It’s time to Launch Your Purpose

It’s time to Launch Your Purpose

It was 2017, and I sat in there in my school of ministry class at my church surrounded by individuals who inspired me and kept me encouraged.  I listened attentively as some of them shared their personal experiences, I admired both their boldness and transparency.  Why couldn’t I be like them and step out in faith? I wished I could do what they were doing and share all the raw details of my life. But was my story even worth telling? How could all I’ve been through inspire anyone when I was still struggling with my weaknesses?

I have never been one to speak in front of crowds.  I connect better with individuals one on one or in small group settings.  I find it hard to instantly share my thoughts without first processing them.  Sometimes, I feel like this is a flaw, because by staying silent I am missing out on opportunities to connect.  I disappoint myself due to this, but I am aware that I can’t be the only on with this struggle.

For those of us who are introverts or ambiverts, speaking to an entire class or large group can be quite uncomfortable. Why is it that some people can share so easily, while others struggle to find words verbally? I took some time to think about this.

I believe that I held back from engaging in class discussions at ministry school because I felt as though I didn’t have any wisdom to offer to this particular group.  In other instances, I looked at people in conversation around me and just simply couldn’t relate to their discussions. If I couldn’t relate, how was I to contribute to their conversations?

When I started out on my personal journey of growth, I knew it would one day mean being open to allowing God to use me.  But I battled with feeling ready.

I am blessed to have many people of faith in my life and love hearing the many ways that God has moved in their lives.  In my ministry class, I was surrounded by brothers and sisters who, in my opinion, clearly had a calling on their lives.  They seemed to be natural born leaders and somehow I don’t see those qualities within myself.

Do you ever struggle with believing in yourself like I have? Perhaps we make it harder than it has to be.  I know for me personally, I have to try to get to a point where I overcome my fears. Talking in a group may not ever be one of my strong suits, but know I can’t allow it to cause me to feel less than.

Do you ever look at those around you and feel less than?  As you can see I relate to that, but today I want to remind both you & myself that we are just as special as the person next to us who we keep comparing ourselves to.  We are all gifted in different ways, so take some time to discover what your personal or spiritual gifts are and launch into using them.

Launching into your purpose and calling may not come easy, but when you step out in faith God will put all the pieces you need in your path in his perfect timing. My blog isn’t well known and I don’t have a huge following, but I have the peace of knowing that I was obedient to his calling and that my words will reach & uplift the very people God so desires them to reach.

I have come to realize that God will cause a fire to burn deep within until you surrender and commit to Christ, allowing him to take over. That is how I started my blogging journey. He would tug at my heart as I lay in bed late at night and tell me, it’s time to begin Sandy. His voice became louder and louder until I put my fear aside and just began. I had to stop comparing my journey to the journey of others.

If God kept calling me to write, I needed to be reminded that he is only asking for faith as small as a mustard seed. I had to step out in faith and obey. It was time to stop comparing myself to others.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians‬ ‭6:4-5‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Jesus desires for us to stop denying our ability to answer the calling within and accept that he is our leader. We are called to follow him and allow him to lead. When God is calling you to do something that you ignore, the Holy Spirit will speak louder and allow that calling to burn within until you have no choice but to obey.

He is calling ME and YOU! It may not always come in the way you expect it to because he reveals it his way, but recognize that your calling comes as a force you can’t ignore. It will wake you up in the middle of the night until you take action. When you stop ignoring the whisper in your ear and the tugging on your heart, that is when you truly will begin to be launched into your purpose. Are you ready to surrender?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Father God,

Thank you for the gifts that you alone have placed in each one of your children. You are our creator, remind us that you created each of us with a purpose to fulfill. Whenever we find ourselves comparing our journey to others, shift our thinking Oh God and help us to believe in ourselves. Father, light a fire in our souls that will burn us to the point that we must move. Father, launch us into our purposes. Give us the obedience to answer our callings even when we are afraid and unsure of what it is exactly you desire for us to do or say.

In Jesus name, we come against the spirit of fear and cast out all anxiety that is holding us back from walking into our purposes. We want to be your vessel. Use us Lord, even in our brokenness. For we know that you will put all the pieces you need in place in your perfect timing. Your plans are to give us a future and a hope. Have your way Father. May we surrender all to you today & every day to come.

In Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen!

Growing with you,

Sandy

Pray for Ukraine

Pray for Ukraine

Today, our Christian duty is to pray.

This morning as I awoke to read the news my heart began to ache. I’ve read about the possibility of Russia invading Ukraine for a few weeks now but, today my heart is in disbelief as I sit watching the videos of it actually happening.

I watched videos & photos of explosions and my heart immediately filled with aches for all of the innocent lives that will be lost and for the people who are there living through this nightmare wondering if they are going to live to see tomorrow.

I looked at my precious babygirl as I dressed her and I thought of all the poor children there in this moment hearing bombs go off, filled with fear, wondering what the scary loud noises are.

