Many times we come to church on a Sunday, and that is the only time that we meet people or we sit beside someone and don’t really know what else goes on in their life for the rest of the week. Our blog today is from one of our members, a very talented young lady, who has recognised that she can use those talents to reach out to others.
As some of you may know I LOVE creating. Painting, drawing, scrapbooking, card making… the list keeps going. Ideas are constantly floating around my brain of what I could illustrate next. From this I guess you could say Bountiful Blessings was born. Back in 2017 I decided to try selling some of my creations online and at craft stalls just as a hobby. As this continued, I realised there was potential to do more than just create for a pass time. It was as simple as God loves me, He made me creative so let me use this to share the message of His real love. Real love that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to take the punishment that you and I deserve because of our sin. Let’s pause here before I go on with the story of Bountiful Blessings. What is your hobby? Has God made you creative, has He made you musical, has He made you a good listener, an encourager or an organiser? There’s a reason why He made you with those qualities and skills. How can you use them to share God’s real love?
There are a few different pieces that make up the picture of Bountiful Blessings. The first piece that was set up was my online shop. This is through Etsy which sells anything and everything handmade. I put up some of my products such as paperclips, cards and stickers to see if they would sell.
A few sold but not very many. I needed something to help get more traffic to my shop. This was frustrating at the time as I was so excited to start this but actually it was a very important reminder that I can’t do things on my own. In my heart I was thinking this was a great way to serve the Lord, but I had totally forgotten to rely on His strength for any of it. So I prayed and gave it over to God; He could use it in whatever way He wanted to bring glory to His name. After that Bountiful Blessings began to grow. Whatever you are doing, give it over to God and see how He wants to use it, how He wants to use you.
The next piece set up was Bountiful Blessings’ Instagram account. This was a new venture for me as I hadn’t really used social media before. It was a way for me to reach new people with God’s Word and grow Bountiful Blessings further. I use Instagram to share new products and updates about Bountiful Blessings but also to encourage and challenge through Bible verses.
The final and most recent piece of Bountiful Blessings is the website and blog.
The website is where you’ll find all the details of Bountiful Blessings and links to all the different parts. One of the pages on the website is the blog. This is a monthly blog with a new post at the beginning of each month. I want it to encourage people, inspire people and challenge people on how they’re living their life. Each month I look at a verse or passage from the Bible and talk about how it applies to us and who else you can share it with.
The reason why for Bountiful Blessings is Hebrews 4:12 – ‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’ God’s Word is powerful and so every part of Bountiful Blessings is centred around the Bible. It’s all about sharing the message of the greatest blessing: salvation. The aim is a chain reaction. I want to be a blessing to others whether that is through people reading the blog, seeing a post on Instagram or purchasing a product from my shop. The next part is people using the different pieces of Bountiful Blessings to be a blessing to another person. Download the verse image from the blog to pass on to someone. Share an Instagram post with someone. Buy a gift with God’s Word on it for someone. I pray that people will be reminded of the greatest blessing, encouraged to keep growing and challenged to live this out. So even after reading this today, be a blessing and share the most amazing message of real love with someone.
Read more about Bountiful Blessings here: www.bountifulblessings.co.uk