We're finally in the last month of the year. This is usually the time when people feel overwhelmed or they are doing a lot of self reflecting on the year. Many people are either trying to rush to complete goals they set, or they are focused on everything they are planning to do in the new year. Everybody is dealing with the stressors of life and honestly this time of year is the hardest on people due to the holidays and the missing of loved ones. There are so many factors as to why so many people feel weak and and drained and feel they don't have the strength to press on. I just want to encourage you today if this is you.
Even when you don't feel like you have the strength to accomplish your goals, or to find peace in time of sorrow. Even when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, I just want you to know there is still strength inside of you. Your strength lies in God. He is not a God who sleeps or slumbers. God also would never give you more than you can bare. Did you know that God is the everlasting God? Did you know that He never grows weary or weak? Did you know that God gives his power to the weak and strength to the powerless? Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will become victorious and they will not grow weak. Isaiah 40:28-31
Honesty moment...when December made its entrance I can say I was shocked. Excited because this is my favorite time of year but also shocked because it seemed to come so fast. Granted I completed/accomplished a lot of goals on my list this year, I still had this feeling of incompleteness and feeling as though there could have been so much more that I could have done. This is mainly regarding my brand, my blog, and everything else regarding my creative purpose. I began to feel weak and started to wonder if it was possible for God to have really given me so many purposes in life, all because I felt like I couldn't give the amount of time I wanted to the things He told me to do in this timing. I felt like while working my full time job which is a part of one of my biggest purposes in life it seemed to become so draining mentally and I found myself slightly neglecting the other purposes like my brand and my blog. I got stuck because I have been spending months trying to figure out how to make it all flow together without burning myself out. I know that I can't do everything at once which is not what I'm doing, but its something when you're obeying God and you're literally doing things out of pure faith. You often don't understand what God is doing. You feel like He gave you directions and left you stuck, but the most amazing part about God is that even when He doesn't show you fully He's still working so mightily on your behalf and when His will is ready to be done you end up being mind blown in the end.
I've learned that if God told me to do something (even if I feel like how????) He's going to take care of me and provide me with the strength to carry on. I've learned that God would not put me in a season or even prepare me for a season that He didn't feel I was ready for. God may have you in a rough season that you don't understand but, one thing I know about God is that He will never have you out here looking stupid. I'm learning that patience, faith, and trust all go hand in hand when you're walking in God's purpose for your life. You can't have one without the other. I've learned that I find my strength in God when it is all said and done. I've learned that during weak moments and trying times the only person who can give me the strength, peace, and comfort is God. Sounds so cliche' right?... just think about it though when you're so down and out and have no other options who do you turn to?
My prayer today is that during this last month of the year when your strength seems low and your faith is being tested is that you seek God and believe that He will give you the strength you need to prevail. I pray that you be gentle with yourself and trust in God's timing for your life. I pray that you will find peace and comfort as well as clarity and revelation for the year to come.
-Yours Truly, Eb