Are you in or near South Louisiana? I have a special invitation to help you move past fear and discover God’s purpose for your life!
I’d love to see you in person and let you hear from some of my friends about how to live clothed with strength and dignity and laugh without fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25).
Sometimes I feel so scattered. When I step left, I wonder, should I have stepped right?
Sometimes my steps feel like sprints, and I doubt I can even keep up.
At the end of some days I shake my head as I look back and consider, did I accomplish good things, right things, important things?
Or did I turn in a meaningless circle?
God’s Word promises us a voice.
But not just any voice, a distinct Voice. A steady Voice. A certain Voice. God’s Voice.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
One day, with no time to spare (of course), I tumbled down the driveway towards my son’s writing class. That’s when my van started giving directions.
I had no idea where the voice was taking me or why she even started talking, but since all of my attempts to silence her failed, I listened to her give directions the whole way to class. The only problem was, I wasn’t headed in the direction she wanted me to go.
After a few wrong turns I figured out where the voice in my van insisted I go … home.
Somehow our home-base town in East Texas was programmed in to the navigation system and my van’s voice demanded I go there. If I did not follow, she re-routed me. If I still did not follow, she got pushy. “Make a legal u-turn,” she’d say – over and over and over.
I giggled at her persistence – and at the fact that I couldn’t turn her off – but somehow that voice and those directions quieted my soul. She knew where she was taking me. And it was somewhere good.
I desperately want to know God’s voice and trust His choices for my life, but sometimes my heart gets noisy. And in all my running around, I don’t notice God’s voice instructing and counseling me – or if I do – I speed right past it.
I wonder if sometimes my restlessness is actually God’s relentlessness. Like a spiritual navigator, named the Holy Spirit, urging me to make a u-turn.
There is enough time in every day to accomplish God’s purposes for that day.
Do we believe that? And even if we do believe it, do we pause long enough to ask God what He wants us to accomplish then allow Him to set our course?
As we look towards a new year, I pray your spirit is refreshed and ready for all of God’s plans. But if you’re still searching for a place of stability and purpose, I want to share these three steps with you that have helped me settle my soul and seek God first:
Sort. Make a list of things and thoughts that torment you. Include the kitchen drawer busting at the seems and the dream in your heart bursting to get out. Consider what you wish you had more time for and also what exhausts you. Sort through your road blocks, good and bad.
Shape. Now make an hour-by-hour plan for your days. What do you do and when? Is there anything you could ask someone to help you with and free up time for something from your list? Could you rearrange a little and be more efficient with your time? Pray through your up-to-the-minute day plan, and ask God to show you where you could squeeze in some time for His promptings.
Satisfy. Once you’ve listened to God’s voice pointing the way you should go, go! Trust His provision in energy or commitment and continue to listen as He leads you step by step.
Just the other day I put these three steps into motion and you’ll never believe what I found … time! An hour almost every day I didn’t know was there. My jaw dropped as I looked over every day of my week and found the same free hour … an hour now filled with all the things I wished I had time for but could never find.
What is one thing would you do if you found a surprise hour each day? Share it in the comments box below!
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