. . .I made more $ than I would have if I had a yard sale. . .and I realized I am an artist, all in 48 hours...because I posted my creations on Craiglist. . .AND THEY SOLD!!! First let me say a goodbye to my creations, then I will tell you how the Lord let the Spirit touch my heart to remind why we have talents. . .and more importantly why we should use them.
It gives me another week to use it. I am so excited to think this sweet couple will be making memories on the table I gave new life to. It was so ugly before. . .Want to see how ugly?
They actually look better in the picture than they did in person. They were nasty dirty and we had to use a knife to get the goopy, yucky stain off the top. You can see where one of the cushions was ripped open. . .And now they are perfection.
She asked me if I painted the frame and I told her I did.
"Have an Attitude of Gratitude" by Thomas S. Monson (the President and Prophet of the LDS, Mormon, church). I printed the quote (for free!), from Mormon Mommy Blogs. She then said you must be LDS. I was surprised she said this because not many people see the name Thomas S. Monson and know who he is! I was hoping she would say she was too and she did...but not quite. She was raised LDS, but she isn't now. . . :( Her parents are and her mom is coming to stay with her for 20 days in a couple of weeks to help her paint and decorate her new home. She is using the piece she bought from me as a jumping off point to decorate her living room. My little side table is going to help set the feel for her living room. . . ! . . . It is a small world.
Patriarchal Blessing, actually says I will help others make their homes beautiful, so it can be appreciated by their children and communities. In Matthew chapter 25, the Lord gives men talents (talents where coins, but we know that this is a lesson on using the things we have to bless others: our talents), and when the man that was given 5 talents comes back and shows the Lord that he has doubled his talents, the Lord says to him: "Well, done though good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter though into the joy of thy Lord." The Lord is pleased when we use what he has given us. The Lord was not happy with the man who hid his 1 talent. That man was called slothful. I am not going to be slothful with the talent the Lord has given me. In Moroni 10:18, it says: "And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that every good gift cometh of Christ." I know that the Lord has given us all gifts and it is our job to find them in ourselves and use them! Some of us are just to self doubting, and stubborn to use them. I know that the Lord has made me an artist and I am going to use that talent to bless and serve others. It is a tender mercy to be cleaning the house and for the Lord to remind me through the Spirit that I have a talent, the He gave me.
Next week when the new owners of the beloved come to pick her up, and after that, I will be painting the old table and chairs and the dining room. I am so excited to have one room completely done. It will be a perfect 16th anniversary gift to our little family.