I was writing a blog for a new shop and the Lord spoke understanding to my heart in the new blog. I wanted to share.
I live in Troutdale, Oregon, where there are some cute retail shops. A cozy warm area you can stroll down and look at antique shops with crafty things in them.
I had looked there, some time ago, to start a small business. Everything was out of my price range, which is very small pickin's these days. So I had set aside looking there for the time being, but it was the place I truly wanted to start a small shop.
I ask the Lord in prayer, out loud in my kitchen one night, mentioning all the reasons I thought it was a good idea to have a small shop, knowing in my heart it was sincere and why I felt it would be best to have an inexpensive place to start.
I ask for something between -and - amounts.
The phone rang a bit later, and it was a lady with a shop Iíd looked at some time back, at the very best price now, a place they hadnít planned on renting separately before.
Wow! Like many prayers in the past, this place was an answer to that conversation with the Lord. My confidence was now full to start because the Lord brought it and I knew it was okay.
I now know what it means when Jesus says, that their joy be full. Ask anything in my name that your joy would be full and that we would go and bear much fruit.
That is exactly what comes to me as I share.
That in knowing that I ask, and the Lord brought the answer, my joy was full, and now my confidence was also strong in going, to go out and do and bear fruit, as I knew the Lord brought it.
And so that is how Cranberry House has gotten started in Troutdale, Oregon.
Iíll be opening about March 20th, Ď09. I'm starting a blog, which will be a diary of sorts, on shopkeeping, and crafting, and the Lordís wonderful ways, in downtown Troutdale.
If you are ever in the area, come by and visit me.