This week my husband, Kevin, is joining the blog. Enjoy 🙂
When Brooke and I first met, I didn’t have a traditional job. At the time, I had been “unemployed” for 6 months and wasn’t actively seeking employment. I was a full time evangelist focused on doing outreach in my local city and occasionally traveling to preach.
One of my favorite memories with Brooke was before we ever started dating. It was the day that Brooke first donated to my ministry. It’s actually a pretty embarrassing story for her, because she accidentally donated twice and felt really weird messaging me about it. I had a crush on her then and was actively praying about whether or not I should pursue her. In that moment, I knew that if she would support my crazy vision of being an unemployed evangelist at 21, she would support my crazy ideas forever.
Shortly after Brooke and I got married, I ran out of savings and had to start looking for a traditional job again. I had experience in I.T. and found a remote help desk job relatively easily. I worked there for a year before moving on to a better paying job. However, 3 months into the job I was miserable. I was commuting almost 2 hours each way and dreaded going to work.
One day I was particularly frustrated and told Brooke how I wish that we had the income where I could quit and focus full time on the business that I was trying to build. I don’t remember the exact time line, but eventually she told me that I should quit. The next day, I handed in my notice effective immediately.
At that point, I was focused on building a website design company for churches. It wasn’t super successful and money was always tight. But, Brooke never told me that she didn’t believe in me. Which is still amazing to me, because most days I didn’t believe in myself.
I’ve always had a dream of building something bigger than myself in both ministry and in business. Brooke and I want to eventually plant a church in an urban and economically challenged location. It’s hard to build a successful ministry in a place like that. After all, it does take money to run a ministry. That’s why my goal is to build a business that can fund all of our future ministry work.
I know there have been many times where Brooke has doubted my ambitions to build a business. I work a lot and sometimes it is hard to see the immediate pay off. However, I know that it is something that the Lord has called me to do. In January of this year, I know that Brooke really grasped on to my vision as well.
One Sunday at church, I heard the Lord tell me to write a check for $1,000,000, date it 5 years from that date, and make it out to the Kingdom of God. I was so nervous to tell Brooke about it that I put it off for a couple of weeks. It was the biggest dream I had ever expressed to her. But, as soon as I told her everything changed.
For the 3 years that we have been married, my entrepreneurial pursuits have always been my own. Brooke would support me in them, but she wasn’t invested in their success. Now, she’s playing a more active role in my business and has been helping me perform some of the work. My crazy idea became our crazy idea, but that is only because it was first God’s crazy idea.
Men, if you want your wife to support your dreams, you need to make sure that they are part of God’s plan and calling for your life. Once your wife truly knows that your dream is from God, she will support you. Ask the Lord to give you clear direction.
Women, pray for your husband and his dreams. Ask the Lord to give him clear direction and that the Lord will soften your heart to what He wants to do in your husband’s life.
It’s important to remember that in marriage, you are a team. You may have individual dreams, but to truly accomplish those dreams you must have the support of your spouse. You can not do it alone.
If you want to know more about Kevin’s business check out Church Media Source.