I am sure you have heard of Joanna Gaines. However if you haven’t, she is an incredibly talented interior designer, decorator, and realtor in Waco, Texas who is also the co-star (along with her husband) of the TV series Fixer Upper which America has fallen in love with. On top of that, together Joanna and her husband Chip own a popular vacation rental designed to give other families the Gaines’ Magnolia experience and recently opened a Magnolia Market at the Silos. She is also blowing up Pinterest and Google with her beautiful designs and farmhouse decor!
However, Joanna Gaines is more than just a fabulous interior designer: she is a mother of four, owns a ranch, and has a huge heart for God.
When I began watching Fixer Upper it wasn’t just the beautiful renovations that caught my eye, it was also Chip’s wacky personality and Joanna’s class and reserved intelligence.
(Chip and my husband have very similar personalities which is probably why I enjoy his wackiness on Fixer Upper so much)
Although Chip and Joanna Gaines’ faith was not directly stated on the show until the third season, there has always been subtle hints towards it such as bible verse farmhouse signs, missionary help, and talk of their church now and then. The Gathering Testimony: Joanna Gaines was the first real insight to the Gaines’ faith. The short “documentary” was a year ago by Baylor University and shares about how following God’s lead is what will result in greatest success.
In the video Joanna Gaines talks about her struggles growing up. She talks about feeling out of place and how she believed the lie that who she was wasn’t good enough. What gave her strength to preserver was hearing God say to her,“I have a calling for you. There’s going to come a time when I tell you to go and I’m going to need you to step out and go.”
Listening to Joanna’s testimony reminded me that God has a calling for each one of us. If we would just stop believing the lies and start doing things God’s way, we would eventually come across the purpose we were created for.
** Love Joanna’s industrial chairs in picture to the left? You can find similar ones HERE!
Continuing in the video, she also talks about how the first attempt at opening her Magnolia market was not a big success while she was pregnant with their second child. Joanna felt that God was calling her to stay home with her babies which resulted in closing down the shop. The closing of Magnolia Market felt like crushed dreams to her.
And then Joanna says something that brought clarity into my own eyes:
“I hear God say very clearly, ‘Joanna, if you trust me with your dreams, I’m going to take Magnolia further than you ever dreamed.’ I remember hearing that and feeling completely peaceful about it and I walked away.”
How often do we hear God’s voice and yet we continue to do things our own way? How often do we feel God push us in a different direction but we resist and continue down a road with no future? If Joanna had not listened to God, she would most likely still have a small boutique in small-town Waco, Texas . However, because Joanna listened to God and closed down her shop she is now the star of HGTV’s most successful show! Like I stated before, she also owns a Bed & Breakfast, two Magnolia Markets, a paint and textile line, a custom-built ranch, and silently ministers to people around the world!
In an odd way, Joanna’s story reminds me of the book of Job. Job thought he had everything he could possibly need and want. He owned property, animals, workers, etc. He also had a large family with a happy wife. Things were going well! But then everything Job worked for was taken away, including his children. Despite the tragedies Job faced he still stayed faithful to God which resulted in him earning double what he had before making him– once again– a prosperous and happy man.
It’s this thing called following Jesus.
No one claims that it will be easy! In fact, Luke 9:23 states that following Jesus means carrying the burden of the cross and leaving our selfish ways behind. We are to follow Jesus, do things His way, and he will bless us with more than we could have imagined before because we are honoring Him.
We don’t always understand why we are in this current situation. The situation is hard, there’s barely any room to breathe and we want to ask “why?”. But John 13:7 reminds us that someday we will understand and the situation will be full of clarity.
After I listened to the beautiful testimony Joanna Gaines released about six months ago, I felt compelled to take this thinking and apply it to my own dreams and business ideas. I didn’t have much of a business, all I possessed was a failed blog from over a year ago. At the time I couldn’t understand why God would be calling me to return to that blog. It was poorly constructed, uneducated, and lacked any content that would qualify as “good” in the blogging world. However, I listened to the small voice in the back of my head and set aside a couple of months to give my blog a DIY makeover.
The blog relaunched in April and now here I am with a following and constant page views! I am generating a side income for my family while doing something I am passionate about and being a stay-at-home mom. Not many women get the chance to use those three components in the same sentence. I contribute a large part of my success to God and Joanna Gaines’ testimony (and my husband, but if you stuck around long enough you probably already knew that).
“I’ve trusted you with my dream and you have taken it further than I could have ever imagined.” Joanna Gaines
Here is the full video of her testimony