Gardenfire is a brand of inspirational message apparel and gifts by Twice Born, Inc, which is owned by me, Jayme Brandt. This company operates under simple truths that are taught in scripture. For example; God has given me a talent and asked me to use if for His glory. Matthew 25:14 begins a parable that Jesus is teaching. I see this as a metaphor and a promise. What we do with what He has given us matters. Not how much you were given, but what you do with it. Talent here can mean an ability as in "of the arts", or a financial blessing or free time or a number of things. The parable is not simply about money and investing as some will teach. God's plan seems to be more eternal, more permanent. It must also be about the spreading of the gospel, loving others, building His kingdom and demonstrating the grace He has shown us. He has given us the kingdom and we are responsible to do something. He has given you life, salvation, a voice, and from there on it differs depending on who you are. However, you definitely have at least those first three things. Put them to work. Share your life, work out your salvation and be a voice speaking truth in love to this world. Don't wait for someone smarter to do it, someone healthier to act it out, someone more talented to create the thing. Fight the temptation to do nothing. Here is a ministry idea for you : If you know someone that is serving God through a ministry, serve that ministry before you create one of your own. Pour yourself into something that brings no praise to you. This brings Glory to God. Gardenfire is trying to do this very thing in service and support of Mercy Ships and others. We select a few ministries that are gospel centered and motivated to serve the poor and the weak. Join them and watch God transform who you are into someone that is more like Him. He does this through brokenness.
I have seen the hand of God on my company. We are debt free. We spend less money on marketing and more on giving. As much as I am competitive and prideful I constantly die to that and ask for the Spirit of God to move me away from what I want and to what he wants. It is hard at first, but once you are doing it you wonder "why can't I always feel like this". We are profitable and healthy. Our business is built around hard work, creativity and service. Our team is very small, consisting of under ten staff members and a handful of sales groups. However, we are able to compete with the largest companies in the industry to develop product, fulfill and finance orders faster and cheaper and often with better sell through. We are feisty, fair, honest, and relentless. Gardenfire has not been in the industry the longest, but during a recession we built a business, carved out a niche and made our selves known, loved and desired in stores all across the world.
Most people hear the name and say something along the lines of "that sounds cool, but what does it mean?" Gardenfire is my story, written on the backs of over 1 million shirts distributed to over 20 countries all over the world. I chose the name Gardenfire as a word illustration of where I was on my walk with Christ at the time. I felt as though I was the dry ground beneath a raised flower bed built on the rocky Northwestern Arkansas earth. Someone was trying to build a garden on top of my dead heart. The soil wasn't mine, the seeds weren't mine, the wood frame wasn't mine. Those were all given to me. God was going to grow something in my life even though it seemed impossible.
When I hear the word Gardenfire I see light coming from the earth, dead things are rising. Flames are coming out from the leaves and stems of flowers and plants; a consuming fire that is spreading throughout all of creation and burning without destroying everything. READ THE FULL STORY
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