In May of 2013 I embarked on a new adventure - I began a creative, hand-made business out of our tiny apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a little girl, I loved to create beauty out of random things…sticks, paper, material…ANYthing! The Lord developed a passion in me to minister to women and teach about our worth in Christ. I long for women to know Christ’s supreme worth over everything in this world. I don’t create and write for the sake of creating. I create journals, coffee mugs and Bible studies for the glory of God and as an act of worship to my Maker. He created me and knit me together in my mother’s womb and I reflect His creativity by making Bible study tools for my sisters-in-Christ to use and be reminded of their purpose: to bring glory to Christ and know Him intimately.
Since our small beginnings in May of 2013, the Lord has continually grown us in the most beautiful ways! Women all over the world now have Give Me Jesus journals and are sharing their faith through social media. In February 2015, we expanded and added my best friend and her husband, Whitney and Mike, to the team. We are expectant of what God will continue to do through Life Lived Beautifully and daily lay this ministry at His feet. We work, we create, and we share all for His glory!
The name Life Lived Beautifully came from a dream session I had with the Lord one day. I was talking to my husband and expressing to him that I had so many dreams the Lord had placed on my heart. However, I couldn’t discern them or get them out. (Ever feel like you have great ideas swimming in your head but you can’t catch em?) He encouraged me to simply just start writing and praying and get it all on paper. I grabbed my computer, my Bible and previous journals and began to dream bigger dreams that reflect the big God I serve. In pouring out my heart to the Lord, I wrote down these words: I want to “live life beautifully” in His glory and for His glory. When the time came for me to come up with a name for this new venture, the Lord immediately brought it to mind. We serve a great God who loves the little details! This is my desire for you, that you would seek to live life beautifully and abundantly in the name of Jesus, losing your life for His sake and gaining the treasures He has for you that don’t rust or ruin.
My senior year of high school I began to dig deeper into the Word. I became a follower of Christ when I was seven years old and loved the Lord. I grew up in church and in a Christian home, but a time came when my eyes were opened to the immeasurable riches that are in God’s Love Letter to us, the Bible. My passion is studying the art and effect of fashion on our lives and I began to study it in depth. The Lord led me to Psalm 96:9, the theme verse for Life Lived Beautifully. This verse says:
Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness, tremble before him, all the earth!
The word for “splendor” is hadarah in the Hebrew. It means to worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The first time I realized that beauty doesn’t come from my outward appearance, my waist size and my height, I felt so free! Our beauty comes from the blood of Christ that has washed us white as snow. Our worship is in HIS beauty. I tremble at this thought and pray your life trembles before the majesty of the God we serve.
For Jesus, For the Gospel
Life Lived Beautifully is more than a business, a blog, and an Instagram. It is a mission to make the name of Jesus known to the ends of the earth. Its purpose is to serve you and encourage you to follow Christ wherever He leads you. Its aim is to worship the Lord through creating and to be a reminder to daily take up our cross and follow Christ. For that, dear sister, is how you live a life beautifully for Jesus.
Your Sister Journeying With You,
Gretchen Elizabeth Saffles
Below you will find the story of Life Lived Beautifully through pictures!
The Lord has taken us on a wild adventure and we continue to watch Him in amazement as He works, leads, and grows Life Lived Beautifully for His glory!