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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The One Thing That’s Wrong With Your To-Do List

To Do ListI flopped into bed, exhausted and emotionally wiped out. It had been another one of those days that seemed to go in a wildly different direction than I had planned. A late school bus threw us off schedule and everything else followed suit – forgotten lunchboxes, car batteries that died, dinner that was overcooked, a troubling phone call from a friend and soccer practice that was moved to another location 30 minutes before it started.

As I melted into my cozy mattress, I began to mentally list the things I had not accomplished – the long list of To-Do’s that didn’t get done. There was a pile of dirty dishes still in the sink…a load of laundry that never made it into the dryer and would certainly need to be rewashed… a looming client deadline that would now require me to pull some late nights… and several errands that simply had to wait until tomorrow.

I felt like another day was lost. I was so discouraged that I was now “behind schedule” once again. Why do we do that to ourselves? Why do we obsess with tackling our LIST and feel like a failure when we don’t GET THINGS DONE?

We measure our success based on how much we accomplish. How many miles did we run this morning? How quickly did we shower, make lunch and get the kids off to school? How many tasks did we cross off the list at work? How many phone calls did we return? How many bills did we pay? How well did we get that orange juice stain out of the carpet? And how much did we save with coupons at the grocery story?

I don’t know about you, but when I rock these tasks (heck, even when I simply complete them haphazardly), I feel like a huge success! I go to bed at night feeling accomplished. Validated. Feeling like a GREAT mom! These are all good things to accomplish – as long as they don’t come at the expense of truly BEING a great mom (or wife…or friend…or sister…or daughter). [Read more...]

Why You Should Plan for Failure

PlanforfailureI was at a school conference last week and my son was impressing the teachers with his color-coded, neatly organized binder. (Let me preface by saying the words “neatly organized” are not often used when describing anything related to my wonderful son!) We congratulated him on taking the initiative and responsibility to get off to a great start to the school year. Then one of the teachers said, “So this is only the third day of school. What are you going to do when the binder starts to get messy in a few weeks? What’s your plan then?”

Now…I could have been upset by that question. They were predicting his failure! And my son could have felt deflated. After all, don’t they have faith that he can keep it organized all year long? But that’s not what was going on. This teacher was not trying to discourage him, she was trying to get him to think about his Failure Plan.

Lots of people don’t like the word “failure.” They avoid saying it and pretend it doesn’t exist. Like if you whisper the word “cancer” it somehow makes it less horrible. But failure is a reality. And you can’t avoid it. The best thing you can do is to learn how to react when it comes your way.

That’s why it’s so important to consider the possibility of failure and map out a plan for that scenario. When we create a Failure Plan, we give ourselves a security blanket. We recognize that failure is a possibility but we have the power to turn it around.

I think lack of a Failure Plan is the reason so many people give up on diets and exercise programs. They don’t know what to do when they fall off the wagon. They don’t know how to course correct. Because nobody ever talks about it. Nobody wants to admit that it’s possible you might eat a bag or Doritos and a sleeve of Oreos one night and feel so horrible about yourself that you can’t walk into the gym for a month. But if you have a plan…if you know what you will do…it’s easier to get back on track quickly. [Read more...]