How Wearing Prophetic Jewelry can Change Your Life

How Wearing Prophetic Jewelry can Change Your Life

Handmade Christian Prophetic Jewelry


A few months ago, I had the wonderful privilege of chatting with Ulrike Teoh, founder of Impressed Jewelry – Love Written in Metal. She designs handmade Christian prophetic jewelry created right from her home in Berlin, Germany.


“We need to start changing our belief system. Jewelry helps because in the morning you choose to wear a different word that helps you to be aware of what you want to see, and start declaring.”

She had so many powerful things to say! You are going to get a ton out of listening to this.

Why Prophetic Jewelry?

One of my favourite things she said was,

“How did God design? How did he create?
He used words!

Whenever we start speaking, whenever we start declaring we are actually bringing things into existence. It starts inside of us; how we think and what we believe.”

Here is an overview of some of the topics we chatted about:


Failures that have helped her grow


What inspired her to make prophetic jewelry in the first place


What it’s like being a self-employed mama


How God started giving her jewelry designs in her dreams.


The importance of relationships to keep you going, be your cheerleaders


 Why you should learn to dream BIGGER!



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You can see more of Impressed Jewelry’s selection in her new store:

Note: Until December the website is only available in German.

Frl.Blanka | Being Creative for God | Hand Lettering

Frl.Blanka | Being Creative for God | Hand Lettering

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

Frl.Blanka (or Isa) and I met a couple months ago in beautiful Heidelberg. She is credited to introducing me to Instagram and has been encouraging me ever since! (Next you’re going to have to show me how to figure out Instagram stories).

This month we are also celebrating with her because she finished her medical studies and became a doctor! Congratulations Isa!

On top of that, she is an incredibly talented hand letterer/ modern calligrapher. Check out her Instagram to be inspired. She really stands out to me because she turned her hobby into a business (despite her imperfections – though I don’t see any!), and she also uses it as a way to be creative for God, and reach out to people.

The Spotlight on: Isa Blanka Rüschel from Frl.Blanka

Tell us a little bit about yourself-


where are you from? What are you passionate about? What are you reading right now?

I live in Darmstadt together with my husband Johannes.

The thing I’m most passionate about are people. They are my happy place. I need them to get the energy that fuels me. Maybe that’s the reason why I studied medicine?

Creative-wise I am passionate about most things that I can do with my hands and that show results after a short period of time – actually I’m always looking for new creative ideas, materials and techniques I can try.

The book I am reading right now is called “How’s your Soul?” by Judah Smith. He’s a super humorous guy working with a church in Seattle and he is really passionate about healthy souls in our society and how different the world would be if we would ask more often how our souls are for real. I highly recommend it!


You are a hand lettering queen! Your Instagram is beautiful and full of these gorgeous creations.


Frl.Blank Instagram interview




How did you get started on your amazing hand lettering?

Thanks for that compliment!

I got started about a year ago. Back then I started to use Instagram and got to know many artists who do hand lettering or modern calligraphy. I wanted to try it immediately, so I bought my first pens and watercolors and just started copying what I saw.

Step by step my own style developed. Though, I’m always curious and try to add new twists and elements to it.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Elm

Would you share with us some of your favourite supplies that you use?

Sure! If you want to start hand lettering I would recommend you to begin with a brush pen which you can use on different papers. I really like the Tombow fudenosuke with the hard tip for example.
For my watercolor letterings I use the liquid Watercolors by ECOLINE. They come in many many colors, but you can also mix your own colors from the basics.
  At the minute I am testing different watercolor papers, but if you’re just starting, you can try mix media papers and see what you like best.
Some brush pens also need very smooth paper to stay healthy, here you can use color copy paper For more specific information about the material, it’s best to get in touch via Instagram or Email ( I’m happy to help!  

How does your business reflect the calling God has on your life, as you understand it?

