INTERIOR Design Inspiration

I follow a sweet gal named Tiffini on Instagram and she posted a really great quote over there on Friday. It read, “The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.

It rolled up into my feed at the Perfect time.

I was still in bed, but I read it aloud to Kevin right after I had just watched him rushing nervously around the room:

Alarm. Shower. Closet. What am I going to say? Closet. What should I wear? Closet. Does this look okay? Bathroom. Blow dryer. I’m nervous. Bedside. Does my hair look okay? Bathroom. Water. Toothbrushing. Hair fixing. I need a haircut. I’m nervous, Hone!

Hone. It’s just one of the many pet names he calls me. It’s pronounced just how it looks, but it’s actually short for “Hone-y”…not to be confused with “Honey”. At some point along the way, it also morphed into “Oney”…pronounced “Own-y”, and not to be confused with “One-y”. :-D

Thankfully, the Insta-quote helped put things into perspective for him a little, but I knew he was still feeling intimidated about the conversation he was about to have. Intimidated about feeling vulnerable, and nervous about whether or not he could find the right words to articulate his story in a way that would help others. Shaky about sharing his heart in a very different way that day.

We never talked about whether or not I should go with him, which come to think of it, is really unusual. We go almost everywhere together, especially when one of us is nervous about where we’re going, but for some reason we had never discussed it that week.

I think we both must have subconsciously felt like this opportunity wasn’t about us being able to lean on each other. It was about leaning on the One who created it, and fully experiencing the peace that comes along with doing that.

Now I’m not saying Kev’s heart wasn’t racing as he drove up I-65 to Prattville.

And I’m not saying he knew exactly what to say when he got there…or even as he walked through the door.

I’m just saying that, in the end, the prayer he prayed inside our car somewhere along that interstate was Answered…and he definitely didn’t feel alone as he shared his testimony with our friends, Tommy and Billy, that day:

(email readers will have to click over to my blog to view the video above)

We squeezed hands tight between our chairs at church yesterday, as that video flashed up onto the screen in front of us. I think my heart was probably pounding just as hard as his was as we watched it alongside his parents and brother!

But like Tiffini’s Instagram quote said, he knows that it’s “important to his soul’s evolution” to Lean in these kinds of ways, and he’s hoping that sharing his experience will help encourage others who have found themselves in similar boats.

When we got home from church Kevin said, “If God gave me a talent, I want to add value. I don’t want to misuse it. I want to help create an environment where God shows up, and changes lives.” I wrote it down quick so I wouldn’t forget it. Hearing that was so important to my soul’s evolution, and my hope is that it makes your heart feel a little more Full today, too.

:-)

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Comments

  1. says

    Layla and Kevin,

    Your friendship continues to bless me and my family over and over again. I cannot express enough gratitude to God for allowing our paths to cross.

    Kevin, your testimony is something my heart needed to hear. Being raised and active in church my whole life, I sometimes become numb to all the scriptures and the sermons. But your testimony struck a cord in my heart and awakened the joy in me of seeing the power of GOD in someone’s life. You found the answer that soooo many are searching for! Just like you said, “it’s hard to put into words.” But your words spoke so clearly of God’s unfailing love. And though many will try to dispute the life of Jesus or God’s Word, your testimony canNOT be disputed. You are living proof of a life changed by the power of Jesus Christ. God bless you for being courageous and for sharing your story. I pray that God would use it to bless MANY!

    • says

      Thank you so much for leaving this sweet comment for me, Traci! I was so nervous to do this, but so glad I did! I’m so glad you are a part of our lives! :)

  2. says

    This spoke to my heart! My husband and I have just joined a new fellowship Church and I know exactly the feeling he talks about after attending your first service. We left feeling alive! Almost giddy. So happy for you both as you continue to grow and prosper in the knowledge of His love.

    • Layla says

      I tooootally know what you mean about feeling giddy, Maureen! We felt that way, too! Thank you for leaving us such a kind and encouraging comment today. We appreciate your e-friendship so much! :-D

  3. Dana says

    You put your story in to words so well. My heart is full. We have to be willing to be available as God unfolds His plan for us. You are being a great example of that.

  4. Cindy in Oklahoma says

    So genuine and heartfelt. He’s a keeper, Layla…. life is truly about learning, growing, finding purpose and meaning and serving others because we love God. Thank you two for reminding me in such a quiet, touching way….

    I found your blog through Pioneer Woman a year or so ago, Layla, and try to catch what’s happening here at least a couple of times each week…. you just never know who will hear or see something you say or do that brings joy or comfort or inspiration to them. That’s our purpose…..

