). And check out all of her business accounts as well to stay in the know on all she is doing and bringing in 2020!

Gingersnap Studios – @gingersnapstudios
Revolution Coffee Co. – @revolutioncoffeeco
410 Collective – @410collectivedenison

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Go Boldly Interview with Entourage Ministries

Kayla sat down with Paige Scott from Entourage Ministries to talk all about their ministry and what it took for them to step out in boldness to get started. We hope you are encouraged by their story! We love this ministry and are so excited about the work they are doing and what is next for them.

How did you start Entourage?:

Very organically. In 2017 my mom and I felt led to begin a ministry for women with anxiety (then and still now called Hearts at Rest). We began facilitating that outside of a church so that women could feel comfortable to come regardless of where they were or weren’t in fellowship. It was and is open for anyone. Through that process a group of ladies began to unfold who had either been through that program as a participant, intercessor or just a helper and there was a lingering hunger for the Lord. This began a small gathering at my house of my friends (ladies) from different churches and backgrounds to just worship and fellowship together.

At the very first gathering (August 2018) the Lord had put the word Entourage on my heart and I shared that with the group. It wasn’t until a month later I noticed Psalm 68:11 illuminated which says “The Lord gives the command and a great army of women proclaim the good news.” Entourage by definition is a group of people who surround an important person — usually for the purpose of carrying out whatever the business of the important person is, in this case it is Jesus.

As believers we are all called to be part of His holy Entourage. To an extent, God designed the world to see a gathered people and know the heart of the person they are gathering around. But we gather under that name. So by October 2018 a small group of gals got together from 4 different churches and we incorporated as a non-profit, began overseeing Hearts at Rest, committed to gathering monthly for a multi-congregational/denominational/generational setting and that’s where we began: with a small yes and just adding framework (for stewardship and accountability purposes) to something the Lord was already stirring up in many women in our different circle. 

How did you have confidence to go for it?:

Confidence comes from trusting in the Lord, per the word. My parents modeled this growing up as a lifestyle. We were in full-time ministry and there was a season and a rhythm even as a child  that I remember so well, of transition and recognizing the prompting for when the Lord was at work. I can remember as a fourth grader, laying in bed and thinking “our time in this community is about to come to an end.” In a way I think the Lord allowed me that grace so that as a young person I could have peace to leave and excitement for the next stop.

Recognizing His whisper of calling has been a normal part of my world because He so graciously allowed me to experience that modeled and taught from my parents. I think part of walking with the Lord is the desire and discipline of knowing that whisper and it growing louder and louder in your Spirit and then realizing that He lines up so much affirmation if we will just lean in to His whisper. 

So with regard to Entourage there was confidence because He was stirring up that required trust. He had given the name, the verse, and the women who unanimously said yes to helping. So the confidence wasn’t really even in starting something, it was just a confidence in saying yes to recognizing and jumping on board with what He seemed to be initiating. As we said yes, he ultimately provided a worship leader, a venue, a house and so much more that were not on our radar but were His graces as we said yes. 

What’s your greatest success so far?:

Our first board meeting set such a prophetic pace for the ministry in that, we had a agenda of items to discuss, but prayer and praise took over that meeting. We got lost in worship and exhortation and while we did get to the items on the list, I think it became evident to me that things were going to look different than my carnal opinion of success. And I have to surrender this continually. 

We have a list of values and one is this – “We value affection over attendance.” 

Success to us not a number of women gathering. Success is first, women increasing in their affections for God and second, getting a revelation stirred up in them about HIS affection for them. Salvation is the work of God and it should produce an adoration that truly begets the greatest gift and fruit of the Spirit which is love. So I think sometimes we just need a little revelation about our salvation. 

This happens in a lot of ways but I’ve seen this revelation happen in the lives of women this year— and it only comes from the Holy Spirit — He removes veils, illuminates and teaches the Word and testifies about Jesus (among other things). I had a woman recently tell me “I don’t understand everything but I feel God’s love and presence finally.” And this is not a work of Entourage, it is a work of the Holy Spirit.

