Faith and Grit

Yesterday I had an amazing conversation with a friend of mine.  We talked about lots of things including  Prairie Rain Designs. She has been with me from the beginning of that venture and when I told her some of what was going on she said, “Sarah, all of your dreams are coming true.”  I hadn’t really thought about it that way, but, this morning I know she was right.  Through a group of events I had no control over, I’m getting to do what I’ve always wanted to do. And the message is clear, ” I am right where I need to be.”

I may not have known  what I wanted to do, or at least didn’t always know.  But  I come from a line of very hard working women who not only survived but bloomed in some very tough times.  My ancestors came to the United States in the late 1800’s.  Most were farmers.  Many stopped off in Illinois for a few years and then went further west to Kansas.  Many years ago my husband and I took my dad back to the area of Illinois that his family was from.  As a dairy and crop farmer, he often shook his head on that trip and wondered why on earth they left that fertile flat land to come to Kansas! My guess is they were strong, tough, enterpenours wanting a better life for their families. It wasn’t easy for them or the many others that made the trip. My family was blessed with a very strong faith that I’m sure pulled them through those tough times. Lohmeyer_Family002

I come from that hardy stock.  I’m not a farmer or a farm wife, but the work ethic, the joy of a job well done, and my faith has brought me to where I am today. We all see  and do things differently, I  believe, that is because we are all given a unique set of gifts.  Through those gifts, if we use them, we will be able to reach those that others can not.  Homestead001  

If you have read any of my earlier blogs you know that I did not know where Prairie Rain Designs was headed.  I do believe that in the last 2 days I have a much clearer picture of where I’m to go.  Because of the many people God has blessed me with throughout my life the answer is very becoming very clear.  Homestead002

Finding the right piece of furniture, giving it just the right finish, reclaiming it to be useful and a thing of beauty will continue.  There will just be another added dimension to the pieces I’ve reclaimed.  It’s a work in progress and after it is all revealed to me, I’ll reveal it to you. In the mean time, remember to enjoy every day that has been given to you.  Let your heart sing, through those gifts, that only you have been given. They were given to you for a reason.

Candle or Mirror?

This isn’t going to be my typical  post.  It’s not about the furniture creation or restoration.  It’s about adjusting to a new phase of life in a new home and town and learning a very valuable lesson.

Yesterday morning I was deep into refurbishing a piece of furniture when my phone rang.  I had paint in one hand and brush in another, but the gut said ANSWER it!  And so I did. I’m getting better about listening to my gut, there was an incident last week when I should have, and didn’t.  More about that in another post.

There was a friendly voice on the other end of the line.  I didn’t recognize it immediately, and then she said, “Sarah, how are you?” This wasn’t just a greeting, it was a voice filled with concern. She went on to tell me that she had thought about me all last week and felt God had given her direction to pray for me.  I was touched, it brought tears to my eyes.  Because, while she couldn’t have known how tough last week was for me on many levels, she was moved to pray for me!  Wow!

Last week amongst everything else, I even thought about doing something different with my life and no longer doing the restoration and revamping of furniture. Things were not going according to my plan!  Then, it hit me, the message I received from God, a few years ago was very strong, “Do the furniture!” (If you are new here you can read all about that in this earlier post, The Beginning.)  If that message was so strong, (which it was) who was I to abandoned the directions I got from God to do my own thing? For a few days that seemed like the answer, yet, it didn’t seem wise! 

Back to the phone call.  We talked about a million things on that call, but NOTHING stands out more than her taking the time to let me know she had been lead to pray for me, last week! Now, if this had been someone who knew me well, I might not have been suprised.  But, this was an acquaintance I’d only met a few times in our new town.  Someone who hardly knows me! What a blessing! A strong message was sent, and I got it.

Towards the end of the week the CREATIVITY was BACK, the JOY was BACK, and the INSPIRATION returned. And all had  returned before I even knew she was praying for me. 034[1]

My Heart was Singing Again! Lesson learned, If I feel like someone needs prayers even if I have no knowledge of why, I will pray my heart out for them!  I will be the candle and the mirror and spread light! Someone did for me and it made all the difference.