2017 Scripture Verse of the Year

The First Step in Choosing a Word of the Year

Verse of the YearHave you noticed everyone choosing a Word of the Year for 2017? It’s a thing now. You select a word to embrace during the coming year as a way to focus on what’s important to you. It’s much easier than New Year’s Resolutions and it’s a lot of fun! In fact, I’ve been quite creative with my Words in the past, making vision boards, collages, jewelry, tree ornaments and other lovely reminders to keep my Word alive.

But what if you can’t find a word that seems to fit? Or if your word is too superficial? Too practical? Not inspirational enough for you? That may because you are choosing a word without starting in The Word. Before you choose your Word of the Year, begin in prayer and study The Word of God. Find out what His plans are for you this year. Ask him to show you the message he has in store for you. Then choose a Verse of the Year to guide you and center you throughout the year. Here’s mine: 

My Verse of the Year 2017: Romans 12:2

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2

In Romans 12, Paul outlines the way to live as a Christian. This verse is so full of messages that seem to reach out to me and urge me to go deeper in my faith. It is a call for me to reject the pattern of this world – which is both daunting and refreshing at the same time. This world insists that I:

Have More…

Do More …

Be More.

Paul is telling me that I can:

Have Less…

Do Less…

Be Less like others and More like God created me to be.

Continue Reading »

How to Deal with Criticism

how-to-deal-with-criticismThe moment you become a mother you open yourself up to criticism. It seems as soon as that sweet baby takes his first breath, someone is telling you what you’re doing wrong. The commentary continues over the years and eventually that sweet baby joins in the discussion. But somewhere along the journey we learn to deal with the critics and embrace our unique mothering style.

The same thing happens when we open a business or launch a ministry. Despite the fact that you are making a positive contribution to the world, people feel the need to tell you all the ways you are failing. They do it in writing – on your blog or social media or via email. They do it in person – often in front of customers and staff. And they do it behind your back, which is sometimes the most hurtful of all, especially when the critic is a friend or family member.

So how to you deal with the criticism that comes with being a leader? I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but here are a few steps I take to prevent these remarks from stealing my joy and derailing my mission.

Continue Reading »

[Guest Post Opportunity] Share Your 2017 Verse of the Year!

Scripture verse of the year What are you looking to change in your life next year? That’s the question we need to answer when choosing our goals or New Year’s Resolutions. And whenever I need to change anything, I look to God’s Word to help me. That’s why I’ve created the habit of choosing a favorite scripture verse to embrace and guide me through the year.

And since it’s that time of year for starting over…for making resolutions…for mapping out our plans for the next 12 months…I invite you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the coming year. In fact, I encourage you to choose a Verse of the Year as the foundation for the change you want to see in your life.

For the past several years, I have chosen a Word of the Year (you can read more about that here). And the last few years I’ve decided to select my Word of the Year through prayerful consideration of God’s Word. I figure, if you’re going to choose A word, shouldn’t you start with THE Word?

Continue Reading »

Are Mompreneurs Trading One Identity Crisis for Another?

are-mompreneurs-trading-one-identity-crisis-for-anotherA friend of mine explained to me why she felt called to open her catering business. She is the mother of a special needs child and said she didn’t want to be defined in that way. She didn’t want her identity to be wrapped up in her role as a mother to her special needs child. I totally understood her – and I told her that lots of moms open businesses or get jobs to avoid that same identity crisis. They don’t want to be labeled as “just” a mom. Or they feel like they “need something more” in their lives.

I get it. I’m not judging anyone, here. I’m admitting that this need to have an identity outside motherhood is a huge motivator for me – and for a lot of moms I work with in the International Christian Mompreneur Network. I KNOW that being a mother is my most important job. And it’s my calling during this season of life. So, I don’t take that responsibility lightly. And maybe motherhood should be “enough” for me… I envy women who are confident enough to dedicate 100% to motherhood. But for some reason…maybe it’s ego…maybe it’s money…maybe it’s fear of failure…or entrepreneurial genes…or lack of patience…but I have always felt the need for an identity that isn’t tied to the little people I love.

The Mompreneur Identity Crisis

But what happens when we start a business to fill that need? Sometimes we simply replace our identity crisis. We are no longer known as “Luke’s mom” but we become “the photography lady.” And that’s fine… except when it consumes us.

Continue Reading »

2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift GuideOne of the things I love most about the International Christian Mompreneur Network is the opportunity to learn about the creative and inspirational things other moms are doing with their businesses or ministries. And I had the chance to do that recently on a video conference with some of the women in our Facebook Group (which you can join here). We held a Zoom meeting to share our products and services and prepare for holiday shopping season.

These ladies are blessing the world with their talents and gifts. And they are about to bless your friends and family with some fabulous Christmas gifts highlighted in our 2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide!

With more than 10,000 Christian mompreneurs in our community, the following is just a small sampling of the amazing work these ladies are doing. Please take a few minutes to support a fellow mompreneur and do a little Christmas shopping!

Ten Unique Christmas Gifts Made or Sold by Christian Mompreneurs

2016 Christian Mompreneur Holiday Gift Guide 

Continue Reading »

15 Blessings from Business Boutique

Christian Mompreneur Lessons from Christy Wright, Dave Ramsey and Team

Business Boutique Christy WrightAfter two days of learning and connecting at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville, my mind is overflowing with ideas and my heart is filled with encouragement. I can honestly say this was the best event I’ve ever attended for Christian mompreneurs who are ready to take action on their dreams of owning a business! With Dave Ramsey’s team behind the scenes, and an incredible lineup of speakers and performers on stage, the conference was everything I had expected and more.

