Please, please, please accept my apologies…for holding out on you for so long! I teased my Healthy Living How To Facebook Friends with a photo of this lovely and oh so healthy carrot cake a week and a half ago and promised to post the recipe on my birthday. Yeah, my birthday came and went last week and I didn’t hold true to my word.
You see, I haven’t been a good little blogger recently. Actually, you could say I have been in a bit of a mid-winter slump. My mind has been under attack and full of self-doubt. However, after a very inspiring message at church (<—click on the text to watch for yourself) yesterday, I am losing my “but I don’t have what it takes” mindset, dusting the snow off my back, and am back to blogging with a renewed sense of purpose.
If the above paragraph sounds cryptic or has you thinking, I thought Miss Vanessa was full of confidence, let me tell you, I have periods of self-doubt more often than I would like to admit. It is a cross I bear and something I have to consciously surrender to God on a regular basis. The past two weeks has been particular hard for me, which all started with a major disappointment and letdown in a professional relationship that snowballed in to me doubting my abilities, direction, purpose, even my character.
It never ceases to amaze me how God always comes to my rescue. I sat down at church yesterday morning, opened up the program, only to find the title of the message, Losing Our Buts: I Don’t Have What it Takes. It was not a coincidence; I was exactly where I was supposed to be. I was there to “lose my BUT”!
Even the most accomplished people feel inadequate at times. Every single person is insecure in some way. Every one of us doubts we have what it takes in multiple ares of our life. But today, I’m going to give you three truths out of God’s Word, that you can draw from whenever you’re tempted to say, “I don’t have what it takes.” ~Jason Strand, Pastor, Eagle Brook Church
It makes me tear up just typing this as I realize how my recent thoughts do not line up with God’s truth for not only myself but for each and every one of us who put our faith in Christ. So what are the three truths to remember when our mind’s are filled with doubt?
- God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.
- You are God’s masterpiece.
- You have everything you need to do everything God has called you to do.
While every message at church speaks to each of us differently, this message spoke right to my heart. It was exactly what I needed to hear at exactly the right moment. I hope that by exposing my weakness and putting it out there for you, that it helps someone, somewhere! Because at the end of the day that is why I started Healthy Living How To. To serve, inspire and help others!
If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:7-8