Sitting beneath the stained glass windows of the church I grew up in, sharing a creaky wooden pew with my mom and dad, I heard the words that would change everything for me. My pastor preached from Matthew 5:16 that no matter your circumstances, no matter the mistakes you’ve made, you can choose right now to shine anyway. I sat there trembling as tears rolled down my cheeks. I knew those words were meant for me because I had lost my shine.
Ten years ago this fall, I walked away from a life that wasn’t meant for me — a life full of suffering and pain, a life full of fear and insecurities, a life of verbal and physical abuse at the hands of someone I thought I loved. I married him when I was just twenty-one years old, and though I’m the kind of person who looks for the bright side in everything, my bright light had been snuffed out by the pain I experienced.
I don’t believe it was God’s plan for me to end up in that relationship. In fact, it was just the opposite. I pretty much told Him He could sit this one out and that I could handle it myself. The truth was I couldn’t. I was living my worst nightmare, and I knew the whole time that I had made a huge mistake. God didn’t leave me when I was down; He helped me find a way out.
I felt ashamed, embarrassed, heartbroken, and like a total failure. I didn’t come from a divorced family, and there I sat at twenty-two years old feeling like I was disqualified from a happy life and a future family because of my bad decisions. But God said to shine anyway because He had a greater plan.
I ended up running into my middle school sweetheart, Chris Taylor, at our high school reunion. I almost didn’t go because I didn’t want to talk about what had happened in my marriage. My bruises had healed, but my heart had not. We didn’t go on a date for almost two years after that, but when we did, I knew that was where I was supposed to be all along. It wasn’t about where I had been but about where I was going. A beautiful life that God had planned all along was waiting for me on the other side of my hardest season, but it was up to me to dust myself off, show up, and shine on.
Beauty and light can come from brokenness, from mess, from mistakes because God makes it possible.
I see this in my work as a calligrapher. Though I write pretty things for a living, I spell things wrong, I constantly mess up, I write the wrong number for an address, draw an ugly letter, or smear wet ink — I’m especially good at that last one!
Early on in my business, I was too cheap to throw all the colorful scrap paper away because it was still beautiful despite the flaws. I started running all of my calligraphy mistakes through my office shredder and out came the most beautiful confetti you’ve ever seen. Once it was all mixed together, it was so colorful, so happy, and so fun you could barely see the flaws anymore — or if you could, they only made the confetti more beautiful.
I started sprinkling my homemade confetti into orders that people placed online and spreading happiness through my handwriting. Each time someone opened their order, it felt like a party and that confetti was just my calligraphy trash living a happier life.
Confetti is the scrap paper, the colorful mistakes, the broken pieces that were cast aside that have been repackaged and given a brand new job — a job that just so happens to make other people happy. Confetti repurposed brings joy like a person who chooses to shine anyway.
I don’t get down on myself when I mess up anymore; I get excited about the confetti I get to make. I am no longer ashamed of my past or my story because now I can use it to help other people. My story, which like the scraps of my calligraphy mistakes, has been made beautiful in His time. God helps me share this confidently, to shine my light so others can see His glory.
Sometimes out of our greatest pain comes the most beautiful purpose. We do not have to be owned by our mistakes, by our divorces, by our failures, by our wrong decisions, our missteps, or the hard parts of our story. God does not waste our pain. If you will let Him, He can turn our trials into our testimony, our mess into our message, and yes, of course, our mistakes into confetti.
I am living proof.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (CSB)
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Bev @ Walking Well With God says
I have a story that resembles yours. I know the pain and suffering of verbal and emotional abuse (equally as damaging as physical abuse). God brought me out of the darkness as well, though it took many years. Praise that you followed God’s leading back to your “shine”. I love that you make confetti out of your mistakes….God making beauty from the ashes! Psalm 40:1-3 is my “life scripture”. It reminds me of what God has faithfully done for me on many occasions. Praise for His faithfulness: 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in him. (Psalm 40:1-3)
Angie Rogers says
Psalm 121. It reminds me, always, of where to keep my gaze!
Maghon Taylor says
Thank you so much! God is SO good!
