Seasons Change

72ea4bea60ed2bdfea15d6306b6a2324Failure…According to Webster’s Dictionary Failure is lack of success, falling short.  Many times we venture off and try something new.  For me it’s been a restaurant, a custom design cake & cupcake shop, real estate…just a few of my many ventures.  I enjoyed each so much and put all my heart into my work.  I was passionate about what I did and what I created.  My greatest reward was seeing the smiles on the faces of those I was working for.  I spent hours laboring, years of hard work and determination, and of course spent more money than I expected.  And in the end after giving it my all, I had no choice but to give it all up.  But I was NOT a Failure.  My definition of failure is allowing fear to overcome you and keep you from trying something…from venturing out on a new journey.  As many times as I fell down, I got myself right back up.  God have given me the courage and belief in myself to not allow fear to keep me from my dreams.  God encouraged me through friends and family to just Go For It.  When I shut my restaurant down it wasn’t because I failed…it was simply because this was not the season for me to do this.  I needed to learn more about the business and the financial spectrum.  Last year, after a little over 3 years of operating my baking business I had not choice but to stop due to medical issues.  I was so passionate about my baking and being able to create something amazing.  I loved every minute of it but the time came when I just could no longer handle the work.  Again, this was a season God saw me through.  I didn’t fail because I couldn’t continue my businesses.  I wasn’t a failure in God’s eyes.  I was going through different seasons.  Each season was teaching me something new.  God knew would need to be home for 2 years and to afford to do so I needed an income.  He had put it in my heart to bake and that led to allowing me those 2 years at home recouping from shoulder surgery and back injury, baking and providing that additional income for my family.  And when I was ready to walk away from the company I’m working for in early 2014, God knew I’d need to stay put where I was because my husband’s company was going to begin struggling.  God knows what we need and when.  He prepares each season for us.  As He prepares, He puts everything in place for us to weather that season.  He puts the right people in our path, He redirects our path and He gives us the strength, courage, wisdom and belief in ourselves to withstand the season’s change.  We may not always be in the place we want or in the circumstance we desire, but God directs us to these paths so we can become wiser and stronger.  In everything we do, there is always a lesson to learn, an experience, an unforgettable moment.  My seasons have changed and as I look back, I see the lessons learned, the unforgettable moments and the experiences that lead me to where I am today.  Don’t ever be afraid or feel as if you have failed when your seasons change.  Trust that God is with you through each season, despite how difficult it may seem.  God will never abandon you…He is forever faithful to you.  He will lift you up back on your feet and prepare you for the season to come.  Believe that He knows you are a conqueror and not a failure.  Trust Him in all that you do and He will direct your paths.

XOXO…Ileen

Psst…God Loves You

“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;  For the Lord upholds him with His hand.”  Psalm 37:24

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