Well it's Sunday night and it's 11:20PM and I'm just settling down to write this blog. Sometimes the days are so crazy and everything seems to happen so fast, I forget to take a minute and just "be" and "be thankful". Thankful for having another day to spend with my family, thankful for the beautiful children that call me mom, thankful for a loving and supportive husband, and thankful for second chances.
Do you ever go about your day and feel like you hear something on the radio or a message at church that seems like it was just meant for you? It happens to me all the time and it happened to me today. An incredible message was delivered by one of our pastors, Pastor Chris Reis, and I felt like he knew all of the thoughts that had been going through my mind.
One of the biggest take aways I left with was, how you saying "yes" to something today that seems so insignificant can be a stepping stone to something greater than you could have ever imagined in the future. Pastor Chris's example was, when Jesus asked Peter to use his boat and by Peter not saying no, years later he would lead 3,000 people to salvation in one day and baptize them on the Day of Pentecost.
Can you imagine? One decision, one yes, helped change the lives of thousands!
Now, in no way am I comparing myself to Jesus or Peter, I was just mind blown how the message of "a simple yes" was preached on the one Sunday I had made church in over a month. I have been struggling and doubting myself, as a lot of people do, second guessing myself and worrying if I am making the right decisions in life and in business. But you know what, as long as I have faith and listen, I will always be guided to the right path. God may have to send some flashing neon signs to catch my attention but if I follow what I feel is right, I know He will use it for good.
I feel such a pull to help women realize their true beauty. I know not all women struggle with this but I did, still do at times and I know others do too. We can get caught up in what the world tells us is beautiful which is exactly that..."worldly". Beauty starts on the inside. When the inside is healthy and "fead" it's true beauty will radiate through. I have a little girl and my heart breaks to think that she might see herself one day the way I saw myself at such a young age. She is a big part which lead me to say a little yes.
I have so much I want to do, women to help and stories to tell in hopes that something even just one word or sentence might change someone's life. I might even start to get anxious and question how I am supposed to do any of it when I can't stop thinking about the dishes in the sink or I can't even go to the bathroom by myself without the toddlers. Heck, I am even typing like wildfire trying to finish my thought before my youngest wakes up!
Then a thought came to me ..... even a mighty redwood tree starts out as a seedling.
That is exactly what our boutique is..... a seedling! A seedling that with love and care will grow to reach out, reach women and reach communities. I am so thankful for all of the women who have supported and continue to support our boutique. I am thankful for the friendships I have made, for the laughter you have brought to my home during personal shopping appointments and for the support you show one another.