Interview With Alyssa Avant, Author of FaithLeaps

Alyssa
FaithLeaps

 

Today I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 7 of the Virtual Blog Tour for FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose and Profits by author Alyssa Avant. On the last stop of the tour, Alyssa visited Rosann Cunningham’s blog at Christian Supermom.

Below is the great interview I did with Alyssa about FaithLeaps.

Why did you write this book? Alyssa

ALYSSA: I was inspired to write this book several years ago, as I was attempting to navigate the overwhelming journey of working from home.  I had taken a “leap of faith” and quit my part time job and really needed to make an income from home.

Through trial and error, I found my way, but wished I would have had a guide or friend to help me along the way. There is also the issue of passion and purpose, which ultimately is what this book is about.  Yes I talk about working from home and ways to do that, but a stronger theme throughout this book is finding one’s passion and purpose and ultimately profiting from it (not necessarily financially).

What are the two or three main ideas you hope readers take away from FaithLeaps

ALYSSA: There are several main ideas that I hope readers will take away from FaithLeaps.  One of those is that we are all created by God with a God-given passion and purpose.  It is important, I believe, for us to identify and explore that passion and purpose.  Secondly,  I hope that readers will take away from this book that God enables us and can work through us to help us to accomplish our dreams and desires.

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Just Tearin’ Down My House—as Usual (The Wise Woman Builds Her House)

wise woman scripture Prov 14.1

wise woman scripture Prov 14.1

One of the Bible verses that stays with me through thick and thin and good times and bad is this one:

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

—Proverbs 14:1 (NIV)

I think I like it because it’s appropriately convicting, yet practical as it offers concrete instruction.
What does it assume? It assumes several things:
  • a woman’s sphere of influence is her house (household)
  • a woman can act foolishly or wisely
  • a woman’s work, tone, words, and countenance are important to her home and family
  • a woman’s actions will strengthen or destroy
I’m not trying to make any blanket statements about where or how a woman chooses to work. Whether you are working outside the home full-time or part-time, working a business at home, working full-time as a stay at home mom, or doing any combination of the above, you have a profound and primary influence on your house.

Desperately Seeking Passion

Desperately Seeking Passion

finding passion, purpose, and profits | God's passions, purpose for lifeMy daughter had a school project due. We headed to Michael’s, which is, of course, a requirement for all school project creations.

Something about that day’s trip was different for me. I don’t know. I’ve shopped in Michael’s hundreds—maybe thousands—of times. But that day, I was nostalgic. I longed to trim photo edges with scallop scissors. The glitter paper begged me to take them home. The sticker sets sprang to life and struck me as immediately useful. The beads, chains, hooks, and stones convinced me that I could make gorgeous jewelry. I even had to restrain myself from reaching for the latch hook rug kits.

I’ve always thought of myself as a “crafty” person. At one time, I was a pretty serious scrapbooker. I’ve wanted to learn jewelry making and quilting for years now.

But realistic, hard-working me has stuffed down these passions in favor for the more practical activities of the day: work, laundry, and errand-running.

But it occurred to me that crafting is one of my passions. Yes, that’s right.

My name is Mary and I am passionate about scrapbooking.

And cooking. And healthy/green/organic living. And keeping my family organized. And following a budget. And writing. Of course, writing.

But I’ve stuffed down all these outlets for creativity, talent, and skill. Most of the time, I believe, I’ve told myself that I don’t have time to do X because I need to be working and making money. And truly money has been a concern throughout the last few years, but I wonder how many times I’ve allowed it to become an excuse, even after its legitimacy has long passed? After that, my mind  has played over and over the mantra: “that’s silly; that’s not valuable/profitable/important; go do something to make some money.”

What passions have you pushed to the side? Has it ever occurred to you that since God has gifted you with those passions, he will and can use them to invigorate and deploy you to actually use them for his glory and your family’s good?

That’s what been running through my brain lately: all of these passions that I have used to describe myself over the years—scrapbooker, chef, family manager, green, writer, reader, teacher—were put there by the Creator himself. How might he use me through my passions to bring him glory and bless my family and others?

What about you? Would you like to wake up your passions? I’ve decided to lead a small group study for a new book, Faith Leaps,  that I just finished by my friend and Christian mom entrepreneur Alyssa Avant. The details of the study are still being ironed out, but I believe we will all read through the same chapter(s) and then discuss those online, probably on a weekly basis.

Will you join me? Will you invite your friends? Leave a comment so that I can gauge interest, and I’ll be in touch soon with more details.

Together let’s take leaps of faith to discover how God will profit our passions and purposes.

What Do You See In Your Vehicle?

What’s In Your House? Weekly Link-up

This week’s writing prompt for the weekly link-up:

What do you see in your vehicle? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your vehicle for great purposes?

My response:

Oh, my vehicle. My van limps along. I love her—the Green Dinosaur, as I call her—but she’s on her last wheel. Still, she serves many purposes.

I think of the blessings of having (fairly) reliable transportation and a vehicle that’s big enough to hold several kids or lots of stuff. My vehicle could be used for helping, serving, cleaning, and toting.

Some people may look at their vehicles and see opportunity for an auto detailing business or an auto mechanic service business. I just don’t love my car that much. Cars are simply modes to get from here to there for me.

I do use my car for one very special thing, though: creative and prayerful brainstorming. The FM radio no longer works, and I only pick up a few AM stations on a clear day. So, I have a lot of quiet time in my van as I drive a 25-minute commute both ways, three days/week.

My brainstorming is a mish-mash of prayer, reflection, and action items. I use the voice memo button on my iPhone to record my stream of conscious thoughts. These may be potential blog posts, business ideas, or to-do lists. But that “down time” is vital to keeping me sharp.

Your turn now …

  • Post your link to this week’s writing challenge below.
  • Link back here on your blog.
  • Visit some of the other posts and leave some words of encouragement for the writers in their comments’ sections.

Thanks for participating!

Writing prompt for next week:

What do you see in your bathroom? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use what’s in your bathroom for great purposes?

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Finding Purpose and Meaning in Your House

What's in your house? Link-up your posts at lookinyourhouse.com.

What's in your house? Link-up your posts at lookinyourhouse.com.

Announcing A New Weekly Link-Up:
What Do You See When You Look in Your House?

Since this blog’s beginning, I’ve been exploring this question with you through blog posts and podcasts.

I have a simple vision here. I want to encourage women to “look in their houses” to find the potential for purpose and meaning in what they already possess—material items, relationships, gifts, talents, skills, and so on. Our culture is automatically programmed to move on to the next bigger and better thing. I want to rein us all back in a bit to survey what’s before our very eyes. What deserves our attention that’s within our grasp. What is our privilege and responsibility to serve under our noses.

To that end, I’m going to start a Look In Your House Challenge every week. I’ll issue a weekly challenge for you to look in your house to discover what’s there. You write a post on your site about your experiences and insights then come here and link up. Every week, I’ll change the assignment slightly to give you a new writing prompt.

Let’s start with the front porch, shall we?

What do you see on your front porch (or main exterior entryway) of your house? What’s the potential for creativity there? How might God use your front porch for great purposes?

Write a post answering these questions and link your post next Wednesday. I’ll have my post there, along with the next week’s writing prompt, too.

Please link back to the post from your site and Tweet it and post on Facebook to spread the word.

Let’s encourage one another as we look in our houses to discover new and exciting things.


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