It’s Time to Deliver!

For so many of us, 2019 is the start of a season of fruitfulness and productivity, bringing to life the hopes and dreams that have been incubating for days, months, and even years in some cases. Yet so often, our delivery is delayed because we refuse to be real, transparent, or vulnerable.

When I was in labor with each of our sons, ready to give birth and experiencing some of the greatest pain and discomfort I’ve ever felt, I was keenly aware of the need to be honest about what I was experiencing and what I needed to get my babies here safely. If I wasn’t quick to let my husband know that my water broke or my contractions were coming much closer together, it would have delayed my access to the help I needed at the hospital. If I wasn’t honest about the pain I felt during the different tests and overall labor process, my doctors would have been unable to adequately manage that pain.

As it turned out, both of my sons needed to be delivered by c-section – despite my sincere desire, and for the first birth, my body’s long, labored efforts, to bring the baby into this world on its own. For me to have remained at home, silent, wanting to be the “perfect” laboring mother, would have been a decision that endangered my own life, and that of both of my children.

Unfortunately, we sometimes push ourselves to the point of loss of the promise, project, program or plan that would have changed the trajectory of our future because we are so stuck on “being perfect” rather than “productive” and improving the process along the way.

We refuse to ask for help, because somehow we’ve concluded that successful people “figure it out” on their own. We allow our pride, bolstered by our degrees, experience, accolades, to keep us from connecting with others, who may not be as credentialed as we are, but are divinely designated resources to help us move forward.

I’m here to encourage someone who has been silently struggling to move towards your goals – stop allowing fear, facades, pride, or perfectionism to keep you from the future God has ordained for you!

You don’t have to be perfect. Just get it done. And then make it better.

You don’t have to pretend. Be honest about where you are, what you have, and what you still need to get where you are going. And then make use of the resources you have around you. You might be surprised just how much support you have if you just say those words three little words: “I need help!”

You don’t have room for pride if you ever want to grow. Be humble enough to learn from anyone, at any level. Be a life-long learner. Have a growth mindset.

It’s time to deliver. You can do this!

~ Andrea ~

Need help getting moving with your goals? Send me an email at info@stepin2purpose.com and let’s discuss strategies to help you step into purpose!

Live FREE!

“So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through.”

John 8:36 (MSG)

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.”

Galatians 5:1 (MSG)

Live FREE.

As we come to the end of the first quarter of 2018, it can be tempting to fall back into the same traps that slowed our progress in past years. I have become vigilant in identifying and rejecting the broken cycles of fear and doubt that once held me captive, threatening to ensnare me once again.

Walking out our journey to lighter living, means being intentional about maintaining our freedom. We may not be able to control everything that happens to us in life, but we have been given the power to respond to life in a way that maintains our freedom.

Today, refuse to be entangled in situations, conversations, relationships, commitments, habits, or thought patterns that draw you away from God, and lead you back into bondage.

Rejoice in the freedom we have received, paid for with Christ’s sacrifice on an old rugged cross, and released to us by His resurrection from the grave.

Let God’s reckless love overtake you today, and live lighter!

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!