Good Morning Friends!
I want to start just sharing…like friend to friend, heart to heart. It’s kind of what I do on Instagram. Except on IG I run out of room and feel slightly guilty about writing too much. I want to share my “musings” with you without boundaries, without (much) editing, like we’re sitting across from each other sharing a cup (or two) of coffee.
So, let’s talk about “purpose”.
Did I tell you I quit my job? Yeah, I did. It feels good. Mind you, this is the job I LOVED last year. This is the job that took me out of my house, into my new world. I gained skills and confidence as a decorator and a professional. I met inspiring women and created gorgeous friendships. Growing in new directions every day I felt God using me in unexpected ways.
But after all that happened and a year passed, my joy started to wane. The store got crazier, and I got less satisfaction out of the very same things that had challenged me just 6 months prior. I prayed for direction. I didn’t want to be “a quitter,” so I really examined the why’s. Was I just bored…in a “been-there-done-that” kind of way? Was I missing something right in front of me? Could my purpose be here and me not see it? I prayed some more.
Purpose…on Instagram? Really?
At the same time my efforts on Instagram were gaining momentum…and with it, a feeling of purpose. What had started out as a creative/social outlet was taking on a different mission. God urged me to share what was in my heart. I heeded His calling. The more I listened to His direction the more I heard His voice loud and clear. His messages to me were so strong that I stopped hesitating. I stopped worrying about what people would say or think (or if they would unfollow me). I didn’t care. What if one person was helped? This is what I think, what if one person is led to Christ because of my sharing? I ask, what if one person finds hope? My decision lay clear as day before me…I had a mission. I found my purpose.
I am acutely aware that I am not a fabulous decorator. There are so many people who are much better decorators than I am. Why am I having so much “success” on Instagram? Having just enough God-given talent He enables me to inspire people and make them pause long enough to read. I realize that my ability to convey a message with words, my ability to style my home, my ability to take a photo…all these skills are supplied by my Creator for His purposes…And His purpose for me is to spread His message of hope, mercy and love to any and all who will pause, read and listen. It may be wrapped in a pretty package of home decor, but my purpose is clear.
My faith grows deeper by the day…
My faith grows deeper still in this understanding of why He has given me these platforms. I know the answer to my questions of why. I don’t have years of Bible training or knowledge of the scriptures. My coming to Christ is fairly new. You may ask, where do the words come from? Sitting down to create a post for Instagram I really have no idea what I’m going to say. I pray and become a vessel. I promise you, God gives me the words. What more can I say? I give all the glory to God, all of it.
Have you read my faith story?
If you haven’t you might enjoy it.
Blessings to you dear friends.
With love and gratitude,