  5. says

    Thank you for sharing such a touching and personal testimony. There’s nothing more fulfilling than living life dedicated to our Savior and I’ve been so encouraged by your boldness in sharing bits of your growing faith with us on your blog!

  6. Sarah says

    BLESSING MY SOUL!!!
    I love your blog, but I am mostly a stalker of your site….not a commenter. Of all of the posts, …which have been many….Today’s is the best ever!! FOUND!

  7. Melody says

    Thank you for sharing this video. I got teary eyed several times while watching this, I always thought there’s more to Kevin than the shy and quiet person he seemed to be ;-) Awesome testimony! Both of you are God’s children, stay with HIM!

  8. says

    Seriously? Seriously? ‘
    You have this non crier bawling on this Monday morning? Oh, sweet friends, what a privilege to have experienced just a tiny, tiny glimpse of what the Lords doing in your life last year with our Peru trip. Thank you for using your platform to transform your readers in so many ways and on so many levels of inspiration from making our houses into beautiful homes, to understanding what it means to really live life to its fullest. xoxox

  9. Danise says

    There it is – that says it all: “If God gave me a talent, I want to add value. I don’t want to misuse it. I want to help create an environment where God shows up and changes lives.” This should be the goal for all of us! I wrote it down, too!

  10. Martha says

    What an awesome testimony!!! Thank you for reminding us of the extraordinary miracle that happens when we start living within God’s purpose for our lives.

  11. Karie says

    Wow! I will tell you I have followed you two for quite a while and even though we have never met I love you both! I find myself being so inspired by the two of you, by what you do, how you give back and the love you have for each other. It really is amazing and I do want you to know that your posts always seem to come at the right time for me and thank you for being who you are! You two are going to make some pretty awesome parents and thanks for letting us share in the journey with you! Enjoy your day!

    • says

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Karie! We are both so excited to be parents. I can’t wait to get that little one home and start loving on him/her! :)

  12. Amanda says

    Wow, what an inspiring video! I am a San Diego Interior Designer and too have felt once I finish school and find a job I will feel complete, but I have found the job of a lifetime and haven’t felt complete, so I am on my journey with God as we speak to gain that solitude. It’s helped my husband and I in so many ways!!

    Way to go guys!! I’m sure you’re a blessing to the church and to each other <3

  13. says

    Layla and Kevin,
    Wow! What an awesome testimony. I got tears along with you both. God is amazing and it is so great to read and listen to how He is working in and through you.

  14. Jeanine says

    Wow, this was so beautiful – thank you for sharing it! I think it’s the best advice on interior design I’ve ever heard!

  15. Lisa says

    I couldn’t not comment on today’s post. I am not one to follow blogs. But one day a few years ago I googled “painting dining room table” and stumbled on to yours. This blog has meant so much more to me than room make-overs (although I think you guys are the best in that arena). I have been so inspired and encouraged as you both have shared your life as it unfolds — it’s struggles, heartaches, fears and joys, triumphs and the never ending hope in all situations. I know God has been using you even when you may not have known it and He will continue to use you to change lives…. I know you’ve changed mine. –Thank you!!

  16. L nelson says

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us today! I NEEDED to hear and read your post. Thank Kevin for his words and sharing his faith. We are loved by our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  17. says

    Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. My husband and I had very similar feelings when we found God and our Church Home. And, I have heard so many others say they felt like the pastor’s message was “directed towards them” when they first began their journey to being born again. I love the way God gets our attention!

  18. Vara says

    Just goes to show ya…”train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” That doesn’t mean he might not get sidetracked…once Jesus gets you, He will not stop pursuing you.

    Great video. Thank you for sharing that intimate moment.

    Bless you.

  19. says

    That is so wonderful! What a fantastic, honest, heartfelt testimony. The impact will be so much bigger than you will ever know (this side of heaven). Thanks for sharing!

  20. says

    “I used to sing about being lost and now I sing about being found” ~ love this and love this testimony. Being vulnerable can be hard but I can only imagine the lives this has the potential to change because of Kevin’s faithfulness to follow through and share his heart. Blessings to you both as He continues to use you both to inspire!

  21. says

    Layla, the video was perfect. Thank you for sharing, Kevin. It hit home because our family stopped going to church about 10 years ago after a wonderful pastor moved on to a different church in a different town. We felt lost for so many years, searching for the right church and it literally was taking a toll on us. Just this past August, we found a home church that is so wonderful and we now feel we are on the right path. I walked in to church that day and felt overwhelmed with emotions that I sat and cried most of the service. I felt home. My husband and I have had much missing from our marriage and I finally feel like it will all come in to place now that we have Christ back into our lives. So thank you for sharing and I wish you both the best. I have truly enjoyed following you these past couple of years.

