Passion

“Life motivation comes from the deep longings of the heart, and the passion to see them fulfilled urges you onward.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:26‬ ‭TPT‬‬

What do you do when you get the one thing you’ve wanted for so very long and it feels like an empty victory? When you can’t play the victim because the “if only” and “someday” has happened?

You knew you’d get your prayers answered because God keeps His promises. And you aren’t surprised, really, that your dream come true doesn’t feel or look like you’d envisioned. God’s ways are higher and all that.

You’re not even upset that what should be the most exciting time has become the most fearful, stagnant, self-sabotaging in your life. Well, maybe you are a little upset. Okay, you’re angry. Really angry. At yourself.

But, you’ve been here before. This pit, this crossroad of ‘should’ and ‘must’, this place where paths diverge in the unknown woods. And you ask yourself, “Can I handle taking the road less traveled? Am I really ready to live the life I’ve always talked about?”

Everyone else thinks you were born for this. Well, almost everyone. And you know in the deepest part of you that this assignment is what will stir the deep longing of your heart. It is your passion. Your dream come true is having the time to devote yourself to walking with women into all God called them to do and be. Ready or not, here you are.

And yet, here you sit – like a car stalled on the side of the road. There is plenty of fuel in the tank, no flat tires and nothing wrong under the hood. Just idling on the shoulder of the highway feeling the rush of traffic whizzing by.

You can’t seem to find your way into the lane you want to be in. Every opening that appears seems too small or the oncoming vehicles too big. Or your car’s not fast enough. You’ve sidelined yourself with Satan’s lies. “You’re not ready.” “No one needs your help.” “Who wants to hear anything you have to say?”

You’ve let the deceitful one reside in your head and make you forget your ‘why.’ Your ultimate goal – God’s “Well done!” Nothing else.

Then you remember that it’s not about your earthly success or failure. It’s all about serving God’s people any way He leads. Fortunately, you get an opportunity to spend some time in nature with people who love you and stretch you and remind you why you were put on the planet.

You take the opportunity to operate in your gift, your passion. That one assignment from God that lights you up from the inside out. The pity party in your head suddenly ends and you can see your next step clearly now.

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” ~ Bishop T. D. Jakes


What gets you excited?  Read along with us for the next few weeks as we explore purpose and passion.

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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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