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Organizing the Inside – Day 228 She Finally Found The Place

But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.  Acts 20:24 (NLT)

Lord, are we there yet? Are we there yet?
For so long she searched for the place. She knew in her heart for years she really wasn’t there. She thought surely this can’t be the place, because something just doesn’t seem right. She heard others talk about the beauty of this place, and concluded this place is in a far and distant land. She reasoned that one would first have to die to go there. She thought this place sounded in some ways like you might imagine heaven to be. It was described to her as a place where joy, peace, love and contentment reside.

God gave people ideas, and passion, gifts and talent and dreams too, as a means by which He’d use to guide them there. Only those who embraced serving others in love could go there. Once there you never want to leave. You’d find everything you needed there and so much more. Everyone who lives there is abundantly provided for; yes, there is much overflow.

Upon arrival she simply couldn’t understand why she allowed so many things to detain her. It became clear that people, fear, foolishness, anger, greed and self-centeredness each played a part in delaying her arrival.

She looked up and saw that the windows of heaven were open and all that poured out almost took her breath away. She found the place that she’d searched for all those years.  Oh yes, it’s true she found the place where all the pieces seemed to fit together. She better understood the pain of her past, and the future no longer frightened her. She finally found “the place” right there in the center of God’s will; she discovered His purpose and plan for her life.

Have you discovered “the place”? God has a purpose and plan for your life. We’d love to hear a bit of your story.

Organizing the Inside – Day 203 Putting Fear In Its Place

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Luke 5:5-11 (NLT)

This post is a continuation from yesterday – Day 202. If you missed yesterday’s post, I invite you to go back and read it to get the full concept of what I’ve written.

Taking a stand against fear is the best way to put it in its place.
Decide now that if Daniel can go into the lion’s den, and come out untouched you too have the protection you need to stand for what is right. If Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego can come out of the fiery furnace without as much as the scent of smoke on their clothing, then surely you are fully capable of victoriously facing anything that is before you. If you are confident that your dream is from God and it is what He has given you a passion for, then you must go-for-it.

Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.”
God’s will is to be done on earth, in our hearts and lives as it is in heaven. The Kingdom of God is set up within every believer who would dare to forsake their own selfish ambitions and follow Christ. The disciples walked away from everything (Luke 5:11). They were focused on one thing, obeying Christ and doing God’s will. When we are committed to following Christ, He tells us that He will give us the desires of our hearts. May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. Psalm 20:4 (NLT) Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT) Why would He do such a thing? When we put God first and follow Him, our desires, dreams and passions are for the things of God, they fit perfectly into His will for our lives. No longer are you concerned with impressing others with your status among men, you are concerned with God’s kingdom coming. In His kingdom there is only true love. There is no room for pride, jealousy, selfishness, or greed in the heart of one who has allowed God’s Kingdom to set up there.

Jesus told us many times in the scriptures not to be afraid.
Fear holds us back. Here is the key, when you allow His kingdom to come and be established in your heart and life you have overcome fear. Why? “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18  (NIV) When God’s kingdom comes into your heart, I mean – you have completely yielded and your life is completely about doing His will, something happens on the inside and all fear is gone. I believe this is a supernatural occurrence orchestrated by the Holy Spirit when God has a vessel that is totally yielded to His will. We understand this, God’s kingdom is already established in heaven. In heaven there is no disobedience, fear, or selfishness it just doesn’t exist there. What Jesus was praying for was that while we are here, God’s kingdom would come in our hearts and lives. That means DOING WHAT GOD PUT IN YOUR HEART TO DO. Really it is that simple, obeying God and agreeing with Him. When Simon and the disciples were ready to leave everything to follow Jesus they did so for a reason; they were pursuing their purpose. Jesus immediately told  Simon two things:

  1. “Don’t be afraid.”
  2. “From now on, you will be fishing for people.”

The key to overcoming your fear is doing God’s will.
Move out of the problem and into the solution. By following your dream, you will find yourself directly in the center of the Will of God. Your brilliant zone is there (in God’s Will) the place where your talents, abilities, gifts and skills work best. Ask God for help today, the answers you’re looking for are not hidden. If you don’t know your purpose, He will show you. If you are not sure about your vision, He will clarify it. God wants His children to be filled with love, Perfect love drives out fear 1 John 4:18 and God is Love 1 John 4:16.

May God’s Kingdom come and may His will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.

Organizing the Inside – Day 202 Breaking the Thread of Fear

5“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” 6And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.

