And (Edie Bayer) shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth that hear of all the good I do for her, and they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace, prosperity, security and stability I provide for her.—Jeremiah 33:9, (Amp)
Now, take out my name…insert YOUR name, DECREE it aloud and thrive!
Have you told anyone yet? Have you divulged your secrets? Have you taken the plunge and told anyone that you are working on your witty inventions, brilliant ideas, secret sauce?
I did! I told my brother. He was so blessed and encouraged. That is yet another unforeseen component of this inventions project. I never thought about blessing other people and encouraging them just by bringing them up to date! You should try it! Tell someone what you are doing and lean back and enjoy the response!
That is….IF they are an inventor at heart. My Mother just kind of looked at me funny.
I was catching up with my brother via email, and decided to give him both my Facebook and my Blog address. He was really excited, and it got him stirred up too! Come to find out, he’s got some inventions already in his head, some that he has written down, but some not. He backed up our plan to write it all down (and mail it to ourselves) with Habakkuk 2:2 in the King James Bible ‘And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.’
“To be quite frank,” he continued, “it [the blog] was very enlightening. I liked it! Yes, I mentioned earlier that I didn’t have any inventions I was working on presently. But as I continued to read, I realized I was working on a number of inventions already…actually have been over the years. Mostly Green related. I’ve written business proposals on most of them and already done the market research and such. So, to say I was intrigued, would be an understatement. Liked your notes on writing it all down and mailing it to yourself. Good idea! So I write down most (not all :/ ) of the witty ideas and inventions God shows me. But have never mailed them to myself. I need to start. Thanks. I did save your notes, because they are a confirmation and an answer to prayer. Really. Thanks for your faithfulness in writing those notes. What a blessing.”
So, that’s the good news, we’re blessing people without even realizing it! That ought to give you warm and fuzzies!
The not-so-good news is that I am still in the spreadsheet process. I have contacted three manufacturer/distributors, and only gotten through to the receptionist so far with one. I was able to both leave a voicemail and send an email to the Vice-President of one company, my first call (!) so that was exciting. Two other companies I have only sent an inquiry email, and another one I had to leave a voicemail with the (operator). Sigh.
I knew a man who had invented some software ideas to plug into laptops and notepads. It was a great idea, a wonderful marketing tool for marketers. He got derailed trying to get his computers (laptops and notepads) from China. It takes a long time to get stuff ordered and shipped, and costs LOTS of money.
That is why we are opting for licensing and our intent is to leave the manufacturing process to those who have the time and money to do it. However… I am contemplating hanging onto one of my products and even if I outsource the production of it, it would be a tremendous way to travel the country (dare I say the WORLD!) and market it at shows and conventions. I MIGHT, but I am not sure. The reason this is even pertinent is because it seems that most of the items in this line of accessories that I am trying to invent are made in China. The bulk of my “manufacturers” are truly importers and distributors…marketers. So, I will truly be selling an IDEA, not the actual product or the manufacturing of it, but rather the re-sale of it.
However, I’m moving forward! I am pursuing the dream! I am pursuing witty inventions. I know that With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!! All it takes is one blessing from the Lord, which will maketh one (THIS ONE!) truly rich, and He adds no sorrow with it! I am sooooooo ready for that blessing, that the Lord will CAUSE the blessing to come upon me and my household. Lord bless the work of my hands!
So, what would you have done differently? Please take the poll and let me know!
WOW! This will bless you! Free Advice from a true inventor who holds a patent! My lifelong friend, spiritual mother and INVENTOR mentor — with a patent to her credit! — Gail Falzon, has agreed to allow me to post her comment from the third post in this series, “Moving Forward”.
I believe you will find it informative, and extremely helpful in your quest to get your inventions and ideas into the marketplace!
Not only that, Gail has become a national speaker for the very company that bought her idea and manufactured it! So, this is an exciting development in our thought process. You could become the spokesperson for the company that buys your ideas! She says they pay her expenses to send her out to speak!
Please comment here, this is too awesome!
Thank you Gail! I love you, my friend! Blessings on your head!
More about Gail: www.TMJPainSolutions.com Search on Facebook, too!
Having licensed several products and starting one idea totally from scratch, my vote is to license! I have the grit and determination to make things happen, but that whole business from A-Z is WAY more than I bargained for. Praise God that I was able to sell it at a later date and still get paid to travel and teach. Now they do the work and I get royalty. No…its not as much as I would have gotten myself, but there comes a point when your mental health and well-being out-weighs monetary gain.
