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Experience Hope Devotional

Appointed for Blessing

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

— John 15:16


You may remember Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley as February 2016 contestants on Shark Tank, ABC’s innovation-themed reality TV show. Cruse and Bradley, founders of R. Riveter, set out to provide an answer to the employment challenges many military families face. R. Riveter employs military spouses, working remotely, to make their handcrafted handbags. Because the average military family moves every two or three years, flexible and mobile job opportunities give military spouses a way to overcome this occupational challenge.

  1. Riveter began in November 2011 out of Cruse’s home, and their brick-and-mortar store opened in 2014 in Southern Pines, North Carolina. “Although R. Riveter started in an attic, we’re now providing income to over 100 military spouses. We’re fiercely dedicated to providing income to military spouses,” said Lisa.

Cruse and Bradley’s dream for their business became an avenue for income and blessing to more than a hundred families.

As children of God, we are also appointed for blessing. He wants to use us to build up each other.

Having a rough day at work? Feel like you’re just spinning your wheels? Not sure anything you’re doing makes a difference? God knows. God sees. God has a plan and a purpose. He has chosen each of us and appointed us to bear fruit—that means that we’re making a difference for His kingdom.

Even on the rough days, we can be sure God has a purpose for everything we do when we seek Him.


Today’s One Thing

What has God given you to bless others? Plan a way that you could use your talents to bless someone else.