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Heidi Swapp's Media Team

I feel so blessed to be working along with these talented women, Lindsey Bateman, Maggie Massey, Jamie Pate, and Kim Jeffress.

I have to share with you how excited I am about being on this team. Not only is it such an honor to be representing Heidi Swapp, but it just reminds me of how grateful I am. My dear twin sister, Becca, reminded me on the phone today when she called to congratulate me. She said, "Jennifer, God is not a God of regrets."

She reminded me of long ago. After graduating high school I was offered a job at the San Diego Contemporary Museum of Art as a summer intern to work along with an artist. This was a huge opportunity! Only a handful of artists in the city were picked out of the applicants and I was one of them. I was so honored. Then, I found out I had to decline the offer to move with my family to Oregon. I can still remember the phone call I had to make to the museum telling them that I couldn't take the position. They were shocked at how I could pass the opportunity up. I have always lived with the question, "What if I took that job? Where would I be and what would I be doing?"

I put art aside for seven years after graduation and later again for another 2 years. Three years ago my sister told me about a design team call for Craft Warehouse and said I should apply. I had no idea what a design team was ;) but she believed in me that much, so I gave it a try. I am so thankful I did.

Now, after leaving teaching preschool and other part-time jobs to stay at home with my son, God has granted my dream of being an artist. I had no idea I could even do this from home and yet, I am blessed to be able to work for amazing companies that push me to be better at what I do!

The end of my story is the day I got word I made Heidi's Swapp's Media Team. I was anxious about it. I, like most of those that applied, were eager to hear word. I then realized, when I have ever applied for a team, guest position, or publication with my heart focused on myself, I wouldn't get the job. But whenever my heart was knowing it was OK if I didn't make it and that if it was His will for me to represent that company I would get the job.

I knew my heart needed to be right. The moment I said to myself, "It's ok Jen if you don't make the team because no matter what, God has amazing plans for you," my phone jingled. I looked down at it and there was the acceptance email.

It might seem small. But to me it is huge. God has shown me that when I give everything I do to Him, he will bless. I am continually reminded of Exodus 33:19, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, The Lord, in your presence."

Create Well: God is not a God of regrets.

10 comments

  1. Jennifer, your story brought a tear to my eye.... it is so touching to read, and I thank you for sharing this special part of yourself...
    Blessings come in all shapes and forms, and you are certainly blessed... a huge congratulations to you!

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  2. I am so excited for you and glad that you shared the story!! What an incredible journey with a happy ending and "no regrets." God is good. <3

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  3. Wow, that made me cry!!!! It is definitely true...I've felt that way many times but you really voiced in a way I never even thought of. I thank God every day for this amazing hobby of mine that it has shown me through many different people the love that He has for His creation. I was extremely lost (and still am somewhat) when stamping first came into my life...and to think that it, this crazy love of ink, paper and glue has brought me so much closer to Him than I ever though possible. It has solidified what I always knew to be true. Thank you for writing this post...for reminding me what is really important when I ever question my place. I adore you & your art...you deserve every bit of the good things that have come your way!!!

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  4. Just beautiful ....... And just so excited for you

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  5. I can't think of a lovelier story. Such a well deserved blessing for you. Congratulations!

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  6. Congratulations! This team will be perfect for you! :)

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  7. Love this story - and huge congrats!! :) The CW DT was my first start too... isn't it wonderful the little ways that God works to make BIG things happen for us? :)

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  8. Huge congrats! Can't wait to see what you create!

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