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.
Verse of the Year 2015 by Lisa Cosentino
“She sees that her trading is profitable.” Proverbs 31:18a
“What do you want?” I heard a voice kindly ask as I was drowsily waking up after praying myself into a hearty nap. I had forgotten that I had even been praying when the question came, so I knew it was God – that still, small voice distinctive from my own. I know He listens when we pray, but His question caught me off guard. It was as though He lovingly held the line and waited for me to finish my prayer. I continued with awe and fervor and became more specific than the rambling that led me to nod off. My heart had ached earlier that day as I had heard of a malnourished mother who struggled to nurse her baby. As a mother of two at the time, I couldn’t imagine the pain of being unable to feed, clothe or shelter my children. I had also been seeking God for direction with the songs He had been inspiring by His word. I had shared some of them at church, and wondered if the songs would extend further in their reach someday. Following God’s nudging me awake I continued my prayer, “Lord, I ask for Your favor for the songs-that they would enrich people by Your word, draw them closer to You, and that they would also generate a financial means to help women who are in desperate circumstances.” I was excited about the prospect of finishing the album I began recording at the end of 2008 when my son would enter full day kindergarten in 2012. But God, and my eldest daughter, who had been praying for a year straight for a sister, had other plans. Two months after my son began school a little sister was born! She is now a toddler, and I am still writing and sharing songs, but the recording is currently progressing slowly as I learn to balance music with the increased demands that come with the territory of three beautiful blessings. I select Proverbs 31:18 as my scripture verse for 2015 because out of the verses of Prov. 31 posted around my kitchen it has been drawing me with particular intrigue. It challenges me to readjust my mindset for the songs and calls me to greater trust in God through whom all things are possible. I have shifted from feeling like I should be able to keep up with everything on my own, and have sought help. I am working on no longer feeling guilty for developing the songs due to a fear that I may be neglecting something else. Prov. 31:18 shows me that it is ok to desire that the songs someday make a profit. The Proverbs 31 woman was entrusted with a trade or ability that she both enjoyed and gave glory to God as she saw “..that her trading (was) profitable.” This year I lay at God’s feet what He has placed in my hand, and even though music culture may tell me at this point it’s too late for me become a successful songwriter and my to do list says I don’t have enough time, I desire to seek and trust God for each step as well as the outcome. “Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both with do equally well.” Ecc. 11:6 I am not as far along on this journey as I had hoped I’d be at this point, but I want to encourage those who read this (along with myself!) who are at the beginning stages of their businesses or ministries to keep taking steps forward and develop the mindsets necessary to keep moving, and to not despise the days of small beginnings! (Zech 4:10)
As a stay at home mother of three and songwriter, God has been setting His word to music in my heart. Songwriting has served as a means to assist scripture memorization, and is the avenue He has given me for sharing His Word with others. “Sing and make music from Your heart to the Lord.” Eph 5:19b. A way He sows His word into lives is through music and it comes back to Him in worship. My songs have been used in a church musical, for retreats, women’s Bible study and worship services. God speaks to individuals on a personal basis, and His word carried by music can go to deep places of healing and spark renewal. As I continue to finish recording songs they will be made available on a website to come that will be called singingtheword.com. Facebook: Lisa Cosentino Google Plus: Lisa Cosentino LinkedIn: Lisa Cosentino