God has plans for all of us. He nudges us along on our path and gives us lots of opportunities to find our way to his path for us.
Do you feel lost? Do you feel afraid of what is before you and uncertain about all the steps ahead?
God is found in the stillness. It is sometimes really hard to decipher among the voices from outside, inside, and everywhere in between to find the true voice leading you to the next step.
We often want to know the whole path before us. We may have heard his call but have a hard time trusting how it will all unfold to get there. We stand frozen because we are afraid to go forward without all the information.
In surrendering to His plans for us and trusting the Spirit to guide us, we only need to listen for what the next thing is for us to do. Like a headlight on a foggy night, the light shines just far enough ahead for us to inch forward, trusting that the path will be made for us.
Hone Your Listening Skills
If you're having trouble hearing the Spirit, it could be that you've tuned too far into the future. God's grace is sufficient for us, when we stay focused on the present tasks ahead of us for the day, and not try to solve the burdens of tomorrow. Quiet yourself and ask, what is the next thing I need to do in this moment? Breathe and trust that each next moment will be provided to you if you faithfully follow the breadcrumbs. If you're still not sure, ask the Spirit to strike from your mind the things you are not called to do, and to bring forward the things which are best.
The key to walking God's path is to be in constant communication with Him. He might take a different route than you would choose, but the rewards are more than you could imagine.
Have a big decision to make and all the voices are jumbling in your head? Or do you have a big idea and you're not sure if it is yours or His? Here are some ways to discern the call:
Does it scare you and excite you? (Yes? - likely from God)
Does it feel like you would have come up with it on your own? (No? it is probably from God!)
Is it grounded in truth, love, and supported by scripture? (Yes-->From God!)
Stepping out in faith. When it is really scary.
But I'm not good enough.
I'm not worthy of success
What if ... ?
Spend some time thinking about the wounds from your past that might be holding you back from stepping forward. God leads us through things that stretch us out of our comfort zone and also challenges us to work through those things that can help us shed wounds from the past. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.” Romans 8:28. You may have gone through some hard things in the past. God will take that pain and help you transform it into something beautiful. Your best use of energy is spent on finding your gifts, giving God control, trusting him, worshiping him, and leaning on Him. He's got the rest. "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34
You don't have to know all the steps. You just have to take the first one. Listen to the Spirit guide you one step at a time.
"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand." —Psalm 37:23–24
Resources that have helped me with discernment
Acquiescing to God's Call Video on Brilliant Perspectives
She's Still There - Chrystal Evans Hurst
21 Days of Prayer Monique McLean
Jesus Calling - Sarah Young
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