I am Complete.
Being a stay-at-home mom is one of the most amazing joys I have had in my life. I have known since I was young that this is what I wanted to do. Especially since the journey to meet my littles hasn’t always been smooth.
But even though I know that this is what my God has called me to, in this season of my life, that doesn’t mean that every day is sunshine and roses. Some days end… or begin… in tears.
That’s why I was overjoyed to receive an amazing necklace, from Lora. She crafts these beautiful, stamped necklaces that come from a heart that is so obviously filled with love for her Savior. When Lora purchased a new lower-case stamping set, she felt that her first attempt wasn’t fit for her shop – it was too crooked (or so she says… I thought it was lovely!) She decided to give it away to the first commenter. When I popped over from my reader, I noticed one person had commented already, but I left a “I love your new stamping set – and your necklaces!” type comment anyway, just because I really did love her new stamping set. :)
Later that week, imagine my joy and surprise, when I received an email from Lora saying that her second attempt didn’t turn out the way she wanted either, so she wanted me to have it. I can honestly say that I cried. Maybe that sounds silly to you, but Lora’s words to me that day were: “God really loves you, Jess, and He wants you to know that you are COMPLETE, lacking nothing!!” Sometimes, I need that as a reminder. Probably more than sometimes. When my kids are crabby and my house is a mess and my latest project has ended up in a pile on the floor because it isn’t turning out the way I wanted it to… I forget. Now I can have a tangible reminder.
“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
Thank you, Lora, for the beautiful reminder of how my God has given me everything I need to be complete. In Him, I truly lack nothing.
And P.S. … today happens to be Lora’s birthday, and she is giving away another one of her fabulous necklaces. You should pop over and give her some birthday love.
thank you so much, jess, for your kind words! i got teary eyed reading them. it’s so encouraging to me to hear that God is using that little necklace to bless you and remind you that you truly are COMPLETE in Him! you’re a blessing! lora
first of all, i LOVE that picture of you. so very lovely (that’s a compliment to you AND your photographer). and secondly, i loved this post — this little glimpse of your heart. the necklace with the word “complete”… mmmm. yes, that’s just SO right.
I just love your blog, Jess, and this post is probably the most inspirational for me I have read in a blog for a long time. My heart is called to be at home, but so many days my motivation is gone somewhere else. God bless you and Lora for this wonderful reminder and for sharing that verse.
I love this necklace! Very tangible reminder!