Wow, I can't believe its already been ONE YEAR since I nervously pressed the "store live" button. It was a leap of faith. A moment of trust. A moment of fear. A time where I truly had to open my hands and relinquish all control and believe He would be faithful.
God is SO faithful.
If you read or are encouraged by anything today that is written in this blog post, I want it to be THAT statement. God is FAITHFUL always. We may not be faithful to Him or to His mission for our lives but HE NEVER CHANGES.
As I have walked through this past year in business I have made mistakes, I have doubted, and I have had moments of almost giving up. I have also had moments of overwhelming joy, great victories and many moments where I stood in awe of God for where He has taken me and Marqué.
Over this last year we have touched all 50 states and multiple countries through our website. We have had over 20 states buy and re-buy Marqué items. We were invited to go to Arizona to share our story and be featured in a Christian magazine and we went. We have received emails of appreciation for being bold about our Love for Jesus and our stance on modesty. Wondering why I keep saying we? Because "I" have not and could not have done this alone. Jesus is the author of this story. He is the one who planted it and He is the one growing it. Every decision and every opportunity is from Him and by Him. It is because of HIS FAITHFULNESS that I can say HAPPY ONE YEAR!
If this company depended on me and my strength we wouldn't have made it. I never doubted that this was Gods plan and purpose for me but I have had many days where I doubted that He would come through. I became paralyzed as I didn't see things happening as I would have liked them to be happening. I am human. I worry, I have doubts, anxiety and fear creep in daily but GOD has NEVER once not come through and each time it builds my faith. I begin to stand again on the ground He placed me on in the beginning that is UNSHAKEABLE. When we are rooted in His truth, we know how to kick that anxiety, fear, and doubt out the door and it doesn't happen over night. We have to be faithful in spending time with Him & then will see the doors of His blessing open up day by day.
If you are dreaming big right now make the decision to take the leap of faith and just go for it. If it has been inspired by Jesus then it will flourish because of Him. I am not equipped in the worlds eyes to be an entrepreneur but Jesus has equipped me and is carrying me through this journey of life and business. Don't count yourself out because you may not have all the answers or have it all figured out yet. The best way to learn is by doing it. You will make mistakes, you may even fail but don't give up. This journey will draw you closer to Jesus. He put that dream in your heart and He will equip you to finish your race strong if you let Him. Keep Him first, Be Bold in your Mission, Live Above Reproach, & Steward It Well.
To all of my amazing family, friends, supporters, & customers - It is because of your decision to support that we are moving into year TWO! Thank you for your encouraging words, your financial blessings, your continued purchases, your tears of joy and all the moments shared together. I love you all!
Most of all thank you to my amazing, faithful Savior & Father for rescuing me. For bringing me to LIFE and for setting me on mission to bring Glory to Your Name. I wouldn't have it any other way. All for Your Glory, Lord. I Love You. Happy One Year.
Heres to Year Two...
"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.
The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them."
In His Mighty Love,