Maria perez says
Bev family situation is same i hope the lord opens some doors for me in this lonely season in my life i watch others get healed from burdens my weight remains the doors will not open not sure what to pray for (to open the doors, or just move on? )
Bev @ Walking Well With God says
As much as I want God to open doors that I would like to see opened, I am learning that He wants me to move forward with my life rather than continue to be held hostage by the decisions or whims of my adult children. The pain is always there, but I have been asking Him to help me go forward, entrusting their lives to Him. I pray this same prayer for you, I know just how hard it is!
Gail Broxson says
Create in me a clean heart oh Lord my God, and renew a right spirit within me. Plasma 51:10
That’s a beautiful scripture x
Michele Morin says
Beautiful! Thank you for this parable, Maghon! You’ve given us another vivid picture to add to God’s promise of “beauty from ashes!”
Wendy McFarland says
It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. (Psalm 18:32)
Thank you for this! I am also divorced and I can totally relate to what you said. Thank you for your beautiful words. I just received your book and am excited to get started!
Teri Kojetin says
My favorite verse that has comforted me in sorrow and shown God’s love to me is Isaiah 40:11: “He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.
Thank you for these words of encouragement today. They were just what I needed.
This is a beautiful story and a wonderful reminder of just how much He loves us!! favorite verse: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God
Be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember, the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Michelle Atkinson says
Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Ruth 1:16
Melanie C. says
Thank you for the honesty and hope that this post brings. What a beautiful message.
My favorite scriptures seem to change as I go through different life seasons. Lately I have loved Ephesians 2:10:
“For you are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which He has prepared in advance for you.”
I like this one!
Lynne Molyneaux says
My verse is Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Thankful He did that for you Maghon!
Emilia Banks says
Thank you so much for sharing
I don’t know that I have a singular favorite passage but I certainly have ones I lean on in different circumstances! One that stands out when I’m feeling overwhelmed:
Let your hope make you glad, be patient in times of trouble, and never stop praying.
– Romans 12:12
Emilia, my life verse is 1peter5:7 cast your cares, i have this verse every where around me but my issue is truly doing what the verse says. I get upset when prayers are not answered, waiting is hard my daughters are making bad life choices they are adults so not much i can do or say being a parent hurts.
“For I know the plans I have for YOU,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future!” Jeremiah 29:11
I love this passage so much! It’s refreshing when I feel like I don’t know what’s going to happen next. Jesus knows though! 🙂
Jeni Smith says
This was one of the best devotions I’ve ever read. I’ve shared it on all my social media and sent the link to all my people who don’t have it. Lol Everyone needs to see God’s grace this story tells. It is sooooo hard to pick one verse, but for today, I chose Psalm 40:3 – “And He put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God, many shall see it and fear and shall trust the Lord.”
Maghon Taylor says
Thank you SO much jeni! This was my first time writing for incourage and I am SO grateful my story resonated with you! I appreciate you taking the time to encourage me here.
Jeni Smith says
Keep writing, girl! Your words are powerful (and oh, so pretty lol) and there is a whole world that needs your encouragement and strength!
Emily mitchell says
You are awesome!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!!
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:13-14
Tonya Pullum-Watson says
My life scripture is Hebrews 13:5b from the Amplified Bible Classic Edition, “for He [God] [b]Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor [c]give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [d][I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor [e]let [you] down ([f]relax My hold on you)! [[g]Assuredly not!]
Lyn Dershem says
Beautiful words. Psalm 139:14 “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Hey! Thanks for this… It got to m through my email and I can totally relate to it.. I had also married at twenty one and it have not been so great as I expected.. My husband has cheated on me twice, and keep me in a psychological prison. But I keep praying that God can help me finding my way out of this mess. My favorite scripture passage is Psalms 34:6. Thanks for writing this and give me hope.
Ps. I am also experimenting with hand lettering 😀 I am so excited about it
Maghon Taylor says
I am so sorry you’re in this season but I am so glad I can reassure you that it gets better! I didn’t get out the way I thought I would, but God rescued me just the same. Praying for you right now. You are stronger than you think.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
AERIN A GRAVES says
Roman’s 8:28 we know that god works for the good in ALL things… for those who love him.
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Thank you for sharing your story, Maghon! All your posts make me happy but this one especially touched my heart and was like a big hug! My most favorite scripture passage, and I see this in you too, is Colossians 3:23. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Jenny Dunlap says
Thank you so much for sharing your story and spreading JOY! My favorite verse is Joshua 1:9
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous; do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you may go.”
