I am excited to introduce Jamie, a Christiam blogger over a Seeking God. I am so happy Jamie wanted to be apart of Fancy & Fearless New Year Guest Series. Let's see what Jamie desires!
Over the years, I have taken on many business adventures. It is not necessarily because I like to sell stuff, but I love being creative. When I have created products, I have wanted to get them in the hands of others and that usually ended in creating a small business.
When I lived in Hawaii, I became enthralled with making jewelry. After studying the processes and asking a lot of questions, I created Seaside Design. (I lived on Seaside Avenue.) When I moved back to the mainland, I continued to make jewelry, even though at the time materials were less assessable.
A couple of years later, I learned how to sew. I began fashioning items such as handbags, purses, aprons, wallets and planner covers and created You’re Sew Trendy. I loved crafting things because it was very challenging. Part of the challenge was; I do not know how to use patterns. So, I would have to study a picture or object and try to figure out how to recreate it adding my own style. What became of it, was a product I loved and appreciated.
Those businesses fell by the way side (although the inventory didn’t) and now I use my creative side to write. I love the processes that are involved in creating new things. Taking some sort of material and making a creation that you love.
As we approached this new year, I began to feel totally distracted on all the things I wanted to get done. I love creating new things and that has led me to get completely wrapped up in creating a space that people will love and want to come and visit. This in and of itself it not a bad thing.
Being the analytical person that I am, I am constantly evaluating what I am doing and how I can do it better. This is also not a bad quality, unless I begin to focus or fixate on that alone.
This problem lies when my eyes stay focused on my screen and not my God. By the end of the year, I feel I am in that place.
The craze for online communities is to have a word for the year. A word that becomes you. So, I am going to pick a word for 2016 and my word is Jesus.
I know that many believers may think that is always their word and it is always mine but I can easily get distracted. I can easily get buried in myself. I can easily get absorbed in creating a space for others.
I needed to evaluate before I moved any further and make sure that I keep my focus on my why. Jesus.
Why did I begin to blog? Because my God has done so much for me. I wanted to share that with other people. I wanted the grace of Christ that has poured down on me to splash off my umbrella onto those I am around or have contact with. I wanted to create a space where friends get together and share their passions for the Lord and for life.
My focus can’t be on my space if it is not on my God, first.
My desire for 2016 is from Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
David, in this sentence, is asking God to create, meaning to make something out of nothing. David knew, as I know, that this cannot be done on my own.
Lord, make something out of me that I cannot.
Christ can take ahold of us and create a pure heart.
Christ can take ahold of us and renew our spirit.
Two things, mind and heart, can be made new and made afresh, if we allow God the opportunity to work through us and in us.
David also asks God to renew or make new a steadfast spirit. A man after God’s own heart knew the power of his mighty Lord.
We get distracted. We get weak. We falter. We lose focus. We get weary.
In the New Year, we have the opportunity for a blank slate. God finds pleasure in creating new hearts and new people. He does because we are part of His love story. His most precious creation.
May we seek from Him a renewed steadfast spirit and a pure heart.
May your New Year be one of focus with your eyes on the King of Kings. May He give you a pure heart and a steadfast spirit so you may bless the many people on your path.
Have a wonderful New Year and I look forward to seeing you at Seeking .
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5