For those of you who are in a new chapter, who are taking their first step into a new season in life, who are embarking on uncharted territory—this one is for you.
1. You do not need to see the top of the mountain before you begin the climb.
Sweet princess, it is okay if your hands are shaky, if your knees are trembling, and if you do not know how this journey will end once you begin. You are not alone if you feel this way but don’t let it stop you! You are stronger than you think. Do you know how I know? Because God is with you sweet one, and His strength is your strength. Your Father has not brought you this far only to say, “Good luck handling the rest on your own!” He is next to you, supporting you and saying, “Baby girl, I am with you. Do not be afraid. I am going to strengthen you and surround you with my peace as you keep your focus on Me.”
2. Don’t worry if you are on the ground; it’s a good place to start because the only direction you can go is up.
Have no idea what you are doing? Don’t have a map? No problem! God will show you the pieces of the plan in His time. The only thing you need to focus on is standing up. You are going to have challenges and moments when the hurdles are too high to jump over, but do not loose heart. You will fall, but you will rise. You will stand up and try again. You will learn from every obstacle and you will overcome.
3. You are not made to do it all alone. “We” is stronger than “I”.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says “A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” If you ever think just because God has opened this door for you, it is for you to do alone, I want you to remember you are part of the Body of Christ. You are one piece of a huge puzzle. It is not to say you are unimportant, quite the opposite! You are so vital and so necessary, but God never meant for a body to simply be an arm or an eye. God has people waiting and ready to help you. You are born to be part of a community, even now, as you begin this new journey. Allow others to challenge you, support you, and love you. You will be blessed but so will they.
4. God does not call the qualified. He qualifies the called.
Inexperienced. Unqualified. Uneducated. Not Enough. Yes, those things may come into your mind; they may even get you to pause and question if you should really be doing this, if you are able to do this. Those words deserve nothing more than a glance. Beloved, you are not of this world. You are of a different Kingdom, a kingdom that says you can do all things through Christ, you are equipped to do all that He has called you to do through Him, and God’s grace is sufficient for you. His power will be made perfect in your weakness.
5. You are an original, one-of-a-kind, work of art. You are most beautiful when you stop trying to be Mona Lisa and choose to love the masterpiece God made you to be.
Lastly, I know it’s easy to compare yourself to what she is doing, and where she is, and where you aren’t yet, but you are not she. You are not they. You are you, and you are right where you need to be. Keep your heart gracious and humble. God will take you where He wants you to be when it is time for you to be there. He has already made everything beautiful in its time.
Hey Princess, you are going to be fine. Keep breathing, keep walking, and put your hope in God. You just do your best and He will do the rest.
Recommended Bible Verses
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength’”
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”