I’ve missed you all so much, and believe it or not, lately I’ve REALLY missed creating! Like.. A LOT!
I have a few estate sales on my calendar, but until then, I’ve just wanted to make something.
I guess God knew I was getting antsy, so He gave me something to do this week…
Working for a church has proved to be the greatest job in the world! I LOVE the people I work with and I LOVE the people who walk through the doors Sunday morning. I also LOVE that I can talk about God, pray, read my Bible, or listen to Christian music whenever I want…at work! It’s a great feeling!
This past Monday, during our staff meeting, we were talking about what kind of trophy we should get for the winners of our LifeGroup chili cook-off this past Wednesday. I piped up and mentioned that I had a friend who used to have an old Chili’s sign that we could probably buy. Everyone decided that would be a fun trophy, so I got right on it!
Unfortunately, I later found out that my friend had sold the sign. Now what?
So here I am Tuesday afternoon trying to figure out what we could use for a trophy instead. Then I had it! God has gifted me with the ability to create, what could I create instead?
That night I went home and pulled out a board I had sitting in the garage. I sat and stared at it for a while. Surely I could turn that board into a trophy of some kind!
I thought for a minute that I could paint a chili on it and cut it out of the wood, but then remembered that my husband wasn’t home and I had never used the saw before. Probably not a great idea.
I decided to make a large sign instead…
So, I stained the board with a dark walnut stain.
While it dried, I printed out a large chili using www.blockposters.com.
I shaded the back like I did here. Once it was shaded, I positioned it on the board, traced it, and then painted inside the lines.
Once the chili was painted on, I did the same process with the letters.
Here is what it looked like before I painted inside the letters (please excuse the iPhone pics!)…
Later, I decided that it would look better with the letters painted in, so using my white paint pen, I painted the inside too.
That night, as a chili judge, I got the honor of tasting several bowls of chili. First of all, let me say, I have never been a food judge before, so I really didn’t know what I was in for! We had to rate the chili on its smell, taste, texture, consistency, and spice. I really didn’t understand why I couldn’t just rate it a 1-10 and be done, but it was definitely different and made really think about the food I was eating. I will say that I am not a spicy food kind of person, and one of the bowls about knocked my socks off!! I couldn’t stop coughing and my eyes were watering like crazy! Not nice people. Not nice.
I have NEVER tasted so many different kinds of chili. I am obviously not a food critic, or a chili connaisseur, after all I figured, chili is chili. Boy was I wrong! Some of our groups were over-the-top fancy! One of my favorites was one that had cornbread at the bottom, chili on top, and sour cream and cheddar cheese on top. YUM!
By the time I was done I starting to thing that I had no idea what chili was all about! I mean, I have seriously never seen chili made so many different ways!!
I had a blast and the groups had a great time!
As a furniture painter, I rarely got to see the people who bought my furniture, but this time, when our pastor pulled out my sign, everyone laughed and clapped I was overjoyed! They loved it!
Of course, the winners REALLY loved it!
For years, while I was teaching, I would pray that God would show me His will for me. I knew that teaching was not what I was supposed to be doing. I could feel it with everything in me! The problem was that I didn’t know WHAT God wanted me to do, so I continued teaching.
Then, when I quit teaching, I thought, now what? And The Rustic Pig was born, but something still didn’t feel right.
Now, it feels right. I have no doubt that I am where God wants me to be. The neat thing is that I can look back and see how God spent all that time molding me into what He needed me to be in order to do the job that I do now.
For example, I am in charge of our weekly newsletter and Facebook for our church. If I hadn’t spent a year blogging, I wouldn’t know how to do half of the things I need to do for those two platforms. Another example is that for years I helped and worked at our church in Dallas as a greeter and managed volunteers over the summer. Now, that’s the majority of my job… working with the greeters and the ushers. I LOVE it!
If you leave reading this today and get nothing out of it but this, then I will be happy… If you aren’t happy where you are right now, know that there is a good chance that God is making you restless. God has bigger and better plans for your future. Start praying about it now and watch how God starts to mold you into the person He want to use.
Much love and many blessings,