Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Blessings Continue to Pour In - Praise the Lord!!

I must give glory to the One responsible for the bountiful blessings I am in the midst of receiving. When it rains, it pours! Ok, get this, friends, readers and lurkers alike. About 3 days ago I got a wild thought in my mind...not unusual. I decided I want a new car. I wanted a new mini van to be exact. Now granted, I don't want to give them any money because it's right before the holidays and I am one that truly enjoys more the act of giving than receiving during this season. On a whim, I went online and applied for a loan on a used mini van, a Quest by Nissan.

Yes, it looks like a vehicle from outer a pod on wheels, an over-sized bug, etc. However, I am not your typical soccer mom...shoot, I'm not even a soccer mom; more like a geek mom. Thus my taste in funny-looking vehicles. Some moms want a big fancy SUV, others want a racy, sleek car. Not me, I'm sensible. I'm odd. I'm a geek mom. A nerd, if you will. My dream car is a Quest. I don't care if people laugh at me or point at me and giggle. I'm not into appearances.

Back to the story at hand, I apply online and yesterday, get this--I hear a knock at my door and I'm thinking it's the mailman. I open the door and standing right there is the salesman from Nissan, on my front step telling me I was approved and since I put in my phone number wrong they could not call me. Nissan is about 5 minutes from where I live. I was floored. I'm thinking they really want to sell me a car. I had to help my new friend get some supplies for her new business -- which by the way made her a profit of $300 yesterday in a couple hours only. Can you say Praise the Lord? Anyway, I tell the man I can't go look at the vehicles as I'm helping my friend out and I also mention to him that my friend's son works at Nissan and I would be dealing with him.

After I get done helping my friend buy the merchandise, we head back and I go to the dealership right afterwards. I'm thinking my credit stinks, there's no way they're giving me a car. Something told me to hang in there. I really didn't care either way because I don't really "need" a car right now. Still, I stayed because my friend's son needs the money on this sale. I didn't get the minivan. I was ticked. He talked me into looking at other new vehicles. I looked at the Versa...which is a tiny little thing, cute but no sale.

He then walked me to the Altima and showed me one in my favorite color - white. I sat in it, test drove it and loved it. I was approved for the Altima 2007 with no money down, just as I'd hoped. Remember, my credit stinks. I don't have a "real" job, so to speak. I'm a stay at home mom. I make jewelry on a whim, sell it every once in a while and if not for the grace of God I would not have the very supportive husband that I was blessed with. I stated I only wanted the title in my name so I can establish my credit. It was a yes all the way around. I walked out of there at 10 pm the humble owner of a brand spanking new car in my favorite color. My salesman even had to drive it home for me as I was in our little Honda and Little Princess can't drive yet.

I'd prayed for a mini van or whatever was God's will. God's will was for me to have an Altima for right now. Once my credit is established I will trade it in for the Quest. If it's God's will. This post was written to show others that God is indeed faithful. I trust Him and His guidance in my life. How could I not? My faith is such that I know no matter what happens in my life God is there for me every step of the way. In the good times and more so than ever in the bad times for like that poem goes...during your times of trial and suffering, it was then that I carried you.

Hold on to the hope that is Jesus Christ for His word will not return void. He promised us that. God keeps His promises. I know that. I've lived it. One act of kindness is repaid immeasurably by God's grace and bountiful blessing. I love to help people. My heart sings for joy when I can share my blessings with those that need it most. My new friend, I just found out, has no heat in her house. Her gas was turned off because she cannot afford to pay the bill. I have only known her a little over a week but I must help her. A long time ago I prayed that God will use me and send people my way that need help. He has answered my prayers once again.

Nobody is too rich or too poor or too big or too small too smart or not enough to help out in the work that God has laid before us. We can all help in some small way. You never know when God will use you as a blessing to others. Yes, even geeky moms like me. In God's eyes, we are all equal. I love you friends, those that I know and those friends I've yet to meet. God Bless every single one of you.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

God's Grace is never-ending

Today I finally got in contact with a lady who has a shop full of store fixtures/racks that she no longer needs. Her business didn't work out. I found her on a fluke, or so I thought. After meeting this woman today, I realized that in God's plan there are no flukes, no chance happenings, no accidents. His plan is perfect.

I looked over the pieces she had to offer and then she invited me to her home to see yet more equipment along with pricing guns and a state of the art cash register; all items I will need for my own shop. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that all the fixtures I would require for my shop, including some jewelry props, I'd find in a 10x10 foot storage and just a slightly larger garage. She sat me down at her kitchen table and offered me a drink - which I took. We sat and talked about everything under the sun as if we had known each other all our lives.

In that time I learned she is in a very difficult situation, her house payment has not been made in almost 2 months. She has 6 children and is a single mother. She is a Christian and I think I was sent there to give her a boost in confidence and maybe some direction? I don't know but at the end of the conversation she told me to take everything and to pay her whenever I had the money. Of course I won't do that as I want her to have her money immediately. She's asking very little money for the entire lot. She also invited me to her church (I've been praying about a church to go to) and when I asked what church it was she told me and I found out it was a church I had belonged to several years ago and was just recently thinking about returning to. N, remember I told you about that one?

I talked to her about some business options that she had to get her out of the financial bind she is in right now. I offered to go into business with her or to lead the way and let her take the reigns once the business was running smoothly. I told her God was, is and always would be faithful to those that trust in Him and believe His Word. Her face lit up every time I told her God would not allow her to lose her house. I don't know how or when He will do it but I have all the faith in the world that just as He has pulled me out of many a bind, whether it be financial, emotional or otherwise, He would certainly and without a doubt do the same for her.

