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Waiting is an Action

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“The things we manipulate we rarely get to keep”. I love this quote from Beth Moore and it rings so true in all areas of life. In the search for the new location there have been so many moments of frustration of not being able to connect with a person at either number on the sign at the one in a million location the past few months. I was tempted to ask someone connected but not having any oversight on the space for help but I knew that wasn’t the way - there was a process in place I needed to follow.  It might have gotten me some short term satisfaction but it wouldn’t have been lasting. 

Soap Maker Scott is a great sounding board for me. I was thankful last Friday was Soap 101. We had this great conversation about what “doing” looks like. Knowing I am a “getter done girl” I think of doing as taking action but Scott reminded me sometimes “doing” means waiting. Waiting is an action and one of the hardest. He reminded me again the space I want is the one that God wants because otherwise we will miss out on the blessings God has for the shoppe.

 Sunday and Monday I woke up at 5:30 am each day running off very little sleep asking myself each day why am I awake? I felt God wanted to get my attention so I knew I needed to be in a position to listen. Since sitting still isn’t something I do well I got on my bike Sunday and went riding. The quote “what we manipulate we fail to keep” kept coming to mind. I was reminded again the relationships I am building are not to “help” my current scenario. The relationships are precious to me and I would never want to jeopardize them. God is big enough to work it out His way. Monday I started gardening and running through my head was Exodus 33:15, this time Moses is talking to God and he says “if your presence does not go with us, we will not go from here.” You of course won’t be surprised to know this verse is the phone screen saver I downloaded months ago from Proverbs 31 ministries.

My journal entry Monday which shows why I own the shoppe vs create as an artisan.
What I am learning with God is when He gives me a word for the year, it’s like He gives me the year we are in as a dry run. Last year my word was BOLD and I swear this year is all about bold vs FLOURISH so I am prepared for 2017 to be the year of seeing Flourish come to fruition. I share this, as what I felt God impress upon my heart required me to be bolder than I thought I would ever be.
I felt God saying “will you let go of your one in a million location dream and trust I will bring best in my time and my way to include it being this location.” 8:00 am gardening done and I was on a mission to visit the one in a million location. Standing on the same doorstep I had boldly claimed as future location for Shoppe 561 months ago I told God “I am letting go and although I believe this is best location I am releasing it to you because if Your presence does not come with me, I don’t want to be here.” It was so hard as I looked through the door I wanted the space even more but I realized I wanted God’s presence more. 

How the story for the new shoppe home ends I do not know. I am hopeful it ends with the one in a million location but wanting God's best means letting go of my pride, my desire to control and wait to see what God’s going to do next. The one thing I know if we go where His presence is we are home and it will be a home that exceeds anything I could hope or dream.

More lessons and a space update coming later this week.


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