EXPANDING TEOHH SHOP - HOW I REALLY FEEL
Yet I can't help but still feel;
Ashamed that although having seen fruit borne from my obedience to even start, I am still so nervous about committing.
Exposing my frail frame, I am so keenly aware of my humanity. How it must be so frustrating to the Lord. And yet I know that He looks down upon me with compassion; willing and desiring for me to place my heart in His hand -
I suppose the fear comes from the reality of commitment.
There is no way of getting around it. I am (I think willingly) committing that little bit more of myself to this process, experience and stewarding that He has called me to. Business ownership and ministry intertwined. It is so so beautiful and so rewarding to see the Lord at work not just in my own life, but also in yours.
Obedience is not easy.
It calls for many things. All the contradicting feelings; the excitement, weariness, motivation and apprehensive feelings I have tangled up within my heart to be acknowledged, and then cast to the side to embrace a trust in the Lord for the direction of my hands and feet, and for this service to a beautiful community of women seeking to just grow closer to Jesus.
I have to get myself out of the way.
With the shop, there is a fear of the unknown, and this is very sobering for me.
The what-ifs at times ring much louder in my ear than the firm concrete conviction to press on forward in obedience to God's leading. What if the business fails? What if I get lost on this journey? What if you all hate the products? How will this be funded and sustained?
Stewarding something for God is such a precious thing. It is massive, much bigger than me, and I am constantly reminded to keep a focus on the WHY, and the fire that was in my heart in the first instance. It is no accident that this vision was given to me.
I pray for my strength to stay- and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Feeling such weakness compels me to need Jesus. What a wonderful covering to be under no matter where the road leads in this life.
My desire is to create something beautiful for Jesus, and for women who love Him and want to know Him better. I know that I cannot do it without Him.
It is such a beautiful paradox. One filled with joy, and nerves all at the same time!
THE RESOUNDING VOICE
And the resounding voice I hear in my heart through it all?
Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10).
Be still, Alethea. Be still. Don't be anxious.
His grace is sufficient.
Lady, I really wanted to share part of my heart with you regarding the shop, because it is yours just as it is mine. We are on this journey of refining in the Lord together. Running a business is enjoyable, beautiful, as well as difficult and I don't want to create any illusion about that.
I am excited to introduce some of the new gorgeous products to you. I pray that you will love using them just as much as I have loved creating them.
May you be blessed by these beautiful products in The Echoes of Her Heart Shop. My prayer is that they will meet a need in our generation and time, and live on to continue encouraging us all to sit at the feet of Jesus.
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