You can do it! Believe it!

You couldn’t have told me a year ago that I’d be the owner of a book publishing company.  This was not my plan.  It was God’s plan for my life.  I had no real indicators (that I could have given you) that this is where my life would be.  Looking back, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at all.  I used to write short stories as a child.  I’d draw and create, and as I got older, I gravitated to a major that used all of the processes and procedures I use on a daily basis, math.

Yep, math.  I know you’re like…Whaaaa?  Girl, stop!  Math has not a durn thing to do with book publishing or business!  Well, that’s where you’re wrong.  Math teaches logic, time management, editing (checking your/other’s work), tenacity, how to create something from nothing, how to break down any problem into steps, pinpointing weaknesses, losses, strengths, and goals.  I understand more today than ever just how instrumental my degree is in my everyday business functions.

If I would have looked at what society says, what my peers, or even what I said, I would have talked myself out of a wonderful blessing.  I had to trust God with a turn in my life that seemed to be off my path.  Instead, I had to see it as what it was:  a building block in the life He had built for me.  My life made more sense when I stopped, prayed, and asked Him to show me how the pieces fit together.  So my writing stories as a child, my love for reading, my interest in history, my love for art and design, my love for tech and computers, my leaning towards movies versus TV shows, my long years learning customer service, collections, business classes, teaching, payroll, and even church experiences have come to me owning a book publishing business.  When I look at it now, I’m like, Yeah, I can see that.

But I’m nowhere near finished.  I’m devoted to this thing.  I see where it can go and will go.  Not because I’m there, but because I’ve chosen to stand beside Him and look where He’s looking.  I’m listening to Him and embracing what He’s saying.  I’m seeking Him to see where He has placed every paver in the path of my walk.  Finally, I’m taking His strength that He’s given and walking out the design He made for my life.  Does it always look good?  No.  Does it always feel right?  No.  Does it make sense?  HAM NO!  But here I am and here He is.  It’s exactly where I want to be.

My prayer for you is that you would kneel and stand with Him.  That you would slow down so you can accelerate.  I pray that you would take His eyes so He can make you see what He’s already done for you because He loves you.

God bless you!!!

Tonya

 

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