Hope Wissel

Saturday Blessings

game on

YEAH, it is Saturday….. memories of sleeping late (ok, so for me that means 7AM instead of 5:30AM), high school football games, birthday parties, cheering competitions, family gatherings and enjoying just being in the moment.  Just for TODAY, I am heading to my part-time job and I am going to practice being in the moment.  To know that no matter where I am, I need to STOP, look around, and appreciate the blessings in my life.  I don’t miss a message from God by thinking about the next thing.

In addition to sticking to my new office hours this week, I started riding my stationary bike as I read my devotions and talked to God.  It has helped me to find focus in the morning.  I have been doing morning devotions for a long time but usually sitting at my desk with lots of clutter around – which usually means I am easily distracted and not listening to what God has to say to me.  Riding the bike is a way for me to accomplish two things at once – my feeble attempt to exercise and when I am done reading my devotions, I am taking time to talk with God.  What a difference in how I approach the day?  Okay, so sometimes it takes me a little bit longer to catch on to things.

I have found my passion again with Thirty One.  I never really lost it … I just let it get covered up in all of the other “stuff”.   You know – the comparison game, the numbers game, letting others steal your “sparkle” or whatever it was that caused Doubtful Debbie to camp out on my doorstep.

Tonight, I get to be part of a launch party for a special friend… Karen and I met through Thirty One.  She has been my accountability partner and has become a true friend.  She is launching a new business that is her heart.  When you look at this company – you see Karen.  She has a love for missions and people.  She loves Thirty One but felt that God was calling her into a new direction…so today she launches her “Trades of Hope” business.

trades of hope

Trades of Hope is a company that empowers women all over the world. They provide a sustainable income to women in third world countries that are living in slums, working in sweatshops, sex trade victims or not able to feed their children and giving them up to an orphanage. Our mission is to empower these women to get out of these dire situations. Our artisans provide beautiful handmade crafts that are brought back to the states and sold by our consultant. aka compassionate entrepreneurs….that’s Karen!!  Feel free to shop the catalog.

My best tip for today… enjoy the moment whether it is spending time at work, being with family, running errands with the kids or just enjoying the many blessings that God has given you.  So, I will be spending time at work, then getting a chance to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE a friend while hopefully making some new friends along the way.

What are you doing today?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


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