Kay MACKLIN says
That’s mine too. God woke me up early today and told me that the text I had written to share on World Mental Health Week in my church needed to include more of my WHY, so I wrote today about why I am passionate about Suicide Prevention and why I attempted 20 years ago.
Nikki Ordway says
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Corinthians 13:13
Thankful to hear Gods work in your life! I love Corinthians I think 4 v 13 love is patient, love is kind …
I also love Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul…
Faith (complete reliance on God) is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Marti J says
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.
I love Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which starts “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. It’s a reminder to me that everything happens for a reason and it happens in God’s time. You may want things to happen, but they don’t because it’s not your time and you have to trust God.
Beautifully said! “He will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord; for the Lord, the Lord is the rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:3-4
But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. (Philippians 3:7)
Gods purposes are usually always realized through hardship. This was a beautiful!
Saundra Burchill says
I am happy to say I was one of Maghon’s first customers. She created beautiful handlettered notebooks and cards for me and I still cherish them to this day. Her enthusiasm and creativity has encouraged me for many years. It’s so great to see her work and know she is following God in her life.
Maghon Taylor says
Thank you SO much for your encouragement, Sandra!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
I love your reading today. It makes me think of my Parents and how one tried to not show the hurt to us. When it not their fault. You know the other one years ago done wrong having affairs. You see the hurt on that Parents face and see the tears. You know they know you are hurting for them. It not nice. Especially when parents meant to project their kids and this time they can’t. You as their child are hurting for them. You ask yourself why did they do it. All you can do is pray for that parent that did the wrong to get saved. See what they did was wrong. I as the child in the Family had to forgive. I looked at my own Marriage and remember the confetti that was thrown thar day. I have to thank full on God I have good Marriage. It is keept together with Gods wonderful love. His beautiful confetti of Love. My parents none of them saved. I pray pray for the one that done the wrong as stil alive. That they will see the beautiful confetti of Jesus and want it all it nice colors. No the dark confetti of the worlds ways that lead to death. As Jesus way have beautiful confetti with lovely colors that lead to life. Love your reading so much. My other parent is not here. I did pray for their salvation. But I hope they made a comment. You could not have told them they need to get saved. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little
Thank you for sharing your story, Maghon!
Sadie Coltrane says
God is purposeful and a good Father – Maghon, thanks for living a life yielded as an example for us.
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17
Kellie Johnson says
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 HCSB
Robin Bleezarde says
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. II Timothy 1:7
Great Devotional! And my favorite Bible verse is: Jeremiah 29:11!
Stephanie Ferrari says
After reading this, it’s hard to find words other than just…wow. I’ve followed you for years and am constantly inspired and uplifted by your colorful, encouraging spirit, but I never had any inkling of the struggles of your past. It seems I have been encountering similar experiences with friends recently, friends who always seem happy and upbeat, but deep down, or somewhere in their past there is hurt and loss. This is such a great reminder that we have no idea what someone else has gone through, or is going through, and that we should love everyone as He loves us. Thank you for being courageous and open and sharing your story and your testimony with us. It is my prayer that through this, and your amazing life’s work that God will use you to encourage others and further His Kingdom. You are an incredible woman Maghon!! Thank you for always turning mistakes into confetti and reminding others to do the same!!
Michelle Stiffler says
When I was young and hopeful the Lord could turn my mistakes into confetti, too, Jeremiah 29:11 was my promise. As I’ve grown and experienced pain and disappointment that wasn’t by consequence, I’ve learned to practice 29:13, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” God has been faithful in both promises!
Karen Charles-Herrera says
Psalm 118:24 Serving the Lord with gladness.
KT Boehm says
My favorite scripture passage is Ezekiel 26:36 – “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” ❤️
Kelly Kivett says
What a beautiful picture of God’s amazing grace! One of my favorite verses reminds me that He’s not done with me yet…
“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 1:6 NIV
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right had of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12: 1-2
Becky Beresford says
Maghon, thank you for showing us what God’s “confetti” can look like! I love your bravery, strength and vulnerability. Choosing to SHINE with you! 🙂
Julie Johnson says
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in the time of trouble. Psalm 46:1
Thank you to Maghon for sharing her story. She is always such an inspiration.
Melinda S. says
What a delightful message today!! I so enjoyed reading your story! I’ve always wanted to write beautifully like this. (my daughters can all do it!)
