If You Could Do Anything, What would it Be?

The other night in a women’s Bible Study group, the question was posed ” If you could do anything you wanted, financially there was no limit and God had paved the way and gone before you, what would you do??

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.- Deuteronomy 13:4 NLT

There were a lot of great answers and I selfishly said, I would want to go away and take a break! And at that moment, I meant it.

But I have been giving that question a lot of thought since that night because we all have hopes and dreams, things that we think are way too big or too impossible and I realize that with God, NOTHING is impossible.

27 And Jesus, looking upon them, said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” – Mark 10:27 21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

I believe that sometime’s we get so caught up in the day to day busyness of our lives, no matter what that busyness looks like and we store away our hopes and dreams for ‘when the time is right’ or ‘when I have enough money’ or ‘when our kids are grown’ or ‘once I get that promotion’ and I know that is not how God intended for us to live.  Always thinking that we have to wait until everything is perfect before we try something new, fulfill a lifelong dream, reach for an unreachable desire in our hearts.

I love ministering to others by sharing my story, here, and in person of how my life has been touched by Jesus Christ. I love encouraging others and sharing what it is like to walk by faith and not by sight. My heart is full when friends ask me to pray for them or a situation or share the Word with them.

Follow Your Heart

God will use anyone how He chooses.  The fact is we have to be willing and we have to be obedient to His call. Many people hear from the Lord in a number of ways, and those ways are just as different as there are people to hear Him. I feel a nudge in my spirit to share a message or word He gives. And sometime’s I understand what I am to do and I don’t always obey because fear sets in.  Fear is a tool of the enemy.  The devil will use any tool in his power to stop me in my tracks. Doubt may creep in and I worry more about how I will look, and what people will think, more than caring about The One that nudges me to go and do His work. Sometimes it doesn’t have to make any sense to me.  But I still need to do it.  Walking in obedience to the Lord should be the easiest thing for any of us to do, but many times the chaos of our lives shuts out His voice.  Until we think we need Him and then we wonder why we can’t hear Him. He is always with us and always waiting to connect with us through every part of our lives and always listening.

I still don’t have a solid answer for what would I do if money was no object and God had blessed my vision for what my lifelong dream would be, so I will be still in the waiting and seek his guidance. I do have thoughts, but nothing concrete. I can say, without a doubt it would be geared toward people that have special needs due to a medical/disability diagnosis, but exactly what they type of ministry would it be, I don’t have all the details yet, just a burning fire within me to help these groups of people and it really isn’t any wonder since I love and care for someone that is very special to me and has very special needs.

I would like to encourage you to pursue your dreams. Find something you love and go do it! Because God will give you all the tools you need to fulfill your wildest and crazy dreams; He places those desires in your heart.  It will take grit, determination, and perseverance and there may be times you think you got it all wrong, but this is where your faith comes in.  Faith is believing even when you can’t see!

I do know from my own point of view, I’ve had a tugging at my heart to do something for Special Needs Individuals, that isn’t out there yet-I just have no idea what it is at the moment. And more than just the little guy in our lives that requires so much.

I learned a long time ago, that if you are doing what you love, you will excel at it; if you are working just to earn a paycheck and you hate it; it’s not where you are supposed to land forever.  It may just be a stopping point along your path, to help you grow in an area that needs growth.  God doesn’t have us anywhere to waste our time.  There is always a purpose. And when the time is right, God will have you move and go.  Don’t fear the going. Trust in your Creator.  He knows everything about you.  Everything.

Ministry-serving others can happen anywhere. In our homes, the grocery store, a foreign land, in our day to day with others. We are called to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and His story.

May you know how much Jesus Loves You ~ right where you are ~ in every moment of your lives! #HopeAlwaysHaveFaith

Blessings ~ Carlene

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Perseverance

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd

Of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every

Weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so

Easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the

Race God has set before us.

Hebrews 12:1 NLT

 

How well do you persevere and push through when life knocks you down and punches you in the gut? Do you give up and stop trying? God tells us in this verse that we are surrounded by other believers that can witness to us and share their testimony and stories of faith to encourage us to press on to the goal. His word tells us to get rid of everything that is stopping us from achieving his will for our lives and let us run in such a way that no matter what obstacles appear, or how bleak it may look, to never give up.

 

Perseverance is something that a person develops over time. How do we learn it? By test and trials in our lives- when we must stand in faith and trust the Lord is working on our behalf; even though through our eyes we can’t even begin to imagine how things will work out.  Perseverance means crying out to the Lord in all times, not just rough and tumble times, but joyous and good times too. Seek him out and allow him to be your strength when you just don’t think you can take one more rejection or let down.

 

As children of God, we know that no matter what we face in our lives, he is with us always. The holy spirit lives in each of our hearts. Taking the easy way out of a tough situation, is not being the person God created you to be. He is everything you need. He is enough. Perseverance can be described in this acrostic

P.U.S.H. P=Pray U=Until S=Something H=Happens

 

As we pray and press on and into Jesus, he will bless us in ways we can’t begin to fathom, but we have to do our part. We can’t just pray and wait for him to do all the work. Perseverance develops character and allows God to mold and shape us into the person he want us to be. We cannot let others cloud our judgement and decision-making. God has a plan for each one of us, and as we are called to fulfill that plan, we must be willing to stand on his promises that he will never leave us or abandon us. He will equip us with all the tools necessary to reach the destination set before us.

 

I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you

For battle, though you don’t even know me, so all the world from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the Lord and there is no other.

I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times, I the Lord, am the one who does these things.

Isaiah 45:5-7 NLT

 

Challenges are opportunities for us to show others how Great our God is and how he will use every perceived failure to help us reach the ultimate goal set before us.

 

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and

Trials, for we know that they help us develop

Endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character

Strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly

God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit

To fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:3-5 NLT

 

The next time you are faced with fear and  you think you  can’t do what you have been called to do in your life, remember this, Jesus will see you through whatever it is; He will fight for you, simply because you are his child and he loves you.struggle-1271657_1920

Never Give Up.

 

May you know how much God Loves You! Blessings,

Carlene