October 15, 2012

Step by Step

Well,  were have you been?  I hope that's what you are asking me!  You see, I've been MIA from my blog for a couple weeks.  Just taking some time to evaluate where I'm going.  If you've been here from the beginning, you know I started my blog shortly after losing my job that I had for the past 16 years.  I decided to give this blogging thing a try as well as open up my own Etsy shop to sell some handmade wares based on old hymns and other inspiration.  I knew it would be slow going, but was just a little discouraged with how slow .  .  .  and how much work was actually involved in doing all this.  Writing fresh content for the blog, creating new items for my shop, preparing and shipping orders, doing home updates and makeovers to feature on the blog,  keeping up with twitter, facebook, pinterest, e-mail, and other social media .  .  . well, let's just say I was amazed at the hours I was putting in.  I had friends tell me, "sometimes it's just easier to work your eight hours, come home, and forget about the job".  That is appealing.

I spent the past few weeks job searching and sending out a few resumes and filling out applications.  I felt I needed to do this to see if that was the direction God was leading me.  The job market today is also very discouraging, but I did get one call back and have an interview tomorrow.  We'll see what happens.  Of course, this past week, I also had one of my better weeks in my Etsy shop (with no promotion whatsoever, I sold three items and have gained a lot of new followers both at my shop and on my facebook page! )

I know many of you have been on my path and that's encouraging to me.  I still don't know where I'm going, but I know Who I'm following.   In the meantime, I need to keep on, keeping on.  I need to put my heart back into my blog and my shop and give it all I've got.  I need to go on that interview tomorrow and see where that takes me.  I'm so fortunate to have a wonderful family who has encouraged me in my little venture and will support me whatever happens - that means the world to me.  

Thank you, my faithful followers, for hanging in there with me.  I promise I won't leave my blog like that again without some explanation of where I am.  That was really kind of rude!  If I do end up taking a job outside the home, I"ll be sure to let you know!  Please pray with me that I will know clearly where it is that I am to be.  

As I began to write this post, I thought of these words from a familiar praise song:

"Oh, God, You are my God
And I will ever praise you
I will seek You in the morning
And I will learn to walk in Your ways
And step by step You'll lead me
And I will follow You all of my days."

That's my plan.  And just so you know I wasn't sitting around the house wallowing, I included  some pics of projects I can't wait to share with you!

Blessings to you,


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