Do you ever feel bad for Mondays? I mean seriously. Monday never asked to be the first day of the work week. It just happened. Every week when Monday rolls around people are dreading it. We just know that Monday comes with a whole lot of troubles. It is so hard to jump back into that first day of the week no matter what you do, it seems like we need Monday just to recover before even jumping into the work week. Anyone with me?
What about when Monday seems to never end? Have you ever had a day like that? A week like that? Maybe even a month like that? Where every day that came just seemed like it was an extension of Monday. Is it ever going to end?
I’ve been through seasons before that made me feel like Monday was invading my every day of motherhood. In fact, I just went through a season like this last fall. Monday would come, it would drag on, and it would be awful. The kids would be crying, or they would be fighting, or they would be crying and fighting at the same time. Or everyone was sick. Or my house was trashed. Or I was behind on absolutely everything I needed to get done. I felt like I was completely alone. I told myself it was just a bad day, tomorrow would surely be better. Then tomorrow came and it was like Monday never ended, it just rolled right into the next day. And before I knew it I was saying, “Tomorrow would be better” and a month had gone by and nothing had changed.
Nothing had changed. My circumstances were still completely overwhelming. And I felt like I was in the middle of a season full of Mondays.
But I realized something about this season. The more I tried to just push through, get through, suffer through, and hope my way through to a better day, the more overwhelmed I was. The more it felt like it was going to drag on forever. But when I stopped trying to wish it away, and embraced God through the season, everything changed. Most importantly though, my perspective changed.
Sometimes we think these hard seasons come because we don’t have it all together, but sometimes it’s the complete opposite. We won’t ever have it all together, we won’t ever be perfect. Sometimes rough seasons come to increase our dependence on Christ so we never forget that it’s Him who gets us through those forever Mondays.
I realize that the more I turn to Him when my days seem overwhelming, the more equipped I am to get through them. I may still feel overwhelmed, the hard days may still come, but there is just something about knowing that Jesus is right there with me that gives me the strength to get through.
I love this shirt from Elly & Grace because it serves as the perfect reminder that every day is a “Jesus Kinda Day.” Sometimes I find myself grabbing it out of my closet just because I know that I need the reminder that day.
Elly & Grace specializes in designing Christian shirts for women. They are absolutely adorable and it’s so hard to fall in love with just one because the message on each one of them is perfect. Brenna has an eye for creativity and I absolutely love her already! I know you will too. So be sure to read all about the heart behind her shop below. There is a special discount code just for you at the end!
How did you get started with Elly and Grace?
Last March I went to a women’s conference at my church and the theme was “Be Fearless”. I was unhappy in my day job and was looking for a way to be more creative while also uplifting and inspiring others with my products.
While I was in my seat at the conference, God put the idea in my mind. I spent about 4 months learning and experimenting and I officially launched ellyandgrace that August!
What does your shop specialize in creating?
Most of my items are Christian shirts for women, and those are my favorite. I have a variety of sizes, colors and styles so that every woman can find their perfect shirt.
What are some of your favorite things to create? I just love creating all the shirts- but my favorite design is the “God is within her she will not fail” baseball tee. Those shirts are the SOFTEST and my personal favorite! I also love working on new lines, like the mother’s day line that will be coming out soon.
One of my favorite things to do is pack and ship my shirts. Like most of you, I just love getting packages in the mail, and I really like when the seller makes it extra special! Each ellyandgrace shirt comes with a handwritten thank you note and is wrapped in tissue paper in a bright outer envelope! Happy Mail at its best.
Where does the name behind your shop come from? I love elephants. They have always been one of my favorite animals and I have so many elephants in my house (not real one’s y’all- they are figures!) and God’s grace to me has been so life changing and is one of my favorite words and a theme throughout several of my designs.
And while elephant and grace would definitely be a unique business name, I thought Elly and Grace sounded better- although it does get confusing when people think my name is Elly (I’m Brenna!).
Anything else we should know about the heart behind your shop and what you do?
I just love creating shirts that uplift and inspire the women who wear them. I’m working on a plus sized line that will be coming this summer and I love hearing from people! So if you have a favorite verse, send me an email or message me on Instagram!
Did you guys catch that she has a Mother’s Day line?! It just released and I can personally say I am SO excited about it. There are some definite shirts I am eyeing!
Brenna is offering all of my readers free shipping with code YOUAREMORE. So be sure to head over to Elly & Grace and order something for yourself! Just in time for Mother’s Day!