Believer, Survivor, Artist, Author, Repurposer, Wife, Mother, Nana
Hi! My name is Keri Payne. First and foremost I am a believer of God and His written word and thankful for His sacrifice for this unworthy soul of mine. I was saved at the age of 9 and grew up in a Christian home. My life has been full of pain and struggle. Sexual abuse as a child, bullying, teenage pregnancy, toxic relationships, and illness galore haunt my memories and coping skills. I suffer with Ulcerative Colitis, Interstitial Cystitis, IBS, Insomnia, Severe Endometriosis, Gastritis, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Major Depression Disorder, Panic Disorder, ADD, and Complex Post traumatic Stress Disorder. My illnesses have taken me to a place in life I never expected. Because of this I found talents in drawing, painting, re-purposing, and writing. With these talents and a need to cope with mental health issues, I founded a hobby business called Edify. The greatest joys in my life have been the opportunity to be a mother to my two boys who are now adults, a wife to a man that truly loves me, and a nana to the sweetest girl. Through the pain and struggle I continue to deal with on a daily basis I wake up each day and thank God for the gift of another day. My purpose is to Edify others and share with them the peace available to them from a truly loving God.
Edify is my calling. What is a calling you ask? To me, a calling is a purpose directed by the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God. It sounds very religious and spiritual and only a person completely grounded in God can do it, but that is not so. I find that a calling is not about being religious, but its a path God has for your life. This path draws from your greatest strengths and can give you a life of true happiness. As I began struggling with mental health issues, I realized the life I hoped to have would never come to pass. The career of becoming a teacher or even working in an office was no longer possible. I searched for support and found it scarce. No one understood what I was going through. No one knew how to help me. I felt blame and shame at every turn. All I needed was to be loved and supported. As I searched for help, I found it in the most unexpected places, it gave me the confidence and strength to find my footing once more. I began filling my days with new coping skills and doing stuff I never tried, like drawing and painting. I tried my hand at re-purposing and restoring discarded items, which gave me a sense of fulfillment I had never known. Then one day I went to a craft market with my stuff and my new journey began. I found there are others out there who struggle too, filling their spare time making beautiful things to cope. We never know what life holds for us. Most of us find our lives don’t turn out as we planned. What I do know is that I never want anyone to feel they have no support. I want to Edify. To give support just as I was given. To build up and give purpose with love with our BLOG AND BOOKS AVAIABLE. Purpose to make beautiful things, and share them with others with our HOME DECOR. To give others who need a purpose a safe place to try something new and build relationships in the process with out PAINT PARTIES. So, I named my hobby craft store Edify. A double meaning with a whole lot of love.
“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.”1 Thessalonians 5:11