  22. Sandra says

    I am absolutely speechless! What a beautiful video – I am so thrilled that you shared it with us! Isn’t it amazing how having God in your life changes everything? I am so happy that you two have found such happiness and are so willing to share it with your readers. You are touching lives and showing us God’s grace – thank you so much for letting us be a part of your lives!

  23. Brenda says

    Yay!! God pursued you Kevin right where you were. He doesn’t wait until we clean ourselves up. So grateful for His life-changing power!!

  24. Lorrie says

    Thanks for putting yourself out there Kevin. God is always using us to plant even the smallest of seeds in the lives of others. I believe God will use you both thru this blog in ways unimaginable!

  25. Tiffany says

    WOW! That was a beautiful testimony. Watched at work and I’m crying! You can tell the Holy Spirit has really touched you and is working within you. May God continue to richly bless you.

  26. Ruth Baumgartner says

    Kevin and Layla, What a beautiful post. Is spoke to my soul. I loved your quote that you shared with Layla and she shared with us also. Thank you for causing me to think a little deeper about my talents and how I can use them to glorify God and help others to come to Christ! May God bless you in your journey. So glad to be an observer in it!

  27. Lynn says

    Thanks so much for putting yourself out there Kevin. So brave, real and beautifully raw. Even us wayward Catholics can relate ;) Each day I look for the “hand of God” to be revealed, or enacted, in my life-an Ignatian principle. Your video was an obvious one today!
    Be well.

  28. Shelley Martin says

    Kevin, your testimony just made my day. Thank you so much for ‘braving it’ to share it with the world. I pray The Lord uses it deep and wide. I don’t know exactly how long I’ve been following this wonderful blog, but I know it’s been long enough to notice the changes/transformation in you both that spill over onto to these virtual pages, and it’s made my heart soar. Knowing we love the same Lord Jesus makes visiting your blog an even greater joy than before. Thank you both for this wonderful post!

  29. says

    ” God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:27

    Thanks for sharing your journey! God is good.

  30. Carol says

    Wow, that was so powerful. And it spoke straight to my soul. Thank you for making it Kevin, and sharing. I have goosebumps as I type this. God Bless you, Daily.

  31. Jenn A says

    Kevin, what a blessing to hear your story of God’s work in your life! Thank you for sharing in such a public way! God is faithful, as your story demonstrates, and He pursues His own!

  32. Gwen says

    I watched the video testimony. Welcome to being restored to the Body of Christ. I needed to hear your story this day. So much sadness, hard stuff going on with me, my dear husband , and lots of loved ones also seriously ill, and tragedy and on and on that today, God knew I needed to hear your story, the filling up that empty feeling by our Lord. Jmy lifelong verse that The Lord has taught me new things as I travel life I found at age 12, not knowing this was a famous verse. I learned it and found it in my KJV Bible: Thou wilt show me the path of life. In thy presence there is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
    Blessings

  33. Bonnie says

    Thank you so much for sharing this Palmers! I’ve followed your blog since 2009 and noticed a shift in your perspective over the past couple of years. Now I know why and am praising God with you. He has and will continue to use you both for His glory ;-)

  34. Ashley Wade says

    I was out of town yesterday so I missed this, but just go to watch it. Wow! This was so incredible. Thank you for being willing to share how God has worked in you. I am so blessed to know you both and to see how God is continuing to use ya’ll! This is just the beginning, I know it! :)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Ashley! You have been such an inspiration in our lives. God’s love shines through you so brightly and it is such a blessing to have you in our life! God has big plans for you! :)

  35. says

    Kevin, your courage to speak out for God is inspiring. Particularly, in times like these when God is getting pushed out and dismissed everyday. I pray for a worldwide awakening and when people like you speak out it gives courage to others and then on and on God’s power can emerge strong and passionate. Thanks for stepping up and speaking out for faith.

  36. says

    Your testimony, Kevin, was so helpful and so true. My husband is a church planter and we have been in the business of starting ministry and connecting people to God for as long as we’ve been married. Sometimes we…I…take for granted the Gospel, the community and the truths that you found at Centerpoint. I loved it when you said that you used to write songs about being lost and now you write about being found. God is so good to find us. Thanks for sharing and blessings on you both. -Susan

  37. says

    Oh, Kevin, what a beautiful, inspirational testimony. Layla, thank you so much for sharing this with us! May God use you in ways that are beyond your imagination!

