When God has called you to do something and you can’t believe that it’s really what He wants you do, then what do you do? Do you:
God Has a Plan for YOU
No matter your choice (although b and d are the best choices) the point is that God has a plan for you. Life may not be what you think it should be now or your interpretation of what God’s calling you to do, but…
One thing is for such, God has a plan for you. Even the mess that you are in, the mess you came through, and the mess that you will meet up in the future, it’s all going to be for your good. Because “…we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
We also know that God is the God of impossibilities. What seems impossible or unrealistic to us, if we put our trust, faith in Him, then there is no glass ceiling to stop us from moving up, out or forward.
Hard to Trust God
I know there are times when you struggle and doubt God’s calling or something He’s asking you to do. There are times when you are being asked at an inconvenient time, but still do it. Kathie Lee Guilford’s book, It’s Never Too Late, shares a time when Kathie Lee stopped her makeup artist/hairdresser from preparing her for an interview just so she could go downstairs and tell Howard Stern (a person who only said negative things about her) that she wished him well on his new show. All because God impressed on her heart in that preparation chair to go do so. This resulted in Howard Stern apologizing. Check out her book because it is a good read or my Goodreads.com review.
Here are some reasons why you may be struggling and doubting God.
Now that you know what some of the reasons are that hold you back or stopping you in your track. Let’s move on to how to let God lead when it’s hard.
Let God Lead
Letting God lead is simply believing His word until it becomes natural. How you do that? The Six Ways below can help. If you scroll down you will find a podcast episode from Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast below where the guest speaker, a breast cancer survivor shares encouraging word about the power of putting your life in Christ, even when you are struggling. Natalie Smalley, author of, I Have Breast Cancer, Now What?: A Cancer Support Tool has much to share.
Here are five ways to get you through tough times and walk by faith when it seems God’s calling on your life is impossible.
1. Praying Scriptures – The Psalms is a good place to start. It has scriptures that start with “Give ear to my prayer, O God” and “O, LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me”. They can be a prayer starter. Try write out your prayers, looking for verses that speak to your heart about a certain matter. This allows you to search the scriptures, take time with God, and find words that will help you say what is on your heart.
2. Memorize Verse(s) – Find one verse like, John 3:16 – 17. If you already know John 3:16 then adding verse 17 want feel as intimidating. So begin there by writing it on a notecard to carry with you or on your phone. When you are waiting in line, recite it. When you are doing your exercises, recite it. When you are at a family or friend’s event, recite it. The point is keep reciting it until you can say it without looking at the card. This leads to the next step.
3. Meditate on Verse(s) – Take 15 minutes to just sit with journal and pen by your side, as you ponder the meaning of each word in your head. When you are filled to the point you have to write down your thoughts then begin doing so. Also remember, to invite the Holy Spirit into the mediation, so you will stay focused and Christ-centered
4. Bible Study or reading – Daily take time to read your Bible even if it’s one chapter a day. A good Bible to start with is called, The One Year Pray for America Bible, NLT (Paperback) – Inspirational Daily Bible with Non-Partisan Prayer Prompts by Tyndale. It will provide you with a prayer prompt and as you read each section, rather am, pm or midday, you will begin to see who your God is, the people of the Bible and yourself in it. You’ll also begin to ask God questions, praying for an answer and in due time receiving an answer.
5. Practice the Spiritual Discipline of Silence & Solitude – Get away for 15 minutes or up to seven days or more and just sit still listening for God to speak through you. Remember First Corinthians tells us in chapter three verses 16 to 17 that we are the temple of God in whom the Holy Spirit dwells. This is why you listen from within instead of from without. You can have your eyes open or closed, but you make no judgements, cast all your cares on Jesus, embrace the silence of hearing “white noise” and just relax, which I call Chilin’.
6. Fellowship – Hang around Christians who will speak with God on your behave. Christians who are growing in their faith and walk with Christ. It is during fellowship that you get to converse with others, share testimonies, support each other’s journey, talk about God’s word and blessing, chat and chew, and more. Never cease being around the saints. Make sure you pray before becoming a member of any church or Christian organization to be clear why you are going and if this is the place for you to grow, serve or both.
Now here’s the beauty of all this. It may seem hard to do. So many pieces coming at you all at one time. There’s a way to simply the above process. It’s called Create Space. It’s a newsletter that arrives in your email the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month around 10:30 am. You will receive, memory verses, words of encouragement, Bible readings, updates of believers sharing their experiences of starting and doing what God’s called them to do, and more. Once a week you will receive Prayer-A-Week which will come Thursday’s at 6 am. For you to pray with another believer as you read and/or read their prayer. Create Space is designed to help you live a disciplined life where you use the spiritual disciplines to help you create space to commune with God and grow in your faith.