We are getting to host something special each month. Every ministry opportunity whether that be a podcast, hair charity, boutique stuff, soap study, or a Hearts at Rest, we are are hosting something for his daughters. Something unified beyond denomination, culture, and age. We just get to enjoy being with women who delight in the Presence of God. He brings the harvest He wants to so we just get to plant and water. So success is in the eyes of the harvester.

What’s next for Entourage?:

I pray revival. Not specific to Entourage but our community. There are so many amazing churches and efforts in place right now to unite the Body of Christ, and I believe we will see this in our day in the “Big C” Church. We get to glimpse it sometimes in our gatherings.

Next for Entourage, I think you’ll see new faces begin to teach, worship, lead, and administrate as women get to use our turf as a training ground for their gifts and callings. I think you’ll hear songs sung, see books written, and women walking in a love for God that carries a fragrance He loves. I think you’ll see little Entourage gatherings pop up in different places not near us led by women we don’t even know right now. I think the result will be that lost women are found, believing women are walking in wholeness, and sisters of the faith get unified in breaking bread with sisters from different rooms of the same faith.

I think the beautiful thing about women is that God designed us to be, first, Helpers and second, Carriers of life. We naturally carry and then pass on something to the world around us. Be it good or bad. It is our design. That’s one reason the enemy, I believe, worked through Eve to bring forth the fall. He knew her capacity could spread sin so quickly (note the story of Cain and Abel). Oh but the word and work of redemption reaches beyond that moment as we each become aware of God’s great love toward us, displayed by Jesus and revealed by the Holy Spirit. And as we carry it and spread it in our homes, our streets, even our churches. The impact could be so profound that it changes a generation. May that be the next. In Jesus Name.

-Interview conducted by Kayla with Paige Scott, Co-Founder of Entourage Ministries

Be sure to keep following Entourage’s story over on instagram (@entourageministries) and like their page on Facebook!

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Go Boldly

Go Boldly.

At Redbud Wren Co. this is our message. It is our mantra. It is what we whisper to ourselves as we step into every new facet of this business. It is what we repeat in our heads as we post something deeply personal. It is the message we play on repeat as we dream up the big dreams only God can bring to life. “Go Boldly” sparks our souls and reminds us that the world needs what we have to give – what God put in us to give.

We are passionate about pushing past fear, past worldly standards, and past anything and everything that tries to hold us back. We are about pursuing our God given dreams, using our God given talents, and not apologizing for it. Going boldly means shaking loose of all the chains the enemy has tried to bind you with in an effort to keep you small and quiet. We serve a BIG God, who has BIG plans for each and every one of you reading this.

As I write this, I’m reminded of a girl who only ever dreamed of being bold. Who used to look at others who held such confidence in awe, wondering how they do it. There was always this confident, bold, wants to be everybody’s friend kind of person on the inside of me, hopelessly waiting to be let out. But I was stuck. How do you become the person you know is inside? How do you stare down the giants of fear and insecurity and finally defeat them?

With Jesus. With the Word. By pulling up your boot straps and deciding that you are just done with letting the enemy tell you who you are. If it sounds like fear, insecurity, pride, failure, shame, or anything else along those lines, then its the voice of the enemy. And it’s time to shut. him. up. And really the only way to do that is to know who the Creator of the Universe says you are.

His voice is the exact opposite. Our Heavenly Father sounds like love, peace, assurance, confidence, and so many other beautiful things. God calls those who live in Him redeemed. He calls them capable. He calls them equipped for the task. And with that kind of identity, what can stop you? Absolutely nothing, if you choose to see yourself the way He does. If you choose to walk out your calling, your gifts, your God given dreams on the foundation of who He says you are, then absolutely nothing can stop you. Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, then who can be against us?”

I believe we are in a time when God is calling us to step out into the wild unknown with him. To know that he has given us everything we need for the task ahead. Not only that, but to know he will be with us every step of the way as well. Hebrews 13:5 says “He will never leave you nor forsake you”. What a beautiful promise.

Redbud Wren Co. is so passionate about this. About going boldly into the marketplace and showing the love of Jesus. We hope this message interweaves into everything we do. We hope we inspire everyone who comes across our path to choose their identity in Christ versus who the world says they are, and to choose boldness.

