The Foundation

Jeremiah 29:11  “ For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 18:13  “ To answer before listening – that is folly and shame.”

Psalm  37:23-24  “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.”

 Psalm 23:5-6 “….Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

As I run into frustrations with rebranding, and building my company, I have to remind myself about these verses. These are the verses I chose to build my brand and company off of. The verses that have gotten me through long nights, and hair pulling moments. Psalm 37:23 reminds me that God is with me always, and he will not leave me behind. I turn to Proverbs 18:13 when my ego and foolishness get the best of me. I’m saved by Psalm 23:5 when I am faced with the temptation to fight those that oppose me. By these words, I’m reminded that my battles are not mine to fight alone, for God will handle them in a better way. He never leaves, and he always shows me why his way is the best way. I’m reminded of this when I read Jeremiah 29:11. The truth is I’ve come a long way since the last time I shared my entrepreneurial struggles. Since then, I’ve re-launched my website, I’ve been in the midst of rebranding, and I have been actively working on my business plan. Five months ago, I was ripping my hair out, not realizing how much my life was about to pick up. As soon as it did though, I knew something had to change. I knew I had to place my faith and strength in something else other than myself. The weight of my worries and doubts were beginning to be too much. So I started talking to God more. Not just at night, but in the morning too. Started talking with Him on my walks too and from, and confiding in Him more. I took it a step further and made myself a God Jar. A jar filled with strips of paper that I wrote my worries, and doubts on. Placing them in the jar, demonstrated that those worries were no longer mine to bear alone. However, it took more than a demonstration. I had to really believe that I wasn’t alone in this. I had to let go fully, and learn to trust Him or else the jar wouldn’t serve its purpose. Most importantly, I needed to learn to trust His timing over mine.

Building my brand and company will take time. How much time it takes isn’t up to me, I’m waiting on God’s time. My faith has become greater in this working and waiting and I realize that without him I wouldn’t have made it this far. Sometimes I slip up and begin to grow impatient and tired. Sometimes I want to give up, but then I'm reminded by my gospel tunes that I have an anointing placed on my life that’s far bigger than me. That God has given me a set of abilities and talents for a purpose. He has vested me with a special set of armor strong enough to face the storms placed in my life. Without Him, without faith…my foundation is weak and anything built on a weak foundation is not made to last.