40 Days Deeper – Day 1: Grounded

Hi! In case this is your first time checking out the StepIn2Purpose blog, let me take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Andrea, and I am many things – a wife, mom, professor, seminary student, early stage business owner, child of God, sister, daughter, and of course – a writer. At the very start 2017, after a very rough ending to 2016, I wrote the book 40 Days Lighter: A Devotional Journey for Women Determined to Live Free.

Inspired by a Lenten-season challenge called “40 Bags in 40 Days”, I went on a mission to declutter my closet, and ended up on a very personal soul-searching journey. What I discovered over the course of that 40 days, was that the physical weight and clutter I was working so diligently to remove, were merely symptoms of the mental, emotional and spiritual weight I had been lugging around for years. I decided to blog and share this journey, and as I did, I realized that I was not alone – there were others who had unknowingly been carrying unwanted and unnecessary “invisible” weight for a very long time.

For me, taking the time to carefully examine the memories and emotions I was carrying revealed spaces of disappointment, resentment, and a boatload of fear I didn’t even know was there. I can remember sitting down one day to write, and suddenly a near-drowning experience I had as a five year old, suddenly came flooding back to me (pun intended). I felt as though, in some ways, I was that little girl, unable to catch my breath, or find anything to hold onto in my adult life.

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As that 40 day journey came to a close (though I was very clear in the last day’s devotion, that day 40 was not the end), I was lighter, inside and out!

Which brings us to today…

Not too long after that journey ended, my book was published and released in early 2018, and I spent time expressing my gratitude to God for all of the changes that had taken place, I realized that I faced a new challenge – staying free.

Over the last year, I’ve learned that it’s one thing to declutter, learn new habits, lose weight, or simply take the leap into pursuing purpose, and another thing to create and develop sustainable and personalized systems that help you live free – long term. I realized that without the necessary structure in place – in my heart and in my home, in my work and in my studies – I would simply fall back into some old patterns of thinking.

If there is one thing I know for sure, for a tree to grow and remain for many years, its roots must grow deep before it grows tall – otherwise, what will sustain it as it begins to bud and bear fruit? Without deep roots, parts of the tree would dry up, or a strong wind may uproot it all together.

I get how that tree feels.

So today, I begin a new journey – I’m going deeper. I’m committed to being fully grounded – in my faith, my family, my friendships, and my future.

Won’t you join me as we go 40 days deeper?

“…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19, ESV

What’s in Your Hand?

“And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.””

‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭4:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This is a post for those who feel like they have nothing to offer, or that what you do possess is of little or no value.

Too often in life, it can be so easy to see what everyone else has going for them, yet miss the innate abilities or unique opportunities we’ve been given. Truth be told, some of us devalue our time, skill sets, and very presence because life – whether through other people or a seeming lack of success – has somehow caused us to believe we have nothing to give.

Our resources appear too few to share, our knowledge mistaken for basic common sense. From where we sit, it just feels like we are continually falling short – in experience, expertise, education, or exposure. You know – in all the areas that all the career and success experts out there tell us we need to be building ourselves.

Yet this morning, I’d like to challenge each of us to experience a life-altering chance of perspective.

Is it possible that the secret to your success is already within your grasp?

Over the last few days, I made note of my own previous undervaluing of both my skills and my potential. I like the woman 2 Kings 4 looked around my proverbial “house” and didn’t see anything with the tangible ability to improve my family’s future.

I mean, yeah I love to write, but who wants to listen to what I have to say? Sure, sometimes I give good advice, but I think I just get lucky that I’m right. Yes, I went to school and got an MBA, but look at the news – those are a dime a dozen – am I right?!

I was living with the mindset of “I have nothing except…” I saw the little I had, so small and alone and incapable of doing anything, until God breathed a word into my soul. He reminded me that He is a multiplier, that He can take the little I have, bless it, break it, and then cause it to increase. God reminded me that as I poured myself out to others – with all the gifts He’s places in me, no matter how small they seemed – He would allow His divine inspiration to continue to flow.

David facing Goliath had a smooth stone.

Moses looking at the Red Sea had a walking stick.

The little boy in the crowd of 5,000 had five loaves and two fishes.

This woman in 2 Kings 4 had just a jar of oil. Yet, on the instruction of the prophet Elisha, she borrowed all the vessels she could from her neighbors, and that little oil just kept flowing until she had enough to go and sell and pay off her debts.

What is in your hand? Look deep inside, open your heart to hear God prompting you, and go change your life!

Getting that Résumé RIGHT (Part 2)


I hope you found resume writing tips 1-5 helpful. Here are Tips 6 to 10 to help make your resume shine. Enjoy, and happy writing!

6.  You’re looking for the right job, but is your resume doing the same? 
I’ve come across many individuals who are looking for new opportunities and positions within their existing field or to break into new industries and fields. Yet upon reviewing their resume, it would appear that they are only qualified for their current role – and those are the calls they receive from recruiters.

Be sure that your resume includes the correct skill set, industry language, and demonstrated expertise or education for the position you are looking to obtain.

Are you a recent graduate looking to”get your foot in the door” in an entry level role? Show how your education, internship, job-shadowing opportunities, and Yes!, even your fast food restaurant experience, campus ambassador, or babysitting gig have prepared you for this new role!

7.  Less is more.

While the “1 page rule” no longer holds absolutely true, you want to be sure that everything on your resume is relevant and adds value.

If there are positions that are more than 10 years old, but irrelevant to your career path, you may want to consider skipping these.

Have you held relatively similar positions with increasing responsibilities from year to year?  Show what is unique about each role or position, without creating a repeating mundane list of duties.

8.  Think bigger – website and video resumes are totally a thing!

Beyond your paper resume, there are now other more creative and “stand out” mediums to tell your story and land that position.

Not that paper is no longer important – despite this wonderful digital age, the paper resume hasn’t entirely faded into antiquity – so don’t ditch it just yet.

Just consider that most employers and recruiters are receiving resumes from other similarly qualified applicants with identical credentials and education.

This is another opportunity to get “face to face”, and show more than a sheet or two of paper will allow, even when you haven’t actually met in person!

9.  Don’t count yourself out!

This is a big one! So many people discount the value of their experience, skills, education, unique areas of specialty, cross-cultural background, leadership abilities, and the list goes on!

Never undervalue or devalue your past accomplishments, present efforts and future potential. 

You’ve studied, you’ve worked hard, you’ve taken your own time to become an expert using YouTube even. Whatever the path you’ve taken to get here, make it count!

10.  Remember that a phenomenal resume can’t replace good character, a stellar reputation, excellent work ethic, or the benefits of hitting the pavement and meeting your “door openers” in person!

This is probably the most important tip I have to give. A well-written resume can’t undo the damage of poor work habits or unprofessional conduct. You are your best branding statement, elevator pitch, and walking, talking, living resume!

Again, I hope you’ve found these tips helpful and wish you the best as you pursue your next opportunity!

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