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Pregnant Girl Problems…And Small Business

Never in a million years did I think that I would be able to say I have pregnant girl problems. And when I say problems, I don’t mean anything serious… 

It’s crazy, in a good way! 

There are so many changes in my body, that it’s hard to explain the whole thing…. Of course if you have been pregnant before, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It would be a little bit easier to show and tell you if my belly was quickly protruding or even if I was having morning sickness, but no, I have have been truly blessed beyond measures to be enjoying every single day of my pregnancy. 

Unbelieveable, I’ve been told! 

Don’t get me wrong, there are moments I freak out and wonder what’s happening to me, especially when the baby moves around when I’m sitting down deep in thought or reading a book. 

What I find remarkable is that small businesses have some similarities to pregnancy. Absolutely! 

As I’ve grown my bookkeeping practice and help other small business owners to grow theirs, there has been moments of complete bliss, where everything works outs just great. 

What I see from some small business owners however, is that they get discouraged about things not working out and even more bent out shape when they fail. 

As I have learned, I would like to share with you, failure is apart of the success equation and you will get better at building your business if you do the small important things, day in, day out, no quitting. 

You see, I’ve never eaten this much in life, at least it feels that way, because I’m unable to lift heavy weights and run 10 miles like I”m accustomed to, but this is a small sacrifice to being promoted to “mommy” status! It’s the same for your small business, there will be times that you have to make sacrifices that isn’t necessary ideal, but you have to keep moving forward. 

Just this morning, I was bent over scrubbing my bathroom tub, and though I don’t have a big tummy, I was so winded doing this simple chore. Something that would normally take me 5 minutes, ended up being a 20 minute event! e.g. #pregnantgirlproblems

The way I see it is, I can choose to get upset and walk away halfway through washing the tub, or I can stick it out and know that it will not last forever. 

Today I want to encourage you to know that wherever you are in building your small business, it will not last forever, it’s all for a season, just being pregnant is only for a season. 

So cheer up, pull yourself together, cause it’s going to work out. Just like I can’t wait to see this new born baby, your small business has to go through several as it grows. 

No matter what happens, keep moving forward. Keep stepping! Your will have victory. 

To Your Success! 

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Giddy About Booties

I have been a laughing goon for the last several weeks! 

When I was 12 years, I recalled telling my aunt who I lived with at the time that I wanted to be married and have tons of kids. To this day I remember getting about three outhouse whipping for making that statement. I was scarred for a long time! 

Fast forward and several years later, God blessed me with the man of my dreams. With much love, patience, affection and support from family and friends, it was reinforced in me that it was okay to have kids. 

Needless to say I couldn’t wait to start popping kids out like it was 1999, but that didn’t happen. Over a decade of trying several methods, failed adoptions and heart breaks and still no kids.

And then… out of nowhere, we relocated to a different state over 2000 miles from where we have lived for the last decade. I was in a hurry to get to warmer weather, my husband was in a hurry to see various parts of the country and low and behold, God remembered us on the journey. 

Several weeks later, we discovered the amazing news that we were not only capable of getting pregnant, but I was months on the way of being pregnant. 

Can you imagine this with me? 

After being told several times that we couldn’t and wouldn’t have kids, all of a sudden we were pregnant, only with the intervention of Christ Jesus alone. 

I’m still floored!!! 

I’m officially in my second trimester and I still can’t believe that we are expecting a baby. God is so amazing, He rocks my world. All I can do is laugh. 

In the midst of this realization a package showed up on my doorstep and I was thrilled to open it, only to reveal some newborn onesies, which I was thrilled to have. 

Beneath these onesies was the most beautiful pair of booties I’ve ever seen in my life. 

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Baby Booties

I was already laughing at the idea of being pregnant, but after seeing these booties I was giddy, completely giddy about booties that were just so adorable, I’ve looked at them several times over thinking this can’t be real.

But what I’ve come to realize in the midst of being giddy about booties is that this is how God feels about each and everyone of us. Yeshua is constantly smiling at the thought of us and to think that His thoughts towards us are more than the sand on the sea sure makes me even more giddy. 

No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, remember that you are never forgotten by Him. His timing is certainly different than ours, but we are ALWAYS priceless in His sight. 

Blessings, 

Karena

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All Things Work Together

CONFESSION TIME!!!

That moment when you find out how big a JERK you have been to your Creator. Yep! Had a wakeup call and had to find the floor to repent. For so long I have blamed God for closing certain doors and for taking certain things away from me. Yes I love Jesus, but if I’m going to be honest, I would have to say somedays I question His judgment.

He constantly reminds me that “the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” Rom 8:28


How many times have we heard this and shook our heads and say yep, everything works out for good, just not for me. That’s where I was.

I recently had a conversation with a complete and total stranger, only to find out that the dreams God has given me for the last several years have been an answer to prayer that I keep slugging on heaven’s door about. Like WOW! Really?! It’s one thing to have a prophetic word and them wonder if it will ever happen or if you screwed it up. But it’s a complete other thing to be talking to someone who is confirming much of what God has spoken to you in your prayer closet and they have NO IDEA how accurate they are.

I’m in tears! How sweet is the love of Jesus to have MERCY on us in our hot-headed moments. How kind of Him to still love and adore us even when we have no grounds to be upset and mad at Him.

I know I might just be talking to myself on this one, but if you can relate then I want you to cry out to God right where you are and apologize. Apologize and forgive God for being a know it all. Yes, when we act as if we know better than what God has for us, that’s how we come off.

He’s not mad at you! And the things that He withhold from you is truly for your good. Lord help us to see things your way and to trust you completely. And thank you for revelation!

Encourage someone today by sharing this message with them. 

