As I have been really thinking about our journey so far being entrepreneurs and the journey ahead…I have thought is this really what I should do, is this really what God has for me, will I always face all these struggles, is this worth it? All the questions! And what God has done over the past week is continually confirm that I am exactly in the right spot and the only thing that is keeping me from all he has, is me! I know! I couldn’t believe it either! We can blame circumstances and other people…but the image in the mirror is our biggest hinderance. I can blame satan even but the only way he has any say in my days is if I allow him. Over the past month at church, Chris Hodges and Mark Pettus at Church of the Highlands has been teaching a Joy Series. It has opened my eyes to so much. I think many of us fall into that, wondering if we are where we are meant to be and confuse purpose and struggle. I am right there with you, I will admit that many times I think, “if this is what I am suppose to do then why is there so much struggle?” We begin to feel like the victim. When we feel like the victim, we place blame, and when we place blame, we become negative, when we become negative, we become lazy, and when we become lazy, we quit and give up on our true path. Don’t quit, be a fighter. Haha! Sorry y’all couldn’t resist a Chris Brady moment for those that know what I mean:) Anyways, I have resolved that with our purpose comes responsibility and adversity. People aren’t used to seeing others actually living for a reason to do something great. We are used to hearing people just trying to make it Friday. I feel truly honored to be chosen by God for a higher purpose and that even when things get really hard and confusing, I know he is shaping and molding me into the woman and leader I am meant to be to inspire others that the fight is still in them and that they can find true joy and meaning in life again. God has given me a strategy to keep joy and faith in tough times.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Through one of the pastors,Mark Pettus, when he was facing a tough time God showed him and his wife this verse and also brought a revelation he shared today that has changed so much for me and hope it can do the same for y’all as well.
1) prayer- addressing the situation to God (I sometimes think God already knows, why do I need to tell him. He just wants us to present it to him.)
2) petition- speaking what you want him to do with it.
3) thanksgiving- in advance, in faith, give thanks for His answered prayers and His will being done.
He suggested getting a cork board and putting them in writing.
I encourage you all, when in struggle, thank and praise God that something big is happening and the puzzle is becoming a clearer picture, beautiful and breathtaking! 🙂 be confident and find your joy and never lose sight of it.