So what in your life and in your business are you incongruent about? What are the things you're doing that don't match up with who you are trying to be, who you are growing into, who God created you to be, who you are growing into, that is not matching up?
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Hey, girl, hey, oh, my gosh, I want to talk about congruence. What do you think about when you think about congruence? So before I was in this entrepreneurial space, the only thing that I thought of when I thought of the word congruence was math, triangles, congruent triangles, and bla bla, bla, bla, bla, and all these things math related, right? And I never really thought about it being anything deeper than that, or what it actually meant. So it looked it up. The word congruence means in harmony. Right. So thinking, okay, singing harmonics, now. And then at the homeschool Co Op the other day, this lady, she is a crunchy mom, which I didn't know what that word meant either. And that means like, you know, no vaccines, no processed foods. She goes around things like a homesteader kind of person. So Renaissance woman, like the old frontier, the old frontier mom, kind of? Yeah, I would say so. Something like that, as you think of right? They grow their own stuff. They got pigs and cats and rabbits and whatever. You know, the guy animals. Okay, so think of this, this person in your head, longer dresses, no ankles. All the things right? Think of this woman.
She was talking about how she raised her kids and she likes giving them fresh fruits and mashed whatever for snacks. She doesn't really do processed foods. Yada, yada, yada. Tell me why she brought doughnuts to school. Why would you bring that to school, girl? If you're a crunchy mom, why are you bringing doughnuts? That is incongruent. That does not match up with who she says she is. That's incongruent.
So what in your life, in your business are you incongruent about? What are the things you're doing that don't match up with who you are trying to be, who you are growing into, who God created you to be who you are growing into? That is not matching up? Hmm. So for me, it was drinking. I was drinking quite a lot. And I felt like I had this just not what God wants. For me. I don't feel like this is how God created me to want these things. I feel like God is growing me out of these things. I feel like God is convicting me to no longer drink. And it wasn't like I was an alcoholic or anything. I would just feel like it was no longer serving me. Drinking is not serving me. So I should probably not do it anymore. Because it's not. It's not helping me, doesn't really make my body feel good. I should probably not do it. It was just one of those things.
So my husband Austin, his birthday was a couple of weeks ago. And he wanted to have a few drinks for his birthday, which, like I said, I'm not an alcoholic, so I had a few drinks with him. And then I felt really bad about it. I didn't feel good. Like my body didn't feel good. I was too tired. I felt dry and yuck young inside. My lips are so chapped from it. Like I just was not, it was just not a good thing for me. So I was like, Okay, I should not do this. This is not a thing. Then went to this Tough Mudder race, and they're giving out alcohol there. And so I didn't drink a whole beer because they had beer there. I just drank a few sips and I was like, yeah, definitely no. So I'm gonna like, go back to what God has already convicted me to become more congruent in my lifestyle. If I want to be the things I want to be, where God is taking me where God is showing me that's where he wants to bring me to. There are things I have to let go off.
Yesterday in Bible study, we were talking about a word that God used to say, I don't have it up here. But he there's a word in Hebrew that Priscilla Shire was talking about because they were doing the Elijah study and by Priscilla's dryer and she was saying that this word meant to, like not go away from not just go away from but like to amputate to discard to like, block, follow, destroy, right? Sometimes I think that we think that we can go back to things and it'd be okay. Like me going back to like, oh, no, I'm not an alcoholic, I can drink a beer and still be okay. But it wasn't okay for me, in my soul, and how I felt it was very incongruent. And I didn't like the way that I felt like I was backsliding. So I had to like, go back and repent, right and be like, That's not who I want to be. That's not, that's not what God is bringing me into. That's where I was from, which is fine. There's nothing wrong with being where you're from. But I'm going to a new place. I'm going to a new elevation, I'm going to this new promised land that God has for me. And I can't bring that with me.
As a military family, we move a lot, a lot. And every time we move, I purge things. And I don't get them back. I just get rid of them. And the hardest things I think to get rid of are things that we've been holding on to for the longest time. There is a box at my mom's house. This is from my high school years. And it literally has NSYNC gear in it from then. Yes. And since it's coming back, I don't care about your Backstreet Boys. They don't exist because they're not real people NSYNC is back. Okay. And we're going to have a whole revival about NSYNC. But I still have that stuff. And I have no idea why I've been hanging on to it. And every time I go home, my mom says, Hey, take this box with you and I don't because I can't and so because I'm not taking the box with me I look at it and I'm like, Oh yeah, I remember these things. I remember where I was at 16. I remember who I was then, that isn't who I am now. So I don't know what to do with this box. I'm not going to bring it with me. I should really just discard that. I should have done this years ago, discard it, cut it off, annihilate those things because they are no longer serving me. I mean, they might in a couple years with our union comes back and I'm wearing my old school and st gear if you know what I'm saying. But I'm just saying it's not something that I need necessarily to have in my life always.
So I want you to think about what are you in congruent about what are you doing in your life and in your business that you need to let go of what can you let go of what can you be more like God in that way that what is God convicting you to read if you got this girl? Well, God got this.
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