I receive a daily devotion each morning from Chuck Swindoll. This past week there was a reading that really hit home with me and reminded me that no matter how much time and energy I put into something…God is the promoter, not man!
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5: 5-7
As a mom in business, there are millions of ways to go out and promote what we’re doing. In fact, it’s a great idea to go out and do all the promoting! We put PR in our budgets and we count on that every month to help bring in sales. However, do you believe—and put into practice—the fact that PRAYER is more important than PR?
Chuck Swindoll says this: “Throw yourself on the mercy and care of God. This does not mean there is no place for planning or goal-setting or diligence; it just means we refuse to make success our private shrine.”
There is nothing wrong with setting goals and advertising, but when we put all of that before God, we are just wasting time. When you are feeling overworked and underpaid, stop and pray. Ask God to bless your efforts. Ask Him to be the Lord of your time, talent and treasure.
My goal each morning is to commit my entire day to the Lord before I start anything else. I’ll be honest and tell you that as a mother of a toddler, this doesn’t always happen. But even as I go throughout my day, I ask the Lord to be the center of what I’m doing. That my purpose and plans would be what He wants them to be—not my own agenda.
God is our promoter. No amount of promoting on our part is going to get us where we want to be without God’s approval! That makes a HUGE difference in the way I run my business.
The day I received this devotion, It was a direct message from God to my heart. I was stressed and had way too much on my plate. I needed to stop what I was doing and refocus my heart and my business on the Lord. I needed a break. I asked God to bless what I had already accomplished for the day…and then I took a much needed rest.
The devotion ended with this:
“Instead of spending all those hours pushing and promoting, we’ll wind up with more time for friends and family—and ourselves. Seems almost too good to be true, doesn’t it? It isn’t.
Submission + Humility – Worry = God-Honoring Success with Satisfaction”
Until Next Time…
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Mary D says
I look forward to sharing ideas & networking with other Moms.
I have several “God stories” and love to tell you about what he has done in our life!
God bless you & your families!
Kristin Daniels says
Beautiful! Brought tears to my eyes! I have been continually saying, “Okay God, I really need your help with this! I believe you want me to stay home with the kids now, so If that is true, You will provide.” I keep putting it in His hands! Repeatedly :-)
I am so happy to be home, and my kids are SO much more at peace! But I definitely see a greater tendency for me to be anxious.
So my favorite part of the first verse is “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I am SO glad He cares!!
Victor J. says
God is indeed our promoter. I work hard (and I love it), but my success comes from resting in Him.