Two years ago, several of my friends encouraged me to take my writings and compile a book. So many told me the same thing at different times that I took them all in as confirmation that the Lord was talking to me and I needed to do this task. Topics came at me from left and right and I jotted them all down. I even dared to write a few missives and emailed them to my friends but I didn’t move forward. I heard the call but to tell you the truth, I doubted that the Lord would want to use my words to encourage others. I was stuck in the “who me and the why me” zone.
Who would really take me seriously when things in my life were not all perfect? Why would anyone truly believe that God talked to me by showing me parables in the simple things of life? That Christmas, a sister in my church gave me a devotional book for the coming year. The very first thought in the book centered around Jeremiah 29:11. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (21st Century King James Version). Then, a dear friend talked to me and told me that I needed to tell my daughters this very same scripture. That they were princesses in the kingdom of God and He had plans for them. Yippee!!! Confirmation for real…I was on my way towards publishing!! NOT!!!
Now, two years later, another call has come. Now more than ever, I am compelled, drawn, and directed to write. As I watched through the Internet, the services for this year’s Woman Thou Art Loosed conference, I heard the Spirit tell me that I needed to share what was given to me with others. NOW!! I cannot be side tracked with the cares of life anymore. Nothing is more important than spending time with God and doing what He tells me to do. Will it be risky? Yes. Perhaps everyone will not understand. Perhaps. Maybe I will face criticism. Maybe. But I have come to the point in my life that it just does not matter anymore. Doing what God tells me to do is more important than what any man has to say about me.
Perhaps, you have been there as well. Maybe you still are. You know God told you to go left but you went right. Like Jonah, going to Ninevah is not what you want to do. But also like Jonah, I found that going in the wrong direction took me to places I never wanted to be in. My belly of the fish found me unhappy, unfulfilled and out of the will of God. It has taken me two years to get back to the place where hearing from God is all I want to do. I am here now and excited to see where He will lead me. I encourage you today to spend time listening to the voice of God. What is it you are supposed to be doing? What is your calling and purpose? It is not too late!!
Whatever your thing is – do it!! I cannot promise it will always be easy, but I know that doing what God says will bring a sense of peace and purpose unmatched by anything else. God knows the plans for your life. Trust Him to bring to completion the good works He has begun in you. You will not be sorry! I know I am not.
Until Next Time, I remain
Your Advocate for Victorious Living