Connect The Dots

Our Steps are Ordered, but are we CONNECTING THE DOTS!

Psalm 37:23 says, The steps of a good man[woman] are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Proverbs 3:5-6, the Book of Wisdom says, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

I’ve discovered that God speaks to me in many different ways and many times, I don’t always understand the true meaning, but I will put a DOT on my life map, because one day the Lord will connect it.  In this message, a number of DOTs were connected and I hope it helps you to connect some too.

Now don’t raise your hands, but how many of you are fairly bored with life right now? It’s interesting, we are sooooo busy, but we have time for television, the telephone and texting, staying connected to the outside world, but what about our world inside?  How much of what we do, are things that are truly fulfilling or are they only things that others expect us to do.  I know! We have responsibilities and obligations and we just can’t go around enjoying life or can we??

In John 10:10, Jesus says that I am come that [we] might have life and that [we] might have it more abundantly (paraphrased).  Was He just talking about things/stuff or was He talking about our quality of life, His love for us, our love for Him and the people around us.  Has life become so routine that we just follow through the motions?

Remember the Connect the Dots books.  There were dots all over the page, but in the center of the page, the dots had numbers on them.  When you connected the dots by the number, a picture appeared.  So now hold that image in your mind as I share my testimony.  I have shared bits and pieces of my journey before, however, for those that may be considering taking a Leap of Faith, I believe that it’s worth repeating.

DO WE HAVE THE KEY?

Several years ago, I felt stuck and I remember saying “God, I really need to do something different, but it doesn’t have to be easy. To be totally honest, I didn’t even think God was listening, yet acting upon what I said, but then what appeared to be random dots on a page started to take shape.  In the midst of everything else that was going on in my life, God was connecting the dots… Order Your Steps was born! God has allowed me to touch 100’s of lives, in numerous homes and through my blog and Facebook page.  I’m learning to flow with God in a way that I never have before. I’m truly living on Purpose!  But don’t misunderstand, it’s been a journey, but with each step I take, I see my path a little bit clearer!

Our lives may appear to be random dots on a page, but Our Steps are Ordered.  When we think we can’t, God says that we can.  God is taking us places where only we can go.

So are we excited or are we scared?

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10

Or is it Doubt?

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 6:13

God is waiting on us to make the first move!  It’s time for us to be like David….We might as well run towards Goliath, cuz the Lord is with us, every step of the way.  CONNECT THE DOTS and let nothing, not even your giants, stand in your way!

Life After Corporate America

Now that I have taken my LEAP of FAITH, my goal is to help others to not only survive, but thrive where they are in Life. 

Am I totally in left field?  Are you already living your life to the fullest?  Is your life filled with the Joy as it was meant to be??

However, during my short time in retirement, I have discovered that PEOPLE MUST HAVE A STRONG DESIRE TO THRIVE!  Normally, to thrive requires CHANGE!  We say that we WANT to THRIVE, but we really DON’T WANT TO CHANGE! 

 

Remember, my life-changing event technically began for me several years ago, with an unspoken request to do something different. .. Now my dream, “Order Your Steps” has become a reality, but I had to be willing to make a MAJOR change.  What I have discovered during my brief time away (less than 60 days)  from Corporate America and is that Life for me now is like night and day.  It’s weird, the hours of the day seem to pass quickly, but the days of the week appear to pass slower. 

The year 2012, in biblical terms, deals with placing things within perfect order, organization or achieving governmental structural perfection (which can speak to any organizational structure).  I am not asking you to make a MAJOR change, but I am suggesting that if you want different results, you can NOT continue to do things the same old way.  There are Steps in your Life that must be placed in Per-fect Order, to per-fect is a process!  Taking ONE STEP AT A TIME…   If you could just see my mission through my eyes…My VISION is being revealed.  I know this, BECAUSE I have already been met with resistance.  But I didn’t expect the path to be easy and neither should you…

 What are your excuses?

I don’t want anyone to see how unorganized I really am

As my Pastor often says, we really need to get over ourselves and do whatever it takes to improve our quality of life.

 

I don’t have the money.

Peace of mind is priceless.

 

I don’t have time.

You may have more time than you think.

 

I don’t really need it.

Are you sure?

Don’t wait another moment…. Please take the FIRST Step!

 

 

Order Your Steps: www.orderyoursteps.net

“Organizing” – My Dream

Let me take you back a few years…. The job, as field manager, was becoming more and more stressful, in spite of my attempts to maintain my order!  What appeared to be the phenonmenon of “change for the sake of change”, was simply overwhelming.  I had been a  field manager for almost 15 years and I really couldn’t see spending the next 10 years or so, just going through the motions.  So about 3 or 4 years ago, I asked the Lord to allow me to do something “different”.  I didn’t want an easier job, just different.  At the time, I didn’t know how different it would be.  The Lord had a plan for me…

My Pastor often told us to write down our dreams and visions for our life.  I would really suggest that you all do the same and start to act on it by putting a plan in place… So on Oct. 7, 2010, I wrote down my dream on a 4 X 6 index card.  I wrote that I wanted to have my own business that would allow me to minister to the hearts, teach the minds and organize the stuff of those whose doors the Lord would open to me.  I also wrote that I would wait for God to reveal to me my vision and I would revisit the dream around August of 2011.   I put the card on the mirror of my dresser (in plain sight), so that it would not just drift away to Never-Neverland!

It was around August /September of last year, that I went back to my dream, just by chance? … I don’t think so.   I decided to act on it and make my new business a reality.  Once I registered the name on Sept. 13th, Order Your Steps” was official and at that point, it was so very real to me.  Then, I started thinking seriously about retirement.   I’d never strongly considered retirement before.  I figured that I would have to work at least until I was 80!

Then a VERY interesting twist happened…. It seemed like it was within hours, but surely within a few days, I received an early retirement buy-out offer in my email.  Needless to say, my calculator went into overdrive.  I started figuring mentally and financially… could I really do this?  In my Spirit, it seemed so right.  I spoke to my husband, who could have brought the entire process to a screeching halt, but he gave me his blessing and the rest is history.

As of December, 30th, I am officially retired.   I took my LEAP of FAITH and now the real fun begins! 

 

 

 

Now, before you go out and do anything wild and crazy, there is more to the story (read the article attached to give you a little glimpse at some of my reality).