by Erin Napier
You can judge how well business is doing or how much is going on in my life based on the number of photos on this blog. Of late, I’ve not had much to write or photograph because Lucky Luxe is going through a major busy season suddenly, I guess because of the Martha article. We’re also in the middle of building a brand new website and ordering system which complicates things a little. I’ve been struggling to keep up with the work and staying late to make sure every wedding gets my full attention. It’s overwhelming… But. For every hour I stay late working, I think that there’s someone who is struggling to find any kind of job, much less their dream job. It makes you work even harder, as if you can work hard enough to help them too.
I’ve been baking tonight for the youth dessert auction that’s tomorrow. While I carefully removed the cakes from their layer pans and while I smoothed the icing around and around, slowly and deliberately, all alone with nothing but the quiet hum of the house, I found myself talking to God about all this. June through September were scary slow months for us for the first time ever, and at the time I cried and prayed that this wasn’t a sign of something to come. I felt sure that the wedding industry was drying up, that I would need to start thinking of something new to do. I read my nightly devotional Streams in the Desert. Each and every day of this particular devotional deals with why bad things happen (to make us depend on God) and how to deal with them. As a worry wart, this is a particularly difficult topic for me. Every night after reading I spent a whole lot of time talking to God, then listening for an answer, though I didn’t think anything was coming through. I kept tithing my earnings, even though some weeks there was very little to give. A few weeks there was nothing to give. And then…
This is the busiest month we’ve ever had in the history of the business. And I know it has less to do with me, or my art or my business savvy (or lack thereof). I think it has a lot to do with faithfulness. Expecting God’s promise even when you have no reason to.
Faith without sight. It’s something I’m trying harder every day.
I’m very thankful.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!