Do you know where your worthiness really comes from?
Today I want to encourage you on a topic that I think a lot of us have dealt with at some point or another when we’ve tried to do something that means focusing some time on personal transformation. Maybe you’ve said something like this:
I don’t feel like I get to make my own life a priority. I have so many other things that have to come first. My kids, my marriage, my job – it’s like every waking minute is filled with helping someone or making sure that things are taken care of so nothing falls apart. If I so much as stop to take an extended bath, to read a book or even to just sit quietly for ten minutes, it just winds up stressing me out. And I honestly wonder if it’s even worth it to try to focus on anything that leans towards personal transformation.
I don’t know, have you ever had any of those thoughts? Now, here’s what’s interesting to me . . .
Over the past decade or so there've been a few guiding voices who’ve put out a sound that says, “Look, you’re worthy of self-care. You can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first. So take the time for yourself so you can be better for others.” And I think those sentiments are based in truth. I do believe you’ve got to have something to pour from. If you’re empty and leaking all the time, you’re going to be giving out of nothing. And that’s a recipe for bitterness and burnout. But here are two root issues I think go unaddressed:
#1 – We don't know where a true sense of worthiness really comes from and so we pull from a counterfeit source and wind up feeling unworthy as a result; and
#2 – Because we don't know true worthiness, we don't value and/or we don't know how to establish appropriate boundaries around our life so we can grow and strengthen and steward what God's given us to care for in our life while appropriately relating to those around us.
In today's episode I'm sharing an excerpt from an audio series I created for one of my programs, The Beacon 21 Day Reset, where I share how to receive a true sense of worthiness and then how to establish appropriate boundaries so you can live successfully out of that worthiness while serving God and others. Sound like something you need? Then grab your journal and a pen, and . . . Let's Go!
What you will learn in this episode:
- Where your sense of worthiness really comes from (spoiler: it's not from what other people think!);
- Why it's so important to connect to your true sense of worthiness; and then
- How to value and negotiate appropriate boundaries so you can steward the things God has handed you to care for in your life.
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 —
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
I AM WORTHY TO VALUE MYSELF AND TO CARE FOR MYSELF IN EVERY SINGLE WAY GOD SHOWS ME TO DO THESE THINGS. I WILL SET APPROPRIATE BOUNDARIES AND I WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR STEWARDING MY HEALTH WELL.
Links to things mentioned in this episode:
I’m so excited to tell you that the Positioned to Prosper Personal Finance Series is coming to a laptop or a smart phone near you! Seriously, I’m running a live round of Positioned to Prosper on Friday nights in February and the beginning of March at 7pm ET and this will accessible online. I’ll be teaching at REVIVE Church of Tampa (that’s our church here in West Tampa) at our Friday Night ENCOUNTER services and so it will stream live on the church’s platforms, but also on my public page, Erica Pyle, on Facebook. Cool, right?
Now, maybe you’re wondering what the Positioned to Prosper Personal Finance Series is. Positioned to Prosper is a course that drills down deep into the concepts of true prosperity and the spiritual hurdles that keep us from it. Over the course of 5 weeks, in this case (the course is normally 6 weeks), we cover the four ways God provides – enough, abundance, inheritance and prosperity – and we break each of those concepts down and define them biblically and understand how to access each one.
We talk about lies and fears we’ve bought into or have been taught to believe around personal finances and money, and we do the work of breaking those things off and exchanging them for better and true beliefs. And then we get into the practicalities of personal finance – things like getting out of debt, budgeting and planning, giving, and then saving and investing and how these things work once we’ve got our definitions straight and our souls lined up with truth.
A question I get asked a lot is if this teaching series is just like some of the other popular faith-based personal finance courses out there. These are courses that are generally sponsored by your church and they do small group sessions over a number of weeks to take the community through the curriculum. You know what I’m talking about, right? So I have folks ask me if this is the same thing, and here’s what I say about that . . .
Positioned to Prosper is the pre-requisite to all of those courses. While, yes, Positioned to Prosper has components of basic teaching on getting out of debt and budgeting and giving and saving, the real power of this series lies in the deep stuff we do to redefine personal finance terms so they are aligned with Biblical principles and in breaking off the lies and fear that we’ve been dealing with – sometimes even through generations and generations – that is keeping us bound in lack and poverty mentalities and producing weak fruit in our financial lives as a result.
I tell folks to take Positioned to Prosper first and then consider taking any courses that are focused mainly on the practicalities of personal finance because, if you don’t get your thinking, feeling and choosing aligned with the truth of God first, any personal finance program or process you try to follow will simply fail when you stop working it step by step, because you didn’t align your beliefs first.
I’m offering the live sessions of Positioned to Prosper on Friday nights in February and the first half of March for FREE to anyone who wants to come. I’ll also be offering a workbook for a nominal fee so you can access powerful course materials that will guide you through the exercises and also give you the notes from the live sessions to review after each session is over. This is going to be an incredibly powerful time of clarifying your beliefs around money and how to get those beliefs lined up with real truth so you can see the power of real prosperity flowing through your personal finances. We have tons of testimonies of people getting radically set free in this area of how they relate to money and provision and I can’t wait to share not only their stories but also how they did it, because you can do it too!
Sound like something you want in on? Then I want you to head to www.ericapyle.com/prosper to get on the list so I can send you the details about how to access this free course starting February 5th and how to get your hands on the workbook for a nominal fee. It’s going to be SO GOOD . . . be sure to jump in!
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church's website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
If you're interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.