Another word of advice. Standard royalty is usually 5% of “retail” but some will only give you 2% if you have not at least filed a provisional patent. Buy the book entitled, “Patent it Yourself”. I was able to patent my first invention by myself-no attorney-and it passed. This saved me a ton of money. The company I approached liked the idea so much, they made the tooling mold for me at no cost so they could run with it. Unfortunately, they opted to veer from my market and left me with the tooling. I found a suitable company in this market who took the idea. BUT…because I OWN the tooling, my royalty is 15%. So…never feel you can’t negotiate.
One product needed no patent as there were just too many ways to change it up. Funny that this one is the most profitable!
The lucky ones who come up with a MASS market idea are the ones who will get rich “IF” they play their cards right. Is it QVC material, infomercial material? Knowing your market is crucial!! Then…look for the best in the business, and go find them!
In addition to the non-disclosure, I had the president initial each of the drawings I presented. He loved the one, I made two prototypes…and soon…money in the mail!
WARNING…inventing is addictive once you’ve figured it out. Best of luck!
We all know what a “Prequel” is…a “sequel” to a movie or a book, but the story in the Prequel chronologically starts BEFORE the story we already know. The new Wizard of Oz movie is one example. The best known is the Star Wars prequel series. In fact, I think that is when the word was actually birthed.
I just discovered there is a Prequel in Nehemiah. And it’s the prequel to your life.
In Chapter 13, Nehemiah has returned to Jerusalem from Babylon, where he went to serve Artaxerxes, the Persian king. It is not stated how long he was gone; however, when the cat’s away the mice will play….and the devil had a field day. In fact, he moved right in.
Neh. 13:7, “Then I discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah in preparing him (an adversary) a chamber in the courts of the house of God!”
In Nehemiah 13:1 the book of Moses was read publicly. The Law stated back then that the Jews weren’t supposed to allow the Ammonites or the Moabites to come into the temple because these particular groups had not only NOT taken care of the Jews as they made their way to the promised land by not giving them any water, but in fact impeded their progress AND hired Balaam to curse them! However, somehow over time these groups had slipped into the house of God’s assembly and intermingled with the Jews in the temple — and in their lives. When the Law was read publicly (declared) over all the Jews, it so convicted them the Amplified says, “…they separated from Israel all who were of foreign descent.” (Neh. 13:3) That means they gave them an eviction notice. Kicked them out.
This is where the prequel begins!
In verse 4, the Amplified says, “4 Now BEFORE THIS (emphasis mine), Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, and was related [by marriage] to Tobiah [our adversary],
5 Prepared for Tobiah a large chamber where previously they had put the cereal offerings, the frankincense, the vessels, and the tithes of grain, new wine, and oil which were given by commandment to the Levites, the singers, and gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests.”
God is really big on NAMES. The name Tobiah means, “YAHWEH is good”, and He is. However, our friend Tobiah is an Ammonite, an adversary — the enemy, “an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). He is not supposed to be hanging out with the Jews. He isn’t supposed to be in the temple, and he DEFINITELY is not supposed to be living there!
In this story, Eliashib the priest was related to the enemy by marriage. This is because the Jews had allowed the Ammonites and the Moabites to intermingle with them, married them, and had them as concubines and half-breed children grew up in their midst. This is how Tobiah came into the story.
He must have been somebody important, perhaps persuasive, perhaps manipulative, perhaps threatening — because the priest over the House of God moved all of God’s stuff OUT and moved Tobiah IN. Even the Levites and the singers weren’t being fed or paid. They had to go back to work in the fields to have something to eat. That’s because Tobiah the enemy had taken their place, had taken the place of the Lord’s worship and His Word in importance in the temple. The enemy had moved right in, slipped in almost unnoticed. Eliashib was deceived, forced, coerced, manipulated….whatever the reason, it happened.
Does that sound like your story? It was mine! Here you are, honoring God and worshiping Him, living your life for the Lord. Then along comes the cares and the tares of life and you find yourself after a period of time with the furnishings of the enemy in the places that once were reserved for God alone. Maybe you no longer have time, or as much time, to read the Bible, or soak in His presence. Maybe you haven’t been giving as much in the offering because you simply don’t have as much to give right now. Maybe you haven’t been serving at your church, or maybe even skip church because you have to work, or even just for rest. Maybe you don’t spend as much time in prayer as you once did.
Whatever the reason, it happened.
But that’s not really your story. Here is where your prequel REALLY starts — in verse 7, God’s favorite number! In Verse 7, Nehemiah came back to Jerusalem and set it all right again. He ousted Tobiah, moved all his furnishings out of the courts of the House of the Lord, and moved God’s treasures back into their rightful place. Nehemiah gathered the Levites and the Singers and set them back into position. He put God back as the main priority in the lives of the Jews. He put everything back in order, back into its proper place.
