A Little Backstory – Part III

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How Did I Get Here, con’t.

The Holy Spirit had to continue to remind me that my true purpose is ministry, which was birthed through Order Your Steps.  I had to be mindful of the task at hand and allow the Lord to lead and guide me along the way.  As the months went by, I could hear the Lord’s whispers in many different ways.  One of our church Elders and my very dear friend would send me the Spirit of Prophecy bulletins for my daily devotional.   It still never fails to hit me exactly where I am in that moment and on March 21, 2018, it was no different.

“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.” By Marsha Burns*, March 21, 2018 (https://ft111.com)

“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.”  John 16:13 KJV

Unfortunately, when things don’t go as I plan (as God laughs) I want to change the plan. However, when we’re in the midst of a spiritual journey, the rules change.  The Lord will ask us to do things that are a tad uncomfortable, while we wait until He tells us to take the next step.  He takes us out of the realm of reasoning and into the spiritual realm of faith.  It is now, March and I’m in this most interesting God Set-up and I’m struggling.

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke”, we also believe and therefore speak… II Corinthians 4:13 NKJV (Paraphrased)

So, I tried to encourage myself by speaking positive words into my life.  Every day, my journey will only get better.  I’m living my best life!

Positive speaking worked for a while, but I was having an Abraham moment!  I just didn’t know how God was going to handle this for me.  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 only 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 

Although I knew that the Lord has given me an assignment to accomplish, my Faith had begun to wain because I didn’t see the ram.  I could see the answer that God had prepared for me even before He had given me the task or idea.

I could tell you of many situations, when I thought that there may be a ram hidden in the thicket, but to be honest, I really wasn’t sure.  I knew that God had always come through, but because of what I saw; doubt and uncertainty reared their ugly heads!

Although Abraham didn’t see the ram at first, we know that the ram was on the mountain before Abraham and Isaac even got there.  In faith, we must see the ram, to see God’s answer, even before we see it, I knew that I was going to see this assignment through and even if the Lord didn’t appear until my 11th hour, I knew that the ram was already in the bush!

Stay Tuned to “The Conclusion of the Matter, For Now!”

Available for Pre-order, scheduled for release in June, 2019.

A Little Backstory – Part II

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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…

Doubt

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.

It’s a New Year!

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2019 has just began and it’s time to Organize your Mind, your Body and your Space!  We would like to suggest that we think of organizing as a time “to plan and take action.” This is the best time to start new habits, to begin a new less hectic pace for our lives and possibly, a new way of thinking! We should organize our mind & body for a healthier lifestyle and plan to be more productive and more efficient in all aspects of our lives. Then we should take time to organize key areas of our homes, so that we know what we have, where we have it and be able to put our hand on it, when we need it.
We pray that this year, we will continue to seek those opportunities to operate in our passion, use the talents and gifts that the Lord have given us and fulfill His purpose for us.
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Take a moment to reflect on the year that has passed. Focus on our positive accomplishments and don’t dwell on the negative. It is very difficult to build for BIGGER without a foundation.  Let’s make sure we have an action plan with our goals & objectives for at least the next few months.
We have to know where we’ve been, where we are going and …how we’re going to get there!

Coming in June, 2019

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I’m SUPER excited to announce My New Book entitled:
 “Order, Organize & Obedience”  
This book will allow me to share how my steps have been ordered for more than 40 years, but my journey has only just begun.
Please pray for me as I embark on this new adventure!

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

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

“Own Who You Are and…”

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Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:  …… Philippians 1:6 KJV

  • Always be willing to learn and grow
  • Don’t change for anyone but YOURSELF
  • Strive to be the BEST YOU, you can be!

If you are waiting for someone else to look at you differently, to treat you better or to change for you, etc.  I’d strongly suggest that you search yourself first and then your perspective of others and what they think about you will change.  Trust me, I speak from experience …but that’s a whole ‘nother story!  But what I want to share with you today, is what prompted this post…

There had been a few incidents that had occurred during my organizing sessions, that made me doubt my true calling. As I was questioning the Lord about whether I misunderstood what He called me to do, this is what He said to me…

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you!”

Since starting Order Your Steps, 6 years ago, I’ve been blessed that I have not had any major mishaps, i.e. “breaking stuff”! 😦  However, in spite of the recent mishaps, the clients had been very understanding, but the endless loop of thoughts in my mind had really been wearing on me.  I am sure that this never happens to you…  when those inner voices make us 2nd-quess who we are and our abilities!

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Now, the Lord did clarify for me that my gift is organizing, NOT moving stuff!! :-/ But I’m learning, although it’s difficult, to accept my humanity.  As I’ve shared many, many times, I really don’t like to make mistakes, and yes, even “constructive criticism” is a bit painful. But I’m learning to store it away for now, since I’m sure that it will be very useful in the future.

“Own who you are … I will finish what I’ve started in you! 

I had a friend to ask me “when will I get to easy street? You know, when I’ll have all the answers”…  I told her that when you think you have reached easy street, there is another road “up the way”!

 

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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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