Tag : clarity
Tag : clarity
In my Bible reading this morning, a verse popped out of me from Ecclesiastes 12:12: “Be careful, for writing books is endless, and much study wears you out.”
That got personal.
I am finishing up a book that I’ve been writing and have plans to start doctoral work in the fall. After reading this verse, the question came up, as it did for Eve in the Garden, “Did God really say…”
With all confidence, I can confirm that I am supposed to be writing the book I am working on. I wanted to share some important biblical truths with a dear friend, and was looking for the right publication to facilitate a conversation. When I couldn’t find the exact book I needed, I clearly heard the Holy Spirit say, “You do it.”
The last time I heard, “You do it,” it became an original Bible study that turned into the book I co-authored with Catherine Weiskopf, If I Only Had…Wrapping Yourself in God’s Truth During Storms of Insecurity, a four-time writing award winner. The process for the current manuscript has been supernatural, almost an obsession, and the writing of it has gone faster than any other book I’ve penned to date. In addition, an artist friend offered to do the cover—for free. His yoke is easy…
As for school, that is where there is some waffling, and I want to make sure I have the same clarity that this is part of God’s plan for my life. I am seeking the additional stamp of approval from the Lord because I can come up with many reasons why I shouldn’t do it. Have you ever needed confirmation? Maybe you’re in a similar place now and need an “all systems go” message about what you believe is a new calling. Here are some of the steps we can take for clarity when we think we’ve received a divine directive, then start to question.
Before I committed to seminary back in 2003, I also developed cold feet. After I was accepted, I threw up a number of roadblocks because I became scared of what the commitment would involve. But the Lord is faithful. He tore down every blockade that I constructed, so that both my husband and I would know, beyond of shadow of a doubt, that this was His calling on my life and so I would never look back. He promised to lead me through it, which He did.
Are you afraid of a future assignment that seems like it’s more than you can handle? It’s normal. If you need clarity, Just press in closer to God and listen. He’ll show you where he wants you during this season.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21).