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The Tentmakers is a life-style apparel & handmade crafts shop that helps missionaries serve the Lord all across the world.

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We are the Shorts... and these are our Short Stories.

 

A SHORT STORY:

Larissa Short

"BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE"

As the years pass my eyes are continually being opened more and more to the beauty that surrounds me. It seems that every place I travel, every trail I trek, every city I explore, full of new sights, sounds and smells leaves me with a greater sense of awe and wonder.

It’s always been easy for me to draw near to God while taking in the beauty of His creative handiwork. Having grown up in Colorado, surrounded by mountains that drew me in and sun that shines steadily in the bluest of skies, it took no great leap of my imagination to commune with an even bigger and more beautiful Creator. I couldn’t help but sing the hymn, “How Great Thou Art”! There is something about being enveloped by swaying lodgepole pines and rock faces, shooting up toward the heavens, that stirs my soul, increasing my passion and longing to connect and simply rest in my Fathers perfect company. It’s in those moments that He inspires, enriches, and reveals more of his heart to me.

However, I will admit, there have been times in my life when I didn't think that beauty could be found everywhere. I thought you had to be near the mountains or on a sandy beach to behold such beauty. But I’ve come to believe that I was wrong. Over the last few years The Lord has been bringing me into a greater revelation of true beauty and changing my heart little by little. One of these small steps took place on what was expected to be a less than extraordinary trip to the Midwest a couple of years ago. I wasn't expecting much revelation on the beauty of The Lord, but I suppose that’s often when God teaches us the most, when we least expect it! On this trip to visit family, I would wake up every morning and start my day off with a run. I would step outside and make my way down the road, the birds would sing their songs of praise and the cool morning breeze would blow with the fragrance only a new day can bring. The rolling pasture land was clothed with the most vibrantly green grass, dotted with cows and horses delighted in their home. And it was in these mornings that I discovered, I didn't have to be on top of a mountain or fishing the rivers that make their way through the valleys in order to see Gods beautiful craftsmanship. It was there, in the unlikely place, that these words would burst from my soul:

"When through the woods, the forest glades I wonder
 and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees. 
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur  
and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.  
Then sings my soul, my savior God to thee; 
How great thou art! How great thou art!"

There is a world of beauty that I know I have yet to explore. I know that The Lord will continue to unfold and declare His mighty works, allowing me to see and know wholeheartedly that He is at work in this world and that His beauty indeed is everywhere.

A Short Story:

Matt Short

About the NOT ALONE/LONGS PEAK Design

The Key Hole on Longs Peak at 3am.

The Key Hole on Longs Peak at 3am.

The significance of the Not Alone shirt takes on so many faces for us! As we travel across the ocean, to New Zealand, far from family and surrounded by the challenges of a new culture the words, "If I rise on the wings of the dawn,  if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast." comfort us. For we know that He goes with us. We can not escape His loving embrace! He is for us, and with us no matter where we go in life. But also because of the topographic design. Longs Peak holds a sacred place in our hearts! We climbed it last year starting at 11pm and hiking through the darkness to summit at 6am. The pristine quiet of hiking through the night was like nothing we had ever experienced before! It felt like you could hear the very breath of God in the stillness, the cool breeze and twinkling stars above. The quiet was something I could not get past! In our noisy world, this is precious space! We had the summit to ourselves as we watched the first rays of daylight break through the atmosphere and fill the darkness around us. A magnificent display that could only begin to scratch the surface at describing the true Light of Life. Even in the deepest darkness His light prevails! He can and will penetrate ANY DARKNESS you are facing! I know this... because He has for me. So I wish to encourage you with this: TAKE HEART, you are not alone! He is present. Even when you don't know it.

-The Shorts

"In the beginning God created..."

Larissa Short

I never really saw myself as a very creative person. I mean, I had never painted a breathtaking painting. I have taken a few stabs at songwriting, never to actually see one come to completion and I've never taken outstanding photos with a snazzy camera. Sure, I enjoy baking and whipping out my iPhone camera to capture beautiful mountain scenery, but never could these things be classified as "creative". 

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Look around you, what do the things before your eyes have in common?

Most likely they were created, constructed, invented, made, fashioned, built, crafted.

There is something at the core of us humans that finds satisfaction in being creative, whether that is building a car, writing a novel, growing a garden, baking a cake, or making a Lego creation unlike anyone else's. Our minds and our hands were made to function this way. We are in fact the workmanship of a Devine Creator. This Creator surveyed all that He had made and recognized that it was very good.

He created because it was good.

Created in the image and likeness of this Mighty Creator, it's no wonder we too find joy, satisfaction, and excitement in brainstorming, tinkering, and making something out of nothing. This Creator made many something's out of nothing's, not so it could be hidden or kept away from others, out of reach. He placed it right before us to breath in, enjoy, and explore. Why? Because it is good.

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When Matt came to me over a month ago with the idea of starting some sort of t-shirt/apparel brand, I never would have guessed that we would be designing our first three shirts two weeks later. Why had this idea grown so quickly into a desire? Why did this desire take so easily to pen and page? Because it's part of who we are. ---- Well, we think it's a part of who we are. We believe we are creative, and yet question it so easily. Like every child with a 48 pack of crayons, we've been told what's creative and what's not. What colors we're allowed to use and which aren't true to reality. Trees can't be purple apparently. You tie your shoes like everyone else = you're not creative. You built that lego set JUST AS THE INSTRUCTIONS SAID. You're not creative. Your name doesn't have an "X" in it. You're not creative. 

So when we had this idea, we thought, "Heck, why not!?! What could we lose? Our creative status? HA!" We've taken on this venture TOGETHER, and that is key for us. No good adventure ever happens alone! Plain and simple. In fact, we are constantly looking for others to join us in this adventure! Because it's more fun that way! So would you consider joining us? "Creative" or not...

We create because we have each been given certain giftings and skills, some we have yet to discover. We create because it is good. Your creative expression adds unmeasurable beauty and diversity to this world, and THAT is much needed. So, Keep baking, keep building new Lego creations, keep painting, keep singing, keep writing, keep exploring! This world would not be so bright, brilliant and good without you sharing your craft, skill and heart.