Monday Morning Courage

What do you do when Monday morning hits and the pile of to-do’s is beyond anything humanly possible?

Ever felt that way?

I know I have. There are weeks my teams and I are looking around thinking….we need supernatural help and F A S T.

….we need supernatural help and F A S T.

Here are my three top tips for Monday Morning Courage. Use this anytime during the week….it applies across the board.

Set the timer for 15 minutes

  • Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes and do nothing but close your eyes and thank God for everything you can think of, including public toilets and running water. No joke, I mean it. Get yourself in a position of thankfulness. I like to cover my head and go into a place of darkness where I’m not distracted in any way. I sit and just breathe….& then start to thank God. For everything I can think of.

 

Set the timer for 10 minutes

  • AFTER the 15 minutes, set the timer again for 10 minutes, and praise God. Praise is different than thankfulness, it has to do with identifying God, as well….God.

Courtyards and gates are points of entrance. Use the simple keys of thanksgiving and praise to enter freely through what Jesus alone has already done for us – he made the keys work…

  • There is a Bible verse that says we enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. This exercise before a day of potential overwhelm is a no fail reminder that God is still God, and with him, no thing is impossible.

Set the timer for 5 minutes and wait….

  • AFTER the 10 minutes, set your timer for 5 minutes (you will want more time:) and be silent before God. Ask him one, maybe two questions, and then wait. Wait and write down what he says.

 

This is one of the most basic things we can do to establish our routine with God, and it seems to get away from us. It takes 3o minutes. If you need to shorten it for starters, shorten it to 5 – 5 – 5, and see how it goes!

…when all hell is breaking loose and you have to hide in the bathroom to pray at work, break it into 5 minute increments…5-5-5.

Creative, you have a remarkable year ahead. Let’s forge it with courage!

Keep it Simple, Make it Truth

Keep it Simple & Make it Truth.

Not true…as in factual…make it TRUTH, as in….it agrees with what TRUTH says.

Here’s what I mean.

It may be true (factual) that you have no team members yet to help with your budding enterprise, BUT the TRUTH says, God will supply all your need according to His riches.

So the TRUTH is, should you have need of a team….God has it supplied.

Read on for a funny on how we worked this out, me and God.

This should make you laugh & wonder….it might be worth a try!

This is to bless you. If you are currently a one person shop, or a single blogger, or a work from home without teams….THIS is what made change for us.

I started treating our organization as if it were what I wanted it to become.

I started each morning, Monday through Thursday, in my underground office (my unfinished basement) sitting in the head chair with my clipboard, coffee and hosted a Board Meeting for anywhere between 2 & 11 other people…

Fact? There was no one there besides me, Jesus, Holy Spirit & God. Occasionally my three pugs would show…

…but I was DRESSED & ready. Prepared so to speak for all the business we were conducting that day.

True? There was no one else when I started…

….but here’s the “He will supply all your NEED according to His riches” kicker…

I got dressed and PLANNED those meetings as if the people were THERE.

With real jobs, real assignments…..real NEEDS.

Guess what happened?

I felt completely stupid for a while.

I laughed, prayed, eye rolled, but eventually….

God and I were calling those things that were not, as if they were.

And eventually, team members started to materialize….

Go ahead, laugh. It was pretty funny.

All dressed up with absolutely no one listening besides God. I even made coffee, for God…and me.

Here’s the point today Creative.

Blessing needs ROOM to reside.

We train for the marathon before we run it.

I was training for my teams before they showed up.

I never worked in a corporate setting, save for 3 months in a NYC PR Firm, in which I thought I might die from cubicle isolation.

I was the one who needed the training for teams to come & this was the fastest way it felt like it would happen. That, and I felt like it was a word from God to start doing this.

 

Ask yourself the following questions:

If God dropped a team of 2 to 11 full time people into my business or ministry right now, would I know how to steward them to increase?

Do I have a list of tasks, projects, emails, social media, blog posts for them to handle?

If I build the space & create a (positive) need, it can be filled. Blessing only comes when there is space for it to reside.

Creative? I’m sharing this because I know what it’s like to be solo with big dreams….aching for my teams…wondering where my people are!

Make room for it this year….by planning and TRAINING in the every day schedules.

I felt pretty silly getting up early and prep’ing for meetings with no one attending & then getting dressed for said meetings like I was working for the President.

So, I know for some…it’s work casual. No meetings, social media only, but for me, the way I’m wired, the meeting thing helped.

It helped my brain focus. My spirit stay connected & my feet get in line so to speak…especially as a work from home.

I’ve included a video of just one of our custom fabrics from my design business to show you – you will be amazed at what God can do when we give him our vulnerability…to process…

Share this post with a friend Creative who need to know they aren’t alone in this process thing.

Xo – Ann

Stay tuned for our class Idea to Implementation Master Class. We begin on April 2.

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 31 “Love and Hope”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 31. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Week 4 HERE, Day 29 HERE, Day 30 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 31:

My labor comes from a place of love, and my continuing hopefulness comes from Jesus himself, I don’t need to fake it to make it or manufacture some sort of unreal life. I AM ENOUGH.

From God to you:

We are always thankful for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 30 “Faith Makes Work”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 30. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Week 4 HERE, Day 29 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 30:

My work is produced by faith (not by work:)

From God to you:

We are always thankful for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 29 “People are Thankful for You”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 29. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Week 4 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 29:

People, even if you don’t see or hear, are thankful for you and are praying for you.

From God to you:

We are always thankful for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today’s Facebook Live:

 

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 28 “Week 4”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 28. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 28:

The compilation for Week 4 is below. Read this truth over yourself and your home, family, life and business each day.

I have a promised harvest, replete with songs of joy. I am redeemed by his blood, not my effort – all my sins are forgiven and there is lavish love and riches of grace set aside just for me, as a son or daughter of the King.

From God to you:

You will return with songs of joy carrying your harvest with you. In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 27 “God likes to lavish”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 27. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Day 22 HERE, Day 23 HERE, Day 24 HERE, Day 25 HERE, Day 26 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 27:

God likes to lavish me, because I am a daughter or son of his

From God to you:

In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 26 “Grace is Riches”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 26. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Day 22 HERE, Day 23 HERE, Day 24 HERE, Day 25 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 26:

God’s grace is like riches lavished upon me

From God to you:

In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A

 

 

31 Days of Enough: Day 25 “Accordance”

Thirty One Days of Enough: Day 25. You can find Week 1 HERE, Week 2 HERE, Week 3 HERE, Day 22 HERE, Day 23 HERE, Day 24 HERE

This process? It’s powerful friend. It will change you if you are willing to be vulnerable – first with yourself so you can receive.

Nugget Day 25:

Everything in my life is making something beautiful – it all goes together like a spectacular symphony

From God to you:

In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.

Want More?

Print out the picture, pin the picture and memorize the saying above. Hide it in your heart for the days you feel like there is none who sees. Friend, God sees everything. He sees the wounds deep in your heart and longs to heal them. Take some time today and simply rest before a gracious and kind Father. There is no guile in him. None.

Keep what you give away

Share this with a friend who needs to believe this.

 

xo – A