You're NOT created to be STUCK.
YOU'RE CREATED TO MOVE!
Ready to move away from a self-defeating mindset and move towards all God has for you in life, love, and purpose?
Do you find yourself:
Not feeling good enough - like you'll never measure up?
Constantly stuck with the same struggles in life?
Confused with knowing your value and who you truly are?
Wondering if whether or not you're worth it?
At your wit's end and ready to just give up?
How To Move Forward In Life And Love
What happens when we become a prisoner to our own limiting beliefs? When we get caught up in a cyclical loop of thoughts that stops us from moving forward in life and love?
Or am I the only one this happens to?!
Perhaps you’re similar to me and constantly second-guessing yourself? Caught up in the land of perfectionism, or fear, or a (limiting) belief that simply isn’t true based on God’s truth?
Maybe you’re at a crossroads in your marriage – or wondering how the heck to deal with your teenager in a particular situation – or whether or not you should launch your next business endeavor??
Whatever it is, God never promised we would have a trouble-free life. In fact, He said,
“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
Thank God somebody did and thank God we can rely on that somebody! #jesus
In my 46 years of living, one thing I have learned the hard way is that life is in a constant state of flux. There are NO guarantees, it’s never the “perfect” timing, and life constantly gets in the way – so much so that it can get downright messy.
Have you ever slowed down long enough to ask yourself, “What’s the one BIG lie I have bought into? The one I have allowed to stop me in my tracks from moving forward in life and in relationships? And how on earth do I move forward in spite of what I fear?”
How Do We Move Forward In Life and Love?
How do we dismantle the lies and limiting beliefs holding us back? What are we to do when we find ourselves being held hostage to our own cyclical thoughts?
I was reminded of what to do when I watched one of my twin boys play his first tennis match last week. He entered the game with gusto and sheer excitement. Then he began losing points – one after the next – unit he was down five games to two. His chance of winning at this point was pretty low.
Between games, he walked to the side of the court, grabbed his water bottle and chugged it down. As he returned to the court, he recalled what his coach last told him to do when he found himself losing concentration, “Read the number on the ball and say it out loud”.
We’ve all heard the saying, “Keep your eye on the ball”, but this direction of focus took it to a whole new level. Not only was he to watch the ball, but he was to focus on it so closely that he could read the number well enough to say it out loud.
As he focused on what his coach told him to do, it didn’t take long for his mind to come off the score and onto the point he was currently playing. He was keeping himself in the present moment.
What amazed me in observing this, is that I know this kid. He, like me, his momma, can tend to get caught up in his emotions and let them get the better of him. But something stopped him this time.
This time, he chose to focus on what his coach instructed him to do. He stopped focusing on the fact he was losing and put his focus on reading the numbers on the ball and saying them out loud.
Can I be totally transparent with you?
The BIG lie I have bought into – the one I have allowed to hold me back – is the lie that I’m not good enough and what I have to offer others isn’t good enough either. It’s the lie I will never measure up and will never have what it takes to do what God has called me to do. Whether it’s by my own doing or the doing of someone else – I will always be put back to wherever I started – never making forward progress in my life or in my relationships with those who matter most.
This lie became so big in my mind, that I allowed it to keep my story and the message on my heart, hidden and self-protected.
Ugh, why do we believe such silly lies?!
Our story and the messages on our hearts really aren’t about us. They’re really about God and His story in us.
The story He wants to speak into the hearts of those He loves.
The story He wants to speak into your heart.
What I saw in my 11-year old that day, humbled me. Even though he was down five games to two, he didn’t freak out by the fact he was clearly on his way to a loss. Instead, he went back to basics and recalled the last thing his coach told him to do.
What was the last thing God told you to do?
What was the truth He spoke into your heart that dismantled the lie you’ve bought into?
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NIV) says,
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds (lies and limited beliefs). We demolish arguments (more lies!) and every pretension (more limited beliefs) that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
We have divine power at our disposal. We are designed and created by God to use that power to take our thoughts captives – as prisoners – not that we are a prisoner to them(!!) – and then make them obedient to what God says – not what our limited beliefs say.
This isn’t easy – but when is it easy when you hit the gym or climb a mountain or do anything physically challenging? This is about re-training our thoughts to align with God’s thoughts.
I recently took some time out to identify and write down the lie I have allowed the enemy to use to hold me back. And then asked God, “Can you please remind me of your truth on this matter?”
Here’s what He said to me,
For you are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for you to do. Eph. 2:10 (NIV)
The battle in our thought life is real.
It’s real, because of who we are. And who we are – who God made each one of us to be – is far more powerful than we realize. Powerful enough to shift the atmosphere in our own lives and in the lives of those who matter most.
Can I encourage you to take a moment right now and ask God to help you identify the lie the enemy has been using (way too much!!) to hold you back?
And then, ask God, “What do You, the ONE who made me and the ONE who actually knows the truth about me, have to say about me and this lie that has tried to stop me from moving forward?
My son went on to win his first match that day in an all-out epic tie-breaker. All because he put his focus on what his coach told him to focus on.
I want to encourage you too, as I encourage myself, to put your focus on what is really true:
You are MORE THAN good enough!
You have MORE THAN what it takes to succeed!
You are MORE THAN powerful enough to shift the atmosphere in love and life ~ all because of who you are and who God created you to be!
I would love to celebrate God’s truth over you. So share a bit of your amazing self and write what you discover in the comments below. 🙂