Thankful for Encouragement

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A couple of years ago, I started talking with my husband about starting my own business. At that point it was more about "doing my own thing" instead of being employed by another large company. I had always wanted to start a business, but had never done it. Additionally, I was beginning to grow weary of the workload, stress and expectations of the job I had been in for a number of years.

It was time for a change. And, from that, we started Beads-N-Style. Our goal is that once business is stronger (both for this business and my husband's company) I will quit my "day job" and do this full time. Hopefully, with a little more control over how much business, etc, it will provide more flexible work hours and more time for family. Yes, we do know that running your own businesses can be stressful, too... nothing is perfect. But, we see many positives in this for us as a family.

As these types of things usually go, it has been a slow change and one that is still in progress. We have tried to seek the Lord's will every step of the way. While this is something that I really want to do, I also know that it will never be right unless it is the Lord's will.

The business is growing slowly, but it is growing. Over the last 6 months, we have seen a small increase in sales each month. And, just 2 weeks ago, we began working with our first reseller which has already brought in almost as much sales over the last two weeks as we normally see in a month.

So, this week, I am thankful for God's encouragements. I have seen many in this area over the last few months. It seems this is God's will. And, until He shows us differently, we will continue to proceed in this direction. Watching and waiting for each of His signs of encouragement.. whatever direction He may be leading.


To join us in sharing our thanksgivings this week, visit Iris at "Grace Alone...".

13 Thoughts Shared:

Pia said...

melanie, i pray that your business succeeds. i, too, am planning of starting my own business. i feel like i'm getting tired already of being an employee. but i'm still praying for it. if God still wants me to work as an employee then His will be done. But He knows my heart's desires. so i'm waiting to see where He will lead me.

God bless you and your business, melanie.

jo.attalife said...

May God increase your territory, and may you prosper even as your soul prospers!
I'd like to share my blessing with you, too.

thereservoir said...

Congratulations on your new business; it is the Lord who gives wealth-making ideas and may He continue to increase and encourage you. All God's best in everything you do!

sharon

PS: the beads are lovely!

Devildogwife said...

I'm glad that you are starting to see positive growth in your business. Sometimes it's hard to be patient as we wait on the Lord's timing. May He bless you and your business endeavor.

Denise said...

May God bless your business with abundant success.

Tracy said...

Melanie,
I'm so happy to hear your business is slowly growing! My hubby and I have had our own small business before. I know it's quite an investment, and not just financially! (I'm sure you understand.) I pray God continues to bless. = )

shopannies said...

I am so happy that your business is succeding I hope that it continues to grow for you. I too posted about a business venture of my own today

christy rose said...

I am glad to hear that your business is doing well. I pray it continue with His blessings.

godsown said...

Praying for abundant blessings on your business...

Have an great TT
Bernice

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

I like your beads site! I have marked it and spend some time there checking it out. Sweet Blessing to you and your business venture!

Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

May God bless your business and your desire to work from home and help your family!

eph2810 said...

Melanie, I hope for you that your business takes flight. It is wonderful to get out of corporate America -- I hope that I can do this one day too...my own business.

Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

Blessings to you and yours...

Iris

Meredith said...

Wonderful to hear great news in this dreary economy! I'm praying you will find continued success. God BLess!