I should begin this post with a disclaimer. If I don't warn you, someone may be offended by my words. First, I am a Christian. From my exploration of this site, it seems that Christians are a minority here. My opinions may, or may not, obviously reflect my Christian beliefs. Here are a few of the things that I hold to be true. I believe that each one of us was carefully knitted together in our mother's womb by our creator, and each of us was brought into this life for a purpose. As a result, I believe that we each have a responsibility to nurture and support others. We should attempt to edify those around us, so they can achieve their full potential.
Because I strongly believe that each one of us was created for a purpose, I like that BraveHeart Women wants to help women achieve their purpose, but I also see a problem. One of the things that I keep hearing from my BraveHeart sisters who have attended Rise is that things must proceed "with ease." I agree that no one should be bullied or coerced into moving forward toward a new goal, but sometimes, I think that some sisters misinterpret what this means. As we move forward toward goals, we will almost always experience some resistance. This resistance may come in many different forms, but the important thing is what we do when faced with these impediments.
All of us are challenged with certain doubts and insecurities which make it difficult to move forward along the path to fulfill our purpose and move closer to the the life that we are supposed to be living. Sometimes, the enemy will whisper into our ears that we aren't good enough, smart enough, or attractive enough to proceed toward our goals. We begin to feel uncertain. With this mounting insecurity comes difficulty, and this is the point where I have observed more than one BraveHeart sister abandon her plans and change directions. The result is that these sisters keep circling their starting point and never move toward fulfilling their purpose. This, to me, is devastating. I want to see my sisters succeed. Instead, I see them sitting around and waiting for things to be easy, but sometimes, the road is uphill.
There are a couple of very important things to remember when you hear the enemy whispering in your ear and berating you. "Who do you think you are? You can't do this. You're not smart enough."
The first thing to remember is that voice is from "a thief who has come to steal, kill, and destroy," so nothing he says to you is of any merit. The second thing to remember is that you are a child of God. All of you are children of God. Even those who don't believe as I do. As a child of God, you need to realize that He has plans for you, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
The next time you feel those nagging doubts, and are feeling some struggle that makes you feel that you can't move forward because it's not "with ease," remind yourself who you are. You are remarkable, wonderful, awesome, and amazing, and in depths of your soul, you already know this. You are already enough, just as you are. Your voice is unique, and we are waiting to hear it.
Step beyond the struggle, and let us hear you.