Happy Monday! On Mondays, I focus on getting motivated for the week ahead and over the weekend, I read a terrific book that did exactly that.
Do you ever look up and feel sort of lost? Do you ever think about the girl you used to be and wonder where she and her dreams went? If so, Chrystal Evans Hurst's book, She's Still There, was written just for you.
For me, the past decade was sort of crazy (Ok, it was actually Lifetime movie crazy if I'm going to be honest.) And when you are in the crazy and working on keeping your head above water, you don't spend a lot of time thinking Am I happy or Am I filling God's purpose for my life? You just hang on for dear life, wearing your best Not Today, Satan t-shirt, and simply hope for the best.
I'm at the point now where I've risen above the crazy and I'm figuring out what's next. I have the time to build the next decade and want to do so thoughtfully. Maybe this is you too?
Maybe your kids are getting older and you want to reignite a career. Maybe you are just finishing school and are thinking, what now? Maybe you've come out of a marriage or experienced a breakup and are wondering how to carve your path on your own. Or maybe you just woke up one morning and said to yourself, "I thought there would be more to life than this." If so, this book is for you.
Chrystal Evan Hurst, speaking and writing powerhouse, knows this road well. The daughter of Dr. Tony Evans and sister of Priscilla Shirer, she found herself a young, single mom, feeling lost and off the path she'd imagined for herself. All of her plans were put on hold as she worked to put food on the table and get herself through school. And at the end of that period of time, she found herself older, wearier, and not at all connected to the bright-eyed God Girl she once was. And yet, she also knew that, somewhere beneath the fatigue, that same purpose-filled girl she once was was still there.
This book will show you that beneath the chaos and the tiredness, lives a daughter of the King with beautiful God-breathed plans. In these pages, she walks through how you can access that girl.
She talks about the power of positive self-talk and seeing ourselves as God sees us.
She talks about the power of owning all of our stories: the good, the bad and the ugly. She talks about the strength that comes from those hard seasons that makes you even more likely to fulfill your God-given purpose.
This book made me feel both fired up and broken open. The notes function on my eReader was put to the test as this book is packed practical steps you can take to reconnect with your purpose. I found myself saying, can I get an AMEN, many many times. It's good.
The book is faith-based, but not in any way judgemental (you'd be surprised how many Christian books make you feel awful about yourself.) If you feel like your life could be even better than it currently is and you're not sure where to start, this book provides a beautiful launch point.