I think every time I see confetti now, I will think of your marvelous story! Blessings to you today~
Bryanna Boaz says
We have very similar stories! Knocked up on a one night stand, married an addict (that wasn’t even my child’s biological half) thinking no one else would want me because I was a single mom. I was 24 and only married a year and went through domestic violence as well. I was crying one night feeling like a total failure/mother and praying asking for forgiveness because divorce was “wrong”. I made a vow to God (I could had cared less the vow I made to the other person, it was God I was so upset about). I heard God say to me “I have someone for you and Addisyn, be patient” and this calmness came over me, it was so surreal! 1 year later I ran into Matt at Walmart out of all places lol(who always tries to pursue me in High School, even after high school! and I was like umm no ) anyways he messaged me over fb later that night and I finally agreed to hangout. After we hung out that night, that voice was back and it said “this is him, this is the one, just be patient.” Hahaha if only I know what that “be patient” meant we’ve been together for almost 8 years and married for 4! I went back to college and became a high school teacher at rockingham. I use my story to my kids to tell them to never ever give up, even in hardships. And I am in no place to judge these teens bc I know I made the same mistakes they did. I never belittle them, I give grace bc I know God gave me a ton of GRACE! Anyways my favorite bible verse is “Be still and Know that I am God”. It speaks to me bc that night I was at my lowest, I was still and listened to what God wanted me to do. Now I know I am where I am supposed to be and it feels so right ❤️ I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments! It’s hard to get out of a situation like that and to make that move out to make changes! I relate to you so much! Thank you for sharing your story! I know so many women/girls have similar situations that can be inspired by you!
Maghon Taylor says
I love you girl and I am so proud of YOU! God had a beautiful life and family waiting for you on the other side of the pain. I love how you are using your work as a teacher to be such an inspiration to those students.
Alisha Boone says
1 Peter 3: 4-5…. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
I wrote that on my dresser mirror (happy hand lettering) back in 2009, after 2 too many years in a bad relationship. I needed to be able to look at myself, value myself, and feel beautiful even after that relationship. That verse (plus countless others scribbled on my bathroom mirror at my parents’ house) helped me choose me and choose joy. To this day, it is still on my dresser mirror, after 3 moves, 2 states, and almost 5 years into my marriage to my incredible husband. And it’s only written with a dry erase marker! (teacher problems)
Anyway, I wanted to thank you! Even though we cheer for different teams (Go Dawgs!), I have followed you on insta for as long as insta has been a “thing” it feels like. You have brought so much color and happiness to my feed, and more importantly my life! Cheers, girl….you are amazing!
My life verses: Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, the Creator of the ends of the earth fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increase the strength. (He has carried me when I had nothing left…He is my rock, my comforter, my deliverer and my all!)
Kristy Mabe says
Our family scripture is Joshua 1:9 – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Personally, I have a couple favorites, but one of the longest (since I was a teen) is Isaiah 40:31 – “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Thank you for your wonderful testimony!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Claire Phillips says
The verse I “stand on” is Isaiah 49:16, “See, I have engraved your name on the palm of my hand…”. It’s a beautiful place to be, knowing I am held same and secure. It brought me peace during a time of loss and it continues to do so today.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Hebrews 10:23
Thanks for the encouragement! Great article
Adria Wilkins says
I love this! I love how your scrap paper of mistakes and what you thought was ugly became something beautiful and a gift for others.
I love Ecclesiastes 3:11, He makes all things beautiful in His time. This was my sons life verse. He had a short life but beautiful.
“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’” I am so grateful for these words from 2Corinthians 12:9! He has made a way for us in the midst of all our messes…whether they be of our own making, or things that come our way because we live in a fallen world. I love that God led you to literally make something pretty from your mistakes…what a sweet reminder of His grace!
God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a healed mind!
Liza Davila says
«For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.»
II Corinthians 1:20 NKJV
My Pastor and his wife always repeat these two phrases that really encourage me: “He turns Beauty out of ashes” and “The Lord promises are Yes and Amen”. A positive outlook in life is what makes us grateful for the big and the small. Sometimes is hard but walking with the Lord is what gives us the strength to face the rough moments. You are doing a great job making sure you turn ashes into confetti.
