You know what moment I’m talking about. You’ve thought about it many times– that moment when you see all your hard work has paid off. It’s like being on a stage in front of thousands of people. Everything you have done has prepared you for this. You are about to perform a show that few have ever accomplished. You’re nervous, palms sweaty, and you’re not sure how things are going to turn out, but you’re here now so you must go through with it. So you do it! And it happened! You just gave a performance better than you imagined it would ever be. The crowd goes wild, giving you a standing ovation. The judges’ faces say it all; they are in utter shock and can’t wait to crown YOU the winner!
This is it…The special magic moment you’ve been waiting for, the one that shows you’ve finally “arrived”, that you have made it!
I’m sorry to tell you, but such a grand moment won’t happen for most people. We live in a world where everyone wants to do it BIG, think bigger, go for more so you can see more right NOW. I’m not saying don’t think bigger–you should think big and go big–but sometimes the best thing we can do is take small steps. As a HHMoM, we need to take the time to plan our next goal and how we will achieve it. For help on how to do this, click on this link for my HHMoM 30-day plan. We need to remember that even baby steps can be “great and big”, especially if that’s all we can manage. Expect the great and big, yes, but also welcome the “small” of the moment, enjoying and celebrating even the tiniest accomplishment. Sometimes we can become so focused on the BIG, so driven by the desire to see our goals met right NOW, that we don’t realize all the good happening along the way. I think God wants us to slow down so we will remember each and every step we take on this path. There is a story in each step–an encouraging moment, a heartbreaking moment, a confusing moment–but we need them all. When you take your eyes off the worldly prize, off that BIG moment, and instead focus on God, sometimes life changes (you change) without you even realizing it. You can be taking your small steps, working, praying, and trying your best, and, before you know it, you have already stepped into your position of being at the next level. It’s because you are looking to God and HIS path for your life instead of focusing on YOUR next great moment to shine. In all we do, from the mundane to the big, God wants us to shine for Him.
Yes, you will have your share of monumental moments, but your purpose is a continuous learning and growing process. Life isn’t about having “arrived”; it’s about the journey!
Enjoy the rewards of your effort and hard work, but never get so comfortable with how you’re already doing things that you don’t want change to come into your life. Your purpose never changes, but circumstances do. Therefore we must adapt while keeping our purpose (to glorify God, to shine His light and truth to the world) steady. Your methods, your strategies, your techniques for living your life must all change as life changes; to remain in a routine or pattern of behavior is to become stagnant in both your faith walk and in your journey to becoming a HHMoM.
If you’re unsure of how to re-adjust the way you have been doing things, seeking God is a good place to start. He will always show you the answer. Here are a few simple things you can do if seeking God feels challenging for you.
1. Pray in an uncommon place.
I go to Impact Church in Savannah and there was a sermon given by Pastor Cory and the First Lady Pastor Tameka that spoke about how we have an uncommon God. At first I was puzzled, because I know God does some uncommon things, but how is He an uncommon God? He speaks to us in more than one way. God will speak to us by using our dreams and thoughts, by sending people our way with a message, or when we read the word of God (Bible). If you are listening to Him through your reading and you are feeling drawn to do more, you must act on those thoughts. Perhaps God wants you to find your own prayer room, a place for you to go and connect with Him. It can be anywhere–a closet, a corner of your bedroom, or even the bathroom, but it must be a place of seclusion. When you are in this space for God’s purpose you must shut out the world with no T.V, social media, texting…Just you and Him praying.
Matthew 7:7-10 (NLT)
7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10 Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11 So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.”
2. Go on a spiritual fast.
What is a spiritual fast? A spiritual fast is when you abstain from all or some kinds of food or drink and intentionally spend more time hearing from God. It is denying your flesh and filling your spiritual self up with Christ in its place. I don’t believe you only need to deny your body food or drink; you could also fast from t.v., your phone, social media, or anything else you believe is keeping you from spending more time with God and listening to His message so you can follow Him. The Bible talks a lot about fasting, and it does not say “if” you fast, but “when” you fast, so it is something that Jesus wants from His followers.
16 “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. 17 But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. 18 Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Here is a link to a simple, yet challenging 3 week fast, “21 Day Fast For Powerful Spiritual Growth”. It devotes each week to a specific topic. Fasting can look however you need it to as long as the number one goal is growing closer to Jesus Christ. In case you needed some more encouragement, here is a link that explains 5 benefits to a spiritual fast.
3. Spend time with mature Christians.
I have learned so much in my faith walk by talking to men and women who have been living a life for Christ far longer than I have. They have so much clarity on their faith walk, almost like they have a direct line to text God anytime they want to. God speaks to me through my mom all the time, and I am definitely convinced that she can text, email, or call send Him anytime she wants to. It’s an amazing thing to witness someone have such a close relationship with Christ. I’m not saying these mature believers don’t have struggles, but the way they address life with such assurance, God-confidence, and calmness…It’s breathtaking! It is definitely something I am striving for as I continue to grow and learn on the journey. When I am not praying or fasting, I try to seek out one of my many faith walking coaches (FWC) for a little more clarity on my journey with Christ. A FWC is a mature Christian with whom I can call on to get advice so that I can get my physical AND spiritual exercise on at the same time.
I have this amazing friend who also helps me in the most tremendous way by editing most of my work for HHMoM. (Thank the Lord!) We have known each other for almost eight years. She has such a gentle and kind spirit, helping me to formulate my thoughts and pointing me to God in the process. She takes the information I share with her and she reminds me of God’s words while strengthening me to live them as well. She explains how it applies to my life and always encourages me to be steadfast while I continue to persevere through the trying times. Both this woman and my other FWCs are continually praying for me, and that in itself is reassuring and faith-strengthening.
Do you have any FWC’s in your life that you can lean on in tough or confusing times? I would suggest you seek one out so that in those moments of feeling like you’re getting side-tracked from your purpose they can remind you and give you the strength you need. Whether you have an FWC or not, using one of the three ways of seeking God can be helpful if you find it particularly challenging for you to remain steadfast. Just remember, that special magic moment you may be waiting for could be sprinkled throughout various places in your life.