Do you know what you are passionate about? Aside from being a MOM, which is one of the biggest blessings of my life, I didn’t.
Now, I am a stay at home mom of two busy boys ages 3 and 5. I am blessed with a wonderful growing business that I run from home. If you would have told me a few years back I would own a business painting furniture and teaching workshops I would have laughed! I never imagined doing anything like this. I mean, I’m not artistic. I am not creative. Creative is my mom, my sister, my husband, but certainly not me. Yet here I stand doing things I had no idea were in me. Things God put in me that I had no idea were even there until I asked God, “What am I truly passionate about?”
The day after Christmas 2010 we lost our home to foreclosure. I was 6 months pregnant with our second son, and had a 2 year old boy. Things were tough for us financially. I thought losing our home was bottom for us. It was just the beginning of a season of loss. Six months later, when my youngest was 8 weeks old, I got news that my father, whom I hadn’t spoken with in a few years, was murdered. There were regrets and family issues and I was postpartum with a toddler and an 8 week old to look after. Our financial problems had only gotten worse.
Before coming home from the workforce’ I was doing bookkeeping and office administration work. I applied for every job I could find that I was ‘qualified’ for that I could do from home. I even applied for a $10 an hour ‘handwrite your sales envelopes’ job. No doors opened.
Reluctantly I went to a business conference at my church with my husband. I thought he should go because he’s the ‘business’ person, and I should stay home, put the kids to bed early and have some time to myself and relax. Little did I know that my life would be so changed by going!
At the conference a speaker said, ‘If you are doing something you are passionate about you’ll be successful.’ Later that night, it occurred to me that I had NO clue what I was passionate about aside from my family. The season I had just gone through had wiped out some of my zeal for life and I was feeling pretty dead inside. I had pursued everything I could think of, never really considering if it was something I wanted to do or was passionate about. I am so thankful none of those doors opened.
Once I took the time to ask God what I was really passionate about, amazing doors began to open. What I am doing now doesn’t feel like work. I look forward to ‘working’ and it has been such a blessing to our family.
Luke 11:9 says to ask, seek and knock. What has God put inside of you that is waiting to come out? I challenge you to ask. All you need is one idea, a God idea, and everything can change.