The Wait

The start of a new year is always filled with promises of re-dedication and re-commitment. These promises are often linked to specific goals that are expected to change our lives for the better: improved fitness, healthier eating, time management, repairing relationships, etc. While committing to something fully after doing the complete opposite for 365 days straight leading up to deciding to make a change is difficult enough, the true challenge comes in the form of the wait.

Whether it’s waiting to see improvements, waiting to save enough money, or waiting to meet the right person, our recently established commitments somehow shift from being about achieving goals and implementing permanent change in our lives to reaching a date on a calendar or seeing a number on a scale decrease. Until any of those things happen, we simply wait and then use time as a measure of success. But what if the waiting has a greater meaning?

Throughout 2017, my main focus was on the concept of restoration: personal, social, relational, and spiritual. 2016, while extremely exciting for me, was also extremely draining and didn’t leave me with the holistic feeling of satisfaction that I had hoped for. So I set a ton of goals for 2017 and went on a journey to look for what I need in order to be fully restored for the first time in…well, forever. However, while I made lots of great strides and reached a ton of goals and milestones, the majority of my year was spent (you guessed it) …waiting. I spent so much time waiting for conference and article submission deadlines, product samples, new employees, etc. that I didn’t realize that I was slowly being rejuvenated and restored while also being transformed.

Now that we’ve started a new year and things are once again moving quickly and new goals and tasks are being added to my to-do list, I find myself both more patient yet less willing to overlook unaccountability and a lack of effort in others, more organized yet less rigid about incorporating fun in to everything I’m doing, and more self-aware yet less personally judgmental…all at the same time.  When I took time this past week to really think about it, I realized I had found the greatest gift in my willingness to wait: balance.

So while I’m slowly making consistent use of that gym membership I’ve had for the last 3 years and am finding myself more comfortable with accepting that some things can just be done tomorrow in order to spend more time with people and in places that matter, my time of waiting actually gave me back what I needed most: Me. And I wouldn’t have it any other way :)

What are you in need of for this year? How much are your goals/resolutions aligned with what you’ve discovered you need to truly make yourself a priority? Let’s talk about it!

Happy 2018!

LaKeitha

Behind the Scenes

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“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” - Job 13:15

Many times we have reasons to be frustrated and bewildered at the sudden loss of everything or nearly everything we have. Disasters have came my way twice in my lifetime, that have affected me in different way: one by way of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the other in the form of the EF3 Tornado that hit Eastern New Orleans area in February 2017.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, I was surrounded by my beautiful mother and my amazing daughter. But when i learned of the devastation of the tornado that hit my neighborhood, I was all alone. Mother had went home to be with the Lord a few years before and my daughter was many miles away on a business trip.

So you see, trusting God was all I had to hold on to to keep myself together when the unexpected happened. Putting your faith and trust in God will carry you through any situation or circumstance. There are times when disasters come and people see nothing but material loss. Material possessions can be replaced, but the loss of life cannot.

Through all I experienced, my faith remained intact and unwavered. I stood back and looked from behind the disasters and realized God kept me and my family safe from hurt, harm and danger.

We can’t always see the marvelous hand of God working out His purpose, even through trials and tribulations that come our way. By trusting in God we can more readily accept the difficulties of life and have full and complete confidence that He is in control and allows things that happen in our life to work together for our GOOD and for His GLORY.

You don’t have to always show your hand; show your HEART. And if you’re “Behind the Scene” with God on your side, “YOU WIN!

So, let 2018 be a year of “PRESSING ON” and “LEAPING FORWARD” into what God is calling you to be and do both in your personal and professional life.

“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT”

 Amanda