Disease and illness shouldn't be a reason we miss out on all that God has for us. Instead, we can use those circumstances in our lives to change the world. But we can't do that when our bodies are hurting and sick.
There are a lot of ways, despite a chronic illness, that we can change the way we take care of our bodies and overall health in order to thrive. I believe it is our duties as Christian women to be good stewards of our health so that we are able to be abundant and pour into the lives of others.
We are called to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice for God's kingdom. And in order to do that, we have to be mindful of the way we treat our bodies; in the way we live, move, eat, it all impacts our life, our mission.
The main point of me sharing this story is that I needed to do what God called me to do, what He had already placed inside of me long ago. He had already equipped me. He said I was prepared. He said I was capable. He said I was adequate. My Lupus diagnosis was not without purpose.
PROTECTION FOR SOMETHING GREATER THAN MYSELF
If I can be honest here, I had known for a while that heath coaching was what I wanted to do. My time spent in the Miss America Organization confirmed that for me. But the thought of doing Healing in Motion full time as a business was too much for me to even consider. I pushed it away because I knew nothing about being an entrepreneur.
I tried applying for all other jobs. I applied for grad school. I even wanted to move to Los Angeles. But God literally closed all other doors in order for me to see that this is what I was truly meant to do.
All of the prior moments of rejection were actually moments that God was protecting me. Not protecting me from something but protecting me for something. God believed in the mission of Healing in Motion. He was just waiting for me to stop ignoring it.
It still took a few months for me to get my act together, but I buckled down and studied to get my ACE Health Coach Certification and in May of 2016 Healing in Motion became an LLC.
So thus began my journey to help women live the lives they were created to live, to thrive beyond the diagnosis. And even though this is what I know God has called me to do, the journey hasn't been easy.
It’s stretched me incredibly far and pushed me out of my comfort zone. I've learned a lot about owning a business with the guidance of wonderful business coaches God has placed in my life. And I still have a lot more to learn. This wasn't the plan I had chosen for my life, but it was God’s plan, and I wouldn't want it any other way.
I want to challenge you all to think of the difficult times you have faced or are facing right now and re-purpose your thought process. Yes, your feelings of frustration, anxiety, loneliness are indeed valid. But consider what God may be trying to teach you in the process. When I was diagnosed with Lupus almost 10 years ago, I had no idea that it would be the foundation for what would later be my career. Spend time with God and ask God not “why” but “how.” How can God use your trials for a greater purpose? Comment below and let me know what you trials you are facing today that God can use for a greater purpose!
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