About a month ago, Colleen and I were discussing what’s next for Farm Girl Fresh. “Where do we go next?” “How do we get our message out to more people?”
After a phone call, and some encouragement from others, we decided to take a leap of faith (not sure my pulse has slowed yet) and sign up for this year’s Home & Garden Show.
Now to the to-do list. Forms to complete, booth to build, books to transport, hotel rooms to reserve, apparel to order, painting to do and a whole host of other items to complete. I share this only to give you an idea of what we really signed up for.
Monday morning I got up to read my new If:equip study and guess what it was titled? “Then What?” Do you think the timing could be any more perfect? A two week study asking the question “Then What?” I could hardly wait to see what message there was for me each day.
Day one started out talking about taking action, telling others (children, friends, neighbors). And, asking the question, where are we called to go. Day two talked about encouragement and how we need each other. Day three talked about allowing our walls to come down, being real and honest. Day four was about “One Spirit”. Many parts making up one, each using their gifts and talents and thriving in rich community. Day Five discussing the importance of community. How we are placed here for a reason. A place to grow us in community.
As I listened throughout the week I thought about the parallels of things happening in my own life. Taking action (we are heading to the Home & Garden Show); Encouragement (people cheering us on to take this step); Being real and honest (constructing real walls – relying on others ideas and suggestions – being real with each other with what works and what doesn’t); One spirit (builders, painters, graphic designers, IT specialist, marketing consultants and others, – all using their gifts and talents to help us); and last, Community (families spending time together – working together).
What lessons I am learning in taking that first step of saying “yes” to something totally unfamiliar to me. And, what a privilege to have the opportunity to grow together in community over a simple booth at a Home & Garden Show.
Please join us at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show February 26th – 28th and March 4th -6th. We look forward to seeing you at booth #143.