Hello Dear Friend!
Today’s message is about my experience of God’s provision through challenging times. My heart in sharing this is to encourage you to TRUST God’s plan for your life, even when it doesn’t go the way you expected.
After years of living in a fog of denial over the loss of my husband, it finally hit me that, for the foreseeable future, I was solely in charge of providing financially for my family. This was a real eye-opener once I eventually grasped how much it was costing us to live.
I’d been in survival mode for so long, completely overwhelmed by all of my new responsibilities. I felt the best I could do at the time was to take care of the things that were right in front of me. When it came to the money, I figured that if I kept public speaking the money would just be there.
The reality was I was in a tiny boat with a small hole in it, and water was slowly but surely seeping in and sinking the boat. With my family and me in it. Once I saw things for the way they actually were, and not the way I’d imagined them to be, panic started to set in and I knew if I didn’t take action soon I’d be in a real pickle.
That’s when I realized I was going to have to be more open-minded to other forms of income, with a commitment to continue pursuing my creativity in the small pockets of time I could find throughout the day. I began doing business coaching for Keller Williams, I reactivated my real estate license and started doing transactions, I picked up more speaking opportunities, and most recently, the opportunity came along to be of service using my life coaching skills.
As I’ve stepped into these new opportunities over the last year, I’ve seen God’s provision through being willing to work hard and trust Him to give me the courage and the capacity to put myself back out there. To step into something new even when I know I won’t do it perfectly.
I’ve also experienced the miraculous during this season, like getting an unexpected check in the mail because someone prayed for my family and believed God wanted them to bless us.
I’d always heard those kinds of stories, but listened with a bit of skepticism mixed with awe until it happened to me. There I was, crying in my kitchen after reading this letter when I was literally at the end of my rope because my real estate transaction was hanging on by a thread, my business coaching position no longer existed with the new system put into place, and I didn’t know how I was going to take care of my family.
If you’ve been through a massive transition and relate to any part of what I’ve shared or maybe you’re there right now, here’s what I’d say to you, dear friend:
Be open-minded, grateful, willing to try something new (even if it’s just for a season), and find the courage to say yes and get started.
In my experience when we do the above, that’s when God’s provision and opportunities continue to flow. Please keep me posted. I’d love to hear of a time when you’ve experienced God’s provision in your life and what you learned from the experience. Can’t wait to read what you share. Grateful for your time! Love and Blessings.