I haven’t shared much about my faith here on the blog. I’m not sure why. I think it is because I have been in a quieter phase of my faith. Crazy huh, me… quiet?
I love hearing people’s God stories of how He draws us into a personal relationship with Him. I plan on sharing a few snippets of my story in the coming months.
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Proverbs 31:10-31.
I just LOVE this woman. When my kids were babies, I cross stitched this chapter; it hangs above my bathtub. I see it every night.
She fears the Lord. She is nurturing. She is respected. She is resourceful. She is industrious. She is a business woman.
She is not limited.
Whenever I read the verse “like a ship she brings food from afar,” I think of me driving to the store in my minivan. For a few years there, I was driving to MANY stores that were far away to provide the food that was best for my kids while their guts healed.
As I have aged, I have added skills to my resume. For a while, I felt like I had too many skills. It seems weird to type that, but it’s true. If you work hard and master one skill, you can then add on and master another.
I used to say I was a “jack of all trades” – which implied I was a master of none. But that’s not true. I’m a Proverbs 31 woman. God has uniquely designed me to help other women find their brand, help them build a blog, help them get organized, be encouraged, learn how to break down organizing by writing manageable blog posts… to help them move on to what they particularly are gifted at.
If you struggle with balancing – work & school, home & work, homeschooling & volunteering, housework & parenting, building a business & staying relevant in your family, I think.. that’s normal. We are wired to do many things and do them well, just not all at the same time.
I try to make schedules and evenly divide my time, and that never works. I like to dive deep on ONE project and get a lot accomplished, and then move on to the next one.
So, I guess I’ve decided to just focus on what I am doing AT THIS MINUTE and do that to excellence and then move on to the next duty, task, or project. It’s a work in progress.
Honestly, the last month I have been having a short prayer time in the morning. After I read a chapter of the Bible, I think about my day and what I have going on. Then I ask God 2 questions:
1. Is there anything on this list you don’t want me to do?
2. Is there anything you want me to add to this list?
I just sit still for about 30 seconds and listen.
For me, “hearing from God” is like a thought that comes out of the blue or maybe what you’d call your conscience.
I have been less stressed, more peaceful and more prosperous since I started this and I am still doing a whole crazy list of things.
Well, I have to run and go get some of that food from afar…