Friday, May 01, 2009

Vision and Provision

During the past week, I met two writers looking for ways to increase their income. Perhaps you can relate. If so, I’d like to share a few tips to help you prosper in tough economic times: 

1) Look up instead of around. God is our Source no matter the times. If you were to lose your job, you would still have God to provide for you. He is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider. 

2) Look for the seed of opportunity in the midst of adversity. One of my life quotes is, “In every adversity lies the seed of an equal or greater benefit”. In his classic book, Acres of Diamonds, Russell Conwell shows how our greatest opportunity lies right under our nose. For example, the many people who have lost their jobs are now looking for new ones. As a result, my résumé writing business has skyrocketed. 

3) Look for ways to create your own writing niche. One writer I met is an insurance adjustor by day. She can turn her insurance expertise into a regular column or e-book. What is your area of expertise? Why not turn that into an e-book that you can offer for sale? 

God once spoke these profound words to my heart: “Your vision is your provision”. What is your vision? What is your dream? Whatever it is, build it. Let God guide you. As you follow your dream, God will provide for you through that dream. But be sure to seek Him first in the process.

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6 thoughts on “Vision and Provision

  1. Dr Mary,
    Many thanks for sharing with us some invaluable tips. I love the first tip the most, Look Up – He is the provider for anything and everything. He is the Way, the Solution and the Truth.

    I agree with tip 2 because it is in line with James 1:2 -4. Count all these joy when you falling into various trials….)

    You are absolute right that let the holy spirit to guide us.

    Grace and peace to you,

    May 1, 2009 at 4:50 AM

  2. Profound, true and inspiring words MaryAnn. God has faithfully proven His words and fulfilled His promises over and over in my life. I can’t imagine attempting anything without first meeting with Him.

    May 1, 2009 at 9:07 AM

  3. Your blog today reminded me of “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Thank you for the wise reminder that the Lord is our provider, not the government, not the employer, nor anything else we might look to for provision.

    Thank you also for sharing the Lord’s words to you, about your vision being your provision. I pray that the Lord gives us all a firm vision, so that He may provide for us out of it.

    God bless you!

    May 2, 2009 at 1:06 AM

  4. Thanks to all of you wonderful Power Writers for your comments. Although I do not always respond personally, I read every single post. 🙂

    May our Lord richly bless you today with whatever you need to fulfill His purpose for your life. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

    Love and Hugs,


    May 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM

  5. We also need to remember that it takes time to learn, network and build a business. If I had not taken the time to attend conferences and workshops and improve my own writing, I would not be able to edit other authors’ manuscripts.

    I started out, 15 years ago, knowing not a thing about the craft of writing. I didn’t even know there WAS such a thing as craft! I could not possibly have started my free-lance editing business then. It’s taken me many years and hours of time and effort.

    We need to be patient. God will bring us along, if it’s His will for our career.

    May 4, 2009 at 8:36 AM