August 2016 Goals - On praying for my business
The website is... live. Can I say that it's alive? Because I think that sounds pretty cool. We have been working so hard on this for months and months. Every tending list from my powersheets included “pray about launch” in the daily goals section… for every month this year! Everything has been building and building and building and then we launched! Cue the confetti and turn on the dancing music because I feel like I'm soaring!
It’s been so good to have a few days to rest because now I feel like I have the energy to truly celebrate! That’s exactly what Isaac and I will be doing later this week. We are getting away together for fun for the very first time since Daniel was born!
A couple of momma business owners have asked if I’m still nursing Daniel and I am! I actually don’t plan to pump or anything while we are away, but I don’t think it will be difficult to transition back to it. We left for a couple nights two weekends ago and didn’t have any problems. I'm leaning on the Lord about this and trusting His timing!
A friend sat on my couch before Daniel was born and told me that she really loved nursing her little one. After Daniel was born, I couldn’t imagine how I could ever love it, but I wanted to keep doing it for him. And as the months went by, I started to really, really love it.
The day before the launch, the Lord told me to pray instead of worry. I clung to those words through the launch and the day after the launch. I have been praying for specific results from this launch (shared all of that in my latest newsletter - love you all!) and I know myself; I have faith until the outcome no longer looks certain. Is that really faith? I mean, the faith that the disciples had to pray in this situation didn’t even measure up to a mustard seed of faith. Oh Lord, give me faith! Help me to believe you!
So I just kept clinging to His instruction. Every time I started to worry about what I had written on the site, the audience I had chosen to target, or even the free guides, I just prayed. This is the truth I have been leaning on:
Rejoice in every circumstance
Let the Lord teach you and others through your circumstance
Trust in Him and rely on only Him
Speak every word He tells you to speak
Praise Him for what He has done
Tell of how He has been faithful and think about it
Don’t be afraid to get specific (I think this has to do with believing and having faith)
This is His throne we are talking about
We serve the Mighty God. There is no other besides Him and it’s okay and good for us to act that out in prayer. What if His people - the ones who are called by His name and have been adopted into His Kingdom - really prayed?
What if we prayed for our businesses and careers by the strength of the Holy Spirit and not our own? What if we served the other businesses around us and helped them succeed instead of focusing only on our own success? What if we prayed for our clients?
The Lord has been giving me specific words and encouragement before each wedding. And then He has used those words and encouragement on the wedding day. My couples have walked away feeling loved because He loves them and is showing me how to love them. What if I let go of even more fear in my life and embraced more walking with Him? I think that would be amazing.
One of the specific things I have been praying about is speaking! It’s been something that has been burning in my heart and I have been aching to do it. Friends, I don’t even know what specific thing I would talk about (although I have ideas), but I know without a doubt that the Lord would show me - whether it was business or faith or photography. I’m excited! I really believe that He is going to make a way for this even though I don’t see it with my own eyes just yet!
I asked specifically that He would make new ways for me to encourage other photographers and business owners. I thought that would look like my newsletter, but then I got an email from a Magazine yesterday! They want to collaborate on an educational piece and I’m still catching my breath.
I share this story with you because I have no idea where the Lord will take me this year (what man does know?), but I am believing Him and trusting Him that His ways are good. I want to encourage you to pray by the Holy Spirit when you pray. Ask how you should pray for your business/career/husband/child/sister/parents/garden/friend and then pray. He has always been doing amazing things - and is today - and it’s time that we get on board with what He is doing!
Here are the encouraging words for me this month as I work toward my goals:
Joy is given to you in abundance.
Wait on the Lord. He is faithful and He doesn’t destroy His promises.
I’m so excited to walk forward this month! I’m excited to write more for Christian business women on my blog and in my newsletter. You can pray for me as I seek the Lord and ask for wisdom!
- Send one newsletter to brides
- Make something yummy for dinner (Thai Curry, Gyros, Tomato Soup, Homemade Bread)
- Take coffee to Isaac at work
- Fast (this is something the Lord is putting in front of me and I thought that sharing it might encourage you, too)
- Tithe in faith
- Teach Daniel a word in a different language
- Establish good fall routines!
- Go to the zoo
- Make a tent and have a reading party with Daniel
- Cook or bake something new
- Do something creative at home (decorate, color with Daniel, create artwork)
- Blog 1 post for Christian Business Women (3-5 posts total... wherever the Lord leads)
- Send 1 newsletter to encourage photographers (business + photo tips, verses, and whatever the Lord lays on my heart)
- Remember that I’m working for Jesus and His Kingdom - not my own
- Run or walk
- Pray for my business
- Pray for Isaac
- Drink water
- Write & Speak His words when prompted
- Remember His Word (write that thing on my heart & mind)
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