  38. MimiG says

    Kevin, what an awesome testimony you shared. I could feel His love while you were talking. You can see the joy in your face. I am so happy for the two of you. His purpose for your life is being revealed. Blessings for having the love to listen.

  39. says

    Kevin and Layla~What a wonderful testimony Kevin gave. Very honest and open. I love his smile at the end of the video when he says “I’m found”. Praise the Lord!! Praying for you both and the sweet little child who God has chosen to make you a forever family! God bless you both ~Linda

    • Layla says

      I love his smile at the end too, Linda! God’s really been inspiring me through Kevin, and I’m so thankful that I get to share part of that with you here. Thank you for praying for our family, too. Can’t wait to e-introduce you to the little guy/gal! :-D

  40. Nan Parker says

    Oh no, why can’t I see the video? I clicked onto your blog as you suggested and I see a black screen. Help!
    Nan

    • says

      Hi Nan! The video is hosted on Vimeo so it should be viewable on any computer or mobile device. Sometimes if all you see is a black screen it means that the video is being blocked in some way by a security system on your computer, or it might be a browser issue. What browser are you using to surf the web? I hope that helps. :)

  41. Becky says

    Thanks for sharing. This really touch home. I had almost lost hope for someone I know. This post made me remember that not all is lost and there is hope even when the situation seems hopeless. ;~))

  42. teresa says

    L and K,
    You two just rock. What can I say? I am moved to tears, and I am so full of Godly pride in your testimony and willingness to share it! May God continue to bless your lives in all He has in store for you.
    I, too, can’t wait until you record Worship music for us to enjoy!

    Jeremiah 29:11 -He knows the plan!!

  43. Toni from Sydney, Australia says

    I am not a religious person but I don’t have to be to appreciate the eloquence and peacefulness that I just witnessed. You two are an amazing and inspiring young couple.
    I am 42 and my partner is 46, we were lucky last year to be blessed with what was missing from our lives. I gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl after 6 IVF attempts, our lives are complete. I can’t wait for you to meet the one that was meant for you, the wait is so worth it, you’ll see xx

    • Layla says

      Thank you SO much for sharing that with us, Toni! What a kind comment, and what AWESOME news about your little one!!! Smiling big time over here for you right now! :-D

  44. Donna says

    Layla and Kevin, THANK YOU from the bottom of my full heart for sharing your story . . . . you both have and are an inspiration to me, as you help me on my ever evolving journey, called life! sending blessings and lots of love to you both! xoxoxo

  45. Nan Parker says

    Amazing! Loved that you shared this, Kevin. Yesterday my husband and I went to a brand new church. We haven’t been to church in probably 20 years, although we both have strong Christian foundations. We both feel like the part of us that belongs with God has been sleeping and now, after yesterday, was gently awakened. Your post is a beautiful testimony. Thank you and God Bless you and Layla!

    • says

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Nan. I’m so happy the you and your husband felt awakened yesterday. I can definitely relate to you guys. God’s timing is perfect! :)

  46. MaryKay says

    Thank you so much for sharing Kevin’s testimony here. I’m so very glad I watched it. God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good.

    • Layla says

      You’re so welcome, MaryKay! You are right about God, and I’m so glad I got to connection with you, through Him, today! :-)

  47. says

    Awesome! Thanks for your bravery in sharing your personal story. It can be so scary to really put your soul out there like that. What a powerful testimony y’all have and what wonderful witness this is, Kevin. I am so happy for you both! Just goes to show you, God knows you, loves you, desires a relationship with you, and persistently calls you. It’s up to you to answer the call; and when you do what fulfillment will follow! :) Continued blessings to you both as you shine your light. I think y’all are so adorable!!! Can I be your surrogate Mom? Auntie? Older Sister? :p

    • says

      Thank you for the encouraging words, Kitty! When my associate pastor asked me if I would be willing to share my testimony on video, I though my heart was going to beat right out of my chest. I was so nervous! But I am feeling so blessed by all the wonderful encouragement here today. Thank you for the words of wisdom and kindness! :)

  48. Pam says

    Kevin & Layla,
    This (wannabe decorating and DIYer) grandma has to tell you this. As many times and I have loved, loved, LOVED your inspirational posts about decorating and DIY projects, this post has to be my all-time favorite because Kevin’s video is what life is all about; not filling our lives with our plans but realizing we were put here for God’s glory. How awesome you have figured this out at such a young age! (Yes, mid-30’s IS young. :-)). I’m so excited to be able to watch both of you grow in the Lord and look forward to hearing even more about what He is doing in your lives in the days to come! Thank you for sharing your hearts and your testimony. It made me cry.
    Now about my dated living room … :-) IT will make you cry … lol.
    God bless both of you!

