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Being Thirsty

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I realize it’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I just haven’t felt like I’ve had much to say. The Lord has been relatively quiet these last few weeks. But in His silence, there’s still plenty to learn.

I have been to three churches in my search for a new church home, so far. I have enjoyed each, but haven’t felt that ‘at home’ feeling I would love to have. When thinking about that feeling, I realized that, most likely, it’s not going to happen in one visit. I felt SO comfortable at Grace Fellowship in Georgia that it is going to be really hard to find anything that comes close to it. GFC became my family.

The three churches I have attended so far have ranged from small, to the very large. It’s a bit frustrating because I’m not sure exactly what I’m looking for, other than a place that feels like home. I told my pastor in Georgia the other day that if I could have him, TD Jakes, and Robert Morris all rolled into one I would be a happy camper! But, unfortunately, I don’t think that’s going to happen. I have a list of churches that I want to visit. I’m hoping I’ll know the church is the right one after I have been there. But that’s not a guarantee. Thankfully there are websites, and sermons online that you can listen to now. That has both helped fill the ‘gap’ until I find my new church home and narrow down the list of churches to visit.

There have been good qualities at each church. And, for me, the music is going to be a large part of my decision-making process. I love to sing. When I was a young girl, I always heard my mother singing alto, so I guess I just picked it up. While in the youth choir I sang soprano. But anytime I sang a ‘special’ in church with one of my friends, I always sang the harmony. That’s the part I love the most, because there’s so much you can do with it. And now, I try to find the unusual, and the unexpected harmony. So, I guess there are a few things I know I’m looking for. But as always, I’d like to hear it plainly from Him, but I kinda doubt that’s going to happen.

As I’ve said before, sometimes the Lord speaks to me so plainly that what He has to say is unmistakeable. Other times, like before I decided to move, and now, it’s been a bit hard to deal with the quietness of Him. Times like this make me thirsty for His Word. Thankfully, I have received little messages from others that tell me He’s still there waiting and watching, but it’s just not the same as hearing from Him directly. But, I would rather have those Words from others, than nothing at all.

The other day, I received a message from one of my friends at GFC. The message was based on I Kings 18:41 which says:
Then Elijah said to Ahab, “Go get something to eat and drink, for I hear a mighty rainstorm coming!”

The Samaritans had been in a drought for three years, then Elijah comes along and says there’s going to be a rainstorm. This can go along with our own lives. I know many times I’ve felt like I’ve been in a drought of some kind. Right now, I’m unemployed, and, (thankfully), living with my parents again until I can find a new job and a place of my own. I think that would qualify as a drought of some kind, don’t you? But it’s what you DO during the drought that will set you apart from others. And what you do during your drought will prepare you for the rainstorm and get you through the storm to the other side. 

4741583Getting this Word from my friend was a gentle push from Him to let me know that He’s still there and that He will still make good on the promises He’s made to me. I just have to keep doing what I’m doing and keep believing He’s working on the best job I’ve ever had. And, I totally believe that. I know that there is a ‘dream job’ out there for me. I just haven’t found it yet. I’ve sent out bunches of resumes, but it hasn’t been to the right place yet. I know that at this job I will make enough to pay for the things that He has in store for me, like that house with a porch that has a beautiful view. That view will inspire me to sit and write the books that I’ve been told I will write. So, I’m not just searching for any ol’ job. I want THE job that He has prepared for me.

So, I continue to do what I believe He wants me to do during this drought I’m in. As well as listening for His voice letting me know what He thinks I need to change, those things He impresses upon my heart that I need to do in order to move on in my spiritual journey. I have recently taken care of one of those things, but another isn’t as easy to do. Simple, yes. But easy? No.

drought-23Are you in a drought? I believe there are all kinds of droughts, but what is yours? Do you know? Take a little while to think about it. Pray about it! Then, become thirsty for the Lord and His Word. Listen for His voice to let you know what you need to do while in the drought and what measures you need to take to move you through it. Pray for the rain. You’ll get through it if you just listen to Him.

Decision Made!

So, the date has been set, and barring any changes from the moving company, I will be back HOME in three weeks! I never thought about being in Atlanta this long. For the last 6 years, at least, I’ve thought I would be moving home ‘soon’. But it just never seemed to happen. But finally, after 14 years, 7 months and 24 days, (…but who’s counting?!), God has allowed me to move. I’ve ‘graduated’ as my best friend says. Apparently I have done all He needed me to do and learn here and my next ‘growth spurt’ will occur in a new place.

I can’t tell you how excited I am about what God has in store for me. I have no idea what it is, or what it entails, but I am so ready for it! A new job with new opportunities to learn and grow, new people to meet…Wow! Awesome!!

What I’m not looking forward to, however, is trying to find a new church home. It will be impossible to even come close to finding what I have here in a church. But I need to look at finding that new church home as an adventure. One that I should look forward to. Stepping outside my comfort zone, making myself go somewhere new isn’t something I do easily. But it will mean finding new leaders and teachers who will help me continue my walk with God. But I know without finding a new church, my life as I have come to know it, will become stagnant. And that is something I can not let happen.

Life without hearing from my Heavenly Father would be unbearable. When you’re used to hearing from Him on a somewhat regular basis, it can be unnerving when you don’t hear from Him. When I lost my job, I figured I would move home, but it wasn’t a guaranteed thing. I waited and listened for His voice to tell me what He wanted me to do. But it never came. I didn’t want to make this decision on my own. I wanted to do what He wanted me to do, but I wanted Him to TELL me what to do. So, I sat and listened. But I didn’t hear that Voice as I had before. I never actually heard Him say, “Move home” like I thought I would. Like I wanted to. That would have been too easy, I suppose. So, I had to rely on His gentle, guiding ways of letting me know what to do. You might call them signs… I don’t know how else to describe it. The signs varied, everything from hearing Bluegrass music and feeling a yearning for home that I hadn’t had in years, to someone telling me I reminded them of the woman stuck on her roof in a flood who refused all help because she was ‘waiting on the Lord to help her’, (which, I wasn’t THAT stubborn about it!), to the anxiety I felt about even applying for a job in Georgia, to finally, the peace that moving home was the right decision to make. It took an agonizing three weeks for the peace to come. But come, it did. And now I can say with all certainty that moving home to be closer to my family is the best and only decision that I could have made.

I will miss a lot of things about Georgia, but nothing here can compare to being in God’s Will for your life and knowing that it coincides with what you want. I am ready to walk in my destiny, where ever that may lead.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in your destiny? God has a destiny just for you. One that is for no one else in this world. It is uniquely yours, and you, and only you, can fulfill the destiny He has for you. All you have to do is ask Him what He wants you to do. He’ll tell you. A lot of people don’t ask because they’re scared to know. They’re afraid they’ll be sent to Africa or some other far away land. And, yes, that is a possibility. But you have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run. So, you have to start living a Christian life and be open to all it means before He will call you to something big. He won’t call you to do something He hasn’t prepared you to do. Change, especially as a Christian, is a constant thing. He will mold you into what He wants you to be. Sometimes it’s subtle. Sometimes it’s painful. But you will never be the same. But it will be an exciting journey from the first day, until your last.

“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.” ~ John 15:2-6

Go ahead. Ask Him what He wants you to do. I dare ya. You’ll never be the same.

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