Soul Gym zoning update

Likely needing to rethink the business model. But not defeated.  Not without support.  And not without hope.  Definitely not without hope, because one thing I've learned in this process is to be open to the possibility that what comes out on the other side might be even better! 

The bottom line is this: I’ve been coming up against a lot of road blocks.The requirements for commercial property are steep, some infeasible.   I’m going to be honest — there are many times where I want to just scrap the whole idea. Rent the property, hold it as investment, and take the summer to breathe.  “Why would i want to take this on again?”     But the answer always comes... because with each road block I hit, a spark of passion is ignited within me, and I yearn to take action to make it be.  It is clear to me that deep in my soul, I know that this offering, this creation, the desire to serve in this way is something worth fighting for.  It is difficult to explain in words.  A calling.

We deserve support, deserve to retreat from the busyness of our crazy society, deserve to be wholly healthy, deserve deeper connection, loving community, and peace.

So I go to what I said in my last post.  I go to the space. In the quiet of the home, I pray hard. I listen for God's direction. Then I pursue His plan, knowing that it will happen on His schedule.  Ultimately, that may mean service unfolds on that property. It may not.  It may mean it unfolds on that property for a while and then leads another direction.  What it most certainly means is that while letting go of control is frightening, it is also very freeing.

So I surrender.  And trust. And surrender more.
And acknowledge that I am grateful for what this journey is doing for my soul.

(And if you're interested, my morning devotional especially spoke to me... )

James 1:4  Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

When James spoke of joy, he wasn't referring to a cheery, frivolous feeling. Rather, he was talking about an inner sense of calmness, peace and confidence in the Lord.  He wasn't telling us to feel happy about our trials but to know, as we go through them, that God is up to something good in our life.  Our attitude during the struggle will determine what shape we're in when we come out on the other side.  When our faith gets tested, the end result is endurance. Being aware of this gives us hope and strength. What's more, the Bible promises God will use trials for our good, so we need not be afraid or anxious. 

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