Broken and Mended

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
— Isaiah 43: 18-19
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Kintsugi, a Japanese art form that repairs broken ceramics giving new life to pottery making it more refined than it's scars.

Usually, I like to keep Onyah strictly business...although, I haven't really hid my faith either.

But Onyah was something I started because I was broken. I didn't understand it either at the time. Why, when so broken would I begin a business? Well, the answer is Jesus.

What got me thinking about this?

I've been asked for an interview by a local Dallas mag for their inspiring stories series. And I began to freak out. You see, I know myself all too well. I know the person I was and the wake I have left in the past. And it's not good. I really hated the person I was. Hated. And I hate that people still see my as the person I had become. I have reconciled what I can but I can't dwell on it and make people see me now.

I say all this because it gives a good idea of where I was...in that place of brokenness where you want out and desire more. And in the middle of that place, I felt led to begin Onyah.

What He asks us to do sometimes doesn't make sense...like at all. But I was broken, desiring more and in need of Jesus. So I took one of my first steps of obedience. And in this I found continued healing. I found confidence. I found my gifts. I found community.  I found more and more of Jesus.

I thank Him for all that I have found and will continue to find, but now that he has taken what was broken and made it better, let me point out that it's all about Him. Not about what I can get from Him.

If I have met you at an Onyah booth or at a Pop up, I may have shared this if the opportunity has arisen. Maybe I haven't. But I hope that each time you have visited Onyah at a market or at a Pop Up or even just while shopping online that in some way you have been encouraged, maybe felt accepted, may have sensed compassion or may have seen something different that you just couldn't put your finger on. I don't know. Know this, if you did, it was Jesus.

  I pray and hope you found encouragement in this image...isn't it amazing? To mend what was broken with gold allowing every line, every scar to be clearly marked and shown only adding beauty? This is such a beautiful picture of what Jesus can do for you. We won't be made perfect while on earth, but we can be made whole in Him able to be of use and to give glory to Him. In whatever we do.

I pray and hope you found encouragement in this image...isn't it amazing? To mend what was broken with gold allowing every line, every scar to be clearly marked and shown only adding beauty? This is such a beautiful picture of what Jesus can do for you. We won't be made perfect while on earth, but we can be made whole in Him able to be of use and to give glory to Him. In whatever we do.