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but one of my favorites is
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Joan Moore says
Beautiful words and so true. God will make beauty out of the ashes!
One of my favorite verses is
“ Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. “
What a beautiful way of looking at life’s mistakes. I am going through the same thing right now and stepped away a year ago from the toxic relationship. But I choose to let God make confetti! Love. Love. Love.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV
Beautiful message here. How I wished I would of had someone to tell me this back in the day when I thought I too was a total failure. Like you said here, it is in our greatest pain that we learn God have something better for us. Pain teaches us compassion for others, it teaches us to become a better version of ourselves and allow us to use the hurt to let others know that they too can get through it. I used to be afraid to tell that part of my life to anyone as I fear I will be judged harshly but I have now learned that by sharing this struggle, I can show how God changed my life. Thank you for sharing this message.
Beautifully put and so true “Sometimes out of our greatest pain comes the most beautiful purpose.”
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Even in my missteps and crazy situations..He worked it out and still doing so!! Praise Him!!
Be grateful in everything…
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Nichelle Waller says
Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Alisha Powell says
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
During tough times I find this verse repeating in my mind. I especially remember this when I was hit by the van in sixth grade. It helped calm me in the ambulance and hospital before my family arrived.
Jayne Purdy says
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ our Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. I like this verse because we all fall short of what we sometimes think we want in life. If we pray for God to bless us with his blessings and not so much what we think we need, we will find that our hope and needs are met. I have experienced the same trails in my younger years because I didn’t wait for the Lord to provide. I am thankful that God is a forgiving God and through our trials and tribulations, He can teach us such valuable lessons so we can persevere and walk in the path He would have has take. Praise God for whom all blessings come!
Shayla Campbell says
Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
P.J. Seeley says
My quote:”We know that all things work for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28)
Thank you for your beautifully written and thoughtful words. They touched my heart.
beautiful… out of the ashes he makes us beautiful and new!!!
Gail Hinson says
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment … Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV
I have also experienced the joy of God turning my mourning into dancing and my mistakes into confetti. Thanks for this.
I would be very excited to receive this book. I’m very interested in lettering scripture and inspiration.
Diane Thiel says
And to God be the Glory.
What a beautiful lesson, Meghon! We are all a beautiful mess as I always say.
Two of my favorite scriptures are, ” Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest ” -Matthew 11:28
And, ” Trust in God with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding”- Proverbs 3:5-
I’m enjoying reading all of the other scriptures, it’s always tough to pick just one. I find for myself, I read what I feel God is telling me I need.
I’m sure that your book is beautiful. I wanted to learn to do calligraphy once, but my penmanship is horrible.
Ruth Bockrandt says
His mercies are new every morning…how great is His faithfulness …praise God that we get to start new every morning with clean slate!!
You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:2
Great post and perspective!!
I love this visual! I am so upset when I make mistakes. What a blessing to look at those mistakes as confetti! My favorite scripture is: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. Psalm 42:1
Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. And your post is lovely. And, if I’m not a winner, I’m buying your book anyway. I would love to write prettily!
I ‘reminisced” whilst I read your story, Maghon, on my past life – my choices, my decisions (many unwise). Thank you for getting personal (courageously and compassionately so!). Consequences happen… I recalled a Billy Graham “Devotional Reading” (UNTO THE HILLS, March 31. [Word Publishing, 1996]), to wit: “Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as adversity has done. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, the most poignant poems, the most gripping stories. Out of suffering and tears have come the greatest spirits and the most blessed lives”. (Mr. Graham expounds thereon…) The Bible verse chosen as a sort of preamble reads, “Shout for joy, O heavens! And rejoice, O earth! Break forth into joyful shouting, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people and will have compassion on His afflicted” (Isaiah 49:13, NASB.) …about those consequences — Godly repentance, heavenly reconciliation, ‘vogue la galere’ (as the French put it). Always remembering, ‘ETERNITY MATTERS’! Glory to God, and Thanks to you (and others who post herein) for the encouragement.
Tammy Harris says
“You are Beautiful, for you are Fearfully and Wonderfully made”… Psalm 139:14 .
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”
Isaiah 43:2-3 NKJV
What a wonderful vision! I get so frustrated at myself when I make mistakes. I need to see the confetti! My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Andrea Martin says
My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11. He knows the plans He has for us y’all! I’d be so grateful to win! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂
Melanie Nichols says
I can completely relate to Maghon’s story. I also love how she turns her calligraphy mistakes into to beautiful confetti. I’ve been wanting a book like this and would love to win one.
