I’m so excited to finally share this with you!
It’s the My Purposeful Planning Podcast,
and it launches this next week!
This is something that has been in the works for several months actually. I did lots of the planning for it before our move, but then for obvious reasons, had to put a little pause in all of that progress. Now that things have settled, I’m back to work on it again. My goal has been to plan, prepare, record, and edit the first 10 episodes before releasing or launching the podcast. The last thing I want to do is pop-fade (or fizzle out before I gain a good momentum).
How did this come about?
Well, actually I had a pretty difficult season earlier this year. Honestly, it was just a normal season of motherhood when I brought another newborn into the world. It’s just a hard season for mamas, and it seemed to be even more difficult this time around because I also had three other little ones to care for.
But good things come from our seasons of struggle and overwhelm.
For me, it came in the form of ideas.
I just had an overflow of thoughts, inspiration, and creative energy flowing through me despite being in this difficult season… Creative energy with no outlet. I told my husband, Justin, that I needed to find some way to get these things out, but it didn’t feel like there were supposed to be blog posts. Writing was my is usual outlet for all my creative energy, but this felt more like conversations and me sharing my heart and ideas on things that were coming to me.
I struggled with this for a while… I wondered if I was supposed to make videos to share, but this just felt way too far outside my comfort zone. Yes, I know that God does sometimes call us to do things that are out of our comfort zones. I tried to do a few simple stories in Instagram, but honestly I hated doing it every time.
Would God really call me to do something that I didn’t enjoy doing?
Like I said… I struggled with this whole idea internally for a while, and then things began to just come together.
I listened to several great message sermons that seemed to clarify things for me. It’s funny because I wasn’t even really looking for these messages, but they found me at the perfect time – just when I needed them.
There were a few great quotes that really jumped out at me from these messages:
“Your Calling is the customized life purpose God has ordained for you to accomplish designed in order to give Him the greatest glory and the maximized expansion of His kingdom.” – Dr. Tony Evans
1. You were called in advance.
2. It’s customized for YOU and nobody else.
3. It’s the PURPOSE for which you were CREATED.
4. Your CREATOR tells you why you were made.
5. Your Purpose and your Calling will give HIM the greatest glory… not yourself.
6. There will be maximized expansion of His kingdom by you doing what you are called to do. It’s something bigger than yourself.
He also said, “Too many of us are functioning outside of our God-ordained called purpose. We are just existing. We just make stuff up.”
And I didn’t want that to be me. As with anything else, I didn’t want to let life just happen to me. I want to live
a live of purpose.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
“One of the key ways to know what God calls you to do is the fire that He builds inside of you to do it. We call that fire passion.” -Dr. Tony Evans
This is something that honestly has been kindled in me so much in recent months. There have been times when I really didn’t know HOW to do different things or didn’t feel that I had the right resources… well, I just kept giving it all back to God and doing my part… committing my time to working and researching, and He has brought it all together for me.
During one of my talks with Justin about everything going on, he asked me “Why don’t you just do a podcast?”I’m thinking… well because I don’t even know where to begin with that. I don’t have audio equipment and a myriad of other excuses I could come up with on the fly… (Sure, I’d thought it would be fun to do a podcast before, but I had no idea where to begin with how to do it, and it was a big, scary idea so I never even considered it or put much thought towards it.)
But now things were different now… How could I NOT do what God has called me to do?
Justin continued, “I think you can just do it from your phone.” So I started my research with that. An excitement in me was birthed, and I couldn’t wait to figure this thing out and get going with it. There was just so much in me that I wanted to get out, and I was so ready to push that big red “Record” button!
“Your calling will match your passion. You won’t be called to do what you despise. You will be called to do what you love.” -Dr. Tony Evans
I love love love this! When I was trying to “figure it all out”, I had it all wrong. The things I thought were for me, weren’t. But what WAS for me was the thing I was already passionate about… sharing how I plan to be more purposeful! And yall – podcasting has been SUCH A FUN EXPERIENCE FOR ME! I enjoy this whole process SO MUCH, and I’m just getting started!
And so that’s what I’ve been doing… researching, learning, and working hard at this thing. But I’ve also been praying and dreaming and just imagining what God could have in store with all this. It’s going to be really cool to see how it all unfolds. Go back and read my post about my Word of the Year for 2019. I wrote it months ago, but it is so amazing to watch how God brings all things together, things I never would’ve even considered that He would do. He is a master creator! His big picture puzzle is beautiful, and I love how he has intricately designed my special piece to play a vital role within that big picture. It’s amazing how we all have a divine purpose and we work together for His plan.
Pray with me, would you? Pray that this thing is exactly what God wants it to be… that it would accomplish all that He has for it to accomplish. I’m just doing my thing here… my purposeful planning. It’s a lot of practical with spiritual things interwoven in. I want the outreach to be big, only because I want to see His kingdom expanded, and I want to play my part in that. I’m excited about it, but I’m also really scared and nervous. I know that there will be some who don’t like the way I do things or it just won’t be their cup of tea. I know that I can expect some criticism or even critiques, which if I’m honest, I don’t always handle the best. Pray that I can be the “living sacrifice” that I am to be in order to fulfill this greater purpose for my life.
It’s definitely not PERFECT. I’m my own worst critic. I hear the times where my voice cracks or I say something weird. I hear the noises in the background, the ums, the likes, etc. all of it. I’m fully aware. But I’m also trying to embrace the “realness” of it and not stress about it. Easier said than done!
Also, my kids are ALWAYS here with me, so I researched and found the best microphone for that within our budget, but it’s not perfect either. So I’m giving myself grace for the little imperfections that I have now and the things that will only get better with more time and practice, I think. And maybe one day, if the budget allows, I can invest in a better mic or hire a sitter and do my recording in a completely quiet place. But for now… it is what it is. I’m choosing to be okay with it and just going for it, and I pray that my listeners will too.
And most of all, thank you guys for being here. I couldn’t do any of this without you. I’m excited to share it with you!