W is for Work

The power (P.W.R.) of work is, in part, finding the passion to “do” what He tells you to do!

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading.” ― Benedict of Nursia.

Right now, my primary work involves homeschooling my six children and building a business around the things they love.

For example, one of my sons enjoys making soap.  That little hobby grew into Silly Monkey Soap Company.  Then, my oldest daughter designed an entire business plan one afternoon for a kid’s summer gardening program.  Out of that idea grew Precious Planters, a summer and after-school garden adventure program.

Since I am also a backyard beekeeper, it probably comes as no surprise that I am “pollinating” all of my children’s businesses under a parent company that we call Liddle Bee’s Hive!

A little play and a lot of work is what we really do right now, but we pray that our efforts will allow our business(es) to blossom  and grow  into a reliable source of income one day.

How about you? What kind of work defines YOU? Inspires YOU?

When I started my first family-first business a few years back, my primary goal was to be able to stay home with my children and not worry over expenses.  Now, I see how building and growing a business runs parallel to other areas of my life, particularly with respect to family and faith.

Over the past year, I have been contemplating how to bring more of my faith into my work…and, perhaps, more work into my faith.  I want what I do to be a way for me to evangelize to others.  I just recently started a business course with Jill Simons (find out more about her life and work here) called Branded Beauty and am super excited about re-branding my business to fall more in line with my faith.  I’m a little (okay, a lot) nervous, too, about possibly having to start over, but I’m still willing to lay it all out there and “do whatever he tell [me]” (John 2:5).

Whether you run a business or work for someone else, I pray that you will have the same courage to “do whatever he tells you” when you feel God’s hand upon your heart. May you take rest in this Prayer for Success in Work: