The Beginnings of  having faith to walk on water


Have Faith Stationery was whispered to my heart when my family and I transitioned out of the military lifestyle. The years of dedication to our country has been the heart of our lives for almost a decade. During that time of service, my passion for creating meaningful messages amplified. If you take a moment to view my portfolio, this is just a small selection of greeting cards I have made over the years.

My family and I became born- again believers in Jesus Christ shortly after returning home from our duty station in Okinawa. Out of the many events in military life including several deployments; my family and I saw first hand the devastation from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. This event changed me personally. It was utterly terrifying to see this happen to a nation of people. I can’t articulate into words what I was thinking or feeling in the moment when my husband told me he was scheduled to go assist in the matter. At the time of this event, I believe that was the moment for me when I realized that my family and I needed eternal salvation. As I reflect on the events that happened on the island of Okinawa: I can not count how many times we were saved from spiritual matters, physical injury, and death.  I am so incredibly grateful that The Lord had angels on assignment for my household before we became His disciples.

Despite the tsunami event, I enjoyed the experiences and the life time opportunity for my family and I to have been there; for me, this duty station was a serious wake up call to repent of my sins and receive salvation in Christ.

Living on the island had it’s up’s and down’s, it took me a solid year to get settled back into the United States. While living in Okinawa, I experienced fear daily and felt plagued by it until The Lord Jehovah rescued me from it.  Although it took some time, I am reaping the benefits of being free in Christ because of true repentance. I wasn’t always this bold or courageous.

If you’ll let HIM, Jesus will teach you how to walk on water. Matthew 14:22-36

Having a platform to share the Gospel through stationery is just one of many ways Jesus is teaching me how to be a fisher of men and walk on water. I am excited to get my feet wet!


So the question you are probably asking yourself is:

What does this have anything to do with stationery?

A few seasons prior to receiving moving orders to  Japan I was personally assigned by a Family Readiness Officer to create a large quantity of greeting cards for the deployed.  Looking back at it where I am now in my art journey- this was just the beginning anointing from the Lord to do something with the artistic and creative talent He’s given me.  It’s beautiful to look back and see where I was and how far He’s taken me.

At the time of my first stationery assignment; I had very little interest in the matter, but after I got a hang of things I enjoyed making greeting cards. I realized quickly how financially expensive the materials could get and I wanted to start a card making club with other military wives on base called ” The Card Angels” . Unfortunately at the time there were other pressing matters in my life that prevented me from starting that club.

During my husband’s first deployment we were able to save enough money to purchase my first Cricut machine: The Cricut Expression!  In the beginning, I used my Cricut Expression to scrapbook my first son’s life. After I finished a few small albums, I was burnt out and really wanted to use the machine for other projects- which I will share later in other posts.

While stationed in Japan I started KLDesigns Boutique and I was asked to create custom invitations for The United States Marine Corps Mess Night Event, then several orders came in  from different Marine Corps units stationed in Okinawa. Please take a moment to visit my portfolio page to view all Military Stationery. My husband, a Former US Marine helped me design the Marine Corps stationery and from that point I used the skills I learned from basic art classes and began to create my own signature style. I learned how to do almost everything I needed to do to operate a business online, overseas, and manage my household all while my husband was on active duty. I am so thankful to have had that experience. Don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes, however; those foundational mistakes have been carefully examined. Now I am able to focus on sharing what is important to God.

 

After I came to the Lord, He began to work on my heart about the direction I was going with KLDesigns Boutique and after much time it was clear that I needed a fresh start with a more meaningful purpose than just to make stationery for vanity. The Beginning of Have Faith Stationery birthed from letting KLDesigns Boutique die. It was a rough and dry season where I allowed myself to grieve over all the hard work I put into KLDesigns Boutique. Many miracles happened to my family and I during that time. I was able to tend to the more important matters in my life both physically and spiritually.

In order for a seed to grow, the seed must be put into the ground and for it to die then it becomes the crop it needed to be. For me, KLDesigns Boutique was the seed of a selfish en-devour to distract me from the real issues of life and it needed to be planted for it to die. Have Faith Stationery was given to me several seasons after I let the Lord deal with the issues of life.

I am so thankful that God blessed me with the continued desire to create stationery and use it for His Kingdom.


Having faith is more than a nice sentiment, it is the life blood of our lives. My family and I have faith because God doesn’t abandon, nor does He fail to provide for His people. I have seen God rescue and restore my family in miraculous ways. It is my hope that you will allow God to rescue and restore you. I started Have Faith Stationery to reach the lost and broken hearted because I too was once lost and broken hearted. Truth is everyone knows someone who is lost, who has a broken heart, or simply just needs a bit of encouragement.  I am hopeful that Have Faith Stationery blog brings a sense of encouragement to you as you journey through paper crafting and  in life.

This is just many of the Testimonies of how faithful God has been in my life and in the lives around me. Did you have a serious wake up call moment?  Please let me know in the comment section below.

For those who are not paper crafters but enjoy handcrafted stationery and gifts: When you purchase stationery from my shop, not only do you support a Veteran family, but you also help me to continue my passion for creating unique stationery to honor God.

May The Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless these hands to create unique stationery for an abundance of blessings into your lives and in the lives of whom you send those special messages to.

Please make sure to stay tuned for the new blog articles where I discuss the importance of Sharing the Gospel through stationery Part 1.

Sharing the Gospel through Stationery Part 2.

Many Blessings in the Messiah,
Kristal

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