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The number 37 may to you seem like just another ordinary little number but to me it brings a mix of feelings of joy and disappointment.  The number 37 coincides with the number of sales that I received within a year of re-opening Called To Edify Boutique. I really expected to do more than 37 sales by now. I mean I reached out to friends, family, posted on social media every single day, but still within a year I only had 37 sales. Now the way in which I run my store I have a distributor that prints all of my items, so they receive the majority of the profits and I always feel that I don’t have enough to even support the ministries that I am trying and wanting to support which can be frustrating at times.

I had extremely high expectations for the third time but the one thing I didn't do is really come up with a clear and concrete goal for myself on how much I wanted to sale and how I was going to go about getting it done. I realize now I need to work on this and make sure each month I have a clear and concise goals and objectives for my store.

I also realize that I can’t be consumed with the success I see from other stores  but instead enjoy the journey that the Lord has me on right now and learn from it. I have also learned from this experience that I need to continue to focus on the why I am doing this, not being consumed by the results. I am realizing this verse from Colossians 3:17 (and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him) is the verse I need to meditate on daily.

So now when I look at the number 37 I think about where I was before with my first store which was 3 sales, the second store 6, and now this store is at 37. I now realize that I have had to change my perspective on the number 37. I am realizing now that my sales did increase which shows growth and I should celebrate that growth!  I now look at the number 37 with joy because it’s a representation of exemplifying the fruits of the spirit during the long and arduous journey of growing an eCommerce business. I have especially had to be patient during this journey because it doesn't happen overnight. I am understanding more and more each day that I must continue to have joy because I am living out the calling Jesus has on my life and be patient through the journey.

Which one of the “Fruits of The Spirit” do you feel the Lord working with you on today?

 

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  • April on

    This was an encouraging read to myself as I’m not selling products but still trying to build a ministry. I have said from the beginning that this truly was not my ministry because to be honest I did not feel ready but God kept making it clear the time was now. I lean into that often trusting God will do what He will and I’m just excited to see what He does with it in His time. Thanks for your words!!

  • Sara Collins on

    I totally know how hard it is not to get discouraged by the numbers — I run a blog and an ebay store and sometimes I can wonder if this is really what I’m supposed to be doing. I like that you are choosing Joy in the journey. I often turn to Lamentations 3:17-19 “…yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation…” Looking forward to looking through your shirts.

  • Michelle on

    I love your post about your journey with e-commerce store, it’s very encouraging and inspiring to know that were not alone, God is always with us whereever we go,and he’s in control, even in our business. May God continue to give you spiritual wisdom and encouragement to share! Many blessing to you!

  • Danielle on

    Thank you so much for this post it was very inspiring!

  • Latasha Strachan on

    37 – I was intrigued :) and now I’m glad I had a look at the blog post. I had no idea it would be tied to a line of products. You’re growing in faith and in business, what a way to go! Will check out your products.



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