When I woke up this morning I had no idea God would use me today as He did and in the process bless me beyond belief. The blessings keep pouring in. Just as He promises in His Word...
Malachi 3:10
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

I stand in awe at the wonder of His grace, the everlasting love that is God and the faithfulness of my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. When we obey God there is no telling what He will do in our lives.

Those of you that know me personally know that I give freely of myself to anyone that needs it. I never expect anything in return. I don't have to. I have God on my side. May God bless you all ever so bountifully that there shall not be room enough to receive it. All be for the Glory of God Almighty.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

My Boutique is one step closer to opening!! YAY!

I found out that my favorite thrift store is closing down in two weeks, maybe sooner. I was saddened about it at first. God has turned this in my favor however as I was told the racks were for sale as well. For those of you who don't know me, I've been planning on opening my boutique. This is the perfect opportunity as the items I normally would buy for this would cost me hundreds of dollars to obtain I got for $60.

I'm going to a lady's storage on Monday as well as she was setting up shop in a really bad area and it didn't go well for her. I did give her some advice as to doing the demographics check before starting something like that. Especially in the area we live in. She has name brand clothing for $3 per piece as she is just wanting to get rid of them and cut her losses.

She also told me all the racks and hangers and all including the cashier machine she would give me for a couple hundred dollars. After I hung up with her I felt like God is making a huge move in the direction I've been praying about. I'm also waiting on the people that I got the racks from earlier as they have 3 display cases that I need to get from them. Exactly the number I need for my boutique!! This isn't luck, readers, this is God's hand doing an amazing work in my life. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for being so wonderful and finding everything for me just in my price range.

I'm so excited I had to get on here just to fill you guys in on what I've been up to lately. I feel alive again! I have something to work towards and it is just over the horizon. I can see it. I can feel it. I can breathe it.

If you have been hoping and praying for something to come through in your lives remember that although patience is a virtue - one that I do not possess - God does answer prayers. In His time. I almost made the mistake of giving up and just paying full price for the fixtures. Displays like I need average about $500 per piece. The racks are $200 each. Now, with all these blessings windfall, I can use that towards my lease fund. God is an AWESOME God!

Can we praise the Lord!!! I'm walking on cloud NUEVE!! God Bless you all. :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Exhausting two weeks

Well, I'm through with a huge order of jewelry that had me designing, crimping, wrapping and toggling. I was in such a frenzy to finish this order and have it shipped I totally forgot to take pictures and post them on here for all to see.

I must admit, I was under the influence of anti-bobblehead meds so I'll have to blame it on that because I simply cannot take the blame for my shortcomings. Argh! Now I will have to make another one just so I can show it off on here.

It's been raining since yesterday and my sinuses, miraculously, cleared up! Thank you, God, you have been listening to my pitiful pleas for the last month and a half. I so appreciate the fact that I am able to breathe and can now lay down without feeling like I'm going to asphyxiate. The wonders clean air can do for my respiratory system are remarkable indeed. Remind me again, why do I live in Texas? Oh, I remember now...Mr. Sir is stubborn as an old mule.

I'm picking out the paint to remodel my craft room...don't know if remodel is the proper word but I want a change. Add a little pop of color and cheerfulness to my boring life.

It hasn't helped that Little Princess has been falling behind on her schoolwork because she's been sick as well. That along with her goofing off instead of concentrating on her work has won her the privilege of no TV/Computer/, like a miracle from heaven, she aced her spelling test. Her privileges are back to normal...that is until this weekend. She has been warned. She fails to get good grades...above a C, and she's back in the dog house.

The wonderful world of parenthood.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

I'm back and I'm busy!!

I haven't been on here because I've been busy with my jewelry, among other crafty things. I cannot believe more than a week has passed since I last blogged. Wow, I'm really slacking. I just have a million things going right now. Little Princess decided to take a crafting class every Saturday morning so that's where I've spent the last two Saturdays. The teenage-type offspring is having a birthday next Tuesday so I took him shopping for clothes yesterday. I cannot believe how much he's grown in so little time. My baby is all grown up. Gone are the days where I went shopping for him and got the sizes correct. His jeans are now 32x34, I was shocked beyond words. I wanted to cry.

You see, my son is the silent type. When he was little and I had company, nobody knew him. He would never come out unless he was told to do so. He was and still is so very shy. He preferred to play in his room to going out and hanging with friends and still does to this day. He doesn't ask for anything and is usually pretty happy with whatever he gets. Doesn't complain. He's a straight-A student. He makes me so very proud. I feel so blessed to have been chosen to be his mother. He's a gentle soul that God has blessed me with and I couldn't have wished for a better son.

I have to order his cake for next Tuesday and want to surprise him with one that looks like a computer. I'll have to see if I can find a place that will make that. I have a computer shaped cake pan but I don't want to mess it up as I'm not good at drawing the designs on it. It has to be perfect. I still find it hard to believe my baby will be 17 already. I was going through his old stuff not too long ago and came across one of his favorite toys as a young child. Woody from Toy Story. I asked him if he wanted it knowing full well what his answer would be. He just smiled and said no. I promptly took it from him and put it on my dresser. It will sit there until someday when he has his own son, it will be passed down to him.