Evidence and Faith based
You made your plans. Your life was going just fine- then bam! Something happened that took you off your course. Off your path toward your dreams and goals.
The interruption may be from an illness, a lost job, a breakup, and of course a worldwide pandemic.
Have you ever thought that the temporary interruptions could actually be an assignment?
That's what I'm living right now. A temporary interruption of my plan for my business. My "calling." My purpose. But really, it's a new temporary assignment.
You see, I'm a wife, mother, Mimi, and businesswoman. But first, above all those precious titles of who I am- I'm a Believer and follower of Jesus. I've dedicated my life to God. I want to be His hands extended to the 'world.'
Sometimes, "the world" ends up being my family or a friend.
As the year began, I had my vision board, plans, affirmations, morning routine, and business plan all working just fine… until an interruption came.
The interruption involved a close family member. All of my available time and energy was no longer devoted to my plans, business, blog, newsletter, and book. Since mid-January, it has been dedicated to this family member.
The same time and energy I spent planning, writing, editing, and creating now go to this precious person. I make sure I have time and energy for my clients. However, it was the 'extra' time I devoted to other areas of my business that I've had to reprioritize.
“A person may plan his own journey, but the LORD directs his steps.” - Proverbs 16:9
If you've read much of my writing or visited my website, you know that Lyme, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue are challenging for me. However!!! I'm not bedridden anymore. I'm not stuck in a bed or on the couch for hours, feeling as if my very life were draining from me.
I have (limited-but improving) energy to do the things I love and need to do. I am careful with how I 'spend' my energy. And I'm continually digging for answers that are improving my health. < That's how my business was born. I didn't accept the "you'll never feel better, have energy, or improve" life sentence the nurse practitioner pronounced over me as she prescribed a nature thyroid medicine for hypothyroidism.
Now, I help others. First, I help them to not go down the path I did by ignoring symptoms and not doing anything about it while they still can.
And second, by helping those who ignored the warnings signs until it was almost too late (like I did)-- restore their health.
MY TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION. MY ASSIGNMENT For about 6 months, I had been writing a monthly newsletter and a weekly blog.
When the family member needed me- I had to choose. I couldn't do both - healthily. I had to prioritize. The obvious choice was my family member. But I had a bunch of emotions to process. (Have you ever had to sacrifice for someone else's greater good? It's not fun. It's not always easy). This sacrifice revealed a deeper work that still needed to be done in me.
"Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a [dark] mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely."
-1 Corinthians 13:12
Just to be clear. I teach boundaries and self-care. This situation wasn't a boundary violation. It was a mission. Someone genuinely needed my help. It involves Monday - Friday, almost full-time support.
So if you were wondering where I was- I've been on a mission—another assignment. Yes, I was concerned about what people were thinking. I had to process that too. I tried in the beginning to do all the things- but it wasn't possible and maintain the level of health and healing I was experiencing.
So this post is to say, I have a special assignment right now that has slowed down or temporarily pressed pause on my blogging and monthly newsletter.
DON'T STOP. KEEP MOVING THROUGH DISAPPOINTMENS Looking back, I can see how working through another disappointment has helped me to come up higher in my relationship with God and grow as a person.
One of the most helpful resources I came across (through God's hand on my YouTube recommendations) was an interview with Tyler Perry and Joel Osteen.
Tyler Perry is the writer of many plays and movies and the creator of the character Madea. (Oh, how I wish Madea was a real person. I'll miss her! I love the film Diary of a Mad Black Woman.)
Mr. Perry shares how he had a dream to write plays and have his plays performed on stage. However, for seven years- nothing. He'd book a play, and no one would show up. Or, at least no one that Tyler didn't bring with him. At one point he lived in his car. He was broke.
He'd get a job to pay his bills, then God would have him book another play. He'd have to quit his job to do the play only to an empty audience over and over.
Seven years this cycle went on. Until one day everything changed. One day there was a sold out show that launched him into his dream.
Give the interview I mentioned above a lis