A few weeks ago I was contemplating the bio page of our blog. We haven’t updated the descriptions of ourselves in a year. So as I went back and reread my bio, I realized that I have not kept you all up to date on the path in which the Lord has led me in my sewing and other interests in life. So now let me endeavor to do so.
Last year, and several years prior to that, I had a plan to start my own custom sewn modest apparel business after graduating from high school. My plan was to study costume history, fashion design, and pattern making in the last few years of high school, and in the autumn following graduation I would launch my business. God had other plans.
During the space of those same years, Mom and Dad kept repeatedly pointing out to me that I did not like making one article of clothing more than once. I enjoyed the discovery of new techniques and challenges of construction that a new pattern gave me, thus it was rare for me to go back and make the same pattern twice. Along with that, as I started researching costs, etc. I became more aware of the monetary funds I would need to start up a clothing business. Yes, I could save up to such an amount, and I wanted to, but for some reason I never did.
Then came this past fall. I had completed my study of costume history, and was beginning my study of pattern design. I still had the idea of starting my own business, but it wasn’t foremost in my mind. The singing career of my sisters and I had taken off over the summer, and it only appeared that it would continue to grow, so that became my new area of focus and ambition, while my old business plans slowly faded out of the picture.
Then along came a few little alteration jobs, such as hemming a shirt, installing a new zipper, etc. I found I rather enjoyed that type of work, and so decided to pursue it further. The Lord blessed me with the opportunity of altering several dresses for a wedding, including the bridal gown.
Over the past few months, every time I thought I wouldn’t have enough money for some necessary purchase or other, along came an alteration job, or some other small job to provide the necessary funds.
Thus, with the culmination of all these events, I have come to the realization that the dream of having a clothing business, however admirable and enjoyable it might be in the future, is not what the Lord wants me to do right now. I’m still studying pattern making and alteration, as I still have a great interest in that area, but as far as making money goes, clothing alterations is a much more enjoyable occupation, perfectly suited to my personality of loving challenges and new hurdles.
Through all this I have learned that my plans may not be His plans, and however much I might fight against His will, it is always SO much better suited and beneficial to my life and soul than my plans ever could be. And so whatever might come my way in these next few months of growth in our singing career, and the conclusion of my formal education, I pray I will always remember that His will, not mine be done.