Turning Bullets into Beads

I realize I’m a bit of an anomaly. That crazy lady that seems to have her hands in about 10 trillion projects and ideas. I have so many part-time businesses that I must be full-time by now!  So, what exactly am I up to?

If you’ve spent any time with me, you may realize that although I am involved in many things, my central passion is equipping and empowering women. I want to make a difference in the lives of women, particularly as they uncover their purpose (clarity) and put it to use in their world (unleashed).

Personally, I’m a part-time consultant. And I am trying to work from home as much as possible, to keep a flexible schedule for my daughter. I love the professional consulting work I do with Right Management because it keeps me connected to the corporate career I loved so much. After leaving my full-time career, I started embracing my entrepreneurial spirit more, to help me supplement my income. These businesses help me support my continued education. I’m about halfway through my seminary degree (Master of Divinity) and looking forward to pastoring one day soon.

But what do essential oils, makeup, and jewelry have in common?

Seems like these things just don’t fit together, but I assure you they do for me. When I work, I want to spend time equipping and empowering women. Whether that is through ministry, or health and leadership coaching. I partner with dōTERRA, Beautycounter, and Noonday Collection. because each of these companies share my passion for equipping and empowering.

My latest addition, Noonday Collection, has beautiful products that are made overseas by women who need dignified work. I love that Noonday offers them fair market wages, a safe workplace, and opportunity to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities. As consumers, we have the opportunity to purchase products that make an impact. This video amazes me, because we watch men and women in Ethiopia who gather bullet casings and melt them to create beautiful jewelry components. 

I was just talking to my friend last night about the power of our testimonies (Rev 12:11). When we allow Him to do so, God gathers up the pain and sorrow we have experienced, and turns it into a beautiful testimony. We gain freedom from our burdens, and an unimaginable sense of peace.

Isaiah 58:10-12 describes the heart behind Noonday. I love the imagery of community, redemption, and the Lord as Living Water.

And if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

In closing,  invite you to see these wonderful products by on my website.  Not only do I appreciate your business, but I look forward to connecting with you in-person or online, to make sure you find exactly what you need.

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  1. Hi Stacey,
    Only a “bit” of anomaly! You are crazy amazing! Keep it up, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.
    The video of your Common Ground conference brought tears to my eyes – because I am so proud of you.
    I hope you are doing well and able have some fun with your daughter this summer.
    Love ya, Anje

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  2. I’ve been a ‘conservative’ woman for years – and i’m beginning to see how different life might look from God’s perspective! Instead of being boxed up at home, women need to be ‘out there’ making changes happen, by the power of the Spirit. Did men ‘shoot themselves in the foot’ when they chose to see women as merely a ‘helper suitable’? I’m excited to ponder what changes God is going to bring about – and VERY glad to be ‘in the war’. When I was at primary school many of the hymns were militaristic : ‘soldiers of Christ arise’, ‘onward Christian soldiers’, fight the good fight’ etc etc (must be because it was so soon after WW2!). I LOVED them. Like you I felt called to be a warrior – while all around us (and I have 8 boys) the men are seeking comfort for themselves and power over those ‘weaker’.

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