Where is it you are calling me, Lord? What is it you want me to do?
Have these questions crossed your mind? You are not alone. We long to know our purpose.
Looking back on my own journey, I realize that sometimes we make what is simple complicated. In today’s Encouragement for Today Devotion, I share the practical steps God took me through to discover my calling. They are not hard, but they require a H.E.A.R.T. exercise.
humble our hearts,
examine our life experiences and current circumstances,
apply our gifts and talents,
read, study and pray the Word of God, and
trust in God’s timing and His answer.
The devotional expands on each of these steps.
God also gives direction in His Word. Here are some of my favorite Scriptures …
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3
For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, “plans to proper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you. Jeremiah 29:11-13
God wants each one of us to discover His plan for us. Prayer is a huge part of discovering His plan. As you pray, God will lead. Look for signs that He is at work in your midst. When you sense Him leading, take the next step. When you take the next step, trust and obey.
Are you hearing something from the Lord and aren’t sure what? Keep a notebook or journal. Write down what you hear. Pay attention to what God is doing. Listen to the words spoken by others about what you are doing. Note any verses that capture your heart. Write your prayers and incorporate those verses. Personalize each and every one.
The Lord wants to accomplish great things through you, my friend. What is God asking you to do in response to what you have heard and read today? What “next step” will you take today? Do you need to…
Change your prayers?
Surrender your agenda?
Abandon your own plan?
Take one step of obedience?
Accept His timing?
In my devotional, I share how I walked into the house in which I now live and heard God whisper, “This will be a house of prayer and teaching.” In that moment, I had no idea what the Lord meant. In fact, I had never really even been in a Bible study, so how could I teach one??? But whisper by whisper, verse by verse, step by step the Lord led me. He led me to the day I opened my home to lead a Bible study, nearly 5 years after that first whisper. And what a precious day it was. And our small group of 12 who met that day has grown to a study of over 130 women!! We have outgrown my home and meet at my church. We are in our ninth year and have six small groups.
If you would have told me that was God’s plan for my life when I moved to Charlotte, I would have laughed hysterically as Sara did when she heard she was to have a child.
But we have a faithful God Who honors His Word and every promise in it. Our God promises Ephesians 3:20 work in our lives. He promises to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ever ask or imagine. He has done that for me. And I know He will do that for you!
Thank you for stopping by today. I would love to connect with you in two ways today.
First, if you need prayer about your calling or about taking your next step, please share it in a comment below, and I promise to pray for you.
Second, we are forming a new group called Wendy’s Street Team. I would love for you to team up with me for the publication of my very first Bible study!! This group will be part of promoting the “Living So That” Bible study and future Bible study projects. We will have many fun ways for the Street Team to participate and help promote new projects, including sneak peaks at new studies and special perks as the time for publication draws near. To become a member, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Wendy’s Street Team” in the subject heading and include your name, e-mail address, cell phone, city and state. My dear friend and assistant, Lisa Sheltra, will be helping me coordinate this effort.
Sweet Blessings to you,