“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” - 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
It’s been nearly a month since my last blog post. And oh, the places the Lord has taken me!
What I didn’t know then was that I would be entering into a new season—out of the clouds and into the fire.
Let me explain.
I lost my way in 2021. My main goal was to do everything possible to prepare for the launch of The Hangout Journal.
I revived that entrepreDOER mentality that I stuck in a box for a few years and went into overdrive marketing the journal.
Create and post videos for social media, done.
Manage Facebook ads, check.
Send marketing and press emails, done.
Reach out to influencers and other brands, check.
That was the everyday routine that I believed would get me closer to my goal. And in many ways, it did. But none of that was helping me to grow closer to God.
If you’re anything like me, you may be thinking what I first thought. Why does what I do in my business have to help me grow closer to the Lord? I have to pay bills just like everyone else.
A dear friend of mine helped me to realize if we aren’t growing on our journey, something is wrong. "Full stop," as he likes to say.
And often, that something is the posture of our hearts.
I started Forholy about six years ago to help people stay encouraged and grow in their faith. That was the mission, and I forgot that last year.
My previous cloudy season wasn’t due to external factors, it was because of my gated (and chained) heart. A heart that could not receive the fullness of God’s love because I wasn’t willing to give up the key.
I thought I knew what it meant to be vulnerable, but I didn't. All I actually knew was to run away from my emotions because I didn’t want to be weak.
But the only place to run is to God.
Giving Him full control over my heart meant that I would have to accept that I am not in control of my life. It meant that I would have to acknowledge that I’m not as strong as I pretend to be and I do not know everything.
That was (is) hard for me. Being strong is what I do. But that isn’t the place where God’s power works best. He doesn't need me to do anything other than sit in His presence.
So that's what I've been doing.
And our sweet Father has been meeting me in my weakness, my vulnerability, and in the place where I can no longer carry the load that He never asked me to carry in the first place.
When we are weak, that’s the place where we can truly see God and let Him work from the inside out. Allowing ourselves to be weak so that God can be our strength is a strength.
I was reading through 2 Timothy 1 the other day. Paul begins the letter reminding Timothy of the faith he once had. The faith that once burned in his heart.
In verse 6, Paul tells him to remember to “fan into flames” the spiritual gift that God gave him. That part spoke to me.
Fanning a flame makes it stronger, brighter, and hotter. That’s why I call this season of my life “into the fire.”
Imagine if we all ignited the fire inside of us—the Holy Ghost fire. Instead of being stirred up by anger, shame, and pride, we’re stirred up by the everlasting love of God. Instead of holding back because of fear, we’re strengthened by His omnipotent power.
God is calling His people back to Him. Back to the place of seeking Him with our whole, ungated (and unchained) hearts. And when we fan the flame inside of us instead of quenching Him, amazing things will happen for the glory of God.
My prayer for you today and every day is that you'll let God have complete control over your heart and life. Don't run from what He's doing, embrace the process.
You already have everything you need.
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