When God puts an idea in our Mompreneur hearts, don’t we tend to think that means we need to work as hard as we can to fulfill his purpose? When we aren’t hitting our goals, we think we aren’t working hard enough. We aren’t doing enough. These thoughts put us at risk for entrepreneur burnout.
When God calls us to more
When God calls us to more, we can often mistake that for meaning we need to do more. God calls us to be more, not to do more.
If you are anything like me, you try to do it all yourself with a small dose of God on the side.
Recently, I was frustrated that my business wasn’t producing in the income we needed to pay off some hefty medical bills. Finally, out of desperation, I asked God, what else can I possibly do? I am doing everything I can with the time I have available.
Here is what God spoke to me during my journal time. “I am not asking you to do more. I am asking you to lean into me more.”
Proving your worth leads to burnout
My response to God, “How do I lean into you more, Lord? What does that look like? If I do any less, I will feel lazy.”
I felt like I needed to prove why I was worth making the income I needed for my family.
God spoke this to my heart “Trust that I have your best interest in mind. Remember how I have provided for you in the past.”
I started thinking about all the different ways God had provided in the past but there was one instance that reminded me so clearly of this message of leaning into Him more.
When busyness takes over our time with God
When I started Heartfelt Mamas, it was a self-care gift box company to help with mom life balance in various stages of motherhood. In an effort to build a debt free business, I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund the inventory.
I set my goal at $10,000 and had forty five days to raise all of it. With a Kickstarter Campaign, it’s all or nothing! If you are one dollar short, you get none of it. God told me it would be obvious he had his hand in the campaign. To me, that meant it would get overfunded and quickly.
I worked my butt off going to every networking event, showed up in the newspaper and on local TV stations. Every single day I showed up on social media.
By week 1, I had only raised $1500, so I worked harder. My husband took on the kids and all of the house duties, all while working a full time job.
I thought I needed to do more, so I did. I was so busy, I didn’t have time for my regular journaling and time with God. Sure, I prayed on the go and at night before bed, but I was so busy doing what “I” could, that it took over the time I had to spend with God.
I was exhausted and my stomach was in knots through the entire campaign.
Day forty five came and I had only raised $3,000. I messaged a friend in despair and frustration. I was at a loss. I didn’t know what else to do. She sent me a teaching that spoke directly to my heart. The overall message was about putting your focus on God and not on the mountain in front of you.
Trusting God’s provision through the impossible
For the first time in forty five days, I took time to journal and just be with God. I released the burden to Him. I put the campaign in his hands and completely surrendered it. My stress was released. The knots in my stomach let go.
That night, I went to one more networking event, but I went trusting God to do the work, instead of putting the pressure on myself. I had fun and just enjoyed the night. I thought maybe God would put a last minute donor in my path, but the event ended without anything.
I had seen a friend there and she asked what my back up plan was if the Kickstarter Campaign didn’t get funded. My response “I don’t have one. I am trusting God to provide.” And I meant it. It wasn’t just lip service.
She looked at me like I had horns coming out of my head given that I still had close to $6500 to raise and only five hours to do it. Because of my time with God earlier in the day, I was peaceful and confident in his provision.
When I got home it was around 8:30pm and the campaign ended at midnight.. Money slowly started to trickle in as people joined me live to see if the campaign would get funded. As midnight grew closer, more and more money dropped in but not enough.
One hour left and I had around $1500 left to raise. The entire time, my heart and mind was filled with a peace that only God can provide.
My son woke up and my phone died with five minutes left to go. Still $897 left to raise.
I plugged my phone in and got my son back in bed. Before I got back to my computer I received a text from my sister that said I met my goal. It was fully funded with 2 minutes to spare.
It’s amazing what happens when we allow God in. When we allow him to partner with us.
I can’t help but wonder if the campaign would have gotten funded much sooner if I would have trusted him with it from the start.
A challenge to lean into God more
Have you found yourself in this place of feeling like you don’t have time to commit to God because you are working too hard to fulfill the dream he put on your heart?
Do you feel like you have to prove you are worthy of the calling or the income? Are you on the brink of mom burnout?
I often find myself there and God has to pull me back in and remind me that the only thing I have to prove is my trust and commitment to Him.
Today I want to invite you into a challenge with me. A challenge to commit to leaning into God for forty five days straight. God says we can move mountains but he doesn’t expect us to do it alone. Our job is to trust him to help us move those mountains.
Join me and other entrepreneur moms in this 45 day challenge in my free Heartfelt Mamas Community. I can’t wait to see what God will do in you and your business during that 45 days.