Angie Poston loves words.
She knows words have the power to heal and to hurt. She knows words can encourage and empower or create doubt and disdain. So she surrounds herself with words that speak “sweet truth” and lift her heart and spirit.
She weaves words into whimsical handmade signs and stationery that she sells at her Etsy site, Thirsty Hearts Designs (Thirstyheartsdesign.etsy.com).
The name of her business comes from a favorite quote by A.W. Tozer: “Thirsty hearts are those whose longings have been awakened by the touch of God within them.”
“Creating has always been a passion of mine,” Angie said. “It’s something that has made me feel alive.”
When she was going through a rough time in her life, Angie tried to find a way to build an environment that would nurture her and give her something positive to concentrate on.
“I needed to hear true things so desperately,” she said. “So I put reminders about truth all over my house.”
Angie, who received a degree in integrated strategic communications from the University of Kentucky, discovered her designs helped her find her voice again.
“Out of that dark season, something was birthed where I feel like I’m empowered to create things and to speak truth into people and lift people up,” she said.
A speaker she once heard gave Angie the main idea that embodies what she strives to do through Thirsty Hearts.
“He said ‘I want to put a crown over people’s heads and let them raise into it,’” Angie said. “That is my heart, to remind people of their worth.”
WORDS TO INSPIRE
The messages on her offerings include Bible verses, song lyrics and other phrases that she hopes will inspire people:
You are my greatest adventure
I have made you and I will carry you. I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:4)
You are my home
I loved you at your darkest
“These are things that I feel the Lord is pressing on me, things that I’m working through,” Angie said.
Her handiwork is available on her Etsy site or at local venues such as Market 301 and the Friday Night Market.
“It’s been really great to create this small business and watch it grow,” she said.
Angie says it is crucial to keep things around you that remind you of your family’s love or something uplifting that makes you smile, instead of things that are depressing or a blank wall.
“Why not look at things that are going to be edifying to you?” she said. “I like to season my stuff with salt, in a way where I am always pointing to the One who gives me life.”
Angie says she is grateful for where God has brought her in her life: to a place where she finally feels she can be comfortable in her skin and to be a voice calling for women to be strong — to be a voice for hope.
“If I can sit down with someone and make them feel just as strong or just as alive as I do, how great is that?” she said.
“That is what I would say is my ultimate purpose. I promise to always be uplifting and to encourage and 1to point you to life. That is my passion.”