I entered February with great expectations. Signs and wonders were showing up, and I thought I was on the right track, but on February 9th, the forecast transformed quickly from sunlit skies to thunderstorms. Things were finally coming together, and I was ready to do the work. And then it happened; I tested positive for Covid the night before I was supposed to fly out to California to facilitate my passion-filled workshops. I couldn't believe it, so I wrapped the test up and tried again, only to confirm what I already knew. I wasn't going to California.
I cried so much that my eyes were almost swollen shut. How could this be the will of God when He knew that I'd been dreaming about this day for months? "Many are man's plans, but the will of the Lord will stand." And it stood as I took some time to grieve and then found solace in his presence. Over the next five days, I melted between the pages of my Bible and other books and wrote as if my life depended on it. God showed me that sometimes the timing isn't right and that his delay doesn't necessarily mean never. I took all the words I received to heart and did some soul work. I examined my mind, emotions, and will and discovered work I had to do, but first, I had to change my clothes! My wardrobe was suitable for the new season of my life.
My season of doubt was over, and I could no longer allow my feelings to hold me down. I was confident that I didn't have a problem with dreaming; most of us dream while we sleep. The problem for me was learning to accept that my dreams must align with the will and timing of God for them to manifest in my life. God didn't want me to cancel my dreams; He just wanted an invitation to dream with me. He had to take off the veil so I could see all of his God-ordained possibilities for my family and me. I had to remove the gown of worry and replace it with a dress of praise, pressing into his presence to receive the mercy and grace he promised me.
There is a Master plan for our lives, but we can't access it without the Master. We need to enter the party wearing the proper attire. We must get dressed and prepare our souls to meet with the King.
How to prepare the soul?
It's a mind, emotion, and will thing!
After receiving your consultation with the Master about his plan for your life, you have to get in alignment with his will for your life.
First, you must realize that realignment takes time. Slow and steady is a great pace when executing the plans of God for your life. It would help if you took time daily to meet with him. I start my days now, pouring everything in my head onto my Writer's Notebook, a practice Julia Cameron calls Morning Pages. This practice is a great way to get the dew off your mind and onto the pages of your notebook. It is a starting point for my interactions with God. After I pour out and empty myself, he can direct my daily steps.
Second, be open to every day being different. I know some of you love routines and rituals, but I am learning that variety is truly beneficial in my life, and it is a way for me to trust the prompting of the Holy Spirit instead of going full speed with my pre-made plans. Be sure to invite God into each moment of the day. It will take some work, but I am learning how to pause before I transition into another activity to invite the spirit of God into that moment too.
Finally, you must train your soul in the way it needs to grow. You have to guard your soul like you protect your heart. Why? Your soul is where your mind, emotions, and will live, and I am learning what you feed your mind will affect your emotions and influence your will.
You need to take a copy of your Master plan and pray over it daily and then make sure that the things you do for the day support the manifestation of your plan.
Examine what you are consuming, make sure it is edifying, and remember that you belong to God. Fear not! He is with us and knows the plans he has for us.
Questions worth answering
REST. RESET. REJUVENATE. REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE!