At the end of 2015 I was feeling deeply in need of spark and vision. Living in this restoration project has worn me thin. I found that it was eating up all of the time I spent on my passions. It has kept me from going full force into anything. Then, I stumbled onto this little dream guide on Instagram. (Jennie Allen runs If Gathering here in Austin.) I looked at it for a minute and I wanted to get it. Now, let me tell you, I am not into flighty big dream schemes. I usually balk at stuff like this. There was something different here though. This guide allowed you to reflect and challenge yourself. There were several categories to evaluate your 2015 in. This gave you the opportunity to see where you would like to change in the coming year.
Now. I do stuff. Most people would tell you that I am crazily doing stuff. The problem in my heart was that I lived among such chaos that I couldn't focus on the dreams God had planted in my heart.
I wrote it all out.
What are the dreams God has planted in your heart?
*I want to finish our house so that it can be used to it's fullest potential as a place of retreat, prayer, worship, and a counseling center. (aka I want to be done remodeling so I can keep my house clean!)
* I want to teach my girls and play with them well.
*I want to write.
*I want to minister to widows, orphans, the afflicted.
So. Step One. I drew out our house.
As you can see, I wrote out every single little nit-picking thing that I could think of that needs to be done in this house. Instead of waiting for someone to do all of the work with me, I mentally went through there and asked myself what I could do. Then, I started throwing all of my resources at it. Since the beginning of the year, I have redone a floor, painted 400 sf of wood walls, taped, floated, and textured 2,000 sf of wall space and begun painting it. When I am done, I hope to move into another passion.
I have been counseling out of our house, but I am looking to expand that. On the side, I love painting and metal work (patina). I have been making jewelry to raise money for adoptions, orphan care, etc. Then, some dreams were shared with me. Most of you know about my Haitian friend Wilson. He had this dream to go see his birth mom in Haiti. Well, we raised the $2,200 for the plane tickets for his family to go. The dream grew into providing food for his family, school for his brother, and potentially a house for his mom. These things all add up to only around $4,000. God is providing and I'll keep making jewelry and asking for help to make Wilson's dream a reality. https://www.gofundme.com/wilsonguenther
God has opened some precious doors for me to make jewelry with scripture on it for homeless women in Houston. It's something I lived through for a time and it is such a gift to remind women of how much God thinks of them when they feel rejected by everything.
I just want to say thank you. Thank you for supporting my dreams. Thank you for giving and buying things so that I can keep counseling for free and advocating for the orphan, the widow, and the afflicted. There would be no dream without you. Keep shopping. Love y'all.
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