Why Life Coaching? Get excited.

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Why life coaching? Because God said so.

Sitting in church this past Sunday our pastor began to talk about Christians using their gifts for God’s glory. This is an idea that I’ve always known, always loved and always been happy to promote. As many of you know, recently I have become certified as a professional life coach. Throughout the certification process I learned how to help people evaluate their lives. I learned how to help them discover their dreams, gifts and passions. I learned how to guide them through realistic ways to reach those goals however crazy they may be. I learned how to get excited with them about their own lives, which is a concept that has gotten so lost in our world today – actually loving your life and what you do.

God made it very evident in the time that I was becoming certified that it was going to be a huge platform for His name to be proclaimed. THAT is what excites me the most. My. First. Day. I was asked straight up what I believe. That’s one thing that is so wonderful about life coaching! It makes you think long and hard about your purpose. Every talent, passion, goal, and dream that we have is God-given. He purposefully instilled those in each and every one of us SO we can reach the nations, SO we can resonate with people that others can’t. YOU are so crazy fearfully and wonderfully made you shouldn’t even know how to wrap your finite little mind around the possibilities of what God can use you for. That is exciting!!! THAT is why I want to life coach. My specialty is in the equestrian field because that is my passion and that is what I resonate with. However, I am not limiting myself to that field because I want everyone to get pumped about this. Can you tell I am excited? Can you tell God has laid this on my heart? If you see a way that I could expand this or want to provide feedback I welcome it wholeheartedly.

I want to do a series on my blog that walks through the life coaching process, but instead of focusing on one person’s life specifically it would focus on a life for Christ in general. I am writing about this because of that Sunday. God showed me that this is something that we could all use a little motivation for. A LOT of motivation for. And THIS is something I am really excited to dive into.

 

“I long to feel compassion
For a world that needs Your grace
Take my heart
I want to give it all away.”

Sidewalk Prophets – “Give It All Away”

 

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When God Says Wait.

“Watching and waiting, looking above. Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.”

Blessed Assurance

Beautiful words from a song that paints the most perfect picture of how to wait. Waiting can be a tough topic for people sometimes, yet should not be undervalued. We wait in lines, for appointments, for promotions, for big life events, etc. often mindlessly and uneventfully. Some appreciate the time to rest, regroup and de-stress. Others grow impatient and frustrated with the waste of time and lack of productivity. Regretfully, I’d have to say I am typically more closely related with the second example. I want to feel productive! However, there are those times when you’re in a line where there’s that really funny person in front of you. Or when you don’t mind that wedding being so far away because the people you become surrounded with to prepare for the big day make the waiting an event in itself. It’s always easier to appreciate the wait if we’re not waiting alone.

Waiting is not really waiting if we’re waiting with Christ. I really think He loves this special one on one time with us when we are just looking to Him with a hopeful heart and eyes wide open. God always seems to use the waiting as training for those who love Him. From our impatient minds, we get so easily frustrated with the wait. We think either we simply cannot hear Him telling us where to go, or maybe we missed the call and need to just start going on our own and maybe God will jump in at some point. It’s common. I’ve done it. Never works out. He says, “You’re not quite ready for where I’m about to take you. Let me prepare you.”

I have dealt with my fair share of waiting in my 19 years. It typically wasn’t for any one thing in particular though. Usually it’s in between chapters of my ever crazy, always changing, running backward chicken with my head cut off life. I take His call on me to wait jokingly as Him reminding me that 90mph is not the required speed limit for life. But really, He lovingly loves to say, “Regroup Riley! Refocus here so I can show you something new.” I have been blessed to know that God has a future for me far greater than anything I could accomplish for myself. I know I can’t get there without him, so periodically, I do have to wait. For His voice, for His hand, for His pull, tug, or yank on my stubborn heart to speak or go or do or dream or just to be still. It’s really funny to think about – If I choose not to wait for Him, maybe I can climb a mountain… but if I wait for Him to go with me, I know without a doubt I can move it.

A lot of people associate waiting with having patience. Dictionary.com describes patience as The bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. How about instead of just bearing the wait though, we have FAITH? Sweet sweet faith. I truly believe that without possessing faith, many wait in vain. Faith in that whatever God has called you to wait for, He has also equipped you for. Isaac and my relationship was a leap of faith. Moving to Hatteras was a leap of faith. Buying a horse at the beach, quitting my job, taking an internship across the country by myself, moving into another house alone – all things that I didn’t feel at all qualified enough to do. But my God is greater. I knew He had molded and planned my life so strategically up to each of those points that the things he had let me go through, learn and experience were exactly what I needed to move forward. Anything less than faith would have made me a coward. Strength WILL rise as we wait upon the Lord. Not in physical ability or mental toughness, but in assuredness and peace for perhaps the scariest thing we will ever endure on this earth – life and life in abundance. I encourage you – be ready to wait.

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