Since my creative journey has began, I’ve been undergoing a process, in which, I now see how God sees me. That is, I am not limited to one profession
 or business or only one skill or talent with which I can use to encourage people and build his kingdom. I rather believe that he created us so colourful and at some points in time we decide to paint our life more in this or that certain color. It doesn’t mean that we can’t come back to an old colour or try completely new ones, even if the painting then looks totally different than how we imagined it before that courageous step. For me it is a difficult process to “work” in a field that I never learned professionally and to accept, that people still like what I do even if I see so many artists who do a lot better than me or have simply more experience. But it is so motivating to see that I can encourage someone with my work and add a glimpse of hope to a hopeless situation or give them a way to express their joy in special moments of their lives.  
Isa and I met at a finance seminar a couple months ago, and she was the one who inspired me to be more active on Instagram.

Could you tell us a bit how you use Instagram to impact, connect, and minister to people?

Since I started using Instagram I always saw a great potential in this medium. Through other creatives, whom I got to know there virtually and also in real life later, I learned to get inspired (and by that I mean the whole process of inspiration). I experienced the feeling of being overjoyed by a single photo or a simple writing.

It unleashed creative energy inside of me that I never knew I had.

If you compare Instagram to the city you live in, you have this great advantage that you can easily find people that love the things you love. They see the world like you do and inspire you exactly at the point where you are right now. On the other hand of course there are also the downsides of this virtual playground. The more you get, the more you want. They want you to compare yourself to others and make you dependent. I still find it challenging to find the perfect balance for me regarding social media. But without it, maybe I wouldn’t have found this new, creative part of my personality.

Photo courtesy of Jessica Elm

If you could say something to yourself five years ago, what would it be?

You’re doing great! Don’t doubt yourself so much and trust God in all the uncertainty that you will face in the next five years. He knows what he’s doing 🙂


Thank you Isa for your time and sharing your creativity with us!


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An Awkward Photoshoot and Revealing God’s Heart

An Awkward Photoshoot and Revealing God’s Heart

Have you ever stood in front of the camera and tried to smile naturally? Yeah, it doesn’t work. At least not for me. The pictures my hubby takes of me always seem like I have plastered a smile to my face. He always tells me to stop it, and smile properly. My body and joints become rigid as I make myself look photogenic. Yeah… no, that is not how a great picture is made. But that’s what I default to.


Chrissy from Christian Cloete Photography is not only an amazing wife and mom of three children plus a foster baby, she’s a passionate Jesus lover, and also runs her own wedding photography business. The pictures speak for themselves. She has a fantastic way with people. Chrissy is so natural and easy to be around.


The Awkward Photoshoot | Revealing God’s Heart

Though I’ve known her for years, it was still awkward for me to be in front of her camera. This is nothing against Chrissy’s skills, this is all the awkwardness of Dani. I kept trying to fight myself from sticking out my tongue and making funny faces to cover up the hidden thought that I didn’t think I could look beautiful. But Chrissy’s relaxed, and light manner reassured me. One sunny and warm afternoon, she helped bring out my confidence and natural beauty. To me this shows that she really has a gift. Despite the weird thoughts going through my head, and the way I perceived myself, she was able to capture the me that was really there.

In that way, she reminded me of God who, despite our own thoughts and the swirling lies in our head, speaks out and reassures us with his truth. What a beautiful way of revealing His heart.  

Christiane Cloete Interview Dani at lake

After the awesome awkward photoshoot, we sat down next to a glistening lake and had a little chat. I wanted to know more about what got her started in photography, and her favourite things about it, about having a business and a bunch of kids, and about seeing the beauty God sees in people, and about feeling overwhelmed.


The Spotlight on: Chrissy from Christiane Cloete Photography

Dani: Tell me:

How did you begin with your photography? How did you know you enjoyed taking pictures?

Chrissy: It actually began as my husband’s hobby. We were visiting South Africa when my oldest was about one year old. I ran out of stuff to read and I thought to myself, “what am I going to do for the next five weeks if I don’t just want to sit by a pool?” My husband  started explaining everything to me about ISO and shutter speed. I forgot everything by the next day. It was too much.

But then I practiced and I photographed his sister at her engagement photo shoot with his other younger sister who was a wedding photographer. That’s where I experienced how cool it was to get people to feel comfortable, to be creative and to make them look good in images, and to portray their connection. For me, it’s always about showing how people are connected.

