June 2, 2013

CH-CH-CHANGES.

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Notice anything different around here?

No, I didn't cut my hair or get a new shirt, but thanks for the compliment on both of those things!

But I did change up the blog a little bit (again). Did you notice that?

I've been thinking of changing my blog name for a few months now but was never quite sure what it would be. All I knew is that I wanted the blog name to be a verse, like some of my best blogging friends' blogs are.

After numerous prayers, devotions, and journaling, I found myself clinging to the phrase "in its time," which comes from a verse in Ecclesiastes. And the more I prayed over it, the more excited I got over this new blog name.

The verse begins with "He has made everything beautiful in its time," the exact words I need to remind myself of each and every day. And what better way to remind myself than to name my blog after it?

In its time is a personal reminder of just how perfect His timing is for me. I've mentioned it before and will never get tired of writing just how amazing His timing is. Whether it be a song played on Pandora, a verse found during devotions, or just a text from a friend at just the right moment, His timing is perfect. And that's something I want others to know, too.

In its time is also a reminder that every thing will be and is beautiful. My story and faith in Him didn't start out as something beautiful. If anything, it was the exact opposite. It was a life full of sin and ugliness. But slowly and surely, I found myself clinging to Him instead of worry and fear, and since then I have discovered all of the beauty that is in and around me. That said, beauty takes time and it's in His timing, that true beauty shines.

Lastly, in its time reminds me that not everything happens immediately. I may set up deadlines, but in the end, His plans for me will always prevail. Reminding myself of this truth not only helps strengthen my patience and endurance but provides me with a source of hope, knowing that everything takes time and everyone's stories are different because of His timing.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time."   
Ecclesiastes 3:11

p.s. If we've swapped buttons, I made some new ones for you to check out! There's no rush and no worries if you don't feel like changing it because I'm keeping my blog's URL the same (at least for right now).

36 comments

  1. I love this new name! God has really been giving me a wake up call lately with being patient! He has opened my eyes completely to How much He cares about every detail of my life, even when things don't go my way. I have a problem with wanting a yes or no answer right away, and God is weaning me out of this habit. haha. Control freak problems, you know!
    xo

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    1. Thanks, girl! Patience is definitely something that I've been working on and something that I need to continually work on as well! And oh my goodness, I have those exact same control freak problems! Is it bad that I'm glad I'm not alone in all of this? Because I'm really and truly grateful for you and your blogging friendship! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad you like it! :)

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  3. Love this! What an awesome name sweet girl! Love the design!

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    1. Thanks! This new blog name is definitely going to be a great reminder and hopefully a testament to His perfect timing. And thanks! I was working on the design this weekend for awhile and am pretty excited about it. It definitely helped to have cute blogs like yours to draw some inspiration (or mostly design motivation!) from! :)

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  4. Yup, I love it. Perfect! And I love the design and your little slogan "one girl, one camera, and lots of Jesus". So glad you finally did this friend! The name has so much wonderful meaning of how good our God is behind it!

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    1. So glad you love it. I was secretly hoping you would because you're one of the bloggers that I draw blog design inspiration + just general blogging inspiration from. Hopefully you're not offended that I used watercolors in my blog design, too! :)

      And I'm soooo glad I finally changed it. It's a little weird because I feel like I have an entirely new blog now!

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  5. This is PERFECT! Coming from the gal who loathes choosing a title for *anything* {including blog posts} I especially am thrilled when I see such a title & strong theme as your new one fit to a T. LOVE the message, love the look--& love your beautiful soul. <3

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    1. Thanks, girl! That is quite honestly the most uplifting thing I've heard yet. Seriously, thank you! And I really found it hard for me to commit to a blog name because I'm just so indecisive. Thank goodness God placed this one on my heart though--it made coming up with one that much easier! :)

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  6. Ummm, I'm in love with this! I think it is awesome and fits you so well! However, I wish it didn't make me want to change my blog name again....argh I'm so indecisive about everything haha!

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    1. Ummm, I'm so glad you're in love with it! And I love that you think that it fits me. I was worried it wouldn't come across as such.

      And girl, you can totally change your blog name if you feel like it! Changing my blog name and design was really like a breath of fresh air and I think it's really re-energized my blogging, too! But I know how you feel, I'm so incredibly indecisive as well!

