Journey of Obedience – Journal Entries #1 (March, 2018)

My day started with a Facebook memory for March 21st, 2012…

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The Holy Spirit reminded me that my true purpose is MINISTRY, which was birthed through Order Your Steps in September of 2011!  I had to be mindful of the task at hand and allow the Lord to lead and guide me along the way.

A very dear friend and minister sends me the Spirit of Prophecy bulletin for my daily devotional.   It never fails to hit me exactly where I am in that moment and today was no different…

SPIRIT OF PROPHECY

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Revelation 19:10b “Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

                           SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND    by  Marsha Burns           

March 21, 2018:  Beloved, I want to help you see and hear spiritual truth.  To do this you must look without fear, prejudice, or expectation.  You cannot allow anything to color or distort what I show you, but rather take it at face value.  When you see something do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.  Look with eyes wide open, ears ready to hear, and a heart ready to receive, says the Lord.

 John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Coincidence?  I think NOT!!

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NEXT JOURNAL ENTRY:  March 23rd of 2018

Journey of Obedience – My Journal (Introduction)

In late January of 2018, the Lord impressed upon me to host an Order Your Steps event.  It started as a Fall season event with a “New Beginning” theme, but evolved into a Mother’s day weekend event, which may not have been the best time!?!?  But interestingly enough, as I lined up the venue, vendors & even the speakers, everything seemed to fall into place.  So I published the Save the Date and I was off and running!!

Shortly thereafter, as you recall from my previous blog posts, the Lord said “Plant the Seed”, 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.

In Nelson’s NKJV Study Bible, it states 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”.

Mind you this was NEVER about me, nor the event itself.  God has a Purpose and a Plan for His people and we are called to be diligent in our efforts to serve Him.  So the Lord gave me a task … But when things didn’t happen the way that I THOUGHT they should, I began to wonder “What did I do wrong?”  

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Did you really hear God?

Did you say something wrong?

Did you do something wrong?

DOUBT AND FEAR TRIES TO TAKE OVER!!!  BUT GOD’S WORD WILL LITERALLY BOMBARD US!!!

 

In early January, I found a new zeal for God’s Word, even before the real journey began.  So I decided to start a journal to truly see what the Holy Spirit was saying…

Here’s my first entry  on February 25th, 2018:

“Peace comes after obedience.  We may NOT experience God’s peace until AFTER we do what He tells us to do!”  I’m not exactly sure who said it, but it was either Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church or Bishop TD Jakes.  I’ve been listening to them A LOT.

Then God’s Word said ….

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, whatever happens from this point forward,

I gotta see it through,  BUT…

it’s NOT gonna be easy!

Now, a whole ‘nother month goes by and not ONE ticket sold.  What do I do now?

NEXT JOURNAL ENTRY #1:  MARCH, 2018

Stay Tuned….

 

Inked Designs by Elayna

IMG_1078I may have mentioned once or twice 😀 that my oldest daughter is a Graphic Designer and owns her own company.  Her company, Inked Designs, was at Washington Adventist University, displaying her art in honor of Black History Month!!

God has been so faithful! He entrusted Elayna, my miracle child, to me and now as a beautiful young woman, she is operating in her anointing. I declare and decree that all that are touched by her gift will sense the presence of the Holy Spirit!

Please check out her InstagramEtsy Shop & RedBubble

 

 

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…

 

Now we gotta have Faith!!

I re-read the story of Mary and it really doesn’t say that she endured a lot of trouble, but we can just surmise.  An angel came to Joseph to explain that his wife had not betrayed him. Thank the Lord!  But, what’s interesting is that Mary accepted her assignment, although she didn’t totally understand it all.  Whether it troubled her or not, she had the Faith that God was going to do what He said that He would do.

We too have our assignment for the coming year.  God has promised us that He is going to meet ALL our needs.  He has told us that we shouldn’t worry about Nothing.  We already know that there is nothing Impossible with God… and ALL things work together for our good.  I speak prophetically that in 2014, we should expect Double for our Trouble! We have a game plan.  We are going to identify our goals (2 or 3 major ones, and pray about them), break ’em down into bite size pieces and reward ourselves for our accomplishments along the way… and most of all, we must ADD Faith!!  It is all for naught, if we don’t believe that we will receive what God has promised!