  49. Lora says

    Such an inspirational message and beautiful testimony!

    Just gotta say…EEEEEEEK! I remember your band! Definitely remember ‘Downfall’ because my boyfriend (at the time) played it over and over. I had no idea that was you.

  50. Jennifer says

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful testimony. I’ve followed your blog for awhile now and I love it, now I love it even more :) May God bless you as you follow Him.

  51. Valarie says

    Thank you Kevin and Layla for sharing. Your testimony is super encouraging and I praise our Lord for your faithfulness.

  52. Gillian says

    GUYS! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POSTING THIS!!! I follow your site bc I love design inspiration, but I love Jesus more ( : and I was praying for you guys the other day and told the Lord I would love to hear your testimony! I’m SO PROUD of you guys for being open and honest about your faith. I hope you are SO ENCOURAGED that you hear from Him!

  53. Raquel says

    Beautiful, Kevin. Powerful words made their way to you—and so eloquently and spot on for so many hearts and souls, including mine. Won’t it be amazing to watch the next phase unfold before you? Blessings and miracles to you and Layla and your family to come.

  54. Rachel says

    Hi Layla & Kevin,
    I’ve been reading your blog for almost three years now but this is my first comment, I think ;)
    Thank you for sharing this sweet video!! I remember your posts after first visiting your church and praying that you would meet Christ there because I felt that His Spirit was poured out on you already. I have seen Spiritual growth in your posts throughout the last year and i feel so happy for you both! You reflect His love in your relationship and we, your readers are blessed! I think Kevin’s story is something to be treasured. I can’t wait to witness the Great things to come!
    Rachel

  55. Joy says

    Awesome! Thank you for your post. My husband and I have moved away from our beloved church and have moved twice (two different states) and haven’t gone to church for 10 years and I miss it… But so nervous about finding another. It is harder when you are older I think to feel like you belong. I love a young church. Thank you again

  56. Patty says

    Wow, that blew me away……Kevin, you could not have said that any better, and your testimony blessed God so much…..and you will receive many more blessings in return!! Nothing can fill that God shaped void like God! He will direct your path…..as long as you let Jesus be your best buddy! xoxo

  57. Judi Thompson says

    What a wonderful testimony! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so happy that I have been following you. You two are such a great blessing to me!

  58. angela says

    Kevin thank you so much for sharing your story and Layla thank you for putting it on your blog for us to read.

  59. says

    Kevin,
    My heart is so full right now hearing your words but seeing your heart. It was so evident that truly you have found The Peace that passes all understanding. Your joy is contagious, your love evident and your peace real. I am so very thankful that God connected us this year. One of my great joys in life is watching others grow in God’s grace along this journey that we can life. In all of the sharing that we do about design and photography I hope that when we look back we will say, ” most of our conversations were about The Lord.” Love you Brother.
    Cindy

  60. Alicia says

    I, myself, have not been given the gift of faith, but it’s so lovely to see two people happy and fulfilled by religion. The fact that your relationship with god is expressed with kindness and humble hearts makes me happy to have you both in my life (even if it’s just through the internet).

    • Tamra says

      Alicia, I don’t know you, but I just have to reply. Your comment…”I, myself, have not been given the gift of faith”, really caught my attention. God has already given you the ultimate gift of all time…the gift of salvation – by dying on the cross for your sin and mine. He had you in mind when He died. All you have to do is accept His marvelous, life-changing gift. You will NEVER be sorry!

  61. Darlene says

    Your testimony brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Our God is Awesome!

    Blessings to you,
    Darlene

  62. Brenda Pfeil says

    As much as I love to see your decorating make overs, I am overwhelmed by the make over God did in your LIFE. Neat testimony. Thanks for sharing. Ultimately, this is a forever make over!

  63. says

    Wow! Bless him. I’ve followed your blog intermittently for some time so I’m familiar with your journey, but not so much the spiritual piece, though it is clear you are Christians. I’m always looking for a unique way to reach my own teenage children spiritually and I plan to use this video for the next lesson that I teach them. I think I will just have them watch it and then write a paragraph about how it touches them and impacts their views on God. Thank you for sharing. It was beautiful.

