Sunday, August 22, 2010

A New Package and a Little "Help"

Packaged up and ready to go

I've just finished up a pretty BIG craft show and a few BIG sales.  Whew!  It was all worth it because the "little bitty" Positive Notes that I debuted on my blog a few weeks ago are a hit.  So, I'm very excited.  I only planned to take a handful to the show to know... just introduce them to see how the buyers would respond.  Even my husband likes much so that he was the one that told me to double the amount that I took to sale.  Thank God I listened to him because I only had 4 left at the end of the day (and I started out with a whole lot more than that).  So, here's the BIG NEWS, they're now available on my site, The Scent of Heaven Candle Co. and they will also be available in a few local Christian bookstores pretty soon.  This is GREAT NEWS to me.  I don't think I've allowed it all to sink it just yet, but I am super-duper happy!  :o)  My dreams are becoming a reality!
Now, onto my reward:  a much needed staycation.

A little "Help"...on my staycation

So, while I'm enjoying my staycation, I decided to pick up a book and go far, far away on whatever journey the book takes me. I picked up Kathryn Stockett's, much talked about book, "The Help".  I've been reading for about a week and it's good (to say the least).  It's filled with the vivid, details that I crave while reading and I can't put it down.  Has anyone else read this book yet?

Oh yeah, before I forget.  Head over to "Under the Table and Dreaming" for Stephanie Lynn's Sunday Showcase Party. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

How Far Will You Run?

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream. {~Author Unknown}
This is my dream...
Well, I've been running this race for about 3 years now...chasing my dream of  building The Scent of Heaven Candle Co., a powerful, candle and paper goods boutique committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

(front of candle)
Hand-poured, scripture candle w/ inspirational
story that explains significance of scripture and more.
(candle made w/ soy wax and cotton wick)

Somedays I run nonstop. Going, going, going, producing, selling, collecting. Then, there are other days where I can barely muster up the energy to place one foot in front of the other.  But here's the good news: "the race is not given to the swift or to the strong" (Ecclesiastes 9:11).  In other words, God doesn't issue rewards, medals or trophies based on how fast we run.  He's more concerned with our endurance and ability to simply stay on the couse and run the race.  I learned as a kid that quitters never win and winners never quit. That's why I "press toward the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:14) while "laying aside every weight that so easily ensnares me and I run with patience the race that is set before me" (Hebrews 12:1) while putting my hope in Jesus Christ.  So, how far will you run?  Will you continue to run when the going gets tough or when dream-crushers discourage you? Or will you "watch in hope for the LORD and wait for God" (Micah 7:7)?  How far are you willing to run while chasing your dream?  I challenge you to run on and find out what your prize will be.  Run on and see what God is capable of doing with your dream. Remember, "all things are possible with God" (Mark 10:27).  So, have a little faith in your dream and you'll be surprised at how far you'll run to obtain it.

(back of candle)
Scripture reads: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove
what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Romans 12:2)

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded" (2 Chronicles 15:7)

"May your endurance be inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (Thessalonians 1:3).

Monday, August 2, 2010

"Little Bitty Positive Notes"

Happy Monday to you!  It's a new week and I've completed a new project.  After gathering my supplies over the weekend I decided that I'd get started. 

(drum-roll please)

"Little Bitty Positive Notes"! They're a miniature version of my "Positive Notes" journals, but with a twist. To be more specific "Little Bitty Positive Notes" are hand-crafted, sticky note and pen holders that include “Positive Notes” from scriptures to build you up”.

Sometimes you don't need to or even want to carry a large journal with you.  There are times when a "little bitty" note pad will suffice.  These little pads are 3"x3" and small enough to slide in your pocket, your bible bag or slip in your purse.  They even have a pen attached, which means you no longer have to search for or borrow anyone else's.  The best part is the encouraging scripture (which I refer to as the "Positive Note") that's posted on the the front cover.  It's purpose is to remind you of God's promises and give you hope throughout the day.  
The LORD is gracious and compassionate.
Psalm 145:8
I love these little things, they're just the cutest and they're actually useful.  I keep 1 in my purse to jot down a quick note, phone number, grocery list or whatever I'm needing to write.  So, I know these will come in handy for you for many reasons.  Not to mention its a great gift idea.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Delight yourself in the LORD and He
will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

The joy of the LORD is your strength.
Nehemiah 8:10

sticky notes inside

Leave a comment...tell me what ya think.
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