I've been thinking a lot about stewardship lately. Everything in our lives has changed this summer, and all of those changes were completely out of our control and not within the realm of choice. Sometimes life does that. You can say well, because you did this or didn't do this these are the consequences, but not this time. Some of these things in some peoples minds are disasters, but we are far enough through this and long enough into trust, that we surely know and believe "That all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."Ro 8:28 So in the midst of all the doors closing we have new ones opening and we are very excited. We don't know what is on the other side of these doors, but we do know they are for our blessing. Kinda like when you are a kid and you know where the Christmas presents are, you also know that they are wrapped and sealed in duct tape. But at the appointed time, just in time, they are all yours and given with love and joy.
What has this got to do with stewardship and card making? Everything! I have a lot of very nice stamps, beautiful papers and embellishments. Every kind of glue I could need. Actually I can't think of anything I am lacking for. I am not saying this to brag, I have wonderful friends who have lots more than I do. I am just fortunate to have plenty. Years ago, it wasn't so easy, to get beautiful papers, I went through the Giant recycle paper bin in the office building I worked in. On my lunch break I would take my paper cutter to the bins, you can't believe some of the wonderful papers Lawyers use. Two sentences on a letter head and tossed, that would give me a 8x8 piece of vellum. You get the picture, where there is a will there is a way and I have always had a passion for the Word of God on Paper! (of course it was perfectly clean stuff, this bin was paper only and I was young enough to not be the germaphobe I am now and that was before certain modern plagues we have to be concerned about now).
Here is an artist conception of me digging through the trash (recycle) bin on my lunch break.
See it isn't as awful as you pictured. I was a single totally solo parent with two little kids, Working the day job and after the kids went to bed worked a night job from home and trying to be a calligrapher in between everything else.
I don't think there is anyone on the planet that appreciates thier beautiful stash more than I do!
BTW my being a calligrapher was a total fail. The home Computer was invented just for me, all because I sent a computer scientist at UCLA one of my calligraphy cards. Spell check was invented by the same guy, for everyone else that might receive one of my cards.
My thing is I want to use what I have and not get caught up in more, more, more. Sometimes you get so much More, you end up with Mess, Mess, Mess and you don't even know what you have!! I've purchased things I already owned because I forgot I already had it stuffed away! That is sad and it is not good stewardship!
I have a small new adventure I am working on right now and it has to do with my card making and quilting and paper selling and things along that nature.
While I am getting ready to unveil, I am concentrating on getting the "stuff" into the most usable mode as possible. So that I can use it and enjoy using it.
I really enjoy looking at other peoples craft rooms, some are under the basement stairs stashing marvels, some are professionally posh. Mine is happy. I've got a 9x11 room that I have maxed out of storage until I learn how to hang things from the Ceilings.
But the purpose behind it all is singular. I' not going to say what that purpose is, some of you may know. But I will ask you a question, do you have a purpose for your passion? If you don't I highly recommend you find one, you will be so happy you did! Truly is is more blessed to give than to receive!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend, some of the last days of a long hot summer. Be Safe!