When something in our lives is truly important, it’s non-negotiable.
Women, the real story is that we have mastered compromising what’s important to us. When we are asked about what we value, what we want to do, or what we like, we often struggle to find for an answer. So, we smile and politely reply with the expected:
My family is important.
Faith is important.
Making sure the household is running smoothly is important.
I believe we have a fight, a call, a mission much deeper than these few words. We have passion and purpose. We must stop sacrificing who we were designed to be and limiting God’s call on our life. The world needs us to bring our best and stand firmly on our non-negotiables.
How do I determine what is important?
In Chapter 3 of my book It’s My Time, I focus on what I refer to as non-negotiables. When we design a life with intention and focus on God’s call, what is truly important will rise to the top and you’ll know without a doubt what is the MOST important to YOU. In fact, the feelings that rise from commitment to those non-negotiables are freedom, empowerment, self-love and a supernatural confidence in who you are as a woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, a wonderfully-designed human being.
It’s your time to get real and serious about your non-negotiables. So, let’s begin with 2 simple lists:
Write of list of 5 Will Do’s
Write a list of 5 Will NOT Do’s
Here are a few examples:
I will attend church every Sunday to fill my soul with God’s word and to be in the church community.
I will not volunteer to work an extra shift on Sundays preventing me from going to church.
I will seek and only accept employment opportunities that utilize my skills.
I will speak positively of my divorce and my ex-husband.
I will not allow the hurtful past to prevent me from a loving present and future.
Yes, I know it’s easier to read the words of others and think “Oh yes, that’s good. I should write that.” However, I’m encouraging you to be you. Take the time for you to listen to God’s words for you.
What do you want? What has God placed on your heart for you?
We plan the way we want to live,
but only God makes us able to live it.
~ Proverbs 16:9, The Message
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