In the spirit of “Grabbing your handbag and living Big, Bold, and Beautiful!” I am encouraging myself to take a moment to stop and smell the roses, to treat my spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health with consideration and love. I am reminding myself, that “love is patient and kind,” show kindness to others, lend a helping hand, or a listening ear. I am remembering that, “God has a purpose and a plan for my life.” I remind myself to take moments to take a walk, to listen to my favorite song, write in a journal, or just be in the moment that is provided for me. I have the ability to bust through things that may overwhelm me and cause procrastination. I can turn those feelings of being overwhelmed by motherhood, getting a new job, or starting a new business into implementation and results. I must make an effort to clean up mental clutter to establish calm, clarity, and confidence in everything that I wish to achieve in life. I have to battle the feelings of procrastination and self doubt, and replace them with positive outcomes. I must make an effort to increase my productivity, drive, and focus to live “Big, Bold, and Beautiful.”
I had to believe and know that God created me as my authentic self to live in his grace. I wanted to remember the spiritual roots that I grew up with as a child in order to become closer to God. I have to keep my mind and body energized in order to grow in a beautiful way. When I decided to live a more spiritual life, my faith grew stronger and my relationship with God became closer, and more meaningful with more spiritual growth. I decided that I just did not want to be a member in church, and attend every Sunday listen to the word and go home. I wanted to become a more active participant and support my pastors. The first step that I took was helping with the Children’s ministry. This summer I volunteered to help with vacation bible school and teach the arts and crafts section to the children. I decided to become more “bold and confident,” with my faith by helping out in the Outreach ministry. I wanted to help those that may not know the love of God and bring them closer to Christ. I took more time out for prayer, to read the word; not only to read the word but believe the words that came from the Bible, to fellowship with others, and to welcome divine connections, to be obedient and walk by faith with the Lord.
I wanted to give back and give God all the glory for his goodness and mercy. I think that it is so easy to get caught up in motherhood that sometimes I might have lost myself so much that I forgot about the goodness of me. I think that it is important to have time to reflect on the person that I was before I became a wife and mother. I decided that I could take time to not only grow spiritually but as a woman. I think that it is important to attend a conference once a quarter. The conference could be for church, blogging, networking, or just a general meet up with friends once a month. I believe that it is important to treat myself to a day of hair, pedicure, manicure, or a day of yoga and meditation. I have to be my best self in order to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for my life. I believe that spiritual growth is one of the first steps in living Big, Bold, and Beautiful. Spiritual growth is a development or improvement toward a goal called maturity or in the Bible perfection. I have listed four major steps below to help guide me on this journey. Wait on the Lord and be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart. Psalm 27:14
4 steps towards spiritual growth are as follows:
1. Desire to grow-We will never grow unless we want to grow
In the physical realm children want to grow, likewise for Christians
2. Nourishment- We need spiritual food from God’s word
3. Exercise and practice- Timothy 4:7 Exercise yourself towards godliness
4. Time and Patience- Don’t expect to reach your goals overnight. Don’t become discouraged by mistakes or rebukes
How do you define spiritual growth?