One of my favorite verses is
God gives His Spirit of power, love and self-control: not a spirit of timidity (2 Timothy 1:7) because he helps remind me to stand in Him and not be afraid to profess His name to those who want to know more about Him.
Angelique Dominguez says
God is so faithful in allowing us the freedom to make our own decisions & to remain there with us when those decisions lead us astray!! He has picked me up & dusted me off more times then I can count!! He is our loving & gentle father!!
The scripture that empowers me to live for him a midst this chaotic world is 2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Kristy Lynn Hanson says
One of my all time favorite scriptures is Zephaniah 3:17;
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.
What a beautiful picture this scripture paints of God’s love for us!
Amanda Thomasson says
“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” -Isaiah 41:10
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story, we are all broken & it just confirms that God is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think.
My favorite is Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power works in us-to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever Amen.
Shannon P says
Thank for the encouragement! 1 John 3:1
Elaine Pool says
” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
(love this giveaway – thank you!)
Ruth Broome says
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord, the Lord, is the rock eternal.
Jill F. says
One of my favorite verses is John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
I would like to explain why. I did not read my Bible everyday because of many reasons. Time, I thought I knew what it said, any reason I could think of. Now that I have been reading the Bible more and more, I see how it is a “love letter” from Our true Father. Reading the Bible brings us closer to Our Father, Our Maker, our True selves. <3
Tara M. Inman says
1 Kings 19:11-12. “ Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.
This verse hit me like a ton of bricks one day and opened my ears to slow down and listen to what God was trying to teach me.
What a great reminder to me today. You speak truth into my heart when lies are so easy to listen to. Thank you. Praise the God of redemption and light. Shine on girl. Your book sounds fun.
Thank you for your transparency! I have struggled with a lack of trust in my life and have not been willing to share my story because of my sin and shame, but when other Godly women do so – it gives me hope and courage that I can do the same. Satan wants us to think we are alone in our struggles and not worthy of God’s love and forgiveness, but God’s truth is that we are His and we ARE worthy and valued and saved through His son. Philippians 4:4-9, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Thank heaven God is there through it all! No matter the type of day (or year?) I try to remember that “Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” psalm 118
Kayla Yow says
Psalm 139:14 (KJV) – I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy woes; and that my soul knoweth right well.
A. Roller says
Habakkuk 3:18 “The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. “
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous? Do not tremble or be dismayed, for The Lord Your God is with you wherever you go.
Ephesians 2:10 because we are his great workmanship….and let’s keep walking in what he planned for us!!!!! ❤️
Esther Newendyke says
My life verse also shines light in my dark places: Psalm 16:11
Love your story!
Logan Smith says
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Kristen Batt says
“But if she does leave, she must remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband — and a husband is not to divorce his wife.”
1 Corinthians 7:11 CSB
It’s not okay to advertise to other Christians that remarriage is okay for us.
Becky Keife says
I appreciate you taking the time to read with us today. At (in)courage, we hold Scripture in high esteem as the God-breathed word it is. But as a nondenominational organization, we also leave room for the fact that not every believer will interpret every verse the same. As sisters in Christ, this is a place to cling to the truth of God’s unfailing love and amazing grace together–knowing we have all fallen short and missed the mark, which is why we need a Savior.
I admire Maghon’s courage to share her hard story. The only thing I hear her “advertising” is God’s goodness, which sometimes is most brightly seen in dark places.
(in)courage Community Manager
Faith Tuzon says
Thank you for an encouraging story.
Jeremiah 29:11 He has a huge plan in my life: Well being, A future, and A hope! He will restore every pieces that were broken in my life.
My brokenness, failures, mistakes, feeling rejected and isolated are part of my story that’s still being written. They are Confettis (New perspective I learned from today’s message).
Nancy Gladwin says
My story is similar to yours…but I’m not 22 years old and this isn’t my first marriage. However, your story encouraged me today. I am pretty sure I took back control from God when I said “I do.” The broken place in my heart has allowed me to let people in who are not good for me. God didn’t intend it to be so hard to love the one who vowed to love me forever. God sees me, he sees all of us. Even when we make mistakes. He is here with me now and has already put a plan for me in place. Thank you for sharing from your heart.
