Sometimes things start to come together on their own. Sometimes it happens and you hardly notice it. Other times it comes after prayer, waiting, hoping, watching. And sometimes you only get a glimpse of the process piece-by-piece, slowly coming together like a mysterious image on the puzzle. Currently, I can identify with the latter.
I’m in an interesting life stage – on the brink of changes and forward movement, yet firmly planted in the here and now and the reality of today. I find it challenging to fully give myself up to what is when I know that things will be totally different in a short time. Yet I’m not in that place yet. I’m still here.
The past few weeks have been filled with much prayer and petition, pouring my heart and soul out to God, wrestling with the reality of who I am and who I want to be. I’m a child of God, a wife, a mother, a crafter, an advocate, an introvert, an INFJ. These are only some of the things I identify as. I am also passionate. I throw myself deeply into whatever I’m doing and I give it my all. But what if my personality calls for times of deep reflection and creativity when being the mom I want to be requires noise and energy and motion? It’s a challenge, but one I’m learning to navigate with God’s help. I have to learn to embrace the person God has created me to be so that I may thrive, and in turn, give deeply of myself in the ways I can best give.
You may be wondering why I’m sharing this here. It probably seems a little personal for a business blog, but part of what I’m realizing is that Scraps of Encouragement is more than a business to me. I want to carve out a tiny place on the web (and maybe even in person if you live close by) where you can come and be deeply encouraged. I want you to find rest for your soul, a release. I want you to find joy and renewal through paper crafting so that you may return to the demands of everyday life with a little more energy and peace. But this is more than paper crafting. Through the posts on this blog, friendship in real-life or through social media, and regular devotional thoughts or reflective blog posts like this one, I want Scraps of Encouragement to be a place where you can find encouragement for your weary soul.
I’m not sure what the next few weeks or even months hold as God continues to guide me as I structure my life through this season and as He directs my path for this business, but I know one thing. With God in control, good things are ahead. I hope you will join me on this journey.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” ~ 2 Corinthians 2:3-5
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11