Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Leaping From The Puddle To The Pond

I wrote a post last year titled Courage Creates Change.

Today, I am repeating those words over and over again within my own heart.

Two of my favorite definitions of courage found through an online dictionary are: "The ability to do something that frightens one." And this one: "Strength in the face of pain or grief."

Both of those definitions perfectly describe my heart right now.

I also love Joyce Meyer's famous quote "Do It Afraid."

I am venturing out into a couple of new things and I am doing my best just to have courage and leap :)

The courage to leap from the puddle to the pond can only come from Him.

I've always been comfortable in the puddle. The pond was reserved for other people.

The puddle always felt small and safe and exactly where I belonged.

The pond was for experts and folks with tremendous influence and vast connections, oodles of money and fifty degrees hanging on the wall.

But God.

He whispers ideas and creativity and encouragement in the midnight hour.

He leads and gently prompts and guides us if we will allow Him to.

He reminds us that our gift will make room for us.

Hopefully His voice becomes louder than the voice of fear.

By His grace, I am almost finished with the new website.

It will be small and simple with information about the events and answers to questions, etc.

The other special part of the site enables me the ability to offer a small online shop.

I have been working on this behind the scenes for some time now. This is not my first attempt at this little adventure. In 2000, before there were blogs or really even many online shops. My sweet husband wrote code and built a website and online shop from scratch while I was busy at market in NYC picking out gifts and goodies to sell. It was all very exciting and I truly loved it but we didn't have
the sales, traffic, etc. to keep it going for the long haul.

I thought that little dream was tucked away for good. But He had other plans...

It will start out small and we will just see what God does. :)  Courage to leap.

I have five years worth of blog posts that will be used in the creating of encouraging prints, gifts, etc.

(The ones that you all have most connected with in some way.)

Just a few to start.

Encouraging words to bring hope.....this I love.  

In other exciting news,

By His unimaginable goodness and grace, I was recently contacted by two different past Pearl Event attendees to bring this event to their church community in the fall of this year.

Some days there are just no words big enough to thank Him. God is just so good.

And I took a huge leap into the pond of courage and said Yes.

Grateful for courage.

Hoping to share details about the new site and new online shop soon!

Happy Weekend to you sweet friends!


Molly said...

I just wanted to let you know that I read your blog frequently, as it provides so much comfort and is a gentle reminder that God is ALWAYS at our side, working to ensure we receive the best out of life. This isn't always an easy task however, given the fact that we typically "know" what's best and the timeframe in which it should happen. I have greatly appreciated your words of encouragement, your kindness and your open heart. In fact, I live in Atlanta and will try to attend the upcoming Pearl event so that I can thank you in person. :)

lizziefitz said...

Hi sweetie peep! Thanks for popping over to say hello. I am doing well and teaching preschool five days a week . Hope you and yours are fabulous