I went to a women’s retreat with my church this weekend and I came back so fired up about some changes I want to make in my life. If you have a chance to hear Becky Brooks speak in person, you have to take it. She is incredible. Among the things I am aspiring to change and habits I am hoping to adopt is actually digging in and reading the bible. Every time I go to my small group bible study I feel like someone who came to book club but only read the Spark Notes.
So where did I start? The beginning, Genesis. I have serious ADD when it comes to reading something, especially when it’s not straightforward and needs to be dissected. I was seriously skeptical I’d make it past the first page but my version is the NIV (new international version) so it’s a bit easier to read. One thing that really stuck out to me was Genesis 4:9-16. To set the scene, Cain had just killed his brother Abel out of jealousy and God had punished him by making him a restless wanderer on the earth.
A restless wanderer! So often I feel like I am aimlessly wandering through life. I go through phases where my life feels unstable, anxious, tiring, lonely, and unimportant. And I find it interesting that the second time ever (after the infamous apple) that God punished someone that he chose to make them feel this way. Because is there anything worse than feeling these things? Struggling to find my identity and my purpose in life and in business can be so unsettling.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
If you’re seeking peace, certainty, and contentedness in your life, I’d like to urge you to take a step back. When was the last time you stepped away from everything, closed your eyes, and really took to heart the phrase “be still?” Rest, breathe, and search for the light that’s shining through the darkness. Read the bible, personal development books, and restructure how you live. Cut out what’s not serving you. We’ve got one life to live and it’s worth hustling for joy.
I’m committing to self improvement in my life and I’d love to have you along for the ride. If you’re interested in joining my private FB group for women, CLICK HERE. Last week we covered finding your calling and I had so much positive feedback and have so much more to share.
Do you ever feel like a restless wanderer? I’d love to hear your tips for combatting this!
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