Amanda Jobe says
Maghon, what a beautiful story and hopeful perspective. ❤️
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
This verse is my life verse – I always know that God will renew me and help me through any situation I am in.
Yolanda Hall says
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18a – “Rejoice always, pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances.” This has been something I have to practice as before while I’m going through healing of a long broken season, I did not see how I could do any of it.
CYNTHIA MCGARITY says
I love this message, this story (even the hard parts as you were meant to share them) and I LOVE confetti!! Talk about a gorgeous party wherever it is. What a beautiful and simple idea to repurpose our mistakes. I won’t forget it.
I also love this fave verse of mine, “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:13 – I stand on this verse daily as a reminder from my better angels.
Thank you for sharing your heart here at (in)courage. What a gift.
Proverbs 3:5-6 I have had to learn to trust the Lord in my life. He is faithful!
Pamela Johnson says
I have several verses, but my go-to favorite is Nehemiah 8:10 “… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Cathy Beard says
! Peter 5:10-11 The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ Jesus will himself RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN and ESTABLISH you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. AMEN.
This is my favorite verse because it gives us all hope that we will not suffer for long. God will restore and strengthen us and He holds us through our suffering. There is always hope.
Terri C Jones says
God is always right on time! I needed to hear your message of turning mistakes, missteps, etc. into confetti. Thank you for sharing what God has done and is doing in your life!! Keep on shining!!!
Tara Baxter says
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
Hannah Jennings says
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
It reminds me that God is able to do anything – around me and in me! And he is always, always worthy of glory.
S. Kim Henson says
I’m so happy to have met you online today at Hope Writers. Your story is encouraging and hopeful and bright. Thanks for sharing so the rest of us have a chance at living the confetti life too.
My favorite verse I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
Kristine Ward says
Be the light.
Sharah Winsett says
Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
tammi schmorleitz says
I love confetti! I don’t like to waste good paper either. I dabble in my form of calligraphy just for fun. Your book sounds creative!
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Deb Alexander says
Maghon, I so enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for sharing it. Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Mary Jo Sanchez says
PHILIPPIANS 4 6:8 Don’t WORRY about anything, instead, PRAY about everything. TELL God what you need, and THANK God for all He has done. It is soooo hard not to worry and leave everything in God’s hands. It is my daily challenge. Prayer is powerful, but remember, prayer is answered, in God’s time and sometimes not in the way we think. I try to at least remember to thank God every day.
God bless and thank you Maghon
My favorite verse that represents my life story is Psalm 68:5 He is a father to the fatherless.
Andrea C says
Because it’s my fave meal of the day and I always love a good redemption story… “Jesus said to them, ‘Come and eat breakfast.’ Yet none of the disciples dared ask Him, ‘Who are You?’ — knowing that it was the Lord.” — John 21:12
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
D. LUSK says
“Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Tracey Sharlow says
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
I have been through many ups and downs. Verbally and mentally abusive relationships, cancer (caregiver and survivor), and other things. I met my now husband first when we were 12 and reconnected almost 4 years ago. I know everything happens for a reason.
My favorite scripture changed in 2012. I had a positive diagnosis for breast cancer. Even while waiting for the second mammogram Philippians 4:6-7 became my mantra . I read it every night through chemo. I read it and had it with me before surgery. When in have a “flashback” of fear and “what if” regarding breast cancer it is with me again .
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Krista Kent says
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
This is my favorite because in anything we are supposed to rejoice and pray. God can use our stories and circumstances in mighty ways!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Philippians 4:6 NIV
Martha Troxel says
“ For God do loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. “ John 3:16(ESV)
Maghon:) when (and where) are you coming to Nashville? There isn’t a tour schedule that I can see!?