Blessings, 

Karena

1501x200- About- 31 Mar

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When God Starts Undermining Your Efforts….

I’m sure you never expected to see such a headline, and now that you are reading it, could be true? 

Could there be any truth to God stepping in your way and undermining your goals, dreams and desires? 

Somedays it feels that way. 

These are the days that you had prayed, fasted, ask God to shut doors that no man can open and to open doors that no man can shut. Just when it seems like all of heaven is lining up in your favor, God puts a damper on party.

It feel like He’s undermining your effort and it’s easy to get frustrated.

When God starts undermining your efforts, (or when it feels this way) it’s during these times that you must lean harder into who God said that He is. Remember, His words never return to Him void and He is a jealous God… mean, He is so passion about you, he took several nails for you. Bullets would have been too easy, so He took the nails to express His unfailing love for us. 

So when you feel like having a temper tantrum and we all do from time to time, I want to remind you to not lose hope. Don’t lose sight of the promises God has given you. Don’t be swept away with the passion of the things you see with your eyes, instead lean into God. 

Some prayers may feel like they went unanswered, when in actuality, they were answered, we just will never understand what happened on this side of heaven. 

Allow God to fight for you. He wants to and He’s an awesome protector of those He loves. 

So next time you feel like God has stepped into your way and crash the party, remember to lean into Him and allow Him to make those crooked ways straight in your life. 

Have you experience a situation recently where it felt like all doors were shut in your face? Leave a comment below, we would love to hear your story. 

To Your Success

Karena

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I have a Confession to Make

Last week I took up the challenge that I would not complain for a week. The deal was that I would go for the next three days without complaining but giving God praise instead. 

This all came about after I found out that a friend I really trusted betrayed me, in what he thought was the best interest of all parties.  Yes, at first, I was POed and at the same time, wonder why on Earth God would allow me to know this information years after the fact. 

Well, it was in the midst of this chaotic event that I was speaking with my accountability partner and the idea of giving thanks instead of complaining popped in my head. 

So, I set my mind and thoughts on giving thanks. 

Wouldn’t you know that the following three days all I found myself doing was just whining, complaining and moaning. 

It was embarrassing to say the least. 

Today the Holy Spirit took a hold of me and reminded me that the reason I felt off track was that I was unfocused. Somewhere along the road, I allowed others to speak junk into my life and I agreed and started speaking junk to myself. 

I’m grateful that God is able to help me get back on focus, because on this journey to finding yourself, you somedays have to put blinders on. 

Be encouraged, confess what’s happening in your world and when you fall down, get back up again. FOCUS and in your focus and taking action, you will reap a harvest. 

Leave a comment below on how you have cope with being in similar situations. 

To Your Success, 

Karena

1501x200- About- 31 Mar

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Surrendering To God’s Will

Always be nice to others around you, even if you don’t like them, choose to honor others every chance you get. Honoring others is saying to God that you appreciate His handiwork in what He did in someone else. 

Last weekend, I had the fortunate opportunity to be invited to encourage a group of missionaries. 

This opportunity came as a result of a good friend, choosing to honor me without even knowing me. That relationship has since morphed into an amazing, honoring friendship for both parties. 

Who would have thought that a girl who grew up walking barefoot until she was 17-years old, would get the opportunity to encourage others in what they are doing! 

God has an out of this world sense of humor…. Literally. 

But I digress. 

When I was originally asked about being at the group, I thought to myself, “she has the wrong one this time” and I thought to give her the benefit of the doubt, I would at least pray and see if God would have me say anything and to my surprised, He did. Just a few days before the event, I got a download, and as a result, I was able to present some amazing tools to some of the most wonderful people who are selfless and giving so much of themselves and resources to others. 

It’s not that I didn’t want to help out, I’m always game to help out wherever I can, within reason, as long I can contribute and make the situation better. This time, I just didn’t feel like I had anything to offer and didn’t want to be a disappointment again. 

One of the things that God shared with me, was that I needed to allow His will to be done even when it doesn’t make sense to me. 

It rings true for me when I hear the statement that God qualifies whom He calls. 

I’m happy to say that the talk went well, and everyone was encouraged, though it is weird, there was not a dry eye amongst the group. Not sure why that happens, but it is always a good thing.  For me, it’s another step in my journey to surrendering to God’s will. 

What God has for us doesn’t always look the way we think, but in surrendering to God’s will, He is faithful for guide and never lead us astray. 

Today I want to encourage you to allow God to lead you wherever He will. If you are not sure where that may be, press in, pray, seek God, ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Just whatever you do, don’t give up and remind Him frequently, that you are available for His purpose. 

How are you learning to surrender to God’s will in your life? Please leave a comment below. 

To Your Success,

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Let God Be Glorified In Your Brokenness

For so long I have been a broken mess. I came out of a broken abusive family. I still have memories in of my dad threatening my mom with a machete right in front of me. I had an abortion that I didn’t know what was happening to me until I woke up on a ice cold steel table, wrapped in bandages.

The list goes on from here to Tim-buk-too. But it wasn’t until I was having dinner with a friend and she was struggling with her own mess, that I realized that God also wanted to be glorified in my mess.

It was crazy!

It was like looking at myself in the mirror a few years back and seeing the struggles she is now facing as the struggles that I dealt with and was still dealing with in my own life. 

God created me and He said I was GOOD.

That in and of itself should mean something to me. But somedays we are too wrapped up in what others have to say about us, that we really forget what God says about us. His words are true, final and best of all, they never return to Him VOID. 

So tell your story. Share your grief. Share your victory. Because Christ died for all of YOU, not just the good parts and He wants to be glorified in your brokenness as you learn how to find yourself in Him.

Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. 

To Your Success, 

Karena

1501x200- About- 31 Mar

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