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Thursday, April 12, 2012

God Calling

Do you ever feel God speaking right to your heart? 

That was such a foreign concept to me most of my life.
The feeling I got from my church and my family was that going to church and doing good deeds were the most important things. God will bless your life if you are a good person. It's been tough for me to break out of that concept as I grow and learn more about the truth of God's plan.

I never felt God talking to me directly.

Other people talked about how God spoke to them. Directly to them.
Not, "Oh, I was sitting in a slump and a singing bird came by and I knew it was God telling me to cheer up". No- they physically heard in their ears a mighty voice telling them to lift their head and feel peace in the love of God. They physically felt a warmth and a change in their bodies. Their heartsongs changed.

It was unfathomable for me.

Until recently.
God started working on my heart.
He pulled me closer. He spoke to my heart. He speaks to my heart.
He is changing me and giving me wide open eyes to see things so differently.
I have so much to share with you about the last 4 months of my life.
I wasn't sure how to share or where to begin.
God is giving me a voice now.
He's preparing me to share.
I'm trusting His timing and I'll share as He tells me.
Today, I'm sharing a post I wrote yesterday on the Crafting Slumber Party blog.
My heart...

Five and a half weeks.
Can you believe it?
The last several weeks have been full of gathering supplies and preparing the space for our Crafting Slumber Party!
It's been an interesting journey thus far and I'm feeling led to share with you again.
When God laid it on my heart to move the party more toward an uplifting, encouraging, Christ focused event I was bursting at the seams. I NEEDED to share. My heart was full.
That feeling quickly changed.
When you put yourself out there, expose yourself and your feelings, you open yourself up to backlash. I knew that, I thought I was prepared.
I was not.
While the past month has been filled to the brim with preparation for the Slumber Party, my lack of posting was not only for lack of time.
It's hard to hear other people challenging your plans. Your ideas. It's hard to feel like God is calling you to do something, lifting you up, then feel others are tearing you down.
It's hard not to let the words of a few overtake the praises of the many.
God knew he needed to challenge my faith. Make me see Him and his plan with my whole heart. He knew I needed challenges to look hard in the mirror and make sure I was ready. 
New registrants slowly crept in, Saturday only spaces filled completely.
New sponsors rolled in.
God knew what I needed.
He put women in front of me to lead worship, devotions. He provided an abundance of support from my husband and friends.
Time rolled on.
Now here we are- crunch time and again I feel my faith challenged.
God is moving in my personal life. He is changing my heart. Strengthening my marriage- drawing me closer to Him.
As he does so, he takes some of my crutches.
And it scares me.
A portion of my support system is shutting down. God is moving in beautiful and miraculous ways in other women's lives. Women who can no longer attend the Slumber Party. Women who are bold in their faith. Women I was using as a crutch to not share my own story. Women who graciously agreed to lead worship, praise, devotionals. Women who are now being presented new gifts and opportunities from God. I couldn't be happier and more excited for them....or more nervous for myself.

God is pulling me out of my comfort zone.
So here I am.
Again pouring my heart out to you.
I know God's plan is perfect. The women he is bringing to the Slumber Party are part of his perfect plan. He is orchestrating his captive audience.
Are you feeling led? Do you feel in your core you are supposed to be here? To be encouraged? Uplifted? To fellowship with other creative women who understand your daily struggles? Who live in your 'blogging/creative' world? Do you need some time to pour out your soul with paint, fabric, food?
It's not too late.
Alyson and I realize we should not limit God's plan in this weekend with numbers.
While our plan was always to host more weekend guests, and fewer Saturday only crafters, God's plan seems to be different.
We want to open up registration.
Do you want to come but can only sacrifice one day away from your family? Do you need just one night away to recharge your batteries and feed your creative spirit?
We have room.
We have supplies.
All we need is you.
We already have 13 incredible women coming to the desert to craft. We have room for more.

After the Creative Estates retreat in Arizona, we had a flood of emails and phone calls. Women reaching out and wanting to know the details of our event, worried about a similar experience.
After countless questions, Alyson and I feel the need to clarify a few things.
The Fairly Fabulous Crafting Slumber Party is hosted at my home. Before launching the blog and opening registration, we spent countless hours pouring over the details. We mapped out my home to make sure there were beds and air mattresses for every open registration spot. We planned out a full menu for the weekend including hot breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and treats. We calculated carefully our out of pocket costs to ensure they were *nearly* all covered. We never intended this event to be a money maker for us, nor do we now. No one is sleeping in closets, or on floors. No one will go hungry. Photos and posts are coming regarding our incredible stash of crafting supplies. All crafts and projects are covered in the registration fee. We do not have set crafting demonstrations, or speakers. Your only limitation is time.

We don't know how the Slumber Party will turn out, but we trust God's plan for this vision. He has brought amazing women with incredible gifts to support us in this endeavor.
From the beautiful graphic designs of Aimee, to the generous swag donations from Amy, April, Melissa, Elizabeth, Kristen, Krystina, Sarah, Aly, Monick, Megan, Amber, Ashley, Tracy, Jen, and Karri- we are so blessed.
Will you join us? Will you pray for our event?
Our hearts are full. We know the next five and half weeks will FLY.

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