Great word from Don Woodruff today... "Whenever we are committed to serving the Lord, we may be required to change our environment. He may have a task or tasks He wants us to complete in another area. We may be required to move: ~ To another job, ~ To another church, ~ To another city, or even ~ To another country. Just as His disciples were willing to follow wherever He led them, we also have to be willing to let Him use us in whatever capacity He chooses.
We should be encouraged when we realize that whatever He asks us to do, He will provide the spiritual gifts and skills required for success. For those actively serving the Lord, whenever He chooses a new ministry for us, He will equip us with the tools we need to fulfill His desires."
(excerpt from The Crucifixion Catalyst)
Keep in mind...
"Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:9, MSG "This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lordyour God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NLT Blessings to you today, Melanie
On this fourth and final
day, I want to share a story and offer a few very practical steps you might
take in order to begin moving in the right direction.
My husband is in the midst
of getting his PhD. He reads hundreds of pages each week, writes
papers and regularly contributes to the online class discussions. Often, he
will come home from working all day, eat supper, take a short break and then
launch into his class work.
He has found that he cannot
just jump into the classwork cold turkey. Non-academic activities must be completed
first, and then he can start studying. For example, he will fold a load of
laundry or unload the dishwasher as his warm up. Once he is feeling
“productive”, he can begin his studies.
Most people are like my
husband in that they need to warm up their creative and courageous muscles
before they can launch into something brand new or challenging.
Much like a runner
stretching before a race or a musician tuning up before a concert, most of us
need a few moments to “warm up” and “tune up” before we jump right in to an
Thus, I want to offer you
some “warm up” ideas to get you moving in that new direction.
Come up with 3-4 things you’d really
like to try.
~ Write them down. ~ Research them. ~ Talk these over with a trusted friend. ~ Look them up on the Web.
Personally, I've wanted to finish my master's degree for all of my married life. I started the degree before I was married, and had to push "pause" before I had the chance to complete it.
About four years ago, the opportunity came for me to go back to school and finally finish that degree. After much hard work, many papers, thousands of note cards and quite an amazing adventure, I will graduate in December with my Master's of Arts in Christian Education.
It feels great to accomplish something that I have wanted to finish for over 25 years!
So, what is your dream? What is that thing, that goal, that passion, that interest that you have been thinking about? Is there something you'd just like to try?
~ For example, you may want to:
Run in a 5K?
Go back to school?
Work at a gift shop?
Learn to fly small airplanes?
Go on a mission trip?
Create pottery or some other artwork?
Tutor in the inner city schools?
Write a book?
Learn a new language?
Start a blog?
Become a photographer?
Start your own business?
Step out and try something on your
list.Just go for it.
~ Sign up
for a 5K in the spring, and start training now.
~ Look at
a local university website for "Continuing Education Programs." Sign up for a class.See what you think about it.
online for stores hiring for the holidays.Apply and work for 6-7 weeks in that store.See if you think it’s for you. ~ Talk to someone who has successfully launched a business. Begin sketching out plans for your potential business.
Don’t give up!No matter what happens or doesn’t happen,
refuse to quit!
If the first item on your list is a
bust, then move to the next item. Don’t give up after trying just one new
thing. Try another.
You can do this!
God does have a beautiful plan for your
life.It may not seem like it today, but
I do believe He adores you and wants to use you for His kingdom and purposes.
I will pray for you to be encouraged
today and in the future as you seek to do what God has next for you!
We are in the midst of a series that
is attempting to help answer questions like:
~ What does God want me to do now?
~ What does He have next for me?
~ Where do I go from here?
In Part One, we hit on some of the big
Time alone daily with Jesus, &
Doing the next thing.
In Part Two, we discussed the idea of
filling your mind with amazing material and positive information.
Read great books
Study the Word
Check out blogs and forums
Listen to positive radio
Get around positive people
Today, I have another suggestion that
may help you on your quest to discover what God has next for your life.
I want to encourage you try some
“assessment” tests. (These are not for a grade)!
Assessment tests are tools that help
you to uncover your gifts, your passions, your dreams, your talents and some of
the possible paths you might take in the days ahead.
There are myriads of these sorts of
tests; however, I will just mention 4 :
First, (and likely the most helpful) is a personality test offered by
a group called “16 Personalities”. I was introduced to this assessment tool by one
of my professors in seminary (Dr. Brad Thompson).
You answer a few simple questions
online, and then you are given a sketch of your basic personality type from the
list of 16 types. (The test and the short profile are all FREE)!
Next, you are offered the chance to
purchase an in-depth profile for about $17. My profile is close to 100 pages,
and I have found it to be extremely helpful especially when considering
potential jobs and job fields. (I highly recommend purchasing this profile)!
Second, and somewhat similar, is the “Five Minute Personality
This test stems from the John
Trent and Gary Smalley animals test – Lion, Otter, Beaver, and Golden
Retriever. This test is FREE and provides a
brief profile at the end of the test. You can easily use this assessment at
work, church and with our family.
We found this test to be
especially useful in helping children to discover their personality types. John
Trent and Gary Smalley have a wonderful little book to go along with this
topic. It’s called “The Treasure Tree: Helping Kids Understand Their
Personality.”(This book is
available at Amazon.com).
You can take the Five Minute Personality Test at this link:
Your love language
is the way that you communicate love and wish to have love communicated back to
you. It’s what makes you feel most appreciated and adored. It’s also what you
give to others who you appreciate and adore.