Have y'all ever had a dream, but sat on it out of fear or a reluctance to go against the grain? Although I've always been willing to be different, because Oh boy am I different, I wasn't always willing to follow my dream. I think every boy and girl has a dream when they're little, and sometimes they're lucky enough to have parents or someone else who fosters that dream. Sometimes that dream really is out of touch with reality, and then other times its actually God-driven. What's the litmus test that tells us which it is? I would say does your dream glorify God? If it does, then you're probably on the right track.
Every since I was a little girl I've had a dream y'all. My dream was to be an encourager. I suppose the fact that I didn't have a lot of encouragement as a child made me want to be that for others. I have always been a positive soul, and always had a call of God on my life, even before I realized it. Looking back I sure wish I had recognized it sooner, because He has always been chasing me. He instilled this dream in my very being, but even though I had this dream, I had zero clue how to accomplish that. Did I have ideas? Of course, I did, but did I get off track? Of course, I did!
My young self, who didn't know Jesus and had no clue about life, took off into adulthood by jumping in feet first and making life a whole lot of complication for myself. I had babies young, didn't have any real plan for a career, and just forget about following that dream, or listening to God. I couldn't even hear God at that point in my life, and still, there was a nudge that would not stop pulling at my heartstrings for more. I knew I had so much to share, and I also knew God had given me an incredible gift of words and writing, but did I put two and two together to come up with four, of course I didn't, well, not for many years.
You see, I'm creative. I create, it's what I do. I'm an artist, a writer, a photographer, a designer, I love to create things and I'm not bad at doing it. That's been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, but when you're trying to fill a void in your soul because you don't know Jesus, it's all in vain. That was me for so many years and then about a decade ago that all changed and I met Jesus. I'd love to say that coming to Jesus moment completely transformed my life and set me on the path to His great destination for me, but I'd be lying. Yes, some people have that kind of God experience when they get saved and radically change and transform in literally moments, but that was not me. I did change of course, but the kind of transformation I'm talking about didn't happen overnight. Maybe God just knew how stubborn I am, or maybe I was just being stubborn, either way, it took me a bit to figure out what God was saying to me, how He was guiding me and where He was directing me.
After some tug of war with Jesus, and trying to do things myself, I finally submitted to His will and started to do things His way. Just living my life, the way He designed me to be, and not taking one minute for granted. Shining His light for all to see and sharing the love of Jesus with them, and letting Him use it all for His glory. That's how "That Farm Charm" was born. Now it was actually "born" long before it was born on social media. It's been being birthed for about three years now, but by listening to Him, He has allowed me to take the things I love to the next level and touch lives through creation, but mostly because of and all for Jesus.
So if you were wondering, who is this girl, where did she come from, and what is this Farm Charm all about? Well, now you know a little piece of what makes me tick, why I do what I do, and how this all came to be. It's all for the Glory of God. He's in charge of this dog and pony show. When I die, I pray it's not me that is remembered, but Him and how He changed me. I am honored to get on here every day and share my life, my vision, and my Lord and Savior. I pray that along the way something I say, do, create or share will be an encouragement to someone. I know that it's all about Jesus, and I just wanna share Him with the world.
Welcome to "That Farm Charm". I pray I've been an encouragement to you. Chase your dreams, but don't do it for yourself, do it for Jesus. When you're in His will, and you're asking His direction He will never steer you wrong. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! I know it because the bible tells me so! (Philippians 4:13).
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for taking the time out of your day to read what I have to say. This place is a little piece of the internet that belongs to Jesus, he just put me in charge for awhile. If you enjoyed this blog, please "spread the charm" to your friends by sharing it, and give me a like or leave me a comment below.
Hi I'm Jen, and I'm so glad you're here. I have a passion for Jesus, my family, and connecting with a more simple way of life. I love to write, and enjoy many creative avenues. I look forward to sharing so much with y'all so come back often!
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