Then I thought, “If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right.” So I started a business. My husband actually always wanted to start a business, but he didn’t have the time because of work so I thought, “Why don’t I do it?”. Funny enough, it was never a dream.

How long ago did you begin your business?

Chrissy: I started a Facebook page just a few weeks after we came home, so that was six years ago.

Dani: So it was never actually a dream to have a business, but it just kind of happened?

Chrissy: Yeah, I just found joy in creating. I think I find more joy in editing the images than in taking them. Which is odd, because I love to be with people and interact with them, and the editing is just on the computer. But I love to see what you can make out of a raw image. How you can make colours pop, or how you can enhance things.

Dani: I understand that you like the beauty that you can create out of the experience.

Could you share your favourite aspects of taking photos?

Chrissy: Beauty. And the connection with people. To see them love each other and be completely unaware of the camera. Just being happy with themselves.

Dani: Who encouraged you to really pursue this? We spoke before about this being your husband’s passion.

Chrissy: Yeah, I’d say he encouraged me. He was the driving force, with his teaching and everything, he got the ball rolling.

When you started the business did it rob you of any joy or pleasure you got when you took photos, or did you appreciate the challenge?

Chrissy: I’m not sure if you can compare that because I didn’t photograph before. So I couldn’t say.

Dani:  Do you notice a difference between taking photos just for personal pleasure, for instance taking pictures of your family versus ones that are for business?

Chrissy: Well, I do not photograph my family as often as I would love to. But I’m trying to! I made a conscious decision to photograph them more often, like while they’re playing. They are very aware of the camera and don’t like to be photographed. I have to kind of catch them in the moment when they’re not aware, which are my favorite shots anyway.

Since you are at home primarily with the kids, how has having a business on the side been?

Chrissy: It’s perfect basically. Being a wedding photographer means that the weddings are usually on Saturday and that means my husband is home. During the week I can decide when I will edit the images, or when I will answer client emails and stuff. I can keep the afternoons completely free for the kids, and do the business stuff in the morning.

Dani: Sounds perfect!

Chrissy: Yes!

Dani: Earlier in our conversation we were talking about faith. Could you tell me how your faith reflects in your business? Can you see connections between your faith and your business?

Chrissy: I can definitely, because I believe that every person is created beautiful and in the image of God. I often have clients say to me, “Oh, I’m not so beautiful” or “I’m not so photogenic” or “I feel awkward in front of the camera” – maybe you know that feeling? -Both of us laugh- I know I do! So for me, it’s not about the beauty that is portrayed on the outside but how can I make the beauty from their character and personality come out. Because everybody is made in the image of God. I’m not sure if someone who wasn’t a Christian, from the outside would see the difference in the pictures. But for me it’s different because I always aim to get their inner beauty to shine through… which is basically portrayed in their character.

Interview with the photographer Christiane Cloete

Could you share how you see yourself in 5 years?

Chrissy: I want to see myself having grown as a woman of God. I want to be in the place where God wants me to be.

How do you hear or experience God speaking to you?

Chrissy: I can give you an example, over the last few months now I always start crying during a certain song, when a certain line is sung. I’m pretty sure God is speaking to me through that line, and that something is going to happen about what it says in that song. Funny enough, completely more or less unrelated, my husband also brought up that same issue the other day. So this is definitely something we believe God is speaking to us about.

Dani: So because we are humans, made in the image of God, we also have this ability to create, just like he creates. I’ve been calling this our “co-creating calling” lately. I understand it, in part, as the ability to bring forth, to develop, and to innovate.

 Where do you see your role in creation as a creator?

Chrissy: I think this falls into that category, Recently I’ve had it on my heart to start something for women. Maybe starting a new house group. I feel like, for me, I’m in my house doing all sorts of stuff, and challenges come across and I have to deal with them more or less by myself. Sometimes I deal with it well, and other times not so well. Young mothers and mothers in general deal with these things all the time. I find that these challenges are not spoken of so openly – for instance, issues in school. I’d love to see a community of women grow together and be able to rely on each other when challenges happen. They could be there for one another with advice, or prayer.

