Happy 2020! It’s crazy to think that we have officially entered into a new decade. I first want to thank everyone again for all of the support and love that has been shown for J.O.E. It’s been so fun sharing and displaying this gift to the world. I am so excited for what 2020 holds for J.O.E. Stay tuned for more cool jars to come!
I know with a new year comes a mixture of stuff. Things such as: reflection of the good, reflection of the bad, goals to be fulfilled, disappointment from un-fulfilled goals, expectancy of greater, fear, thankfulness, etc. A whole lotta stuff. Honestly, it doesn’t even take the start of a new year for all of this to flood our minds and hearts. For myself, 2019 was filled with both beautiful and challenging moments. I got to stand by some amazing friends as they brought a beautiful baby boy into this world. A baby boy who has a massive calling on his life; and will no doubt change the world. At the same time, cancer began to get a little too up close and personal. In fact, it took the life of someone so young. But through one of my jars, he was able to hear the Gospel one last time before he left this earth. My dream of turning my jars into a business came true (which came very unexpectedly I might add). In the midst of that process, I had to fight off many fears and lies. It hasn’t been an easy year; but the good outweighs the bad any day. I believe that the “not so great” moments are just setting me up for something greater. And guess what? The same goes for you!
I don’t know about you; but I am tired of letting fear grip me and hold me back. I am tired of believing lies that I am not capable of becoming all who God has created me to be. I am tired of walking through this life thinking I got myself all figured out. Anybody else with me? So, let’s walk into this new year believing for more; that new opportunities await, and new dreams will be birthed. There will be breakthrough in areas of struggle and healing in areas of pain. We will walk by faith into everything God has for us; and the devil will cower in fear with every single step that we take into deeper purpose and calling. Let’s continue to move forward; even if fear is trying to get the best of us. Let’s be reminded that He who has begun a good work in us will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6). Finally, let’s be ok with loosening the grip on our lives so we can discover our true selves. It won’t be easy; but the blessing on the other side will surely outweigh it all. I so greatly desire growth and greater joy for myself; and I pray that for you all as well. Not just for a new year or decade, but for our entire lives. Greater is to come, my friends! Love you all!
Erica Rivera :)
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Welcome to J.O.E by Erica! (Whoa, did I just say that?!) I am so excited to finally share with you all this venture that I have been working on for the last couple of months. These jars of encouragement were birthed almost 4 years ago while walking through a tough season of life. Sitting in my closet completely unsure of what the future would look like, I came across an idea of putting encouraging notes inside a decorated mason jar for a friend who was transitioning into a new season of life. Creating that jar of notes was one of the coolest things I had done; and I instantly felt overwhelmed with joy. I knew that what I was doing was something special, and it wasn’t going to stop at just that one jar. I began to create more and more; and my love for it began to quickly grow as well. For the first time in my life, I felt passionate and fulfilled. In encouraging others, I was being encouraged myself by the words being put into those jars. A season filled with hurt and confusion became purposeful. God birthed something beautiful out of something so dark; and it absolutely blows my mind every time I think about it. J.O.E is a gift; grace poured into my life by the Father. For the rest of my life I will be creating these jars and doing my very best to steward this gift well; bringing glory and honor to the one who gave it to me.
Life can be tough. We are all walking through something challenging that is trying to get the best of us. And I know some of us are walking through situations that are tougher than most; testing us to our core where we honestly are unsure if we can even make it. But I believe in the power of words and their ability to bring light into a situation and completely change it. To even save a life that is ready to throw in the towel. That is what J.O.E is about. Allowing people to encounter the love and comfort of Jesus; encouraging people to keep on putting one foot in front of the other; and edifying those who are hungry for more and to be better.
It is an absolute honor to create these jars; but I’m simply a vessel that God is using to reach his people. I pray that these jars are nothing but a blessing; and that they would always point to the Father. I am so excited to take these jars to the next level and to see what God does through them. LET’S DO THIS!
Erica Rivera :)
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“Worry weighs a person down;
an encouraging word cheers a person up.”