Good morning beautiful!
I’m grateful for having had the chance to sleep in a little bit on this Saturday morning and still lie in bed now while sipping on a cup of coffee and catching up with posts.
I’m reflecting on what God has done in my life and in the Christian Coffee Talk for Women online community since I created it back in Sept 2015 as a private community with only 60 women, as a safe place to share and sharpen each other in our daily walks with Christ. Today we are approaching 3000, and our group has blossomed into a weekly podcast and radio show, to encourage the power, hope, and purpose of Christ in everyday life.
I had no idea this is where we’d be when I opened the group that September day in 2015. I was merely focused on sharing nuggets I’d bring back from a women’s conference with other women who were not able to attend. But God had a bigger plan, and that’s just how He works.
Before I decided to create the group, I was running before God trying to find my purpose in every and any cause or ministry that I could either create or participate in to make a difference, running myself ragged from taking on way too much. Can you relate? My missions became distractions, and soon I wasn’t making a difference for the better. I was just creating a mess for myself, and not spending enough time where ministry mattered the most–in my home.
It wasn’t easy taking a step back and closing the doors I pushed open on my mission for God. Note how I wrote: “my mission for God.” I learned that it’s not “my” mission for God that was purposed for me, but His mission for me, that would eventually prevail, and not until I surrendered.
Hosting this wonderful community of women along with a radio show was never in my sights. I never dreamed of it, never even thought of it. I would never have believed it if I was told it was going to happen. That just wasn’t me. But God created in me, in each of us, special gifts and talents and works for us to do, even before we were born! (Ephesians [2:10]). He ordained us to do things far beyond our own intents and wildest dreams, and I tell you sisters if we are too busy distracting ourselves by going before Him and planning “our own missions for God”, we are surely going to miss out on God’s mission for us.
So how do we wait on God to lead us where to go and what to do when we have this white fire burning in us to get up and work for God in everything we do? Well, we just have to go to His word and apply it! Seriously. Sounds cliche’ I know. I’m sorry that I don’t have a more sophisticated and profound answer, but it’s just not that complicated.
Have you ever found yourself reading God’s word and know that you understand it, it makes total sense to you, you get convicted, but then you don’t apply it? Let’s be real. I can’t be the only one. I believe this happens when we haven’t truly surrendered our own will to allow God’s will to direct our lives. It’s not easy to give up our own plans and dreams, but the truth is that not all of our plans and dreams are His. Proverbs [19:21] tells us “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Think about it. How much time do we waste running before Him, oblivious to the help He is trying to give us through his holy words in the bible because we are distracted by our own will and stubbornness?
Below are some of those help words that I believe He pleads with us in our stubbornness:
Colossians 4:2 (MSG) “Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Isaiah [30:18] (MSG) “But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you.
God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.”
Lamentations [3:25]-26 (MSG) “God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.
Psalm 37:7 (NIV) “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways…”
John [3:30] (NIV) “He must become greater; I must become less.”
2 Timothy [3:16] (NLT) “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
Romans [8:28]-29 (NLT) “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
There are so many more. I can go on and on, but I’ll end with this question. Are you willing to give up your will and your way and your mission for God, to take on His will and His way and His mission for you?