Six Scripture Verses for the Mom Entrepreneur

scripture versesHi, busy mom! I thought you could use some encouragement today as you go about your work. Whether you’re a business owner or a ministry leader – or a mom who has been thinking about taking that leap of faith – I hope one or more of these verses speaks to you and offers the hope and encouragement you need today.

  1. You have a gift to share!

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

– 1 Peter 4:10

From photography to number crunching…from listening skills to legal services…from speaking and writing to building and selling…we each have been given a special gift. It’s God’s desire for you to identify those gifts, nurture them and share them. Please don’t hide your gift or put it on the back burner…or dismiss it as not important.

 

  1. Now is the time.

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”

― Ecclesiastes 11:4

What are you waiting for, my friend? If you’re thinking that things will get easier when your baby starts sleeping through the night…or is finally in Kindergarten…or is off to college…I have news for you – it doesn’t get easier. Only different. You may have more time one day, but that will not necessarily create “perfect conditions” for you to take that next step in your business or ministry. If it’s on your heart to take that next step, then pray for discernment but know that there will never be “perfect” timing. So, now is probably as good a time as any!

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Seven Unusual Ideas to Shake Things up for Lent

ChocolateNo matter how many times I give up chocolate for Lent, it’s still a challenge. But lately I’ve been feeling like I need to stretch myself a little more. In fact, I confided in my pastor that sometimes I find myself “going through the motions” in my spiritual life. And you know what he told me? He said I needed to “shake things up a bit.” He said that when we start feeling distracted or disconnected in our faith, then it’s time to dig a little deeper. Time to try something different to draw closer to Christ.

So, in the interest of shaking things up, here are a few unusual ideas for Lent. And, no, I’m not committing to all of them myself this season. I’m taking on just a few of these ideas. But I thought I’d share my brainstorm with you – in case you are looking to dig deeper in your faith in a different way.

Seven Unusual Ideas for Lent

1. Pray for 40 people. Make a list of 40 people you want to pray for. Commit to praying 40 minutes a day for one person per day. That’s actually a really long time for me to pray, so I won’t attempt to do it all at once. I’ll probably break it into four different sessions of 10 minutes. And one of those sessions might be a written prayer in my journal – or even a letter to that person to let them know I’m praying for them.

2. Go meatless for 40 days. I’ve always thought I had it easy during Lent because it’s no big deal for me to fast from meat on Fridays. I really don’t eat much meat – I don’t eat red meat at all, but occasionally I eat chicken or turkey. But what if – and I’m not making a commitment here – but what if I fasted from all meat for Lent. Would that be any more of a sacrifice? What if I avoided all animal products, including fish, dairy and eggs? That would be a challenge. Something to consider. What kind of change in your diet would stretch you? (If you’re fasting from meat, I found a bunch of meatless recipes here from CRS Rice Bowl!)

3. Go on a digital fast. This is something I probably need to do, but I’m not ready to take on this year. I’ve been using Rescue Time to track my productivity and have been shocked to discover that I spend between 4 and 7 hours a week on social media! And that’s just on my desktop – it doesn’t include the time I check Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter on my mobile. Clearly, I have some work to do in this arena. If I could fast from social media, imagine how much time I would have to spend with my family, read the Bible, exercise or even take a nap! Maybe next year…

lentenchallenge4. Spread the word. Lent is typically a time to go inward – to examine our own spiritual walk. But as Christians we are called to evangelize and to share our journey with others. So why not make a commitment to share the word of God with 40 people during Lent. Or, if you’re not planning to go on a digital fast, then here’s a great way to have fun while sharing your faith. Check out the Lenten Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram and Pinterest! Or try this Lenten Photo Challenge and you might win an Easter basket from CRS Fair Trade. [Read more...]

Meet Me On The G.I.R.L. Tour – Events for Christian Mompreneurs

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Events for Christian Mompreneurs

The International Christian Mompreneur Network may be coming to a city near you!

No conference. No presentation. No cost.
Just a friendly hug and a chance to chat. Come say hello! [Read more...]