wolfe99 on May 17, 2014
Beautiful! This made a tribute to celebrate our 15th anniversary.
Elizabeth Matthews on Oct 24, 2013
Love my portraits! She did a fabulous job
The Neglected Dream Come True
Sometimes you don't see what you have when it's always been there. I've always had the gift of artistic ability. Well, It's not my gift at all really. It's God's gift to my Grandmother that I'm pretty sure he found fit to hand-me-down it to me. Since this gift was not actually mine, (I mean I didn't have to work for it) I neglected it. I used it for my own pleasure, a way to relax at the end of the day, and an easy way to get approval if I wasn't getting that elsewhere. I'd rather spend my time working on my real dream. BROADWAY.
That's right. Broadway. I'm not as naturally gifted in the area of performing as I am in my workmanship with art but that didn't stop me from my dream. I think I desired it more because I had to work for it. I still dabbled in art (never in classes mind you) but in good fun, and never seriously considering it despite my parents best encouragements.
This dream kept kicking until God made it clear to me that I could worship my dream or I could worship Him. Worshipping my dream took a lot of focusing on me, determination, and time spent away from those I love and should be serving. Clearly the path I needed to take was a path towards redemption.
Giving up "my dream" was not as hard as it would seem. God has always kept me in His favor and the most fulfillment I can have is in His arms whether I always know that or not. I took a step back and looked at my options. How can I do what I love while serving God and others? I pondered this a while over my senior year and in the meantime stumbled across the love of my life.
Daniel Carter. Ahhh. He was and is the hunkiest, dreamiest, rockstar I had ever laid my eyes on. Every girl at school knew it and had no problem making it known. Why not? He was the coolest. There were things I knew. I knew we were best friends and secretly falling in love, but the thing I didn't know, was that God was also calling him to surrender his dream in order to follow Christ as well.
Well after some pondering and obvious distractions in the form of a 170 pound guitar playing boy, I decided that teaching was the way for me to go. I love kids and I love teaching in creative ways, plus, I could make my focus Christ in my work. Perfect.
So here I was at UNT studying elementary ed and hanging out with my dreamy boyfriend when Christmas rolls around... My best friends and I exchange gifts in rotations each year so they can be extra special. I knew I wanted something personal for my bestie Devon because she appreciates those types of gifts. So... came the shoes. The shoes that I spent hours making just right for Devons interests and loves. The shoes that I put my love and service in to for no other reason but to please my friend.
these shoes. https://www.etsy.com/listing/76290895/custom-painted-shoes
It was out of this gift that my business began. People started asking me about the shoes and how much I charge.... charge? They were a gift. *ding* goes the lightbulb. If I am going to find a job in which I can serve God and others... I must first serve God and others.
A few months later I had my business up and rolling. Rocky of course as it still is but rolling none the less. Daniel proposed and we even started playing music at local coffee shops. So, after all of those years, blood, sweat, and tears put into "my dream" and after all of my planning for a perfect "Others Centered" career, the original gift. The neglected gift became the dream come true.
So I challenge you to give up your dream. That's right. Give it up. Give it to God and let Him show you the real dream. It may have even been there the whole time:)
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy my shop.
Owner, Designer, Maker, Gifter
My name is Mrs. Anna-Marie McNiel Carter. I love Mr. Daniel Carter. I live to love and serve my savior Jesus Christ. I lounge around and enjoy making stuff. I like that you're reading this. So thanks:)
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