If you’re like me, you are finding a certain kind of joy as we enter a new season. The word “season” has many definitions and I like them all. I can’t imagine living anywhere outside the Midwest where the beginning of a new season holds more vividness as compared to other parts of the country. A second definition of “season” pertains to enhanced flavor, and yet another refers to a new or different time in life.
While I’m eagerly awaiting the new birth of blossoms as we step into spring, I’m also eager to share exciting news and introduce a new season for Straighten Your Paths. As many of you know, the SYP team is as excited about rallying around local missions as we are about helping our clients. Once again, we have created a new yet simple way to make a big difference in multiple lives.
Over the years, I’ve learned the importance of paying close attention when I sense God’s timing at hand instead of my own. When I stepped out of the front lines of my business 2 ½ years ago, and into a full-time role at my church, I pondered my decision more than once, yet I felt complete peace with what seemed like an illogical decision. It was during my two-year term as a member of the missions’ staff, that I had the opportunity to view the life of a refugee through a different lens.
Had I not stepped out of the day-to-day operations of Straighten Your Paths, I would have stayed immersed in activities and relationships keeping me from seeing what God wanted to show me. My team continued to organize and straighten paths while I was away. At the same time, they began picking up more routine housekeeping clients. As they were embracing this opportunity to provide clients with much needed breathing room in their busy days, I was learning about the lack of fair and positive employment opportunities available for refugees forced to leave their home countries. I discovered that they receive loans to resettle in the US, but the opportunities for them to provide for their families, let alone take care of this debt, are few and often inadequate.
Isaiah 60:1 says, “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” This is indeed God’s promise for us all. He is in control of history and weaves together all our lives into his plan. After 12 years of assisting our clients in areas of decluttering, organizing, and home staging, we are pleased and very excited to announce the launch of our new housekeeping division, Shine!
Please join us in building this new division of Straighten Your Paths. Together we can provide a positive employment opportunity and a better way of life for those who have stared war in the face, waited in refugee camps for years, and have had no choice in where they are resettled.