Do you ever feel like if you're not "doing" you are missing out on success?
That if you aren't working TOWARDS something... checking off a list... creating... that you are wasting time?
I'm not sure if that's just me (enneagram 3 up in here)... but I have the hardest time with stopping, feeling, and being. It's a battle I face daily and WHY I have to live intentionally to put myself first. Turn off the phone, detox from social media every weekend, plan uninterrupted time with my hubs and kids. I CHOSE to live intentionally because I know and accept my weaknesses. We all have them. It's learning to self-evaluate and challenge yourself not to give in to them.
Anywho, I recently went through a season of wanting -- wanting the next big thing, wondering what was next, getting shiny object syndrome, getting distracted by all the amazing opportunities floating around -- but I knew this was my flesh and early desires for more.
I stopped myself right there and started praying.
I prayed for clarity, direction, guidance, and help. I asked God to show me what HE wanted me to do next... and you know what he said to me?
WAIT. BE STILL.
Say whattttt?! Lord Jesus, you gave me this personality and this insatiable drive to DO and create! Now you want me to sit and wait? Doesn't He work in the most mysterious ways?
Against everything in my being, I was obedient to this call.
For the first time in years, I needed to STOP moving long enough to hear God's directions. In this season of quiet, I received answers, clarity, peace, and provision. I also heard what he wanted me to do next, which I would have missed if I had acted on what my head was telling me to do!
Pure magic when you are aligned with what God wants for you instead of what you want for you.
In today's episode, I walk you through a recent season I went through of being quiet, still, prayer and fasting. It was the hardest thing ever for me to trust in the silence. And, it ended up being one of the most transformational times in my life.
Is God calling you to wait and be still? How to navigate and trust the peace. I hope you enjoy. I'll meet you inside the episode, sis!
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Hey, Hey bosses. Welcome to another episode of the show. This is episode 96 when God says, wait, how to be still. And I've been going through a season where God has whispered into my heart to stop moving for maybe the first time in a decade or the first time in a decade that I've actually listened to him to wait. And he's actually shown me that I need to not move forward on some things that in my path I would have totally left on. So I want to talk to you about how to hear when God is trying to tell you to wait or to be still and how to navigate that season. Because for me this season has been a doozy. I think you're going to enjoy
What's up. Mama boss. Welcome back to The Mompreneur Mastermind Show. I'm Stefanie Gass, success strategist, and passive income queen creator. If you're ready to step into your God, led potential, create profit from your passions and capture the success that is already yours. This podcast was made for you as always. You can find out more and connect with me over stefaniegass.com. So grab that cup of coffee or fill up that glass of wine. And let's dig in to today's show.
Now, before we dig into today's episode, I want to read you the review of the week. This review is a five-star review says encouraging on so many levels from, at sensible dove as a Christian and an entrepreneur in the making. I find this podcast. So encouraging. Sometimes we're taught that Christians are supposed to settle for a comfortable, if not mediocre life, witness to others about Christ, pray, be involved in the church. And that's that. There's a lot more to life than that. And we each have different gifts by which we reach those levels. And we each have different gifts by which we reach those other levels. Each one of us is meant for so much more. And I feel that you and your story are a lighthouse, giving others the permission and encouragement to thrive. Thanks for your love and light. Judy dove. Thanks Judy, you rock SIS and amen to that.
God wants us to have a call and be successful and live abundant lives. And he wants us to go out and further his mission for us. That's what we are literally created for. So I feel you on that. Thank you for that review, SIS, if you haven't left me a review, why not pause this episode right here? Right now, head on over to iTunes, leave me a review. I can't wait to read yours live on the air. Okay. So let me rewind a bit, guys. I created this podcast and I knew I was going to do this show for one year, twice a week. That was what I was called to do. That's what I was committed to do. And so I did it and the podcast was so like explosive in my business that I really felt compelled to teach other women how they could use podcasting as a vehicle, really to scale their business and not just their business, but their mission.
Like, I don't care if you have like a knitting company, okay. Like crochet crochet with Kathy. Kay. You could have a podcast that could grow and scale that brand for you, right? Because you're teaching, you're showing up consistently, you're pouring out knowledge. You have guests on. And as people start to know you as like the crocheting guru, they want to work with you. They want to buy your crocheting kit, your crocheting course who, gosh, somebody that crochets need to like, all those CS are really great. Crochet with Kathy course anyways. And so I created the podcast pro university chorus, and I'm like, I created this course and I launched it. And it was the most successful launch I've ever done. That was in June or July. I think it was June, which is crazy. Cause like mid summer, right. Then here I go and I'm continuing forward.
