Episode 99

#99: Don't Shoot the Messenger

In today’s world, which often emphasizes external validation and comparison, as humans, we generally feel the need to conform to others’ expectations and societal norms. We tend to forget that God sees past all of our flaws and imperfections. Jeanette reminds us that God can use anyone, regardless of how broken, hurt, or damaged they may be. In fact, He uses anyone who is willing to answer His call and surrender.

Tune in as Jeanette recounts how she, too, had to give up control and trust in God during a trying time in her life. Trusting God and taking His Word to heart makes surrender possible, but it is still not easy. We must always be ready to respond to God's call to action at any time. 

Always keep in mind that whatever we do in this world, we do as the hands and feet of Jesus.

“Sometimes we as people, as human beings, forget that God has used so many different types of people, non-traditional people, to share His message.”

“We think that God can't use us because we've been hurt... we're not good enough to be the messenger for God. And that is not true.”

“I really want us to all remember not to judge ourselves or others... If God can use strippers and prostitutes, He can use us.”

“The hardest part is fully surrendering something or one part of our lives over to God.” 

In this episode:

  • How God uses different types of people to be the bearers of His word
  • The importance of not judging ourselves and others
  • Embracing the idea that God can use you whenever He pleases, even if you’re not perfect
  • Surrendering yourself to God

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Do you want God's plan for your life? Do you want to discover your calling? Do you want to build a business that's aligned with God's will? Hey, girl, hey, I'm Jeanette. Business and faith coach. After a decade in the military, the Air Force said, See you later. And I had to find my true calling. Want to know how God directed my life from a cyber security engineer to a faith of business mentor? In this podcast, I'll teach you how to start a business. How to know your business is God's calling, monetization techniques, how to trust the Holy Spirit and how to set boundaries. So listen to His word alone, ready to become unapologetically unstoppable.

Hey, girl,

hey, how many times have you heard don't shoot the messenger? I feel like that's something that people say a lot. Right? Like, don't shoot the messenger, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But what if the messenger is not somebody that you'd like anyways. I was at church to the day. And it's a different church that I don't go to. And she the pastor, the pastor was female that day, she was preaching, the pastor's wife, whatever. Anyways, she was preaching and I, she's not my favorite person. She's just not. She's not my favorite person. I know something about her rubs me the wrong way. It's all personal. She seems completely nice on the outside, but I don't know, just a vibe, you know what I mean, she's got a bad vibe, I don't know. Nothing like evil, just like, not my person. And I tried, I tried to be like, inclusive or be in her circle or whatever. You know what I mean? Like you try and get you to like you. And I don't think she does. But I was like, so close to walking out during church, that I realized, I can still learn from her, meaning I can still get a word from God through her. I don't have to shoot the messenger. I don't have to. I think sometimes that we, as people as like human beings, forget that God has used so many different types of people, non traditional people to share his message. And so just because we don't like a person, or don't vibe, well with that person on a personal level does not mean that God's not using it does not mean that God can't use it. And sometimes I think that is true about us. We think that God can't use us because we've been hurt. We've been something, put whatever you want to in there. And so we're not good enough to be the messenger for God. And that is not true. In fact, everything that you have been through makes you more relatable because people can identify with hurt. Unfortunately, we can identify with pain and suffering, and being hurt from the church being hurt from our parents being hurt from loved ones. That's something that's identifiable. I don't know why, in Western culture, we think that we have to be perfect. It's like we are upset that we're not actually the full version of the Pinterest mom that we see on Instagram, right? I'm not with that influencer looks like and my house doesn't look like that. So God can't use me because I'm not perfect like her. Guess what? That girl is not perfect. She is really good at filters and angles, okay, she's good at angles and filters. I really want us to all remember not to judge ourselves or others. If God can use strippers and prostitutes, he can use us. He can use us. I think that sometimes we forget that we are the hands and feet of Jesus no matter what it is that we're doing. And God doesn't use perfect people. He uses the broken also as they are broken. Before they are saved before all of that you know what I mean? Like it's not like he just uses the people that are in church every single Sunday. No, he uses everybody. He uses his children and the homeless and whoever he can find that is willing to surrender to His call. I think sometimes when we try to surrender to God's call, we put boxes around it. We say Okay, God, you can use me. I'm free on Tuesday. between the hours of one and two. I have my kids the other time so you can't use me and then I've got this work thing. Sorry guys. You can only use me between in less time in this time, but we have to be open to the idea that God can show up and ask us to do something at anytime he pleases. He can wake us up in the middle of the night and say, Hey, I need you to go to the gas station. And you and your human head being like, that makes no sense. I'm not going to the gas station. But you could have saved somebody. You could have cured cancer for somebody. I don't know. Right. But whenever we feel as promptings we have to listen. I think that's the hardest part is fully surrendering something or one part of our lives over to God. I have spoken about this story before. I don't know if you knew this. But when I the first time I ever prayed a big prayer. I was not going to church. I was not perfect. I hadn't gone to church in years. But I was desperate. I knew that my biological clock was ticking. And God if you want me to have kids, it was way more dramatic than than just like, if you want me to have kids guy that is up to you know, I had been been trying. I had been, I am a perfectionist. I am a person that is going to I know exactly how to do something and I will do it the right way. Every single time. So I was trying to get pregnant. So I was taking my basal temperature. I was tracking my periods I was I had an ovulation calendar. I had ovulation sticks. I was doing the whole nine yards. Perfect. Perfect, perfect. Perfect. Okay, it's time right now. We need to go. We've got things to do if we're going to have a baby. I did this for a year, every month. And then every month when it didn't happen. I was exhausted, tired and mad. I was like, Okay, I got I'm done. I am completely done. I'm done with this. I had PCOS. I had endometriosis. My periods were irregular. I was trying to figure out all the things. I couldn't figure it out, couldn't figure it out. And so I got as vulnerable as I knew how to. I got naked. I got in touch with my husband. And we prayed. And I said God if you want me to have a baby, this is on you. I'm not doing any of this anymore. I'm not tracking. I'm not looking at my my temperatures. I'm not checking my ovulation. I'm done. Because this is exhausting. I'm giving it all to you. And if you want me to have a baby, then this is on you, bro. I was highly upset. I might have actually cut that God. I don't know. Yeah. But when that happened, when I let it go, when I fully surrendered that part of my life to God. Literally the next month I was pregnant. It is so hard to just surrender though. And to trust God, in this big world of all the things that are happening and all the people and not trying to pay attention to everything but to God's things and knowing what God where God is and who God is using. That discernment piece comes later on. But yeah, surrender. You got to not shoot the messenger. You got to not judge to the messenger. You just got to recognize when God is using somebody and to listen to God's word, not to their word, but to God's Amen. Wow, that was so good. So I know that you know somebody that also needs to hear that. So share this episode, leave a review. And I would love if you could watch my free workshop at Jeanette peterson.com/missing piece. I'll see you guys over on the Grahams at Jeannette dot Peterson bye

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Jeanette Peterson

Jeanette Peterson is a powerhouse, United States Air Force Veteran, that has been successfully mentoring, empowering, and inspiring women. She helps them turn their businesses into their ministries.

After leaving the military, she had a lot of learning to do. She learned about herself, her gifts, and what she was created for. She knew her next job had to be for God. She knew she had to have the creator of the Universe as her CEO. She prayed and partnered with God.

As a mentor and speaker, Jeanette knows that your divine purpose is unique and only for you. When you walk in purpose you will no longer feel shame or pain, but joy, peace, and love.

It's time to live unapologetically unstoppable!

Jeanette Peterson