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Listen for His Voice ….

There is so much that I want to tell you about the Spiritual Wake-Up Call that I experienced today, but I will try not to ramble too much… Let me try to give you a little background.  Last year this time, almost to the day, I wrote a post about my son (please take a moment to read). Basically, my son has been in and out of my life for the last 4 years or so and last year, he reappeared.  Well, it seemed that every time he left, it became easier and easier not to have him around.  So in essence, I was letting God know that I was really OK with that, but I would continue to pray that he recommit his life to Christ.  I feel the rambling beginning, so let me move on…

On Mother’s day, he left me a note addressed to “Candy”, which crushed the moment right off the break!  So needless to say, I had mixed emotions.  The other details really aren’t important!  So let’s fast-forward to today…

The Holy Spirit is always preparing us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

Just during this past week, He said, Don’t lose sight of your true purpose.  So often the enemy will try to distract us and take us off course.  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteous and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33  Everything works together for good to those that love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

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

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.   James 1:4   

In Blog Chill Day # 22, He spoke to me first and I was able to share it with all of you ….

The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

So let me try to bring this all together.  My son entered the sanctuary today with his sunglasses on (to keep out the Light of His Glory!) and I knew that we were at Square Zero, according to what I saw.  I didn’t totally understand why but I could not stay in church while he was there.  I went outside and I started to cry, almost uncontrollably. It made no sense (I thought)… what was the big deal? … but I was just so overwhelmed!

While I was outside my husband, one of the Elders and a Deacon prayed for me (strategically placed there? …I’m sure!)  Then I was kindly told to return to my seat, so that I could hear the Word of God. Right before the message, my son left.  During the message, the Lord reassured me that He will take care of my son, but I had to trust Him!

The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

I can’t put into words all that was revealed to me today, but there was a very interesting twist as this episode comes to a close new beginning… Although I am not crazy about bright colors, I wore a CORAL top with matching shoes today and I kept noticing shades of ORANGE throughout the sanctuary and then on people walking on the street and on folks in the restaurant where we ate.  So I ask my daughter to Google it.

ORANGE offers emotional strength in difficult times.  

It helps us to bounce back from disappointment & despair.  

The color psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit!  

WOW!

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The Holy Spirit is always speaking to us, but we have to Listen for His Voice!

“Lord organize me, give me the discipline to put my life in right order”

We are going to talk  a little about order, discipline and what it means to be organized.

God is a God of Order.  All of creation has a methodical and harmonious arrangement.  Interestingly enough, organized is often defined as a methodical and efficient in arrangement or function. Clutter or disorder is not a part of God’s nature. Creation was the process God used to set the earth in order. He took great care in making this universe function in an orderly fashion – day and night, water and land, heaven and earth. (excerpt taken from: http://pamelavcarmichael.wordpress.com/2012/07, Sorry Pamela!)

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The steps of a good man [woman] are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.  Psalms 37:23

Are we punctual?  Are we always prepared for the task that we are assigned to?  Do we plan ahead to ensure that the project will be completed efficiently?  This applies to any task or project, at home, at work or at church.  Or are we always running late?  We can’t find all the things we need to complete the task?  Are our projects done haphazardly?

What do people see when they come into our office at work?  Are there mounds of paper stacked all over the desk?

Does it really matter if our homes are in order?  Does it really matter if we have junky closets & junky drawers?

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God expects us to operate with a spirit of excellence in all our ways!

To get organized and stay organized, the Lord must help us to be disciplined.  The definition of discipline that I would like to use is as follows:

  1. Training (as only God can do) that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
    1. a.   Control gained by enforcing obedience or order
    2. Orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
    3. Self-control

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I believe that if we live in clutter or disorder, there are other aspects of our life that are cluttered & disorganized?

We are more apt to be stressed, frustrated, always hurrying at the last minute to get stuff done.

Is this you?

Stay Tuned for more info on our next FREE Order Your Steps

session entitled “Spending Your Time Wisely!”  

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