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Joy and Light Design has been a fun journey and a completely unexpected surprise.  I grew frustrated by the prices of necklaces in retail stores and also never really saw what I was looking for when I went shopping (well I did, but everything I liked was well over $100...).  I knew of a bead store in Charlotte where you could go and make your own jewelry; I thought I would give it a try.

I was in bead heaven.  I loved all the colors, designs and textures of the beads and pendants.  I couldn't wait to get started.  I am not the most patient person and I easily grow frustrated, but the experience I had that day was wonderful.  I could've spent hours making necklace after necklace, but that would have hurt my pocketbook so I only made one.  I found myself going back frequently, making excuses to make necklaces (birthdays, mothers day, gifts for friends).  I realized I loved making them especially at times when my anxiety was high.  It set me at ease and sent me to a new place where I was able to relax and just enjoy making a new design. 

It wasn't too long that friends started asking me to make them necklaces and I did so happily.  It was the best excuse to go and create.  I loved every minute of it.  The more I made, the more people asked about them and then somehow I ended up making and selling via Instagram.  It felt crazy and kind of silly. 

In the midst of everything going on in my life, Jesus gave me something that helped me to calm down, a tool that would allow me to relax and also a reminder that I am His handiwork.  While creating neckalces doesn't hold a candle to His creations, it gives me great imagery of Psalm 139: 13-14 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."