Even so, God STILL put the creative gene in my DNA.
I was the 4th daughter put into my father’s arms, and while my sweet Daddy tried everything from golf clubs to fishing poles, pointe shoes and art brushes were more my speed. My childhood days were spent mostly in ballet studios, going to church, playing neighborhood kick-the-can, and trying to fit into the clothes of my three older sisters.
My best friend was killed in a boating accident on my 17th birthday. The sweet innocence of “nothing-wrong-is-going-to-happen-to-me-as-long-as-I-believe-in-Jesus” was shaken. As I began to question the goodness of God, my Mom shared The Assurance Letter with me that would change my life. Forever. For the first time, I understood that because of my sinful nature, I was separated from a Holy God who longed to have a relationship with me. He loved me so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to replace my sin for His Holiness. My personal belief in Christ as Lord would free me from sin and allow me entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven where I would become a daughter of the King. No more hand-me-downs, I was worth so much more.
God’s Word took root in high school but grew in college. I took off my pointe shoes and spent long summer days doing youth ministry. I was the true calcio-ministry cat serving Young Life, Campus Crusade, and Kanakuk. After graduating from SMU in 1992, God led me into full-time ministry with Young Life to serve overseas with Military Community Youth Ministry in Heidelberg, Germany followed by one year on staff in Jacksonville. I left YL to study graphic design and illustration at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. One year later, I met my sweet husband, moved back to Jacksonville, and opened up my own graphic design business, Annie Pajcic Design. Fast forward 21 wonderful years—Curry and I have four beautiful children, a dog, a cat, two chickens, and a non-profit ministry called ThouArtExalted!
ThouArtExalted began in my living room with 20 4th-grade girls. Finding my daughter was too young for the heavier issues of high school yet too old for the VBS-style Bible studies, I began designing and writing summer curriculum based on age-appropriate Scripture combining it with ART. Ten years later, God has expanded the ministry of TAE (ThouArtExalted) which now impacts tween girls as well as women and teens.
Today, my days are spent loving Jesus, my husband, and my kids. My passion is to write and design Bible Studies that are infused with artistic creativity inspiring girls and women to LIVE for Jesus. Not just on Sundays. Not just when something goes wrong. But in the every day called LIFE. You do not have to wait until you are 17 to discover that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is my all in all. My passion is to use my gifts of creativity to encourage others to have a personal relationship with the Master Creator. Grab your paint brush, here we go!