[Prayer Cafe]: February 1, 2017 – John 4:7-21

No Fear

Do you ever hesitate to start something new because you are afraid you won’t succeed?

 We have all tried and failed at something, and sometimes that lingering fear gets in the way of our future. There is no guarantee that we will be successful. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us not to put our hopes and trust in human efforts, but instead to put our trust in God, knowing that He has a perfect plan.

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[Author Interview] Meet Christian Mompreneur Tammie T. Polk

Author of The Virtuous Business Woman

I used to think Proverbs 31 was written to encourage the homemaker, wife and mother. But one day when I was reading it, I realized the Proverbs 31 Woman was more than a Wife of Noble Character; she was also the ideal mompreneur. That’s exactly what the theme of Tammie T. Polk’s book is — The Virtuous Business Woman. And we are blessed to have Tammie as part of our circle of Christian mompreneurs, to share her wisdom and encouragement with us. I’m honored to share this conversation with her on the blog today.

Q. What does it mean to you to be a virtuous woman?

A. To me, being a virtuous woman means remembering that virtue and faith still have a place in our lives, even in this busy, digital world. Many times, we feel like we have to put our convictions aside in order to be what is perceived to be successful. It also means that I see that I am a lot closer to being this woman than I think I am. So many think that her lifestyle is unattainable and don’t see the progress they’ve already made. It is a matter of making a conscious effort to do what is right and to be guided by the principles of God’s Word, which isn’t always easy.

Q. You write about putting family first. What is your best advice for a mompeneur who is having trouble balancing business and family responsibilities?

A. Yes, that’s one thing so many struggle with. My best advice is to use your family! Find out what their gifts and talents are and allow them to use them to help you in your business! Even use the things that annoy you about them. Another thing I would say is to pay attention to what you may perceive as a family distraction. Many times, those things that they do to distract you just might be their way of showing you that they want to help if you’d only take a moment to show them what you need.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 18, 2016 –

Putting on the Armor of God

Have you ever had a disagreement with your husband, child, parent, sibling, friend or co-worker? Of course! It’s our human nature to disagree from time to time. But when it goes beyond a disagreement and feels like more of an attack, maybe it goes deeper. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us we do have an enemy, but if we put on the armor of God, we will be able to see the true threat and defeat it.

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[Prayer Cafe]: January 11, 2016 – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Will our work survive?

We mompreneurs know the meaning of “work”. We work on our businesses, we work raising our children, we work around the house. I don’t know about you but I feel like my day is just bouncing from one task to the next. 

In this week’s Prayer Cafe, Alecia Baptiste reminds us that we can please God even while doing the mundane tasks that no one else even seems to notice.

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Verse of the Year 2017: John 5:8

Guest Post by Amy Walton

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

I have read the story of the invalid man by the pool so many times in my life, but it has been in the past year that this story has really spoken to my heart… I guess because of where I am in my life right now.

The man in this story had been an invalid for 38 years. When Jesus encounters him on his mat, he asked the man if he wanted to be healed. Interestingly, this invalid did not answer “yes” or “no.” He simply gave an excuse, saying that every time he tried to enter the healing waters, people went before him, and no one helped him. 38 years… imagine!

I wonder: Did this person ASK anyone to help him? Did he focus more on his disability than his abilities?

I think about some of the “mats” on which I have lain in my life: The mat of insecurity regarding my own gifts and talents. The mat of an eating disorder in college. The mat of trying to attain perfectionism ( it took me years to get off this mat, but I finally learned… finally… that no human can ever be perfect). There have been many mats in my nearly six decades of life. A few have been really comfortable… a little too comfortable. Some have been downright ugly.

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Verse of the Year 2017: Isaiah 61:7

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

My daughter had the privilege of playing a role in our local community theater’s presentation of “The Worst Best Christmas Pageant Ever” this Christmas season. It’s a fairly recent production that’s quickly become a classic, revolving around the story of the Herdman kids and their involvement in a church Christmas show. We see the true power of the Christmas story; how Jesus can influence even the “worst” of us when we come to an understanding of the story’s significance and embrace Him in our hearts.

At one point in the script, the Sunday School teacher/director reads portions of Luke 2 to the children, most of whom are familiar with the story. None of the Herdmans, however, are. And this year, I, too, heard it anew with a seeking heart.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.'” – Luke 2:10

A story I had heard a thousand times. But when those lines were spoken aloud during that first rehearsal, I quietly tucked them away in my heart. Something quickened in me, though, because of course, God knew that I was already “on the hunt” for my Word for the year.

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Verse of the Year 2017: Hebrews 10:35

Guest Post by QuaWanna Bannarbie

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

My word for the new year came about as a result of a recent visit to the salon. Yes, you read me right.

For the past two years, I have been against hair salons because I just couldn’t tolerate the atmosphere. You don’t have to be a black woman to appreciate the dissatisfaction with waiting your turn in a hair salon. So I stopped going. Well, I needed a new look and my hair was badly in need of deep conditioning so I started the undesirable search for a new stylist. I come from a long heritage of hair professionals in my family. Both my mother and father are the offspring of beauticians who learned hair styling in the 1950s. Several aunts and cousins carry on the tradition. I grew up spoiled by free hairdos and beautifully, well -maintained hair. So my standards for stylists are legitimately grounded. Grandma taught me to be particular about whoever has their hands in your glory (1 Corinthians 11:15).

I talked with the stylist several times before my appointment. In fact, while I was in the wash bowl, she said to me, “You have been lying about your hair. You have nice hair.” I did not intend to make her think I have a “bad head.” But I talked so badly about my hair that she believed negative things before she even met me. The last thing she said to me before I left the salon that day changed my outlook on life. “Stop talking bad about your hair. It’s not good. You won’t receive a good result.”

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Verse of the Year 2017: Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV)

Guest Post by Tammie Polk

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

Being challenged to think bigger lead me to this verse. For years, I used I Timothy 4:12 about being an example, but my thoughts really didn’t change much and I became complacent. When I embraced the challenge to think bigger, God began to show me a lot both through His Word and through others that I knew and trusted!

For example, I was challenged to take my book, The Virtuous Business Woman: Inspired by Proverbs 31 and turn it into a workshop, online course and train the trainer program. Those thoughts eventually turned into hosting my own business retreat in the near future. As a mom, I found myself looking for better ways to cultivate the interests of my children and now we are making plans to further that goal.

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Verse of the Year 2017: 2 Corinthians 5:7

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

I oftentimes find myself reaching out, grasping for concrete answers to various problems throughout any given day. As a homeschool mom and blogger I run into conflicts daily, fires that must be put out instantaneously. Because I’m a bit of a planning addict, I find that one of my biggest challenges has been to learn to walk by faith, trusting God to take care of all of my needs and help me put out fires. In fact, if I pray before I start a project I may very well have less fires to put out.

As we begin 2017, I am looking forward to all the many blessings God has in store for His people  – myself included. I can’t see what’s ahead of me, but God can. As long as I allow Him to lead me, I know that I will be fine. I am learning to flex my faith muscles!

When there are a billion fires to put out each day, if I’m walking by faith, I will rest more in the Lord’s promises to guide me through tough decisions. I will trust Him to give me practical answers to practical everyday problems. Whether relationships or business, God is on our side, giving us wisdom for handling issues that need to be dealt with.

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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.

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