Hey friend, you are in the right place! We are here in our “Your Work Matters” Series, and I’m so excited about this week and next, as the series shows two very different seasons of our work life.
Today, my brilliant friend and Called Creatives co-founder Lisa Whittle is here. She is the guest I’ve had most often, and you know and love her. Today, we are talking about work, revival, and the different seasons God has us in our work life.
Lisa Whittle is a Bible teacher, speaker, author, and podcast host. She hosts several podcasts, including the popular Jesus Over Everything podcast. She is the founder of Ministry Strong and the co-founder of Called Creatives, a community for writers and speakers.
Lisa is the author of nine books, including her latest, God Knows: When Your Worries and Whys Need More Than Temporary Relief. Her book, I Want God: How to Love Him with Your Whole Heart and Revive Your Soul, has recently been revised, updated, and re-released.
Alright, friend, let’s dive in.
Lisa shares that God has called her for personal revival for this year because coming into 2023, she came in really overworked, trying to manage other people’s overwhelm that were working around her and taking to heart a lot of people’s emotions. And for the past year, she and the Lord have been working through personal revival and what that would look like.
Now, for 2024 – the Lord has shown more of what the revival would look like, and for one, He has called her to pause her podcast.
This conversation, I feel, is important to have, whether you are an entrepreneur, solopreneur, gainfully employed, or whatever the work is – we want to learn how to listen to the Lord about what to do and what not to do. Because generally, 95% of my interaction with the Lord about work is about what not to do. He’s very loud about what not to do but also gracious about what I can do.
We can be disobedient by continuing to do something we’re not supposed to do, but we can also be disobedient by not doing what the Lord told us to do. It is disobedience not to invest in what the Lord’s calling you to do – whether it’s writing, speaking, or business. Just like it’s disobedience to keep going when you shouldn’t.
Lisa’s book I Want God: How to Love Him with Your Whole Heart and Revive Your Soul has been re-released, and she shares how she had to fight for this book. It’s amazing that Lisa wrote this book over ten years ago, but the message is still timely today. This book is for people who feel desperate, spiritually dead, wanting more of God, and don’t know why. It’s for people who know they should spend more time with God but don’t want to and don’t know why that is.
“When you find yourself not having a lot of time for the Lord, someone that you love more than anything, then that becomes a problem.”(Audio 5:55)
“When you do it God’s way, even though it’s hard, there will be something that you do not know that he knows better about that will work.”(Audio 12:58)
“I want you women to know when you have something in your spirit that feels right, you need to go for it.”(Audio 20:22)
“We will never want to spend time with God if it is just about a checklist.”(Audio 23:54)
Here is how I maximize my day – I like to think of it as super productivity the easy way. About ten years ago, I learned about our circadian rhythm and taking care of it. I realized how powerful it was – for our immune system, energy, mental health, etc. and because of that circadian rhythm, we have a certain time of the day when our brain is on and ready to do the hardest work. So, I became obsessed with figuring this out for myself. From 9 to 11 is my magic time. If I remove distractions and turn off notifications on my phone, I can get more done in two hours than in a four or five-hour afternoon.
I learned that I do my best work when I position myself well. For me, positioning myself well is getting at least seven hours of sleep, exercising early in the morning, and go into the work session well caffeinated. And to really focus in – it’s no phone, no notifications, and no taking breaks. Just buckle down for two hours and knock out the work.
If you try this, I promise you’ll be amazed at how much you can do once you figure out your time. It could be early morning, it could be after lunch, or late at night. When I was in my 30s, it was late at night.
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