In last month’s post I share with you that God called me to take a spiritual deep breath. It was time to allow His truth about my future guide my next steps of pursuing my dreams and His call on my life.
When I take a minute to reread that sentence it sounds wonderful but the big question is, “How?” My first prayer to God was,
“How do I go about understanding your call on my life and the dreams I have to serve you?”
It may seem like an obvious question but I did so with a different heart than I had in the past.
Three words came to mind in pursuing God’s plan:
- Patience – I am not exactly a poster child for this attribute. God continues to encourage me in molding my heart to be more patient in prayer, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 37:7
- Persistence – My competitive spirit lends itself to persistence. When I turned this part of who I am over to Him, He turned it into a renewed drive to follow His plan, “We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized.” Hebrews 6:11
- Prayerful – Prayerfulness is at the heart of our quest for God’s plan in our lives. It’s how we connect to him, know him more fully and how we can be assured of his plan for our lives, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5: 14
The result of my renewed pursuit were five questions that I continue to lift up to God as I move forward to navigate this new passion He has for me:
1.) What is my heart’s desire?
-Does it line up with the truth of God’s word?
-Have I asked God about it?
2.) If I I didn’t make excuses (For example, “I’m too afraid”) what would I do?
– I encourage you to go back and read a post I wrote called, “Dare to Dream.” It was inspired by this time with God
3.) If you weren’t so worried what others thought of you what would your next move be?
-Take time really pray about this question. It was a prickly one for me and convicted me that I placed to much value on what people think and not enough on what God thinks.
4.) Some day you will look back on your life. If you didn’t act on what you’re trying to make a decision on, would you regret it?
-This is a “big dream” question! If you lived out your heart’s passion what would it look like?
5.) Have there been times in the past when you acted on a “nudging” from God to step out of your comfort zone?
-What was the result?
Every new year is filled with hope and promise. Let’s make this year the year we stop making excuses. Let’s go to God with patient, persistent prayer. God will guide to live out all the answers to our big questions so we can live the audacious life He calls each of His loved ones to live.