sometimes I just need a clear answer

Saturday morning, like 7 a.m. morning, I sat across one of my dearest friends and we chatted about our lives, our art, our passions, our families, our pains, our joys...I realized that I'm in Denver for this conversation right now, but "God what's your plan with Steve and I...?" was the question left in my heart unanswered.

After breakfast, I sat in my quiet living room (Steve likes to sleep-in) asking God, "Why Denver? Why are we here? What's your plan for us here? Sometimes, all I need a clear answer..." And on Sunday morning during the sermon, the pastor spoke these words, "You are all sitting here because God wants to use you in reviving this city: your neighbors." And in that moment, I truly felt it in my heart that God was talking to me. It was an overwhelming feeling combined with peace knowing that God gave me a clear answer. He knew that I needed a little boost, a little motivation because life can beat up on you.

Whether you have a faith foundation or not, I do hope it stirs something within you. I know that after God answered my question/doubt and it left me desiring more of Him : Here are the thoughts that I am processing this week,

  1. What do I do with God's confirmation? I need to trust that He has equipped us to be ambassadors of His love, compassion and mercy. And how will I pursue this...?
  2. Conviction to examine how I love others. Do I love my "neighbors" the way I love myself? I show myself a lot of grace, room for mistakes, and I make sure I am comfortable. Do I do the same for my neighbors - the people Jesus died for? YIKES, I'm not sure I do!! 

// Isaiah 61 // 
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, instead of a spirit of despair.

with joy,
Aneta Nina

Do what you love

a hot u-haul will make you do this...
Last year around this time, my husband and I were unpacking the U-Haul after our 18 hour journey from Milwaukee to Denver! And man, what a year it has been! 

We moved to Denver because my husband was offered a position in Golden, Colorado. It wasn't easy leaving our family and life in WI behind, but we knew this opportunity was open for a reason. And so far there are plenty to list.

I can spend hours writing about the things that God has done for me and through me, but I'll save that for another day.

Today, I want to introduce my Etsy shop, give with JOY!! {Yay} I have the most supportive family and friends back in Milwaukee that encouraged me to do this shop. {special shout out to Carina and Lori for responding to my calls and texts about my shop}

And to my Denver friends! Thank you for pouring out encouragement. There are three wonderful ladies in particular that shared their time and talent to ensure givewithJOY would be a  success (hopefully it will be).

Rachael spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon with me taking photos of my cards and then a mini photo shoot of myself. Rachael, remind me not to wave my hair back and forth next time - awkward! Check out Rachael's blog here. Caitlin, thank you for sharing your knowledge about running your own Etsy shop! You're truly an inspiration - hey, you should call me, maybe? Caitlin is an amazing artist. Check out her store here. And last but not least, Sharon. Thank you for your friendship. I love having a friend that inspires me to live my life out loud. Sharon did all my branding for givewithJOY. 

The next post, I will reveal more about my shop and what inspired me to go after this dream!

with joy,
Aneta Nina

Photo credit - Rachael Hope -
You rock, girl!
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