On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome Angela Craig to God-sized Dreams. Thanks for being here today, Angela!
I am a quitter by nature.
Allow me to define quitter before I move on: Someone who stops all action or withdraws from the world when things get tough.
I have quit emotionally and physically.
I have quit when things got touchy.
I have quit when crises hit.
I quit when people didn’t like me.
I have quit when I was tired.
I am quit when I wasn’t appreciated.
I have quit when the goal seemed to surpass my ability and energy to keep going.
I have quit when I didn’t feel I got the recognition or promotion I deserved.
I have quit working out, eating right, and doing dishes or making my bed.
I have quit jobs, relationships, ministries, and churches.
I have quit believing that I would ever be healed, restored or transformed into the woman God wanted me to be.
I have quit believing in my dreams.
I was centered on myself–ruled by my emotion–driven by the need for security and control.
I became so SELF-centered that I forgot to be GOD-centered.
I forgot it is His purposes I live for, not my own.
I forgot it is in my vulnerability and weakness (physically and mentally) that God is most powerful (2 Corinthians 12:9).
I forgot I was not trying to win the approval of human beings but of God who loves me unconditionally (Galatians 1:10)
I forgot I don’t need a title, an education, money, or endorsements to do what I was meant to do. God is my provider and promoter.
I forgot that FEAR = UNBELIEF in God’s ability to fulfill all of His promises (Acts 13:13-41).
I know I am not alone. Maybe you are a woman who is a quitter by nature.
It is okay!
There is no condemnation in Christ–only grace (Romans 8:1)!
Every day, you and I have the opportunity to walk out of the old and into the new.
For people to see Jesus, they need to see Christian women thrive in rough times, not withdraw from the world.
He has given you gifts and talents specifically designed to woo people to him. How are you using them?
Angela’s 11 years of international speaking experience covers leadership and women’s conferences, non-profit events, and on-line leadership training. Angela is the Director of the women’s department at the Northwest Ministry Network where she has the honor to lead a team who is responsible for the development and empowerment of female leaders in over 320 churches. Angela is an ordained minister and a certified coach with Gallup Strengthsfinder, SLTA 360, and AGC. A life-long learner, Angela has a Ministry Leadership degree from Northwest University and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga. Angela is honored to teach as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Northwest University. Angela is also the founder of the GIVE GOOD Awards Foundation, an organization that recognizes inspirational people and promotes volunteerism.
Devoted to helping others reach their fullest potential in life and leadership, Angela has authored two books, The Story of Leah: When life is not what you expected it to be andPivot Leadership: Small Steps – Big Change . You can read her weekly blog encouragements and leadership tips on angelalcraig.com and northwestwomen.com, a blog specifically designed for women in leadership.
photo credit: Magdeleine
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