Tuesday, October 24, 2017

One step at a time leads to a purpose...

Good morning my sister warriors-

I just walked outside and realized it was one step at a time.  Genius, right! If you're laughing so am I. My claim to fame is not being a genius but more perceptive about people and places. I see things others don't and sometimes I can look at you and truly feel your pain and your joy.  Being perceptive about others has been easy, peering into my own heart, well that's another story.

I'm a person that loves to run, not literally, although I wish I could. I mean pursue things at a fast pace. My whole life has been about responsibility, getting things done and providing for others and I'm not just talking about my family. As a salesperson, you are responsible for people getting a paycheck.  There is no time to sit and smell the roses or take the stairs one step at a time, or so I thought until recently.

My guide has been my need to financially take care of others which always leads me to thinking 500 steps ahead.  It doesn't matter if you're my husband or my boss, I have already figured out a strategy to meet the need and conquer the obstacle.  I've been proud of that and honestly, it's what's kept me going-- time and time again, when the obstacles were overwhelming. Most people would crumble under that kind of pressure but I thrive, or so I thought.

Working at a snails pace has never been my motto, so it makes sense I want to go at warp speed.  Have you noticed how God never does anything at warp speed?  He created the universe in seven days. He's powerful enough to do it in a day.  He created a man, waited awhile and then created a woman.  We get pregnant and 9 months later we have a baby.  And to top it all off, it can take years from the day we say yes to Jesus, to become mature enough for Him to do something with us.  My point is patience is the key to purpose.

If you have been following this blog or just found it for the first time, look at the very bottom of the page. I started this in 2012.  It came out of sitting next to my father, wondering if he truly knew Jesus, and the guilt I felt that I didn't speak enough about the love I carry for my Savior. I became afraid because who wants to be rejected, and yet, who wants to sit in a hospital wondering if the most beautiful soul in the world was going to Hell or Heaven? Not me.  At his funeral I made sure to tell the story of me reading my Bible at the foot of his bed. Praying mightily that Jesus would come to him in his dreams. This man was an angel and I wanted him with Jesus. As I watched each breath, I begged that he would not be taken until Jesus had him.

That moment was the beginning of my purpose, one step at a time. In the last 3 years, I have been through tremendous trials, I stand today stronger and more faithful. This journey has been step by step.  One step at a time will take me to my destination. So today, realize each and every day you're on this earth, you are stepping toward your purpose.  Mine is to spread the word of God throughout the world. I know it. I don't know when this ministry will kick in. I don't have to.  All I'm required to do is write, speak and believe that Jesus is the reason.

If you're on a journey trying to find purpose. Spend time in the Bible, God will show you the path. He lights our way, even when we grumble and fight Him. Heck, I've even taken flight a couple of times and told Him things like I'm not worthy and who would listen to me anyway.  Our pride can be our ruin. I've come to realize why the Israelites spent time grumbling. I thought wow, really.  And then I've had to look at my own life and my grumbling and realize I need forgiveness for the same thing.

We are in a powerful spiritual time. Suicide is at an all time rate. We are fighting for our kids lives, our husbands lives and even ours.  Women are leaving the men they committed to for the Cinderella story, except there isn't one. For all the beautiful notes on Facebook, couples face challenges. Those that fight to stay in know you must forgive and love. Our time is now my sisters. We don't have to run, we just need to take one step at a time and God will lead us to His promise land.

Psalm 23:3 New American Standard

3He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name's sake.…

Lead me by still waters, restore my soul O, Lord and help guide my path one step at a time.  We need you today to lift us up, slow us down, and help us reach all the way to Heaven with Your love.

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