This is it. 

As of today, I firmly believe I have found my calling. And might I add it has been right in front of me for 21 years now. God finally opened my eyes for my passion to carry on the family business. Jared and I are now proud to say we are the new owners of Lawrenceburg Florist & Gifts. Over my journey to this point in life I took that special business for granted, but now I can clearly see how wonderful it is. Being able to say I am the 3rd generation for that business brings so much excitement. 

With all of this being said, I also now believe I have found my purpose for bydanielle.org. This is now my outlet to connect with anyone possible about our 70 year old florist. In addition to the traditions that the business is founded upon I hope to bring a new generation of customers and life to the florist. I plan to share the beauty of flowers and the pure joy they can bring to people’s day, as well as offer special deals on featured items, and a bridge to future online shopping along with many more ideas here on bydanielle! We are already in the process of transforming the show room into everyday home goods and silk arrangements made to last with Christmas decor 50% off. 

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Prayer, it’s a beautiful thing!

In our busy life I have found that it is easy to dismiss my need for prayer time with the Lord, but today I have realized what I am missing out on. Today I pray I find dedication in talking with God all day long & not just five minutes before I fall asleep. 

This morning I found a devotional message that lead me to this conclusion. We often find ourselves getting frustrated that God is not answering our prayers, but I thought to myself: is He really not answering them or is He answering them His way and not my own. Boy have I already learned how his answers are far better that my original plans. If this doesn’t seem like your case, I have another one for you. 

Have you ever just felt like there is a big “Great Wall of China” built between you and God when you are trying to talk with Him? This is where my devotional message really comes in. It shares that God cannot be close with sin; therefore, if we have sin in our life that we have not confessed to and repeat continuously, God is not going to be able to listen to your prayer (compared to if you are open and confess to Him.) No matter how big you think you have messed up He is always willing to forgive and listen to you, but you have to make the step of admitting you are wrong. A relationship with God is so worth it!

DAY 7: SEEKING FORGIVENESS THROUGH PRAYER

Did you know that un-confessed sin could keep God from hearing your prayers? It’s not that He doesn’t want to hear us; it’s just that God, in His perfect holiness, cannot come near to sin. The sin must first be removed.

David prayed in Psalm 66:18, “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” In other words, if we practice sin habitually without repentance, God will not hear us. Of all the promises for answered prayer, here’s a promise for God not to answer prayer.

Sin is serious business to God, and therefore should be serious business to us. If there’s anything clogging the channel of prayer in our lives then we need to come to the Lord, confess our sins, and receive forgiveness. Throughout Scripture, sin is described as a disease that produces spiritual death. It is no wonder, then, that the psalmist cried out, “Wash me thoroughly God!” When we are honest about our own sinfulness, we will crave God’s cleansing ways.

There may be some of you who are thinking, “I would be an absolute hypocrite to pray. I’ve gone too far and done too much to receive forgiveness.” Let me remind you that there is rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents. We can forever come to the Father because of what Christ has done for us. We have been changed and cleansed and set on the path of everlasting communion with God.

It’s time to quit beating yourself down and get away from your guilt. Make today the day to repent of your sin and respond to the forgiveness made possible through Christ. Today, ask God to search your heart and reveal any sin that may be a barrier between your prayers and Him.

S E A G R O V E, N C

Every Thanksgiving my new family [the Hardisons] take a weekend getaway to North Carolina to visit family.  This trip is one of a kind that I look forward to every year.  We take a step out of our every day life and enjoy a weekend on Fox Farm.  Every day is relaxing filled with lots of food and naps in a cabin from the 1800s that they turned into a family home.  But don’t be fooled, we don’t just get fat on the trip, we have activities to fill the rest of the day.  This year we took a family fishing trip to the pond, the men chopped wood, I helped restore an old table and glaze a door, and I got crafty and made a basket.

There is one activity that has become a tradition that is my personal favorite.  We take a girls trip driving about two hours to Seagrove, North Carolina.  This is a small town that has become a sweet little pottery community. This year was even better than the past because we had the opportunity to see 3 potters actually creating master pieces on the potter’s wheel.  This made my appreciation for the art soar.  I now feel the need to purchase clay, a wheel, and an oven.

Oh how I saw your talent Lord! “Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” -Isaiah 64:8 NIV

The experience actually reminds me of the local Amish community in Ethridge, TN, except its not.  There are larger co-op shops like the one featured that displays and sells pottery, but we like to drive through the community and visit the potter’s studios and galleries to purchase directly.  Sadly the pictures never depict the experience like being there in person, but hopefully this will do.

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World Renowned Potter Ben Owen
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Ben Owens Kiln [1 of 5]
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Eck McCanless demonstration

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McCanless studio
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demonstration piece
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McCanless gallery
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Our favorite practical pottery. -McNeill’s-  She creates for everyday use.