8When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” 9For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.
Luke 5:5-11 (NLT)

The risk of not being completely successful will never go away, at least not in this life.
Who has ever charted a path that didn’t contain a few stones? There will always be obstacles and those obstacles often pose risks. But, as Christian women we trust God even when there are obstacles. 11For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. Psalm 91:11,12 (NIV) It’s your tolerance for risks that will give you the endurance to press on.

To move forward you must be willing to trust God.
What He put inside of you – the vision, the passion, along with your (TAGS) talents, abilities, gifts and skills will always be challenged by fear. Fear is like a silk thread that is woven throughout every negative thought of failure. Sometimes you can see fear, sometimes you can’t. But if you worry that you won’t have enough resources, or that you didn’t correctly hear from God, or especially that you may fail, fear is not far.  Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NLT) The simple truth is fear is only an illusion. Yes, fear is there, but it is not real. It is false always contrary to the Word of God, fear is completely untrue. Fear is that common thread that runs through every excuse you have ever used not to do what God said. Fear goes beyond laziness, and is at the heart of your inability to move forward. Fear runs through every reason you never pursued your passion, or never finished writing your book, or never tried to obey God with all your heart. Many Christians are afraid of what they may have to give up, and others are afraid of what they might gain…either way FEAR is at the root of whatever is holding you back.

What are you afraid of?
Organizing the inside is about recognizing who God is, the Creator of the universe. The earth is His footstool. His greatness is too wonderful for us to understand. Now He is the One who has your back. Next you must realize who you are in Him. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5 (NLT) You are His offspring. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Romans 9:8 (NIV) You are a child of, the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God,” 1 Timothy 1:17(JKV) What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31

Putting fear in its place.
Tomorrow, if the Lord is willing, we look at how to, put fear in its place, once and for all. Learning to trust God is a process, but the Holy Spirit will see you through. Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10  Day 203 we will look at what passion and fear has to do with what Jesus prayed.

Organizing the Inside – Day 189 Believe in Your Worth

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2

Watch out for hidden dream stoppers.
Those small and subtle things that are deep inside that sometimes you don’t even recognize are there. One thing that seems to plague many Christian women and stop them from achieving their dreams is that deep inside they don’t feel worthy of having God’s best for their lives. Whether your dream is to have financial independence, physical health, a thriving business or ministry, stronger personal relationships with your family members, somehow you don’t think you deserve to have everything you’ve been hoping for. The enemy of God would have us to believe all kinds of foolish lies to keep us from receiving the abundant life that Jesus came to give. Someone who feels unfit or unworthy will likely never be open to accepting all the great blessing God has for them. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV) Open your heart and mind today to the uncompromising Word of God that tells you His truth; God has plans to prosper you and give you a future filled with His promises of peace and love. (Also read Jeremiah 29:11)

Organizing the Inside – Day 184 Getting Over Failure

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4 (KJV)

If at first you don’t succeed… try to get over the initial shock of it all, right? If you’ve ever stepped outside of the square, colored outside of the lines, or gone against the grain of what everyone expected, and followed your dreams then chances are you know something about mistakes and failure. It would require a huge suspension of disbelief to think successful people didn’t make a few mistakes on their journey to greatness. Certainly anyone who has followed their dream and tried to obey their heart over their head has had a few hiccups here and there. The important thing to know is that your mistakes are only small road bumps that may cause you to check your speed, but it definitely doesn’t keep you from completing your trip.

Whenever you experience a blunder or failure or even setbacks ask yourself, “What are my takeaways?”

  1. What can I learn from this experience to make me stronger, and better prepared as I pursue my goals?
  2. How can I turn this around and glorify God through this situation?
  3. Who can I bless with encouragement or insight to help them avoid the same errors I made?

When you are honest with yourself, once you’ve recovered from that huge embarrassing mistake, or awful misstep, you were likely better for having gone through the painful experience. Being patient is not always about waiting for God to fix something in our lives; sometimes we have to be patient with ourselves. Don’t stop trying and never ever give up or give in. Often it’s those Christian women who have a go-getter attitude about following their dreams that are the pioneers who smooth the pathway for others to have a less arduous journey. We’ve all read inspirational books, or heard stories of great women who’ve had to overcome road bumps. These are the Esthers of our time, who inspire us to not give up when things get tough. Imagine what your life will be like once patience has had her perfect work… close your eyes and consider the possibilities of being complete, entire and wanting nothing. Be patient with yourself, learn from your mistakes, and keep moving forward.