  64. Jadyn says

    Thanks so much for sharing this! It really touched my heart and gave me chills. What an amazing God we serve, listening to your story makes me hungry for more of Him in my life. And the idea of creating a space where God shows up and changes life, that is beautiful. Definitely the best ind of interior decorating. ;)

  65. says

    I have read your blog for several years … I remember a turning point…. where you started being more vulnerable, sharing your heart, sharing your faith. I sensed God working in your lives and have loved watching your faith journey even more than your blog journey. God spoke through you in the video … thanks for putting yourself out there!

  66. stacia says

    I don’t even know what to say except Kevin was able to describe & define for me what this crazy, empty ache I’ve been struggling with is. His words were beautiful, genuine, & perfect……exactly what I needed to hear when I needed it most. Thank you so much.

  67. Sarah Venn says

    Thank you so much for posting this! I was crying the whole time, not because I was sad, but because I can totally relate to all that you said. I kept nodding my head, saying, “yes, yes!” I know that feeling, and it is amazing. I feel like out of all of the moments we encounter in our lives, the moment God comes into your life is something you will never forget. I love the relationship that you guys have, and I hope that someday my husband and i will share that. He believes in God, but doesn’t really have a relationship with him. I pray every night that we will someday be able to share that together. Keep the posts coming. You guys are such an inspiration to so many people. I remember stumbling across your blog to look at a picture and I have been reading ever since. Now, your blog is so much more than DIY and design inspiration! Love you guys!

  68. Allison says

    Oh Kevin! I teared up with your message. God is so good and so faithful. The incredible part is, we don’t have to pray that He will be, He just is. Its who He is, not what He does. He shines brightly through the two of you, and I am blessed so much by your story and the whole influence of The Lettered Cottage. Thank you for stepping out in Holy boldness. When we do things in His name, for His purpose, thankfully the outcome is up to Him, which is always perfect and timely. You both are a blessing and an inspiration to many of us to let our light shine!

  69. Aunt Chriss says

    *hug* Kevin, you are so brave. It is wonderful to see the strength of your belief and how it has given meaning to your life on your face as you tell your story. How AWESOME is it that you and Layla were able to come to such a strong faith at the same time? You are both truly blessed by your love of eachother and the Lord and I am just as blessed to know and love you. Love, lOve, loVe, lovE to you both…

  70. Sarah Nutter says

    This is my favorite post you have ever written. I was nearly in tears during Kevin’s testimony. What a beautiful, beautiful story of God’s redemptive love!! The way He pursued you both and drew you unto Himself. wow. He is an amazing God. And it’s so fun to be able to celebrate with you, even though I don’t know you–but we are the Body of Christ, brothers and sisters living out the same Story. :) Love you guys.

  71. says

    Please tell Kevin THANK YOU!!! God is so good and Kevin did SUCH a great job!! His testimony is beautiful and is a huge encouragement!! My oldest son, who is 22, has walked away from God, lost his purpose and the purpose of life and I have to continue to kneel and lift him to the Cross and trust that God will intersect his life when its time. Not my time, but His perfect, glorious time <3

  72. Julie Burkett says

    Brought me to tears….. Isn’t God amazing and sooo GOOD?!! :) Just another “comment”….we’ve been in your waiting for your family/adoption “shoes”…we have four “waited for” children and pray for your journey as it unfolds. You are an amazing couple and I enjoy reading your blog and praying for your family. Hang on tight to the ONLY ONE who gives us HOPE :)

  73. Kim G says

    What an amazing testimony. Layla, you and Kevin continue to inspire me, your words always hit home in so many ways and though we don’t know each other, I feel like a little piece of me does. God is truly amazing and it is so cool to hear and read how He blesses y’all.

  74. says

    Wow, what a profound quote Kev had that helped my soul’s evolution. I’m floundering about a business idea, but I’m scared to move forward. I’ve been telling my family and friends that I want to create an environment wher God is there, encouraging employees to grow their talents, and work as a team building greater moments. This is just what I needed to hear and read today. Thank you both! I can’t wait to meet y’all at the Chapel. We are driving over from TX that weekend for our anniversary. Can’t think of a better trip, well except for Tybee. Which I owe the discovery of that place to you and Kev also. Keep up the great work!
    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  75. Beverly says

    Beautiful! I to am on a similar journey. I’ve had God in my life for a long time, but now I’m letting God have me! (as in ALL of me) Thanking you for sharing this.

  76. Karen says

    Hi Kevin & Layla! Thanks so much for sharing your testimony. You both are such an inspiration. It is very easy to see Him in you both. May God continue to bless you both in huge ways.

