It only makes sense that our first post in the new website is our story. I poured my heart into this after being asked by Thryve magazine if they could feature us in their Holiday 2014 issue. What an unexpected blessing! Thank you for being on this journey with us.
Thankful | Grateful | Blessed
My story began when God threw me a curve ball and took me out of my comfort zone. He decided to take me somewhere so far away than where I thought I would end up in my life. This is when being a planner does not come in handy. I’ve come to realize that I can make as many plans as I want, but God is the one that has the ultimate plan; plans better than I could have ever dream of! He clearly tells us that in the first sentence of Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you.” Faithful Scents is the workings of His plan and the results of me completely surrendering my plans to Him.
Christmas 2013 was an exciting one for our families, my husband was home! We are an Army family and the previous Christmas he was deployed to Afghanistan, so it just wasn’t the same. I wanted to give a handmade gift to all of the girls in our families, so I started researching how to make candles. With supplies purchased, there I was in my kitchen, attempting to make candles for the first time. Once I poured the melted wax into the mason jars, I think I sat there and watched them cool and harden because I was so excited to see if I have actually pulled it off. To my pleasant surprise, they turned out perfect! I packaged them up in cute little bags and handed them to each of the ladies for Christmas. They were a major hit! Everyone loved them.
“Our imaginations were fashioned like wicks to be ignited by the fire of fresh revelation, dripping with wax that God can imprint with His endless signatures”
~ Beth Moore ~
One day this past February, my mom and I were at Target and we saw the blue Heritage Collection jars and she insisted I make candles in them. So I purchased the blue jars, purchased more supplies from a candle making website and made more candles. I ended up selling all of those to my co-workers! And was reassured by everyone that I was on to something! I was clueless. What do you mean? This is a hobby!
The name came to me when I was sitting on my couch. I can remember sending my sister a text message asking her, what do you think about Faithful Scents? At this time, I was newly moved to El Paso, Texas to be stationed with my husband at Fort Bliss Army base. I was working from home, didn’t know anyone and was growing as a Christian and learning the meaning of slowing down in life. In all honesty, Faithful Scents is my testimony. It is what has renewed my relationship with Jesus Christ and has taken my faith to another level. As Beth Moore has said, “God sometimes give you a long and uncomfortable pause in life, but stay close to Him so when He speaks, He only has to whisper.” Moving to El Paso was my long pause at the time; but He spoke very clear when handing me Faithful Scents. Thankfully, I was so close, He only had to whisper.
Come March, I had made a couple of batches and sold them to people I know. I was home in California and had an impromptu photo session with a friend. Off we went to a dirt field and a cool road. We were having fun snapping pictures and produced some really great shots. The following day I posted one of the pictures on Twitter and tagged Jessica Simpson Style, as I was wearing her booties! An hour later, I had a message in my inbox from the PR person at corporate Jessica Simpson! She wanted to put together a collage of my pictures and post them. So that happened and Faithful Scents took off from there!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Little did I know, in April I was going to be laid off of my job. A job that I thought was going to be my career. Funny how God worked out that timing! I then had my ah-ha moment of why Faithful Scents landed in my lap. Not only why it had landed in my lap, but more importantly WHEN! His timing is perfect. He always provides. I have always been a very career focused person. Until that was taken away, I didn’t realize what I was missing in life. This is what He did to get me to slow down, enjoy my right now and get my priorities in check. These bumps in the road are what has brought me closer to Him and has helped me view my life completely different. These bumps are what have made me, with all of my being, eat breath and sleep Jesus! He is my only constant in this crazy life.
Since the journey with Faithful Scents started, I have learned how to:
1. Pray specific and purposeful prayer. Prayer has become the fuel of my life. Receiving this feature in Thryve was a specific prayer I prayed and it came at a perfect time! Organized prayer may sound strange, but I always felt like my prayers were all over the place, and then I would start thinking about what I had to do tomorrow, what I forgot to do today, etc. Journaling is my time with God every morning. It is where I write to Him, converse with Him and thank Him.
2. Ask for Him to guide me in every step. I’ve come to a place now where I won’t make a move until I hear Him say, Move.
3. Trust that He will answer in His time, and let His will be done. If something isn’t happening in my life, it is probably not His will at the moment, or at all. This is where trusting in the Lord with all of your might, comes in to play.
Sometimes it takes a shaking of your faith to realize that you need to stop, pray and draw nearer to Him. His love is perfect and His grace is abundant and He simply waits for you to come to Him with all of your needs.
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
From the very beginning, I have asked God to be my guide. Use me and my hands to do His work through candles. The candle making I do, is all for His glory, and the best part about having a business that God blessed me with, is blessing other people with candles. Making the candles is the fun part, but when I come alive is when I see a review from a customer telling me how much they love their candle. Also, through Faithful Scents I have become friends with some of my customers and beautiful relationships have bloomed. God keeps connecting me to strong women of faith and it is something I have been missing in my life; something I have been praying for. I cherish every single one of my customers and they make me strive to perfect our product. Faithful Scents has spread around the country and is even in Canada and Japan. It is such a humbling experience when someone not only purchases something you made with your hands, but spends their hard earned money on it. Gods plan was so much better than the one I had for myself. I found my passion through Him, I’ve come alive through Him, and I rejoice in His name for every day I am given to pour another pot of His love through wax. Every candle is hand poured with exuberant amounts of love, bottled with grace and shipped through prayer. God never promised life would be easy, but He did promise that when we follow Him, our trials would be worth it. Faithful Scents is my testimony enduring a trial and seeing His reward at the end. Let God light your wick and watch how bright your flame will glow!
(Written in 2014 for Thryve Magazine)