I couldn’t possibly share everything we learned and all that we experienced here on the blog, but I want you to benefit from some of the generous encouragement and most practical tips we received. Whether you are a dreamer, a starter or a builder, you can take your business one step further with these blessings from Business Boutique.

15 Blessings from Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in Nashville

  1. There’s room for you, too. Christy wants you to know that even if someone else is doing what you want to do, don’t let that prevent you from moving forward. Stop letting fear hold you back from doing what God has placed in your heart.

“You can have the most extraordinary experience of your life when you step into your fear.” – Christy Wright

 

  1. Your mind is fertile ground, so you need to be very careful about what you put into your brain. Dave Ramsey talked about the power of intentionality and encouraged us to feed our minds with positive thoughts and ideas, and to write down our dreams.

“Be careful what you write down – it will turn your life in a trajectory right toward your dreams.” Dave Ramsey

 

  1. Getting out of debt and staying that way takes sacrifice. But the reward is a legacy you can’t afford to miss out on giving your family. Step 1: Create a budget.

“The road to comparison will always dead end with debt.” – Rachel Cruze

 

  1. It’s time to get real about your money. No matter how great a product is, the mismanagement of money is the thing that brings most businesses down. So treat your business like a business and pay attention to the finances.

“A hobby costs you money. A business makes you money.” – Christy Wright

Continue Reading »

Mompreneur’s Guide to Evernote

12 Ways to Use Evernote To Organize Your Life

Mompreneur Guide to EvernoteCall me old fashioned, but I’m a pen and paper girl at heart. I love writing in my journal and sending hand-written notes to friends. I rarely go to a meeting without my college ruled notepad or traditional composition book that I buy at Target for $1 after the back-to-school sales. There’s something that happens in my brain when I’m forming words on paper – and it just doesn’t happen when I type. That’s why I resisted going digital with my notes and lists for quite some time.

But Evernote won me over. I went digital with most – but not all – of my note taking and list making a couple of years ago. Why? Mostly because I live in a digital world and it’s easy to access my notes from wherever I am. But I also love the powerful tagging and searching functionality of Evernote. I don’t have to remember where I put a note or what I called it. And – you’re going to love this! – I can easily share my Evernote files with someone. Let’s say for example, I want my husband to stop at the grocery store on the way home. If he has access to my grocery list, it’s super easy for him!

I use Evernote to capture all of my ideas and document everything from my prayer list to meeting agendas. I use the tagging feature to easily find what I’m looking for. I scan photos, bookmark websites and attach files directly in Evernote. You can even set reminders and use the voice dictation feature.

Want to know more about how I use Evernote?

Here are 12 Ways to Use Evernote To Organize Your Life

Continue Reading »

How to Tell if It’s Time to Start a Small Business

Start a Small BusinessStarting a business is like having a baby – you are never truly ready. You can learn and plan all you want, but nothing prepares you for life as a mompreneur quite like on-the-job training.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about turning your hobby into a business or creating a ministry that will provide a much-needed service in your community. Or perhaps you are desperately seeking a way to quit your job so you can work from home. Or you may be exploring the option of publishing a book or starting a blog.

It all sounds very exciting. Daunting…but fascinating! So how do you know when it’s the right time to take that leap into the small business world? There’s no magic formula, but if you’re going through a discernment process, here are a few signs that might help!

Continue Reading »

How to Raise a Future Leader

[A little something from iMom]

how-to-raise-a-future-leaderFirefighter. Movie star. Professional soccer player. President of the United States. Our children have big plans for what they want to do when they grow up. So we encourage them and guide them and nurture their dreams. But do we give them the skills they need to achieve their goals?

As parents, we’ve been given the tremendous responsibility of raising the next generation of leaders. It’s not always easy being the mother of a budding young boss. But it’s incredibly rewarding to witness your child transform into a respectable, inspirational young adult.

Here are ten ways you can encourage and raise a future leader:

1. Let them solve their own problems.

My mother was a master at this. She rarely got involved in arguments between my siblings and me. She told us to figure it out on our own. And it taught us how to solve problems, rather than expect to be rescued. >>>

This blog post originally appeared on iMom, a site dedicated to helping you love your family well. Read the rest of the post on iMom here.

Six Ways to Leverage What You Have

six-ways-to-leverage-what-you-haveHave you ever noticed how much time entrepreneurs spend setting goals and working to achieve the next big thing? We are constantly looking ahead. Sometimes we forget to take inventory of the here and now. We don’t even notice all the amazing ways we can leverage what we have – in order to get where we are headed.

Here are six ways you can make the most of your blessings as a mompreneur:

1. Leverage Your Success

Most of us mompreneurs spend so much time trying to fix what’s not working in our business that we forget what is working. Take a few minutes to focus on the successes you have encountered and put them to work for you:

  • Ask a client or customer for a testimonial or an endorsement.
  • Publicize any awards or certifications you’ve earned.
  • Take photos or videos of your progress on a project and share them on social media.

2. Leverage Your Work

Every step of your journey as a mompreneur is a building block. Each time you create something as part of your work, you are adding to the foundation of your success. Be careful not to keep your eyes fixed too much on the next step that you forget the solid work that got you this far. Instead, continue to use that work to propel you further on our journey:

  • Repurpose a speech you’ve given in the past as a blog post or webinar.
  • Turn your blog posts into a book.
  • Create an online course based on the steps or principles you are already using in your business.

Continue Reading »