I feel Holy Spirit saying right now, “This is what I am doing now, moving the enemy out and moving God’s treasures back into their rightful places.”
His treasures are US!
Yesterday’s blog http://wp.me/p3NRF3-2 was about resting in God and letting Him do the work, allowing His favor to work on your behalf. I want you to know that Jesus has come in Power to restore everything that has been stolen from you. He is ousting the enemy! All of his junk has to go! Maybe for a season the Lord took a back-seat in your life, but no more! Maybe for a season the things and the cares of the world took your attention, but no more! God has said, “‘This far you may come and no farther!” (Job 38:11) God is moving heaven and earth to ensure you meet your destiny head on. He is setting it all right. He is moving YOU into your rightful place, as His heir. He has big plans for you, more than you can ask think or imagine! He is moving YOU into position. He is showering you with Favor to make sure those things come to pass.
“This is what I am doing now, moving the enemy out and moving God’s treasures back into their rightful places.”
Just as Nehemiah did, allow Jesus to move all the “things” of the enemy out of your life, and His “THINGS” back in!
Re-read the Word from the Holy Spirit above, it’s anointed!
Pray…”Father, come into my heart, into the chambers of my heart, and remove all the furnishings of the enemy. Restore your order in my life. Restore your treasures back into their rightful places in my heart. Cause me to be restored in every area of my life. Thank you Jesus! Amen.”
It seems that every so often God gets me into a particular chapter of the Word, and won’t let me out of it. I know when He does this it’s because He is trying to get a point across, teach something, release revelation hidden away in His Word….something.
About a year or so ago it was Matthew 17. I had read it so many times and had been in it so long that I started to use it as my password!! In fact, one night I was in Yoakum, Texas with Paulette Reed as her ministry assistant. We were at the home of our host there and God told me to read Matthew 17 again. I was so aggravated with reading this same chapter over and over again that I argued with God and was a pretty petulant little child — I wanted to read something else. I told Him I was tired of reading Matthew 17.
Whew. I’m sure God just crossed His arms and rolled His eyes, maybe tapped that mighty toe, but as always, He just tolerated me. His response? “Fine. Read Mark 6.” Just in case you are not a Bible scholar, Mark 6 is the same exact story as Matthew 17, the story of Jesus’ transfiguration. Go figure. Enough said.
These days it’s Acts 17. Paul is going from place to place, preaching as he always does, in the synagogues and marketplace (the Amplified states that these are places of assembly, not necessarily Walmart or Kroger’s.) Here he finds himself in Athens one day, after escaping his angry and “jealous” fellow Jews in two other cities, Thessalonica and Beroea. His spirit man is “grieved and roused to anger” (Acts 17:16) because he sees idol worship everywhere. (*Note — here in America it could be “Idle Worship”!)
So, what is a fitting response to idol worship, the fitting response of an angry and grieved spirit man? Interestingly enough, more preaching!!! BUT, this time, he catches the ears of the neighborhood intellectuals who spend all their time gossiping and trying to top each others’ stories with the newest new thing they’ve heard. So — and this is where it gets more interesting — they take him to Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion. Well, not really, but Darryl and I were talking, and we decided between us that the Aeropagus (Mars Hill Auditorium in Acts 17:22) was set up probably about the same way, with the clam shell background for sound, and with hills for the listeners to sit on and watch the show.
However, Paul isn’t visiting Mars Hill to sit down and listen. He is the Main Event, THE Guest Speaker, THE Man of the Hour. He is the evening’s entertainment!
This is amazing for a number of reasons, but the most striking and personal is that Darryl and I had just listened to a message by Joel Osteen on TV the night before I read this passage and it became rhema to me. In his message Joel declared and decreed that God would cause favor to find us. That we don’t have to go seeking for promotion, it will find us. That He has all things lined up for us in advance, all the divine connections, all the people that God has chosen to bless us and help to advance us in our (His) plans. All we have to do is SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added unto us. This passage of scripture in Acts 17 backs up Matthew 6:33 perfectly!
That is exactly what Paul did. And ALL he did. He sought to be right with God. He was arguing on God’s behalf. He was seeking the Kingdom, busy about his Father’s business! He put God FIRST in every thing, and God’s Favor found him. God put him center stage, to perform the Father’s good pleasure, and get the Word out.
God has challenged me with this scripture to do the same, and I believe that this is a Now Word for you, too, in this season of acceleration. If you are finding yourself striving to accomplish what you believe is God’s will, but nothing is happening — STOP. Are you finding yourself on a different path, maybe one you don’t think is God’s plan? Jump Tracks!! Simply seek God, be obedient, stay in the Word, resist temptation. Be busy about your Father’s business. If you are doing all that you know how to do, STAND. God will send His Favor your way.