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"Email I Received Today" By, Nancy Alexander

I Just Really Need to Share it With You

I received this email this morning from a lovely lady.  I thought my readers might enjoy it also, along with my response…

Dear Nancy:
Here are my three video choices (and the free Sunflower Garden DVD):
(1)     Ribbons and Bows DVD
(2)     All That Glitters DVD
(3)     Fall Centerpiece DVD
(4)     Free Sunflower Garden DVD

In addition, I emailed you in December and mentioned that my life story and yours were a bit similar (I’m disabled with a chronic pain condition and would LOVE to rise above it, and earn extra income, by making beautiful floral arrangements). Do you have any tips on running a business when your body is fighting you (and staying joyful!)? I’d love to listen … maybe you could make a DVD about that J!

A little more about me:  I became disable with several chronic pain conditions in 2007.  I believe God had to get me flat on my back b/4 I'd hear him.  In 2010, I finished my Certificate in Interior Decorating (CID), but upon finishing, found myself drawn to creating floral arrangements.  In late 2010, I learned to make some bows, and completed bows for one Christmas tree, and floral arrangements for a local music school's Christmas recital.  I even had one offer to purchase them.  Now I'm considering going into business doing floral designs and small decor items.  I know God will direct as time progresses.

I'd love to learn as much as possible from you…about your ability to do business while in pain…about your faith journey…about your business model… etc.

Pamela M. Smith

My Reply:

Hi Pamela,
Yes, I do remember you.  I am receiving so many emails per day and I want to answer each one personally.  I REALLY want to answer each one personally.  There just aren't enough hours in the day.
God has put such a burden on my heart for people like me… and you… who struggle every single day just to make it through the day.  I used to pray every day:
"Lord, if there is a lesson you want me to learn, PLEASE tell me, I will learn it." 
"Lord, if there is something you want me to do that I am not doing, PLEASE tell me, and I will do it." 
"Lord, if there is any thing I can do to make money to help pay the bills and feel productive, PLEASE tell me how, and I will do it." 
There were many, many prayers such as this, lots of tears, lots of Doctor visits, and debt that you cannot begin to imagine.
Finally, after much prayer, and literally fighting for my life for so many years, God did answer my prayer.  And it took my 35 year old son just a couple of months ago (when I was a little down, and still remembering the "lost years") to tell me; "Mom, God DID answer your prayers!"  "It wasn't in your time, but it certainly was in His time!"
Matt was right!  If I had not been through all that I have for the last 30 years, I would not be right here, right now, with a huge following of women who want help and encouragement…. and certainly "JOY"!  They want something to live for, a hobby they love, and a way to make some extra income.  I can certainly help you with that!
I have been praying "The Prayer of Jabez"  for 11 years now.  I pray it at least once per day — and sometimes two or three times. (You can read the prayer here on my blog:  Well, every single time I prayed this prayer and got to the point where it says:    "That You would enlarge my territory, and that your hand would be with me" ,  I would think…How in the world can God expand my territory?  At that time, I could hardly even make the 30 minute drive to Greenville, SC, without being in severe pain.  So, how in the world could He expand my territory when I couldn't travel anywhere?? 
Well, I want to tell you something that totally amazes me beyond words.  God is soooo good, He is soooo wonderful, He has blessed me in soooo many ways!  Do you know that in the last four weeks, there have been people on my website and my blog from over 30 different countries?!!  I receive emails from them.  They say that I inspire them.  It isn't me….but God "is" using me, and for that I am so grateful.
I have an amazingly wonderful Christian woman from Connecticut who is my dear friend and assistant.  Yes, God put our paths together in an amazing way – or we would have never met!  She is an Internet Entrepreneur, a planner, (she keeps me organized!) a very smart lady who is helping me with my goals, a business plan, and what my husband and I want to accomplish for this year.
Anyway, in these plans; there will be a membership site with a community of women who want and need help.  You can talk to each other, I will be there to answer questions, and together, we will all succeed and benefit from the camaraderie we share!  A business class being planned for this year to help you get a business off the ground.
As far as "Joy" goes…that can only come from God.  For Christmas, my husband gave me two silver chains.  I wear them every single day.  On the oval one (with a heart in the center) he had imprinted: "SHMILY", which stands for: See How Much I Love You, and on the other tag is printed "JOY".  Joy is a very important word for us.  We pray for it every day, and no matter what our circumstances are, we search for it in every single thing…"It is There!…God gives it freely!"

By The Way…Steve had this Necklace Made for Me From:
Check out her site — I LOVE It!!! 

You are in my heart and in my prayers!  Don't ever, ever, ever give up!  God is there to love and care for you…as well as giving you "JOY"!

Watch my newsletters to find out when the membership site will open (probably in about one month), and also when the business class will start!
JOY and Blessings … Nancy

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