Almost in tears she plodded downstairs. Two nights later she was to show her Christmas cards at a business networking event, where she could possibly sell them. Her business “Cards Especially For You” was only weeks old and she had run into her first problem. Photographs and clip art were proving very useful as she prepared for the Christmas season. However she had spent so much time scanning photographs and laying them out in the programme workspace, she had not had time to check whether or not she could sell cards with clipart on them. Instead she had produced a hundred of them the previous day, thinking it would be okay. However, after dinner that night her husband had said something which reminded her to look at the programme licence. She could not produce the images on anything she was going to sell.
This was not the first time she had been so bitterly disappointed and her thoughts turned to cancelling her spot in the exhibition. Her husband wasn’t much support either stating,
“You should have checked before printing dear.”
Feeling defeated Carol sat looking at the television while her thoughts turned towards God and the strength He had been throughout her life. Hadn’t He had got her through tough situations so many times before. Now she turned to Him for inspiration, praying silently for some answer.
“Please Lord,” she prayed in desperation, “show me what to do!”
Looking round the room, her gaze fell on a box she had brought down to sort through. Sensing an urgency to look through it, she pulled it over beside her and looked inside. The box contained some of her Sunday School Teaching material from years before. Photographs showed the various events including Christmas parties she had organised. Books reminded her of the frustrations and rewards of teaching God’s Word to children. Books with outlines in it for tracing and use at will brought to memory the long nights she spent tracing them on paper for her class to colour…. Slowly an idea began to form. Before computers there were only the typewriter, duplicator, photographs and drawing.
“Thank You Lord!” Her silent heartfelt appreciation was immediate.
Almost running upstairs, her discoveries in hand, Carol settled down to scan in the photographs of Christmas decorations, food and carol singing scenes. Next she traced the outlines from the book and after going over the images with a thick black pen, scanned them in to her computer programme.
The words, “Thank You Lord!” and “Praise You Lord!” escaped continually in a grateful whisper as whe worked.
Being pedantic about the placing of the images, she wanted every card to be top quality and look as professional as possible. She wanted to do the best for her Lord that she could, so by the time the cards were ready to be printed, she had worked into the small hours.
The next day she printed one of each of the cards to show her husband. He looked at them and asked,
“Are you going to put colour pens in with the childrens’ colouring in cards?”
“Great idea!” Carol exclaimed in response.
With that she printed out several hundred cards ready for her exhibition. The following night she turned up in good time and set up her table. Everyone commented on the cards, and said what a great idea the colouring cards were. Business wasn’t booming exactly, but that didn’t seem to matter anymore.
Once she had packed up and returned home she felt as though a weight had lifted off her shoulders. Since beginning “Cards Especially For You” she had felt so alone. Her life had been spent working as a housewife and helping in the church. For the first time she was actually being paid for the work she was producing which gave her a feeling of achievement, but since that night when she thought she had failed so badly, God had been present with her in a new way. No longer was she alone in business the way she had been for the past few weeks. The Lord was her companion as He had been all her life, but now He was her business partner to Whom she could take everything.
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