Keep planning and moving forward… But allow the Lord to Order Your Steps!
Last week, I officially welcomed you to 2021 and I suggested that you take a moment to look pass the chaos of the world today and think of one word that would describe what 2021 will mean to you. Were you able to give it some thought?
After much thought and contemplation, I’ve decided that my word will be “Enlightening”! During 2021, I want to gain a better knowledge and understanding, and spiritual insight as my true purpose continues to unfold. I’ve always loved Ephesians 1:18, The eyes of your understanding be enlightened; that ye may know the hope of his calling, and the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints… Read Ephesians 1-17-19, when you have a moment.
Your word should serve as a constant reminder of what you are striving for throughout this year. On this journey, we will continue to face the challenges of life and we will incur many blessings and opportunites for success along the way.
So what is your word, please share in the comments…
Over the next few weeks, as we reflect on our thoughts and revelations of 2020, I hope that there will be moments that will encourage and inspire you. We will share our ideas, thoughts and even organizing tips to help bring Order to your Mind, Body and Space, so that you will not only survive, but Thrive in the coming year!
As you may or may not know, the Lord has had me in a season of obedience, since 2018. In May, I hosted my first Ordering Your Steps (OYS) women’s workshop, entitled “A Mother’s Perspective”. I must admit that it was a struggle initially, because being who I am, I wanted to control all the details and I had my own expectation of the outcome. However, my lesson in obedience required just the opposite. I had to listen to the Lord’s direction and allow Him again to Order My Steps! Let’s just stay that the event was very interesting. In my eyes, I can’t honestly say it was successful, but I am confident that it was just what God had planned. In September of the same year, I began writing Order, Organize & Obedience, another very interesting experience, one I’ll never forget. Ultimately, what God revealed to me, had nothing to do with the book itself.
In 2019, my 2nd Annual OYS event, “DeClutter Your Mind” was absolutely AMAZING!! This time, I found it much, much easier, just to let God do what He does best. He orchestrated every moment, from the idea to the event itself. The Lord began to show me more and more about how the overall mission of Order Your Steps is evolving into more than just the opportunity to minister to individuals one on one, but to have the opportunity to reach women in many other areas of life.
Then around the middle of last year, I was asked to accept the position of president of our Business and Professional Women’s Federation (BPWF) for the DC Jurisdiction of our church. The mission of the BPWF is to strive to provide business minded women with an opportunity to put their professional abilities to work to achieve their dreams and God-given purpose. This was right in line with what the Lord has shown me as He expands my role as owner of Order Your Steps, to reach even more women.
It was shortly after my appointment that I was listening to a message by Bishop T.D. Jakes. He was talking about how the Lord will show us our dream or purpose, but we must do the work to achieve it. “The Door is Open but You Gotta PUSH”! He used the analogy of a woman giving birth and although the womb in open, we must push really hard to birth our baby. By the same token, we must push really hard to birth our dream. The Lord continued to impress upon me to share with my audience, who are primarily women, the idea of putting forth all of our efforts, through the pain, frustration or disappointments, to birth what He has put in us.
As a result of the Lord’s prompting, in April, we will host our 3rd Annual Ordering Your Steps Women’s Workshop, entitled “Birth Your Dream”. This workshop will focus on tapping into our God Given gifts and talents that just waiting to burst through, those things that God has put in us that are waiting to be birthed. Whether a promotion, a thriving ministry, starting a new business, etc., we must acknowledge the Lord as the true owner of our career, business or ministry and view ourselves as just a steward over it. We want this event to spar and ignite the participants to take at least one step closer to their goal, dream and purpose.
In January, 2020, I was reading my daily devotional from the Spirit of Prophecy bulletins by Marsha Burns and this is what it said:
Expansion is the order of this season. You can reach higher, go deeper and search wider to know Me more intimately and to accomplish that what is set before you, says the Lord. Refuse to allow a sense of not being capable to cripple your efforts. Go forth with courage and expectation.
Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.”
Once I read this, I soon realized that what began as one event, would become a three-event series. Again, the Lord has orchestraed every moment according to His plan. Therefore, in the works is a July 18th “Live Your Dream” networking event, which will be an opportunity for all current and potential entrepreneurs to get to know each other. This will be a chance for us to share our successes and lessons learned. It is critical that we support each other and not compete with one another. We are much better together! Then on October 10, we will host the BPWF Women’s Conference entitled “Pursue Your Dream”. Stay tuned for the AMAZING details that are evolving as we speak
We are sooooo super excited about what the Lord is doing through us. We will keep you posted as we proceed. Tickets for our Birth Your Dream April event will go on sale on February 15th, in only two more days. You don’t want to miss it! We hope to see you there…
This journey of authoring my first book has truly been an adventure, yet truly a blessing… and guess what? My journey will continue, as I enter my next season of life. I have completed the 3rd round of editing and I refuse to do a 4th. Believe it or not, at this point, it doesn’t matter rather there are ten downloads or 10,000, my book is finished. It’s amazing how much is revealed when we write something on paper and read it, especially as it pertains to our lives. The Lord showed me so much about me and how my steps have always been ordered. I now realize that there were a number of crucial lessons that I needed to learn before I could move on to my next level in life. We never know what God will do to get our attention, in order to keep us on the path He has outlined for us, to fulfill His purpose through us.
My book will officially be released on August 31st. There’s no turning back now, although I’ve thought about it many times. I’ll just have to take my next step forward on my life’s journey….
Or Lack Thereof…. I thought that I should add just a few thoughts with regards to “The Dream”. My reality is that I did not properly plan financially for my retirement. I understand that if you are my age, we need “MILLIONS” of dollars saved in order to live comfortably when we retire. In my attempt to be transparent and hopefully, help others, my savings does not even come close to “MILLION” (singular). My 401K took a beating like many of ours over the past several years and so did many pension funds.
But, as the Lord would have it, I was eligible for the early retirement buy-out when it was offered and I had reached the retirement age in accordance with the guidelines of my company (which by the way, I achieved in Sept., 2011… Coincidence, I think NOT!) So I will be drawing my pension, but I will have to wait on Social Security… No, I won’t hold my breath!
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not flying solely by the seat of my pants. I have figured out how much income that I will need to bring in from “Order Your Steps” (more info to come on that). But although we don’t have any credit card debt, we do still have a mortgage.
So without telling you all my business, I am sure that a LOT of you are thinking… “SHE MUST HAVE FALLEN DOWN AND BUMPED MY HEAD!”
I would love to hear your thoughts and I promise to take the constructive criticism with an open mind 🙂 ……
- How Much Money Do I Need To Retire? (celebritynetworth.com)