Hello and welcome. I am Tiffany, one of the creators of the Inspire Shop (I say one because I could not have gotten here without the help of my friends and family). I love all things crafts and Jesus and this shop is a combination of the two. It started in 2013, as the Lord kept getting my attention as I read through 1 Peter.
Creating has always been an outlet and fun way to bless others, so that was what the Lord kept bringing up as this verse rang off the page. I told Him I could not do it alone and he brought me Julie, the craftiest person I have ever known. We started a craft ministry called Pocket Blessings in the fall of 2013 at our church.
We made crafts that were given away to encourage people in our community: nursing homes, WEAVE, families in the NICU, homes for girls coming out of trafficking, etc. We enjoyed some snacks and I did a short bible reading devotional related to each craft.
Eventually, Julie moved away and the Lord brought Rachel and Christina to craft along. It was amazing delivering the crafts to different places, when we were allowed to meet the recipients, as some places were private and in undisclosed locations.
As we moved along with Pocket Blessings, God kept nudging to get out of the church to BE the church. To take the gospel message and the craft supplies to the people we were giving them to; allowing them to make it instead and getting to know them in the process. As our seasons changed, we said to good bye to Pocket Blessings in the summer of 2016.
As we drove miles across state lines on a family road trip, listening to Bob Goff read us Love Does, a few months of prayers and promptings came to fruition. He spoke about the legal systems in India and human rights and trafficking and there was a moment where God really broke my heart for these women I had yet to meet but had been introduced to some of their children through foster care.
It was one of those moments where the presence of God is evident and sacred and the pounding of my heart knew this is what I was meant to do: equip and inspire women through crafts and the love of Jesus; the answer to getting out and being the church.
My husband and I were foster parents and adopted our two youngest children through foster care. We saw and heard first hand about generations of broken women. The children who entered the system usually came from families of women who experienced trauma at a young age and never experienced healing from all the pain and in turn brought pain and trauma to their children. It was heart breaking to see the cycle.
here i am, Send me
I had been praying about where we would bring the Inspire Gatherings creative bible study program as I started writing it, which was based on the short devotionals and crafts from Pocket Blessings. I had no idea where to go or which local homes we would be connecting with or what it would look like for months.
My husband was an advocate for The Forgotten Initiative, a nonprofit bringing awareness to orphan care by connecting churches and agencies. One night he came home from an event with a copy of Mercy Moves Mountains by Nancy Alcorn, the founder of Mercy Multiplied.
I had been praying and searching Google and my library for this exact book just a few weeks earlier in order to get insight from the women’s perspective and their healing process through it. This book was filled with exactly that. His booth had been next to a representative from Mercy Multiplied, a local home dedicated to helping young women break free from life-controlling behaviors and situations, and she gave him a copy.
starting to equip + inspire
I had never heard of Mercy Multiplied but after looking through Mercy’s website, they seemed like a great fit. Meeting with Kerri at the Sacramento home really confirmed that. as our programs aligned so well together. We have been bringing Inspire Gatherings there since Spring of 2017, along with other homes in the area.
These days, my mama has been the backbone and support: helping with organization, volunteering at the homes, prepping and babysitting my four amazing kiddos, along with my husband.
Crafts + Jesus
Our heart for the shop is to equip and inspire women with the tools they need to seek the Lord in their life and healing, in order for them to walk out their God given identity in Christ and live in freedom. That has become my why for creating
We believe you are loved. We believe you are chosen. We believe you are beautiful. And we believe your smile is contagious and has the power to change someone's life.
A little inspiration and hope goes farther than we can think or imagine and we hope you find some right here. Perhaps just enough to make you smile.