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Tiffany Rott

Adventures of a Storyteller

Calm in the Storm

I have thought and prayed about this blog post for a few weeks now. I knew what I wanted/needed to say, but I wanted to make sure that I presented it in a way that’s a true representation of what’s going on in my life right now.

And then, because God is God and loves showing His care and greatness, the sermon at church this morning gave me the perfect word to surround my story in.

The passage was Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Calming the Storm. The title of the sermon was “Does Jesus Care?” At first, the title put me off. Yes, I’m in a storm, but I have never doubted God’s care and love for me. Then the pastor started preaching. And his first sentence went something like: “You might be in a storm right now and it may be that you have been diagnosed with cancer or you may have lost your job.” And I sat up a little bit straighter.

You see, that’s where  I am right now. I am currently searching for a job. The non-profit I worked for had to make some budget cuts and my position no longer exists. So I’m living with my parents as I wait for God to reveal what He has for me next.

So I listened closely to the sermon and every point hit me right where I needed to hear it. But the last point really started a healing process on my heart.

“The goal [of Jesus] was not to calm the storm, but to produce faith.”

When I look at all that is going on right now physically and emotionally, I realize that my prayers don’t just concern me finding a job (although there are plenty of those prayers) or whatever God has for me next, but ultimately my prayers are for God to increase my faith and draw me closer to Him through all of this.

I’m so thankful for the sermon this morning and the focus it has brought to my mind. My desire and prayer is to be brought closer to Him in thought, word, and deed through all of this.

 

 

 

 

….but I wouldn’t mind a few prayers for a new job.😀

 

Essential-ly on a Budget

Have you ever done something the hard way for a really long time only to realize that there was a better and much easier way the whole time?

I don’t know what that feels like….nope….not at all.

Except, actually I do.

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I love essential oils! And I love the Young Living Essential Oils rewards program.

But I had a problem. Now remember, I freely admit that this was very faulty logic on my part, but I thought I couldn’t afford the rewards program anymore because it was too expensive. But then I looked at what was in my cart and realized, I was spending more than I had to.

To be a part of the rewards program you have to spend 50PV points a month. Somewhere along the way, I had lost track of that fact. And that, coupled with an extremely tight budget, nearly made me quit the rewards program.

But I have reformed. Now it’s a kind of game. I keep track of exactly how many points are in my cart each month. Sometimes even re-juggling items to make sure to exactly hit that 50PV mark.

I was thinking I would share my combinations that make up the 50PV each month. That way if you are looking to join the rewards program, but need inspiration and encouragement that it’s totally possible on any budget, I can make at least a few of the orders easy for you.🙂

So this was my first order:

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Geranium Essential Oil-$18.75

Orange Essential Oil-$10.75

Cinnamint Lip Balm-$4.25

Satin Facial Scrub-$16.25

Do you use essential oils? Are you interested learning more about them?

 

 

 

Disney Days

There are days I’ve named “Disney Days”. These are days where work is overwhelming. Days are long. And not much “magic” appears in the day-to-day of life. Days where unfocused-ness overwhelms everything. 

Today is just such a day. 

But never fear! There is a remedy!

First, make a cup of coffee!  (Bonus points if it’s Disney related) Coffee works this late for me because a lot of times my Disney Days are directly related to how bad my ADHD is that day and coffee helps calm my mind. 


Second, turn on a Disney movie. My choice for tonight is Sleeping Beauty. (If I were ever able to be a face character at Disney World, I’d want to be Merryweather.)

  
Third, browse your Disney board on Pinterest.  (If you’d like to see my board it’s here)

 
Fourth use some of those pins to create planning cards for your (imaginary, for now) next vacation. (Make sure you leave a space for Disney Bounding!)

 

Fifth, and finally, fall asleep dreaming of Happily Ever After and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. 

  
    

 

Soooo, How Ya Doin’?

The Promised Update

As promised, in this new year, I want to update you on what has been happening in my life in this last year. Fair warning, a lot has happened this past year and so this is a fairly long post…..

The start of the year was lovely. The MasterWorks Festival exhibited at quite a few conferences and as the Publicity Coordinator, I got to travel around the US (including a drive to Texas) and meet lots of people who are excited about the mission of MasterWorks. And then I got to re-meet quite a few of them during the Festival.

Probably the first stumble in the year was making the hard decision of whether or not to accept the offer of being the Stage Manager for the Theatre Program this summer. It took a lot of prayer and many thoughtful discussions, but I felt God leading me to accept the position, so I did. After such a smooth first few months of things flowing right into each other, this one was the first time that I paused.

