It’s OK To Not Be OK

As I sit here writing, my heart is full of gratitude, anticipation, desire, expectation, and joy because of the Holy Spirit’s presence. It’s been almost 6 months since I last published a blog post and I was starting to find myself feeling guilty for not writing or publishing something, but thankfully, the Holy Spirit reminded me that I needed to take down my walls of worrying about what other people thought, and just write 100% from my heart. So I’m doing just that. For any writers reading this, can you relate?

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 2:23-24 (NIV)

A sigh of relief came over me because that is exactly what my heart needed to hear. There was a moment where I found myself getting a little discouraged because it didn’t seem like a lot of people were reading my blog articles, and crazy enough, I allowed the thought of what other people thought, to hinder me from publishing my blog article that I know will bless so many people.

Have you experienced that too? Worrying about what other people think….

In no way should we ever allow people to dictate our actions or emotions. I thank God for reminding me that I’m writing unto the Lord and not unto man. I’m sure many of you can relate if writing is one of your passions, however, if you have other creative outlets that you use to express yourself, then I’m sure you can relate too. Writing is an outlet that God has allowed me to tap into, where I can express my heart, but most importantly, share the things that the Holy Spirit wants me to share with others that I know will encourage, inspire, and bless many people.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

My heart has been hungry for growth and change and in encouraging others in Christ. Have you ever felt like that before? Like although you physically may be doing one thing, that your heart desires to do something totally different? We all have those moments, so know that you’re not alone.

I used to think that I was weird because more than anything else, encouraging others and showing them hope was and still is always on the forefront of my mind. You may be reading this and find yourself in a similar position. Your physical body may be in one place, but your heart and mind are in another.

I’m here to be a hope dealer to you. Yes, I said it! A hope dealer. Know that you matter and that whatever God has put on your heart to do, He’s given you the strength, wisdom, mental capacity, and time to do the thing He’s calling you to do. Like me at times, you may feel like others are further along than you, that what you say may not be a big deal or make a difference, but I’m here to encourage you, that WHAT YOU DO AND SAY MATTERS!! You matter! Your voice matters!

Continue to believe in yourself and never let the voices in your own mind tell you what you can’t do. Remember your worth and don’t ever let doubt hinder you from fulfilling all the things that God has called you to do.

We all have a story to tell, so if you feel you can relate, please feel free to share your story in the comments below.

Thank you for joining me in this journey of life!

Thank you so much for reading this blog and embarking upon this inspirational journey of life with me!  If you were encouraged, inspired, or can identify with the message/story, please feel free to comment.  I’m sure others will be encouraged by hearing YOUR story. 


7 thoughts on “It’s OK To Not Be OK

  1. I love encouraging others too! #HopeDealer
    Thanks for sharing so honestly with us, friend. Your opening words made me think of this scripture:

    “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”
    ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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  2. Thank you Ryan for this encouragement. Sometimes we tend to let worries take over and forget that we should keep our trust in God and it will be ok even though the roughest times 💗🙏🏾

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  3. Thank you Ryan for writing this. I read with tears in my eyes. COVID has been difficult for my financially as I have been furloughed for the past 10 months. The job will eventually come back. I’m concerned for the agents on my team. It costs money to wait and no money supply is infinite (and neither is mine). I have wanted to get into a different industry and that was the plan and then COVID hit. I am still moving forward that I can get a new role in a different industry and financially be in a better situation than I was before all during a global pandemic. I held fast that this was possible for quite some time, but I confess the last five months I have been thinking that maybe I’m delusional. That I should just take any job and stop being silly. I have found myself on my knees in tears questioning God and begging Him not to forget me. I know in my head it will all be done in His timing, but lately I have struggled in my heart to accept it. This season is hard and I have not always done well on God’s quizzes but I am learning so much about myself personally and professionally. And God has put awesome people in my path. I take it one day at a time trusting in God while paying close attention to my thoughts.

    God bless you Ryan.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and for being so open to allowing God to speak to your heart. I completely understand sis and know that God has the right job for you in His time. I know it can suck sometimes, especially, if you’re like me, and enjoy doing things. Know that this is just a season and that this is only temporal. I’m soooooo grateful for you and really appreciate you taking the time to read this message. It’s people like you who keep me going and remind me that it’s not about me. I’m in this journey with you sis and am cheering you on from the bottom of my heart. Keep pressing forward and know that God has NOT forgotten about you. He Loves you dearly and only wants the BEST for you. He’s teaching you and showing you that He is in control and that He is taking care of you despite your situation. Know that His plan is perfect and that this is just another part of your story girl:-). Love you and am cheering and praying for you.


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