Saturday, July 14, 2012

Keep it up ©

The LORD is our protector and glorious king, blessing us with kindness and honor. He does not refuse any good thing to those 
who do what is right. LORD Almighty, how happy are those who trust in you! (Psalm 84:11, 12 GNT)

...But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. 
At just the  right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. (Galatians 6:8, 9 NLT)


Have you ever felt God calling you to do something you felt was impossible? Asking you to sacrifice the one thing you 
always said you couldn't do without? Giving you a vision or dream that you felt incapable of fulfilling?

**raises hand**

It was this time last year that I went through this very experience. (I blogged about it here Part 1 and here Part 2
During that season of life God was hitting me left and right urging me to "get it together" and revealing to me the
purpose he had designed me for. I surely felt in my own strength I couldn't do what he was asking nor did I feel
worthy of any of it. Yet because of my love for God and desire to please him and no one else. 
I decided to do two simple things: 1) Trust 2) Obey. 

Now as I reflect over the past year, it only takes about 5 seconds max for my eyes to start welling with tears of
joy. God has taken my life on such an AMAZING journey that I'm left speechless at times. You see where I 
am in my life now is nowhere remotely close to where I would have imagined. None of it was in MY plans. 
This time last year I'd never wrote anything and frankly didn't "get" blogging yet because of HIM I now have not
one but two active blogs! (I started a travel blog in June) and have been asked by others to write articles on various  
topics. At the beginning of this year I lead a women's bible study and just recently tapped into my entrepreneurial 
side and started my own consulting company in May. But more important than any blog, recognition or additional 
stream of income has been the way God has healed my heart, restored my confidence and placed me on a path of 
purpose. I firmly believe that if I had chose to ignore rather than obey God, I would still be stuck in the same old stupid 
pits, entangled in sin and living a mediocre life.
Now I realize that all that time I was living miserably and beneath my potential, God had a PERFECT plan for my life and 
I only needed to trust, obey and cooperate with it! It hasn't been easy but I'm overjoyed to be living a more fulfilling and 
purpose driven life that continues to place me in the perfect position to receive more of his favor, goodness and 

There's a popular quote used a lot as it relates to the struggle to lose weight:  
"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.”  ― Art Williams © 
The same can be said for our faith journey. Doing the right thing when wrong seems so popular, striving to walk 
blameless in a sin sick world, and choosing to remain pure when temptation arises will certainly not be easy. There will 
be times where one can feel isolated, misunderstood and overlooked. However while the world may disregard your 
obedience and faithfulness, know that God is looking and is well pleased. As Psalms 84 reminds us, God wants to reward 
us with favor and honor for remaining faithful in him and walking in obedience. Don't be discouraged. Keep walking the path 
which God has set before you. Keep believing in the impossible. Keep praying in faith. Keep studying his word. Most of all keep 
trusting in him and let God amaze you. I promise it will all be worth it!
~Toya Nicole