Say yes to God's call to walk deeper into your calling.
"Come, my shy and modest dove - leave your seclusion, come out in the open. Let me see your face, let me hear your voice. For your voice is soothing and your face is ravishing."
- Song of Solomon 2:14 (The Message)
If you're familiar with my book, then this week's scripture should be pretty familiar. I'm bringing it back up today, four years after originally writing it, because it's hitting different in the season I'm entering now. When I first wrote about how this scripture spoke to me, no one outside of my family and friends knew me or all this ministry I had in my heart to offer. Writing and launching Big Idea Food was my way of "coming out" to the world at that time.
It's funny because when I first stepped out, I think I checked a box in my head like cool, coming out? Done. Did that. Mission accomplished. And—not gonna lie—I honestly feel like if I were to die tomorrow I'd be at peace in the calling department because I've birthed the thing I was supposed to birth. And baybee? When I tell you that is a whole nother type of peace!? It feels sooo good!
But, even in the midst of the strong sense of fulfillment I have, I feel this scripture pushing and challenging me to come out again. Like there's levels to "coming out" that I didn't know about until just now, in this moment. I didn't expect to be called out again, further. But I'm excited to embrace this next level and see what it looks and feels like.
I wanted to share these thoughts with you today [First Name] in case you have more "coming out" to do too. I just want you to know that, as scary as it may be to step deeper into your calling, allow yourself to feel the feeling behind the fear; that sense of "this might actually work out and I'm excited about that." Because, trust and believe, with God in your corner, that's exactly what's gonna happen.
Still hungry? Eat some more //
- Just finished reading The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and I love how he speaks to "worry" thoughts as a sign that something positive is trying to poke through behind them. Since reading this, I've been practicing the habit of marinating on the "positive" version of a worry / doubt / fear thought whenever they crop up. Definitely been helpful & an empowering way to put fear in its place.
- Here are the prompts I mentioned in last week's newsletter (just go to "file", then "make a copy" to be able to edit them). Many of you reached out and requested these so I hope they're helpful!