Not too long ago, I was sitting in a dream role for my corporate job. I had performed, prospered, and prayed my way into an incredible opportunity (and salary!).
I kept on pushing that “MORE!” button: I’ll get the promotion when I do MORE, I’ll see better results when I do MORE, I’ll be happier when I do MORE… I kept looking for the next big thing I was going to do. And it was working (see aforementioned “dream role”).
But the truth was… It had stopped being exciting and had started being exhausting long before this. I was drowning in data, diapers, and deprivation of all things healthy.
Can you relate?
One day, while exhausted on a red-eye flight, God helped me see that enough was enough and I couldn’t take any MORE. Eventually, He called me to do something scary: leave my corporate job to launch a coaching business and a ministry for women in a similar boat that I found myself in at that time.
I realized an uncomfortable truth at that time… I had been making my own path, and following my own plan instead of consulting the creator of the actual universe on what I should do.
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, keep reading – I have a great resource for you that has helped many women in your shoes!
I want to speak some truth into your life today, friend…
1) God has a purpose for you.
Whether we work inside the home (this is still work!) or outside the home (or both!), we all have a calling. It’s not all tied to bringing in a paycheck or changing diapers.
When we become Christians, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell inside us, and when that happens, we receive spiritual gifts! God wants you to know what your gifts are, and to use them. Learn a little more about this here.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
2) We all walk through hard seasons.
God’s purpose for your life is not always a supernatural vision just declared to you. It is often unraveled and revealed in bits and pieces.
The plane ride story I shared happened in September 2019, and I was NINE WHOLE MONTHS into reading the Bible for the first time in my life.
I was searching, and God was, little by little, using my obedience to open my eyes to a calling I had never considered.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the idea that God has a purpose for you, girl, so was I. I took steps forward just because I felt the Holy Spirit moving in me (though I didn’t know to call it that back then).
One of the things God showed me in that season was that I had spiritual gifts I wasn’t using! It turns out that my spiritual gifts (listed in order) are faith, wisdom, leadership, mercy, and teaching. All are God-given talents that match my calling: entrepreneurship and a women’s ministry pretty perfectly.
This wasn’t my plan, it was His. And I had to walk through seasons of struggle and pain to be open to a new truth. His truth.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
3) Be content where you are, and dream for more.
There is a vital, yet delicate balance between accepting yourself as enough today and moving towards your potential for tomorrow.
I remember the first workshop I hosted for WWW. I was beyond nervous and where I lacked, I prayed God would work. And oh, did He.
We had eight tables of what we at WWW like to call the eight “Matters of Fact” that women balance. Two of these are WORK and HOME. And as God would do (He is a comedian, I am almost certain ;o) the WORK table had 98% stay-at-home moms, and the HOME table was full of women primarily working in the stereotypical workforce.
Would you like to know the findings?
Both groups struggled. One felt guilty that they didn’t help put money in the bank, and the other carried shame around not being present at home and worried that their priorities were off.
QUICK RANT HERE: Did you know the Bible doesn’t define what a woman’s work should be? The women in the Bible were prophets, judges, seamstresses, midwives, caretakers, and more… the only right answer is to seek God’s will in your life, and boldly step into it.
Storytime! (God in action)
In the fall of 2022, unbeknownst to me, my friend Jen was going through a massive upheaval at work. It was messy, it was emotional, and she wanted out.
After what felt like months of prayer, an opportunity finally presented itself. This opportunity was a way to immediately quit the job she was suffering in (which was what she wanted). It was flexible and lucrative. After much time in prayer over it, though, she felt the Lord, really clearly, telling her to say “No” and to pursue an opportunity she had previously turned down. That opportunity wasn’t as lucrative and didn’t allow her to totally quit her other job (something she really wanted to do).
But God had spoken! So she turned the first opportunity down without even having the conversation to make sure the offer was still on the table with company 2 (she knew in her bones God had it under control).
But then, company 1 sweetened the deal to try hard to recruit her. That night, she was in emotional turmoil. What did she do?! Had she misunderstood what God wanted?? This weighed heavily on her heart. She fell asleep praying, then woke up praying. Then, she opened her inbox and, low and behold, there was an email from me about divine decision-making.
** cue chills **
She took it as the sign God intended, acted on God’s will for her work and her life, and turned down company 1. God has shown her again and again that this was the right move. This is a story for another time, but God continued to work in big ways through that little email.
The guide from that email? You can snag it, for free, below. It changed Jen’s life, and she has now sent it to several friends in similar spots. If you find yourself in a spot where you’re trying to make a big decision, I’d love for you to check it out.
Grab the Divine Decision-Making Guide ✨FREE✨
5 easy steps for seeking God’s help when you’re making big decisions.