Amazing Gracewear: Give the Gift of Christ’s Love and Light with Shield of Faith Sterling Silver Jewelry
Atlanta, GA (December 8, 2009) — The inspiration for the GracewearCollection.com came to Wendy Strong Lupas 25,000 feet above sea level. Three years later, GracewearCollection.com – sterling silver jewelry designed to protect those who wear it from life’s slings and arrows – was officially launched on December 7th, 2009.
Based on the scripture, Ephesians 6: 10-18 – which encourages the faithful to spiritually dress themselves with God’s armor for the battles they face each day – GracewearCollection.com’s Christian lifestyle brand shield of faith jewelry line was created to cloak the wearer in the shield of God’s protection. The founders of GracewearCollection.com believe that they have created more than just stunning jewelry, or a special Christmas gift.
“There’s something eternal about a beautiful pendant or bracelet, designed with enough sophistication to make a bold statement about one’s faith and God’s amazing gift of salvation,” says Mary Strong Blackburn, co-founder of GracewearCollection.com. “The intricately-designed shield is such a powerful symbol of God’s everlasting protection, mercy, and grace.
The GracewearCollection.com story began as Wendy Strong Lupas – Blackburn’s sister and co-founder of GracewearCollection.com – set off for what she hoped would be a relaxing and reconnecting time in the Caribbean with husband, who’d recently recovered from a rare lung disease. Instead, the vacation became a life-altering journey.
“It began with a book that caught my eye at the airport bookstore,” says Lupas. “After reading Choosing to Live with Passion and Purpose, I realized that although I was a woman of faith, my life was actually devoid of balance, passion, peace…and even purpose!”
Lupas couldn’t stop thinking about what to her was a shocking self-realization. Later that week, she experienced what she calls a spirit-filled moment; according to Lupas, the voice of God told her that she must let go of the past, and forgive…and that with this forgiveness, she would find freedom and peace (Mathew 6: 14-15).
“I literally fell to my knees and gave thanks to God for giving me this wonderful husband and life that I was not embracing,” says Lupas. “I asked God’s forgiveness for blaming my husband for so much that I needed to take responsibility for.”
The grueling treatment for her husband’s condition had taken nearly two years. And through this dark time, Lupas’s usual joyful and positive nature began to evaporate; her husband’s spirit was being drained out of him by the medication, and anger and bitterness had crept into what was once a happy and ideal life.
After hearing the voice of God, Lupas was ready to embrace life again, and find her real purpose. She contacted her sister, and the two set out to launch a women’s clothing line. They spent two years learning the business of textile development, design, patternmaking, and clothing manufacturing.
While preparing to launch the clothing line, they had several pieces of jewelry designed and manufactured, and were very pleased with the results. The sisters kept feeling God’s desire for them to start small (Luke 16:10), and decided to put the clothing line on hold, and move forward with the shield of faith jewelry line.
“It was truly a miracle!” says Lupas. “We finally felt as though we were in God’s will and plan, and not simply our own! God was directing us to focus on GracewearCollection.com jewelry first.”
With six children 13 and under between them, Lupas and Blackburn say they find themselves seeking forgiveness more than they care to admit, and that a daily dose of grace is what gets them through all of life’s challenges. Understanding this, GracewearCollection.com was founded not only with passion and purpose, it’s also a ministry designed to make a difference in women’s lives.
“Our vision is to share with other women about God’s grace, and how to receive abundant freedom by forgiving others and receiving peace in their daily lives,” says Lupas.
Toward this end, ten percent of the purchase price of GracewearCollection.com jewelry is tithed to providing programs and provisions for God’s children in crisis. GracewearCollection.com partners with ministries such as www.mercyministries.com, www.lifechallengewnc.com, and www.tdarschool.org to generate funding and programs to help rebuild young lives with a foundation in Christ.
Each piece of GracewearCollection.com jewelry comes beautifully wrapped with a keepsake copy of Ephesians 6:13-18. This moving scripture, the sisters say, reminds us to armor ourselves with God’s word in order to protect everything we value and hold close to our hearts.
“Every woman has their own Gracewear story…and I pray that our collection can help women know that their past does not define their future,” says Lupas
For more information, visit www.gracewearcollection.com. In North Carolina call 828-743-3999, or call 877-742-3999 toll-free. GracewearCollection.com will be in the Hillside Shops for the Cashiers, North Carolina Christmas Parade on December 12th.
About the GracewearCollection.com
The GracewearCollection.com was co-founded in 2006 by two sisters, Wendy Strong Lupas and Mary Strong Blackburn. The GracewearCollection.com jewelry line – which includes Christian lifestyle brand shield of faith sterling silver pendants, bracelets, and earrings designed to protect the wearer with God’s love – officially launched on December 7, 2009. The GracewearCollection.com is also a ministry, with a mission to share God’s grace by providing programs and provisions for God’s children in crisis, and to help them rebuild lives with a foundation in Christ. Lupas and Blackburn live with their husbands and children in Cashiers, North Carolina.
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