Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Seasons of Change

Hello,
Although we are still in August there is a faint whisper of fall in the air. I think mother nature is a little confused this year and who can blame her, we have all had some very odd weather this year.

I love Autumn, with the crisp air, warm sun and changing colors the Lord reveals himself not only in his beautiful handiwork but also that He is a God of seasons.
 Yes, he is forever the same but he also is a God of seasons and change. I think it is safe to say most of us do not like change, we get comfortable in one thing and even though many times change is for the good, we fight it. It is the unknown we are afraid of. It is in that state of uncomfortable change that God works. When I am out of my comfort zone I lean on God a little harder, I seek his face a little longer, I depend on him a little more.
The past few years, my seasons have changed immensely. I should  be comfortable with change as my life has been nothing but change. Like many, some of it has been very hard and some joyous. 
I am currently in change again.
 After closing my shop a couple of years ago, I am now on a new path. 
It wasn't easy closing the shop. 
It had somewhat defined me.
 I had some success, some publications and selling to the right people. I had several different locations and then took a big step of faith and opened Simply Posh. 
Three thousand square feet and high rent in a trendy Chicago suburb. It was the right time, where I was on the cusp of the new look "shabby chic" and was making my mark with my signature look in vintage fabric pillows. I was getting 400 dollars a pillow and selling to people like Norman Lear who had bought 7 of them.
 I had Simply Posh for 7 years but it wasn't fulfilling my creative desires. It got too big and my time was mainly dealing with reps and book work, two things I disliked the most. I lost touch with my creativity, which is why I started all this in the first place.

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, "declares the Lord," plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."





Each of our lives is customized to a plan that God has laid out for us if we are trusting in him.
Psalm 139:16 You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book.

Does that mean everything we do will be a raging success? 
No, at least not in our earthly eyes or by the standards of the world.



"You were born in response to the determined plan of God, not as an afterthought. Before you took even one breath, every day, every step and every circumstance in your plan was recorded. God's plan uses our strengths as well as our weaknesses."
Taken from a paragraph in Girlfriends in God website

 We all have strengths, they are gifts from God, we also have weaknesses or limitations, they are also a part of the plan. In our weakness He is made strong. It is usually in my weakness that I learn the most because I must stretch my faith and depend on him more.
 Our spiritual successes come from recognizing the seasons of our life that are essential to the plan God has for us. 









Our success is recognizing the plan and yielding to the season in life as God's avenue of perfect timing. God's plan is customized just for you, we are all apart of the larger whole and each of us fits into this magnificent tapestry that God has laid out for us. 

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart.






 (My work space... a little messy)

God is always faithful to give us the power to fulfill the plan he has for us. He is a loving father and has our very best interest at heart. It might not always be in our thinking or what we would want. 
It is a good plan, it is for the best.
 Just as a earthly father knows best for his child, so it is even more with our heavenly father who has perfect love for his children.

I Thessalonians 5:24 The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.



Sometimes the choices are hard and our understanding is weak.
But I have come too long on this journey not to blindly trust in my father. I may not understand what is happening at the time, but I simply trust him. 
Closing the shop was not easy and I went on to open another 3 years later called Vintage Living. 
Simply Posh was a gift out of his mercy. 
Vintage Living was another season and it did not enjoy the same success that Simply Posh did, but it taught me so much more.


Christmas 2001


 Please join me in my next post as I explore the seasons of 
Vintage Living and what God is doing now.

Blessings
Rebecca

20 comments:

  1. Rebecca, You are right...sometimes I just hate change. I want to go with the flow, but sometimes the change doesn't seem to be for the best. So I ask God to make me strong. Thinking of you,xo, Susie

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  2. Dear friend- I hope your coming change, is one you feel comfortable and happy with from the start- I hope it will be a happy change with much joy.
    Love the photo of you two young girls - :-)
    Hugs and blessings, Dorthe

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  3. Rebecca,
    I know God has a plan for us.Maybe it is how we touch others with his words and he guides us.But I do know he is watching over you and guiding you.What a talent he has given you!
    xx
    Anne

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  4. God is so Good! have had a bad month and had to let God shut what I thought was an important door to keep open....only to show me the great new doors he is opening now for me. His plan,His timing...it will be good!!

