I love Jesus. I love the woman I can become because of the love He has shone... I'm winding down from a ninety to nothing sort of week, calmly reveling in what He is doing in my life. And I just wanted to share some new thoughts, share the gifts. Freedom. Joy. PASSION. Excitement. Peace. He has given me all I have ever wanted... I love that the Lord does not know limits. It is very important that we understand His bank account never runs out, His Spirit doesn't just satisfy but it actually is MORE. More than we can keep to ourselves and so much more than we thought we could possibly have in Him.
This week I am particularly pumped about a couple things. I LOVE what He is teaching me concerning the artist community! I never thought I would be one of those major advocate chicks... I don't mean any sort of negative connotation by that, I just never thought I would be so passionate about something I get on my microphone and monologue to the world! But what is particularly running through my mind is the difference between buying local handmade goods versus factory made imports. Like, ya'll... I am an artist, and trying to make a living exclusively from my craft has been challenging. Many people don't understand the amount of time it takes to make something unless they themselves have made it... Or the cost of supplies, or the percent of profit that different venues that sell your goods. I say all this to take you behind the scenes of your market. When you purchase a product from an artisan, you are supporting an individual's passions (their joy! to create); ultimately you are influencing someone's life journey. You are INVESTING in a person and what they stand for. In contrast, when buying mass produced commercial goods, the relationship between you and the producer is almost completely lost. Sadly, many of the items that we buy in stores are made by underpaid employees abroad. Although I am not the most educated (although I have some champion friends that fight against it) about modern day slavery, I know that SEVERAL major corporations use slave labor... It's become such a "diluted" problem that we aren't even aware of it in our culture... Sure, those foreign imports are 1/3 of the price... But trust me- for good reason I have become an advocate of owning fewer items, of higher quality, that are made by artists. Yes, I am becoming an Etsy junky. PLUS, I love that handmade items are NOT mass produced! Yes! You may have found the only necklace in the world with those stones, arranged in that design. YES! You are one of a kind, why not reflect your individuality and rarity with your exclusive goods? In all seriousness!
Let your fire out. You have a fire because it was given to you by your Father in heaven. He will keep it kindled, and in Him it will never burn out. The Creator of the world is 110% FOR your passions. Success is your inheritance.
What are you waiting for?
Top of the morning to you my dear blog readers! I am currently awake thinking about turning 24, paying off college loans, what my dreads will look like in two years, living out my dreams- you know- just figuring out what the heck I'm doing... As my mind is running, I thought I would finally post a sweet testimony from my travels this summer. I also realized it's about time for me to share a testimony because I was thrilled to see that nearly 300 people have looked at this site! How flipping cool... So, getting to the point of all this, what Papa God is up to (besides enjoying my restless, nocturnal self at the moment) ---->
One of my favorite stories from my time in Oregon was seeing someone healed of three infections. Yes, even though I prayed in faith, it was so awesome it still surprised me! Come on Jesus!
After spending several days at my sweet mama's house, in the woods, without seeing anyone new, I was aching to minister to a stranger. I know it may sound strange, but evangelism is woven deeply into my DNA, and I just don't feel like myself if I don't see the heart of the Father touch someone I barely know... Hungry to see heaven on earth (it can get so boring down here without Him breaking in!), I was ready to ask anyone if they needed prayer. I went to a leather shop in town pretty regularly to get supplies for jewelry. So, I asked the lady ringing up my leather if she needed prayer. And indeed, she said she could definitely use some. She had a bladder infection, a kidney infection and a urinary tract infection. I asked her 1 out of 10 what her pain level was and she said the pain was an 8. Wow, let's pray! I just thanked Jesus for what He paid for Karen- complete healing in her body. I asked her after I prayed if there was any noticeable difference, and she said there was slight improvement, but she was still in pain.
A week later, I came back to buy more supplies, and asked her about the infections. She said shortly after I left all the pain left, and the following day she had a doctor's appointment. She told me that when she got checked out ALL the infections were completely GONE! Come on Dad! So amazing... so simple. She relayed the story of prayer to her doctor and coworkers at Oregon Leather...
He is alive and well today folks. Come to Him for anything, anytime, anywhere, and you will find the kindest and most loving solution...
Blessings to you my friends! And to all a good morning, night :)