You Need to Let Go of…
This spring God began telling me to let go of certain responsibilities. Focusing on 2 businesses, homeschooling, ministry and my spiritual walk just wasn’t working. So, I began praying asking what to let go of. Because I was excited at seeing some stress released from my life it wasn’t until later that I began asking, why?
Let go of Fabric
I’ve been unable to keep up with both PaperFromHeaven (PFH) and FabricFromHeaven (FFH). I began first with FFH because PFH always gets more of my heart passion. By the end of 2015, I had been approved for wholesale fabric purchases for PFH. This is when FFH was born for at least two reasons. First, because I have a serious addiction to fabric. :) Second, I believed that I could purchase at wholesale and John could manage selling off the extras. This, of course, would have created additional income to support our ministry, the Riverside– more info here. But because of some unanticipated ministry opportunities, John was not able to invest as much time into FFH as we had originally planned. That resulted in me not being able to give the time needed to both businesses and have them both blossom into what I dream of them to be.
To keep FFH growing it would mean purchasing more fabric. That just isn’t going to work with 6 people already living in our 1000 square foot apartment. Also, with the possibility of a move coming soon, transporting 50 bolts of fabric is just a ton of space. But more on that in a bit.
So far I have sold off over 300 yards of fabric and plan to sell off another 300 this week on IG.
Let go of Designs
If you have followed my PFH shop you have seen a lot of changes over the years. Early on those changes were easy to make, but not so easy the longer time moved on. So, with sad optimism, I am retiring many designs from PFH that aren’t selling. But I also need to retire some of these designs so that I can focus on some the new products that I have been dreaming of for some time.
Let go of Stuff
It all probably started when some good friends sold everything they owned and took off on a year-long RV trip. Of course, my heart said I could do that. But John and I both knew, that was not where God was taking us. But I was still prompted to begin uncluttering my shelves, closets and… [gasp!] my mason jars. :(
Until this point, I was content letting go of things and projects. But then I began asking, why?
The beginning of this year we were serving a church and God told John it was over. Within a week everything blew up, but since we had listened and prayed through it all, nothing was a surprise. This left PFH as our only income, and when I thought we’d run out of funds God provided. March + April sales were higher than Christmas season last year.
As the spring semester was ending for John, we were praying over what we should do for the fall. That’s when we realized we were done. John had come here to study the Biblical Languages (Greek and Hebrew), and now that part was done. John still has many classes left to take, but all of those can be completed online. When I began to destash and even before we knew John was finished with his on-campus classes, God was moving me to start getting rid of stuff that was going to hold me down.
So, for months now God has been working in the background of our lives getting us ready for what is next. He has been revealing himself in the most awesome ways. I can say that I’ve seen God work all things out so clearly the last 6 months. More, clarity has come over the past few weeks. We have been realizing where we sense a call to serve. A call so clear that John turned down a pastoral position because we knew it wasn’t what God was pointing us towards. You can read John’s story about that here.
We still do not know. We are praying for what it would look like for us to move to the west coast to serve the local church there. Wherever we go we long to settle and invest in a community that needs the gospel.