In 2018, my husband and I went through a tumultuous time with one of our teenage daughters. She was becoming more and more distant from us, withdrawing from family activities and social events. It concerned us, but she was 13 (almost 14) years old, so we assumed this was the beginning of the crazy teen years so many had warned us about.
At this same time, my father (and biggest cheerleader in my life) was passing away. The night he took his last breath, my husband found alarming texts on my daughter's phone.
To say our world was rocked is an understatement. We are a Bible-believing, God-fearing family who attends church regularly, reads our Bible often, and prays together daily. But we are not exempt from the troubles and temptations in this life.
In an attempt to not completely freak out on my daughter, I silently prayed. "Where, on earth, had I missed it? What led us to this point? What could I do to bring restoration to my sweet baby girl?"
Through this string of prayers, God began to quicken my heart to speak more words of encouragement over my daughter and to remind her of who she really is...according to God's Word.
God is so good and His Word works.
Throughout the many, many months that followed, God began the restoration process in mine and my daughter's hearts as I started writing powerful truths on our bathroom mirror to tell her what God's Word said about her. She initially didn't want to hear it from me, so this was the only way I could communicate it without really communicating it (if you know what I mean).
Over time the powerful messages would become wiped clean during chore time or erased by accident...but not by her. And I realized we were onto something. My daughter was listening because the message was coming from a completely different source...words she could read and quietly process on her own. Words that spoke life to her and reminded her of Who God was to her and who she was to Him. As she began speaking these truths over herself, we began to see her confidence grow and flourish. It was a beautiful thing to witness!
I then thought, how can I make this more sustainable and more permanent?
That's where God directed our steps to create the products you see at Gray Skies Are Blue. We (this same daughter and I) worked together to create and design the powerful truths we feel daughters (young and old) can benefit from. With so much negativity that passively comes at our minds, we wanted to produce tools that kept God's Word at the forefront.
Whether you choose one of our Reusable Mirror Stickers (that stick to and easily remove from mirrors), our adorable tees, uplifting laptop stickers, encouraging car decals, or empowering bracelets, we know that your life will be forever changed by keeping the Word of God before you. As God told Joshua (after his mentor, Moses had passed away): Keep these words before you. Think on them day and night. Make sure you practice what is written in it. Then you will have success in this life. (Joshua 1:8)
Thanks for reading our story. Your life can be forever changed by the power of God's Word! His Word worked for my daughter and I. It will work for you, too. <3