At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.
I have read the story of the invalid man by the pool so many times in my life, but it has been in the past year that this story has really spoken to my heart… I guess because of where I am in my life right now.
The man in this story had been an invalid for 38 years. When Jesus encounters him on his mat, he asked the man if he wanted to be healed. Interestingly, this invalid did not answer “yes” or “no.” He simply gave an excuse, saying that every time he tried to enter the healing waters, people went before him, and no one helped him. 38 years… imagine!
I wonder: Did this person ASK anyone to help him? Did he focus more on his disability than his abilities?
I think about some of the “mats” on which I have lain in my life: The mat of insecurity regarding my own gifts and talents. The mat of an eating disorder in college. The mat of trying to attain perfectionism ( it took me years to get off this mat, but I finally learned… finally… that no human can ever be perfect). There have been many mats in my nearly six decades of life. A few have been really comfortable… a little too comfortable. Some have been downright ugly.
When I took the leap to start my coaching practice a couple years ago, I left a mat of a job with great benefits, a challenging and fulfilling purpose, and daily connections with a lot of important people in my community. It was my all-consuming comfort zone.
But with the help and support of encouraging friends and great coaching mentors, I did pick up my mat, and I walked.
As with so many women I coach, I still sometimes struggle with the mats of perfectionism and insecurity. I see other women in my profession, and I sometimes find myself comparing myself to them. They are out there doing such and such, and I am not. Why?
In 2017, I am rolling up my mats of comparing and doubting, and I am walking fully into my own calling with my unique gifts and life experiences as I continue to celebrate my clients’ successes and growth. Unlike the invalid man at the pool who may not have asked for assistance, I am reaching out to make greater connections with other women and to own and really use my God-given talents and skills.
Like that man, however, I am following Jesus’ call to ” Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
Amen, Lord. Let’s get going!
First and foremost, I am a creation of God. I was widowed nearly 24 years ago when my husband and his father were killed in a boating accident in the Atlantic Ocean. My sons were 8 and 3 at the time, but we formed a new little family. Raising two sons by myself certainly had its challenges, but my son are my greatest joys! One is now a US Army major, and the other is a musician/ producer. I am blessed, too, with three granddaughters.
My work in coaching and speaking to women on how to have balanced, joyful lives stems from my own experiences as a single working mother and in my belief that God desires that very thing for us and from us. In addition to my coaching/ speaking practice, I co- facilitate in two different women’s ministries and serve on my local board of Girls on the Run. I also do some limited nonprofit consulting. In all that I do, I desire to honor and serve God.
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