Today is the kick off of the latest Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies study, “Finding I am” by Lysa TerKeurst. Day one is titled BIOS & ZOE LIFE and let me tell you, this day one lesson hit the nail right on the head for me.
Those of you that know me or read my blog, know that I struggle with depression and anxiety. It has been a battle of mine for several years and I’ve cried out to God many times to just take it. Take it away and let me live a normal life. Well, as normal as normal can be. But God in all his awesomeness has been taking me on a journey lately and it has lit my butt on fire. Not literally, my butt is still intact and not burnt in the slightest. I mean he has recharged me and brought my soul back to life. The moment I’ve dreamt about all these years and finally come. I’ve realized that God has heard me all along. My journey of depression and anxiety was and is still, part of God’s plan for me. Am I over my depression and anxiety? Absolutely not, but I’m looking at life in a whole new way.
Not too long ago I was able to download a free 7-day devotional called “I Want It All” by Gwen Smith. In day one she asks a few questions:
-What big dreams did you have as a little girl?
-What big dreams do you have now?
-How do they compare?
These questions were how God lit my butt on fire. I started reminiscing about my childhood and how all I can clearly remember, as far as dreams go, is that I wanted to be a teacher. If my friends asked me what I wanted to play I would say school. Whenever my school got rid of books or workbooks they would sell them for 25 cents and I would always grab a few to take home to play with. I just loved playing school. I loved “teaching”.
My dreams now would be to be the best wife and mom that I can be. And to be the best wife and mom I can be, I need to strengthen my relationship with Jesus. If Jesus isn’t first, then life is going to be a downhill struggle. I also want to be the best daycare provider I can be. Parents have entrusted me with their children and I want them to learn and grow while in my care.
These two dreams compare in the simple fact that I wanted to teach and I get to teach. I get to lead littles on the daily and be their teacher. I get to not only be home with my own children all day but I also get to be a “daycare mom” to the kids in my care.
When my depression and anxiety strikes my brain starts wondering “Why am I doing what I’m doing?”, “Why did I chose this path in life?”. Because well, we all know kids can be very stressful and when it’s you doing it alone it can become hard to handle. You have no one to turn to to say “Hey, I need a minute, I’m going to step outside”. Somewhere along my journey I forgot of why I’m doing what I’m doing, to bring glory to my Father in Heaven. Everything I do, I do for Him.
But these questions that Gwen Smith asked lit my butt on fire because God was screaming at me that I am doing what he has called me to do. I literally pictured God in my head with some party poppers and confetti flying around all over Heaven when I finally realized what he has been banging against my head for all these years.
I am where He wants me to be and I am doing what He has called me to do.
Now back to Finding I Am day one lesson, BIOS & ZOE LIFE. I feel this ties in with all I’ve just said because Lysa talks about bios life meaning physical life and zoe life meaning fullness of life. I feel like these past years of depression and anxiety have been me living bios life. Just a shell of a person. Living but not really living. I’ve been doing my duties as a wife and mom and daycare provider but only because I have to. Since God has broken through my thick skull and I now realize that I am fulfilling his calling for my life, now I am living zoe life. My life feels full and my heart feels full of God and his goodness. I want to serve my family and serve my kids and daycare kids. It’s a privilege that I don’t deserve to be entrusted with my kids and other’s kids and to be married to my incredible husband.
I can’t thank God enough for this journey he is taking me on. He has used my pastors at my church, as well as authors and friends in my life to speak straight to my heart. I know my hard times and struggles are not over, but I know that when they do come God is there even when He is silent. These years of struggle have been a recipe for something awesome.
“God is the source of life through His provision. The enemy is the source of lies through his provision.” -Lysa TerKeurst, Finding I Am
P.S. I just realized that my pastor spoke on bios life and zoe life not that long ago as well. God, you are awesome. Seriously, awesome.