Good afternoon and Happy New Year friends!
I am currently sipping my tea (usually coffee but have not run to the store to get my compliant creamer for my Whole 30 challenge just yet. So mint tea it is). I don’t know about you, but this week I have spent a lot of time in my head; planning and questioning what does this New Year look like for me? What does it look like for this ministry? I have had more conversations in my head than I can count and logged lots of prayerful minutes seeking Gods purpose for this new year and new decade.
As many of you know back in the beginning of the summer, God laid on my heart to start to read His Word from the beginning to end. I already loved my quiet times digging into God’s Word, but I never had such clear instruction for my time. God had laid on my heart that I would read in pursuit of His personality. I don’t know about you, but when God gives you instruction and you are obedient, what’s on the other side will be TRASFORMING. These last 6 months has been the most intimate time I have had in God’s word and it has been the most heart changing, and eye-opening adventure and I am only on Nehemiah (a little less than halfway).
So why do I tell you this and what does it have to do with the new year you ask? The Lord has laid on my heart this year, that this new decade has little to do with this ministry or this platform but everything to do with HIS WORD. God made it clear that this platform/ministry is nothing without the Power and Authority of Jesus. It was God who laid this ministry on my heart and navigated my steps. It was not my favorite podcast, or self-help book and it was not a friend who encouraged me to keep going, it was God. The Lord allowed all those other things to pass through His hands and bless my life, but at the end of the day the Lord is my navigator and directs my steps.
It’s funny, because there used to be a Christian inspired argument, “The Lord is my pilot, not my co-pilot"… but I must argue - we are the pilots of our lives, because God gives us the free choice. We can choose to aim the plane for destruction, or we can choose to listen to the co-pilot/navigator in our heart, but ultimately the choice is ours. To believe God just flies our plane would be unfair, because God calls us to be obedient and we have a choice to move to action. Romans 3:20 says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together." If God was the pilot, He would just open that door, but that’s not what it says… it says He knocks, seeks, and pursues us. Like a co-pilot in my ear, I can choose to listen or ignore Gods call on my life. It’s a call to make a physical reaction to open the door or not. So, the tough question comes next?
Who will be your co-pilot in 2020?
Who are you giving room into your life to speak?
Are they drawing you closer to the Lord?
Who are you listening to?
Who are you learning from?
Who have you made your mentor?
In this season when I did not have a mentor (an older woman of great virtue who loved the Lord with all her heart), I kind of got discouraged. I prayed to God to bring me a mentor and yet, God in the quiet moments of my heart reminded me of a story I just read in 1 Samuel 8:5 a few weeks back were the Israelites believed they needed a King, so they kept asking and seeking a King. Not giving any attention to the Lord their God who had just lead them out of slavery by both cloud and by fire, who had fed them with the manna of the day, who kept their clothes and shoes without fail for 40 years, and who had just lead them into the promise land and conquered surrounding armies. And just like that I realized it was not the season of a mentor, but a season where God was seeking my heart alone. God wanted me and He wanted me to need and seek only Him in this time. My mind was blown.
So, I leave you with this, this ministry is just a tool. I am not your Savior and I don’t want to be your King. I am humbled and blessed to be your friend and lead this ministry as a tool in His garden. I am blessed to plant seeds, but I am not responsible for the harvest (yet will be held responsible for the seeds in which I plant). We have leaders coming out of the woodwork, and many of them are great tools, yet they are not God and they also do not want that burden we sometimes give them. So, I ask again who will lead your life in 2020? Who will be your co-piolet? What is your instruction manual?
It's with great humbleness and honor, that we at “From Prodigal to Princess” primary goal will be to glorify the name of Jesus and bring excitement to His Word.
Happy New Year, the year of Perfect Vision.
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building this ministry. Written by Founder of From Prodigal To Princess, Liz Andersen (1/1/2020)