As I said my morning prayer for safety over my baby girl right before she left with her dad, I thought about the Moms and dads in Ukraine who are praying for safety and protection over their own babies. But how sad is it that they are praying for protection from war bombs that could possibly take their lives.

I watched videos of crying and of devastation all around. Questions ran through my mind; Why God do innocent people have to die? God, how can people be so evil, to take so many innocent lives? Life is so precious, why don’t all people see it this way?

My heart aches with heaviness.

No one should have to live through that type of trauma or fear.

I have never been into politics and have stayed away from the news since it is always so negative. But today, I found myself glued to the news helpless. I am across the world, but today my duty is to pray for the people in Ukraine.

Please join me in praying over the following:

  • Pray for God’s intervention.
  • Pray for protection & safety over the innocent.
  • Pray for world leaders, for wisdom and guidance over difficult decisions to be made.
  • Pray for hope, comfort and peace.
  • Pray for the fear, anxiety and for the heavy hearts the Ukraine people are experiencing.
  • Pray for the soldiers and the civilians preparing to fight to protect their own people.
  • Pray for the salvation of anyone who doesn’t know Christ.
  • Pray for this war to end.

Father God, We thank you because we know that you are a loving God who hears the cries of your children. We come to you today in prayer asking you to protect your people in the Ukraine. Protect the innocent children. Remove fear from their minds and hearts in this moment Lord and let them know that you are with them. Father, we ask that you deliver them from the evil of the enemy and that you answer their prayers as they call upon your name. Father, give them strength to look to you in the midst of chaos and turmoil. Father guide the world leaders as they make decisions and direct their choices. Father cover the soldiers and any civilians that are preparing to fight to protect their families and community. May they fight courageously knowing that you are there with them. Lord, we pray for anyone who does not know you, that they have that opportunity of salvation through an encounter with the Holy Spirit. You are mighty to save Lord Jesus! Move Lord, your people need you. We ask for peace in the mighty name of Jesus our Savior! Amen.

Praying in agreement with you,

Sandy 🙏

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. Psalm 20:1
Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Wishing everyone a day full of love and joy! On this day of love, let us take a moment to recognize and be thankful for the Love of our father God and our Lord Christ Jesus! We are called and able to love because he first loved us!!

Focus on the positive in your life and the many ways God has blessed you with love all around you! Today does not have to be just a day of romance. Let us celebrate love of all kinds!!

Show love to your children, parents, friends & family, neighbors, and even our adorable pets! Remind yourself and them that God loves us All unconditionally and we are never alone.

May the love of God fill you with joy & warmth today!

Growing with you,

Sandy

Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

As the year comes to an end, we may find ourselves reflecting on all the events that occurred, both good and bad. Sometimes it is hard to remember the good when so much bad is happening both in our lives and the world around us. I am so thankful to have Jesus walking by my side because without him I would not be capable of climbing over the mountains I have faced this year. I hold strong to faith in that God will restore all that is lost and use my hardships for his glory.

My prayer today is that all friends and family find peace and joy. If you’re alone may you draw closer to the one who is the reason for the season, JESUS, for he is one who loves us like no other can.

So many have passed on this year, so if you are here this Christmas, know that GOD still has purpose for you to fulfill. Hold strong to faith and never loose hope. He was born into this world to be our counselor, friend, father, peace, hope and Lord of all. May Jesus be your light today and always.

For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

Merry Christmas from my family to yours. ❤️

Growing with you!

Sandy

A Prayer Request

A Prayer Request

We ALL have moments of weakness but why is it so hard to admit? Why do we put on that fake face pretending to be strong? Why do we avoid answering when friends & family call to checkin? Why are we afraid for them to know the truth?

For some of us:

Truth is, we aren’t as strong as we seem.
Truth is, our heavy hearts keep us up late into the night as thoughts fill our minds trying to solve all the issues in our lives.
Truth is, that we cry ourselves to sleep at night crying out to God asking for comfort.
Truth is, that even though we feel anger, we don’t want to wish this pain on those who hurt us.
Truth is, when you all see us as strong, inside we are fighting not to fall apart.
Tears give us release & help to find rest.
Tears renew strength to make it through the next day.

Owning our weaknesses takes strength and it is something we should not be ashamed of.

2 Corinthians 12:9, says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

He is our strength when we feel we have none.

Through God’s word we know that there is power in prayer and there is power in numbers.

Philippians 2:4. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11. Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

James 5:16. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another,that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

When we feel alone or as if we need support, it is ok to ask our fellow brothers & sisters to lift us in prayer.

So tonight I am being transparent and admitting my weakness. I am hurting and I’m in a struggle right now. I know anxiety is not from God. And I know that he knows that which I am unable to see right now and he is working all things out.

I am in need prayer. Please keep me lifted.

Growing with you,

Sandy