Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Let's Rewind That and Start Again

That still small voice - if you get too busy, life get's too loud and you don't hear it. But you feel it. And when you take time to be still, you can then listen.

You see, I haven't been still or listening. I got all excited about starting an online store, making items for the store, and trying to make it all perfect. And I didn't feel settled about it. And now I know why.



My joy comes from making these sweet crafts and blessing others with them. Not selling them. Giving them in hope to bless those I give them to. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet my eyes were off this joy and ministry and now my eyes are on what God's blessed me with and my desire is to share what I have with others.

Once I realized this, I felt an immediate peace in my heart. And this is why my store is no longer. God has blessed me with all I need and more. I don't need to charge money for what I make in love. I am amazed that God has even provided 95% of all the craft materials that I buy. My dad left me stock (not cardstock - NY Exchange stock) when he passed away. I have not sold it because it keeps increasing in value. I receive quarterly dividend checks from the stock and that pays for almost all my craft supplies.

I will continue to share my gentleworks because crafting is part of who I am.  Don't be surprised it you receive a little something in the mail now and again.

Blessings to your day

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  1. I do understand how you feel, and honour you for it Gina.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth for your kind words. xo

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  2. Truly it is more blessed to give than to receive, and I have been blessed to receive your sweet cards in the mail Gina! Less stress in life is always better too, and it is so much fun to give to others things that you have made with your hands :)

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    1. And I have been blessed by your sweet cards in the mail! Yes, less stress is always best.

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  3. You have the most beautiful soul and heart, lovely Gina. How blessed you are to share your gorgeous pretties. Such a treasure, that you are.♥

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    1. Kim, you are too kind. Thank you. If I do have a beautiful heart and soul it is only because God made it that way. xo

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  4. Happy for you to feel peace about your decision. I have to agree.. once you make a hobby into a job, it kinda takes the joy and fun out of it :)

    Have a lovely day.
    ~K.

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    1. Thank you, Kerin. The joy is in the making and giving, I think.

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  5. You have always been sweet to share your lovely cards, it is always such a fun surprise. I love how when we listen God will speak to use and lead us in the path he wants us to go

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    1. Thank you, Connie. I so enjoy your beautiful cards too!

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  6. Gina, I totally understand where you are coming from. Sometimes we see so much out there on the Internet that we think we need to get on board. I love to just craft and want to enjoy it. I think it is wonderful to have an Etsy store, but I too am right where you have landed. I just want to do it and enjoy it...not try to run a store.

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    1. Sandy, if I accumulate too many crafts, I will save them for next year's craft fair.

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  7. You are such a gentle, loving, kind soul, Gina. I'm so glad that you listened to you heart and what God was telling you. You're a joy!

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859