Then the summer began and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest as well as the best summer I’ve had at the MasterWorks Festival. The short story is that being a part of the tech team this summer was hard, incredibly hard! Not that it was all bad! I loved being the Stage Manager. I really enjoyed working with a whole different group of people than I usually do. And I love all the students that came through. They really made being the Stage Manager a joy. But it was rough, and I don’t know when I’ve felt that emotionally and physically exhausted. During the first week of the Festival, before the Theatre Program started, I was able to be a part of the Film Acting Program and I had the best time starting to learn the art of acting on film as well as learning behind the scenes techniques. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of that group. To top it off, the film we made during that first week was selected by the Christian WorldView Film Festival to be the short film that the Film Composer applicants will compose to!

I can’t tell you how completely exhausted and just plain weary I was after the six weeks on the tech team. There are no words to describe the level of rest I needed. I was excited for my vacation and going home for three weeks! Just before I left, I found out that MasterWorks Festival had to move locations before next summer and we had to find a new office location this Fall.  Talk about throwing things off! We didn’t know where we could go. There were a lot of unknowns as I went off for my vacation with my family. I enjoyed my time with them, as always, and was excited to get back to work.

It took longer than expected, but God led us to a great new campus, Cedarville University in Ohio! I mentioned before that we are excited for this new change and can’t wait to see all that God will do in this new location!

Also, a local business man offered us a new office to use until the Festival this summer which was a huge blessing to not have to worry about where we were moving our office.

But it did mean that my job got a little tougher, a little more…intense as I made a couple of drives out to Cedarville to get pictures and information for our students to show them the beautiful new facilities that God had brought for us to use! And also as we began the process of moving our office.

Life was just finding a new normal amidst all the chaos, when, 5 weeks ago, we found out we were being asked to move out of our house. Fortunately, Grace College (the campus where we have been for the last 10 years) provided us with new housing in pretty much the same location which was a huge blessing. But because Christmas break was coming soon, we had three weeks to clean the new house, pack up the old house, pack up the old office, and move.

Again, it was a crazy time. Half the time I didn’t know if I was upright or upside down. “Do the next thing” became more than a lovely quote….it was a necessity for survival!

But then, everything was moved and I got to leave to see my family! This last week and a half I’ve had with them have been so wonderfully healing and restful. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect on what this past year has handed to me.

And, while I’d never want to relive it, I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’ve learned for anything in the world.

Lessons like:

  • It’s during the hardest times that God’s presence is the most real.
  • When God is the center of your friendships, they can survive anything with work and patience.
  • God’s greatest gifts come at all times, even in the midst of a storm.
  • Whether or not we “feel” it, God has us in the palm of His hand.

and

  • Even when we don’t know what the next thing is, God does. And He will reveal it in His perfect timing.

 

And now, a New Year dawns with

many more exciting things in store….

And I can’t wait to see what they are!!!!!!!

 

 

We Have Home!

After almost two months, MasterWorks Festival has a new home at Cedarville University.

Watching God work in this whole process has been amazing. Sometimes hard to trust, but in the end, simply amazing.

Now we are working hard sorting out our old offices. Settling in to our new offices.

To relax and rest, I’ve finished a baby blanket (which I forgot to take pictures of…oops) and started another one.IMG_1854

And I am repainting a pink dresser I inherited a couple of months ago.IMG_1855

I’m excited to get started in our new location for MasterWorks as well as finish the projects I’ve been working on.

God knows

I’ve started using an app called First5. It’s a short devotional designed to be read first thing when you wake up. It’s designed to take about 5 minutes. The app has a built in alarm clock. So I set it for about ten minutes after my regular alarm to I have a few minutes to wake up before reading. 

It’s been a wonderful encouragement to start the day this way. Also, many of the devotionals have been exceedingly applicable on the days that I read them. 

Take today for instance: 

 
It seemed like it was meant for me as I was heading into multiple meetings today. 

Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and His reminders. 

Amen!

  

Changes Are Coming!

And not just here on my blog. (Although I do have a blog to-do list that includes changing the layout and the banner and other little things).

Side note: It is not wise to leave your blog for a big block of time, because

WordPress will change all of the background stuff

and you’ll have to relearn it.

But the big change coming up is a relocation for the MasterWorks Festival! I’m excited about this journey that God is taking us on. I won’t lie though, change is a challenge for me and this is a huge change. But I truly believe that God will use this change to bring glory to Him.

You can read the full story of our move on the MasterWorks Festival website.

So through out the next few months, be looking for organizational posts (it takes a lot of organization to move an office, a house, and a festival), crafty posts (I have two roommates who have brought the crafting-for-fun side of me out…as evidenced by the cans of paint on our living room floor), and life lesson posts (as I know God is going to be working many things through me during this process).

Adventure is out there! (And with God’s help we will find it and enjoy it.)

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