Struggling to keep your marriage alive? In balance? Wondering where is God in all this?
I know what that’s like.
About 7 years ago, I was in a marriage that had me wishing I could run far, far, away and never return. It was not good for either of us. I felt my blood pressure rise with each passing day and it was all I could do to have a good day and not wake up with a headache.
Loyalty. According to the dictionary it is,”the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.” (Dictionary.com). In life there are many things that I consider myself loyal to. I am loyal to my church, a few close friends, family, husband, children, and also you could include my favorite clothing and running shoe brand. Last, theres my favorite supplement and nutrition company that has helped me make adjustments to my health, and I will probably be a Lifer to them as well. Has there ever been a time in your life where you struggled with being loyal? Heres my dilemma…
In this day and age, there are plenty of women who feel they aren’t enough. The have insecurities with themselves, in their marriages, raising children, in their careers, and in the social and relationship world. I used to feel like I needed to compete with every single woman every time I walked out of the house. I would feel as though I wasn’t skinny enough, I wasn’t pretty enough, I needed more make-up, or my clothes didn’t fit right. But, why would I feel this way when everyone else was telling me different. To be honest, their opinions and my opinion of myself didn’t match up. I was placing myself in this bubble God never intended me to be in.
In todays world, we live in a society that wants instant gratification, but too often focus on living in the age of ‘tomorrow’. Projects get moved to tomorrow, as well as to-do lists, home improvements, vacations, and even spending time with the family. Trust me when I say I am including myself in this as well.
The Wilderness can be a scary place to be especially if you are there alone, or worse, at night. If you’ve ever been camping far off from the main road, or on a long nature hike, this may be the closest you have come to actually being in the wilderness. The wilderness can be considered a place where there are very few others around and may give you a sense of solitude.
Have you ever felt that God has forgotten all about you? Wandering aimlessly through your day and having no real direction or guidance? I sure have. Its a very hard place to be.
Life is full of questionable moments when we are not sure what direction our life is going. We stumble daily to find our true calling and even may start to believe that we have nothing to offer this world. I want to encourage you not to believe those lies and God made you just the way you are on purpose. He places things inside of you that only you can deliver to others, just the way you can deliver it.
How do we know it is God speaking to us? How can we tell His voice is leading us in the direction we are going? God has an assignment for all of us and we were all born with gifts we can share. You may think you have nothing to give or share with others, BUT you do.
Have you ever wondered what you were really put on this earth for? Roaming aimlessly through each day feeling no real passion with you husband, kids, or career. Hoping the time will pass quickly so you can go home to your safe haven where you know no one can judge you of anything. I know I have and its not a very good place to be.
As a little girl I often felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. Moving from city to city quite often while living with my mother, I was always the new kid. Learning a new city, school, teachers, peers, and how to adjust mentally was not easy. I hated school and my grades showed as a result.