When I started The Nourished Mom, I knew I wanted my faith to be a part of it. I wanted to operate within God’s will for my business (and my life). I didn’t truly know what it would mean to include my faith in my business model and I wasn’t quite sure of God’s will. But since I started my business, I have been on a journey to find out.
I hold tight to the well know verse of Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” I believe this promise to be true. I thought that I trusted in the Lord. But God showed me that trust is more than a feeling and an idea - It’s an action…
Trusting in the Lord means that we quickly take refuge in Him when we have questions or face trouble. It means that we are confident in his ability to lead us and protect us. It means we acknowledge that He is in control.
But when I am faced with a decision or a problem my instinctual reaction is to lean on my own accumulated knowledge and understanding. And my own understanding tells me that I need to take control of the situation - now!
I had always believed that if I did things ‘just so’ and implemented the ‘perfect plan’ that things would turn out the way I needed them to. I stressed and I struggled to get it right. But there is so much in this life that is beyond my control; It’s impossible to truly figure out the ‘perfect plan’. Trying to rely on my own understanding left me feeling stressed out and defeated.
God doesn’t want us to feel stressed and defeated, striving to do life on our own. Proverbs 3 continues to say “be not wise in your own eyes”, in other words, ‘don’t depend on your own wisdom.’ He has a better way for us. He wants us to depend on His wisdom and to quickly turn to him for refuge. Psalm 46 tells us He wants to be our refuge and strength.
When I strive in my ‘knowledge’ alone I cut myself short, because God’s way, His knowledge and His thoughts are so much higher than my own. (Isaiah 55:8-9) He sees each situation with much more clarity and wisdom than I ever could. Sometimes my knowledge and understanding might be in line with God’s will, but sometimes (many times) it’s not and the only way for me to know is to ask Him. I must seek him, pray and listen.
As I grow in my trust of the Lord and I continually (try my best to) come to Him first in all things, I’m finding that his ways are so much better than my own. He opens doors that need to be opened and closes doors that should be closed. He makes moves I would have never imagined doing myself. As I look back, I can see his sovereign hand directing me and guiding me. He works in big ways and he works in the small everyday details. It's amazing and I am constantly in awe.
When you have a problem, a concern, a question or a need, do you take it to the Lord first? Do you seek refuge in Him? Do you put your confidence in him? Or, are you struggling to figure it all out on your own?
Nothing you could plan in your own knowledge or strength could ever compare to the path God has planned for you. He’s just waiting for you to come to Him. Lay your fears, needs and desires at His feet and ask for His guidance. Pray to Him, call out to Him, trust in Him. Listen and he will guide you through the decisions you need to make and he’ll help you solve the problems your faced with. Trust in the Lord, and just as the Proverb promises, He will ‘make straight your path’.
Lot's has changed since I started The Nourished Mom. And I’d like to share with you the path that God had been leading me down…
As I’ve worked with clients, I’ve always been passionate about sharing my faith and the lessons God teaches me. But, in my role as a Nutritional Therapist, it wasn’t always fitting to share the things that the Lord put on my heart. I have a vision to empower women to better themselves and my vision includes faith in God as the foundation upon which we build our lives. I had been dancing around this idea all year, trying to include faith into my Nutritional Therapy programs. But it just didn’t seem to fit right as something in addition to nutrition – it had to be the foundation.
So, after much prayer and many divine lessons, I’m shifting the focus of The Nourished Mom to be in alignment with the direction God is calling me. I'm focusing my coaching programs and workshops on helping women to balance their lives according to biblical principles. My teaching will center on Gods’ word and practical life skills. (Don’t worry, I’ll still cover some nutrition, as I believe God’s best for us includes knowing how to use food to help us feel our best.)
I’m working on new coaching programs and workshops that I will launch in January. I’m also redesigning my website to reflect these pivotal changes.
My hope is that I can continue to offer encouragement and be an inspiration for you through the content I offer at The Nourished Mom.
In Love and Health,