Friday, August 12, 2016

Sisterhood: A Legacy Of Love

 I heard the voice of God speak to my heart earlier this year. He told me to MOVE. He DIRECTED my steps. And honestly? I questioned Him.  That's right. I went home and asked my husband to support what the God of our universe was clearly telling me to do. The funny thing is, Mike didn't bat an eye. He was 100% confident in my decision to sell Premier Designs, just like his first wife Mary. I told him how I felt the Holy Spirit was talking to my heart about the foundation and how maybe I'm supposed to start selling jewelry "on the side" to launch her vision...

As I started sharing the goals of our foundation with friends, I began to realize that there is an unfathomable amount of women who are battling breast cancer every day. So the reality of my original desires to help people with my party profits was not going to cut it. I needed a new plan. Or maybe, I just needed more clarity and creativity.  And more people....(It really does take a village) I'm thankful to be working with amazing people who have stepped in, and stepped up. Though honestly? We would welcome more bodies...

 Our mission is to encourage women with breast cancer to have eternal hope and endless courage. We want them to know they are loved, prayed for, and never alone on their journey. We want them "to be strong and courageous, to not be terrified. For the Lord their God is with them, wherever they go." Joshua 1:9 

We will strive to inspire a sense of community, while reminding these strong and stricken women, that with hope and God, anything is possible. They were born to be overcomers. Psalm 27:1 reminds us, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Not cancer!

So, how do we make a difference? And...how does Premier Designs compliment our vision?

  Well, we kicked off our first official fundraiser on October 18th, 2016. A perfect time to do so, since it was National Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was held at "Painting With a Twist" in Fruit Cove.  Mary Russo Holm loved to create, so we couldn't imagine a more fun, local, and honoring event, than gathering with friends for fun! Our featured canvas had mason jars of "Hope" with a survivor ribbon weaved in it.  We had raffles and a silent auction too.

 Our 2nd annual event is on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 at 6:30pm (social) and @ 7pm, the painting begins... Same location in Fruit Cove.

We are always looking for ways to raise awareness and money so that we could be the "light" when theses women and families encounter darker days. We also believe in blessing those women affected by breast cancer with some of our encouraging pieces of jewelry. Premier Designs has a variety of faith inspired pieces. They are beautiful reminders that HOPE and COURAGE are powerful. Faith does wonders...

Sisterhood: A Legacy of Love was created to inspire hope, strength, love, and prayer while helping our "sisters" who are fighting cancer. 

Blessed be the God Of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encouraged us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are going through affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Our foundation is growing....We welcome friends, family, and community participants. We offer many opportunities to help other sisters battling breast cancer who need HOPE, as well as some positivity, sparkle, and bling in their lives. 

We are growing organically.  We have started by helping the women we know. And the people you know.  Our goal is to eventually have larger quarterly events, and we welcome partners who want to work with us throughout the year, even on smaller scales too. We are open to anything that helps... 

 As we think about all the women our foundation will be blessing during this stressful, life-changing challenge, we are pretty confident that Mary and Debbie will be cheering us on from heaven. Literally!  It seems everything in life is about timing, and we finally joined her Premier family after all.  💖 

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