About that whole “steel marshmallow” moment…yep so that didn’t last very long!
I’ve stumbled through this week and have felt far away from the Proverbs 31 goal I am aiming to achieve. I’ve struggled with sleep, veered away from my healthy eating plan, dragged myself through workouts, let my emotions get the better of me and my finest moment was frantically planning for a meeting a week earlier than I needed to. I’ve also avoided writing this blog in case it wasn’t “good enough” and then decided that these words were always meant to be honest rather than polished. The truth is that juggling the role of Mum, wife, daughter, business owner and blog writer and has been a stretch for me this week.
So, tonight I decided to climb into bed, read the Proverbs 31 Bible verses and take time to regroup. From the start of this process I made it clear that this wasn’t just about being the “perfect wife,” it was about aspiring to the characteristics of a woman living her life for God. In verse 12, I am reminded that I need to bring good, not harm. I need to do this not just for others, but also for myself. In a week where I feel like I have fallen short in so many areas, I need to remind myself that I’m still loved. I need to remind myself that although I may have felt inadequate at times this week, I know God still used me to bring a blessing to others. I know He used me to be creative and productive (even if I was a week early). I know He helped me to love those who are difficult to love and to eat two pieces of dark chocolate instead of polishing off an entire Terry’s Chocolate Orange. These might seem like little things, but they are the small steps that will lead to bigger, longer lasting changes.
This path is the wise one to choose because God’s word says so:
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
I still have 318 days to go in this process and instead of focusing on how far I have to go, I’m choosing to see how far I’ve come. I have three days left on the 30 Day Shred and although I am yet to see the six pack I was promised, this is the furthest I’ve ever got through the programme. This will be more of a mental achievement than a physical one.
Proverbs 31 is shining a light on all the areas of my life where I have said, “I can’t” and highlighting the truth that “God can”.
In what areas of your life are you saying that you can’t?
Which of God’s promises can you tap into to give you the strength to pick yourself up and try again in His strength rather than your own?
I’m continuing to trust that it’s through the little things that God can do great things in my life. How about you?