The idea for "Snazzy Sunshine" spawned from a journey out of what felt like a tunnel in my life that went on for far too long just about a year prior to this blog launch. I had been battling a bleak, gray outlook on my day to day routine for some time, and searching for a new adventure, since my day in-day out had become a bit monotonous. I felt like I was in a constant cycle of doing the same thing the same way over and over again both at work and at home, and hardly ever stepping out of my comfort zone to new and fresh experiences.
It was a desperate time in my journey with the Lord, because I think so often when He is preparing my heart for some new step of faith, He brings me to a place where all I have is Him alone, and that is the absolute most desirable place to be. I realized that I was trapped in complacency because I was holding on to the comfort I found in routine. There was a solace in feeling like I had things 'figured out,' but it was all a facade, and it gave me a false sense of control.
After wrestling with wanting to hold on to my own plan, what I knew would be more predictable, I let go in faith, knowing that God's adventures, which would yield a lot more uncertainty and need for constant trust, would ultimately be far greater. I had trusted Him to be faithful with similar scenarios in the past, and found that He never EVER fails, so I knew that as terrified as I was to let go of my own security, I could cling to His leading.
During that time of waiting to hear what I should do next, 2 Corinthians 4:6 had such a special meaning to me. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Apart from this verse pointing to salvation when God first rescued us from the darkness to His light, it additionally spoke to me about how throughout my continual journey in faith, God was 'shining' the knowledge of Him to become clearer to me as I was placing my trust in Him during tumultuous times. I love how it is worded as God is the One who has shone in our hearts, because it is indeed all His marvelous work.
I realized that I didn't have to know exactly what would be next, and that the most important thing was that I knew Christ, and He ruled and reigned in my heart, and His truth was illuminating my path. Instead of feeling stuck and lifeless, I was growing more focused on fixing my eyes on Him and glorifying Him first and foremost. As I slowly exchanged fear for confident trust, I began to see the Lord really 'shine' in my heart to allow me to experience His shelter and refuge. After journaling all this out on paper, I knew I wanted to eventually start a blog to provide some “sunshine” to other women. Finally, in 2018, it’s starting to come together!
As for the snazzy part of the title, in case you’re still wondering…snazzy is defined as “stylish and attractive.” Snazzy is attached to the title to sprinkle in some fun and embrace our individual uniqueness that God so lovingly created us to have. Plus, I like to think it complements the idea of creating "snazzy" sewing designs, which is part of what is featured in this blog!
Nowadays, I enjoy taking the time outside of work life to write about my journey and where God is taking me. I want to share the refuge in Christ I've experienced and continue to cling to, and I am hopeful that putting that out there in a blog will hopefully send a true gleam of "sunshine" your way.
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Hi, I'm Tessa! I suppose I could sum myself up by confessing I am a crazy cat lady, amateur sewist, nature lover, bookworm, fabric fanatic, mental health advocate, craft enthusiast, tea addict, and an 'old soul.' Jesus is my all in all, and I'm so thankful that His love NEVER fails.