My initial post is going to be a transparent moment. However, I feel that it will help with the renewal for the coming year!
I've been through A LOT these past few years starting my own business. I've prayed, cried, lashed out at people I care about, experience physical hardships, and more. I've even learned a lot about online marketing and copywriting...you name it, I've done my best to learn about it! It's been a heck of journey, I must say! LOL!
Towards the end of 2016, I heard God say to keep things simple and start again. Well, this year I had started off with just keeping it simple at self-publishing coaching. Just helping people learn how to use CreateSpace.com and hiring freelancers to do the other components to getting a book polished for publishing. It's honestly not hard or a big secret. It takes the normal investment factors: time and money. Not a lot of money but more time anything. However, I slowly began to find myself in the same situation of feeling stressed -- so once again God said keep things simple and start again.
Sometimes when God repeats something you have to wonder why. The first scripture reference that came to mind was about Jesus' yoke being easy and burden being light. We supposed to take on that in exchange for our own yoke and burden we place on ourselves. And because I was feeling overwhelmed, AGAIN, I obviously wasn't listening to God the first time when He said keep things simple! LOL!
I also realized He's trying to lead me versus me leading myself. I remember reading a book about becoming a better leader and sometimes that involves being a leader to self. I understood where the author was coming from but I had to check myself. Before I can become a better leader for myself, I need to first become the best follower of God!
All I want to do is help others in whatever way I can! I love to talk about life and being creative. To me, that's what makes life exciting: being creative! So...in the midst of all that's happened with starting a business, I finally come to a place where I just want to be me! I want to be available to help when and were I can; while God is yet in control.
This is my restart...again! My renewal!
I want to follow God with my everything and in order to do that, I must die to self and recognize I can help more people if I just be me!
To anyone who is starting their own business with God as their guide, be sure God is leading! If at any moment you feel overwhelmed to the point it's causing more harm than good, STOP! Talk to God and then restart! It never hurts to pause in order to lighten your load! Besides, that's when we know we've taken on the yoke Jesus promised!