God really has been “hard” at work in my life this past year. For those of you who do not know the same God as me, I understand, this concept probably sounds a bit foreign to you (and likely a little crazy). But how do I explain it… My life has been changed. Transformed. And believe me, it’s for the better. Still a little confused? Let me illustrate what I mean (the “why”) before I delve into the new and exciting happenings (the “what”) at Beyond the Dinner Table.
I’ve always believed in the existence of God. I mean, if you look around outside, it’s hard not to believe that there is someone orchestrating the new beginnings of life and the changing of the seasons. And all the suffering of this world? There has to be a reason for it… as well as some deliverance from this world’s heartaches and pain one day.
But what I failed to do was to trust God. To trust that He had a greater purpose for my life then my present, seemingly grim reality. To trust Him with my stress and emotions, my fears of the future, and my need to be in control.
My self-reliance only led to complete bitterness, anger, loneliness, and depression. Rock bottom was probably a year or so after the birth of my little guy. And then the change began to happen.
God revealed to me that there was a community of people that loved and cared for me (and had never stopped praying for me). I began fervently studying God’s Word. Even if there were days where I struggled to get into the Bible, the truths from it stayed at the forefront of my mind. The dark days no longer looked so dark. I could see God’s sovereignty in my suffering — that my suffering was all part of his plan to bring me to a place of complete reliance on Him for strength. I began to trust Him, and He renewed my mind. And in the process of learning to trust Him, I (finally!) realized the greatest blessings flow from obedience to God and His Word (Luke 11:28).
So in the past few months (especially since beginning this blog), God has been laying something on my heart — to use my experiences, time, and talents in a way that helps others and glorifies Jesus Christ. And if I’m to take a step of faith and obedience to Him, every aspect of my life needs to be used to serve God (Romans 12:1).
That being said, I’m excited to announce that I’ve begun the ideation and planning stages of a project here at www.BeyondtheDinnerTable.com that will use my life experiences and nutrition expertise to truly help YOU live a transformed life — mind, body, and soul. However, since this idea has just begun to develop (and I’ve got one to two years of hard work ahead of me), I’ll have to hold off giving you more details for the time being.
But what I do ask of you, my friends, family, and loyal readers, is that you will pray for me as I begin this project. Here’s some specific ways you can pray for me:
Is there something that you feel called to do? Are you seeking a life of purpose? Before closing this screen and going on your way today — stop and ask God to begin revealing His will for your life. Then find a person or two who will come alongside and support you as you begin your journey.
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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