Words cannot even begin to describe just how faithful the Lord has been to me in the last few months, well, obviously He has been faithful my whole life but it has been in ridiculous & such obvious proportions as of lately! When I graduated & moved back to my home town He provided a couple seemingly random jobs, like working in a coffee shop at a baseball stadium random, and turned those things into such wonderful, character & trust-building experiences! God has never been short of astounding when it comes to providing for my needs through others, employment, and so much more. I am in awe of Him looking back on His provision in my life, the days when I had $2.98 in my bank account and an empty fridge & by some miracle that money lasted me over a week & a half without being hungry or without a meal once somehow. (Such a cool story, if you’re interested or ever bored message me or let’s get coffee & talk more!)
I’d like to fill you in on the current stage of provision that God is working in my life. Sooooo not only has He provided an amazing city, apartment, friends to live with, a beautiful new perspective of His creation, plenty of BBQ, an awesomely fantastic church family, but even more amazingly he has provided me with a job! Now, this job is not just any ordinary job, oh no, that is not how my God works, it is literally THEE MOST PERFECT of all jobs I could ever dream of for the current stage of life I am in! It is a job that I couldn’t describe before I was hired but realized shortly after it was EXACTLY what I was trying to glue together to discover and create! I had no idea this sort of job existed but I had the longing for it before it was even there! It sounds crazy, I know, and that’s because it is! Haha
So, how it came to be.
One day about 2 weeks ago, I was on my morning walk to Starbucks and I stumbled upon a local furniture store that had gone out of business that had been cleared out and finally shut down. Sad for the owners I stopped & peaked in for a look at the empty skeleton of a store that would be left over & I saw posters and signs up in the windows indicating new & fresh vibes were coming to this lonely cold warehouse of a building. Immediately upon reading the posters I couldn’t contain a squeal of excitement, because it was that amazing of an opportunity, & I knew what I was reading that was coming in wasn’t a coincidence in the least bit. The advertisements read that a new type of “Artisan Market” called “Create Space” was going to be coming to “The Loop” (the street where I live, it’s a very similar vibe to downtown Ventura or Old Town Pasadena). This market would open about a month from the date I stood and stared at the poster that read:
“‘Create Space’ is proud to bring the first and largest Artisan Market in the heart of the Delmar Loop. With over 30+ local Artists, Designers, Homemade & Handmade Craftmakers, and Specialty Food Makers, there is something for everyone.We are dedicated to engaging the creative and curious in St Louis with a unique experience where all participants can connect with their city. We love small businesses, and our mission is to foster creative entrepreneurship in our beautiful home of St Louis.”
Okay, totally NOT a big deal to normal people I know, however, if you personally know me you would understand that this is literally what I was BUILT to do & the environment I am dying to be in, especially here in a new city where I know a very select few people! I had been racking my brain the last few weeks about a job, deciding whether self-employment would be a possibility to continue doing in regards to my clothing business The Lovely Sewjourner. God literally brought the Lovely Sewjourner business to me out of what seems like NOWHERE, and has grown it and blossomed it into a financially-thriving hobby & professional occupation! It has completely provided for me, financially, for the last 6 months, and actually provided above and beyond, I have been so shocked and blessed. I love doing it, I love creating and utilizing my talents and artistic brain for the sake of the kingdom & bringing joy to others through providing them with custom made beautiful clothes! However lately, I have been seriously pondering whether it is the right fit for me. It has involved a LOT of staying at home, sewing, measuring, meticulousness, advertising myself and promoting the crap out of my good (which I am NOT a fan of) and some of those things were extremely hard for me. I am first and foremost the opposite of a home body, I like to be out and about, I would meet 23987346 new people every day working if I could! So this new business poised a serious dilemma and stunt in social life for me!
That’s exactly where this new job comes in. It is literally all of the best of all of the worlds I love! I will still get to create, use my artistic senses, and continue making clothing for The Lovely Sewjourner & expanding my line. I will have a small section of this lovely artisan market to promote and sell my little beauties, as well as I will be working as a retail associate in the new Create Space market full-time. This means meeting people! I won’t be trapped in the house filling etsy & online orders & simply sewing all day! I will be Socializing, working customer service, helping people find amazing handmade works of art that will brighten their soul and their day! And I get paid for it! Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that the store is a measly 5-minute jaunt from my apartment. This is truly a dream job, though it may sound quite simple to many and humble, I simply feel so uniquely blessed and special that God would hand-tailor such a job for me in the midst of such a hectic and busy world. Our Father in Heaven is FAR TOO kind and gracious, it just blows me away.
(This is similar to what it will look like)
So, Rest assured brothers & sisters, regardless of what stage of life you are in, what circumstances you are going through, what hurts or needs or wants you have, the Lord knows them and is currently and ALWAYS working those things out in His perfect timing. Though He may not seem like He’s answering them because you cannot hear Him directly, just have faith child, know that He always has your best in mind and knows when and what is not just “good” for your life, but what will be “the BEST” for you and for His kingdom. He wants you to be happy, enjoying His beautiful creation & how He has gifted you as His individual child, not just for this day or tomorrow, but with eternity as the focus. God does care that you love your job, or “toil” as Scripture refers, He cares that you glorify Him in it, further His kingdom by it, and that simply, you love & enjoy & find satisfaction in it daily. He says there is nothing better than this.
Rest today in the promises of our Father and truth of Ecclesiastes 3:9-13:
9 “What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yeta no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”
So, folks, Bless the Lord, Give Thanks For His provision, & Enjoy Long Life on the Earth doing His work!
Here’s the address to my new fancy job!
“Create Space” — 6323 Delmar Blvd. St Louis, MO, 63130
Visit Us Tues-Thurs:11am-8pm Fri- Sat: 11am- 10pm Sun: 11am- 6pm
We open this Friday! November 7 @ 5pm, & there will be a HUGE party! So come join us for music, food, great handmade goodies, coffee, awesome people, giveaways, and so much more!