I’ve been doing this “sort of business” for a little over a year now. I must say, I’ve learned and experienced a lot in this short time. I have been amazed at who and what the Lord has placed and done, right in front of me. I’ve seen His word, His love, His healing, His provision, His grace, His miracles– I’ve seen Him, working all these things, in my 10 by 10 foot space. And I am so humble and grateful all at the same time. It is in seeing these beautiful people’s hearts blessed, healed, and hope-full, that He ‘just so’ blesses mine.
This is how it all started…
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
This was it! My confirmation. I had been praying fervently for a long time for direction, but never more so, then that night. I was at the end of me as I laid in bed very late that evening, praying desperately for my next move. I could not wrap my head around how something as inessential as jewelry could possibly work within the Lord’s plan. I needed Him to tell me, without any doubt, which way I should go… abandon the jewelry or take the leap with Him. I gave it all up that night… everything – including the hope of ministry. (I never asked or wanted a jewelry business in the first place). I fell asleep desperate for discernment, clarity, direction, Him!!!
I still remember the next morning like it was yesterday. Before I was even fully awake, I saw an owl in front of me cast in silver or bronze and immediately I thought “wisdom” and “If anyone lacks wisdom, pray to the Lord and it will be given to you.”
My eyes were now wide open and I was definitely awake. It had been awhile since I’d had one of ‘those kind’ of dreams. One where I jump out of bed, like I’m on a mission. But there was no mistaken it, on that day.
I grabbed my children’s iPad that was near me and as quickly as I could, proceeded to Bible Gateway’s “search” in order to read the Scripture in its entirety. (I always like to take my verse or devotional Scripture of the day and read the full passage.) I had text the key word “wisdom” into the search box and lo and behold, the Scripture I was looking for was top on the list. 🙂
I was so excited that the Lord was out in front of me- guiding and leading me. (I love it when He does this and I’m so grateful that He does.)
As I proceeded to press James 1:5 (or at least I thought I had), what I got… was Exodus 31. “Wait. What?” Exodus 31 was nearly halfway down the page, with a couple of other Scriptures in between. I thought- “How did that happen? I didn’t do that!” ~~ “I’m here for some reason. I guess I better find out why.”
The Skilled Craftsmen
31 Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “See, I have called by name Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, in silver, and in bronze, 5 and in the cutting of stones for settings, and in the carving of wood, that he may work in all kinds of craftsmanship. 6 And behold, I Myself have appointed with him Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded you: 7 the tent of meeting, and the ark of testimony, and the mercy seat upon it, and all the furniture of the tent, 8 the table also and its utensils, and the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, and the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering also with all its utensils, and the laver and its stand, 10 the woven garments as well, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, with which to carry on their priesthood; 11 the anointing oil also, and the fragrant incense for the holy place, they are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”
The Sign of the Sabbath
12 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 13 “But as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘You shall surely observe My sabbaths; for this is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you. 14 Therefore you are to observe the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Everyone who profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall surely be put to death. 16 So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.’ 17 It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed.”
18 When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.
“Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!” “I love You! I Love You! I love You!” “You’re the best!!!” – just doesn’t seem to be enough or begin to cover it. I cannot describe how blessed I felt at that moment. It also didn’t matter at the time, just how “we” were going to pull this off- but God did, and that’s all that mattered to me. I just needed to take the leap.
In my excitement, I couldn’t help but to share this with the first person I ran into. And in the same way, when showing exactly how I got to Exodus 31, I ended up again, down the page. This time, at Exodus 35. “WOW! – God delivers!!!”
The Sabbath Emphasized
35 Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, “These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:
2 “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a sabbath of complete rest to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on the sabbath day.”
4 Moses spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded, saying, 5 ‘Take from among you a contribution to the Lord; whoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it as the Lord’s contribution: gold, silver, and bronze, 6 and blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goats’ hair, 7 and rams’ skins dyed red, and porpoise skins, and acacia wood, 8 and oil for lighting, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the fragrant incense, 9 and onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastpiece.
10 ‘Let every skillful man among you come, and make all that the Lord has commanded: 11 the tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its boards, its bars, its pillars, and its sockets; 12 the ark and its poles, the mercy seat, and the curtain of the screen; 13 the table and its poles, and all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence; 14 the lampstand also for the light and its utensils and its lamps and the oil for the light; 15 and the altar of incense and its poles, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the screen for the doorway at the entrance of the tabernacle; 16 the altar of burnt offering with its bronze grating, its poles, and all its utensils, the basin and its stand; 17 the hangings of the court, its pillars and its sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court; 18 the pegs of the tabernacle and the pegs of the court and their cords; 19 the woven garments for ministering in the holy place, the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.’”
20 Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel departed from Moses’ presence. 21 Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit moved him came and brought the Lord’s contribution for the work of the tent of meeting and for all its service and for the holy garments. 22 Then all whose hearts moved them, both men and women, came and brought brooches and earrings and signet rings and bracelets, all articles of gold; so did every man who presented an offering of gold to the Lord. 23 Every man, who had in his possession blue and purple and scarlet material and fine linen and goats’ hair and rams’ skins dyed red and porpoise skins, brought them. 24 Everyone who could make a contribution of silver and bronze brought the Lord’s contribution; and every man who had in his possession acacia wood for any work of the service brought it. 25 All the skilled women spun with their hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue and purple and scarlet material and in fine linen. 26 All the women whose heart stirred with a skill spun the goats’ hair. 27 The rulers brought the onyx stones and the stones for setting for the ephod and for the breastpiece; 28 and the spice and the oil for the light and for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense. 29 The Israelites, all the men and women, whose heart moved them to bring material for all the work, which the Lord had commanded through Moses to be done, brought a freewill offering to the Lord.
30 Then Moses said to the sons of Israel, “See, the Lord has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 31 And He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding and in knowledge and in all craftsmanship; 32 to make designs for working in gold and in silver and in bronze, 33 and in the cutting of stones for settings and in the carving of wood, so as to perform in every inventive work. 34 He also has put in his heart to teach, both he and Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan. 35 He has filled them with skill to perform every work of an engraver and of a designer and of an embroiderer, in blue and in purple and in scarlet material, and in fine linen, and of a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of designs.
(I could never have imagined, that the answer I’d been seeking would reside in Exodus… until it was.)
Today, I can honestly say that I am still not a jewelry business, and more so “not”, every day. The more I head in His direction, the better my Hart Impressions are. My passion is to be in the business of sharing God’s Word and heart to the people He puts in front of me. Hart Impressions (or “HI” for short) jewelry was, and still is, merely a door ringer (and the door is opened for me). The jewelry designs are either first inspired by the Holy Scriptures then created or I start them and He finishes. (It’s almost like they design themselves right into His Word.) Scripture is always highlighted- from the table and booth displays, business cards, to the jewelry itself. God’s word is pivotal, and in direct relation, to the success of Hart Impressions. (And when I say success, I’m not referring to financial profit, although He most certainly can do that if it’s part of the plan.) I trust Him with all of my heart (and all that goes with it) and have faith in Him- for it all.
I so love Jesus! And I am completely indebted to Him, incredibly grateful, and amazingly overjoyed… in the way He loves me back. “Lord, You rock!!!”
Introducing Hart♥ Impressions…
(And it is not by coincidence, that the design and decor of Hart Impressions
is themed in Damask.) 😎
“for God sees not as man sees: for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord beholds the heart.”
[1 Samuel 16:7]
This post was written late Saturday night, but delivered for today…