Don’t Doubt, even if you don’t SEE the ram!

Today I am/was having an Abraham moment!  Although I KNOW, what I thought was beyond a shadow of a Doubt, that the Lord has given me an assignment to accomplish, during the past few days, my Faith has begun to wain…because I DON’T SEE the ram!

Allow me to explain… Back in January, I woke up with an idea to have an organizing workshop.  I’d conducted workshops before, but this one was different.  This event is truly more about ORDER.  I prayed that morning and the Lord said, “Plant the Seed”.  So I went to my bible and I came upon this scripture:

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.  Zechariah 8:12

So I set out to organize this workshop, which evolved into, “Ordering Your Steps: A Mother’s Perspective”, scheduled for May 12th.  I approached the speakers, who readily accepted and secured a venue.  Now I’m off and running!  I KNOW what the Lord said and All is Well!  I advertised, printed postcards, posted on Facebook and there was an enthusiastic response (I thought?!?!).  BUT THEN…Tickets started to sell and then STOPPED!!!!!!  

That was the end of February, which brings me to my Abraham, our Father of FAITH moment, sorta.  In Genesis 22, we are told that out of obedience to God, Abraham took Isaac, his only son, up one of the mountains in Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering.  Now I know that my workshop assignment doesn’t come close to sacrificing my son, but work with me :-/.  Abraham went up the mountain, knowing that the Lord had a plan, but he had no clue as to what would be the outcome, EXCEPT that they (he and Isaac) would be going back down the mountain… BUT Abraham did not know HOW!

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.  And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I … And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. Genesis 22:10-11,13 

I could tell you of MANY situations, when the Lord stepped in right in the nick of time and I’m sure that you can too.  My situation at the moment is this Mother’s day event that I KNOW God told me to do.  BUT because of what I SEE, doubt and uncertainty have reared their ugly heads! 

Although I don’t SEE the ram, I know that the ram was on the mountain BEFORE Abraham and Isaac even got there.  In FAITH, I must SEE the ram, before I SEE it!  It’s a little more than a month away and I am going to see this event through…and even if the Lord doesn’t appear until my 11th hour and I’m just about to call it quits, I believe that the ram is already in the bush!

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If perchance, you’re interested! 😀

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My Vision: Conflict in Spirit?

“Conflict in Spirit” sounds like a contradiction in terms; an oxymoron, but bear with me for a moment.  Over the past few days (like all week), I’ve had no clients, so I’ve had a lot of time to read and study Scripture (sounds like a God set-up doesn’t it).  Yes!

Has the presence of the Lord been so strong that you felt overwhelmed?

… There, in lies, my conflict!

Let me give you a little of the backstory…. I believe that I may have shared with you the vision that God gave me for Speight Enterprises.  If not, for now the details are not really important. However, the vision has begun to come into focus.  Now I know that Christians are not supposed to get scared, but we must acknowledge the fear and reverance of what God is about to do in our lives.  What’s funny is that it is actually what the Lord showed me that He would do this year, now I’m unsettled by what’s beginning to manifest?

… Whazzup with that?? 

I’ve begun to see bits and pieces of the vision coming together.  My steps are being ordered and I’m starting to walk down the path that God has allowed me to see.  So now comes the conflict of:

  1. “God is that really you?”
  2. Am what I’m feeling a check in my Spirit, where God is saying “Slow your round, don’t move too fast & don’t get a head of me!     -OR-
  3. Is it simply the anxiety of my soul?  Spirituality-and-soul-bridge-between-heart-and-mind

About a week or so ago, the Lord gave me a message entitled, “Who’s waiting on who?” subtitle: “Are you listening?”  Yes, the question came to me first. Has God shown me His vision and now I’m waiting on Him to make the first move? – Or – Am I just not listening and He has been waiting on me to take the next step?  I must admit that it is a somewhat awkward place to me.

So what am I saying?  If our vision looks like it will be EASY to accomplish, then we really don’t need God, honestly!  But if in our eyes, it looks IMPOSSIBLE, then it must be of God. Why? Because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that when ONLY GOD can make it happen and He will truly get ALL the Glory!

As I’ve typed this post, I can see things even clearer now. The Spirit, in itself, is never in conflict, however, the Spirit and the soul are always at war for control of your life.  Tell your soul (your mind & emotions) to quiet down, so that you can hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Now we shouldn’t move too fast, but we can’t afford to simply do nothing.

… Shhhh, Are you listening?

Your vision is clearer than you think.  But don’t be scare, we do understand that Life in Christ is a Faith Walk. My daughter said something very profound yesterday.  She said that God does not tell us to jump off the cliff with our eyes open, because He knows if we see what’s coming, we won’t jump.  But in faith, we jump with our eyes closed and allow our Holy Spirit to lead & guide us safely through our life’s journey.

