Moving Forward

 

June 8th I turned 70 years old. I was so thankful to the Lord for allowing me to reach a mile stone in my life. My mother passed away at 69. Even though I knew that the time line of my life was not based on when He called my mother home but on His timing, there was still this underlining fear. The enemy always has a counterfeit word against what the Lord has for you and will cause your faith to turn into fear. But I’m so glad the Lord has already conquered all of the plans the evil one has against us. One thing I have learned about the enemy, he always attacks you where you are weak; and often times in a different disguise.

A few days after my birthday, as I allowed myself to not be distracted by issues of life, I chose to sit quietly in God’s presence. When the word of God says, be still and know that I Am God, it’s in those moments He desires to spend precious time with you. My home was quiet, television off, dog asleep and I sensed an awe of the Holy one of Israel wanting to speak to me. I anxiously awaited to hear what my good, good Father wanted to say to me. Tears begin to flow like rain drops; it was as if a thunderstorm rushed over me as I knelt in the presence of the Lord. It was overwhelming to know our Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe had a profound word for me.

What the Lord said to me may not mean much to you but it meant everything to me. In a sweet still small voice He said, “Seven plus zero equals seven and this will be the year that I am finishing things in your life. Seven plus one equals eight, I’ll be 71 next year, this will be a year of new beginnings for you.” His words blessed my soul. It reminded me when the Lord spoke from the Cross “It is finished.” Jesus had completed His earthly assignment and in three days He would rise and walk into a new beginning —seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Your earthly purpose can’t continue with unresolved nor incomplete assignments.  HE WHO HAS BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN YOU WILL SEE IT TO COMPLETION UNTIL THE DAY OF CHRIST JESUS. (Phil. 1:6) God show me every area in my life that I’ve left undone, so the path ahead of me will be clear without any obstructions. The Father wants to do the same in your life. We are living in a time of uncertainty and we need to know our assignments in this season.  We cannot move forward if we are always looking back at unfinished work.

Completing Every God Given Task

My desire is to complete every unfinished task in my spiritual walk with Jesus by seeking Him more than anything else in my life.

Family
Redefining my relationship with my children and grandchildren is of high priority. I am finding that more times than not it includes me stepping back and letting them go. That is okay; they have their individual course to follow and I must be moving forward with mine. Distance now keeps me from sharing time with my Great-Grands. I’m not sure if I’m alright with this yet in my heart; but I am pressing into what God has called me to do.

Ministry
I am letting go of what I’ve always done as I wait for the next assignment. Finishing the two books God has placed on my heart, putting on a women’s conference and my missionary work in Africa.

Life has it challenges but God also has promised to give us the desires of our heart. Moving forward is never a straight road. There are pot holes, bumps and curves in the journey but you are never alone. The Lord is yet unpacking my trunk of useless stuff. Learning to stand alone with God has had its amazing days but also days filled with loneliness. It’s all a process of moving forward.

I believe with moving forward, truly the best is yet to come. With great expectations, I can’t wait for things connected to my past to be finished so I can walk into my future assignment with, joy, peace, faith, love and reassurance that my Father is with me.

What are you looking forward to – a new job, relocating, marriage, ministry, or returning to school? Make sure you don’t get stuck looking back and deny yourself the opportunity to live in the future. BECAUSE WHAT LIES AHEAD IS BETTER THAN WHAT HAS BEEN.

The lyrics in the song Moving Forward by Israel Houghton states,

I’m not going back, I’m moving ahead. Here to declare to You my past is over in You. All things are made new, surrendered my life to Christ, I’m moving forward.

Take a deep breath, another one, the time is now, let’s do it together. MOVE FORWARD