ALY BROWN

 
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I was a different person a decade ago, running from God so furiously. The life I led was a path of destruction — addicted to drugs and alcohol for over 12 years, in unhealthy relationships, depressed and anxious. This was not His plan, so He taught me how to walk upright, love others and myself again. Nine years ago, I gave my life to Christ and started the journey of recovery. This spring I celebrated 8 years of sobriety. I’m humbled by the way He supplies me with the strength and self-control to overcome. When you’ve experienced God’s mighty power of healing and redemption, you’re radically changed. God demolishes strongholds to make way for new life. It’s my honor to share with others the miracles God’s worked in my life.

Each morning I ask the Holy Spirit remove doubt, fear, anxiety and confusion — and to replace these with peace, clarity, strength and creativity. I approach each day as new creation. After all, He is the potter, and I am the clay. I strive to be slower to react and to allow Him to mold me into His will. I must remind myself that I can’t be courageous in my own strength but must be fortified by His power.

“Each time He said, ‘My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.’ So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

When I’m feeling impatient, anxious and frustrated, I remember all of the miracles God’s already worked in my life, allowing me to trust He’s working it out for good. The key is to praise Him through pain, be thankful in all circumstances. I’ve found that a grateful heart makes more room for God. Jesus went to the cross to restore our lives and right our wrongs. It’s already done, so there’s no reversing what’s been completed. I’m not worthy of His grace, but He did it anyway because He loves me! He’s prepared me for spiritual battles in the past, and together we’ve conquered. That really amps me up and encourages me to trust that I can overcome anything with His help. It’s a daily faith walk.

Part of God’s plan for me is to design and create wearable artwork through my clothing brand. Creating is my most personal form of worship, when I feel most at peace. It’s in the moments of allowing the creative spirit to move through me, co-designing with God, that I feel most free. There is no greater high than being in the presence of God and expressing the creative gifts that He’s placed in your heart and through your hands. I also feel truly at peace in nature, especially with my beloved husband and dog. Since the driving inspiration behind my work is nature, it’s essential to get enough fresh air to maintain a healthy creative flow. God never stops creating beauty around us for us to remember His greatness. Lastly, I feel incredibly at peace in worship, surrounded by our beloved C3 community.