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Mar
07

God’s Unexpected Plans

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SWoman in worship positioneveral years ago, I entered the world of self-employment when I began a business in direct selling. At the time, I was a mom who worked full-time outside of the home. Prior to the birth of my son, I never thought about working for myself, instead, I saw myself as a social work professional. As time passed I began to become disillusioned with my career and overwhelmed by having to figure out how to balance it with motherhood. I wanted a new way to earn an income and to be able to spend more time with my son.

I researched different business ideas, but nothing really resonated with me. My faith at this time was in its infancy and I did not know much about God having a purpose for my life. What I did know was the place I was in was not fulfilling. I longed to have more control over my time, to be with my son and to write. I also had no idea on how to create this life I envisioned for myself.
After spending months trying to figure out what type of business to start, the opportunity to join the direct selling company was presented to me. I started my business with a lot of fear. I had never sold anything before and I doubted myself and my ability to be successful. But despite the fears, I was determined to learn and to change the direction of my life. I educated myself on different things like marketing, products, leadership and customer service. I enjoyed the business I was building and was certain I had found what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.
My goal was to move from having a part time business to a full time one. I had met other successful people who were working full time in their businesses and so I knew it was possible, but God had other plans in mind. After 3 years, life began to take me in a different direction and ultimately I closed my business. I soon found myself back in the place of uncertainty and wondering what was next. How could something I loved doing and was experiencing success with, be the thing I had to give up?

When I reflect back on my years in direct selling I can connect the dots between what I learned then and how it applies to now. The lessons, skills and knowledge I gained were laying the foundation for my current business. I can see how entering into a leadership role allowed me to develop skills such as communication, coaching and mentoring that I use today to help women pursue their dreams. Or how writing a bi-weekly newsletter for my team and customers was helping me to hone skills that I now use to write a monthly newsletter, articles for my site and in creating products such as ebooks.

God is always at work even when we feel clueless about the direction of our lives. After I left my business, I was lost for several years. The dream of self-employment was still with me, but I was unclear about how it would materialize. I grew in my faith and in my relationship with God during this time and held onto the belief that there was a purpose for everything I went through I just needed to be patient (which is easier said than done.) As I look back, I can see that those years in direct selling and in feeling unsure about my life were not wasted years. Instead, God was readying me for something new, the thing in which I was created to do.

If God is taking your business in a direction that you don’t understand or is asking you to step out of your comfort zone, just trust him and his plans. I have learned that his plans are always bigger than what we could ever dream for ourselves. We may not always understand why things happen the way they do, but when we look back we can see how everything we have gone through has led us to where we needed to be at the time we needed to be there.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tara C. Pray is the owner of www.wordsbytara.com, and a believer in the possibility of God-inspired dreams coming true. She is also the author of two ebooks, Journaling to Your Purpose and Dream Makers 101: Gain Clarity and Take Action On Your Dreams.

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