Dani: Ok, we will end with one last question:

What would you say to someone who is totally overwhelmed?

For instance to these mothers. They don’t even recognize themselves anymore because they are just so full of everything in life – of school, of all of the urgent things – they don’t realize what they are capable of anymore.

Chrissy: I would say, “It’s ok!” There is no one rule for everyone. One woman may desire to be with her children 100%  of the time, and for the other, she wants to start working a few months after having a baby.  I think that the underlying message is, “It’s ok, the rules are made in your life by you and God, but not by the exceptions of other people.”


You are enough! –                 

Beautiful enough

strong enough

patient enough

loving enough.


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Decluttering our Minds | Tips from Mary Gallagher

Decluttering our Minds | Tips from Mary Gallagher

Welcome to the second post of my Spotlight Series. Where we get to meet Jesus loving, inspiring, and creative people.

Today I’m excited to introduce you to Mary from Gallagher Farm and Faith.

She is going to share with us some really awesome tips including how to declutter our minds!


 The Spotlight on:
Mary from Gallagher farm and faith.

Hi, I’m Mary I’m living my lifelong dream on my farm in central Texas. I love to simplify so I have time in my life for what’s important to me. Creating a simple, full life didn’t just happen. It took courage, vision, and some strategic planning. I’ve always had a knack for finding my way through the clutter and distractions. As an experienced coach and educator I know how to help others do the same. I help women love the simple life so they can live an authentic life of faith.

What are you reading right now? How did it get into your hands?

Right now I am reading two books. I typically have one I read in the morning during my reading and prayer time and one I read that has been highly recommended by peers. The Sacred Slow by Alicia Britt Chole found its way onto my Kindle as a recommendation from Kindle. I was introduced to Chole’s work through a member of my Facebook group. I didn’t realize it at the time but I had already downloaded her book! The Sacred Slow is a slow and intentional journey for women to discover beautiful things about themselves and God. Chole believes that our fast-food faith leaves us spiritually malnourished and we need to take time to allow our faith to develop deeply and gracefully.


The other book I am reading is Tribes – We Need You to Lead Us, by Seth Godin. Tribes is about leadership in the modern age. Godin makes you think about what it means to be a leader and how the internet has broken down barriers for people to connect around the world. The one thing that remains constant is the need for leaders who are willing to be brave, take risks, and put others first. It’s challenging and enlightening for anyone who believes they have a message to convey.


What inspired you to start Gallagher Farm and Faith?

I’ve know for almost 20 years that God had made me to be a writer but I let life get in the way. As I began to simplify my life, I heard Him wooing me back to the life of the writer. As soon as my heart and mind said “yes” I unexpectedly was laid off from my stressful job. I saw that as the writing on the wall (no pun intended!) to jump into the writing life full time. Losing my job was one of the best days of my life!


I needed a framework for my blog and found that many of my friends were intrigued with my sudden departure from the fast-paced suburban lifestyle to the simple farm life. Moving across country and starting over seemed to capture their attention and they were eager to know more about how I started following my dreams and my adjustment to the simple life. I decided that Gallagher Farm and Faith would capture the essence of simplifying and the charm of farm life that connected to my readers. The Simple Life Simple Faith tagline sums up the journey I’ve been on and the journey I hope to take my readers on as they pursue an authentic life of faith.  

On your homepage you have the verse, ” A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life. ” Proverbs 13:7 (The Message)

Why did you choose it?

I chose this verse from the Message translation because it exemplified all that I was walking away from (a showy life) and all that I wanted to find (a full life). As with much of God’s ways, this truth is the opposite of the world’s ways. I had tried to fill my life with more – a better job, a bigger house, fancier vacations, status and position – only to find myself slowly dying on the inside. I had lost all joy, my sense of purpose, peace, and inspiration. My life looked full on the outside but on the inside it felt empty. I was gripped with an overwhelming desire to simplify, to strip back all the stuff and the pretense, and get back to basics. That’s the journey I’ve been on and as I take things away, I find room for the things that truly matter and fulfill. As I settle my intentions on those things my life becomes fuller and more meaningful.

