Some people make New Year’s resolutions. I choose a word. And this year the Lord put the word COURAGE on my heart. Why a word you might be thinking? Because this is how I stay focused on making changes in my life. It keeps me accountable.
This is only the first quarter of the new year and already I have made a life change. I have worked most of my life in the fashion retail industry. However, earning a living in sales while supporting oneself just wasn’t feasible anymore. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! Was I terrified to change my direction? You bet I was. But I trusted the Lord’s lead. And although I am still learning new skills and how to deal with some rather unsavory co-workers, I know all things will work out. It’s that inner peace when you know you are doing something right.
Jeremiah 29:11… For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.
I also want to cultivate courage towards my dreams. It’s a little daunting to want something that others don’t believe in or support. Why is that so? I think it is because your confidence level isn’t where it SHOULD be. Every little girl should be told she is beautiful and that she can do ANYTHING she puts her mind to. I really admire my sister for instilling these things in my niece so that she will continue to grow into a strong woman.
God gives us each gifts. We may use them or choose to ignore them. I have embraced the encourager that I am. But is there more for me? I love working one on one with women. Challenging someone to step out of her comfort area with clothes and then watching her admire herself. That is beautiful because she is looking at herself through fresh eyes. This is how Jesus sees us.
I am learning to build my courage via books, Bible verses, quotes and encouragement from friends and family. I recently found this devotional 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs on Amazon. I love devotionals because you can re-read them and still find something that applies to your current situations. I am eagerly anticipating receiving this one! You can purchase this book here Amazon
Another book which I recently purchased after reading a wonderful review is called Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins. It is about the misconception of the masses towards artists. For example, it was always understood that Michael Angelo, who was one of the greatest artists to live, was poor. Not so!! He was actually quite wealthy for his time. This book offers encouragement for anyone who longs to step outside the box and live his, or her, dreams. I am starting this one now! Purchase your book here Amazon
This is my year to find bravery, to conquer my fears and doubts and become all that God wants for me.
Do you need a dose of encouragement? Feel free to drop me an email or add a note in the comments section. I would be happy to cheer you on.
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