EXCITING CHANGES TO COME!!!

Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

GRACE.....



The women's event "If the Shoe Fits" was wonderful, of course!  God did his thing moving hearts to accomplish it! We had almost 200 !  The dining room was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the chatting was lively and happy! We had very special music with words so assuring. There was an exciting air of expectation in the atmosphere as we filed into the Sanctuary to hear "Jenny Broughton" !  She could be a Christian Comedian!  She is so alive with humor and funny "real" things to talk about that we all experience in our dull everyday lives .... but somehow she makes those simple events we go through not so bad and at least very memorable!  Like the days of those of us who never went anywhere without our pantyhose and the struggle they at times presented in our trying to get and keep them in the right place!  She is so animated!!  It was so wonderful to laugh HARD with her, especially during a time in our lives of such heaviness on TV!  
We needed to hear her .... to hear her and how very real and normal she is!  And WHY?..... she,  being so normal with the same struggles as anyone ..... Why would she want to come and entertain us with her funny and painful stories of her life experiences?  WHY?  Well, it's the heart that God mended, in such a broken child, that He so beautifully nurtured and grew and loved unconditionally that she is "compelled" to share His boldness with us!!  His boldness.  Imagine having someone love you so boldly that He never gave up on you ..... that He reached down to an orphaned child and made sure there were loving arms around her at all times!  He used so many to do His job.   
Well, Jenny's "story" is wrenching .... the things she has had to go through and witness in her life as a child .... and even the things she learns later in her life she never knew.  So one of the loving things God gave her to help her get through, was a sense of humor!!!  We could all use a little sense of humor!!  Not that she has been absent of painful tears, but her sense of humor is crucial to her survival in sharing what she shares with us.   Because THEN WE CAN EVEN identify with her!  Maybe in some way we have walked in her shoes!  That is why she is compelled to share it "all" with us .... the ALL .... the good and the bad, but most of all is she is compelled to tell you how she was rescued through it all and from it all .... and she continues to be rescued and "fitted" for the right shoes in each season and then able to "Walk On" in  His shoes he "fitted" for her at that moment ....... and for all of us if we so choose to take off the old shoes that become so uncomfortable!  Her words to us......and they leave me wanting to shed a few pairs of shoes I keep walking in .... that have become uncomfortable .  I am ready for a new fit!

So was it a success? Yes it was .... God had His Hand in it, touching those who needed it .... He always reaches over and beyond any humanism  to call us to Him in such a private and gentle way.  I am sure many hearts went home pondering all that they had heard from Jenny .... and maybe with a little giggle too!  
How can I say ..... Thank You Lord! ... for all that you used to make this happen in our midst?!!!  Thanks that all of you came to share in such a special person's life!!  She also leaves "blessed" by your presence!  ....that is how He seems to work!  



The flowers above were in her room and then she gave this quote to see if it could be put on a card ..... of her flowers!  Enjoy and if you want her CD called "CALL ME " go to www.JennyBroughton.com to contact her for anything,  even a date to come and speak in your church or group of gals someday!!!

3 comments:

Gloria said...

Hi,nice flowers and good luck on your new venture. It's a little scary some time with changes but you sound really happy. Enjoy. Have a great weekend.

S. Etole said...

SO much vibrant color. Blessings for your new venture.

Patrina's Pencil said...

Glad it was such a success! Wish I could have been there to experience it with you.

hugs,
patrina <")>><