Many of us were told through revelation or prophecy that we were pregnant with something. A vision. And that it was about to come forth. And the trials and pain we were experiencing were the labor pains. And that we just had to keep pushing and not give up. Well I think we’ve given birth now. But many of us expected what we were giving birth to to come out fully developed. And that’s not how the birth process works. We’ve given birth. But it’s a baby. And we now have the temperament and tools to nurse this thing, be it an idea, a business or a new way of life. So don’t get bored with your baby. Use this pause to nurse and feed and get it healthy. It’s a growing season. And we’ve been granted this season of stillness to affectively focus on rearing it the right way. With the noise, without opinions, without distraction. Congrats! Now, Raise your baby.
If you want to be a politician, imagine the hate you will have to filter through when you make a decision that does not please all sides. It’s virtually impossible to keep everyone happy, so hate and defamation are guaranteed. You’ll spend a lot of days in sadness and insanity if you don’t equip yourself now to be familiar with the pain of not being loved by all.
If you want to be the owner of a million dollar brand or business, imagine the envy and competition you will be faced with. If you are not strong enough to handle the pressure of being opposed on all sides, you’ll tank when you get there.
If you want to be a homemaker, that comes with its own pressures as well. If you aren’t fully secure in your identity and able to handle the pressure of a dark and fallen world, then you’ll question your abilities as a mother as your children grow up, and you’ll question the sanctity of your union every time your spouse leaves the house. It will drive you crazy.
You have to be ok with the testing that prepares us for the pressure of the next level. And you have to be able stand firm in your identity when trials, satan and the world try to convince you of something that isn’t true. Because those tests of your identity won’t cease. You know why? Because each new level requires a new level of strength.
I don’t agree with the notion that you have to believe in yourself before anyone will believe in you. Sometimes it takes someone else to believe in you before you can actually believe it enough for everyone else to believe in you.
If you’re having trouble believing it’s possible to live out that dream, keep doing it. Someone will come along and give you that extra spark you need, and it’s a wrap from there.
Just keep doing it, whether you believe it yet or not.
I hadn’t realized it until now, but I am pretty sure the parable of the wine skins is a parable about relationships.
“No one sews a new material on an old one.” (MEV)
When you’ve grown up a bit and become a new and better version of yourself, it is hard to continue to attach yourself to people who have not.
“Otherwise the new would tear, for the new piece does not match the old.”
The two are no longer the same. They do not go together. One has outgrown the other.
It goes on to say that the old ruins the new if the two come together and that the wine is wasted.
Put the new with the new. Go find or be found by your new match. They will have been doing the work too to become better for you.
And this last part– “And no, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new. For he says the old is better.”
No judgment necessary. We waste so much time trying to convince others why they are making the wrong choice and being hurt over the others’ inability to see this. But NO ONE craves new wine until they do, nor does anyone change over night. Show them grace and move forward. Find your “new.”The one that suits your NEW taste.
Here’s a song I have on repeat as I write this. Mesmerized by the prospect of this new love.
Over the course of the last 15 months, I’ve had the fortune of creating a life that matches my goals and my passions.
Last April I left one dream job to pursue another dream of being a full-time professional coach. I was lucky enough to come across a company helping returning citizens regain stability. There, I get to teach participants financial principles that set them on track for a new quality of life.
My desire to become a financial coach in addition to my professional life coaching business stemmed from my experience going through the home buying process. I realized how little I knew despite having two degrees, a decent savings and investment portfolio and a job making nearly 6-figures. My fury with the “system” and the fact that none of the basic financial principles of home buying were taught in schools led me to develop a curriculum that I taught to school aged children using what I learned.
This passion project became the resume builder I needed to land the job I have now, where I am teaching adults facing employment barriers ranging from previous incarceration to drug recovery to extended homelessness how to become financially free, while they pursue careers in manufacturing.
I was hesitant to take on a “9 to 5” after stepping into full time entrepreneurship, but I decided to see it as an investment into my entrepreneurial endeavors rather than a deterrent.
Everyone knows the first few years of business ownership are challenging. This position gave me the financial security I needed to be able to step out with confidence. I didn’t have to worry about affording medical insurance or halting my retirement savings. I had the freedom to build a business that would provide both down the line.
Last week JARC Celebrated 4 years with our annual “Evening of Hope.” We had the pleasure of hearing from two alumni of the program who are now employed and experiencing the fruits of their new life, gainfully employed and crushing their goals.
I poured my heart into this job. I showed up for the trainees on days where I could barely stand to show up for myself. But I cared so deeply that they would have the chance at something better. Like I do now.
As hard as it is to close this chapter, it is time for me to take my business higher. In 2020, I will be taking another bold step. Stay tuned to be a part!
The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it. This is what the Bible tells us in Jeremiah 17:9.But the world tells us, ‘follow your heart.’ ‘The heart wants what it wants.’
That it can cause us to take the Savior of the world, who died on the cross so that we could live and remove Him from the position of Lord over our lives, and replace Him with the person who causes us to feel rejected, neglected and continually disappoints us, makes it absolutely deceitful. The heart will lead us right into despair, worshipping the person who hasn’t an ounce of ability to love us compared to what God Himself can do.
Don’t follow your heart. It will mislead you.
Follow God, He will lead you to the one your heart is safe with.
What do you need to do right now to begin giving your heart back to God today?