It has been such a whirlwind of a week! I am extremely grateful for the incredible response and support for my business that I launched exactly one week ago. I have pretty much gotten an inquiry each day about doing custom work for different people. Unfortunately though, because of that, I have not had a chance to add anymore new products to my Drift Shoppe. I think that's a good problem though and I promise they will come soon!
My Jesus Mornings
When I started the social media fast back at the end of May, I really wanted to spend some quality time focusing on reading my Bible, prayer, and spending time with the Lord. One of my favorite Instagram accounts that I follow is Valerie Woerner from Val Marie Paper. She makes these gorgeous prayer/gratitude journals as well as other paper products that are so perfect! I knew that when I started this journey I definitely needed one so I could start writing my prayers and praise reports down in it. I started doing this each morning right after I wake up in the most huge and comfy purple chair that was given to us by my in-laws. It sits right in the corner of our living room by a large window that faces the sunrise so every morning I pull the blinds open to let the beautiful morning light in so I can read and pray. It is extremely helpful for me (being somebody who has a wandering mind) to write down what I am thankful for, my prayers, and simply my whole conversation with Jesus. I just love this spot and this time with the Lord. It really brings my day into focus.
Ask and You Will Receive
Since I started this, there have been several things on my heart to pray for. I think reading The Circle Maker has certainly left a huge impression on my heart and mind and has helped me to realize there is so much more of God's goodness that we can tap into if we just ask. Matthew 7:7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, ad you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
I was realizing as I started seriously seeking God and praying that I never really have had a problem asking God for things, and I think that is directly related to my relationship with my earthly dad. The way my dad likes to show love is to give gifts, so growing up I got a lot of things. I mean, my family was never rich by any means so it wasn't like I got crazy expensive things, but my dad was always thinking of ways to love on me by buying me little treats or random items he saw when he was out shopping. I would also love to go shopping with him because I would sneak little stuff in the cart (like a new Barbie doll or some sugary cereal) that I wanted and he would never say no. So this whole concept of my dad giving me gifts reminded me of Luke 11:11-14 "What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" I know Jesus is talking in this verse about the gift of the Holy Spirit, but the same concept is true with all gifts from God in general. He wants to bless us, and he already does bless us even without us asking. But how much more would he give us if we just asked?
So my faith started growing more and more throughout my social media fast, and I began to ask for some serious blessings from God- things I was just lazy to really take the time to ask for in the past. A lot of it having to do with my business, Ryan's and my future with our career paths and lives in general, buying a house, getting out of debt, salvation and healing for loved ones, and so much more. Since then I have started seeing some incredibly awesome answers to prayer that really are pretty overwhelming. We have gotten a few financial blessings recently to help us get out of debt. We have also been blessed with the best realtor to help us find our perfect home. My business has been booming since I launched and there are new and exciting things on the horizon for our future career-wise. Ryan has a joke about how I must have some direct connection with God because every time I ask for things, I get them. Now obviously this isn't always true and I have a pretty hilarious but also seriously frustrating story to tell you all that is still an unanswered prayer. I would like to preface that it may sound a tad bit whiny and pretty silly but I know God likes to work miracles even in the silliest prayers.
The Story of the Lamest Period in "@DRIFT.DESIGNCO"
Like I said, I pray over the smallest things. When I decided on a name for my business, I noticed there was one problem in the social media websites with my new business name. There was a girl in Detroit, Michigan who also had a business with my same name and had an Instagram account with the username "@driftdesignco". If you know me, you know I am a girl who LOVES consistency. I got the Twitter username and Pinterest handle of @driftdesignco as well as the domain, www.driftdesignco.com, and I was the only Facebook page under that name, so I was all set except for my Instagram. The girl who had the username only had 3 posts, and the account was made private, so I thought maybe I could contact her to see if she would give me the username- I would even be willing to pay for it! I searched and stalked this lady like crazy and finally found her website and sent her an emaIl. I heard nothing back. So I sent another email- nothing. I then tracked her down through her job as a photographer and sent an email to her through that website. Nothing. A second email- nothing. Then I sent a message on the photography's Facebook page- yet again, nothing. This went on for a month and a a half until one day I finally found her personal Facebook and sent a message. Well apparently if you aren't friends with someone they won't see your message unless you pay $1 so I found that out the hard way after waiting for her to respond. So I paid the $1 and sent it again and I am not kidding, within seconds she responded and said- "Oh yeah I never use that account, you can totally have it." WHAT!?!?! How awesome!!! After a month and a half of serious praying and searching I finally got the username I wanted and it was really so simple too! I was so happy and thankful to God! Well here comes the extremely frustrating, so frustrating, it's hilarious part. I made a new Instagram account with the username @driftdesignco but just made it as a placeholder before I was ready to switch from my personal account after I launched the business and warned my followers I would be changing my name. The morning I launched the business, I went to delete the @driftdesignco account so I could change my personal account to that username. Apparently the way I deleted it went against Instagram's terms and conditions, so I got a message stating that I am no longer able to use the username @driftdesignco and nobody else is either. WHAT THE HECK!?!?!? I'm not going to lie- I cried for a second and thought about punching something. That could also be because I had only gotten a couple hours of sleep the night before, but I was SO BUMMED. What a let down. So I instantly took to Google to find out how to contact Instagram to get this misunderstanding fixed. Through searching, I found out that Instagram does not have any emails or phone numbers and the only way you can contact them is through reporting a problem within the app. I have done that every day for the last week- maybe sometimes twice a day and have heard nothing back. I took to the official Instagram Facebook page to see if I could message them. I have sent two messages and they have not read either and there is no place for me to pay the $1 so I make sure they see it. I tried direct tweeting them- but apparently you can't with their account? I commented on one of their Facebook posts with my concerns and had several people reply to my comment telling me they are going through something similar and Instagram is not responding. This is when I remembered that God is in the business of making the impossible possible. So I started witnessing to the other frustrated instagrammers that I have faith that God can work a miracle so that Instagram will respond and fix our problems. They all loved my optimism. Needless to say, I haven't gotten a response from Instagram yet, hence the most stupid period in my username. But I have faith that the Instagram team will help and I WILL NOT stop sending them messages EVERY DAY until my issue is resolved and that period is gone! =)
I know that this story is pretty lame in the grand scheme of things and there are far worse problems in the world than me not getting my perfect Instagram username. But I guess I say all of this to encourage you all to press into God and to continually seek Him and ask him for things no matter how long it takes, or how small your requests may seem. I was really hoping that by the time I wrote this blog post I would have an incredible story saying how I finally got the username I wanted. I haven't yet, but sometimes things don't come so easily. We have to work for it.
This story reminds me of the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18. A woman goes to a judge and ask him for justice against her adversaries. He refused for quite some time but she was persistent and kept asking over and over again. Until one day he was so bothered by her, that he gave in and did what she was asking him to do. This is me right now with Instagram, with student loan debt, with looking for the perfect house, with guidance in our future endeavors, and so much more. I am asking God to give me the strength to keep persisting and circling these issues in prayer until we get answers. Only by His grace can I even have the motivation to do this.
He wants to bless us because He loves us. So don't be afraid to ask and don't be afraid to circle that prayer even if it means you have to pray the same prayer over several hundred times. Remember, God is in the business of making the impossible possible!