Hope for entrepreneurs

Hi friends!

Is anyone else over all the negative news having to do with COVID19? I don’t mean it in a bad way honestly because, I agree, we need to do our part and maintain ourselves clean and take control over what we do have control over.

I’m highly aware that EVERYONE is affected by this virus in one way or another. Rich or poor, married or un married and so on but, what I want to talk about today is something I am personally going through as an entrepreneur.

Some of you might already know that I run a small business in the barbering industry. Based on previous posts I’ve mentioned that being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel lonely. Well, the salon suites company I work for shut down the building for the next two weeks and I honestly felt a bit excited for some reason even knowing that I don’t have a high enough emergency fund, I could lose clients, and the fact that I don’t like to be stuck at home for long periods of time.

Maybe you can relate and I’d love to know how you’re coping with it as an entrepreneur. Comment below! 🙂

So how exactly do we cope with this if most of us aren’t making an income during this time?

I applied for a few jobs and when I realized I wasn’t getting called back I did panic a bit if I’m being honest with you. Last Monday I fell back into old habits of copping with stress as I binged on foods that I normally wouldn’t overindulge in. I felt bored and the more I let my mind wonder I ran to food for “comfort” that really never satisfied me. Tuesday morning I woke up feeling even worse and so sluggish, but I promised myself I wouldn’t let myself treat my body the way I did the day before.

Focus on what you do have control over.

As much as we would love to think we have control over our own lives we really don’t and I think this might even be a huge lesson for many of us as we learn to cope with drastic change throughout the world.

I may not know your faith or spiritual life, but what I do know is that God meets us all right where we are. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve sinned in our past or how imperfect we are, He already knows that we need Him and He patiently welcomes us with open arms. Even if you cry to Him not knowing what to say, He accepts our tears as prayers because He knows our heart and knows exactly what we need.

I want to share with you scriptures of hope that have helped me remain calm in the midst of chaos and uncertainty:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your heart and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7

“Be still, and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10

These are just a few of the many scriptures where God reminds us that He is in control. He also invites us to spend time with Him in prayer to thank Him as we acknowledge what He has done for us and to pray for what we need. Nothing is too big or too small for God. And if you’ve lost your faith at some point in your life or simply haven’t spent time in His word let me encourage you to read “The parable of the lost sheep” in Luke 15:1-7.

Everything has a purpose and I know these are hard times but God did say in this world we would have troubles of many kinds. Maybe this is a good time to re-evaluate how we spend our time and money. To some of us it may even be to re-evaluate why we’re in the career we’re currently in and it may possibly encourage us to take a different path. We don’t know the future but God does and that’s why we need to continue to pray and ask Him for wisdom to how to live each day.

Let’s pray

Lord, thank you for another day and all that I do have. Forgive me if I’ve turned away from you or if I’ve dismissed any of your commands thinking that my ways are better than yours. I ask that You, Lord, take control over my life. Help me to surrender all to you including my career, my money, and my time. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.