I’ve had a number of “oh wow” moments in the past few weeks with my faith. It’s unreal how much I feel like God is moving and shaking some things in my life and in my heart. It’s a big reason of why this blog has focused so much on the spiritual aspect of my life lately. These changes are just so powerful.
Ask and he answers.
The first and foremost of that and these changes was the pursuit of a new church home.
Folks, I have been searching (vigorously and discouragingly) for a church home in Winston-Salem for TWO years. Two years. And today I went back for a second Sunday to a church I’m really liking and college roommate/sister-at-heart who also lives in Winston, gave it an initial stamp of approval as well.
This is a huge deal.
He’s listening. So thankful. So excited to get involved. PS: That has been on my prayer list for a long time! Not quite ready to check it off 100 percent though. But when that can happen, a 25 by 25 gets to be checked off too!
And it’s interesting though. While I’ve been searching for this church for so long, I know that God has brought it into the picture right on time, just as planned, perfectly on schedule. Not a Sunday too soon. Not a Sunday too late.
Even though most weeks my life feels a little helter-skelter and that there needs to be some other kind of greater order, deep at heart I know it’s right on schedule. Seasons are passing like they should be. No need to worry. No need to doubt. No need to be anxious.
It’s going to work out. It’s going to be okay. You’re going to get where you’re trying to go. You’re going to accomplish what you hope to do. And God’s going to provide for those unfulfilled desires. It’s going to be all right! In fact, it’s probably going to be better than you can even imagine from where you’re sitting today.
It’s funny. Earlier this week while on the phone with my Mom I was talking about the foggy future. It’s incredible how I’m at a point in my life where it’s really hard to know what next year will be like. Heck, it’s pretty hard to anticipate what six months from now looks like. Life is just so OPEN. But not in a weak and vulnerable way. Instead, life is open in a way that i’m not putting pressures on where tomorrow has to go or what next week has to do. I’m not laboring my life with expectation right now.
That’s not to be taken that I’ve lost my direction. Or that I’m not as ambitious as days past.
No, that’s not true.
But it is true that I’ve handed it off to God. And I have an amazing peace about where time will take me. Or what the next three chapters will say. So much peace. And relief.
When my Mom kind of echoed my, “Life’s going to work out!” claims. I just responded with, “The plan is already in action.” And as soon as I said it, I knew every fiber of me believed it. God has a plan for my life and it’s already well into the first act. Each step and each day is bringing me closer to that next “moment.” Whatever that “moment” entails. And it’s going to be wonderful.
So this morning, I woke up with joy knowing that I was going to a good church with two best friends. I was going to take Communion. God was providing. God was working. And as I had my coffee and pulled out my Joel Osteen “I Declare” devotion of the day, this is what I turned the page to see and what I would like to leave you with today:
I DECLARE that God has a great plan for my life.
He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how,
I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every
detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right.
This is my declaration.