Children say and do some incredible things. Sometimes their words and actions cause parents to beam with pride. On the other hand, sometimes, they make parents pause and pray. And, on occasion, as is the case for Jennifer Zachery, a child's actions can spark inspiration. In 2009, Jennifer's daughter, Kyndal, gave her the opportunity to reconsider how she managed her little girl's braided hairstyle. Jennifer had just picked Kyndal up from day care, where she had, experimentally, lodged a hair bead up her nose. Shortly thereafter, Jennifer considered a new and safer way to decorate Kyndal's hair. As she imagined what she could do, a creative idea came to mind—a one-piece barrette that had the appearance of a stack of beads.
As Jennifer continued to think, her new barrette seemed like a good idea, but finding the time to take her idea to market seemed far-fetched. At the time, Jennifer was working up to 60 hours a week as a Realtor, selling high rise condominiums in the Atlanta area. She had been successful in the real estate market for a decade, and while she sensed in her heart that it was time to move on, Jennifer found it hard to step away from a business with such lucrative rewards.
Early in 2011, however, Jennifer began to feel the pressure of decreasing sales. As successful as she had been in the past, her sales had come to a standstill, and Jennifer knew it was time for a change. She shifted her attention to creating the barrette she had envisioned two years earlier. 2011 also marks the time in Jennifer's life when she began attending a new church; it was there that she received Jesus and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Not long after stepping away from real estate, Jennifer's pastor mentioned Andrew's ministry and gave her instructions to visit the Ministry's website. He insisted that Jennifer listen to several teachings including Andrew's series, How to Become a Water Walker.
Andrew's messages breathed life into Jennifer's business pursuits and brought an air of anticipation. "The Water Walker series taught me that I could have supernatural results, that I did not have to limit myself only to the skills and contacts that I had, and that I did not need to accept that my results would be typical," said Jennifer.
In another series of teachings, Discovering The Keys to Staying Full of God, Andrew shared an encouraging message about The Power of Imagination. Jennifer learned that her imagination has creative power, and she began to believe that the things she was imagining and seeing in her heart were going to become a reality. "They're my heart's desires, which are also God's desires, being pictured in my mind. The more I picture things and see them in my mind, the more real they become to me. I believe this process builds up my faith and helps me to pull into the natural, what God has already done for me in the spirit."
Jennifer not only saw her product in her mind, but she also imagined selling her Bead Barrette in Walmart. Jennifer said that from the time she became interested in applying to Walmart, to the time that her product actually shipped to their distribution centers, she would go to the store and speak to the pegs in the barrette section commanding them to fill up with her barrettes. She would visualize her product on the pegs.
Jennifer and her imaginings met with resistance from well-meaning friends, and business experts. While these people took turns trying to lower her expectations, speaking forth all the reasons why her idea couldn't work (not enough experience, money, partners, networks, etc...) Jennifer stood her ground. "I handled that by nodding and being polite, but not accepting their words in my heart. To myself, I would say, I reject that in the name of Jesus! I would also meditate on Ephesians 3:20, 'Now to Him who is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.' Then I would simply decide to believe God's word over the world's ways," she said.
In 2012, after pushing past the opposition and having her barrette successfully manufactured, Jennifer began selling her product at local festivals and through a few local retailers. Finally, Jennifer applied to Walmart to have her barrette carried in their stores. As she worked through the process, she kept her mind on Jesus, understanding that He is her provider. Jennifer said it was amazing to watch things fall into place and to see the appropriate doors open. "I had a choice of applying to be a national supplier or a local supplier, and based on where I was with the business it made a ton more sense to the natural mind for me to start on the local level. However, Andrew's teaching, Don't Limit God x10 made it clear to me that only pursuing the local level was not God's best. I'm currently in 437 stores across the country!" Jennifer said with excitement.
In May of this year, the Bead Barrette made its début at Walmart. Jennifer went to her local Walmart, and as a matter of routine went to the hair section to imagine her product. To her surprise the Bead Barrette was actually there on the display pegs. "It took my breath away," said Jennifer.
Jennifer happily credits the Lord with slipping the idea for the barrette into her mind as she drove down New Hope Rd., after dropping Kyndal off to get her hair braided. She also shared that sales have been increasing, and she has noticed a trend—the more she prays in the Spirit the more things seem to increase. "The revelation I got from that is that God wants me to be certain that I understand that He is my success! Amen! I'm telling you... God is in The Bead Barrette business!