Crafting With Purpose and Priorities

There are so many things I love to do.  The Lord has created me to be a person who loves to create!  It’s how I’m wired.  My problem has been that there are so many things I love to do, I want to do them ALL – but know that is just not possible.  So I struggle with finding what it is the Lord wants me to focus on.

I know that He wants me to keep Him first in my life.  If I am not spending time with Him, in His word, talking with Him, and devoting myself to Him above all else – my priorities are already out of whack.  I want Him to be my first thought, my greatest love & desire.  I want to be so filled with Him that His love just spills and pours out on everyone I meet, care for, & speak to.

After the Lord, I love and care for my husband & my children.  Caring for my children includes caring for their education – homeschooling them.  And of course caring for my home & myself.  That is my basic foundation.  Apart from that I need to be caring for friends, serving the Lord in my church, and more.

In addition to these things I feel this great pull from the Lord to create.  I’ve ultimately been created to serve & glorify Him, to be my husbands helper & companion, and to raise my children to love and glorify God.  But there is also this great passion inside of me to create   This has manifested in many ways throughout the years, in the form of hobbies: cake decorating, photography, sewing, knitting, crafting, writing/blogging, etc.

I’ve recently been praying about how this should look in my life, and have felt the Lord leading me in the direction of focusing on creating items to sell in my etsy store.  I’ve also been able to combine my love for photography with this by taking photos of my items & creating photography props to sell in my store.  It’s been a lot of fun creating and working on re-stocking my etsy store, which has been pretty empty for quite a while.

Babies are obviously on my mind a lot right now 🙂 – so I have been creating a lot of baby items.  I’ve found that I enjoy creating baby items the most.  Right now, I have been stocking my shop up with burp cloths, onesies, booties, nursing covers & newborn/baby photography props like knit blankets & hats.  I’ll be adding receiving blankets this week.  I’m also super excited about my newly designed nursing covers I’ll be adding within the next couple of weeks.  And I am SUPER excited about something totally new for mama and baby, that I will be rolling out within the next 2-3 weeks!!  One more goal I am working on is adding embroidery – hopefully by July!

While I’m enjoying this, I am trying to take it somewhat slowly.  I want all of my top priorities to remain at the top – and not get pushed aside by my etsy shop.  So I am proceeding with passion – but also with caution.

I am also praying about how the Lord would have me use a large portion of the profit from my shop.  I feel like he is leading me in the direction of giving to pro-life causes.  I am still praying about what all this will look like – and appreciate your prayers for direction in this as well!

So – if you are looking for baby gifts for your friends – or even yourself – I’d love it if you’d stop by my etsy shop – Zoe’s Couture Boutique – and be sure to like my store’s  facebook page as I update it often with what’s new in the shop – and discount codes!

 

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