Moving Forward

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I have been talking about a geographical move for a while now. What I realize is God was confirming it to my heart all along the way, but it had to take place at the right time. There have been a lot of emotional ups and downs concerning my willingness, but that was just because it wasn’t time yet. I’m very excited about this change. It’s going to be a new beginning.

I received some great news yesterday. My good friend had been planning to relocate as well and she was thinking about another city, but just recently God spoke clearly and confirmed that she should move to the same city I’m moving too!!! It’s amazing how this has all been strategically timed. Although I do know some people where I am moving, this friend is a very close friend and that will make my transistion even easier.

Now mind you all of this by faith, and a lot of people can’t understand that part, but that is okay. As I blog about the miracles, God is going to be exalted in how this is all done. I can actually see my provision on the horizon and that is exciting.

So what’s next on the agenda? Today, I have a pick up for all of the furniture that I am donating and then I’m going to take some items to the scrap metal place, to make some money. Next week, God willing, I will be on my way to the destination city, to “spy out the land” and see about jobs and places to live. The key is to keep moving forward. God is with me!

Some things that God tells us to do don’t always make sense in the natural, but that is what faith is about. It’s about truly stepping out and doing what God says when you can’t see how it is going to be done. If God is instructing you to go, just obey. And if you have truly heard from him, He will provide.

Hebrews 11:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Understanding Timing

Recently, I heard two messages back to back that were talking about making promises and not following through and how it affects the person that you made the promise to. I had to think for a minute about what I had done, because I knew it was not a coincidence that I heard these two  exact same messages from two different ministers.

As I thought about it, I suddenly understood what God was talking about. I had been saying I was going to move for the longest and had not done it. I didn’t realize how my promises may have affected people. But that does not give me an excuse. I changed my mind for a couple of reasons which I felt were legitimate, but honestly the bottom line it was just not time.

One thing that I am sure of, is that I needed to remain here until the end of my father’s life. He had no one to care for him and God gave me that assignment. And since he has been gone for eight months now, it still was not time I believe. God told me he would send me at the right time and I believe that time is now.

Yesterday, I wound up seeing something that in the past would have dettered my moving, but the difference is, my emotions and heart are very guarded and I know God is the one motivating me to make this change.

The only thing missing right now is provision and it may seem odd to some people, but I believe God is about to send the provision now. Had I gotten it before now, I would have used it for the wrong purpose. But now that I know, it will be different. But the bottom line is, it’s all about timing.

Psalm 102:13

New International Version (NIV)

13 You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her; the appointed time has come.

Breaking Up Camp

Yesterday was Memorial Day, a day set aside to commemorate those who serve and have died serving our country. Many people had gatherings with family and friends in their backyards having cook outs or going to the beach.

I spent my day “breaking up camp”. I spoke to an older lady who encouraged me to get started packing for my move. I feel a real urgency to prepare for change, so I spent my entire day separating what I’m taking with me, what I’m throwing away, what I plan to donate and what I’m going to try to sell. I’m just grateful that I got rid of so much stuff last year, or I would be overwhelmed. But I’m good with organizing, so it was an all around good day for me.

I want a fresh new start, so I plan to take very little with me. I may desire to hold on to my microwave and blender but those things can be easily replaced. We will see. It’s a lot but I know I can get through it. It’s all a part of this new beginning. Mind you, I am doing this all by faith. But where God guides he will provide.

Even though I’ve talked about making this move in the past, the past 72 hrs have brought major confirmation that would make me afraid to not move. Keep me in your prayers!!!

Joshua 1:10-11

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Order to Cross the Jordan

10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, 11 “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

Deuteronomy 1:6-8

New King James Version (NKJV)

“The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain,[a] in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.’

I Will Follow You Forward

Yesterday morning I woke up with a lot on my mind. I was questioning some things in my mind and asking God some questions. I was drawn into some foolishness and I knew I should not get caught up in it. It’s just something designed to distract me from destiny. But God gave me an answer in a way that only He could. I was going to detail more, but it’s not necessary. God answered.

As I was riding to church, I realized that my time at the church I am attending will soon come to an end since I’ve decided I’m going to relocate. Suddenly, I felt grief because I LOVE my church. I haven’t felt this at home at a church in years.

As we entered a time of worship, the praise and worship team began to sing a song that ministered right where I was. They were singing this song called “Moving Forward” and kept repeating the chorus that simply said: You make all things new Yes, You make all things new and I will follow You forward.

The Pastor then got up and asked us to take a step forward and said that when God tells you to move forward it means he has something better. Yet another confirmation that it’s time to move.

Right now, I’m focusing on God alone. I’m not going to vacillate or go back and forth or allow anything to deter me. My promise to God is that I will follow You Forward.

Isaiah 43:18-19 
“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)

Don’t be afraid to keep moving on, For what was before, now has gone, God wants to accomplish so much more, But we need to move forward in the Lord. © By M.S. Lowndes, Based on Isaiah 43:18-19

Happy Memorial Day!

My Expectation is in God Alone

I was born and raised in New York City and while living there most of my life, I’ve lived outside of the city three times. But this time has been the longest. In July, I will have lived here in Florida, for seven years. Boy how times flies. But now it seems as though the cloud is moving once again.

I always knew that I was here in Florida for a limited amount of time and when I first got here, I planned to return to NY whenever my Dad went home to be with the Lord. But a trip back to NY last summer changed that for good. The minute I left the airport upon arriving in NY, I was certain I would never return. I kind of knew it, but going back to NY for the first time in six years, solidified it for me.

Now, as I contemplate making another geographical move, I know the I need finances to do that. But I don’t have any expectation in anyone except God. God told me he was going to roll out the red carpet for me, so GOD is going to do it, not man.

I already kind of have an idea how I can pull this off. Yesterday I spoke to an investor about a quick sale on this house. He turned out to be a Christian and even though it’s not the best case scenario, he said he wants to try to help me. God gave me time  and opportunity, with the foreclosure being cancelled to get this done. I know that God is up to something and I’m excited. One thing I do know is where God gives a vision, there must be provision. It’s going to be exciting to see how God works it out. I’m trying not to get anxious, but if I could leave next week, I would, but first things first. A trip to my new city is next on the agenda.

The faith walk it just that. You go and act on what you don’t see. While I’m typing this I’m listening to a prophet talk about how he made a geographical move by faith. I can do this and I will!

Genesis 12:1

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Call of Abram

12 The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.

It’s Time

In the past 48 hrs, I have gotten so many words of confirmation about God’s vision, it has my head spinning. But when it’s time, that is how God does it. He makes a big grand announcement.

One of the main confirmations that I received said that NOW is the time. Timing is everything and God makes everything beautiful in it’s time. The key is not to be too early and not to be too late. A year ago, six months ago, a month ago would have been too early. The key now is not to be too late. But when the prophetic announcement comes back to back, it’s a sign that all conditions are ready. The next step is the provision.

I’m excited, and scared all at the same time, but that will not stop me from moving forward into what God has promised. What about you?

Deuteronomy 1:8

New Living Translation (NLT)

Look, I am giving all this land to you! Go in and occupy it, for it is the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to all their descendants.’”