Right now my work-life balance looks like tummy time in the center of the boardroom table in a conference room. I’ve found the bright orange teething toy to be quite the incentive for my four-month-old son to crawl forward quickly. Before becoming parents, my husband and I imagined life would continue on as it always had once we became parents. We’d continue to have breakfast at 9am, dinner at 6pm, movie nights with 3 movies straight, and we’d be able to leave the house in 30 mins flat.
I was unprepared for how everything I was familiar with would suddenly shift, once we brought baby Will home. In this post, I’d like to share a few of the encouraging things I learned in prayer.
1. God can use me no matter what.
He isn’t limited by my limitations. He can see past the circumstances that block my vision. He has no fear and His power is unmatched. God has filled me with such inspiration and a passionate heart for women and moms to find acceptance and love through Christ. I’ve pursued inspiration often in the past but it’s always a special moment when I say “Lord I am here if you want to use me,” and little by little I get pieces of ideas. I encourage you to let the Lord know that despite your season, you are available.
2. God does not count me out because of my situation. He counts me in!
So often I see activities, trips, or opportunities to serve but my mindset is “I have a husband, baby, and home to take care so I can’t participate.” Yes, some things change in life and you have to adjust but know that your circumstances don’t make you less worthy or less of a vessel. Your very circumstances are the ones that people will connect with for the glory of God. People will need your humor and your personality–just the way God designed them. God made no mistake when he allowed us to experience things that made us who we are today. Don’t count yourself out of the running.
“I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 MSG
3. When it’s hard to seek God, I make it my business to push through to Him.
As busy women who work, mother (spiritually or physically), serve, and lead it’s easy to push the God who blessed us with these roles to the back of our minds. It is our job to seek His Word and His heart regardless of our feelings and our schedule. God pushed through to get to us and I cannot imagine how life would be had he left us in our sin without the perfect atonement. It should be our honor and pleasure to seek the Lord in every season.
I don’t want to “gain all I’ve ever wanted” without God, only to find that I now lack the discernment to handle what I’ve gained. I don’t want a family if God’s Spirit won’t be with me to help me lead and love them. I don’t want to walk this Earth if I don’t have God to protect and guide me. We usher His wisdom into our lives when we fight to get into His presence daily.
One day life as we know it will end and the King of Kings will return. Let’s live that we may greet Him full of joy that we’ve devoted everything to Him.
“Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.” 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 MSG
Imani Coles is an entrepreneur from New York City who endeavors to change the world one young person and one performing arts opportunity at a time. Her life’s goal is to walk alongside others, encourage them, and inspire them to push themselves towards their purpose.
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