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For those of you that took the time to read this post, I pray that it blessed you, as much as it has blessed me. As our vision, in business & in life, becomes too big for our soul to handle, then it’s just the right size for the Holy Spirit to take control!

Be Encouraged!  

… The Best is yet to be…

 

“March Toward Simplicity” Challenge

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Order Your Steps, a member of Faithful Organizers, is offering the March Toward Simplicity Challenge through our Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Order Your Steps.

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FAITHFUL ORGANIZERS, AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF CHRISTIAN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZERS, TO LAUNCH IT’S 1ST ANNUAL MARCH INTO SIMPLICITY CHALLENGE!

TORRENCE, CA (February 12, 2016) – Faithful Organizers, an international group of Christian Professional Organizers, is launching their first organizing challenge to the public. March Toward Simplicity will run the entire month of March with the exception of Sundays.  Each day, participants will be challenged to complete a small organizing task to help simplify their lives. Members of the organization are encouraging their clients and affiliates to participate in the challenge as way to motivate them to address their clutter in small chunks and to maintain the systems they have in place.

 “This is a tremendous opportunity for people to be part of something big,” says Jean Furuya, Faithful Organizers executive director.  “Getting organized ranks 4th in New Year’s resolutions.  This challenge will motivate participants to do a quick, daily project to see how simple it is to accomplish even the smallest of tasks. We are addressing several different aspects of organization including time management, productivity and household clutter.   It is our hope that the feeling of success will continue beyond the challenge to where organizing becomes a daily activity.”

Plan 30 minutes for each task and set your timer!!

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You can also access the daily challenges through a link on the Faithful Organizers website: http://www.faithfulorganizers.com and om their Facebook page: Facebook.com/Faithful Organizers. 

Wait in Anticipation and Expectation, NOT in Frustration!

Have you ever been frustrated with God?  You know really frustrated, as it is defined:  Feeling annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something.

For me, it is that point when a situation, seems to linger on and on and on… and on… and I ask God, “So what is it that I’m not getting?”  When I truly believe that I’ve covered all my bases…that I’ve tried to DO everything “right”.  God says, “You really don’t get it, do you?”

Although, my Pastor tells us often, our blessings are not dependent on what we do or don’t do.  If we truly have a heart to live for God, He blesses us because He loves us, like a father loves his child.  But many times, we have to be reminded just how much God loves us.  He would have preferred that Jesus would not have had to die, but it was necessary, so that all of us could be saved.  God would also prefer that we not have to go through many of the things that happen in our lives, but our steps have been ordered!  One of my favorite scriptures says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11  

Our destiny has been predetermined.  So the next time, we get frustrated with God, just remember, it’s all about His divine timing.  It’s not that He doesn’t want to change our situation, it’s just not time… which means that we must WAIT! 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

No! WAITING is not our most favorite thing to do (understatement!).  However, when we are certain that our situation is gonna change, but we just don’t know when, that’s called FAITH!… and we should be EXCITED!

Therefore, we should always wait in anticipation & expectation, NOT in frustration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know it’s a lot easier said, than done, but let’s keep practicing.

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Where Have You Been????

34839555_sIt truly seems like forever since I published a blog post.  I am sure that many of you thought that I had taken my brand new Ford Edge and rode off into the sunset…. But No, I’m still here, four (4) whole months later, with close to 10,000 miles on my not-so-new vehicle and I am still not sure what to write.  With July right around the corner, the last six (6) months are a blur….

At this point, I must say that God has been good.  No Complaints!  I have obviously covered a lot of ground, with 10,000 miles in four months.  However, there have been no relaxing vacations or long, leisurely trips.  But family is healthly, a little wealthier and a little wiser.

There is one thing that I would like to share.  Recently, I read, “The Circle Maker”: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson.  I couldn’t begin to tell you how much of an impact the book has had over me, but as a result of reading it, I have made my BIG dream even BIGGER. I’ve circled with prayer, “Speight Enterprises”, a multi-million dollar ministry/business.  Speight Enterprises is a conglomerate of Order Your Steps, Inked Designs, Speight Security and Lara Sean’s (aka Myiesha’s) bookstore & cafe. Our multi-million dollar building is an old warehouse that will be converted to also house; penthouse apartments, an art gallery, a fitness center, etc. etc. etc.  Our building is out there and we are already looking for it, so that we can circle it, like the city of Jericho.

The secret of a really BIG dream is that it is birthed by our God-given desire.  Our sole purpose in life, is to bless others by all that we do and make sure that all the Glory belongs to God.  Some of us have seen our vision very vividly, but for some, the vision is still a little blurry.

Well, I guess that I had something to say after all.  I can’t promise that I will post more often, but let me leave you with this… DREAM REALLY BIG and DON’T DOUBT … and don’t allow anyone to doubt you or your ability to accomplish your dream.

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It was really nice chatting with you again and I do promise to keep in touch!  

