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Never Too Late

2015-08-25_0001Do you ever wonder, “What am I good at? What was I created to do?” Well that was me. For years.

My husband and I got married young, became youth pastors, and loved every minute. It was such a fun season of our lives, and a growing experience for me, especially being a total introvert. 5 years later, my husband became a banker, and once our kids were born, I became a stay-at-home-mom. Treasured times for sure. I knew I had a passion for design and decorating…making our home cozy. But it was just a hobby, right? I wondered. “What am I good at? Do I have ANY gifts??”

Fast forward some years and I started working at my kid’s school. A little extra spending money. I loved working with the kids, but I wondered. “What am I good at? There must be SOMETHING!”

The church we were attending at the time asked me to decorate the foyer for Christmas. This included 17 Christmas trees. Me?? MEEEEEE??? I felt so inadequate. Strangely, I said yes. I worried about it, shopped for it, prepared for it, and worried some more. Then a lightbulb went off. PRAY for God’s help! I simply said, “God, if you put this in my lap, I know you’ll help me. PLEASE give me some good ideas.” The day came, the volunteers showed up to help, and it was a success. With God’s help. And still I wondered, “What am I good at? What was I created to do?”

A few years later I started working as a preschool assistant. Wow, what a gift to work with those little ones. While I enjoyed it, I felt like it wasn’t what God had for me. It wasn’t what I was MADE to do. So there I was again. Wondering. People would point out my love of decorating, and I would downplay it. Every time. I could never do that for a JOB. Not me. It made me feel inadequate just to dream of it!

Then we decided to build a house. Oh. My. Goodness. I can’t even TELLLLLLLL you how much I enjoyed EVERY. SINGLE. PART. OF. IT. And once we moved in, and the kids were off to school, it was time to DECORATE. Ummmm, ya. Pretty much my favorite day. EVER. Who needs Tahiti? Just leave me alone in my house, with an empty mantel and built-ins to style. Please and thank you.

Once our home was complete, we had a housewarming party. My friend and rockstar graphic designer, Megan, walked in and asked when she could start designing my business cards because I was going to be an interior designer. First, huge compliment coming from her, she’s the cutest. Second, that’s sweet but ME? Ya right. Because I don’t know what I’m meant to do. I’m not sure what God has for me.

Finally my sweet husband asked me point-blank in the car one day, “When are you going to quit your job and do what you really want to do?” It was such a huge epiphany. I enrolled in a design school program and the rest is history.

I’m not saying I’m the BEST designer ever. Far from it. What I AM saying is that wow, God has such great patience. All those years, I questioned him. I asked him what He had for me. I wondered if there was ANYTHING I could possibly be good at. He was whispering it to me the whole time. I chose not to listen. I was too wrapped up in what I’m NOT capable of doing. What is too hard for me. What is too far-fetched for this farm girl. How could I limit God like that? My heart’s desire is to walk through the doors HE opens for me. To use any scrap of talent He has given, for His glory. Not to waste it and cover it up with my own selfishness.

I hope you can find encouragement in my story today, friend. PLEASE KNOW that He has awesome plans for you! Are you willing to listen and walk through those doors? If I’ve learned one thing, it’s that I can’t do anything alone. Jesus is my everything. EV. RY. THING. And he is so faithful to take me by the hand, and lead.

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:14 am

    Sally - Such an amazing story!!! So glad you shared your journey to here.. I’m excited to see what your blog is like!! Blessings from a fellow lover of decorating … BlessingsReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:22 am

    Dabay - Oh, this makes my heart so happy to see your work in blog form! You are such a beautiful person inside and out, and I can’t wait to follow along on your journey outside Instagram. I truly look up to you and hope I can one day have the courage to make that leap of faith into what I’m truly passionate about. But much like you in the beginning – I’m not quite sure exactly what that is yet! 🙂 Congrats on your blog Janna! I’m looking forward to following along 🙂ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:26 am

    Joni - Love your story. I’m a retired mom of two boys now 26 & 22. I’m still asking what my gift is… BUT, I do love people and soooo as corney as it sounds that’s what I do. I love on the people God puts in my life as I point them His direction.. Thanks for your article! You’re adorable & can’t wait to read your next post! ?ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:57 am