And I have this idea for a book and I'm like, should I write a book? Like, what is this idea? That's come in. I feel like it's like, sometimes you have these downloads from God, but you don't know how to decipher them. And I had this idea. I'm like, okay, well there's this book idea. And then this other idea came in and it was, Oh my gosh, I'm going to start a podcast about podcasting, right? Like I'm going to create the podcast podcast and I'm going to talk about podcasting, like crazy. And that's going to sell my course, like crazy. And that's what I'm going to do. And so I had all these ideas and I was getting really excited because I started to get focused on how to sell the course. Guys, I'm a three, you know, this about me. Like I'm very success driven.
And I have to be sure that I'm using my voice and my drive for God's glory and not my own glory. And so there's a lot of checks and balances that go into place with a personality like mine. I'm just grateful and thankful that, you know, God has a lot of mercy with me and he's so kind and graciously, you know, puts me in my place quite honestly. So I'm reading scripture and I've really been focused on that. My morning intention, time journaling with my journal and reading the Bible and pouring into God's word. And there was this scripture that came up and I, gosh, if for the love, I can not remember it or find it, but it was what I needed that day. And it said something along the lines of be still and patiently pursue the call. I gave you something like that.
And I got to find it for you guys. If I do, it will be in the show notes. Anyway, that's what I heard. I'm like, Whoa, be still patiently. Pursue the call that I gave you. Not the calls that I'm giving you, not the ideas that you have, not the motivation that you want to jump forward and go and not know what your head is telling you to be a good moneymaking idea. Cause I have plenty of those, but wait, be still, what was the call that he gave me? It was to start the podcast, not a new podcast, not launch a new thing, but stick with the podcast. And so I, okay, God, I hear you. So I tabled my idea for the second podcast and I just started really pouring into this show, the mompreneur mastermind show, and this was all happening, maybe July and that whole month of July, I'm going through this like, Ooh, what's next.
I always want to do. I always want to do and create. And so it was really difficult for me to just be still, well then I had a mentor do a session with me and this person had been just kind of hanging out. And this person basically says to me, you should write the book. I had Holy spirit chills from the NAPE of my neck. You guys know when your hair stands up on your neck, all the way through my body radiate through my body. She didn't know about the book. I had never told this person that I was thinking of writing a book. And the book for me was the journal. As you all know, with God she rises. And it was so interesting because when she said that I heard it and I felt it, I felt the Holy spirit tug me and go, go. And so interestingly being patient and still, when he said, wait, I would have been very distracted, starting a new podcast, or would have been exhausted. It would been focused on how to sell more of my podcasting course. But instead he said, wait,
Hey SIS, O M G I have the craziest news ever. This podcast has passed 50,000 downloads. That is such a milestone, a number that I wasn't sure I would ever hit a number. I was afraid to say out loud, but we've done it together. Thank you so much for listening with me, subscribing with me being a part of this mission with me. I appreciate you more than you could ever know. And cheers, because we are onward and upward. We are going to continue pouring into this together, growing together and working on the call that God has placed in each of our hearts to celebrate this amazing win with you. I have set up the 50 K giveaway. You can win the course of your choice. That's right. And I have six or something. Courses six or seven. I always forget everything from Facebook ads to Facebook funnels to setting up a podcast, to uncovering your God, led calling with passionately profitable to Instagram.
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Have a different idea for you. And this idea was so inline with all of you, because let's say 10% of you want to start a podcast. That's great. That's wonderful. 100% of you listening right now need with God she rises journal. And so God knew what you mean because he called me to talk to you. He called me to inspire you to understand what your God led soul call is your purpose on this earth. And he also called me to show you that when we pursue a godly mission, all the miracles flow in the provision, the abundance, we start to trust the path that God has. We relinquish all the false idols. Our ego is checked and literally our life falls into place. And God had whispered in my ear, how did you do it? And I said, well, gosh, my morning routine. And so I'm sitting there like this.
I couldn't wait to get off that call because I knew this was the permission I had been waiting for to act on. And so I felt the permission and I took action. And so I created literally, this is so crazy. You guys put my hands on that keyboard. And it was like, they weren't mine. I'm like dragging and dropping and designing. And I'm not like a big design person. And so the fact that I fully designed a journal within, like, it was probably three days to me was like divine intervention. Like, I don't know. I'm like, this is crazy. The words were flowing out. The prayers were coming out. The idea behind the book, all the different pieces that I had created for my morning routine were born and I put it all together and with God she rises journal. And then I just stared at it.
Like, what do I do here? I don't know what this means. And in godly fashion, he provided me all the resources, all of the steps I needed to take to get the book published. And so that was done and you know, his will be done literally. So I launched this book so incredible. Many of you have snagged a copy of it already, and I'm so excited about it. And I'm just so grateful. And I did this book and then I just kind of sat there expectantly, like now what? Like what should I do, God, I'm ready. I'm a three. Tell me what to do. And God said, be still again. I'm like, what the, Hey man, like I got all this momentum, like I'm pumped, I've got my book out there. And this coach came back to me that had done this hour with me.
