When God Says Go

I have to admit that there have been times of my life that I felt like I should stop and go consult the Lord for counsel in something that has come to mind. Looking back, there were a lot of times that nothing materialized in what seemed to be opportunities. Then I would be left disappointed thinking that somehow I was caught up in my flesh in wanting that something and that maybe it wasn’t Gods will for me or the timing was wrong.

But recently, I was presented, yet again, with an opportunity. It felt right, and even my husband agreed, as he has done many times before, and yet I didn’t follow through. This time I entertained that opportunity of blessing and followed it into fruition praying that all would come to a halt if it was something I shouldn’t do. But guess what, I had the privilege to participate in a great blessing that I could have easily missed out on.

It causes me to wonder just how many times I have turned down a blessing all because I didn’t listen to God the first time. As women, we so often place others above our own needs believing that one day the time will come that we get to do something for ourselves. But what if that time is now, and we are ignoring God’s efforts to bless us?

It may mean leaving your kids with their father while you go and spend a much needed week with a friend. You wonder if you might be abandoning your family for doing so. Well, ladies, we have to listen to God in those moments of chaos in our homes when God tells us that we need to treat ourselves and place our families in his capable hands. I know, we can feel guilty and think we are being selfish, but the bottom line is this: what does God think about it?

So, ladies, what is God telling you today that you keep telling yourself you don’t deserve? If it is something you desire that doesn’t go against Gods plan for your life, then move forward and ask God to close the doors that don’t need to be open. Then, you can rest being assured that what your doing is possibly Gods will for you to be blessed in that. But take one moment to ask the Lord what he thinks and set aside all your worries and cares as you wait and listen for him to respond.

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.

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Who we are in Christ?

One will never understand who they are in Christ unless they come to truly know who he is. It is necessary to know Christ to know yourself. We can’t fully know who we are unless we know Christ- not know of him, but know him. Knowing Jesus is more than dedicating your life to him. Knowing Jesus is more than obedience. Knowing Jesus embodies a knowing of who, what, where, and why he ever did what he did. Jesus didn’t just die for our sins. That act of bravery, alone, created a bridge for us to reach God. It didn’t give us the understanding we need to truly know who we are in Christ. You will never know who you are in Christ until you truly, fully know who Christ is.

How is it that there are Christians who are alcoholics, struggle with fear and many other types of struggles? While I understand that every person’s journey is different, what we need to always see is some sort of progress in our life. That progress – if not complete healing or even deliverance – should be in the form of learning and growing. Our personal growth is the result of our learning. While we are in the trenches of the battles of this life, never are we to just sit and wait. We are to wait by doing. What does that look like? Our time should look like this: we are to be drawing closer to God through reading our Bibles and through prayer. We are to be seeking God’s fullness.

In essence, we need to learn who Christ is, but we will not learn about who we are in Christ unless we are reading our Bibles and spending time communicating with God. God wants us to talk to him, and then give him the opportunity to say something back. When God speaks to us, it may not be profound, but the experience is. God’s voice brings so much peace and even deliverance. God’s voice brings understanding that we would have never had unless we had taken that time to listen. Sometimes it comes in something like a download of the knowledge we need to change or a path to walk.

So, how do we overcome the trials and tribulations of this world? By communing with God. And in our time of communing with God, we should talk to him about our past and all the hurts in it. Through the Holy Spirit, God is our counselor, and he brings more comfort, more peace, more understanding, and much more direction for life then any other counselor you can make an appointment for. It is not my recommendation to cancel appointments that you already have. The question is this: who do you rely on more? People or God? If you place more faith in people than God, then all you will get is a very watered-down version of what God has to offer you right now. God can do things that people can’t. He is the source of all things that you need whether that be food, money to pay your bills, or even the strength and endurance to accomplish things you never thought possible.

The store got busy fast. I was barely able to find the time to take this photo. Book signing table photo at Chapters in St. Albert, Alberta Canada
My book, “When The One You Love Doesn’t Love You Anymore”, on the shelf at Chapters in St. Albert, Alberta Canada

For example, recently I published my first book. This past Saturday, I had my first book signing, and it was a huge success. My book sales were expressed to be competing with seasoned authors and their own book sales. Now, the fact that I even wrote a book is a miracle all in it’s own, but for it to actually be a success is down-right a miracle of a completely different kind of miracles. It’s huge! I would have never been able to do this without the Lord walking me through it. He surely is my strength to conquer any obstacle standing in my way of fulfilling my purpose in this life.

So, friend, where does your faith lie today?

Go forth and be blessed, my friend.