Are you ready to go boldly? Are you ready to trust in the God of the Universe? Are you ready to embrace who he says you are? I know I am. I know that I so deeply desire to do the good work he has planned for me. I’m tired of standing in my own way, and I am sure you are too. So let’s do this together.

It’s time. Go boldly.

-Lindsay


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Loving The Home You Have Now

I have always enjoyed cultivating and dreaming up home. Since I was a little girl I’ve had a passion for everything within a house being meaningful to who my family is, beautiful, and functional. I think that’s why I’ve gravitated to a kind of minimalism that is all my own. 

One thing that I like about minimalism in the home is the intentionality. Minimalism is not simply about having less, it’s about being very selective about what best serves your family. It is a kind of quality over quantity approach to cultivating home

We all want quality, don’t we? We all want our version of the best for ourselves and our families. Growing up, I had a plan that I’d be in my forever home by now. 29 years old, married, and a mommy to a breathtaking little 3 year old person, the space we live our lives in today isn’t exactly what I imagined. 

I share this with you at the risk of sounding ungrateful. The truth is, I am very grateful. I live every day grateful for what God has done in my life, and this beautiful place He has brought me to. In my heart, I have always felt like the Lord’s little girl. His favorite. And so should you. And because I know I’m His, I know that the extravagant vision I have written on my heart matters deeply to Him…though I’ve not yet seen the full manifestation of that vision. 

Now, I say “the full manifestation” because I certainly am experiencing that vision in part. In the mornings, my daughter slides around our floors in her socks. In the afternoons I close the antique white door to my first ever office and I delve into writing and dreaming with God. In the afternoon the sound of the fan lulls the whole house to sleep. When my husband cooks, the smell fills our open concept space and beckons our daughter to the kitchen. Our home is flooded with light all day, every day because there are windows on every wall. Our bedroom is just big enough for pillow fights and dance parties in our pjs. O, I’m very thankful. 

Loving the home you have now means being thankful in such a way that you treat the spaces in which you live as sacred, set-apart for the cultivation of life and legacy. The spaces in which we live are more than show-rooms. They’re more than eye-sores. They’re the spaces that house the magic that is you and your husband, your kids, your parents, your friends, your book club, your football parties, and your fur-babies. Loving the home you have now means caring for it, doing the best with it you can. It means painting that trim, replacing that door knob, mopping those floors, and clearing out that clutter, because even though this isn’t the dream house, this is the house you have now and those little things matter

My very wise sister-in-law once shared with me, that while her dream house was being built and she and her family of 5 were living in an RV during construction, she was not as thankful in that RV as she could have been. Somehow, being thankful then would have made moving into the dream home even sweeter. 

Let your thankful speak for itself in the way that you choose to care for, enjoy, and share your home with those you love. Whether you are squeezing 20 people into 400 square feet for a night of worship, or having a tea party for 10 when your table only sits 4, or inviting your daughter’s friends over to play when your fence isn’t even built yet, love and live in the space you have now, in all its unfinished glory.

-Antonette

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Fresh Fall Outfit Ideas

Today, we are bringing you some fresh & funky fall outfit ideas! Shekinah teamed up with Brittany English, owner of Dash-B Boutique in Durant, OK, to style some fall outfits you are definitely going to want to copy! Most of these pieces were pulled from Shekinah’s & Brittany’s closets and Dash-B, but we included all of the sources so you can snag some of these beauties too! Let us know which outfit is your fav!

About the Stylist:

At Redbud Wren Co. we LOVE celebrating and highlighting our community. So we reached out to Brittany to help style some fun fall outfits for you all. Brittany is super fun and has a fabulously funky fashion sense. She brought pieces from her personal closet and her store Dash-B, and pulled the rest from Shekinah’s closet to bring you some fresh looks! You’ll see some high end pieces mixed in with these outfits and to quote Brittany; “Invest in one or two high end pieces. Adding a high end piece can elevate just about any outfit.” Fun fact, Brittany is queen at finding stellar deals on designer brands, so if you’re in the market, hit her up! Brittany made this photoshoot SO much fun and helped Shekinah think outside of the box when putting together outfits. So, THANK YOU Britt for partnering with RBW on this!

