Some of ya’ll have asked me where it came from. Why out of nowhere I started making jewelry, and now it’s a big part of what they see me posting on my personal facebook as well as the All for Him Blog facebook. Also, I’ve been not blogging as much, and I’ve been asked about that as well. I’m not giving it up, by the way! I love writing! 😀 When my depression got very bad, I was not functioning the way I would have really liked, and I had to let a lot of things go. I also have been asked about why I haven’t been couponing much in the last several months. It’s possible that at some point I may get back to that to some extent. The reason for that, is pretty simple. Again, when my depression got really bad, I relied a lot on my sweet hubby to do a lot of what I wasn’t able to do. I was pretty well stocked on personal care products because of couponing months before, and hubby shopped for me. We did a lot of quick Aldi trips every other week also. Anyone who has ever battled real clinical depression will know how truly debilitating that it can be. Physical tasks are impossibly hard and draining. Hobbies and passions offer no fulfillment, satisfaction, or enjoyment. Everything I once loved seemed lost in a haze. Fast forward to a few months later. Medication and a step study through celebrate recovery which is my therapy, have helped immensely. I’m finding myself again, but it’s been a slow process.
To some, jewelry might seem random. But I have always been a crafter. I love projects like that, and I’ve made soap, candles, wreaths, centerpieces, scrapbooks, all kinds of things really. This is simply an extension of that. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It started from me wanting to make some very simple handmade gifts for Christmas, and evolved into a passion that I actually love. People truly responded to what I’m doing, and I worked really hard over the last 5 months to work on my skills. I watched all kinds of videos, tutorials, pinned hundreds of ideas on pinterest, and read everything I could get my hands on. 5 months later, not only do I still love it. But I’ve decided to make a go of it as a small side business. What’s really cool is not only has my amazing hubby been 1000% supportive, but for the first time ever, I have someone interested in the same hobby as me, at the same time-my sister. We both have started our own etsy shops. Here’s mine https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllforHimJewelry
and we are doing our first craft fair next month!
I’m really really very grateful to God for this gift and passion within me. It gives me something to enjoy, but it’s much more then a hobby. I have heard that it’s superficial to worry about jewelry and clothes and things like that. To an extent, I do get that. But i’ll say this, each person has their own calling and their own convictions. When I was very depressed, I wasn’t able to shut out the voices of the enemy that reinforced low self esteem. These were not only overwhelming thoughts of hopelessness, and worthlessness, but also a voice that said it wasn’t worth it to put any effort into being more than a shell of a person. You can’t understand that unless you’ve actually been there. But coming out of that, I found that getting up, showering, starting my day feeling put together with some makeup and some clothes unstained with “stay at home mom” all over them, did me a world of good. When going out, doing a little something about my hair, and even feeling dressed up with some makeup and jewelry gave me surprising confidence. It wasn’t about being fake, and if you know me, it’s not a 24/7 thing. We homeschool. Sometimes we do stay in our jammies, especially on dreary rainy or icy days. But there’s something about taking that time to feel put together that just starts your day off on the right foot where you feel you can somehow be more productive. It’s easy to feel lazy when you stay in pjs. But that’s just me. Aside from that, I honestly believe God gave me this talent and gift-and that’s not a place of pride that says that-it’s a place of God’s continuing redemption of my life. He claims me!!! He made me in His image, and even something that seems as simple as creating jewelry, is an extension of that.
There are many verses in God’s word that validate this. Some of the verses in Exodus are my favorites. They remind me that the gift of creativity and ability to create something beautiful from raw materials is an extension of God’s ability to create our whole universe from nothing! The whole universe screams of His existence!! In Exodus 31 it says “3and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.” I’ve heard from several people that my work is beautiful, and that they don’t see things the way I do. I’ve heard that they don’t have any type of skill like that, but they really love what I’ve done and that it amazes them. While I appreciate that, and I get quite a bit of satisfaction from creating something that brings people joy, it’s all God. He’s the only way I am able to do this. He’s given this to me. He is the one who makes all things beautiful, and he’s the one who gives us all the gifts we have. So once again, I have to say, my mission is the same with whatever I do. Whether it’s blogging or couponing, mission trips or leading a Bible study, or yes, even making jewelry- it’s “All for Him” – Colossians 3:17.