    Kelli - Yay for you! Love your style ❤️ Cheering you on All The Way ??ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 2:35 am

    Cindy - Congrats on your new blog! It’s wonderful! I so relate to your story and wonder what the Lord has in store for me for part 2 of life. Just became an empty nester and there’s so much I want to do.ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 2:59 am

    Kathleen Leonard - Omg, your story rings so true for me too, right down to the preschool teacher assistant. Unfortunately I’m still the preschool assistant still trying to figure out what God has for me as well. I would love to have my own business but it takes money and it’s down right scary. I also have twins going into their senior year of high school so I have 2 college educations looming down on me. Your story really helps me re-think what I should do. I love your home and your style and I’m so glad you started a blog. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!! Thanks for the inspiration !ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 3:27 am

    Juju - Thank you. Just….Wait, I’m going back to read it all over again. And thank you. These are words I needed to hear right this minute.
    Blessings- JujuReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 4:46 am

    Massiel - Oh my! I can’t even tell you how much your story sounds like mine! Congratulations on this next step and on doing what you love. You are one of my absolute favorite instagramers!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 5:21 am

    Sam - JANNA!! This is amazing, you are amazing! You were MADE to do this. Your story is inspiring and your faith incredible. I am both blessed and honored to call you friend ❤️ Love you!ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 11:10 am

    Laura - Congratulations on the blog! How exciting! I just may have to contact you to do an E design since sadly I’m all the way in Ohio. Good luck and God bless : )ReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Earl Allbritton - Hi Janna,

    Great Blog… !!!

    Love You,

    EarlReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 12:47 am

    Liz@HoosierHomemade - Love this! It is exactly what I needed to hear!
    Thank you for sharing your heart!
    -LizReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2015 - 10:18 pm

    wendy - It’s so wonderful to read your story and to hear that you are doing what you are truly passionate about…especially that it is what the LORD desires for you. We are looking forward to building our home this year and your style is SO similar to mine! While I have enjoyed the process so far, it feels a little overwhelming at times! I just might be giving you a jingle from IDAHO! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 12:07 am

    Allison - I’m loving this Janna!! I can’t wait to read all your blog posts!!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 12:07 am

    Ashley - Congrats on the blog and what a fabulous testimony! I have also wondered for years what I am really supposed to be doing and how God wants to work through me. I’m currently enrolled in a design program as well as writing my own little blog just like you. I wish you the best of luck and pray that we both find the courage, strength and knowledge to do what we do best with his grace of course.

    Cheers
    Ashley
    Blessedmess.caReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2015 - 12:48 am

    Ashleigh - Thank you for this perfectly timed post. This speaks to my soul and I am thankful for your words of wisdom. Thank you and blessings to you as you continue on your path God has placed you on.ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    Lora - I have followed you for a while on Instagram – and you are truly one of my favorites! And I love that your words that accompany your beautiful photos are always uplifting. I’m so glad that you also have a blog now!
    This post was beautifully said – I’ve asked myself the same questions for several years (glad I’m not the only one).
    I can’t wait to see more of your decor projects!ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2015 - 6:47 pm

    Renee @ The Refined Relic - Janna,

    I have followed you on Instagram for a while and I am jut now catching up on your blog. I absolutely love your testimony. Thank you for sharing your story and how God has no limits on what He can accomplish through us when we let him. Have a wonderful day.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    Weekly Rundown | 9.05.15 - Seasons & Salt - […] Never Too Late. Do you ever wonder, “What am I good at? What was I created to do?” Well that was me. For years. – Janna Allbritton of Yellow Prairie Interiors (and former photography client of mine!) shares how she found her passion in life. Her words could not resound with me more. As my kids are starting to transition out the baby years and into school, I keep thinking, what comes next for me, beyond Mom? Janna shares her encouraging story. […]ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2015 - 2:48 am

    Michele - Thank you for sharing your journey, it’s so encouraging! It hits right at home for me as I’m in a transition in my life right now. This reminder that God has a plan for my life, and although change is sometimes scary, He’s right there with me, guiding me. Blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2016 - 5:24 am

    Stacey - Thank you, thank you, thank you! For sharing your story and for being so ridiculously adorable! I pray for the grace to hear that whisper and to stop questioning and doubting that God has a plan for me. Thank you and bless you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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