How do you understand the stewardship of your time and talents? How does this look practically in your life now?

One of the parables that has become real to me is the parable of the talents. Traditionally used to talk about money and investment, I see this parable as a way to understand how God has gifted each one of us and that His investment in us is the talents and gifts he’s given us.


For the last several years at my job I had this nagging sense of wasting my time and talents. I was good at what I did and passionate about the work, but I realized someone else could do my job just as well and probably better. What nobody else could do was write like me. I began to understand that while I was using some of my skills and talents, I wasn’t stewarding them the best that I could. And I wasn’t using my time to invest in people (God’s most precious commodity) or in things of eternal value. I knew I needed to care about what God cared about and that He had placed desires, passions, and gifts in me that were waiting to be used in a more productive way.


My life is now focused around quality time with God. I spend vast amounts of time in prayer, reading His word, and seeking Him. For me this is the center of all I do. I take care of my health, I rest when I need to, and I say no to things that I know will cause me unhealthy stress. Our lifestyle has altered a bit so I can stay home and write but it’s a tradeoff neither my husband nor I mind because I am a better person when I write. I am now able to volunteer and invest in friendships. I’ve committed to not looking back at what was and to not compare my life with anyone else’s.


Living the simple life gives me time to reflect in order to make adjustments when I see myself getting off track. I guard my time carefully and I keep my a vision board visible that reminds me of what is important to me.


This quote keeps me in check and reminds of where I never want my life to go again: “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau.


I want to be like Erma Bombeck and be able to say when I stand before God, “I used everything you gave me.  I left it all on the table.”

You mention “mental clutter” on Gallagher Farm and Faith, I can’t tell you how many times my head feels like a jumble or to-dos, decisions, information. I love that you call it clutter!

Could you share a couple of practical things we can do to unclutter our brains?


Gosh – yes – for me it was the mental clutter more than anything that left me exhausted at the end of the day. I was never able to rest – my mind was running constantly and all the undone items on my To-Do List haunted me day and night.  Depending on our personality type, this type of clutter can be harder to manage and more damaging than it is for others. I am The Perfectionist on the Enneagram so for me to leave things undone is stressful and demoralizing.


It’s clear we live in an age of overload. We are bombarded with images and sounds and things that vie for our attention.

I recommend several things to tame the mental clutter:


Step back and examine all you are doing. Keeping the overwhelm and stress at bay is going to be virtually impossible if you are overcommitted and doing too much. I talk about this in my post called The Secret to a Balanced Life.



Clear out commitments that are optional. Free up calendar space to create margin. When you have margin, you have breathing room, and space for overflow. Knowing you have some time during the day to catch up or spend quality time on a project relaxes your mind from having to worry about it.


Keep everything in one place.

If you have all your appointments in one calendar, you will worry less that you are forgetting something. I also like to put each week’s appointments on a whiteboard as a visual reminder. This gives me a level of comfort that allows me to stop stressing that I will forget something.


Allow for silence whenever possible.

Turn off the radio when you are in the car. Keep the television off during the day. If you have children, set parameters around when noisy things can be turned on. Hearing the news or grating voices on the TV first thing in the morning can set you on edge all day and fill up your mind with words and images that crowd out the whisper of God’s voice. Take walks in silence. Just listen to the sounds around you. Our minds are like a bucket, we can only fill them with so much and they will be stuffed.


Choose carefully what you read.

Take some time to weed out your newsletters and email updates. Only subscribe to those things that add value to your life, that make you feel refreshed after reading them, pitch those things that make you feel stressed. Social Media and screen time – this is a biggie and so much to say. I’ll direct you to this post for that.  Silence and solitude are scarce commodities in our society so you will need to be intentional about working them into your life – especially if you have a busy family!  


I also make lists for everything.

Not as a pressure to do but as a way of getting things out of my head. Once I write something down, it loses its grip over me. I can relax and let that thought leave my mental space. Journaling is much the same. If you have trouble sleeping at night because your mind won’t stop, keep a notebook next to your bed and write everything down. I promise you will sleep better!


