At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re celebrating the New Year by selecting scripture verses to guide us through 2013. This post is part of a series of Guest Posts from readers of the blog and members of the network. We pray they will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you in the new year!
By Stephanie Haynes
Scripture Verse for 2013:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
This verse came into my life as I was trying to make sense of one of the darkest periods I have ever experienced. My health was a mess, my marriage was all but over with, my children were overwhelming me, and I had lost a teaching career I loved due to a cross-country move. I had given my life to Christ right before our move, but I had no real idea what it meant to be a follower of Jesus. One day in church, as I cried out to God to fix my crazy life, I heard His heart impress upon mine the words of Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know I am God.” That one encounter changed my life.
As I grew in maturity I came to understand that trying to live this life on my terms was the cause of the chaos I was experiencing. When I began to look for the way God was leading me, follow the example of Jesus, and learned to listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God’s peace began to replace the feelings of anxiety, fear, and chaos I had been living with. While nothing outside myself changed very quickly, my inner perspective switched from what I thought I should do to seeking God’s way. Every time I tried His way, even when it didn’t make any sense to me, everything worked out. When I happened upon Proverbs 3:5-6 in one of my daily quiet times I KNEW it was God speaking His truth into my life for my life. It has been “my” verse since 2007.
This verse has been the guiding light in all areas of my life. In my marriage, I gave God my complete trust and I am daily given the grace to learn how to be the wife He created me to be instead of wanting for my husband to be the man I want him to be. As a mother of two who had never been exposed to a stay-at-home mom’s life (except for television shows like Leave it to Beaver), and never really wanted to be one at all, God has led me away from leaning on my ideas of what a stay-at-home mom should be like and instead given me His wisdom to be the parent my children need me to be.
It wasn’t until I felt God lead me in developing Peace of Mind Ministries though that I felt the full impact of this verse. From learning to speak to women who were much more mature in their faith, to figuring out how to create a website and manage social media, to writing a book, everything this ministry is because I had faith in God’s leadership over my own understanding of my limitations. With every new project, every next step, it is God who is in control and that’s a far cry from the wanna-do-it-all-myself superwoman I used to be.
I pray that in 2013 God takes me deeper into leaning on His ways than I have ever been. It doesn’t make any sense to me, (hence the leaning not on my own understanding of what I should do) but I believe God wants me to stop trying to take this ministry to the next step and instead allow Him to be in charge of developing anything new for Peace of Mind Ministries. While I am in this “waiting” period I believe He wants me to use all the tools running this ministry has developed within me to develop my family instead. It’s not that my family is in trouble, but that God wants me to put my full focus on them and trust that He will take care of bringing the speaking and writing opportunities He wants me to focus on. It is a very scary place to be, but so was the first time I decided to trust Him completely with the changes I so desperately needed in my life and that has turned out better than I could have ever imagined. It is my hope to write about this experience and share the truths He pours into my heart in hopes that other women will come to believe that God does have a plan, even when we don’t understand it, and that following His plan over our own is the pathway to the peace we long for.
Peace of Mind Ministries exists to reveal God’s peace to any woman no matter how chaotic her circumstances. Through our Cultivating Peace classes based on my book: Cultivating Peace: Revealing God’s Peace within Your Chaos, the women’s events at which I am invited to speak, and the blogs that I write, I try to spread the hope of God’s peace in any trial to as many women as I can.
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Do you have a life verse or scripture verse of the year? Share it with us here and let us know how it guides you in your business or ministry as well as your home!