Organizing the Inside – Day 181 It’s Time To Finish What You Began

Now finish what you began, so that your eagerness to do so may be matched by your eagerness to complete it. 2 Corinthians 8:11  (NIV)

God always provides.
We see how He provides for the birds. They don’t just wait for worms to fall out of the sky onto golden plates that sit beneath the clouds. The birds don’t place an order for worms at the drive through window and pick up their meal at the end of the line. Like people, the birds have to do the work. They dig and work to get worms out of the ground. God is faithful to provide the birds with everything they need to live. They know how to dig; the soil is soft enough for them to dig and they even seem to know where to dig. God sets them up for success. He also provides sticks and other supplies birds need to build their nests, but it’s up to the birds to take their knowledge and put it to work. There is never a need to worry about where the provisions are coming from; but it is necessary to do the work to get what has been provided. Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26 (NLT)

Preparation and planning is only for a season.
For many Christians with a dream, instead of taking action and doing the work many spend all their time making preparations to do the work. They gather knowledge, gain helpful insights, set goals and ambitiously write out elaborate plans about what they will one day start doing. These are all very important steps that do take time to complete; but sometimes we get so caught up in preparing to do, that we never start doing. Our knowledge and preparations are only potential for success. Success only comes when our preparations give way to our actions.

Avoid the common trap of preparation paralysis.
Surely you must do the research, gain the knowledge, seek counsel and make plans. Keep in mind knowledge is ongoing and plans should be flexible and able to adapt to unexpected circumstances. Perhaps God is saying the planning and preparation time is coming to a close and it’s time to spring into action. Dreams are far more likely to happen when we spend more time praying while we are taking action, rather than talking about what we are going to do one day when we finish praying. The people who are talking about their dreams aren’t truly living them. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. Ecclesiastes 5:3
It is those who move, and take action steps toward living their dreams, who one day discover they are living their passion and all their dreams, through hard work have come true. Today’s the day to activate your knowledge and turn all your plans into action. Consider the birds, they aren’t chirping about the beautiful nests they are going to build; they are busy building. They already have all that they need. If God provides for the birds, He most definitely has also provided for us.

Organizing the Inside – Day 146 Lord I Have A Big Dream, Now What?

When you have a dream always remember to trust the one who gave you the dream. Joseph went through a lot before he saw his dream come true. His life and hope will inspire you to keep the faith and stay on course. God really does make dreams come true, we just have to trust and obey.

Whenever you have favor expect to encounter jealousy.
When God gives you favor you will always meet those who are jealous of you. Often it’s the people who are closest to you, those who “knew you when” who will be the most jealous. This is when you must operate in the fruits of the spirit. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made a richly ornamented robe for him. 4When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them; they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. Genesis 37:3, 4

Be careful about who you share your dream with.
Most people, who have a dream, can appreciate the dreams of others. Be mindful about sharing your dream to receive affirmation or confirmation from family and friends.  If the people you are telling your dream, don’t have a dream of their own they may not understand and become resentful. Even those closest to you may not support you.
Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. Genesis 37:5
The haters will sometimes laugh and make fun of you and often try to stop you from fulfilling your dream. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.” Genesis 37:19, 20

In spite of the situation, trust God to work things out and bring your dream to pass.
Stay right in your relationship with God, even through adversity and know that God will always work things out according to His purpose and plan. When God gives you a dream He will prosper you in whatever you do towards fulfilling that dream. Remember no matter what things look like God is always right there to ensure your success. The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered… Genesis 38:2  And in whatever he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:3

When God has a plan for you He will go to great lengths for you to be in postion to fulfill it. Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard. Genesis 37: 36

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Remember your relationship with God is paramount to the success of your dream.
Others will favor you when they see that God is with you. God will ensure your timely promotion, so don’t be concerned if you feel things aren’t happening fast enough. Your promotion is on the way. When his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. Genesis 39:3, 4

Don’t get caught up.
When you have a dream and God starts to prosper you, this is a time to be especially careful about your choices. We’ve seen the results of many Christians who let prosperity and position cause them to sin. They gave in to the lust and temptations of the world, and sin leads to death. (Romans 6:23) There are a lot of dead dreams and dead ministries because of sin. Joseph stayed right with God and chose to remain faithful; he chose not to get caught up in sin.
Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” 8But he refused. Genesis 38:6c-8a

Be loyal and remain faithful.
God wants us to stay faithful to Him and respect those who are in authority over us. God places authority in our lives to protect us, whether they are Christians or not. We should always remain under the protection of authority; and God will honor our choices. Being trustworthy will prove to be the right choice in the end.
“With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. 9No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. Genesis 39:8b-10

We can learn a lot from the life of Joseph. He lived righteously and his life serves as a blueprint for behavior, for those of us who have a dream. If you have a dream I encourage you to read the remaining chapters, Genesis 37-50 to find out more about how God brought Joseph’s dream to pass. You will find more helpful insights about how to handle having a big dream inside your heart. A few last notes about the life of Joseph.

