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GUEST POST: LEARNING TO SAY “NO”

The chaos or the unsettling feelings of situations in our lives sometimes come so that God can show us what it’s like to live in His freedom – it becomes a matter of having to BOLDLY choose to create that space in our days. When we make space for God, we follow, we connect, we experience Him in all spaces (all of it) that He becomes part of our lives. We run to Him over anything else, even when that might not be so easy. He specifically tells, ask us “Come to me”

MY BEAUTIFUL FEATURED GUEST BLOGGER IS COLLENE: She blogs at https://restandchaos.com. Be sure to give her a follow. She’s an amazing and talented writer.

Bio: My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have three kids (9, 11, and 14). I grew up in the church but ran from God in my teen years. He never gave up on me though. When I hit rock bottom He still loved me, forgave me, and gave me a second chance at a better life. Then six years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic illness. But through it all God has taught me to sit at his feet and rest in His love. I love to share my struggles, failures, and all that I am learning through my writing. It is my hope that by being real, I can inspire others to seek Jesus and grow in their walk with Him.

Collene’s story: I used to be driven by the word “should”. I should be a better mother. I should feed my kids healthier meals. I should be in better shape. I should make more money. The number of things I thought I should be doing was overwhelming and left me feeling defeated. Then I read in Ephesians 2:10,For we are God’s masterpiece and He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Maybe the reason I was overwhelmed and feeling stressed out is because I was doing things that God hadn’t planned for me to do. And by saying “yes” to so many things, I ended up saying “no” to God. You see, Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and love others as ourselves. So, the good thing God has called me to do, is to simply love God, others, and myself. But I can’t love others when my schedule is overbooked, and I am stressed to the max.

I started learning to ask myself, “Does this activity help me to love God and others? Or am I tempted to say yes just because I fear disappointing someone? Am I tempted to say yes because I am trying to prove something?” I started to think of myself as a battery. I only have so much power to give. Eventually I will run out of power unless I take the time to stop and recharge. And finding the time to recharge may require me to say “no” to some things. But by doing so, I will be powered up and ready to do the good things that God has planned for me to do.

Now, when I hear the word “should”, I just stop for a minute. I ask myself if this is really what God has called me to do. If it is, then I give a wholehearted “YES!” But if it is not, then I remember the good things God has called me to and simply say, “No, I shouldn’t.”

Thank you Collene for this lovely blog post. Love it so much. Friends, My question for you is this, “What is something that is taking you away from God’s promises and purpose that He has for you?” Will you go to Him? Will you run to Him over anything else? Do comment below! Would love to here from you! God bless you abundantly!

Blessings and Love…😊🙏❤