Stay the course…

By September 27, 2017Faith

Hey guys! So I know it’s been awhile since I have written a post, but I have had a lot going on and am finally finding a way to manage it all. One of the many things that has been in my spirit heavy is encouraging myself and all of you to “STAY THE COURSE”.

We often find ourselves hustling, working so hard to get ahead, to get what we want, so much that if we don’t see an immediate increase we feel as if it all of it is for nothing.  I know that’s how I have been feeling. Along with that, we all have those times we wish the voice of God would speak so loudly there’s no way we could miss it: “THIS IS THE DIRECTION I WANT YOU TO GO, TURN LEFT IN 15 MINUTES…” Then we would know whether to stay the course or head in a new direction.

Specifically for myself, I have been struggling with a serious life altering decision as to whether I should do full-time blogging or continue to do it alongside my present corporate job. I think the biggest thing for me is not seeming ungrateful to God for the job that He has blessed me with. I know that blogging/influencing is where my passion lies and what I ultimately want to do as my career. But, I am just struggling to get Gods approval. I am at a point in my life and have had enough experience making decisions on my own that I, at this point, never want to take not even ONE step without His covering. But what do you do when you don’t know if God is waiting for you to take the leap while trusting Him, and/or be patient & planted while He is working.

Without the confidence of His approval, sometimes we stay in a place too long. But, on the other hand the greater loss happens in those times we quit/leave too soon. In both cases, we think about living with the nagging sense of “what if? “What if I would have persevered for one more year, one more month, one more day?”

Knowing when to stop and when to keep going is a crucial life lesson. I want and NEED to learn. Most times, the more I struggle with these things, the less confident I am with the “right” next step. It is exhausting!

The truth is, I don’t need to be confused or tired when I am confident that there is one central place I can go for direction and rest. Therefore, I am learning through this that if I just manage what He has given me and silence all other voices, He will show me the way, or give me a sign. This is what I must learn to rest in concerning my current situation and challenges to come. Recalling the scriptures is another area I find rest. I repeat this scripture to myself often:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4-6)

No, my situation is not resolved, yet, my faith is. I try to realize and rest in the fact that God has proven Himself to me in the past by showing me which direction to go. So why would I not continue to listen, look and learn? Who am I to not trust He will do the same in this situation?

Since I am still in waiting, I will keep you posted on how as well as when God decides to inform me of my next steps. Know for sure it will be His call and my response to Him. TO BE CONTINUED…!

JaLisa <3

 

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  • Octavia says:

    I feel the same way tho! I just tell myself keep working that corporate job and when the time is right, God will present it clearly and that will be the moment I will know! But anywho great post!!

  • LaJosie Alston says:

    Just happen to stumble across this post. This is me right now, just trying to figure out which way to go. I listen to a lot of people telling me to do certain things this way or that way, I get so confused & very overwhelmed with different directions. Ugh, so I’m back where I started lost. Definitely not a good feeling. So of course being the grown woman that I am, I’m like a little girl whining to my mom. She gave me the best. Give it to God, pray about it “Be still & know that I am God”. Of course I wasn’t trying to hear that. As I began to let that sink in my spirit. I’m learning daily, not saying it’s easy, trust & give it all to him & just wait for him to respond. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings….

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