Paul spent the rest of his life minimizing his “bigs” – his own accolades, career, comfort, safety, and well-being – to “go small.” Which leads me to wonder … where in my life have I chosen to “go big,” where Jesus might prefer that I “go small”? More importantly, what is my motivation for wanting to “go big” in any area of my life?
At some point, we all come to the same realization. Life is chewing us up. There aren’t enough hours in the day or enough energy in the tank for all the tasks we need to accomplish. Many of us have reached our limit just trying to keep the plates spinning.
2018 has been such an amazing year, and we are so in awe of all that God did this year. As we move into 2019, we are so grateful for each and every one of the Propel women who read the articles, learn from Propel Sophia, engage with us on social media, lead and join chapters, attend events, subscribe to our newsletter, and share Propel with their friends.
When I think of getting to the next level, whether that mean in a relationship, or finding a relationship, or in a career, or in our spiritual lives, or even our health and well-being, I begin by remembering there are only two systems known to humans as to how to make it happen. But there is a big difference in the two. One of them always fails, and the other one is the one that works.
Around the holidays, anxiety keeps us awake at night. Family or marital conflicts are heightened. Financial burdens overwhelm us. Health struggles can be especially discouraging. And on top of it all, there are so many competing voices speaking into our lives, trying to rob us of true joy.
I bust through plateaus by changing direction, asking for fresh vision, and choosing to see the staleness as an invitation from God to know him on a new level. Take the dry spot has a sign to go deeper. I’ve compiled a few ways you can freshen up your time in the word when it is feeling robotic. Dig in and enjoy the process.
When we experience the death of a friendship, a dream, a marriage, or a ministry, it has potential to cripple us from moving forward. As I reflect on this last year, I am evaluating my scars and want to share three ways we can minimize the scar tissue of our heart.
What does it look like to live life for God, and not for the approval of other people? To some, it might look easy. But for the majority, it’s a serious battle. The reality of it is, it’s a constant surrender of laying down the flesh and walking out in your God-given identity, so you can please the One that really matters.
Whatever field you are in, it’s essential to learn how to discern criticism. What is worth humbly heeding and what deserves to be chucked straight into the garbage bin?
When navigating criticism, here are three questions we can ask!
I am not here on this planet to be a puzzle master or to find all the answers to the deepest questions. I am here to be a light. I am here to be a helper. I am hopefully going to leave this planet better than how I found it.