And she actually it's going to be live on this podcast. Or maybe it has been by the time this airs anyway, let me find the number for you. It's going to be, Oh yeah. So you've already heard it. That was episode 93. So she comes back to me and says, I will do this package with you, a coaching package for like a great price. Not going to like go into all the details because I don't want to, you know, affect anyone. Else's like business models, but I prayed over it. I received the package. I'm like, yeah, of course like this sounds like such a wonderful deal or wonderful offer. Like to really help me grow and Excel. And financially I could probably make this work and blah, blah, blah. Well, God again, in all of the scripture, in my heart, in my prayers, I was hearing no wait and now it has been, let's see, at least another month at the time of recording this, it's like, what is it? It's August 19th. I have been hearing be still and wait for a month. And it's so out of character, for me, it's so uncomfortable for me to wait and to be still. And then what is so cool that I can talk about this now, because this episode will not air in the time that I'm doing this. God, my church introduced a 21 day fast that we were called to join them on. So get on this 21 day fast and I have to go cold Turkey on coffee. Yo ladies, cold Turkey on coffee.
I have headaches withdrawals. Like I took two naps on Saturday. My head is pounding. I can't form coherent sentences. It is a miracle. I am on here speaking to you right now because I'm going through this fast. No meat, no dairy, no sugar, no gluten, no coffee, no alcohol. And I didn't want to share that with you because I didn't want to divert from the purpose of the fast, which was taming the flesh and the desires that we have here on earth and being satisfied through Christ and asking him to fill our needs and our desires, which has been incredible. But if I would have just kept going and acting and doing, I would've missed this time of silence, this time of peace in prayer and this time of breakthrough. So I want to challenge you before you leap on something. And I'm the first one to tell you to do something before you're ready, but I want you to make sure God wants you to do that thing, right?
I want you to make sure that you're praying over it, that you're asking God to confirm that this call is from him to challenge to really look at something before you leap and say, is this something I want, or is this something God wants? And to test that theory, sit on it for a minute and ask him to show you the way, tell him and ask him to show you if now is the time. Because for the first time ever, I'm hearing wait and be still. And I know that God is not asking me to wait and be still to hurt my business to, you know, he's doing it to challenge me because out of my comfort zone is to not do. I actually just sit and feel and to be, and to be present and just really not do something it's like so awkward for me.
So God is challenging me to be, be the best person I can be, which also includes being still. And I know that through this time of waiting, he's going to provide some type of insane, incredible breakthrough. I'm going to hear some type of message that I've been praying for. I have some people I'm praying over healing for them. I hope that that comes to fruition. And I know that this special time of me just being still in waiting is going to be something I'm going to cherish forever. My kids started school. I was able to just truly focus on them. I sat there and took a nap with my babies on Saturday. Like I never do that. You guys, and just really looking at them and pouring into them. And I went and had an incredible seven year anniversary with my husband, nothing else on my mind, but him and God's miracles, man, I had been praying to be seen.
And my husband wrote me this incredible list of all the things he loves about me and the things that I do for the family. And it was like, are you kidding me, God, like I just prayed to be seen. And this is what my husband comes up with as one of my gifts. And it was the biggest blessing. It was more than I could ask for. But I think in this season of being still, I'm able to find all of those miracles that I would probably be missing if I was so focused on business and launching and the next best thing. So that's my message for you today. Don't forget to pray over what you're doing and making sure it's in alignment with God. And when you hear no, be still whether through scripture or prayer or just your own intuition, really being in tune with God.
And I pray all day every day. And I really feel like every day I make it needs to come from him. And when I hear no, be still to really take that moment as a gift. It's your permission slip. If God wants you to be still girl, be still, he will take care of the provision. He will take care of all the things work. It's not ours to be had. We cast our worries upon him, right? So it's not to worry. It's to enjoy smell the roses. Live your life. Laugh. Get off of social media detox fast from social media for goodness. Take your dog for a walk. Play with your kids. Take a weekend getaway with your girlfriends, go get a massage, get a pedicure, just be still and pray and open and receptive to what he wants next for you and praying over you.
Analysis, whatever call you've been given that you are in tune with how God wants you to channel that call that you pray before you take action. Listen in the seasons of go listen in the seasons of weight because he knows what's best for you. He has got your best interests at heart. He will not leave you. He will sustain you. He is your ultimate salvation. I love ya. Cheering for you. I'll see you soon as always Leben light step is your mom's saw your mama real quick. Before you go. If you found value in today's podcast and you learn something new, take a screenshot for me, post it up in your Instagram stories and be sure to tag me because together we can empower, educate and shift the way the mom is looking at life. Because sister friend, we actually can have it all let's claim it.
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