God Will Qualify You

but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected[and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (amp)

Hello Everyone!

Its been a while I know since i’ve blogged.  I have been super busy sewing for an upcoming fashion show and website launch for my Clothing Label Virtuous By Design.  I am super excited for this because i’ve been working really hard for the past year behind the seams researching the best business strategies, designing and testing markets for this  launch.  I’m believing that this is going to be a very successful and busy season.

Which leads me today’s post. The launching of my apparel line has me a bit reflective lately. As I was journaling yesterday morning I began to think back on my sewing journey. I really sucked at sewing when I first started, but I also really enjoyed it and soon found that I had a passion for it.  This journal entry very succinctly gives an accurate picture of the last 14 years of my sewing life.  I thought i’d share it with you.

April 2, 2019

but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected[and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (amp)

I remember all the tears I shed, all the countless moments where I doubted my sewing abilities.  All of the grueling late night sewing sessions where me and my sewing machine were battling in the process of getting a project done.

The moment when God called me to sew professionally and I told him “i’m not good enough yet.” but He told me “do it anyway”.

The moments when God brought me clients who had more faith in me than I had in myself and when I cried over every sewing mistake that I made.

Every sewing book and blog post that I read, tutorial that I watched, online classes that I purchased, every successful sewing project that kept me encouraged and every sewing failure that kept me humble.

Countless prayers for sewing mentors and instructors that I could turn to for confirmation that I was doing it right. Only to find out that your Holy Spirit was guiding me the whole time.

Fashion Design school, to teaching others what I know and now the official launch of a dream that was conceived before I was even born.  For your word says in Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Every triumph, every battle, every struggle, every mountain and every valley.  It was all in preparation for this very special moment in my life.  I now understand that my journey had to be painful…. You were teaching me that I didn’t need to be perfect to serve you.  I just needed to be willing to put in the work.  Thank you Lord for strengthening and perfecting me in the journey.

If there is anything that my sewing journey has taught me is that “God does not call the qualified.  He qualfies the called”.  When God gives you a gift its not always something that you might be naturally good at.  Sometimes its something that is in you but requires a process of cultivation.

Well that’s it.  I pray that my testimony encouraged you.  Until next time…..

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8 thoughts on “God Will Qualify You

  1. Oh my goodness–what a testimony, that is truly singing my song! I am in the same position in my sewing efforts. Like you, many people have more faith in me and my skills than I have in myself. Recently, I got a request for three outfits from the same friend. I’ve made her a few items previously but I dont know why I get so anxious when people ask me to sew for them. I have business cards, labels and everything else I need, but somehow I struggle to get this business off the ground. Many times our greatest battle is within us. I am so encouraged after reading your story/testimony. Best wishes for your business.

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  2. Hi! Mu sister forwarded this to me, saying she knew I would be blessed by it. SHE WAS RIGHT! My confidence level in my sewing, and knitting, has plummeted over the years. I used to make just about everything I wore, bit scared now, so I don’t. Even my crafting has me scared. Why? I see mistakes, and am sure nobody will want to pay e en for my wallets, purses etc. Maybe I should bite the bullet and do it anyway. If no one will pay for my work, I guess I can gift people with them. Thank you. adiana7042@gmail.com

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    1. Marlene. I’ve been in your shoes and on some levels I still experience it. I’ve learned that my lack of confidence in my skills caused me to look at my work through an incorrect lens. I had to make a conscious decision to change my perspective on my sewing. I had to stop comparing myself to others. I also decided to focus on what I did well and try and find ways to improve on the places that I knew I could do better. The last thing is that I had learn that not everyone is going to like what I do. But I pray and ask God to place people in my path who will like what I do and pay for it. Lastly. I strive for neatness not perfection. You would be surprised by how people will notice your effort even if it’s not perfect. I hope that encourages you. ❤️thanks for sharing.

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  3. To God Be The Glory…Thank you so much for sharing your testimony/story…
    We serve an Awesome God…
    God’s continued Abundant Blessings upon you and your business…

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  4. “When God gives you a gift its not always something that you might be naturally good at. Sometimes its something that is in you but requires a process of cultivation.”

    This statement right here is ever so true, ESPECIALLY the last sentence…..Not everybody’s gift is evident, but it’s in there, it just needs to be cultivated. Yesss!!!
    Thank you sharing!

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