The Outfits:

On Shekinah – Sweater: Pink Door Boutique Necklace: Vintage Chanel Jeans: Levi’s Shoes: Dash-B Boutique
On Brittany – Jacket: Dash-B Boutique Top: Dash-B Boutique Jeans: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Target

On Shekinah – Hat: Anthropologie Top: H&M Skirt: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Dash-B Boutique Purse: Chelsea

On Brittany – Top: Something Navy Pants: Free People Shoes: Target

On Shekinah – Cardigan: Dash-B Boutique Top: Dash-B Boutique Leather Leggings: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Doc Marten
On Brittany – Sweater: Dash-B Boutique Jeans: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Vintage

On Shekinah – Cardigan: Dash-B Boutique Sweater: H&M Jeans: H&M Shoes: Adidas

On Brittany – Sweater: Dash-B Boutique Necklace: Turquoise & Tobacco Pants: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Target

On Shekinah – Jacket: Blank NYC Top: H&M Pants: Dash-B Boutique Shoes: Target
On Brittany – Hat: Anthropologie Jacket: Anthropologie Top: Urban Outfitters Jeans: Free People Shoes: Dash-B Boutique

Aren’t these outfit SO fun!? Copying these ASAP! Don’t forget to let us know which outfit was your fav in the comments below!

Big shout out to:

Grace Knight Photography for taking these amazing photos! (@gracechristiann on Instagram)

Brittany English at Dash-B Boutique for working with Shekinah to style this shoot and providing so many of the amazing pieces! (@dashbboutique & @fabulousb on Instagram)

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Celebrating Others When You Really Kinda Don’t Want To

She came up with the good ideas during your creative block. She lost the weight you have worked hard for months to lose. She was noticed by all the Christian men while you wondered if you were forever alone. She was asked to be a part of a team you prayed to be a part of. She got the raise at work that you really have been needing. She is seen when you feel invisible. It feels like the promise YOU got from the Lord is coming to pass, but in HER life.  She is bold in starting businesses/clubs/friendships etc., when you feel scared and don’t know where to start. 

Too many times I’ve sulked in insecurity, jealousy, and comparison so deeply that pride would not allow me to celebrate with my fellow sisters in Christ as they experienced their victories and accomplishments. I’ve watched others receive the things I’ve only dreamt about. Longed for. Even worked tirelessly for. I’ve grown envious of other women and have stayed in a place of self-pity far longer than I want to think about. I’ve been in a place where every woman had something better than I did for reasons they didn’t deserve (that’s what I told myself anyways).

Now, celebrating others is one of my favorite things to do and the motto “Girls Support Girls” has become a huge part of my ministry. Crazy how the Lord turns your biggest struggle into your ministry right?! Surely, I am not the only one who has dealt with this; or maybe you struggle with these things now. I would love to share with you how the Lord taught (and is still teaching) me to humbly celebrate others and set aside my pride! 

The reality of the change that needed to be made sat heavy with me about 2 and a half years ago. I was handed my dream ministry – Her Virtue. A ministry for teenage girls. I realized one of the biggest attacks towards girls/women is jealousy and comparison because the enemy doesn’t want us to be for one another! He fears the power that comes from unified women. With the awareness of this struggle, I wanted to make sure I took action to not contribute to that, SO I begin taking the steps to re-posture my heart. 

Let’s break it down. We arrive at this this lifeless, pitiful place of envy by wanting something desperately that we don’t have. I would even like to propose that the root cause is subconsciously idolizing things like; material items, position, titles, and attention a little too much. Without the awareness of being in that place, jealousy and selfish ambition consume you, and disorder takes root and hurts your ability to celebrate others.  James 3:16 reads, “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” Do I even need to mention how noticeable an envious and bitter heart is? It ain’t cute! Proverbs 14:30 (NIV) reads; “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” Envy eats at you, from the inside out. Also, I would like to add that being in that state does not feel good… so why in the world are we staying here?!?

Having desires is not a bad thing, it’s when they become an idol that we have a problem. I believe the first step in getting past this envious place is to take the first step in seeking contentment in the Father and putting our trust in him. Philippians 4:11-13: “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me”  When you are “triggered” at your sister “winning” remind yourself He is enough. Your promise will come to pass, promotion will come, and victory will be had. In the meantime celebrate with your sisters in Christ while being content with Who God is and what is to come! 

