Monday, June 9, 2014

Hard to receive

Our culture is naturally inclined towards pessimism as opposed to optimism.  Many of us are missing out on great opportunities in our lives just because we won't allow ourselves to believe that it could really work out for the best.  Some of us are automatically suspect if a stranger on the street is nice to us, or simply smiles and says "hello".  Why?  Because we have been taught that nothing is free.  We either have to work for it, or somehow qualify for it.  "Grace" is not an easy thing to teach.  I think the best definition of it is below. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 

God wants to "give" to us in every area.  He wants to do it all by grace.  I think many of us as Christians limit this to just salvation.  Like "oh yeah, salvation is a gift but we have to work for everything else".  God had me start a list today that I'm sure He is going to grow.  There are a couple things in my life that God has just given to me and I did not work for it, pay for it, etc.  Look below:
1.  I made some horrible mistakes when I was young with my credit, acquired a bunch of debt and eventually filed bankruptcy.  Even had a car repossessed.  Well I was so traumatized by my bad credit that even after many years I had no credit cards and was scared to apply for any because the rejection had a huge impact on me.  I thought my credit would never be good again, I was even about to pay $500.00 to get help fixing it, but right before I did that,I decided to check my credit score and to my surprise not only was it almost 800 but it said on 1 of the credit reports that there was no negative credit history to report .  Well, I didn't have to pay that 500.00 and I didn't have to write any letters.  As a result of my marriage to a godly man who has outstanding credit and financial habits, whatever  he had became mine, that included his good credit. Because I changed my last name when I got married, I got a new identity.  I took on my husbands last name and in doing that I received everything that is his.  That's why marriage is a great illustration of Christ and the church. When we accept Christ we become His bride and we have a new identity and everything that is His becomes ours as well, because we are married to him. 
2.  I am a born entrepreneur,  this started to come out in my teenage years.  Always searching for good investments that I couldn't afford and looking into businesses that I couldn't buy.  Even though I had great jobs,  I always felt confined by the 9 to 5pm.  I always looked for new ways to challenge myself outside of the normal scope of my job description.  Well,  I own more then 50% percent of a successful office supply company now and guess what,  I didn't have to do anything to get it, but be a wife to my husband.  One day he said to me, I need to give you more than 50% ownership of the company, because it needs to be "woman owned".  Am I active in the company??  Ofcoarse! Did I do anything deserving of ownership other than being his wife?  Nope.  Again, it's the same with Jesus.  He has so many good things He wants to give to you just becAuse you are His bride.  

Friday, June 6, 2014

What are you reallly afraid of

What are we really saying with our words of fear, nervousness, anxiety, doubt?

I thought about this statement, because as summer approached, I've experienced an intense amount of nervousness about having 2 young children home with me all day everyday.  But I've also noticed an intense amount of nervousness about other things as well.  Nervousness has not really been something that I feel like I've dealt with on this level before.  But I decided to delve into the nervousness for a moment and ask, "What's really going on here?" As I have thought more about it over the last couple minutes, I realized that my real fear is in starting something and it not working out.  You know, successful people and successful moms, become successful through trying many new ideas and seeing what works out and what doesn't. Somehow, I have convinced myself that I don't have time to try new ideas for them not to work out.  Quite frankly that is propostrous!!!  God is showing me that in order for me to follow my dreams in motherhood, business, and writing I have to allow a lot of space in my life to try lots of different things.  To be honest, the dreams that God has placed in my heart can be very uncomfortable at times.  I think it's when I get an opportunity to actually test drive my dream a little bit, is when I get nervous.  It's just like if a singer was to wait years to fullfill their dream of being a professional in the industry and when their opportunity comes, all they want to do is run.  They have dreamed about it their whole life, but suddenly when you are face to face with it, it seems overwhelming. 

In conclusion I think the biggest thing that keeps me from embarking completely on the adventure that I know God has for me is my unwillingness to try new things and experience them not working out.  That is how you get to what ultimately will work out.  God Bless you Today

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