Saturday, March 16, 2013

Keeping My Faith

Being a shoppe-owner is a joy, but it certainly has its fair share of challenging decisions.  Some decisions are so easy that the answer just pops right into your head.  While other decisions can take a long period of time to get a feel for what is right.  Through my years, I’ve found that I tend to choose incorrectly when I go against my first instincts.    
Last month we discovered that Easter Sunday falls during the First Monday show.  I must confess that this snuck up on us because in the 8 years since we've been in business, Easter has never fallen during a First Monday show.  Even still, my first instinct was, "we will be closed". 
 
However, recent input suggested we would catch heat for being closed on that Sunday because it was during First Monday.  Others pointed out the obvious, that April is one of our biggest shows of the year and it's foolish to miss the opportunity to sell, particularly since we are only open 4 days per month.  And potential customer disappointment was a big concern for me.

All of the points shared were from intelligent and well meaning minds.  However, none of the points were strong enough to get me past this thought..... we should be closed because it's what my heart and faith know to be right. 

So, I'm keeping my faith

Faith that closing the Shoppe on Easter Sunday is the right and best choice for us and for our business despite that it's First Monday weekend and that others may be open.

Faith that my amazing crew will appreciate being able to spend Easter with their families.

Faith that extending our store hours to 7pm on Friday & Saturday during the show will still allow us to serve our customers.

And faith that our wonderful customers will respect this very personal decision. 

The upcoming show takes place March 28 - 30.  We hope you will stop by for a visit!  You will find the Shoppe open Thursday 9am - 5pm, Fri & Sat 9am - 7pm. 

We look forward to seeing you here!
 
 

36 comments:

MJ said...

I have faith that you made the right decision. Your customers will respect your for it and your staff will appreciate you for it as well.

Be Blessed and Enjoy that Day.

MJ
Lucky 7 Design

eorban said...

Thank you for sharing this. I am praying for your business
to be blessed for your faithfulness!

rosek1870 said...

I am sure you made the right decision. My daughter is a Occupational Therapist in a rehab hospital and they are working Easter Sunday (even though therapy is not needed 7 days a week) It is hard but we will work dinner around her schedule. Unfortunately the same can not be said about church. Have a blessed Easter.

Heather Graham said...

Even though I've shopped your space every time I go to Canton, and I always buy, anyway.... this makes me want to shop your store, even more! I'm so proud of you for choosing to honor your faith, over the store! Great choice!

Sheila said...

Love your decision....the Lord has risen and we must celebrate! You are loved by so many customers, and I bet they will not even blink an eye to your choice of praising the Lord for his most greatest gift ever to us. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter celebration...ENJOY! this day that the Lord has made and rejoice in it.

Smiles & Blessings
Sheila/Tattered Goods
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HillHouse said...

may the Lord bless you and multiply you. "Only one life, it will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last". CH Spurgeon

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Great choice Laurie!!!
Hugs~~~ Daphne

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

The grace of the LORD Jesus Christ be with your spirit. ~Philippians 4:23

I agree...it is a great choice.

Ruby Grace's said...

On behalf of the Crew....Thanks Laurie! Great respect for you as a business woman, a Christian and and Friend!
Denis

Room Candy Boutique said...

I love and respect this decision. Look forward to visiting your gorgeous shop on that Friday or Saturday! Happy Easter to you and your staff. God bless.

Dawn Inman
Room Candy Boutique
Frisco, Tx.

Ann said...

Laurie Anna-I applaud your decision to be closed on Easter Sunday. You will not regret this decision and I pray you will be blessed behind measure for it.
Fondly,
Ann

A Thrifted Market said...

I love this! I also applaud your decision and know that you will be blessed beyond measure for your faithfulness to our resurrected Savior! Happy Resurrection Day my friend!

Constance said...

good and God- pleasing decision

Lisa D Ray said...

you will prosper many times over by doing this,we have a fast food resturant here and they are closed every Sunday,and he stays very busy 6 days a week

Lou Ann Byrd said...

I applaud your decision. Keeping the faith should always be first and foremost.

Theresa said...

Good for you. So many giving in to the things the world dictates. God will honour your decision.

Lori said...

Amen, and I agree. We are not going to Round Top this year for the same reason. Hope I can make it out on Saturday.

Lori

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

You have made the right decision! When Jesus threw the moneylenders out of the temple he was reminding us to not put money above God and your decision reflects that exactly! Some will think it's foolish as you said but the One who matters will bless your decision!

pink*cherub*moon said...

Good for you! I think you made the right decision! I wish that more stores would. There will be plenty of other days for business. Easter is for faith and family! Hugs, Leena

Lori Lucas said...

I think you made the right decision. You will be blessed. Lori Lucas

Kathy Kupferschmid said...

I follow you from afar and have never been able to shop your beautiful space. I appreciate so much your decision to stay closed. We also own a Shoppe and are closed on Sundays. I know the Lord will bless you for this decision!!

Mammy said...

Preach on, Sister! You made a great decision and our God will honor that!

Jammie said...

I applaud your resolve to stick to your faith. So many people these days don't have the courage of their convictions and it's great to see it in action!

Karen Elizabeth said...

Great choice, wish others would do the same!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I believe you have made the right choice...Easter should be a day to celebrate Jesus and be with family. Miss the days when stores were closed on Sundays. :o)
God bless you!

Antique Paperie said...

Good for you. I for one will be enjoying the blessings of being with my beautiful children and husband on that sweet day. Faith is the art of moving forward without knowing the wonderful things that may come, and enjoying the fruitfulness that having Faith in your choices will bring. I am looking forward to shopping Trade days on Saturday, but will leave my Easter Sunday to Jesus and what He did for all of us. Have a wonderful weekend!!

Shelia said...

I'm popping over from Marty's blog featuring your lovely home. Oh, I admire you so much for your decision to be closed on Easter. More than anything else - you'll be blessed for honoring the Lord on that day. I pray your business will prosper mightily the next week! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

AndeM1 said...

good for you...putting families first before the all mighty dollar...wish others would follow your lead!!!!
andrea

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Thank you for your sweet reminder of the reason for Easter! I'm sure you are making the right decision! May God bless you with a great show!

Mark said...

Your choice has a farther reaching effect than being open and selling goods that are only for this lifetime. You stood on your faith. You made a choice. God will bless you and everyone else knows Who you put first in your life!!!

Jenn Moore said...

Would you be open on Christmas Day? Probably not...and Easter is, for many people, and even more sacred day. I, for one, am thrilled for your decision and look forward to seeing you next weekend :)

Blessings,
Jenn

Diane Jordan said...

Hi lovely lady.
I applaud your decision. Keeping the faith should always be first and foremost. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter. I need to come see you at your shop some day seeing I also live in Texas.
XO Diane

Irene said...

Praise God for people like you who will do what the Holy Spirit leads them to do, instead of what the "world" thinks you should do. God will indeed bless you!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

Good for you, and I hope your stand influences others you may never even know about!

Happy Easter to you!

Sharon said...

God Bless You! Thank you for not feeling pressured to be open just because it is First Monday weekend. Your only going to close one day. Good Grief! If there is something so important that it has to be bought this weekend, then come on Saturday.

Thanks again...............

WHITE BARN said...

Your thoughts and your faithful decision has blessed me and inspired my faith ! I am so grateful for those who stand firm in their faith and put Our Lord above business ! God Bless You !