  • He never became bitter about how he was treated.
  • He relied on God.
  • He did not fear man.
  • He waited on God to promote him, and didn’t try to promote himself.
  • He used his gifts at the appropriate time.
  • He understood the importance of family and accepted that he was born in the right family for a reason.
  • He honored his father and God blessed him with a long life.

Organizing the Inside – Day 145 Dreams Do Come True

16He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food; 17and he sent a man before them—Joseph, sold as a slave. 18They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, 19till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the Lord proved him true. 20The king sent and released him; the ruler of peoples set him free. 21He made him master of his household, ruler over all he possessed, 22to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom~Psalm 105:16-22

There are various types of dreams.
Some dreams occur while you are sleeping. There are those dreams that come as something hopeful for the future, and are likely propelled by our passions. There are those dreams that are more accurately referred to as a vision. These come in various ways: while you are wide awake, while you are in a type of trance, and or while you encounter an experience beyond our dimension. This type is similar to what John experienced in Revelations. Additionally your mind has the ability to take trips (imaginary) to foreign lands and create imagery that even affects your current physical condition. I’ve written before about taking a mini vacation to help relieve stress.  This type is commonly referred to as daydreaming.

I want to focus today on a special type of dream.
I want to look closer at the kind of dreams that many Christian woman carry in their hearts. These dreams go far beyond those that normally occur while you are asleep. This type of dream is far more prophetic and does not come as a result of, “much activity.”  I’m no authority on the subject of dreams.  I do however know much about organizing your life and creating an environment that fosters growth and development.  By making changes in the way you live, you can create an awareness that better identifies what’s holding you back from fulfilling your dreams. Moving beyond your current circumstances and fulfilling the dream God placed in your heart is not only possible, it’s probable, if you know what to do. There are many Christians who have gone before us with dreams in their hearts that in one way or another may have changed to world, yet because of choices, they left this earth having never seen their dreams fulfilled.

While we can follow God’s purpose for our lives we are not robots.
God will never impose His will over yours. He always gives you your divine right to choose. I want to help you make those choices that will help you get unstuck and joyfully (not grudgingly) moving in the direction of His will for your life. If God has given you a dream then, the way to truly find fulfillment is to begin moving in that direction. Your vision is directly connected to His purpose and following that will lead you straight into His will for your life.

No matter how big or small your dream; you have the ability to live it.
Joseph’s life is a wonderful example of how dreams which for years may have seemed impossible, will still come true. You may be going through a very hard time and your life feels unbalanced, imbalanced, and unfulfilled. Perhaps you are having financial difficulties, or relationship trouble. No matter what your situation we serve a God who specializes in impossible situations. Maybe you aren’t experiencing a specific challenge that you can point to; you just know you are not where you want to be. Whatever your situation is, God is in control, but only to a point. God limits His control, otherwise He would have to remove mans free will. I can tell you with great certainty that is not going to happen, so you may as well get busy doing the good you know to do. Start making different choices and eliminate the obstacles wrong choices have created.

Tomorrow if God is willing, I’ll take a closer look at Joseph’s life.  I’ll extract some quick, simple steps to help you get organized, focused, and clearly moving towards fulfilling your dream.

Day 35- Dream Big

But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
~James 1:4

Have you ever had a dream that you believe came from God?  Have you ever been excited about what you felt God wanted you to do?  Did you eagerly go charging off to get things in motion right away?  You determined the mission was too important not to begin today.

God gives us big visions that come out of our desire to serve Him.  He allows us to see things through our imagination that we otherwise would not be able to grasp.  Your imagination is a gift from God.  When used right it can help propel you forward in God’s master plan. With your imagination you can see yourself doing things that you never thought possible because your dream can take you far beyond (what you can see) today’s reality. 

God uses dreams to create visions because He understands that our mind often limits our ability to move forward by faith. After all faith is the substance of things hoped for, and it’s the evidence of things not seen.  If God has given you a dream, surely He is able and willing to bring it to pass.  Know this, your dream must be cultivated.  Let patience have her perfect work.  Meanwhile set goals, follow through and know that you can do and achieve anything that you set your mind to do, according to God’s will for your life.
(also read Genesis 11:6)