I love psalm 103:3-4 from The Passion Translation
You kussed my heart with forgiveness,in spite of all i have done
You have healed me inside and out from every disease
You have rescued me from hell and saved my life
You have crowned me with love and mercy
One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thanks for sharing this, My goal upon retirement at the end of this year is to learn how to letter. My verse at the moment is Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ESV
Beth Williams says
Reading your story I thought of King David. Oh the mistakes he made. And yet, God still called him a man after His own heart. Once David confessed his sins He was forgiven by God. Those mistakes did not define David at all. He is known as a warrior, poet & lover of God. I sometimes feel like my mistakes define me. Do/say something wrong & I hear “Stupid, dumb, not good enough.” Deep down I know it’s not true. That is not what God says about me. He sees a beautiful creature. You talk about taking your mistakes & making confetti out of them. That reminds me of potters seeing a blemish on their pots & putting them back on the wheel to make something more beautiful. I love Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you & not to harm you. To give you a hope & a future.” He already has great plans for us no matter that we mess up along the way. He will gently guide us back to the path He wants us on.
I have attended two of Maghon’s classes, and her energy and enthusiasm is so beautiful. I am constantly inspired by her.
But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
Listen to the song “On EagleWings” as well. It gives me goosebumps when we sing it in church.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
My verse this year is Matthew 5:16. Many days I have felt like I was not shining well. I’ve felt like the pieces of my life have been thrown into the air and I’m waiting for the confetti to land. Thank you for this perspective of sprinkling JOY!
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. PS 119:130
Becky Keife says
It’s an honor to host your brave story on (in)courage. Thank you using your gifts to spread the joy and hope of Christ! We’re so grateful you’re here.
(in)courage Community Manager
Patty Joyce says
Maghon . . . Thank you for your beautiful testimony—to which I can totally relate. I have never seen so many comments on a post before! We never know who, besides ourselves, has made wrong choices and suffered the consequences. I made more than one wrong choice in my 20’s. And, then, at age 36, Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Do you want to come with Me.” I answered, “Yes, Lord, yes!” The Hound of Heaven began pursuing me after a very sinful weekend. I didn’t seek Him, He sought me and in one swift week, turned my life upside down! How I praise Him for seeing me beyond those worldly and deceitful desires. Who can understand such love.
My favorite scripture is John 1:14 . . . “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Again, thank you!
Blessings, Patty Joyce
Robyn Mulder says
Wow! You have so many comments, Maghon…I don’t think I have a very good chance of winning the book, but I wanted to comment anyway. 🙂 Loved your devotional and the idea of turning your mistakes into confetti. I do paper crafts, so I could do the same thing with my mistakes as I work. Even more inspiring is the thought of changing our life mistakes into something that others can be inspired by.
I have lots of favorite verses, but for today I’m going to go with this one:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Blessings to you!
Kelly Willingham says
Lamentations 3:22-23 …these verses have given me so much hope!
Beth Moore says
Maghon – I remember thinking that you were pure sunshine when I met you 2 years ago at becoming, and sharing your story makes that even truer to me. Thanks for sharing your story, and for the way you authentically shower encouragement wherever you go … because why just sprinkle when you can shower joy, right?! Congrats on your book and I’m looking forward to seeing all that God will be doing thru you in the days ahead. 🙂
Carla S. says
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your hearts desires” Psalm 37:4
To me, this was my thought as I was going through infertility. I knew God had a plan for me and he knew my desires. I has to wait and pray, but I knew that God would somehow answer my prayers, even if not in the way that I had planned.
Your life may not have gone as you planned, but you ended up where you were meant to be. So happy your “mistakes turned into confetti”. Thank you for sharing your story.
I accidentally posted twice the other day. Internet problem. You can delete one!
What a wonderful story to hear how God guided you after you had made some wrong decisions! I had never thought about confetti that way before (and I love bright colors too!)
Thankyou so much for sharing! I went through a similar situation a few years ago and have know god’s presence with me, just waiting on the light to come and him to restore what I lost, but thank you for sharing your story and giving me hope. Ps- I love your paper confetti idea!
Erin L Todd says
Maghon, your writing is as visual as your hand lettering, WOW! This literally put a smile on my face. I love the idea of God turns your mess into your message, I’ve been clinging to it in my own walk with the Lord. You illustrated that so wonderfully here. I imagine you throw confetti like praise, what a beautiful way to see God’s purpose and possibility in your everyday life! Bless you!
Thank you for talking about divorce in a positive light. I’m currently going through a divorce, something I would have never chosen but I would have never chosen what staying married would have been like either. I know divorce is supposed to be a sin but I feel like wasting the life God has given being miserable would be a sin also.
Lauren Smith says
But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 NIV
Thank you for sharing your story of redemption and for spreading your glittery joy everywhere you can. May God’s grace and peace be with you always.