Sing Anyway

Life is hard and it is so easy to become discouraged. Maybe you aren’t seeing the results of your extra effort at work, maybe you feel your spouse has become distant, maybe you are struggling to lose those extra pounds, or maybe you are in a place in your life where if it could go wrong, it has.

Since leaving my corporate job, I have rented a booth in an antique store and have been painting furniture and loving it! We started our little furniture venture last August and it was going great! Then here came April and sales grinded to a halt. I had some beautiful pieces of furniture, along with great glassware and artwork, but no one was shopping. We still made a few sales, but not enough to help keep it going.

I became greatly discouraged and just stopped painting. I just thought if my products are not selling, I must have not done a good job, and why should I even continue. It was like a punch in the gut. My husband was so encouraging. He said just keep going, sales will start to pick up. He believed in the work I was doing even when I didn’t.

Just this week, sales have started to pick up and two pieces of furniture that I loved sold. It has reignited my belief in my ability and the love I have for bringing antiques back to life with paint. I have several pieces lined up and ready for my creative touch.

I read a quote that perfectly sums up my little furniture booth and life in general. Emory Austin said, “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.” Just sing! Just keep going! God has given us all gifts, and He wants us to use them while we are here on earth. Our gifts and talents should be used to the glory of God. Some days it seems that you are just spinning your wheels but just keep going.  God is going to use you and your gifts when the time is right.

This week’s recipe is an easy peasy summer side dish. Right now, at almost every farmer’s market you can find an abundance of squash and zucchini. These delicious summer squashes are tasty, quick to prepare, and super easy! I hope you enjoy this yummy side dish at your next dinner.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9