How Did I Get Here?
In early January, 2018, I found a new zeal for God’s Word, even before the real journey began. I truly wanted to hear what the Holy Spirit was saying. I started to read the Bible consistently and I started listening to various sermons, especially Bishop TD Jakes of the Potter’s House and Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church, who said, “Peace comes after obedience. We may NOT experience God’s peace until AFTER we do what He tells us to do!”
Later in January, the Lord impressed upon me to host an Order Your Steps event, a women’s workshop focusing primarily on helping them to establish more Order for their lives! I’d always conducted workshop for small groups on the organizing process, but I’d always driven solo. This time I’d have people speaking with me. So what began as a fall season event with a “New Beginning” theme, evolved into a Mother’s day weekend event, which in my opinion may not have been the best time? Usually, Mother’s day is a very, very busy period for mothers and families, so most women would not be available for a workshop. But the Lord was ordering my steps, so by no surprise, as I lined up the venue, vendors & even the speakers, everything seemed to fall into place. My workshop now entitled “Ordering My Steps: A Mother’s Perspective” was off and running!!
As I read, God’s Word says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord”. 1 Corinthians 15:58 KJV
So, I knew that whatever happened from that point forward, I’ve had to see it through, but, I also knew that it was not going be easy! From my previous experiences, God doesn’t normally give you something to do, if you can do it without Him.
Now, we’re moving forward! The invitations were sent, we marketed on social media and life is good! Five tickets sell, Yayy!! Then a whole another month goes by and not one ticket sold. What do I do now? Shortly thereafter, I woke up one morning and the Lord said, “Plant the Seed”, and so I searched the scriptures and the Holy Spirit took me to Zechariah 8:11-13.
“But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the Lord of hosts. For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.”
As I continued to study, the Nelson’s New King Jame’s Version Study Bible stated that “While in Babylonian captivity, the people had been subject to God’s discipline. Zechariah encouraged the people to focus on God’s chose of Jerusalem and that God had promised to come among His people and completely restore them. Because of their obedience with regard to rebuilding the temple, they could now anticipate His Blessing”. I heard God’s Word, but I still questioned…
Did I really hear God?
Did I say something wrong?
Did I do something wrong?
Stay Tuned for “A Little Backstory “ – Part III
Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.