I went to a women’s conference yesterday at a local church.
One of the breakout sessions I walked into was for women entrepreneurs- and the topic was “praying into your business.”
This was going to be my last choice of all the options. You know why? Because prayer takes surrender. It takes a confession that says “I can’t do this on my own.” My pride doesn’t like that. I like being strong. Confident. Capable. Independent.
My body walked itself right into this room and I heard all the stories and Scriptures and encouragement I didn’t know I needed to hear.
Scriptures like -
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” A declaration of trust in His goodness from Psalm 27:13.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.” A reminder that our greatest feast every day must be on the faithfulness of the Lord…not on our own abilities….from Psalm 37:3
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” A reminder to commit our work to Him..and stay in a posture of trusting Him while we work…from Psalm 37:4-5
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” A reminder to work from a place of rest, not envy or competition, because patiently waiting on Him will bring fruit. From Psalm 37:7
“I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers.” A reminder that He is listening, waiting to respond…from Isaiah 65:24.
I also heard that still small voice reminding me of all the cool stories I could share about my success - ALL are a result of my partnership with God in prayer. A result of surrender. A result of His work in me, making me strong when I am weak. Organizing my messy brain. Bringing creativity out of my chaos.
Last week I got on my knees on our cold kitchen floor and cried my heart out to Him. It was ugly. Messy. COLD. But when I got up, I took the biggest deep breath, dried my face off, and got to work. It was one of the most productive days I’ve had in a long time.
I’m a lucky girl to get to have a business meeting with Jesus, in my pajamas, on the kitchen floor.
He’s a great God who listens to us no matter where we are or what we’re wearing or how little we think we need Him.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorites, a scripture that inspired my book. From the Passion translation, 1 Corinthians 2:9 - “…things never discovered or heard of before, things beyond our ability to imagine - these are the many things God has in store for all his lovers.”