My husband Chris and I are dreamers. We are the creators and owners of The Sweet Hive and Hive Coffee Co and we want to share our journey with you.
It all started somewhere in the last five years, a stirring in our hearts began to happen. For my husband, it was a coffee shop. For me, it was The Sweet Hive. We dreamed a lot (over lattes of course). We took strides towards our dream, but when God places a dream in your heart, it feels so far-fetched that fear takes over.
Fear delayed us, but it didn’t stop us.
Sparks flew within the last year and we learned that we can't just wait around for God to drop every resource from the sky. We have to take the first step and God will meet us at the second. We have to trust him with all our heart to come through in impossible ways as only He can.
My husband decided to start small with a mobile coffee cart and eventually somewhere down the line, open a store front. He found a hidden talent of carpentry and built his cart from scratch in a matter of two weeks. (Believe me I was impressed.) Slowly but surely, he figured out how he would transport his machine among other logistics.
I, on the other hand, was pursuing my God dream with full momentum after attending Business Boutique with Christy Wright. I figured out that most of what I lacked in resources and knowledge could be easily attainable via google, research, podcasts, books, etc. Everything that seemed so out of reach really wasn't that far from my reach. Seek and you will find, and most importantly, pray and God will answer.
We threw out so many different concepts and names for our businesses, but we knew God would have the last answer. We prayed, fasted and waited for what seemed like forever, for clarity and vision over our businesses.
One day, I was reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, and I came across a page where he mentioned how honey was symbolic of God’s favor. Mark went on to say that in Jewish culture, formal education began at 6 years old. On the first day of class, according to tradition, the rabbi would cover their slate with honey. Then the rabbi would instruct his class to lick the honey off of the slate while he recited Psalm 119:103 which says; How sweet are Thy Words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth. Their education would begin with Psalm 119:103 that nothing tastes better than the Word of God. It was their first lesson and it was their most important lesson.
When I think of honey, I think about the land of milk and honey – the Promised Land. My promised land was my dream and I wanted to incorporate that which I was reading, what I felt so connected by, to represent the foundation of my business. The more I learned about honey, the more I learned more about bees. As scared as I am of bees, I couldn’t get over how amazing these creatures are. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world. Not only that, bees are the only insect to produce a food consumed by humans. These little creatures are busy; helping out others not just themselves.
The Sweet Hive was named shortly after. I wanted my business to make a difference just like the bees make a difference. I wanted my message to be gracious, essentially “pollinating” the world with hope. I wanted my blog to be like the hive, a place of gathering, where sweet words could be deposited into others to motivate, inspire and most of all provide hope.
And once I had my name down, my husband heard all that I had to say and stole loved my idea so much, he wanted to take it for his business for similar reasons.
In a time where conversation has become a lost art, my husband wants to create a place of gathering where people can work, dream and get lost in conversation with others. We always dreamed over lattes and he wanted to be able to provide a place to do just that. He is currently mobile, but the dream to open a store front is still very much alive.
Our BIG God dream is to eventually open a charming coffee house that serves as a place to gather. Not only that, he also wants to create a place where you can shop The Sweet Hive, have bible study, enjoy live music, an outdoor patio that is family friendly, showcase local businesses, talks, plus so much more. At this point, the possibilities are endless and I can’t wait for that day to come.
For now, we are putting one foot in front of the other, keeping our faith front and center and following the calling God has placed over our lives. It’s been a lot of fun stepping into the unknown, seeing how God can give you more than you can think or imagine, but it has also been one of the hardest things to trust without borders, letting go of complete control. But we can say our lives are not boring – it’s one adventurous ride - one that we don’t want to get off of.
So thank you for following us on our God Dream journey. We hope you are inspired by our story to follow your own God dream. It won’t be easy, but it will completely worth it.
It costs nothing to dream, but everything not to.