When we felt God calling us to move up to the poconos, I felt SURE that it was God leading us but when it was time to sit before our pastor, what went from a sure calling became a feeble maybe. My home church was my comfort blanket for me, running to them faster than running into prayer. They were the church that held an important part in my salvation. They became my adoptive family. How would I survive without them, would we?
The Poconos became my future home dreams when my nanny took the family up to the lake while I was young. I was a child who hated the heat but when we came up the breeze was beautiful despite it being a hot summer, the rural layout, the nature, the relaxed feel. Like I said, when I grew up I believed I was gonna move to the Poconos, I was so inlove with the idea. About 17 years later and it became a reality for Scott and I. We were excited for the opportunity, but when I felt and saw how concerned and heartbroken our pastor was it broke my heart.
Pastor Rick’s a great leader and a father figure to Scott and I. He helped Scott get his driving license, Counseled us before and after marriage, baptized us, married us all our children were dedicated under his leadership, and he has just been there for our family through alot of storms and all. It almost felt like we were breaking up with the church, But it was never that. I dare imagine if thats how Peter felt when Jesus told his disciples that he would be handed over to be crucified.
What Pastor Rick started in us was a great and beautiful work, and God has been causing what Pastor helped start, to now grow. The disciple Peter and our Pastor were both coming from a place of love and concern, but God was doing a work nobody knew yet, not even us. So many times since moving up here, even i, questioned if we made the right choice.
We didnt know God was bringing us into a land He was preparing for us, I see that now; 4 years later and we now own a homestead nestled on a lovely piece of earth near that lake we visited with our nanny when I was a child. All the desires in my heart have been growing to fruition and I give all glory to God.
What I have learned over the years is not everybody who speaks into you is coming from a good place like Pastor Rick or the diciple Peter. Learn to recognize the difference. We are made in God’s image and just as God spoke life into existence, we harvest that same power. Protect yourself from those that try and speak seeds of doubt into your mind. These seeds may look like, “Are you sure?” ” I dont think…” “But, what if”
Not everybody wants to see you prosper and grow which is why we are told “Dont throw your Pearl’s before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and attack you!” Matthew 7:6
Protect yourself by protecting your pearls! If anyone has already spoken doubt into your dreams and plans, forgive them because they do not know the will of your Heavenly Father, but also remind yourself. You can. You will, because with God ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!! Speak THAT, Speak life! Amen