I think DIY-ing can be so fulfilling! Watching your very own piece of work come to life from start to finish is amazing to see! For the past year, I’ve had the pleasure of leading fun DIYs with a group of young girls, who have grown to mean so much to me!
WARNING: Personal, sappy content BELOW
This year has been…different. I think if I were to write a book I would call it the year of silent suffering. But I still had my saving graces and I’m hopeful that there’s a great change ahead. One of those saving graces, were a group of young girls!
I started Jewels & Gems, a mix of Proverbs 31:10 and DIY craftations (made up word) with every intention of pouring into others, but little did I know that these girls were pouring back into me. I (maybe we) often feel unworthy, stuck between trying to have it all together and watching it all fall apart, so naturally, I felt unworthy. I often contemplated canceling our Sunday sessions because of this feeling. And while I know I’m called to do so much, I still felt as if I would always fall short.
I’d ask myself how can I lead when I’m confused or scared, angry, out of it..and the list goes on. How can I help these girls see how great they truly are all on their own when lately I’m finding that I’m not as great as I may appear to be. This battle in my mind was constant but these young girls helped me realize something new this year. Their excitement, desire to be around me, willingness to listen mended the breaking pieces inside of me. They reminded me of what I often try to remind others, that it’s okay not to be PERFECT. Perfection is overrated. And in life, I don’t have to be perfect to be used by God, to further His agenda for my life here on earth.
I am indebted to these girls. I couldn’t be more grateful for each and every one of them. They are everything that my shirt states. Extraordinary, inspiring, passionate, awesome, fearless, creative, important (especially to me), joyful, incredible, kind… They are AMAZING!
More info about Jewels & Gems:
I started Jewels and Gems in 2018, a DIY session with young girls (7 over the year) to instill confidence and creativity! Each session we create our very own DIY and review an uplifting bible verse. The name Jewels and Gems comes from Proverbs 31:10…She is far more precious than jewels. And of course, Jewels & Gems linking to fun DIY pieces for girls! I am hoping to expand in 2019 and open up J&G to more girls throughout the surrounding communities
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I love this shirt, but what I love most about it is that the brand has paired with a non-profit organization that empowers young girls! Everything that I’m all about!