Faith and Business 101: Refresh Yourself

I love The Message translation for Psalm 51:7:

“Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean, scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life. Tune me in to foot-tapping songs, set these once-broken bones to dancing. Don’t look too close for blemishes, give me a clean bill of health. God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails!”

I grew up reading the NIV version of the Bible, and sometimes I just love reading another version to get a fresh view of a verse I’ve read a thousand times. God always teaches me something new when I do this.

The past few weeks for me have been busy. Very Very Busy! It’s time for a breath of fresh air in my life and in my business. I’m looking for a new way to look at things. I’m asking God to multiply the work I’ve done and to help me “clean house” a little. I want to be able to enjoy what I do… and do things efficiently.

Last week I had to go through the very unpleasant task of changing my business name. I was honestly quite upset about it at first, but it really turned out to be a “God-Thing.” Sometimes change is good. Very Good! It took me a lot of work and extra hours, but it has paid off abundantly. Let me just tell you that I was very resistant to this change! I had to completely “re-brand” my business on everything from my website to the magnets on my car! It took tons of time…and money, too! But I really felt like God was driving this change. I could sense His presence as I went to work on getting everything in order. I listened. And God blessed.

What needs a breath of fresh air in your own life or business? What is going on with you right now that you are resisting or really not looking forward to?

Your Faith & Business Assignment for the week: Take some time away from your problems and refresh yourself. Even if its just a couple of hours. Read a new translation of your favorite scriptures. Treat yourself to a good cup of coffee and read a book at a coffee house. Find a recipe online for a “detox bath” and immerse yourself into a refreshing bath. Get your focus off of your problems and you can come back refreshed and able to look at things with a new perspective.

Ask God to breathe wind into your sails! He truly can turn something awful into something wonderful.

Until Next Time…


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  1. Sherrill Yoder on March 12, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Spring is a great time for refreshing–your house, your wardrobe, but especially your mind. Seems like winter can invade our hearts sometimes. Blessings on your open sharing.

  2. Susan on March 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Thank you for sharing your uncomfortable change, it is hard work and takes a lot of time to do what you did. I am experiencing similar things, trying to expand and grow my business and follow through with all the great ideas I have, but I find that often times I end up being cranky and taking time away from my family and well….honestly, the reason I am doing what I am doing is so that I can be home more WITH my family and help others. So your advice to slow down and spend some time on myself is taken to heart. Thanks so much!

  3. Siobhan McGirr on March 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Following God is not always easy, and sometimes His requests seem quite daunting at first–like changing the name of your business. I commend you on your faith and ability to follow God’s lead and pray that He would continue to bless your obedience! Just like you, I felt God telling me to make a change–a scary change–but I followed through. No matter where I went, God kept asking me to write. “But, what if nobody reads what I write, Lord? I’m still not a good enough writer to put my words out there for others to read!” In spite of my doubts, I finally started a blog, and I haven’t looked back since!

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