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To My Fellow Business Owners

As a business owner, my heart goes out to fellow business owners during this uncertain time that we are living in.  We are having to make hard decisions and are grasping for whatever income we can acquire to make ends meet and stay afloat.  I know that the stigma placed on us as business owners is that we are greedy, uncaring and selfish.  However, the truth is that the majority of small business owners are some of the most caring and giving people that you will meet.  We all have had moments in our businesses where we are unsure where payroll and taxes are going to come from, and whether or not we will be able to pay ourselves.  The background scenes that most people don’t see is the worry, concern and attempts employers try to make to keep their employees paid and have hours available to work.  This virus has impacted our country more than anything I’ve ever seen in my life, within a weeks’ time.  However, as uncertain as these times are, it makes you step back and evaluate the value of things.  I’ve thought a lot this week about the people in my life and how they are being affected by this.  The value of others has increased, the idea of being quarantined and separated from others is frustrating.  The idea of being separated from customers and employees is aggravating.  When you work with a group of people for a long time, they become family and every business has at least a few loyal customers that you have gained a good relationship with.

Another thing that I value personally, is the word of God.  I’ve prayed a lot this week.  I’m ashamed to admit, more than I have in the past month.  But, I’m a reader by nature and as much as I talk to God, it’s often the moment that I read my Bible that I feel peace.  I feel the opposite when I read all the information that is bombarding us over the virus.  I understand that it is important to be informed, but I also know that it’s important to know who is ultimately in control.  My faith in God keeps me stable.  Will I have moments that fear will creep upon me?  Yes, I have had those moments a lot.  But, the answer to putting the fear at bay is me reading the Bible and seeing what God has to say about it.  It helps me to see what others have endured and come through with His hand in their life.  I hope and pray that this doesn’t last long, but I know I have to trust that God’s going to keep me and take care of me and those around me.  It may not be how I want it to look like, but His love for His children is great.

So, to wrap up my thoughts, my prayer for us entrepreneurs and business owners to go to God for everything that we are feeling and dealing with.  I pray that God will keep us during this time of uncertainty.  I pray that God will increase in us creativity and ideas that will innovate our businesses.  I pray that we will pray for each other more.  I pray that we will support one another and communicate more with one another about our needs and concerns.  We tend to try to fix things ourselves, but I think we need to be open and realize that others in business are feeling the same thing, encouragement is support.  I pray that God will help us to rebuild stronger foundations and relationships with those we come in contact with through our businesses, whether it’s employees, vendors, customers, and other local businesses.  I pray we will overcome this craziness.  Be well, my friends.  Put your hope and faith in God.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2020 in business, Spiritual Reflections

 

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Labor Day Weekend Musings

workLabor Day weekend is a great time to enjoy an extended weekend and take a breather from your job or profession. I have been looking forward to this weekend for several weeks now. What have I looked forward to the most?  Having one extra day where I do not have to set the alarm clock and wake up later than usual.

My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me. They led by example because they both are hard workers.  My mom stayed home with my sisters and me when we were younger.  But she didn’t slack at all.  She kept a very clean house and made sure that dinner was on the table for us in the evening and the yard was kept up. To me she was a bit OCD with some things.  She taught us to clean well.  She made me redo my chores a lot when I tried to shortcut them.  My dad worked hard too.  He worked in his father’s grocery store when I was a kid.  He also worked part time for a gas station in town and volunteered at the fire department.  He was my hero in many ways.  I bragged to my classmates about how hard he worked for his family.

When my sisters and I got a little older, mom got a job outside the house. She worked retail for a little while and also went back to college to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.  She made straight A’s in college and did her job proficiently.   She got her degree about a few years before I got my college degree and she went on to teach high school English.  She retired from it this year.

During my summer and winter breaks in college, I worked for my dad at the grocery store that he was manager of. He enjoyed his job and took it very seriously.  I appreciated working alongside him, but learned quickly that he’d let me know if something wasn’t done right and correct me on what to do or not do.  My parents weren’t rich by any means, but they provided for us and kept the bills paid, food on the table, and clothes on our backs.

My husband is diligent in his work as well. Throughout our marriage, he has worked hard to build his businesses.  I’m proud of all that he has accomplished in his work.  He is brilliant in his field, he is kind hearted and is ethical in all that he does.  Being a business owner isn’t an easy job.  People, who aren’t business owners, do not usually understand the pressure and stress that comes along with it.  I help my husband by managing the embroidery shop that he bought almost ten years ago.  Because of the way I was taught, I have many pet peeves that revolve around laziness, tardiness and poor work ethic.

Anyway, I say all of that to conclude that I am thankful for times of rest and replenishing. We were created to work, but also created to take time to rest.  God created the earth in six days and on the seventh day, he rested.  In Exodus 20:8-11, it says “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.” 

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2016 in Life

 

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Balancing Act

I’ve been reflecting on this thought for a week or so.  I used to be pretty bad about putting all my thoughts and energies on one thing or person.  I don’t know if it’s age or experience that has taught me that it’s best not to do that.  When I was first married, everything I did was for my husband.  I was constantly trying to create the perfect marriage, relationship, and be the best wife.  The downside to that was that anytime he was late coming home or had other things he had to do, I felt alone and disappointed.  My identity was wrapped up in our marriage.  So without him, I felt like I was nothing.  I did the same thing when my son was born.  I strived to be the best mother.  I wanted to be available to him at all times.  After doing this for years, I suddenly felt disconnected from anyone who wasn’t a parent. I’ve consistently moved from different people or things to focus all my energy on until the past few years.  I feel that I balance my life pretty well now, I have time with God, my husband, my son, myself, and with others.  It is so easy to become completely consumed by your job, a ministry, a hobby, or a person.  But, it isn’t wise because if that something or someone disappears, then you feel devastated.  God has taught me so much within these last five years, I’m not sure if it’s just that I’m listening more or just experiences have led me to notice things differently.  Either way, I’ve learned that life is more full when all your eggs aren’t in one basket.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Writing

 

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Keep on keeping on

Do you ever just feeling like hanging it up?  I often feel like I’m stuck on a treadmill, working myself to death but not getting anywhere.  This is one of the joys of being a business owner, constantly trying to come up with new plans and ideas, trying to get things in motion, but it seems something always gets stuck in the wheel.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very grateful for what I have, for getting the bills paid here and at home.  But, being in my and my husbands position is very wearing on you physically and mentally.  You have to be ready for whatever comes your way, you have to solve problems quickly, and  you have to decide what to cut or not cut. You have to motivate yourself and others who work alongside you.  You have to grin and bear it although deep down you want to lash out at anything and everyone. 

On days like this, I just have to remind myself of the scripture, “All these many people who have had faith in God are around us like a cloud. Let us put every thing out of our lives that keeps us from doing what we should. Let us keep running in the race that God has planned for us. Let us keep looking to Jesus. Our faith comes from Him and He is the One Who makes it perfect. He did not give up when He had to suffer shame and die on a cross. He knew of the joy that would be His later. Now He is sitting at the right side of God.”  (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLV) 

I must keep on keeping on until everything is over or until I’m supposed to do something else.

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Writing

 

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