Imperfection and Thrifting 

There is beauty in imperfection. I saw a doll missing her left arm in the thrift store today. I picked her up with the intention of throwing her into the trash. But I notice there was something special about this doll. 

Even though her left arm was missing, she was still a beautiful doll. In a world where people will do anything to be perfect, it’s nice to be reminded that IMPERFECTION is just as beautiful. 

I use to be an out-of-control perfectionist and I literally developed stomach ulcers as a result. The difficulties of life humbled me and transformed me into the woman I am becoming. The THRIFTLife is teaching me so much about real authentic beauty. 


My hair may not be perfect sometimes; my knees hurt often; I need reading glasses now; I have crazy painful headaches; life seems unfair sometimes, and the list goes on and on. BUT….what matters most is that external imperfections produce the most amazing inner beauty. 

God created us all with extraordinary beauty inside, and it gives us the ability to see beauty in anything if we simply look beyond the “perfection”. 

I love the ThriftLife because I get to encounter treasure & the most amazing people. I see God. I see Him in the people and the many different items that are donated. 

“An ordinary life can be extraordinary, there is beauty in IMPERFECTION, and that magic can be found in the everyday”   

#ThriftingIsMyLife  #Jesus4Ever

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“Give Up The Maps”

I read this on a blog once and now it seem so timely for my present journey:

“There is not a right way to pioneer new territory. It is a step-by-step journey, completely dependent on God, who usually only gives you the next step. I still crave a map and a guide, but I am learning to lean into the Spirit and God’s Word when I feel alone and lost–and He has yet to forsake me. But do seek the counsel of those pioneers who have cut through the wilderness before. Their remarkable bravery can inspire the strength you need to take new steps”

The presence of the Lord is showing up in unusual amazing ways at our thrift store.  It’s blowing my mind daily at the love, grace and faithfulness of our Lord. He knows all things. 

Who would have ever thought that a dream to simply live out James 1:27 and praying to God for ideas for ongoing provision to help others would lead to a thrift store. 

I had to throw the maps away because my religious map mindset prevented me from thinking outside the box. 


I just said YES and leaped off the cliff of faith, with my eyes closed tight, hoping Abba would catch me. And He did! 


I am having a blast! And the best part I get to walk this journey with my BFF, Stephanie Chosen, a woman of amazing faith. 

And we get to come alongside my humbled son, Joshua, and assist him in his Dirty Water Coffee Company journey. Check out his amazing site    http://www.dirtywaternc.com/

Then there is George and Nicholette; WOW God! The most passionate, loving and faith filled business partners one could ever have. 

And the very best blessing is the ongoing encounters with amazing men, women and children who shop at Thrift2Gift-Garner; those who donate and the sincere prayer warriors who pray for us. 

THANK YOU JESUS! I am so glad I threw away the maps and simply said yes without complicating things. 

If you are reading this blog and live in NC, you need to make your way to Thrift2Gift and experience His presence and amazing people. 

PS: we love to pray for people in the store. 
EseosaRain 

Living His Dream

A Journey of Trust

I am hours away from opening the doors for the very first time to a vision given by God Himself. The mission of Thrift2GIft-Garner is saving children globally, one child at a time. 

 

My heart leaps with joy knowing that I am touching the heart of God. Knowing that many others are praying, encouraging and sowing into this awesome vision.

This is a Body of Christ and Community effort. What Abba has planned has yet to unfold completely. 

Thrift2Gift-Garner, as well as our sister stores in Cary and Apex, have the opportunity to be a bright light in our local communities, help families to afford clothing and other items they need, reach out to individuals in transition from jail, homelessness, etc. The list goes on.

  
Thrift2Gift will touch Nations like Dominican Republic, Mexico, Kenya Africa, Haiti, Belize and Nations yet to be known. 

This is definitely a journey of trust because only Jehovah Jirah Himself can provide what we need to develop this vision long term. 

James 1:27 is who I am. The love of Jesus has given me a heart of flesh so that I am moved with compassion when I see others in need. I can’t imagine life any other way.   

   
How do you ignore these beautiful feet created by God and destined for greatness. 

We can’t. So we step out in faith and walk out the visions given by God; visions that will show us how to help others and be the salt of the earth. 

A journey of trust.

If you are moved at the sight of a problem, then God wants to give you the solution. Pray, seek and you will find. Be a doer and not just a hearer. 

Eseosa Rain