Is it possible to be content in life AND business? I’ve really been praying about the direction of Live Bold Mama. I believe that just because you are good at something, doesn’t mean that should be, or is your calling. This has been something I’ve been wrestling with for a while now – God, you’ve given me the talent of writing, why aren’t you helping me write?!
You see, God doesn’t work like that. He’s not a genie. And too often I forget that His thoughts are higher than my thoughts and His ways are higher than my ways.
So I’ve spent some time really praying over this space, digging into His word, and opening my heart to receive whatever He has for me in this next season.
THANKFULLY, THIS BLOG WAS IN HIS PLAN!
I love to write. It’s always been my passion, ever since I can remember. Writing is my creative outlet. When I was little I would spend my days writing poetry, short stories, and really bad screenplays (ha!)
So naturally, I wanted to keep this space open for my sanity. But I gave it all to Jesus because most importantly, I want to be used by Him. With or without this blog.
He’s given me SO much to share and I’ve broken it down over the next 12 weeks. Conveniently, this is the start of Q3 in the business world. And even more convenient… This is the start of the LAST HALF of 2019.
What the heck did I do with the first half?!
And how the heck am I going to leave a legacy during the last half?!
Well. It’s going to start with being content. Let’s dig into that word together. Don’t let it scare you… Keep reading!
I’ve committed to reading Matthew 6 every week for the next 12 weeks. Here are just a few highlights I’ve journaled about so far (these may or may not make sense to you in the season you are in right now, so I encourage you to read Matthew 6 as well and write down what stands out to you too!):
- When you help someone – Don’t think about how you look to the world or who’s watching. You have an audience of One.
- Don’t be so occupied with getting, so that you can respond to God’s giving.
- Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now!
THE NEXT 12
Over the next 12 weeks we’re going to look at contentment as moms and wives, and then break it down even further to apply specifically what God is saying to our business.
Maybe you’re just starting out and you’re overwhelmed with everything everyone is telling you to go with your new venture.
Or perhaps you’ve been in this game for a while but are feeling called to shift the focus of your business and are kind of afraid of what that will do to your already successful endeavor.
Maybe you are a seasoned business owner, tired of trying all the things to gain a little headway in the small business world and simply need some God-given direction in your life.
Whatever the reason, I am confident that this theme will speak volumes to your life, home, and business if you let it.
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Each week we’re going to focus on a mini-theme that will direct us, hold us accountable, and inspire our every business move together!
This week, the mini theme is I love Jesus, SO I am called to be generous.
“…You’re far happier giving than getting.”Acts 20:35
WE ARE CALLED, AS MAMAS AND WIVES WHO FOLLOW JESUS, TO BE CONTENT AND GENEROUS.
At home, this could look like giving more time to your family. Planning date nights with your husband, taking the kids to the park, making someone’s favorite meal, planning family fun nights, these are all ideas for being generous with your time and serving your family well.
Now, there IS a delicate balance, because we do still have a business to run. But I am learning more and more that God can do so much more with my business during the time I commit to Him than I can.
So, on days my family needs a little more mama time, I make the choice to be there for that. And I trust that the Lord is working behind the scenes to manage what He’s called me to do.
OKAY! APPLYING GENEROSITY TO BUSINESS GETS A LITTLE TRICKY.
Businesses cost money to run, and more times than not you’d probably rather make money for your family in the process, yeah? So being generous in business needs to be strategic.
One way that I am generous in business is by sharing content that actually helps people. Not just vague, click-baity topics that force you to pay for the “real help”. UGH! I can’t stand that!
Other ways you could be generous in business is by offering a referral bonus, sharing the proceeds of one of your products with a new charity each month, or planning flash sales.
PERHAPS YOU’RE JUST STARTING OUT AND CAN’T AFFORD TO DO THOSE THINGS.
First, I would encourage you to pray about it. Again, God can do so much more with all of your faith, than none of your trust.
Next, you could look at other ways to be generous like mailing thoughtful words of encouragement on a postcard to new clients, sending voice memos of happy thoughts and gratitude to team members, or creating a Facebook group for your customers where you send them exclusive content and tutorials!
There are so many ways we can be generous in our business. Please spend some time this week to pray about the direction God is leading you to take when it comes to generosity at home and in the office.
In the meantime, look for even more content on this topic over on my Instagram! I will be sharing more snippets of info and would love to connect with you there!
I am SO stinking excited about what God is going to do here, through this platform, through YOU, and our businesses over the next 12 weeks!
Make your last half count, friends. Let’s work on being content together!