100 word challenge: Job

https://thinspiralnotebook.com/2016/04/27/100-word-challenge-job/

Let’s face it, we all need to make money in order to live. Some go to work everyday and look at the clock wishing the hours away. Others can’t seem to get enough hours to get everything done. Either way, the fact is the average American spends 60 or more hours a week at work. That’s a lot of time! Make it count. Ask yourself what you are good at. Find something that makes you feel like you are making a difference. Work is important. We can serve others, serve our family and grow from experiences.

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#winner!

I am so excited and humbled this morning. I just found out that my book, “Out of the Darkroom, Into the Light” has won the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award for Non-Fiction!

When I first published this book, I was full of fear, but trusted God in every step of the journey. I share my story to provide hope and healing to others and have had the opportunity to meet many incredible people and hear other women’s stories of abuse. Thank you to everyone who has supported my journey.

God is so good!

 

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Because He is, I am.

I am enough.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to an amazing retreat called Winsome. It is in a beautiful spot in the mountains of Pennsylvania and I was excited about getting away for the weekend to be with other women and enjoy fellowship together.

As I was driving there I was wondering who else might be there. And then I started thinking about the clothes I brought. Should I have brought some nicer things? Maybe different jewelry? What if when I arrived none of the women who I knew where there and I had no one to talk to? I had been asked to speak about my book and was suddenly worried that I would forget what to say or that no one would care.

Has self doubt ever gotten the better of you and anxiety steals the place of excitement?

Why do we let this happen?

As the retreat got underway I forgot about my worry and settled into an inviting worship time. It didn’t matter what I was wearing or who I was with. What mattered was that I was there with a yearning to grow closer to God and fill my heart with His love.

I was quickly reminded that I am enough because He is enough.

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).

The retreat was wonderful! I saw my friends, made many new ones, drank a lot of coffee and wished that I had brought my comfy sweat pants. Next time I feel those familiar pangs of self doubt creep in, I will remember….I am enough.

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Leave Your Past Behind (guest blog)

I am so happy when I hear about others who share their story to help others. Lisa and I met in the blogging world and immediately connected. Her message of God’s grace is a wonderful reminder of His love for all of us, even when we’re not perfect.

Leave Your Past Behind by Lisa Roberts Bell

As I looked at my mom’s beautiful face, she drew her last breath and was immediately with Jesus in Heaven. Wait! What? MY mother, who I loved so very much, was now not with me any longer. She was with her Savior and out of severe pain.

I managed to hold myself together for a few days after her death. After those few calm days, here came hurricane Lisa. I went into self-destruction mode. I drank wine and other liquor until I became numb as to not feel the deep pain from losing my mom to colon cancer. I slept in my own vomit, I hurt all of the people I loved, I lied, I cheated, and found myself in places and situations in which I should have never been.

Yes I was a Christian. I had been a Christian for 20 years at that time. I moved away from God because if I prayed and asked Him for help, my mom’s death would become real. I couldn’t bear it; especially without God. So I continued in my own way to handle the pain.

This lasted for a year and a half. My life was a hot mess and I even knew I needed help. I went to my doctor for help, but there was nothing wrong with me physically. I needed psychological help. IMMEDIATELY!

Fortunately, God led me to a Christian counseling program. In this program I discovered my issues went much deeper than I thought. I didn’t learn good core values as a child so I didn’t love myself enough to make good decisions in my life; thus the poor self-image and self-destruction.

Don’t misunderstand, I had great parents. They, however, were dealing with their own poor self-esteem issues. My mom was sexually abused by a family member and dad was physically abused by his dad. My parents loved me and took care of my every need, but they were tormented by their past while trying to raise three children.
After therapy I gained a new a refreshing self-image. Life will always be full of troubles, especially for Christians, but I was able to leave my unwanted childhood memories behind and discover how much my Lord loved me. And guess what? I learned that I needed to love myself. And I started making good decisions.

This journey opened my eyes to others that were hurting. And in speaking with them found that they too didn’t receive the validation or core values they needed as a child.
God gave me a loving heart for people and to share my story with them. To make them see I am living proof that you can leave your past behind you and begin a fresh, new life. God used me as a vessel to write a book that would prayerfully help others to avoid the obstacles I encountered. To discover their worth in God and learn to love themselves properly. I began writing, blogging, mentoring, and speaking to groups that desperately needed a new start.

I’m so thankful that God is using imperfect me to help and love people and show them how I became a better person on the other side of my storm. And most importantly how I grew closer to God.

My desire for myself and everyone is to be better today than yesterday and better tomorrow than today. TO BECOME OUR BEST SELVES. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NLT.)

LisaRoberts-1234Lisa has been a Christian for 25 years. She has a background in human resources and career development. She has spent most of her life teaching others to look inside themselves and find their worth. Having felt the hand of God on her since childhood, she has recently began ministering by writing and public speaking. Lisa currently mentors ladies who have been victims of human trafficking and are looking to begin a new life. She does public speaking engagements in churches and other places as well. With her down to earth personality as well as the transparency about her own psychotic episode, she is able to touch hearts as people are made aware of Jesus’s love for them.

Lisa blogs at http://www.becomingourbestselfblog.wordpress.com, http://www.inspirationfortoday.wordpress.com

She guest blogs at http://www.doctormariomagnonelife.com.

You can also connect with her at:
http://www.twitter.com/bellrlisa
http://www.linkedin.com/in/lisarobertsbell
http://www.pinterest.com/lisaroberts1804
http://www.instagram.com/lisa.bell
http://www.lisarobertsbell.tumblr.com
http://www.facebook.com/lisa.robertsbell
http://www.plus.google.com
http://www.goodreads.com

Lisa has two books available:

A Time to Keep and a Time to Throw Away – it is an eBook and can be purchased at http://www.lulu.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, http://www.amazon.com.

9781682704080medLeave Your Past Behind; Uncover the Secret of a New Beginning – you can purchase it in paperback or download an eBook at http://www.tatepublishing.com, http://www.barnesandnoble.com, http://www.amazon.com .

 

Fear of the Unknown

I remember the first time I went to a bible study group. I was a new Christian and was very nervous. I hardly knew any of the books of the Bible and had no idea which of them was in the Old Testament or New. But my friend pressed me to go and I wanted to make her happy. When I arrived, I immediately became nervous, fearing that someone might ask me a question and I wouldn’t know the answer. Everyone welcomed me and although I didn’t speak much during our time together, by the end of the evening I knew that I would return. I have been with that same group for almost five years now and the women are some of my closest friends. What if I had let fear prevent me from going that first night?

Sometimes doing something new or unfamiliar can be scary. We like to be comfortable, so the idea of switching things up or trying something different can lead to fear. We don’t like to feel unprepared for fear of being judged.

But what if we never tried anything new?

What if we didn’t take that first step towards a new goal?

How many times have you allowed your fears to get in the way of your dreams?
In Isaiah 41:10, we can find the comfort that only God can provide when we are full of fear.

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Imagine a life where you fully trusted God and turned all your fears and worries to Him.

What would that look like?