God has a plan and YOU are in it! Time to let go of what’s holding you back to being all God’s called you to be and do.
Lyvita Brooks, is the author of The Me Project: Who I Am and Whose I AM, a 7 week Creative Bible Study for the growing Christian that wants to know God’s next step to doing what you are called to do with boldness and confidence. You can get started with subscribing to Create Space at lyvitabrooks.com/subscribe.
Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast transcript below featuring:
God has a plan and YOU are in it. It’s time to GO and Do. Even when you don’t understand the struggle. This is when you begin to walk by faith and not be sight. God’s plans are to prosper you , give you a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Keep the faith and here are some ways you can do just that.
Please enjoy this podcast on your favorite podcast platform. Although efforts were made in editing, this transcript may include a few typos. It’s difficult to catch some minor errors. Enjoy!
This is Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast. The place where we help you develop spiritual disciplines, which create space, for you to grow in love with God, your neighbor as yourself. Life can get messy affecting your joy and passion for the things of Christ. It’s through instilling some basic disciplines into your daily lifestyle that can keep you focused and grounded in your faith. And here is the place you can learn to do just that.
Well Hello Saints! I’m Lyvita, your host founder of The Me Project Academy and producer of Create Space, on a mission to help you, the believer focus on developing disciplines that allow you to fulfill God’s call on your life with boldness and courage as you stand for Christ in a fallen world.
If you are new to this podcast…WELCOME! And consider subscribing at lyvitabrooks.com so you can receive resources to help you live a more disciplined life that has meaning. And for the Saints of Hanging Out With Jesus Podcast who regularly listen in…thanks. I truly appreciated your support and hearing how this podcast has been a blessing to you. Please don’t forget to share with podcast with others.
So stop what you are doing and come walk with me, where we intentionally practice being in the presence of God.
Saints, it’s time to hang out with Jesus and me, Lyvita.
Lyvita: Saints, we have my cousin from California here with us Natalie Smalley.. Welcome Natalie!
Lyvita: I am so happy to have you on the episode. We are double cousins.
Natalie: Yes two brothers married two sisters.
1:30 - Lyvita: Let the saints know a little bit about who you are because you have an awesome testimony of blessings and healing.
Natalie: I wear many hats.
3:00 - We are focusing on the spiritual discipline of Bible Study this year, especially looking at First Corinthians. Specifically today, chapter 2:6-9. Let me read it to you so we can all get on the same page. If you can open your Bible to First Corinthians 2:6-9, please do so. I’m reading from the ESV (English Standard Version):
3:56 – 6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”
As I study God’s word, different things stand out at different times. I’ve read these verses before but this time, it’s verse 9, “what God has prepared for those who love him.” Sounds like to me God has a plan. Now, I’ve discussed an overview of First Corinthians 2 with Rev. Anthony Wilson in episode #50 the one before this one. So take some time to listen to it. But briefly the second chapter of First Corinthians is about having a clear understanding of what the Christian message is. The Church at Corinth has been including philosophy, other “schools of thought”, political opinions, man’s knowledge and understanding into God’s Word. They were melting all of that together with God’s Word in order to push the gospel message as they see it, not how it is intended. Natalie do you have anything to share about the chapter?
Lyvita: There is so much I want to talk with you about Natalie and I know our listeners have questions of their own. Especially around man’s knowledge vs God’s Wisdom and why did God have certain things as mysteries in the Old Testament that He’s revealing now. But our focus today is clear.
The gospel is part of the Father’s eternal plan. As stated in verse 6.
God’s plan included a written Gospel for the mature to impart wisdom.
God’s plan included me receiving the Gospel.
Highlights from the conversation. Quotes:
5:28 – Natalie’s dad, my Uncle Matthew who passed in 2021, often said, “Don’t live below your privileges.
7:40 – “When you are in Christ the impossible is possible,” Natalie Smalley
7: 58– “In Christ, there is no glass ceiling,” Lyvita Brooks
8:39 – “We have to chase after God,” Natalie Smalley
10:58 – God has a plan.
11:10 – “God didn’t promise us a bed of ease”, Reverend Matthew Richardson
15:52 – “Our hope is in Christ.”
16:19 – “Everyone has a beginning and an ending. Everyone has a path,” Lyvita Brooks
17:29 – Follow me as I follow Christ
18:39 – “God gives you warnings,”
21:16 – “Prayer is a big part of my life.” Natalie Smalley
22:33 – “Keep the faith,” Our Uncles often say.
22: 53 – “I’m always praying scripture.” Natalie Smalley
27:22 – Just do it.
30:19 – “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.”
