The past few months have been tumultuous! My spirit has been doing flip-flops! I believe God was trying to get me to a place of surrender concerning the next phase of my life.
Many years ago, when God brought me to Florida (where I currently live), I always knew it was going to be a temporary place. I moved here because God shut some doors and sent me here and I ended up caring for my father until the end of his life. Initially, I said I would return to New York (my home city) when that happened, but I ended up staying 6 more years. I’m been in Florida a total of 12 years now and I can sense that this season is just about over.
I feel that God is leading me to another place and I do believe that place is Atlanta, Georgia. Years ago, I had one focus for my move, but today I feel quite different. I have a vision to work in real estate, own rental properties and flip houses and honestly, I have considered doing that here, but my city is filled with old houses. I figured out long ago that this is not the place.
Since God reignited my vision, I have been looking at Atlanta Georgia properties and it’s clear to me that this is definitely the place where my vision will come to pass. Every day when I get my notifications from Trulia (a real estate site) I am filled with excitement. I know God has a purpose for me to move to that city and I am excited.
Recently, all of my holiday plans have changed. I ended up getting an unexpected vacation from work this week and my friend who was coming for Christmas won’t be here until after Christmas. I was sitting on pins and needles trying to figure out how quickly I can make this move. I’m not sure, but time will tell. It could be soon and it could be early next year. I am okay with whatever God says. Timing is everything.
My life is in His hands. I am no longer anxious or focused on the things I used to be focused on. I figure that whatever God’s greater plan is, it can happen while I am pursuing my dreams. I just need to be in the right place at the right time and that is where I plan to be.
Recently, as I was contemplating some changes that I know are coming, I started to panic because I felt so unprepared. As I thought about it, it’s like God gave me a vision of accomplishing some goals before the year is out. Well on Sunday, I got an amazing confirmation through my Pastor. He shared prophetically that God wanted to do some major transformations in His people in these last three months of the year.
As I listened to the message, I was leaping on the inside. You know God does not need a long time to carry out His will and we don’t need a long time either. I purposed in my heart that before the year is out, I will be able to say that I have completed certain goals.
Sometimes the cares of life can hinder us from reaching our goals. Today is actually the anniversary of my father’s death. It’s been one year and honestly being His caregiver for so long took its toll on me, emotionally and physically and it seems like it’s taken a year just to recover. But now I am ready to sprint to the end of this year. I need to really prepare myself emotionally and physically for some major changes.
What would you like to do before the year is out? Take some time and meditate on what you want to do. It can be done, by God’s grace. You don’t have to wait until the new year. Now is the time. I will have a testimony by December 31st. How about you?
New International Version (NIV)
12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him.
I had to look back and evaluate this past year and as I’ve already stated, I was not very pleased with last years result. Some people can look back and they’ve accomplished a lot and are satisfied and that is good. This post is for those of us that feel a bit of regret.
In an effort to not let this year play out the same way last year did, I have some concrete mini goals. I am not about New Years resolutions, so I have decided to set goals for each month and break down the month and set weekly goals as well. After each month I will see what I have accomplished.
Here is an example. Next week I am going to begin the process of putting my Dad in the assisted living home. We will go and see the home. If he likes it we will start the process. If not we will look at the next home. I have three picked out. Once we pick the home, I will begin the paper work. But I will not allow next week to end without having completed that goal.
I also had a dream that I opened my boutique (a vision of mine). In the dream I had found a location for the store. That too is something that I will look into next month. It’s important to set your own goals, but also pay attention to things that God reveals to you as well. In the dream I was very happy that I was actually about to open my store. I have to pay attention to that because that may be next on the agenda in the plan of God.
If you’re like me and were not satisfied with 2010, don’t let next year just happen. Co-labor with God and make some things happen. The time is NOW!
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version
11 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.
Proverbs 19:21 New International Version
21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
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