"I haven't always known God, or accepted Him as number one. I used to always think "How could I love someone I don't know?"
"It isn't even that God has given me gifts that magically appeared. What He did give me is the heart to try. The heart to trust Him and the heart to learn. The mind to know that things would never come easy and that in order to run His business the way it was intended, I would need to trust Him always. That no matter how discouraged I ever feel, that God is rooting for me, saying "Whitney, there's room for you, too." "
the girl behind the grace.
Hi, ya'll! My name is Whitney Vaughn. I am the shop owner, designer and creative behind Saved by Grace Co. I'm a mother to a beautiful 10 year old daughter; Aiyana, who gives me so much life.
Saved by Grace Co. is where I will share my testimonies and everyday life as a Christian mother through creativity. It's also where you'll get a glimpse inside what a down to earth, far from perfect human being really looks like when trying to grow spiritually in Christ. If you didn't know or were misinformed, I want to show you who Christians really are in Christ - which is so far from perfect and so close to sin. But, He loves us anyways.
Did you ever think you could see God in everyday places? Sometimes, it's hard and I feel so far from Him on given days where things just don't seem to go as planned. In those moments, I encourage myself to be still and pray for God to surround me so that I can stay obedient to His word. In those moments we least expect or in places we never thought we would see Him, the Saved by Grace Co. shop is here to change that. From faith apparel, to home decor - this is what God has called me to do to make Him seen in all things.
Saved by Grace Co. didn't just start because I woke up one day and said "I think I want to start a business.". Don't get me wrong, I have for many years had a love for doing my own thing and hopes to start a business one day in the creative realm. Never did I know it would be a business to share God's love. It hasn't even always been that I've been able to hear God speak to me, or that I've been doing this for so long that I know what I'm doing. God is using me, but it's all Him.
I haven't always known God, or accepted Him as number one. I used to always think "How could I love someone I don't know?". Growing up in a Christian home and going to church doesn't mean you know Christ or even love him for that matter. I can attest to that.
Even still, I don't claim to know it all, to be perfect, or even that I can quote scriptures from Matthew or John. I will even admit that I don't always act in a way that honors God in the midst of my crazy, nonstop life, but God knows I try. One thing I am sure of is that I feel called. Not just a small whisper or little signs here and there, but a longing, a supernatural feeling, no sleeping from waking up from hearing God nudge me, can't stop thinking about it type of calling. It even isn't that God has given me gifts that magically appeared. What He did give me is the heart to try. The heart to trust Him and the heart to learn. The mind to know that things would never come easy and that in order to run His business the way it was intended, I would need to trust Him always. That no matter how discouraged I ever felt, that God said "Whitney, there's room for you, too."
Through all of my doubts and fears and when I've said, "Lord, I'm not good enough. There are other creative people out there. I can't do this. I won't have any support. I'll be rejected.", (and the infinite amount of other doubts I've had and still have) He always responds, "People need to hear your testimony, see your creativity and most importantly, see Me in places they never thought I was."
SBG Co. started in October of 2016. Since then, I have seen so much spiritual growth in myself and those who surround me, including supporters and customers of Saved by Grace Co.
In April 2017, God asked me to do something big - quit my full time corporate career that I had worked so hard for. A career that I loved, with people I felt called to know. My financial security and only income. Never in one million/billion years did I ever think I could sell one thing, create one thing that anyone would want or make a living working for God. All I needed was faith as small as a mustard seed and trust me, that's all I had. Just a few months later, God has shown me that He is in control. That this is not my business. I am merely the face, allowing God to do something through me.