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Nov 13, 2017

On this episode of the Journeywomen podcast I had the privilege of chatting with Ruth Chou Simons on the topic of creativity. Ruth is an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is the creator of the GraceLaced online art shoppe, blog, and the popular Instagram community where she shares scriptural truths daily through honest words and her hand-painted artwork. Ruth and her husband, Troy, live in New Mexico and are grateful parents to six sons—their greatest adventure.


Ruth and I talked about everything from the ministry of coffee dates to emulating Jesus’ creative pursuit of us in the way we pursue others.  She said, “It’s not about how beautiful the actual product is. It is that your hands actually created something that is the vehicle in which somebody else gets to experience the grace of God.” If you don’t consider yourself creative in the traditional sense of the word, this conversation is still for you! Ruth shared how we can all express creativity even in something like a coffee date or a simple, handwritten note.




Look beyond your immediate art form and experience something out of your norm, like going fishing, going to an opera, or taking a cooking class.

Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart

Fringe Hours by Jessica Turner

The Pursuit of God AW Tozer

Grow in your theology

Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick




The great outdoors

Being unplugged

Having conversations with those around her



Ruth on Risen Motherhood










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