  77. Lauren says

    “I used to sing about being lost and now I sing about being found.” Amen! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

  78. Tammy says

    Oh Kevin and Layla, I’ve been reading your website for so long I can’t even remember. My heart literally just jumped with joy. So proud of the work GOD does in our lives, so happy you’ve found a church home. The journey to walk with God is filled with so many twists and bumps – buckle up!

  79. Jeannie says

    WoW! That was amazing! Thanks for sharing, God bless you! We could all use a lot mor God in our lives!

  80. Tamra says

    Layla, I’ve been following your blog for quite awhile now (and LOVE it, BTW), but have never felt compelled to leave a comment until today. I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face after watching Kevin’s video. They are tears of happiness. For, I too, have been “found”. Isn’t God’s grace so amazing? Not to mention utterly life-changing! What a blessed hope we have in Him. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. Just think of how many lives you and Kevin are touching – and in a marvelous, positive way. I know it might not be the popular thing to do, (and you might get some flak for this), but please don’t ever hesitate to share your testimonies.

  81. says

    LOVE THIS! “I used to sing about being lost and now I sing about being found.” Praise Jesus!! My favorite quote:) God is so good!!

  82. Janine says

    Wow~
    So well said
    To God be the Glory!!!
    Thanks for sharing this with us to encourage our faith

    ~reader from Minnesota

  83. says

    I normally don’t comment but had to rejoice with you at what a great story God is writing with your lives. Thank you for your courage in sharing this with your readers.

  84. Mindy M. says

    I never comment but I’ve followed for a few years now. I fell in love with you guys instantly and have been so blessed by you, your story, your posts…pretty much everything about you is amazing! I’m so inspired every time I click over! I have been so proud of you for your boldness in sharing little snippets of your faith here and there… And now I’m filled with JOY hearing Kevin give his testimony!! Thank you for being such a beautiful, positive light for the Lord!! And I love all the comments …who knew there were so many believers out there! :)
    Thanks Kevin, for letting God use you in such a cool way and with such a unique platform via the blog. You have quite a following … God was given glory through your willingness to be used by Him. Who knows the eternal significance of your sharing this?!
    Well done.

  85. Melissa Parris says

    I’m at work. And it’s SUNDAY. I’m sad because I don’t get to go to church,my home.my comfort anymore.I knew or know you both are special people (Gods’ children)from the 1st time I started YOUR BLOG, You have a way of drawing me in,like a soft landing a good friend. I enjoy your Blog ;o) Kevin is supportive and kind man.You are a Blessed women. I have the same and know I am Blessed. I wish you the excitement and JOY of parenthood(soon I hope)and sharing your lives together.You are witnessing ;o)
    P.S. have you ever thought about a Christian Lable? I love to listen to JOY fm here in Florida……just a thought?

  86. Tiffany says

    I’ve been reading TLC for a couple of years now and LOVE you guys and your design style. (like, you guys are my favorite…) But these posts, the ones that really *mean* something…they’re my very favorite. You guys are great. Thanks Kev for sharing. :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Tiffany! I usually get a couple of comments/emails from folks who feel the opposite way when I publish these kinds of posts, so I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comment. I just follow my heart and go with my grin when it comes to adding pages to this thing, and I’m looking forward to sharing another extra-Special Kev-related post soon, too! ;-)

  87. Jenny says

    That was wonderful. Thank you for sharing. In a world where people don’t want to talk about faith, and how God changes lives, it is refreshing that you do. Blessings.

  88. Linda Weisz says

    What a wonderful testimony!!! You have a great talent and it’s so good to hear that you want to use it for the Lord. Bless you and thanks for sharing.

  89. says

    Looks like I am 2 weeks and 200 comments late on this post. Better late than never! Kevin your testimony is beautiful. God has connected all the dots in your life to take you to this place of peace where you are today, and I love it!! Thank you so much for taking the courageous step of sharing your journey. THIS will certainly be something God will use to reach many. Yes, there is a purpose to your talent!

  90. Christy says

    Wow. This is such a powerful testimony, Kevin. God is using your life in big ways to reach His people. It takes a strong spirit to let people in and humble yourself for His glory. Your words are encouraging to my spirit. I pray that He will continue to use you and you will continue to let Him work through you. This is just so beautiful.
    1 Peter 5:6. Matthew 23:12.