Now you could be thinking “I have some work to it” and that is okay!! Awareness is a great beginning to ridding unhealthy desires. Like I said before, living in a place of bitterness and jealousy is not a fun place to be. So let’s not make our bed there! Let’s honor, uplift and celebrate others. Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice…” and 1 Corinthians 12:26 “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together”. Say it loud and clear. I don’t believe these verses are commanding us to do this simply because it the nice things to do. I believe it unifies us in Christ and with one another.

-Kayla

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Sowing The Right Seeds

I saw a post once that said, “Owning your story is the bravest thing you’ll ever do.”

So, here I am, being brave

A few years ago I went through the hardest time of my life; a divorce. Now, that’s another story for another day, but I needed to address that in order for you to understand where I was at in life.

In  my early twenties, I began to sow some bad seeds. I started trying to fit into the wrong crowd and began making some bad choices. Those bad choices led to bad decisions and bad decisions became bad lifestyle habits. You know the saying, “You are who you hang around?” For me, that couldn’t be more true. I always thought I was born to be a leader, but soon found  I can certainly be a follower when I’m desperate to fit in. 

My entire life all I had dreamed of was to one day be a wife and a mother. Out of desperation for that life I got married. However, being young and naive, I never dealt with the bad seeds I had sown prior to being married. I continued making bad choices while trying to be a good wife. 

Can’t happen.  

Over time, I became a person that I did not like. I was a person that my husband at the time did not like. I wasn’t the woman I had always dreamed I would be. And in the end, I lost everything as I knew it. I lost my marriage, my friends, I lost respect. 

Broken……completely broken.

If you’re reading this and do not believe in a God that restores, then my story cannot help you. But I’m here to tell you that our God CAN give restoration and it does not come by following religion. It’s about relationship with Jesus; a relationship I had stepped away from for far too long.  Rededicating my life to Christ was my first step to restoration and healing. 

Matthew 16:24-26 says, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” 

Read that again and let it soak in.

So, Where did I start?

Well, I had to look in the mirror. I did not like the person I saw and that was no ones fault but my own. I was not a victim here. I decided right then and there that I was going to pray for crop failure on all the bad seeds I had sown in my life and work on planting new seeds. 

My prayer:

“Lord, I am working on being the best version of myself. I know that it starts with giving everything to you…. all my junk, all my insecurities, all my bad habits. 

So, Lord, I give you everything, my whole heart.

I want to be the daughter that you created, the best version of her that you have. I begin a journey now to pull out the weeds that I have let grow in my heart and in my life. Lord, I pray for crop failure on all the junk I have allowed  in, the lies that I have told myself and the bad habits I have developed. As I begin to plant new seeds, water and nourish them. Help me become better. Help me become what you have called me to be in its entirety. Amen.” 

 I wrote it down, I spoke it out loud and I truly meant it.  

Then, I wrote down everything I desired to be more of:

More Intentional  

More giving

More loving

More vulnerable 

Wiser

Diligent

Speaking of vulnerability, I am going to step out and share some of  the things I prayed crop failure on. I feel like I am not the only one that has struggled with these things and I want whoever is reading this to know that God can heal any broken part of your life if you let him.

Anger.

“Lord, take away any seeds of anger that I have allowed in my heart. Help me to be more soft spoken and kind. Help me to not lose my temper so fast.”

Negativity.

“Lord, help me be a more positive person. Teach me to speak positively over myself, my friends and my job. I will no longer claim negative thoughts or words.” 

Claiming sickness. 

“I am healed. No more claiming sickness in any area of my life. I am physically and emotionally healed. Depression, anxiety, sickness and addiction  has to bow to the name of Jesus.” 

Isaiah 53:5

“But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our PEACE was upon Him, 

And by His stripes we ARE healed.”

“Lord, let your words be sealed into my heart. I want to always know your voice. Amen.”

