We have been looking at a family business possibility over the past couple of months that would require a major time-investment from me. As we pondered and prayed, I realized that to be gone from home more than fourty hours a week, doing school and business elsewhere, would require a whole new level of discipline and intentionality from me. I started formulating practical plans for different areas of our life that would allow for maintaining a calm family atmosphere and spiritual focus, a tidy and welcoming home, an effective educational experience for our children, and warm, home-cooked meals on a consistent basis.
Last Tuesday, we got a “sorry, but we are not able to give you a business loan at this time” call. A couple hours after the initial tears and prayers of frustration, I was blindsided by this thought (and it was a good thing I was already prone for a nap)…
What if I lived as intentionally day-by-day **without** this new business as I was planning to be in order to make it work? What changes would we see in our family relationships, our schooling, our ability to reach out to others?
Yes to learning to be more disciplined and intentional with my time, regardless of what happens or doesn’t happen with this business possibility. Yes to implementing plans that will allow us to use our time more efficiently and work together as a family. Yes to truly seeking to receive and give grace in the daily moments.
We don’t know for sure that the business opportunity is a solid “no.” We continue to pray, as do others, that if this is what the Lord has for us, that He will make the path clear. We are talking with another bank, and we are working toward improving some of the factors that prompted the “no” from the initial bank. We are trusting the Lord to move us forward in the direction He would have us go.
And in the meantime, I am working on implementing some of my grand ideas for intentional living.
One of my first big projects has been adapting my friend Winter’s 5 Week Menu idea. I will share more on this later, but I am truly excited about it. I have a 5 week menu for cool weather planned out, and am working on getting detailed grocery lists made up for each week, all the recipes gathered together and in page protectors, and other tricks to make meals streamlined and simple.
I am hoping to share some of this journey of intentionality with you, so stay tuned!