Although we've tried to stay in touch through Facebook posts, we realize it's been an incredibly long time since we've written a blog. Either our other work has taken precedence or we felt our words would be repetitive. Even now, we can't say this one will be newsy. But, it will be heartfelt.
We continue to move forward joyfully day by day with the work God has called us to do. Ronnie is currently an interim pastor at a local church and also a full working partner at Joy Lavender. He says he's the mule while Debbie is the CEO. Ha! Ha! Actually, we both have our different tasks but work as a team and do what's necessary. We love working side by side and feel blessed to be able to do so!
After planting more lavender this fall, we now have nearly 300 plants. This is a relatively small amount, but we've been amazed and thankful at how many stems they've yielded this year. We still have dried bundles hanging upstairs!
Our sales have increased this year as well. This has been a natural process accomplished mostly by word of mouth. We so appreciate all of our customers! It's a great delight for us to hear how our products are helping others! Our prayer is to make a positive difference in people's lives!
The lavender with all its benefits definitely helps us help people. But, this year we've become increasingly aware that Joy Lavender is a platform God uses to connect us to others. Opportunities keep opening up to minister to those near and far through gifts, prayers, and conversations. This is a God thing. We're thankful to be a small part of His work.
The lavender we grow has a sweet smelling fragrance. It reminds us that God calls us to live lives that are like a sweet aroma to Him and those around us. As we enter Christmas week, many of us will be spending time with family we may not see often. Families are wonderful! We are so thankful for ours! But, families aren't perfect because individuals (starting with us) aren't. Choose to love them anyway. Let's be a sweet smelling aroma to God, our families, and to all those around us. The smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone's life.
There's a world of hurting people that need a link to Jesus. We're praying that God will use us in a specific way for His glory this Christmas. It all starts with a relationship with Him. We hope that each of you know the One who was sent as a baby to be the Savior of the world. If not, this season would be a wonderful time to give your life to Him. He makes all the difference! He is our greatest Joy!
Wishing you all a Joyful Christmas!!!
Ronnie and Debbie