I wrote all this down on August 21st, 2017. Since then, I have remarried and we just welcomed our first daughter in June. My life has completely changed and I’ve never been happier. Even though I am still a work in progress I know that it started with this. I know it started with me owning my baggage, looking in the mirror and saying enough is enough. Taking ownership of our failures and refusing to play the victim is how change begins. Relationship with the Father is how growth happens and refusing to believe the lies from the enemy is how we win. 

It’s time we know our Creator on a deeper level. Stop believing the lies that say you are depressed, that you have gone too far, that you are not important. Pray for crop failure on your negative thoughts and plant seeds of Hope. It takes action and it takes work. But, man, it is worth it!

-Shekinah

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Easy Fall Floral Arrangement

In my opinion, Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. I go all out decorating my house so I can bring some of that beauty inside. One my favorite ways to represent fall inside my home is with a few floral arrangements (along with an abundance of other fall decor).

This year when I pulled out all of my fall decor, I saw a sea of orange. Now, I’m not hating on orange, but it was just too much. So I scaled back my decor this year to eliminate some of that loud color. I wanted to see all the beautiful colors of fall, not just one. While I can’t afford to replace everything, I decided the more natural elements in a floral arrangement were the perfect place to start.

I thought it would be fun to show you the pieces I used in my biggest bouquet and share my process of putting it all together. This is such a simple DIY and can be really affordable too! I recycled older florals I already had and bought a few new ones from my local craft store (half off, yay). You could also do this for free. Just head outside once the leaves start turning and grab a bouquet from nature itself.

Step One:

Grab an empty vase (we all have way too many hanging around), and determine what florals and fillers you want to use and lay them all out.

Step Two:

Start by putting your tallest pieces in first. You will want to build the bouquet around those.

Step Three:

Add your biggest flowers.

Step Four:

Start filling in any gaps with smaller filler pieces (think leaves, branches, tall dried grass, etc.). This is what makes the bouquet start to look nice and full.

Step Five:

Add in your smaller flowers and any filler pieces remaining that you need. Putting in the small flowers last allows them to be seen and not lost under all the bigger pieces. Fluff and you are done! Easy Peasy.

Tip:

You may have to trim any tall stems with wire cutters (if using fake florals) to get the desired length you need. But if you don’t have wire cutters, most will bend easily. You can see in some of my photos above that I used this method on a few! And just a side note, if you can bend instead of cut, I suggest it. If you end up switching to a taller vase later, you won’t have to buy all new florals!

-Lindsay

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The Full Photoshoot

We had so much fun at this photoshoot with Trish Amerson Photography. For us it marked the beginning of our business journey, so it was a really big deal! We are so pleased with how it all turned out!

For the first half of our shoot, we styled a picnic in Lindsay’s backyard. We loved bringing all of our personal decor pieces together and making this fun photoshoot idea come to life. We had so much fun in this setting!

For the second half of our shoot we headed downtown to get some shots in our signature Redbud Wren Co. t-shirts!

There it is! Our full photoshoot with Trish Amerson Photography. We love these photos and hope you loved browsing through them today!

-RBW Girls

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The Beauty of Eliminating Distractions

One of the most important things I did to help get me to this point in starting Redbud Wren Co. was to eliminate distractions. About a year ago, I was at a place where I felt absolutely lost. I had so many ideas and I didn’t know where any of it fit. Do I pursue all of this? Do I pursue none of it? I was also struggling with the ugly monster of comparison. Comparing my life with those I saw on social media, with my friends, and with people I saw at church or other places. I felt like everyone else knew their purpose. I felt like everyone else was doing amazing things; public speaking, starting businesses, pursuing dreams, handling motherhood with grace, eating right, being beautiful social butterflies, and so many other things I was desperately aspiring to but not even getting close. 

I knew I had to make a change. I felt like I had completely lost myself. I was finding myself thinking way too many negative thoughts, having these small bouts of depression, and losing my temper. I remember praying and just knowing I needed to get back to the basics of who I was with Jesus. I had to eliminate all the distractions and stop comparing my book with everyone else’s, but get back to the story God was writing for me. I got rid of all social media, an extreme, but truly a life changing experience for me. I stopped trying to be a part of everything in an effort to try to find my place. I leaned into my marriage, my children, and most importantly my relationship with God.

