I’ve always been a worshiper. I love that intimate time of connection with God. However, in 2013 I hit what seemed like a dead spot in my worship. That connection that I loved so much felt like it had left me. Even clapping my hands seemed false. Though I knew all of the songs, I didn’t even want to sing them. So, more often than not, I would end up just walking the halls at my church and finding people to talk to until the musical worship part of the service was over. Something was missing, I just couldn’t put my finger on it… Until January 2014 when I caught a flag out of the corner of my eye.
At first, I didn’t really know what to think. I watched a couple of people waving them from afar and I began to wonder what it would be like to go over there and pick one up – I knew it was for me but I was nervous. The flags were the metallic-looking tissue lame fabric on a wooden dowel, and they reflected light back out as they moved through the air. My spirit was jumping frantically!
I’ve always been intrigued by anything colorful, and each of them were different colors. After a little digging, I found that the colors all had different meanings. I knew a friend at church who offered a prophetic dance class, so I thought it would be a good idea to take her class and see what I could learn. I continued in the class for a few weeks and finally, she offered a flag class where she gave some basic info on the biblical basis for flags and banners (read more about this here).
My interest in and quest across the internet for information on flags was piqued even further. I found videos of silk flags being used during worship and I completely fell in love. When my husband saw how passionate I had become about them, he agreed to order me a few sets of silk flags from a couple of different websites. Unfortunately, their prices were so high that I couldn’t order more than three sets. As my family at church saw me more often in the back worshiping with my silk flags, they wanted to use the silk, too. That’s when the idea came. Why can’t I make them myself? And make them affordable! Thus, Vibrant Harmonies became a seed planted in my heart. I began researching and teaching myself how to dye my own silk and make my own flags.
Out of this, Vibrant Harmonies was born. The name comes from a verse in Colossians 1:
All the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe – people and things, animals and atoms – get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.
If you were to ask my friends about me, they’d probably tell you that I’m a little zany [amusingly unconventional and idiosyncratic] and I love to make people laugh and feel welcome. If you ask my best friend about me, she would tell you that I am “a unicorn, prancing across a rainbow that’s covered in glitter” – her words, not mine. My mom has told me since childhood that I’m a ‘people-person’ and that has definitely proven to be true into adulthood.
I also love color! Anything I can do to add color to something that was previously blank always makes me so happy, so dyeing silk has become something I love. I am constantly studying the psychology behind color in order to understand what effects color has on our mood, the choices we make, and what happens in our brain when we see different colors.
I am married to an amazing husband who shows me gentleness, leadership, kindness, patience, and the love of Christ every day. Our only child is a teenage boy who is basically a giant. We have one pet – a West Highland Terrier named Sam. My family and I attend Bridgeway Church and live in the upstate of South Carolina.