I like to think of myself as an “ideas” person – I come up with the ideas and my husband executes them. It’s part of my spontaneous, last-minute, unplanned, carefree, let’s not be complacent personality.
Most of the time, my ideas are fun and adventurous, pushing our boundaries to help us grow further. And if it’s not a good idea, my husband would shut it down, that’s his job – to keep my overly excited ideas in check.
Occasionally, I do come up with some crazy ideas that just somehow manage to sweep us both up into the excitement and this is one of them:
Sometime in 2016, while I was pregnant with my second child, I came up with the crazy idea of buying a cafe!
It’s a crazy idea because it would mean juggling a toddler, and an infant (who wasn’t born yet), resigning from my very secure office job, uprooting ourselves and everything that we knew to take on this new life of waking up super early, stand on our feet all day, move back and live with my mum for a year, drowning in paperwork, experience utter exhaustion – emotionally, physically and mentally….all with a smile on our face (insert smiley face with the biggest grin here!! – I can laugh about it now)
But when we purchased the cafe, I felt God say to me “You better grab yourself a journal because I’m about to do some amazing things.” And boy, He was not kidding!
The 5 years of owning the cafe were the most challenging and enduring years we’ve ever experienced. While it had its highs, it also had its lows, and many times, it really pushed us to our very limit and we felt like we were at breaking point.
However, it was also during these years that God really drew us in. He came for our hearts and walked with us from the very beginning.
He answered so many prayers and He taught us how to trust Him and what it really meant to have faith. It wasn’t just around our cafe life, it was in all areas of our lives. And even though it was challenging, especially at the start, we actually never felt alone, but quite the opposite.
We felt the presence of God more than ever and as challenging as it was, and as much as I would never want to come up with a crazy idea like that ever again, it was the best thing that ever happened to us. And because of it, we have a deeper relationship with God and I would not give that up for the world.
So each time God answered my prayers or when He spoke to me, when He gave me a dream, or when He compelled me to do something, I recorded it in my journal. And I still continue to do it to this day.
But I kept thinking surely, He didn’t give me these amazing testimonies to then only have them lay hidden in a book on my bedside table. Testimonies are meant to be shared! And according to Luke 8:39 we are called to testify!
With each personal revelation of Jesus, we both grew from bonsai Christians to God-centred individuals who just want to walk in His purpose and His calling.
Acorn Faith is my outlet to create, blog, and testify about Jesus with the hope that one day, it will have deep roots with branches that spread far and wide, touching the lives of many through the testimonies He’s given me.
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