I realized in the process of all this, I had been coasting on fumes. Barely making any time to cultivate my relationship with God, if any. I was counting on my physical presence in church, and a few life giving relationships to sustain me. But merely being present at church, talking to friends, or even just listening to worship music doesn’t make a relationship with God. Getting in his word, tuning your ear to his voice, and talking to him is what makes a relationship. Its personal. It’s not something any outside source can do for you. It took eliminating all the distractions in my life to realize that I was missing the most important piece. 

My relationship with God grew and it was beautiful. It is beautiful. I want to always be growing in that relationship. You can never get too close to him. He is always drawing you closer as you draw closer to him. This process wasn’t overnight. In fact, it took way longer than I wanted it to. (That sounds about right, huh?) But it was in this process that he brought so much clarity to my heart and mind about my purpose. For me it happened slowly over time, then culminated in a single moment. The deeper I dove with the Father, the more clarity he brought to my heart, about who I was as a mother, a wife, a friend, and also for this business.

Then, on April 4th, 2019 at a prophetic/worship night at my church, I got a word that changed my trajectory. God in his beautiful goodness, put most of the pieces together for me that night. Showed me a big picture, one that honestly scared me a little, and then immediately spoke to those fears too. To say I was excited would be an understatement. I was truly blown away. In that moment, I knew I was seen and known by the creator of the universe. And not only that, but he had an amazing plan for me. I was all in. After that encounter, I starting writing everything down. I would wake up in the middle of the night knowing God had just shown me something in my dreams. I dove even deeper in my seeking of the Father’s heart. I had just got a glimpse of it for me and I didn’t want to stop there. I felt like I had found peace. 

Things started unfolding pretty quickly after that. God showed me so much for Redbud Wren Co. that I have safely tucked in my notebook. He showed me the team he had chosen as well, and in just a few short months after that encounter we had our first meeting! I would be lying if I said it wasn’t tempting to let things slide in my relationship with him now that I am busier than ever. But I’ve known from the very beginning that I can’t do this in my own might or ability. That this business, my family, my marriage is all from God. And it is from the closeness that I have with him that all these things flow. It is a battle to not let these things become distractions. It can so easily be done if I take my eyes off the source. I LOVE this business idea and everything he has entrusted to me, and I am determined to run this race well. To trust God to see me through and supply every need. 

So if you are in a similar place as I was a year ago, then I want to challenge you to eliminate distractions. Be honest when you take stock of what you have going on around you. Your distractions may look different than mine. And know that distractions sometimes don’t seem like bad things, but if they are taking you away from the true source, then they aren’t worth your time. You can’t hear his voice if you are distracted by the noise. So turn down the volume on everything vying for your attention, and get in tune with the Father. He will absolutely bring all the clarity you need.

-Lindsay

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What is Redbud Wren Co.?

If I had to shrink it into just one sentence it would read something like…  “Redbud Wren Co. is a group of women creating a multifaceted business including but not limited to; events, home décor, clothing, and relationship building experiences that are rooted in our faith in Jesus and aims to highlight and serve our community.” Although that paints a nice broad picture and sums things up nicely, I’d love to break it down for you. 

The Back Story

Redbud Wren Co. is a culmination of seeds that were planted in my heart over the course of my life. Things that I have thought about and envisioned from junior high up to where I am right now. Things that seemed amazing, crazy, too big, or even too small. I wrestled with what to do with all of these ideas. Where do I start? How does this all fit together? I came to a point where I realized I was trying to create a puzzle I was never meant to put together alone. So I did what I would encourage anyone, in any walk of life, who is struggling to find their purpose, to do. I turned to God. I got in His word. I started journaling. I cried and I prayed and I talked His ear off.  And the deeper I dove with him, the more clarity He brought to my heart. 

One morning God woke me up with the words, “you are pregnant with someone else’s dream”. After giving that idea some thought, (and knowing I wasn’t actually pregnant) I realized that I needed to cultivate a team. Leaning solely on the Holy Spirit, and honestly not knowing at all how any of these ladies would respond, I reached out to each individual God put on my heart. Some I had a very clear picture of the role they would play, and others I really didn’t. But man, God blew me away with each of their responses. Not only had God been sowing these same seeds in each of their hearts throughout their lives, but in each case, He had recently been stirring them up to do exactly what I was approaching them about. Talk about confirmation. It was truly beautiful how he brought us all together – how each member of this team carries such an important piece of the puzzle. It would never be a complete picture without them. Be sure to check out this post to get to know our amazing team.

