And my inner world. It’s been a bit tricky navigating life in ministry with no ‘regular office hours’ and many needs. I’ve always been allergic to saying the word, “no.”
That isn’t a good thing when your work is as vague as writing and studying. (I’ve never taken a college course, so bear with me)
(The sun broke through!)
I’m writing a short, six week Bible study for Personal Prayer Revival that I am teaching to my Sunday Bible class.
How much time does it take to write a Bible Study? How much time do I expect it takes to prepare a message? Do I have a ‘right’ to decline when someone needs me and it looks like I am free?
How do I say ‘no’ when I don’t have time frames and boundaries? “Um, I’m not available, I’m sitting at home writing.” (Does that sound like a lame excuse to you?)
I’m learning. Slowly. If I say ‘yes’ to everyone, I won’t get to what God has called me to. I will steal from my family and from His glory because I would be serving out of duty. I’d be as a slave.
But I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.
It’s so much easier to know what to do in a day when you have children in the house, a shop with posted hours, a house to flip, to know which steps to take next. Many days I feel lost. Many days I feel like I’ve accomplished very little and I’ve worked most of the day.
I know all of this mind-mayhem and indecisiveness is serving me, pressing me to lean in and listen more intently to the voice of God. He whispers . . . And He does promise to direct my steps. (Psalm 37:23NLT) I have to remember, and believe it. And keep taking the next step.
In all of this, my path ahead is becoming more clear and more focused. Because the hard things keep ‘bumping me back’ in to search His heart and tune my heart to His voice.
It’s like hard things are bumpers and I am a bowling ball aimed at the pins.
I’ve just finished creating new brochures for the bags that will be handed out to attenders at the Set Apart Conference (and added them to my speaker page.) It’s an exciting opportunity to launch God’s message into 1500 bags.
After all these years of preparing, and this past week I finally received confirmation of my core message, I am so ready!
I wanted to tell you about the idea of having a “core message.” I’ve heard many times that we all have one. I’ve heard this: Ministry is where passion meets need. And I’ve been leaning in and listening for a long time for more clarity on my core message.
I listened to my friend Susie, host of Live The Promise interview Tullian Tchividijian and I heard him say it too, “I’ve been given one message, and a million different ways to say it.” (I think he said a million, it may have been thousands . . . but give a listen, it’s so worth it!)
And then I heard this new song. It is the ‘back side’ (as in the tail of the coin) of my message which is this: ~We Are Daughters (and Sons) Of The King~ Our lives are precious and valuable ~For Heaven’s Sake~
Here’s the song: No Longer Slaves
What does it mean to you that you are no longer a slave to fear, but are a royal heir of Heaven? (Peek at Romans 8:17) Do you have a core message?