One of my prayers has been for clarity about my purpose in life. (I know that seems so clichéic). I asked God to show me what He has called me to do. He faithfully put resources in front of me that have brought much focus and I couldn’t be more grateful. I guess I should explain, briefly, where I’ve been recently. I guess you could say, I’ve been drowning in the trenches!
I was having a baby every two years starting in 1998 through 2006. Then I assisted my husband to open a music store while he kept his day job with the government and played in bands to supplement our income so that I could stay home to raise the children. It was the best decision we could have ever made, but you can see that we were already in a trench. Then we got a little crazy and decided to open a restaurant downtown. Okay, a lot crazy! At the time, the idea just spewed excitement! A great piece of real-estate and a beautiful concept were too much to pass up. It was absolutely beautiful–until it got ugly. The trench just got deeper and deeper as our time and energy were being sucked into a black hole that stole something we could never get back–time with our family. With answered prayers, we were able to sell the business before things got too out of control.
I took several months to survey what had happened and tried to learn from the experience. In the background of all that, I had founded a non-profit with a mission to open a children’s museum on Guam. I was drowning. Worse yet, I had never taken the time to implement systems that would allow me to function more efficiently with the ever increasing demands. Crash! Crash! Crash! (That was the sound of all the pounding waves that were engulfing my family).
I was battered from the chaos that was life for a few years, but amidst that darkness came a hint of light. In my worse moments of self-doubt, the Lord held my hand and brought me back on the right path. I didn’t realize until recently just how much I leaned on Him for guidance and how much my faith was strengthened in the process. I immersed myself in the bible and prayed unceasingly. More than ever, His command to “be stil and know that I am God” came into focus. The more obedient I was, the more easily I could see and hear Him speak.
He delivered answers through His Word of course, but also through three incredible resources, hence the title of this post. PJ Jonas of “The Busy Mom’s Survival Guide” podcast, Michael Hyatt’s podcast called “This is Your Life,” and a book called Die Empty by Todd Henry (and his Accidental Creative podcast). Each of these elements has had a profound impact on the way I look at future and where I go from here. They are serving as a well-built springboard if you will.
Here are the BIG things I’ve gleaned thus far from these four resources:
1. The Bible: This verse has had profound meaning to me in this season of my life: “The heart of man plans his way, but The Lord establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9. If I obediently lean on Him to guide me–He will!
2. PJ Jonas: Listening to her podcast has encouraged me to clear up my cluttered life and make room for the things that are important. As it turns out, those “things” are relationships, goals and dreams! She shares her wealth of knowledge and experience which have helped me get on the path to clearing the clutter and developing systems that work for my family. www.goatmilkstuff.com
3. Michael Hyatt: “Speaking out takes courage, and you’re never going to grow into the leader you were meant to be if you’re not willing to take a risk and occasionally speak up.” He often reminds listeners/readers that we have a one-of-a-kind perspective on things that others can benefit from, so share. How do we share? He shares a wealth of resources about platform building that cannot be missed! www.michaelhyatt.com
4. Todd Henry: I am currently reading his most recent book Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day. Talk about highlighter heaven! He offers so many practical and motivating tips to get truly meaningful work done. Isn’t that what we all want? His podcast “The Accidental Creative” is equally incredible. www.toddhenry.com
So, here I go–venturing out of my comfort zone to accomplish something great with some pretty smart people encouraging my small, well planned, deliberate steps along the way. They are truly a blessing and I hope that you allow these resources to help you live the life God has planned for you!