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Do You Have an Egyptian Mindset?

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Photo of footprints across an arid desert. Article on having an Eyptian Mindset

God answered your prayer: You got that promotion, new opportunity, new home, new business endeavor, new baby, or new relationship…

But you find yourself thinking: “This is too hard. I’d rather just go back to the way things were.”

God promised you something and now life is more complicated or everything that could go wrong, has. You feel frustrated, confused, and discouraged. You’re tired. You’re anxious. You’re overwhelmed. You feel alone.

The Israelites felt the same way…

God answered the Israelites’ prayer by sending Moses to lead them out of their captivity from Egypt to the promise land of freedom. They had to go through the desert first. It was intense, hard. They were unhappy, they complained, they were afraid, and sorry they had left Egypt. They were mad at God, blamed Moses, and although they were treated terribly in Egypt, they knew what to expect every day. Their captivity was a familiar way of life.

There are necessary “desert” seasons we must go through for our heart’s desires to be fulfilled even if we didn’t ask for the desert parts.

Our brain follows the path of least resistance so when we encounter difficult circumstances we’re not expecting, we look for the easy way out. We fear the unknown. We can’t see the promise anymore. Like the Israelites, we long for the old days.

Now it’s too much work. You’re having a confidence crisis. You’re a little bitter. Things aren’t going as well as you’d hoped.

The struggle is real and so you wish it to be different, but hoping for a different set of circumstances does nothing but leave you disappointed, empty, and heartsick. Hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).

This is the time to let go of control and surrender the promise back to God even though your current situation or relationship is harder than you imagined.

The sooner you face what is hard the sooner you’ll discover there’s a lot more strength and capacity in you than you ever knew and a lot more to God's promise than you ever dreamed possible. You’ll gain wisdom, maturity, and realize what is truly important.

Rather than wasting your energy on wanting to go back to an easier and more comforting time, remind yourself how during that time, you asked for this.

Living a life of purpose and promise is not for the faint of heart, yet…

“Being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will perform it.” (Philippians 1:6)


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Andrea Anderson Polk is a licensed professional counselor, nationally certified, registered clinical supervisor, and certified professional coach. She has a private practice in Northern Virginia with nearly 20 years of clinical experience helping hundreds of clients on their healing journey.

She is driven by a deep calling to help ambitious women of faith experience healing and breakthrough so they can live each day with peace and purpose. 

Andrea believes healing happens through relationship. The wounds that occur in a relationship must be healed in a relationship. Andrea invites you into a life-altering relationship.

Work with Andrea one-one- by contacting her here.


Andrea has spent her career studying the human experience and has developed a fascinating analogy that compares cuckoo birds, nature’s master manipulator and imposter, to situations and relationships that leave us feeling drained, confused, lost, and empty. Her new book, The Cuckoo Syndrome, helps us fend off the cuckoos, the unhealthy relationships, toxic thinking, and self-sabotaging behaviors in our life that never truly satisfy the deep longings of our souls and the desires of our hearts. 

Andrea’s clinically proven, innovative method helps us recover the lost pieces of ourselves, discover meaning in suffering, and transform our pain into purpose by teaching us to uncover the truth of who we are and who God is so we can be healed and live free. 

Purchase the book Andrea’s clients call “a life-changing breakthrough” for yourself and the people you care about today.

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If you….

Feel internal pressure to do all things well. 

Tend to neglect your needs to please others and search for validation.

Continually attract toxic or one-sided relationships leaving you drained. 

Want to build a life that is unashamedly true to who you are and what you want.


Then…this is the time to reclaim your JOY, ENERGY, AND TIME so you can live each day with peace and purpose!


Curious to know how?

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