Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Be my hands....

Remember how I said a few posts back how God is in the details of our lives. Even the things that seem so trivial or minute. I have an example to share with you all. Some, who might not know how God works, would think it mere coincidence. Not me.

I know better. Every tiny situation is orchestrated by God above. Here's the story. I was designing a necklace for a customer the other day. She wanted a specific scripture verse hand-stamped on a silver disc necklace. I was stamping away when I came to stamping the actual numbers. It just so happens that in my steel forged metal stamp set you use the same stamp for the "9" AND the "6". You see where I'm going here.....

The reference was SUPPOSED to be Jeremiah 29:11, which is: "For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". She's giving this necklace to her daughter as gift as she heads off to college. I inadvertantly stamped Jeremiah 26...when I realized it was suppose to be a "9". So, I stopped immediately and thought to myself there has to be a way to salvage this sterling silver disc. I ran to get my bible to see if Jeremiah 26 held any verses that might be nice to quote on the disc. Funny how God works. HE'D orchestrated what I thought was a "mistake"...only to be surprised that he had a verse HE wanted me to see all along. It was this.

Jeremiah 26:14--As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.

I have long looked for a scripture that personifies Me, and the mission I want to accomplish through the ministry of my business Faith Creations, LLC. It's not just jewelry I am creating. I want my designs to mean something to the wearer. I want them to smile when they wear my creations, and most of all I want God to be glorified through my works. Until now...I haven't found a scripture that I "felt" accurately described ME. I believe that's because God wanted me to have this verse as my life verse. So, may I introduce to the Mission Statement verse for Faith Creations, LLC.

Jeremiah 26:14 AS FOR ME, I AM IN YOUR HANDS; DO WITH ME WHATEVER YOU THINK IS GOOD AND RIGHT.

I just love it. Thank you Jesus for showing me this little nugget in Your timing.

On a side note, I'm SO THRILLED to get to be His hands this weekend as our church small group and lots of brothers and sisters in Christ honor a special lady at our church who has had a rough 2 years. She's a single mom with 3 kids who has recently moved into a home of her own from the homeless shelter she's been living in for the last year. We've adopted her family and are totally furnishing her new home. It's all about pulling together resources and talents and blessings someone who truly deserves to have things go right for her for once. Thank you Jesus for allowing me to BE YOUR HANDS. Nothing touches my heart more than being able to help others. This is a tangible way I can contribute.

I also want to say that for the next few months (I haven't decided how long yet) I will be donating 10% of all my jewelry sales to her family. They are in dire need of help. Friends, they lost everything and are starting from scratch, literally. We're talking no pillows to lay their heads upon at night. That will all change this weekend. I am honored to get to be part of God's plan.

Thanks for listening. Now place those orders.....(wink, wink)

Designing for a Purpose,
Heather Rice

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your blog gave me chills. God truely is great.

Dana

tripntwinmom said...

Wow! That is just spectacular! I do need to get with you on a necklace for a friend....I will be emailing you soon....

The Iveys said...

That is such a God thing! I love it!

AlemanClan said...

It is so great to help those in need...especially to come together with other Christians and do it together. Dax is in Tijuana right now and I can't wait to hear all he has to say about serving others as a group for Christ's sake. Thanks so much for sharing. God is so good!!

Anonymous said...

and just as you are in God's hands: you beautiful pieces are in your hands!!! Love, Greta

Tim Perkins said...

I agree with anonymous. This blog gave me chills, and I now have another favorite scripture.