Those of you who have been following this blog for awhile know that I was semi-recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. I had struggled to get and stay pregnant, had gained some mysterious weight, and suffered from extreme fatigue. Medical professionals kept telling me that it can be perfectly normal to have multiple miscarriages and to take years to get pregnant. In my heart of hearts I knew that wasn’t normal.
If I was to be really honest with you, I wondered about the direction of this blog. How can I write about joy-filled, abundant living when there are days I can barely roll out of bed. But God spoke to me in that still small voice.
Sarah, living an abundant life with purpose and joy can only happen in spite of your circumstances, not because of them.
So I keep on writing. I write even when it’s been written before. I write because if one person can find encouragement or can make a healthy change or can grow in their faith because of something I’ve written – then God has used me. And that’s all I want – to be used by God.
In John 10:10, it says “The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
And that’s when I realized that abundant living isn’t a destination that we arrive at when we are finally healthy, debt-free, perfect parents/spouses and living a life of purpose. It’s a journey of making the best of right now; choosing joy. You see, we stop living abundantly when we let that thief steal our purpose, mock our identity, and tell us we are not enough. The thief wins when we give up hope. God has more for us, my friends.
So what can we do to proactively pursue an abundant life?
- Pray. Praise Him because you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Ask God what you need to do to live an abundant life. Ask God to give you wisdom with your health/finances/relationships. Ask God to direct your path.
- Give Thanks. It’s so much easier to nurture joy in your life when you focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t. Nurture an attitude of gratitude.
- Get Informed. One of Satan’s biggest weapons is deception. We saw it in the Garden of Eden and we deal with it today. We have to be truth seekers. If you struggle with health, do your research. Go to Pubmed and look up research that has been done. Read articles from trustworthy sources. If you struggle with your relationship with God, spend more time with Him. Study the words of the Bible like you are about to take a final exam. If you struggle with your finances, build a budget and find someone to keep you accountable to it. Read books from people who have demonstrated wisdom in the area of finances. In all these areas, find wise people who have walked the same path before you and let them mentor you through your walk. Don’t fall for everything society tells you.
- Take action. The worst thing you can do is nothing. If you do nothing, then you will get exactly that – nothing. Make one small change today. Just do it! You have nothing to lose. Remember, living an abundant life is a journey, not a destination. But you can’t make that journey if you don’t get off the couch and do something!