Let Go, Let God

I like to control things. I feel real good about a day when I feel things are going according to my schedule and plan. I feel I can handle most things as long as I know what’s going to happen so that I can ‘get my mind right’ and prepare for it. I’m not into mysteries-I don’t want to ‘figure it out’ and I certainly don’t like to wait for much of anything.

I just want to know and now.

I’m sure you can see how this all can cause a bit of a problem for a fallible human being without a universe of her own to control. I currently have a situation in my life that has weighed heavily on me for quite some time. I have tried everything I know how to do, and some things I don’t, to fix it. I have prayed, I have fasted, I have read books, listened to sermons, read blogs, sought wise counsel. However, the situation remains problematic.

Recently, while in prayer God told me very simply, yet firmly, to let it go. This is not the first time He has told me this, but it is the first time that I have actively tried to obey Him because I am finally at a point where I realize this is really not a battle that I can win (2 Chronicles 20:1-29) in my own strength. I can choose to keep trying to fight it alone, but I’d just be spinning my wheels.

With this in mind, below are few ways the Holy Spirit is helping me to let go, and let God.

Trust God.

 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them. How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:16-17 AMPC

Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6 AMPC

God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). His thoughts toward us can’t be numbered. He is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31) and has great plans toward us (Jeremiah 29:11). Of course, we must start with trusting Him. Knowing that when we do, He will put us on the right path.

Look back.

We all have testimonies of things that God has done for us. If it’s nothing more than the breath in your body-God has done something for all of us that we can look back on and remember His goodness and faithfulness toward us.

That this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, What do these stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever. Joshua 4:6, 7

In the chapter before this passage God had just miraculously made way for hundreds of thousands of Israelites to cross over the impassable river Jordan. Here Joshua instructs the people to leave stone markers to remember this great miracle and sign of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

We need to do the same. When we get discouraged, wondering if and when God is going to show up, we need only remember all the times He’s blessed us in the past. We must keep a praise on lips and a melody in our hearts with a laser focus on God’s goodness, mercy and love (Ephesians 5:19). Other verses on God’s faithfulness to reference include Numbers 23:19 and Deuteronomy 7:9.

Have faith.

Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. Hebrews 11:1 AMPC

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me? Jeremiah 32:27 AMPC

Sometimes situations can seem so bleak and look so opposite from what we desire that it’s simply difficult to believe with our finite human minds that things can change. But faith is not about what we can see with our physical eyes. Faith requires that we be convicted, sure of the existence of things that we can’t even see…yet. Faith requires that we believe that God can do the impossible. In fact God specializes in the impossible. When things are beyond our ability and control I believe that’s when God can really roll up His sleeves and get to work. That’s when He can get all the glory because we’ll know beyond a shadow of doubt that it’s Him who did it and not us.

Let God.

 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7 AMPC

I’ve learned that this does not mean that God will definitely give you what you ask for. But it does mean that when we put things in His hands, He will give us peace. The kind of peace that cannot be purchased or achieved with yoga, or mindfulness or any other thing. It’s a God peace. It also means that God will grant us contentment no matter the outcome.

This is how we let go. Trusting God’s ability and sovereignty and putting it all in His capable and righteous hands.

This soul rest in God is my heart’s desire for me and you. The ability to have peace, rest and contentment as we watch God fight our battles.

Let’s pray.

Lord Your goodness is beyond measure and beyond my ability to articulate. Help us Holy Spirit to love and serve You wholeheartedly which is our reasonable service. Please forgive us God for not trusting You and taking matters into our own hands. We declare Your goodness today and thank You for Your faithfulness. We put every circumstance, situation, problem and concern in Your capable hands. Thank You in advance for making a way out of no way. Thank You for doing what You know in Your infinite wisdom is best.

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.

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!