    Smiles,
    sheila

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  5. Thanks for this post, Rebecca. You have great talent, and I know wonderful things are about to happen. I have a lot of changes going on right now. There is chaos when I try to control it. When I give God control, miracles happen. Many blessings on your journey.

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  6. You are so precious Rebecca! You are so right, we all have different stages in our lives...each one teaches us something valuable I believe. It's so wonderful that we know the Lord has us in His care, through the good and the bad. It's a true comfort to my heart ~

    I've loved following your journey here and I'm SO sure I purchased those publications your shops were featured in, I know for sure I bought one as I always loved that one photo where the fabric was all gathered up on the ceiling with the massive bundle of flowers in the center! When I had my little antique store, I had always wanted to do that but the old house had ceiling fans in every room! I did hang a screened door from the ceiling once though :) Thank you for taking the time to share your journey sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

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  7. Love this post Rebecca. I always have to remind myself..God is with me..he is literally with me.

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  8. This is my first visit here and what an interesting first post to read; two stores, a lady, Jesus and God's plan for us.

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  9. Great WORD~~~Yes, we need to trust in him and he will direct our path~~~I believe GOD is preparing us in ways we can't even imagine~~~There's a big world out there that's in darkness~~~LORD, move us and use us for your eternal plan! From one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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  10. You are so talented Rebecca and I can't wait to hear what He has planned for you next. I'm sure whatever it is you will be wodo wonderful:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  11. Thank you for this post. It helps me to know I'm not in this boat alone and to be reminded that God is in control.

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  12. I love this post! The verses you used are some of my favorite. So wonderful to connect with people who give us true beauty in the written word and in the photos that express your heart. Beautiful!

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  13. Change is good! I love the changes that have taken place in both our lives... they have (forced) allowed me (and You) to see things through fresh eyes~ a new perspective!
    I did love seeing more pictures of Simply Posh!
    Have a blessed weekend!
    hugs and much love
    Donna

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  14. R.E.,
    Down here in Texas we have an onion called the "Noonday". Legend says it's a combination of the soil and climate that make it so sweet. You my darlin' girl are just like it. So many layers and so perfectly sweet yet humble.
    God definitely continues to lay out your path one onion set at a time. To steal a quote..."Bloom where you're planted!".
    XO
    Deb

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  15. Agreed, change can be confusing. But without it we'd be "stuck" in the same place for who knows how long? It's always good to stretch ourselves, it lets us know what our true calling and passion is......:).
    I look forward to what you do next!

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  16. Change is good! Gave my notice today! A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders!

    Girl you know how much I love you! I am so happy God brought us together! I always enjoy listening to you insight on God, love, and life in general! You are very special to me! I look forward to the day we can hang out again real soon!

    Your shop was amazing! But of course I knew it would be!

    Love you! Soon!
    Tot

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  17. So lovely Rebecca! Isn't it wonderful when we can just put our trust in Him and know that all will work out for our best? I think when we give up ego and let Him steer is when we see our 'real' success.
    Simply Posh was a beautiful shop my friend.

    Congratulations on being published in such beautiful publications lately my sweet friend!!!!!!!
    I love you, ya know!

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  18. Absolutely amazing Rebecca. Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite scriptures. I love everything about your blog. Like you I am going through the same transitions in my own life. Letting go hasn't always been easy at times but trusting in God and his plans are and knowing things will always fall into place. Thank you for sharing from your heart. Your work is amazing. I just had to become your newest follower and will be back over and over again.

    With hugs and smiles

    Laine

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  19. Lovely thoughts on meeting the challenge of change in our lives. It is a constant refining process is it not? I look forward to hearing more about your journey of faith.

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  20. Rebecca, i can't wait. You are such a blessing to me, maybe someday you can take a vacation in Texas. Tell us more, you are such an exemplary woman of God. Blessings.

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