The Plan

This company is comprised of four main components. Each one unique in function, but connected by a group of women who are all multi-talented and multi-passionate. We long to take these four components and create a place for relationship to happen, for joy to be experienced, and for our community to be impacted. Our heart is to serve our community by giving back and to highlight our community by offering space to local artists and creators who are doing amazing things. We believe it is our mission to bring all of these areas together to create a totally new experience. A marketplace business and ministry that the world hasn’t seen before. These four pieces are only the beginning though. We have so much in our hearts we want to see and explore. There is no limit to what God can do through this business and this group of women, and we definitely aren’t putting a box around it. 

Our plan is to one day have a physical space where all of these areas meet in one space to create a complete experience. Think lovely stores, good food and coffee, amazing venue spaces, fun family gathering areas, and more all in one place! We want to offer our community a place to experience life together. Where families can make memories, ladies can have a girl’s day out, colleagues can host a meeting, and a whole variety of other scenarios. We know that God is taking us there, to that place where everything collides. In the meantime, we aren’t just going to sit around and wait for it, we know we must partner our faith together and step out in whatever way we can until we reach that point. 

So What’s Next?

We thought the perfect place to start would be this blog. A place where we could share our heart, our vision, our brand. A place for you all to follow along with us as we document this amazing journey from the very beginning. We will be sharing what’s happening behind the scenes, coverage of event’s we host, new product lines we produce, and so much more. We love this first step and are so excited to stay connected with everyone who wants to follow along with us, but Redbud Wren Co. is also about face to face connection. So expect to hear more about RBW Events, products, and other things we have in the works. 

We decided together to go boldly forth in what God is calling us. To step out in whatever direction He says. I can’t express how excited I am about this company. What God is building here is truly amazing to be a part of. I am so excited you are here too! That you are reading this right now means so much to me and I hope you will continue to follow us on this epic adventure!

-Lindsay

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Meet the RBW Girls

Meet the fabulous group of women behind Redbud Wren Co.

Lindsay Farris

I’m Lindsay, founder of Redbud Wren Co. I am so blessed to have known Jesus my entire life and it is my mission to get closer to him everyday. I am the proud wife of my adorably handsome husband Christopher. We have been married for over seven years and have two amazing children. My journal is never far from my hand because my mind never stops moving. I’m always down for a last minute adventure, but I’m definitely going to make a list and over pack. I only really text in book length; to me every detail is an important detail. I believe in the power of intentionality and try to live everyday with purpose. I struggled for most of my life to find my voice, and now that I’ve found it, you can’t really shut me up. As the Lead Director of Redbud Wren Co., it is my utmost goal to bring God glory in everything we do and to empower and equip this team to accomplish their dreams.

Shekinah Prince

I’m Shekinah. I’m a wife to my best friend, Kolton, and a mother to our first born daughter, Kollins Prince. I’m also a hairstylist and truly enjoy making women feel beautiful and empowered. My passion in life is to love on the hurt and broken. I strive daily to show the love of the Father to people who are desperately searching for identity. I’m very social and love being busy, but I also enjoy binge watching a good show. I’m an avid coffee drinker and I will probably ask to pet your dog. I love traveling, laughing, Thanksgiving food and hanging out with my husband and friends. My goal is to bring my bold personality to Modest and to give God the Glory for making my dreams a reality.

Kayla Massey

Hey hey! My name is Kayla and I am the director for RBW Events. My absolute favorite thing to do is celebrate people and throw a good party! I have a dreamy husband, Cole, who is the sweetest person you could ever encounter and supports me through all my crazy ideas.  If you know me, you know I could talk your ears off if you let me. I am a really loud laugher, coffee is my jam, details are everything to me and my passion is empowering girls to live boldly! My heart is, through every event, gathering, coffee date… whatever, that Jesus is shown all the way through! I believe that with what RBW is doing, that will be a piece of cake!