31:55 – God is the lover of out soul.
31:25 – Don’t take for granted the gifts and talents God’s given you.
32:03 – Nothing is impossible for God.
32:38 – But God
34:32 – We have a plan because God has a plan
36:00 – Natalie shares her journey from breast cancer to being on a board to support women with breast cancer.
41:57 – Put God’s word in you
45:05 – We live in a world of sin
48:51 – “God’s a Gentleman” Natalie Smalley
So until we meet again over the airwaves, intentionally and daily, hang out with Jesus.
Lyvita and Natalie: Shalom!
Resources Mentioned on Episode:
Before you go, check these out:
Crafting Clarity from Understanding in Our Stories with Valeria Elliot
How Fasting and Prayer Produced Gratitude on Day 32
When God says No But You Thought Yes
Hanging Out With Jesus in the New Year
From Adversity to Purpose through Faith
The Transformative Power of Intentional Quietness
Unburdening Your Mind: A Spiritual Exercise for Intentional Living
You Are Created To Do Good Works in Christ Jesus
How Rethinking Failure Increases Faith and Growth
How To Guard Your Heart During Life's Hiccups?
Planning with God to Set Monthly Goals with Intention
Building a Healthy Relationship with Yourself, in Christ
How to Live Intentionally and Daily in Christ
5 Steps to Embracing the Unfamiliar as You Transition Into a New Season of Life
Living Life as God's Beloved Child: Insights from Cecil Taylor
What Crisis Are You In? & Can You Get Out?
Healthy Tips to Jump Start Cleaning Your Temple
What Long-lasting Impact Will You Leave Behind?
What or Who Is Your Side god?
76: Who Are You Standing Up For?
Was Gideon questioning God in the book of Judges? – (Part 1 of 3)
What Setting Goals Can Do For You?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest: Rosemarie Downer
How to Pray Strategically Using a Prayer Journal?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Sandy Cooper
How to Apply Biblical Patterns and Teachings in Your Prayers
How to Use Journaling to Maintain Your SMART Goals?
The Joy of Being Without Social Media for a Year?
69: 13 Prompts to Goal Setting with Holy Spirit
68: What is a Silent Retreat?
67: Take the Spiritual Diet Challenge for 2023
Do You Really Need To Lie?
"Are You Doing Too Much?"
What is Marriage? When are you Considered Married?
Reclaim Who You Are
Suicide, Cutting/ NOT The Answer
Where Are You In The Family Of God? Mature or Immature
What Is Ministry?
Overcoming Hindrances To Reading Your Bible and Prayer
Lyvita Brooks ad Guest Elad Shapira
Pride: Is It Sneaking Into Your Life?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Kristi Gaultiere
Church Planting: Making Disciples Who Make Disciple-Makers
The Impact Of A Father’s Love
God's Temple - How To Keep It Clean?
When Was the Last Time You Ate From God’s Word?
Spiritual People vs People of the Flesh: Who Are You?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Rev. Quinda Richardson
God's Plan Is A Faith Walk For Us
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Speaker Natalie Smalley
Go and Do What God's Calling You To Do!
50: What really is the Gospel Message?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Rev. Anthony Wilson
49: Called To Glorify God
48: Is Christ Divided? Then Why Are We?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Rev. Quinda Richardson
47: Do You Know Who You Are?
46: What Do You Value Most About God?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Richard Reese
45: The Blessings of Doing What God's Called You To Do
Lyvita Brooks with Guest Jewell Utt and Jackie Mapp
44: What Does Watching And Praying Look Like?
43: What Can Challenges Teach You?
42: Are You Prepared For 2022?
41: How To Intercede For Your Business
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Kim Avery
40:Praying For Your Writing Ministry
Lyvita Brooks and Guest CJ Hitz
39:Dads Are You Praying For Your Son(s)?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Bob Gresh and Jarrod Sechler
38:Let's Practice Journaling
37: Bible Study The Secret Hidden Wisdom Of God
36: Is Today's Church Like the Church at Corinth?
35: How To Connect With Your Calling
34: Do You Have A Relationship With the Holy Spirit?
33: Falling In Love With God's Word
32.Husbands Are You Interceding For Your Wives?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest William Henley and Anthony Wilson and Ray Williams
31: Wives Are You Interceding For Your Husbands?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Patricia Hooper Jamie Coles Burnette and Kathryn Williams
30: Are You An Intercessor?
Lyvita Brooks and Guest Juin Killingsworth
29: Let's Pray Together - The National Day of Prayer
Lyvita Brooks and 23 Guests
28:Did You Forget Who You Are?
27: Can You Have A Real Conversation With God... Really?
26: Celebrating One Year of Blessings!