  91. says

    Oh Kevin…You had no reason to be nervous or scared, your testimony is beautiful. I’m sitting here crying….you know, the runny nose kind of crying that makes you take a deep breath just so you can hold yourself together and not get into the blubbery stuff. :) . I love you and Layla, and both your hearts. I have been in church since I was 7 years old, but sometimes you just start hearing words, and stop feeling the reason you are here. I love the Lord with all my heart, but I really needed to hear your fresh Christian heart to make me remember how my heart longs to feel again. I’m so glad you have found your true purpose in life. God gives us all talents, and I think we can use them for him, or squander them on a world that doesn’t really care…I’m glad you’ve chosen to use your precious talent for the one true King.
    TJ and I would love to get together with you and Layla someday….he says he would love to jam to some Christian music with you. :)
    Layla girl, I love you to pieces, and my heart is just swelling to see how you and Kevin are growing in him, and will soon be teaching HIS goodness to your new little one!!
    xoxox
    Missy

  92. Dianne says

    When God works in our hearts, we may not know it at the time, but He made us so that He is the only One that can fill our voids and emptiness! The hard part is learning to trust that what He has is alway for our good because He is our Father. It’s quite a journey! Thanks for posing your testimony!

  93. says

    This is so beautiful. I find myself wanting to watch people’s realization of G-d and their relationship with Him, but mostly because it’s something I don’t have. I’m in awe of people who have that kind of faith and trust. He did a wonderful job telling his story :)

  94. says

    Thank you for sharing this journey! I am a worship leader in Fort Worth, Texas at Keystone Church, and I love seeing testimony videos to know who might be walking through the door any given Sunday.

    It gives me hope for my friends who had a bad church experience earlier in life and walked out.

    “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:20

  95. Samantha says

    Awesome testimony, Kevin! Following God can be scary at times, but He shows up. He doesn’t leave us hanging. He equips us to do what he calls us to do. Keep hearing his voice and leaning in and relying on his strength. You have so much to offer, so much to be used to his glory!

  96. Vicki says

    Awesome testimony, Kevin! May you both continue to find your purpose in your lives, individually and together as a family. God is nothing less tban amazing!

  97. says

    This post truly took my breath away. Thank you Kevin for sharing your heart and using your God-given talents to glorify Him. Hearing your testimony has been so good for my soul’s evolution… Blessings to you both!

  98. says

    Kevin and Layla,
    Thank you for sharing this. I rededicated my life to Christ almost 16 years ago and this really blessed me. It’s always encouraging to hear others testimonies. You said it perfectly “we need to use the gifts for Him and not us”. I pray you discover more about yourself and your marriage through him. Keep Him in everything that you do and listen to Him and He will amaze you over and over.

  99. says

    What a beautiful testimony! I definitely felt the emotion in his words and the truth to what he said. You both are such a powerful influence for good to so many and are true disciples of Jesus Christ. May God continue to bless you and your growing family!

  100. Melanie says

    What a wonderful testimony!!! And those words are truly inspirational to me….thank you so much!

  101. says

    Kevin and Layla, how did I miss this?? Wow, what a wonderful testimony, Kevin, I love that you shared your heart and your story. We all have one, don’t we? I’m so grateful that God brought you both into my life in 2008 and it’s been such a fun journey of seeing you both change and evolve into the special people you are. God is so good and he grows us up in Him in his own timing and I am so happy to call you both friends. This blog world has changed my life and meeting you both has been so wonderful. . It’s just amazing to me how He works in our lives, he’s done wonders for me too. Kevin and Layla, ya’ll both have a special purpose and you are living it! I can’t wait to see what’s next! xoxo Rhoda

  102. says

    It’s great to see both of you growing spiritually and how you’re allowing Christ to use your lives and spiritual gifts to reach others through your blog and at church. Kevin, thanks for being courageous and sitting down in front of the camera–I can’t wait to see what He has in store for you next!

  103. Penny says

    Wow!!! Spoken with such articulation and purpose. I have been following The Lettered Cottage for a while. I adore the blog but adore the two of you even more. I may not ever have the pleasure of meeting you guys but please know…you touch many lives and hearts with your willingness to share God’s love.

  104. says

    Thank you for putting your heart out on the line and sharing your testimony for us! It hit home.
    God bless you and best wishes!
    Siggie

  105. judy ramella says

    Praise the Lord!! Im so happy for you both. I have a prodical son, and I just rejoice with your parents Kevin, who I am sure NEVER STOPPED PRAYING for YOU!! Now, standing before them, is an answer to their prayers….you truly came home!! I also have two adopted little girls from China, that the Lord called us to adopt at 43 & 48!! My walk with the Lord has been the ride of my life!

  106. teresa luetkemeyer says

    Thank-you for sharing your story…and your talent. God Bless you and your sweet wife. from, Oklahoma.

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