I set up my shop – Inspirational Yarns – on Etsy in February 2016. I was selling hand dyed yarns and other knitting/crochet related products that I had made. The shop was doing well but through that Summer of 2016 God began to plant a longing in my heart to create items that would glorify Him.
Over the coming months God spoke to me in several ways confirming that it was His will for me to take my business in this direction. In spite of this I was still hesitant and although I did begin to create scripture yarns I held back from really changing the direction of my shop. In April 2017 after a year of consistent sales my shop went dead. In the coming weeks I recognised that the Lord was prompting me to move forward but still I held back.
One day in June I sat down and really analysed what was holding me back and it all came down to fear. These fears included fear that what I created wouldn’t be good enough, fear of what others might think, fear that my motives might be misconstrued, fear that I couldn’t write well enough about what God laid on my heart to share and fear of stepping on other peoples toes. I took it all to the Lord and left it with Him praying that He would, just one more time, give me a really clear direction whether to move forward with this or not.
The next day during the Sunday evening service the visiting minister preached from Matthew 5:13 ‘Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted?it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.’ (kjv) I was so convicted under this sermon. Here are few of the things that he spoke of ‘the children of God being a walking testimony of God and how just as salt is there to be used, so are God’s people and it isn’t that we can be a disciple if we want to, we are disciples. Believers are not here to please themselves, but to do the will of the One who called them out of darkness into light. ‘This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.’ (kjv) We are here to fulfil God’s will and not our own. God’s people are Salt and Light. Our lives are the only sermon some will ever hear.
I now knew beyond doubt that I was to change the direction of my shop. I still have niggling fears from time to time but I trust that I am in God’s will and in the end that is all that matters.
Next came the question of the shop name as I needed something that reflected what I would now be adding to the shop. To change the name of such a young shop probably didn’t make good business sense but I went ahead and my shop became SAVOUR OF SALT!
I still continue to sell my stock of handdyed yarns and accessories in the ‘Inspirational Yarns section of my shop and I still take orders for these too but my main focus is now on Scripture Yarns, colouring books, wall hangings and other scripture pieces I may make.
Thanks for stopping by, keep seeking and abiding friends ❤