LSOF: Responding to God’s Will

When I moved to Savannah, I had everything in the bag. I had a place to live, a job, and a new great church.
Everything was going so well for me.

Fast-forward a few months: I am living in a completely different part of Savannah, I don’t have a job right now, but
I still have an amazing church.

The interesting part being that although I was thrown out of my comfort zone not just once moving to Georgia,
but again once I was here a few months; I still have a really good church. I still have a good group of people
that are here for me.

I like the Celine Dion song, ” Love can move mountains”, and just that particular lyric alone, because that is what it has felt
like for me being here in this new place.

Somedays I am SO worried that I’m going to run out of money before I find a job, but my group of people here, they are always the first to encourage me to just continue to trust God.

I also want to share that the group of people that I say are here, some of them don’t even live in my state!

I received an email from a friend that simply said this,
” He had allowed you to be surrounded by many to hold up your arms during this time.”

This is where I can receive people within social networking….in 5 days I actually will meet the dearest of them:)

We have to have people in our lives that will encourage us to follow God’s will…to remind us to just believe, and trust Him.

I do have an awesome church, and the people there they have definitely been so great about praying for me, and just standing at my side during a lot of rough times here.

But the thing I learned today in the message really hit me, because it also provides a word of “warning” to those who do encourage us in our lives.

It was really a word for me.

We have to stop trying to let other encourage us to do what they ” think” is God’s will for our lives. We have to stop being so impulsive, and not give God a chance to respond if we really are doing as He asks of us.

It’s easy to be swayed when you start to know people who are at different ” positions”, I have a professor, event director, An actress, a writer, a counselor, a radio dj, and two women in the church ministry who I look at their lives and think,
” Wow God, it would be awesome to be in their position.”

And for them, it is cool to be in their position. For me, or for you..it may not be what God has called you to do.

So I go back to my gifts that come most natural to me…and I find ways to use them now…and I pray to God and ask Him to reveal to me what my calling really is. I have an idea, but I think I need more confirmation from Him.

I have a heart that really cares deeply for people, I care about their situations and everything they go through on a daily basis. It breaks my heart to watch people struggle, I can’t stand to see anyone in pain.
I am able to talk to anyone pretty easily, but I am sensitive in talking to them. I love to see what makes people tick, I love to look in their eyes and see who they really are in their heart. I love to listen to people tell me stories about thier lives, every little detail is such a treasure to me. I take when someone is ill very seriously. It may be due to my mom having an illness, but regardless, you will find me on my knees praying for someone as soon as I know their is something going on with them.
I love to teach others about God’s mercy, and share with them how He made me into the person I am today.
I also sometimes feel things in my heart deeply that I have to share with someone, and I DO make sure I share it.

All these things do show my spiritual gifts, and I can recognize what they are in myself. So I know its a start, do I know where it will take me…not sure. But I do know, I have to be on the right track if I am seeking after
seeing my spiritual gifts instead of my talents.

We are here to impact the world in someway…its WHY we are here, maybe you are like me and haven’t yet found your “place”, but I want to tell you something….we are exactly where we need to be, until God’s reveals what to do next.

Again, it’s little steps of faith, its’ what its all about:)

LSOF: The Faith Storm

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A rainbow that appeared in the sky after precious time with God:)

I am standing here at the wall of Lake Monroe. Above me ominous clouds seem echo visually over the entire horizon.
Sweet drops of rain fall over me, and on this page.
The water is so calm, barely rippling…
My friend showed me this morning a verse she is learning in her bible study, ” The Truth Project”.

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

God’s attributes can clearly be seen if we look hard enough.

The Lord brought to my heart on the drive here the hurricanes that we’ve had here in FL in the past.

I remember standing outside as the winds became more severe. The rain pelted everything around, and the trees held onto their roots for dear life…

He showed me that our faith in Him is just like being inside a hurricane.

The roughness of the winds are just really if you think about it the force of God’s blessing and will over our lives.
Something else that my friend and I discussed was that you don’t know what it is like to experience something good or something bad, until you experience it.

It is just so when it comes to walking through God’s will.

Thing after thing can happen, and make you smile or bring you straight to your knees, and then…
things seem too still for comfort. The sunshines on you, and blue skies are clearly above, but
you don’t feel like you are really in God’s will…because nothing is happening.

It’s what is called being inside the eye of God’s will.

This is the part where He looks down from heaven and sees that in the stillness, if we will still believe.

This is the place our souls wait for the Lord to take us into another direction of wind.

I am in that place right now. But something that made me cry when He spoke it to my heart.
The eye isn’t the only place we have blue skies, that they are all around us through the storm,
He is always in control.

To think that God even decided the shapes the clouds turn every moment.

The wind blows gently on me…its God’s gentle spirit.
Reminding me He is love…and He is still in everything.

This one part of Hebrews 3:12 really struck me today.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

I look out at all this, and think to myself…How can I think for one second that God couldn’t handle my little world?

I saw the movie, ” Amelia” today. I wanted to watch a movie that was going to clearly reflect God.

Maybe Amelia didn’t make it across the ocean, but I think her heart met with God clear before she ever took flight that day, and was already prepared to meet Him.

I want to have a faith that reaches to the skies.

Of course it would take more that saying it…for it to happen.

Right this moment, as I hear the rumble of the airplane behind me…I say…

I’ll believe you Lord, in even this.


Blessings,
Angie