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  7. As sad as I am to see "paint chip madness" go, I'm super thrilled for this delightful change! You did a great job on your new design and love the photo of you! :D

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    1. Oh girl, I'm a little sad about leaving Paint Chip Madness behind, too! It's definitely an odd (yet refreshing) feeling to have a new blog name and everything but it's a good one, too. But that doesn't mean this change isn't bittersweet!

      And thanks, for those blog design compliments! I was working on it this weekend and am kinda in love with it now. :)

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  8. Love love love the new look and title!! Changes are good :)

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    1. Thanks girl! And you are so right, change is definitely good. If only I could remember that every time I undergo a major life change! :)

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  9. Pretty new look! :) And a very meaningful name. :) I like it!

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    1. Thank you, thank you! It's definitely meaningful and something I'm glad I finally did. :) And congrats to you for finishing the entire Blog Every Day in May challenge!! It definitely wasn't easy but it's an challenge I'm proud of achieving!

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  10. What a beautiful new name! I love your heart behind your blog name. :-)

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    1. Thank you! I'm really in love with the new blog name, too! It's definitely going to be hard for me not to call my blog Paint Chip Madness anymore though! :)

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  11. I love that verse! So much truth in it and it's an amazing one to ponder as you look back over your life just seeing how God really has made things beautiful in His time. I always think of how what He makes beautiful then becomes "immeasureably more than we thought or imagined". God is so beyond good :)

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    1. I know, that verse holds so much truth + hope for me, too! And I definitely agree, it's when I look back on my life that I realize just how blessed I am and just how amazing God is. And I LOVE that other verse from Ephesians, too! Such a good one, too. :)

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  12. Really like the new look! And the new blog name!
    I am jealous of all the people who can change their blogger templates so easily, I wish I was just slightly better at it. I am just getting all the buttons linking stuff down.

    xxSusanne

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    1. Thanks girl! And don't be jealous--this kind of stuff took me months of Pinterest-searching + blog reading (i.e. tutorials) to learn how to do it. If you ever need help, let me know! I'd love to help you. :)

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  13. i LOVE this!!! and the name!
    that verse is one of my favorites and i love how you are using it! :)))

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm so glad you love it, too! Hearing feedback from others (as shallow is it may be) really inspires me to keep blogging and has really re-energized me as a blogger. So THANK YOU! :)

      And that verse is definitely one of my top faves, too. So many good messages in that one little verse.

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  14. I love that verse! He has (and is) making everything beautiful in it's time! What an encouraging title!

    ~Taylor

    liveandmoveblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Taylor! I'm so glad you stopped by my blog!

      And that verse is amazing, right? It's one of my faves and I love how there are so many messages in it that remind me of God's goodness and my need for trust and patience.

      Can't wait to check out your blog! :)

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  15. love love LOVE it. i've noticed it the last few days but uh forgot to say anything?! :) :)
    Seriously, love the name, love the meaning, love the layout.
    Stop being so talented friend! <3 ;)

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    1. Thanks sweet lady! And um, why didn't you say anything earlier? :)

      But seriously, thank you so much for the compliments. I'll stop being "talented" (as you put it) when you stop being so talented behind the camera (and pretty in front of the camera). :)

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  16. I haven't check out your blog since the last Girl Behind the Blog Linkup, but I out-of-the-blue found it again today! I love your new blog design, the new name of it, and the meaning behind it. Thanks for sharing you heart! I love hearing about what God is doing your life!

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    1. Thank you, Kasey! I'm still really loving my blog name and am so grateful that it not only fits my life right now but that it will fit in the times to come.

      And it's so nice to "see" you around my blog. Now I need to go see your blog and catch up there, too! :)

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  17. What a perfect name! (: Thank you for sharing your reasoning behind it, too. Such a great reminder and ENCOURAGEMENT of just how great our God is. It challenges me to be a little bit more intentional and thoughtful with my blog identity as well. (:

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    1. Hi Jennifer! Thank you! Our God is definitely a great, great God. And I am so glad that it could be of encouragement to you! That was my goal and I love that it not only applies to me, but to everyone else as well.

      And I get what you mean about blogging identities. I went as Paint Chip Madness for the first few years but I decided to make the switch because I felt it better reflected who I am and how I've changed since I started blogging, too. :)

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  18. I really like your blog name. And that verse :) good choice!

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    1. Thanks! It's one of those verses that I know I'm going to refer to in all parts of my life so it seemed fitting to name my blog after it. :)

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