Cast Your Cares, Fulfill Your Purpose

The definition of cast is to throw (something) forcefully in a specified direction. What an energetic word! In 1 Peter 5:7 the word says,

 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC

Casting our cares upon Him means we are literally throwing our worries away from us. Not to tomorrow, not to another person, not buried deep in our soul under ice cream, alcohol or some other self medication, but directly to God.

When we intentionally cast our cares we inevitably lighten our load. A lighter load means an easier more fulfilling journey to purpose not burdened by the weight of worries and anxiety.

The scriptures before 1 Peter 5:7 speak of the importance of humility and dependence on God. Pride, the opposite of humility, causes us to think that we can handle our lives all on our own and thus do not need God. Pride comes before a fall, and leads to constantly being hurt and offended (how dare they do this to me?).

Worst of all God opposes the proud.  That means when you are full or pride/self-reliance/independence (from God) you are resisting His help and His will. He therefore then resists you.

Not a good look.

We must clothe ourselves in humility-much the way Jesus put on an apron before washing the feet of the disciples. People’s feet in these times were filthy with caked on dirt and dung from their travels in sandals.  If Jesus Himself can stoop so low as to wash animal feces off the feet of his own followers, can we not humble ourselves and serve God and others?.

Once we are clothed in humility we are then in a position to cast our cares. The humble know enough not to rely on themselves for much of anything. They know that the true way up is down.

Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…1 Peter 5:6 AMPC

As you press on in these unprecedented times working to live out your purpose and reach your goals, remember that if you humble yourself God will exalt you in due time. As you walk in humility, intentionally and forcefully cast your cares at the feet of Jesus. Then you can waltz into your purpose lighter, more productive and full of joy.

Let’s pray.

Lord, we thank you for your Word and grace and mercy toward us. Help us please Holy Spirit to clothe ourselves in humility and walk uprightly before you. Help us God to intentionally cast our cares at Your feet and walk away in peace knowing that you are most careful with us (1 Peter 5:7 MSG). Please God give us the grace to do your will and be pleasing in your sight. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

PS If you don’t know Jesus as your personal savior He longs to come into your heart and have a personal relationship with you.  Romans 10:9 says,

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. NLT

Pray this prayer:

Lord Jesus, I come to you humbly asking you to forgive my sins. I believe that you died and rose again three days later to pay for my sins. Thank you for dying for me.  Please Lord, come into my heart. I give control of my life over to you. Please God, from this moment forward help me to live for you and do your will. Thank you Lord, that now I am saved. I no longer have to fear death. Please help me be all you made me to be. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Time for Some Self-Care!

We are living in such crazy, unprecedented times. It’s surreal these days to go the grocery store and see only the forehead and eyes of the person in line ahead of you. It’s tragic to watch video of people being murdered at the hands of police officers who are supposed to serve and protect. It’s unbelievable how many people have lost their lives to COVID-19.

But.

I believe that God is still with us. And I hope you do too. I believe that His purpose and will for our lives should now be even more evident and urgent. I will never tire of saying that God has a specific design and purpose for each of us. It is our responsibility to live out that purpose, now more so than ever.

I hope you will join me for an amazing experience on Saturday, August 8th. This unique event will combine two of my favorite things-dance fitness and motivation! We will spend the first portion discussing how to find motivation from within especially during such trying times.  Next, we will dance and sweat our hearts to music that no one could keep still while listening to.

You do not want to miss this wonderful opportunity for self care and encouragement.  We all deserve it! I’ll see you there!

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Figuring Out Who You Are

When walking with clients on the journey to discovering their purpose, one of the first questions we tackle is ‘who are you?’ Some people have a general idea of how to answer this question while others have no idea at all.

In order to understand the purpose of  a person or thing, one must know who or what it is.

Knowing yourself down to your core is crucial to knowing and living out your purpose.  Intimate knowledge of yourself facilitates optimal performance as you do what God put you on earth to do.  Click on the video below to learn three questions to ask yourself to figure out exactly who you are so that you can discover and live out your purpose.

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement

Most people wouldn’t jump into a car and attempt to drive somewhere they’ve never been without using their GPS. Very few people would try to cook a three course meal they’ve never made before without at least one or two recipes.  Yet many people attempt to accomplish their goals and live out their purpose without a personal mission statement.

A personal mission statement tells you (and the world) who you are, what your purpose is and how you intend to manifest that purpose.  In essence, it gives you a short road map to living out your purpose.  My personal mission statement is below:

Through life coaching, social media, and dance fitness I encourage and exhort women to discover and live out their God given purpose so that they can live meaningful and fulfilling lives.  

Here’s another example.

“To use my gifts of intelligence, charisma, and serial optimism to cultivate the self-worth and net-worth of women around the world.” 

-Amanda Steinberg, Founder of DailyWorth.com

As you can see, personal mission statements are short, but powerful.  In the video below I talk more about writing your own mission statement. It is my hope that this post spurs you begin writing your own mission statement.  Happy writing!

There Is Greatness In You!

My children are the perfect mixture of their dad and I. From their skin and hair to their humor and personality they are a beautiful blend of their parents. Even their emerging gifts and talents are reflective of their parents.  Why? Because they came from us. We ‘created’ them so it follows that they would look and act like us.

In much the same way, we are made in the image of God.

 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26

God created you and I in His own image.  That makes us ah-mazing! That makes us great! That makes us capable of things that you and I can’t even imagine.  (Ephesians 3:20)

Watch the video below to hear more and to be reminded that there is greatness in you!