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Back in 2008, God began speaking to me about leaving my home in Chicago and relocating. He gave me a few instructions on the physical move. I was to move 15 hrs. Away from home to Dallas where the only person I knew would be close to 4 hrs. away.
Like Abraham, I was obedient. I moved my son & myself and only took what God told me to take with us. I was truly starting out on a journey, a new adventure. I was excited about my fresh start, living in a new city, and its possibilities. I believed I was moving for better financial opportunities. God allowed me to go back to school and complete my Bachelor’s degree in 2008. I saved up a little money. I was ready for MY new adventure
what I didn’t understand yet was that God also had HIS own agenda. Did you know that when God gives you instructions, it’s on a need to know basis? The plan I mapped out worked well for a while. We live off my savings. I sent my son back up home to live in the dorms for his freshman year of college. I even kept interviewing in my new city. Everything was fitting into plan.
Then my savings began to get near to none. Now, what? Did I miss God? I normally don’t just pick up & half hazardly and do stuff like this. God used the time after my son went away to college, as my alone time to minister to me.
He reassured me that I wasn’t crazy. Then, we continued on with HIS journey. He ministered to me through various words. As mentioned in my previous blogs, I kept my attitude right. I despised not small beginnings. I remained thankful. I confessed daily what He spoke to me through his word that this was my DUE SEASON. While I waited for Him to do what only HE could do, I continued by faith.
Less than 2 months after moving to our new city, during Bible study, our Pastor used Abraham as an illustration. God asked him to sacrifice His son. In the end, we know that God had already provided the provision, the Ram in the bush. But, Abraham didn’t have that knowledge when He started out by faith.
I could relate to Abraham’s experience. Like him, I heard from God and now I’m all the way out here in Dallas by myself. It’s easy to begin to doubt yourself. Through this experience, I learned that I may live alone now and I maybe in a new city alone, but I am not alone. For, God is truly with me. This journey was about obedience and trust. It’s a test.
And just as it was with Abraham, I took hold of the word that God had a Ram. Pastor said, “Get ready for a turn around.” I confessed it. Just one day after that bible study, I received a job offer! God is a faithful God! I’m so thankful for the experience of getting to know God on this level. He is my Fortress, my Way Maker, my Provision, and the Good Shepard! I give Him praise!
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If you have been reading my blog long, you know that it is dedicated to those who dare start over and make a change. A time comes in our lives when we make a decision and say to ourselves that’s time for a change. This change maybe a relationship, a career, obtaining a degree, relocation, taking better care of ourselves, etc. Whatever it maybe, our mind is made up and we begin to take the necessary steps toward realizing our goal.
Often when we start over, we have to go backwards (so to speak) and begin anew. For example, you make be a powerhouse in the boardroom at work. But you have decided to change careers. Now, you’re in school starting over and going to class with people young enough to be your own children. For every goal, there is a beginning. And in beginnings, we can often become frustrated and intimidated. If we are not careful, we begin to complain by saying such things as “My business isn’t making enough money yet”, “I relocated and don’t know anyone”. “I started a new job, but I’m at the bottom again” or “I can’t find a job”. I understand these are legitimate frustrations and I have been through them. So, if this is where you are, I sympathize with you.
I write to encourage you to hang on. Trust that you have not made a mistake when you decided to start over. Don’t give up and throw in the towel yet. Persevere just a little while longer. And whatever you do, do not despise small things. It’s the little things that matter. Be thankful for what you do have and the dream that is inside you that will come to fruition. During this time, it is easy to complain. Don’t. Keep a positive grateful attitude. If you do not give up, remain faithful, and keep pulling away, in due season, you will have the harvest you are looking for.
I believe that God blesses all who does not despise small things or new beginnings just because their situation may not be glamorous. God also looks for those who are thankful where they are no matter what. Can you get to a place where you are content, even though your life is now in transition and maybe uncertain compared to before? Lastly, as we look for our endeavor to be successful, I would advise you to look for ways to be a blessing to others. We truly reap what we sow. even major corporations have this concept down. I have been employed in corporations that have entire departments that looks for ways to give back to the community. They have discovered that in attaching themselves to others, their organization will prosper. Now, you try it.
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Here's another entry from my journal in August 2010. Many times the adventure and excitement of stepping out on faith with God can begin to take its toll. Hardships and trials come in and we have to fight the good fight of faith to endure....
I admit. Today is a harder day for me. I have obeyed God and moved across the country by faith. It's been wonderful. However, whenever we step out on faith to do something God has called us to do, there will be opposition. But, we must keep the faith. We are on the winning team! God's already has it worked out. In the end, we will prevail!
I want to encourage you with the following scriptures. You may have step out on faith obeying God and now find yourself facing opposition. Stand firm! Don't give up! Be encouraged. God might not have revealed all the details to you of His plan, but one thing is for sure: If He sent you, He will provide & you will be victorious!
1 Pet 4:12, 13 (KJV)
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
1 Pet 4:12, 13 (NIV)
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
|Posted by NewChapterMinistriesInc on June 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
Recently, I've been reviewing an old journal of mine. It begins in the year 2008. I was reading Bishop T.D. Jake’s book, Repositioning Yourself, and started to make some changes. With some hard work involved, just two years later, I was able to see the first fruits of my labor. It was all with God's help. I want to share of those accomplishments with you. I am confident that with Christ you can do all things which strengthens you as well!
Dream 1 accomplished-I graduated at 40!!!!
It’s hard to believe that just 2 years ago, I went back to school to get my Bachelor’s degree. It was scary, exciting, and challenging. I learned so much academically as well as about my own capabilities. Only two years later, I am graduating this falls with my Bachelors and, baby, I’m smiling!!!!
I also just got accepted to the graduate school of my choice. You go, girl! Lol I’m 40 and proud!
Dream 2 accomplished- Relocating to the south
Once I knew my earning my degree was set in stone, I began looking toward completing another long-term goal I have had. I felt it was time to relocate. Nothing against the Midwest, but I felt the south calling me back home. My family gave me flack. They still do. But a girls got to do what a girl’s gotta do. lol
I’m here and I love it!
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Here's another entry from my journal back in August 2010. It speaks of my satisfaction of being obedient, like Abraham, to go to a land which God will show me.
For years, I have felt led to come and attend Potter's House. Last Sunday, I did. And the experience was priceless. It's like my entire move to Dallas from Chicago now makes sense. I knew I was in the right place at the right time. God is so faithful.
Many times he will tell us to "get up & Go" without giving us the details. But, when we get there, we are never ashamed. We are blessed. I am thankful for being obedient. And I 'm so thankful to God.
Romans 8:14 - For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.