Testimony of The Month
"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."
Testimony of The Month
Hi! My name is Emily Bowers. Leah and Nick asked me to share my story so here it is. Let me start by saying that I don’t believe in coincidences. I truly believe that God had His hand in every situation I tell about.
When I was a little girl, my mother taught me how to crochet. I crocheted hats, blankets, purses, scarves, etc. for years. I sold many from my Etsy store and at local shows and shops. In February, 2017, God planted the notion that I should crochet some jewelry. I bought some thread and beads and brought it with me to North Carolina while we were on our school break. I made a necklace, a bracelet, then another and another. Before I knew it, I had crocheted a lot of jewelry and I was able to sell it. Suddenly I was in the jewelry business!
In May of that year, I ran into a friend of my daughter. She “just happened” to know a person who has a store in Virginia Beach and was looking for things to sell. I contacted her and made arrangements to deliver several pieces to her store. On the way, I stopped to see my first friend, Cindy. As a child, I watched Cindy and her family live and love in Christ. She led me to Him as a teen. For her 60th birthday, Cindy had set a goal to give away 60 butterfly pins. She wanted to share her love of butterflies and their importance in her life. At that moment, I decided to make her a butterfly necklace.
Back on the road the next morning, I was doing a lot of thinking about how the Lord was working in my life. I knew that my new little jewelry business was a gift from God and as such, I knew that I was supposed to use it to glorify Him. But how? Little did I know, the answer was about to be revealed to me. As I drove in stop and go traffic, I frequently glanced at my phone. One of those times I clicked on Facebook and there it was! A webinar was to be aired soon called How to Create and Sell Your Art to Glorify God by a man named Matt Tommey, a basket artist from Asheville, NC. Ok, I may have butchered the title but that was the message. Guess what! It was starting at noon and it was then 11:58. I registered (of course, still not moving in traffic) and began listening. Matt was an engaging speaker and I took notes as best I could. His bottom line message is that it’s all about the connections we make with people.
When the webinar was over I had to make a desperately needed pitstop. I pulled over at the very next exit in Stafford, Virginia. I grabbed a quick lunch and back out to my car I noticed a Michaels store. If you know me, you know I don’t need anything from Michaels but I stopped because I felt compelled. Straight to the bead department I walked. There was one woman there looking at beads, Teresa Dennis. I started talking to her and for the next hour or more we talked. She makes jewelry for a recording artist! She listened to my story and told me hers. She told me the name of her business is Khakuun (pronounced cocoon) and her logo is a butterfly. Huh, that’s funny, another butterfly lover. For over an hour we stood in that aisle talking. We talked about our mutual love for Jesus and she suddenly said, “You know the Holy Spirit brought us together and He’s here with us right now. If he wants us together we have to figure out why and what He wants us to do”. She also pointed out that no one else had come in that aisle since we started talking. Teresa and I left with a promise to reconnect soon.
Since that day, my ministry and I have been blessed in so many ways. While I have known Nick and Leah for years (they graduated from high school with my daughter), they have become good friends. Nick has been helping me with my website. Teresa and I have become good friends and she is one of my business mentors. My business is growing and I am connecting with people daily. I have met some of the greatest people and made many new friends on this journey. Last week, while on my way to a show, I met Matt Tommey at his studio in Asheville! My message to you is that God works in and through us. God provides for us and takes care of us. He created us and He wants us to succeed. Keep your mind and heart open and you will experience God’s awesome works in your life, as well.
If you would like to see my jewelry please check it out at www.skipnstitches.com!