Friend, things are going to wrong in our lives...a LOT and they can either scar us or shape us. We decide. God finds us in our failures and our successes and teaches us to think about things in a new way. Are we more afraid at failing at things that really matter to us or succeeding at the things that DON'T matter? I have always loved this question by both Francis Chan + Bob Goff. These questions make me stop and think. What are the things that DO matter? For me, it is my personal relationship with Jesus, receiving the highest praise from my family not social media, and honoring God with my business, trusting His timing and His pace as this business isn't just to help people get healthy externally, but also revive souls.
I am not afraid to fail. As I have shared here before, I have come to see failure as my friend. It makes me better. You know, I used to also hate stress. But I am finding that stress reveals what really matters to me. So now, instead of being stressed out about being stressed out, I simply see stress as my body responding to something that matters to me and what I DO with it is what counts. I am learning to surrender it to Jesus and just say, "this matters to me and I know it matters to you too. I trust it most in YOUR hands not mine. Take it."
I am so excited for this season of trials and failure that I am in to produce the perseverance, character, and hope that is ultimately JESUS. That's my desire. I will not run or avoid it. I will not try to "rush the lesson." I will let this marinate in my spirit and give God room to make me more like Him. Will you?
The last 2 weeks I have been FEELING the burn. Burn is another word for pressure + trials. Usually when this happens, I am quick to "learn the lesson" or attempt to "fix" whatever issue is causing the trial so I can quickly move on and get back on a mountain top. The valley is hard and yet it makes up a solid 75% of the Christian life, doesn't it? I am not surprised. It is in the valley, after all, that our faith grows, our dependence on God increases, and we are MADE into something (not just taught something). So why are we so quick to run from the burn?!
No one likes feeling pressured. No one enjoys discipline or trials. BUT WHAT IF...what if...we actually anticipate trials? You see, anticipation is grounded in HOPE whereas anxiety is grounded in FEAR. I am determined to start anticipating and rejoicing in my trials. I don't want to rush the lesson, I want it to simmer and allow perseverance to have it's work in us so we can be COMPLETE in Christ.
James 1: 2-4 says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kids, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
May that be the promise verse we hold on to, friends. God USES trials to make us complete. We simply can't and don't grow in our comfort zone. Persevere and rejoice in the trial today.
This morning I was reminded of Peter’s denial + betrayal of Jesus. He failed HARD. But what IF…what if…God intentionally guides us to failure? Look at my son, Luca. He was born as a little kid who can't walk, talk, or control how he goes to the bathroom. He had to be TAUGHT everything! All that learning takes a lot of time. God made us so we are dependent on HIM, our parents, and yes...even each other. The whole way of life was created and designed by God so we have opportunity after opportunity to try again, and again...and again UNTIL we finally get it right. And as Bob Goff says in Love Does...God is endlessly patient.
Friends. I am inviting failure into my life like a friend. Without it, I can't learn, grow, or get better. I anticipate more failures to come my way but just like my son didn't give up when he was learning to crawl and walk, I won't either. I WILL eventually get it right. If you have been beating yourself up over a failed attempt at being a present mom, supportive wife, successful business owner, plug your failure in, let me remind you that God is endlessly patient and He often intentionally guides us into failure. Let's choose to depend on Him in it and realize that His plans for us are GOOD and to make us the man/woman He has called us to be, failure is required to mold us.
Do you struggle with living in autopilot like me? I know I am not alone here. I know I can be a better follower of Jesus, a better wife, a better mom, a better leader, a better business owner if I stopped living in the mind-wandering zone and shifted gears to manual. Tell me below, what is one way you find yourself living in autopilot and what is one idea you have to bust out of it? Seriously, can we encourage each other below and start a conversation?
particularI often get asked how I pull out so many lessons and truths from reading the Bible so I decided to share with you my top tips if you're new to reading the Word OR if you have been reading for some time but feel stuck.
Let me start by saying there is no right or wrong way to read God's Word. It's meant to be an intimate conversation not a checklist item off your to do list! The moment we start to see the Bible as God's love letter to us instead of just a book we have to read, everything changes.
TOP BOOKS TO START WITH:
BEFORE YOU START
AS YOU READ
If you would like to hear my sister Elise and I talk more in depth about this, check out our YouTube video here!
A Bit About ME!
Hey friend! My name is Caren and I am so glad you stopped by! This blog is a bit of my corner on the internet where I share honest thoughts about my faith journey, fitness journey, doctor wife journey, and motherhood journey. ALL of it! The good bad and ugly! I pray that something I share encourages you today!