All in Pursuing Goals & Dreams
At the beginning of this year God challenged me to live out Colossians 3:23 NIV in a way I never have before. I’ve always had (what I consider) to be a great work ethic. However, God isn’t solely concerned with how we do things, but also why. Working as unto the Lord starts in you mind and heart – it’s an attitude. You can work hard with the wrong intent – to be glorified by people. To work as for the Lord means that your motive isn’t human recognition or financial gain, it’s pleasing God.
What if I told you that it wasn’t too late? That God could redeem the time you’ve lost and surpass your expectations with the time you have left? For years I felt so far behind everyone else, and in a sense I was. I spent most of my teens and early twenties going through the motions. I was clinically depressed and made enough effort to appear “normal”, but I lacked the desire to do what most people my age were doing. My peers were learning to date, finding their identity, and pursuing their passions - but I was just trying to survive. I did what I needed to do - but I wasn’t living.
The source of your hope determines your peace and stability. For 10 years I battled depression ( I was a Christian for four of those years), and for 3 years I struggled with anxiety. I know what it is to feel hopeless, to have your thoughts run rampant, and feel like you’ve lost all control. By the grace of God that is no longer my reality, but if it’s your reality then I want you to know there is hope. In my teens and early twenties I put my hope in two main things: my achievements and my relationship status. As long as I was excelling in school or at work and had a man by my side, I was happy. But when I found my self heart-broken, unemployed, and moving back home with $200 to my name…I spiraled. At the time I didn’t know how I got there, but hindsight is 20/20. I hit rock bottom;
“There’s a lot to do, but there’s only one to serve.”
That statement struck me at my core. In a culture that values busy and embraces distractions, it’s a fight to focus on what really matters. For me, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of things I want, so I’m forced to choose. Something will have to be postponed until tomorrow, finished at a later time, or forgotten about altogether. In the past, that thing that I often put off, was my alone time with God. I said I desired Him, but my actions said different. This is the struggle - worship over work. Learning how to choose Jesus over our to-do lists, and make time for Him no matter what.
The key to creating a life you love, accomplishing the right goals, and living out your purpose is simple: Be intentional. Typically, the reason we don’t reach our goals is not because we’re not capable, but because we’re not intentional. Living intentionally means doing things on purpose for a purpose. The desire to reach the end goal has to be greater than your feelings, your lack of motivation, any temporary inconvenience, and requires dying to your flesh. For Christians, living intentionally begins with
From time to time we all get in our own way. Our personality, insecurities, past mistakes, and reputation can all become roadblocks in our life. By nature I am quiet and reserved (team introvert :) ), but lately I see how that is getting in my way of furthering myself.
I don’t hate talking to people and I'm not as shy as I used to be, but still making small talk with strangers is not on my "things I love to do" list
Lately, I've been running around like a chicken with her head cut off. My to do list is overwhelming and I've been struggling to manage it all - writing blog posts, editing blog posts, working full-time, creating products for my Etsy shop, working out, and spending time with friends and family - it was beginning to take a toll on me. It all needed to be done but no matter how much I worked nothing was getting done as quickly as I would have liked.
Hey y'all, long time no see (figuratively speaking). It's been two months since my last post and so much has happened since then. I'm proud to announce that I (drum roll please.....) launched my online business! On Nov. 1st I officially embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship and to be honest it's been a bit overwhelming.
For as long as I can remember I've wanted to start my own business, but as I grew up and my interests changed I had no idea what type of business I wanted. four months ago it finally came to me.