Until next time…

Candy

Saith the Lord …. to give you an expected end.

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Most of you know that my car was stolen and since then, a million and one thoughts have been swirling around in my head.  After much anxiety, I was reassured that the Lord had allowed it to happen. Initially, because my purse & computer was NOT in the car, but then, what if the thief had come into the house?  Then guilt & shame have their time to weigh in… “How could I have been so stupid?”  I’d been warned that my area had been targeted by car theives, but surely I was exempt…. NOT!  Then doubt and condemnation had their turn… “We can’t afford a new car!”, ” Maybe I am just not managing the money the way the Lord wants me too.” “If I have to buy a car, what about my credit?  I haven’t even looked at a credit report since we moved into the house 11 years ago!”  Then finally when I thought that God had simply given up on me, He reveals himself to me.  I strongly suggest that we be very mindful of the seemingly small things.  

Well, I had to rent a car, although, business had been relatively slow.  Soooooo, why not work a week and take off a week?  Look at how much money I’ll save.  Brilliant! Lo and behold, my insurance claim agent was AWESOME!  He walked me through the process almost seamlessly.  He tells me that the insurance company can make an offer for my car 3 weeks after the theft.  Really Lord??   Not 60 days, not even 30 days!  The claim agent promptly sent me the offer (it is about what I expected and it will cover a lot of car payments) and I pick up my check tomorrow.   Look at God!

In the interim, I’ve been car shopping on-line.  Although I really like driving a car, with my company, I need to be able to do some light hauling.  I was looking at the RAV4, because it’s sporty, but I didn’t know that it was a 4-cylinder 😦  ??  My husband suggested the Ford Edge.  It’s a 6-cylinder, but it’s not very sporty looking and probably has more hauling space than I need.  My husband adds that, “You think that it has more space than you need.  You really don’t know what God has in store for you.”  But get this… the most responsive dealership has been the Ford dealer. AND GET THIS THIS!!!  They brought the car to my house and demo’d it in my driveway.  It drove really smooth and they even offered to let me keep it overnight!

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I am certain that what the Devil meant for evil, God has turned it around for my good.  I pick up my new car tonight!  Business is getting busy and my calendar is almost full for the next three (3) weeks. Coincidence?… I think NOT!  All things are going according to God’s plan.  I’ve tried to figure HIM out, but it just makes my brain hurt.  I’ve decided that it’s best that I not see my future, cuz I’d be like Daniel.  When God showed him the future, he fainted 3 times….. Lord, just continue to Order My Steps!

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.   Isaiah 55:8-9

“For we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God , to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  Romans 8:28  

The Setup continues…

If you haven’t noticed God whispers, He doesn’t yell, so we really have to be very sensitive to His voice.  It has been interesting that as the setup continues, the smallest of occurrences become very enlightening, even profound.

I met with a woman the day after my car disappeared.  The visit was very pleasant.  I made a ShelfGenie rather sizeable sale and was on my way out the door.  As usual, it is at this point that I make sure that I have everything, i.e. computer, samples, cell phone & keys (to the rental car???).  Yes, you guessed it, no keys!  So I look in the car and see what I think are the keys in the cupholder.  Now I am on the verge of tears…………………..GOD, THIS REALLY ISN’T FUNNY!!

I call the rental place and they are going to send someone right out.

Subtle setup moment #1: They tell me that I had paid for coverage, unbeknownst to me, and the roadside service will be Free……………..REALLY GOD?

Subtle setup moment #2: The women fixes me a large cup of herbal tea and gives me two of the best chocolate & raspberry cookies.  We proceed to her sunroom and just chat.  She tells me that she lost her husband last summer and it’s been tough adjusting. It was just a calm, pleasant chat, which I am sure was orchestrated by God.  How do I know?  Because later I find out that the keys weren’t in the car, they were in my pants pocket!!

Sooooooo, I’ve decided not to press God into returning my car, because I really believe that He is guiding me to get a new one.  I have my eye on the RAV4 and of course, now I see them everywhere!  When I look at my finances, I would have NEVER considered a new car in the near or far distant future, but I am sure that God knows what He is doing.

Today’s devotional from The Spirit of Prophecy by Marsha Burns is as follows:

Don’t give up!  The difficulties of recent days will pass, but you must press on.  Keep moving forward seeking Me for wisdom and guidance.  I will lead you through this valley of shadows and bring you into a place of peace and safety.  Trust Me in all circumstances, says the Lord, for I will lead you to victory. 

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

His Setups are extremely subtle, so we must listen carefully and pay very close attention.  As each day passes, I get more and more excited.  I won’t lie and say that I don’t have moments when I focus on what I see and I battle against the spirits of fear & doubt, but I am always reminded that I have an expected end!  Jeremiah 29:11

Take a Listen and Be Encouraged! ……..