Welcome to another edition of my new blog series: Pursuing Her Passion. I've had this topic on my heart for a long time and I knew that I wasn't alone. There are so many creative and talented women out there chasing their dreams, pursuing their calling, and taking risks in order to fulfill God's plan for their life. There are also many creative and talented women who haven't quite found their passion just yet, or may be feeling held back from being able to pursue their dream. This series is meant to inspire women who are currently looking for that passion in their life if they haven't found it. And if they have, then this series should be an encouragement to get out there and start pursuing it head on!
I'm excited to share a very special woman that I've known for many, many years. She's a gorgeous and hilarious mom of four... with one of the best Minnesotan accents I've heard yet in this state. She has a huge heart and a strong passion for so many things, creative and spiritual. I first met Sunday (yep, her name is Sunday!) back in high school when I started going to a Christian private school that was connected to a church. Sunday and her husband were the youth pastors of the church and were very involved with all of the students that attended their services. They were committed to making sure every student felt welcome and had the opportunity to get hooked up with a great group of friends. I could go on and on about how wonderful Sunday and her family is, but it would take too long! Long story short, her sister ended up marrying my cousin, so I'd like to say we're practically family! Sunday has been an amazing role model for so many girls and women in her community, and has recently started her own faith-based DIY blog, A Sunday Afternoon, and furniture restoration shop, Sweet Transformations, in her hometown of Rogers, MN. It's an honor to have Sunday share her story of passion with all of you today:
"I don’t think passion for one thing or another is always present. Over the years I’ve been passionate about numerous things: big hair, working out, having babies, and teenagers; just to name a few. When I discover a passion for something, I’ve noticed it’s usually been cultivated and grown over time. Passionate about being a friend, a wife, or mom can take top spots in a gal’s heart. I think we should take the limits off passion, like, why not be passionate about something for you? Something you love! It might sound a little selfish, or the thought may rub us the wrong way; but when a woman can allow the passion within her to grow, she is all around better for it.
My latest passion is the love of all things DIY (do it yourself). I wasn’t born with it. In fact, it didn’t show up until about 2 years ago. This passion was actually born of necessity, because I needed to decorate my house on a budget. I used to be a thrift store/garage sale/discount snob – but I’m totally cured! I began redecorating my home one bargain project at a time. Others started to notice and were asking me to share my ideas. The DIY passion grew; I cultivated it, and stepped out of the ‘buy it already finished at an expensive store’ box. The first step to taking it to the next level came when a friend suggested I start a blog. Me, start a blog? The second step came when my sisters (Kelsey and SIL Jennifer) came to me with an idea to open a shop. Me, open a shop with my sisters? How could this possibly be…the Lord?
Besides wearing the hats of wife and mom of 4, my ‘day’ job is a youth pastor. I’ve known I was called to ministry since the age of 12, and outside of my family, it has been my priority and passion. For the past 10 years, ministry came in the form of working with teenagers. I’m not going to lie - I was scared silly at first! However, my passion and love for them has grown and 10 years later, I cannot imagine a life without them! So, when the doors opened for the blog and the shop, the first thing I had to do was pray. How could this DIY passion fit with family and ministry?
My favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP): 'Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.'
I talked to my hubby, my friends, my mentors, but mostly my Father. I realized over time, He gave me this passion. There are many facets to who God is and being we’re created in His image, I believe we’re the same. I don’t know exactly how it will take place yet, but I am confident He will use the blog and the store to bring glory to His name. God is so good, and He’s confirmed this to me over and over, so I trusted Him and I took the leap!
Doors of opportunity have begun to open, opportunities only He can bring. I was recently on Channel 12 (local cable news) and KARE 11, and will be doing a test segment for Twin Cities Live. How exciting! I know this passion came from the Lord, I know He is leading and guiding me, and I know He has a plan. I hope to share God’s love with those I would have never met otherwise. I’m giving God the reigns for the blog and the shop. I’ll follow the path He has set in front of me with passion, sit back and watch what He does!" - Sunday
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