Ultimately it comes down to trust. Trust God that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing in each season of life. Don’t get ahead of Him. Life flows smoothly when we are in tune with the rhythms of His grace, but we must make room to hear His voice and study His ways or the wisdom He longs to impart to us will remain out of our reach.

Thank You


Thank you so much Mary for your time, your wisdom. Speaking on behalf of all the young, frazzled moms out there, we need a voice like yours, with your experience, to encourage us and impart wisdom.

Check out her blog below, if you haven’t already.


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Stewardship of Time, Talents and Food

Stewardship of Time, Talents and Food

Welcome to the first of my Spotlight Series. Where we get to meet Jesus loving, inspiring, and creative people.


I’m really happy to introduce you to my first guest of the series, Amanda from Maple Alps. She’s a fellow Canadian, and also married to a German speaker (Austrian to be precise), and seeks to live an intentional, simple life that glorifies God.


Today, she will give us some insight into how cultural differences impacted her life and  how she is intentional in the choices she makes with her time, food and talents.


The Spotlight on: Amanda from Maple Alps

1. What are you reading right now? How did it get into your hands?


I have always loved reading and it seems that I always have something new to pick up to read. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books because I have a long commute during the school year, and listening (I still make time for the physical ones, of course) to books is the only way my busy life can accommodate more of them! I am currently listening to Radical by David Platt. I actually read it a while back, but my husband, not knowing we had the book, grabbed it on audible, so it’s been fun to “read” it again.


The most recent completed book was called The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy by Neal D. Barnard, MD, FACC. It really inspired me on my plant-based journey. Of course, I daily read my Bible, which is a book of books and the ultimate love letter that I highly recommend!


2. You’ve traveled quite a bit! Could you share with us one cultural difference you’ve experienced that has impacted you for the better?


I do love traveling and I’m still working on my bucket list! I think growing up in a home where two different cultures were dominant helped prepare me to be open-minded about all of the different ways of life I’ve encountered. I’ve met people on my travels who didn’t seem to have a desire to embrace other cultures and instead resisted or complained. I always felt that they had somehow been robbed of a truly amazing experience because of that.


I suppose on a practical level, moving to a country and having to get used to a completely different political situation has opened my eyes to a lot of different things and has made me an advocate for things I used to take advantage of. Things like affordable healthcare or even simply recycling or knowing exactly what goes into the food we buy. Most importantly, I’ve learned that despite cultural differences, we are all human and we are all in need of a Saviour! It has made me take Jesus’ command in Matthew 28 to take the Gospel to the ends of the world more serious.


3. How do you understand the stewardship of your time and talents?


I believe that we were placed on this Earth for a purpose. That purpose is to show and tell others about Christ and His love for us! Everything that has been given to us is actually more or less on loan.


We cannot create time – we can only use it to the best of our abilities.


We do not choose our talents – instead, we can develop them to glorify God!


I think that it is really important to use our time and talents wisely. Our time is precious; our days are numbered (see Psalm 90). Once it is wasted, we can never get it back.



4. How does this look practically in your life now?


Filling my time with family and doing good and ministering to others is something I prioritize. There are so many distractions in this world that take up our time. All of the mindless entertainment (think: Netflix, video games, etc) that does more harm than good is something I believe is better off left out of our time slots!


As for talents, I try to develop them so I can reach others in different ways. For example, I play the piano for church and enjoy having people over! I also love using and developing my talents for photography and design for my blog. I also see my teaching career as a ministry (I teach in a church school) and I feel called to pour my heart and talents into that as well.


5. How do you understand food and intentionality?


I think that God gave us a design for a diet we should eat. When He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He gave them all sorts of trees with fruit they could eat of. There was no death there. Because of this, and because I believe that our bodies are a living temple for the Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 6), and for many other reasons, I have chosen to adopt a plant-based diet. I think what we put into our bodies is very important and affects our entire lives. We should not live to eat, but eat to live! Being healthy in all areas of life are important!



Thank you Amanda for your time, your thoughts and experiences!





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Amanda Walter is a teacher, writer, wife to a pastor, and mom to a cat. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, sipping tea, and trying to keep succulents alive.
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