As I am recounting these last few weeks to you, I am amazed, because I am still following God in steps of obedience and he is continuing to move in incredible ways. So back to the story! (If this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! But you might want to start here.)
Here is an excerpt from my journal from January 4th:
I am still being challenged in my devotions. I think I am just waiting for confirmation…or maybe I will be prepared to recognize the opportunity when it comes. Maybe I need to go from “yes, but….” to just “yes”.
It was that morning that I finally said “Yes” to what God was calling me to do.
It was a very uncertain “yes”. I knew if I did my part, He would do His.
By now, I’m sure you are wondering what this mysterious “calling” is about. I am going to tell you, but first, we have to talk about 2016. 2016 was a very hard year for me, for many reasons. I was pregnant with my youngest for the first half of the year. Pregnancies have never agreed with me. I was exhausted, irritable, and constantly hungry. My once very fit body piled on 80 lbs because I went from regular exercise to little activity due to the high risk nature of my pregnancy. I had been fitness coaching for over a year, and I felt like I had lost my purpose. Then there was the obvious climate at the time, along with so much negativity on the news and in my social media feed. It was becoming too much! Then came the birth of my beautiful baby boy in July. Thankfully, my niece was staying with me for the summer to help. But when she went home, I felt the weight of it all come crashing down on me. By mid-September the exhaustion of trying to care for 3 young kids, trying to lose the baby weight, and the drama of impending US election just broke me down to a point where I knew I had to do something.
Just on a whim, I decided to take a 30 day sabbatical from social media. I just needed a break. What I didn’t know is that God was already planning to meet me during those 30 days. I was not only mentally refreshed, but spiritually as well. During that time he gave me the verse: