New Roads

Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Those are some pretty big words right there. I am a planner. I decide what I want to do, where I want to go and start planning.  How will I get from point A to point B?  There are lists involved, google searches, schedules made…anything that a planner might do to accomplish their plan. This is what I do…
  I have always been involved in children’s ministry in one aspect or another. Things had changed at our current church. The focus was no longer reaching the lost. We had to make a very difficult decision to leave and search for a new church home. Our hearts hurt over things that had transpired, friendships that were damaged by one persons dishonesty. I wanted to hide in the back of a church. I knew that we needed to be in church, I just didn’t want to be a part of a church. I wanted to hide my heart so that it did not get broken again. It was during this time that I sensed God moving in my heart. I will be graduating from college soon and thought that I was on the path to becoming a teacher. Those were my plans. The more I prayed about these plans, the more I felt called into children’s ministry. My husband had been a youth pastor. We had been down the vocational ministry path before. This was a scary thought to me. I kept these thoughts to myself for several months. I didn’t even share them with my husband. As the months went along, the direction God was leading was becoming clearer. I decided that it was time to talk about it.
Driving down a country road one afternoon, it was time to share with my husband where my heart was. I’m not sure what I expected him to say…

Jeremiah 29:11-13

There are so many thoughts jumbling around in my head. So many options of where to take my life. Going back to school was a great start, but now what? I have loved doing special needs ministry. I have the option to take that further. Somewhere in my heart, I feel like I should expand into an overall children’s ministry area. Is that what I am supposed to do? Should I continue on the path of my schooling and become a teacher?  There is certainly ministry in that area!

As I was doing my quiet time this morning, the text was Jeremiah 29:11-13. I know Jeremiah 29:11. ” ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a  hope and a future.'” This is great! God knows what His plans are for me! Can He fill me in? If He would just tell me what it is that He wants me to do, I would know which direction to take! Then I read the two verses that followed. Jeremiah 29:12-13.”Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. Wow! Am I really seeking God in these decisions or am I throwing up a prayer here and there? Do I really want God’s will for my life or do I just want what makes me happy? If I really seek to follow His will, I must really seek His will. What an awesome verse this is to tell me that if I seek Him with all my heart, I will find Him. It’s not a “if I’m not busy I’ll talk to you…” Have you ever tried to talk to someone and they are only half listening? It doesn’t make you feel very important. But this…If I seek God with all my heart, I will find Him. He isn’t too busy too hear me. That’s pretty amazing.

I am going to start truly seeking God. I am going to list a few things that I am praying for below. I can’t wait to see what He does! Is there something I can pray for with you? Send me a message and I will add it to my prayer list!

*God’s direction for my future (answered 3/17/2016)

*We are waiting on a check that will greatly help our finances. (answered 2/18/2016)

*Godly friendships at our new church

*Our dogs need to stop fighting. (seems silly, I know, but it is important to us) (answered 3/12/2016)

I can’t wait to share with my blogger world what God lays on my heart next!