I am guilty of always saying,“In my season my ministry will grow. In my season the calling that God has on my life will manifest. When God is ready for me to move out of my comfort zone, He will move me.” This past weekend I attended a women’s conference and received confirmation that my time is now. The minister was laying hands and people were worshipping and praising God. I was paying attention but my prayer from the beginning was, “After this conference, my life will never be the same; my prayer life will never be the same; my relationship with God will never be the same and my marriage will never be the same.” I am convinced that my prayer was answered and my life will never be the same. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)
I know you are wondering how I know that my life will never be the same. Well, I am happy you asked. It will never be the same because there was a shift in the atmosphere. God spoke to me and told me that my time is now. While I thought that I had been waiting on God, He has been waiting on me. I have been wondering what was taking so long. God, I know your voice. I read and understand Your Word; I pray and pay my tithes. Why haven’t I moved to the next level in ministry, on my job, in my marriage or simply as a person?
Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. (Romans 8:30 NKJV)
I was praying and having other people pray for my increase and all the time God was waiting on me to walk into my season. God has created the plan for my life yet I was trying to create my own blueprint. I learned if I line up my life with God’s plan, everything will fall into place. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1: 5 NIV)
At the conference I realized that I need to do what is right and stop compromising my relationship with God for relationships with “friends” and family. If people don’t respect the calling on my life then they are not part of God’s plan for my life. I know it may sound like common sense but a very dear friend of mine once told me that common sense is not so common! I didn’t realize that I was too busy waiting on people to tell me that “I have a special calling on my life or I am anointed or my latter is going to be better than my beginning.” God was waiting on me to just trust solely in Him and realize He is all the confirmation I need.
I often don’t give myself enough credit about things that I do. This is a form of low self-esteem. I really didn’t realize that I had low self-esteem and my faith was wavering. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11: 6 NKJV) I didn’t realize my confidence level in my ability to speak God’s Word was holding me up. I have been holding myself up all this time…However, after this weekend my life will never be the same!
I thank You for changing my life. I thank You for Your patience, kindness, grace and mercy! Thank You for opening my eyes and allowing me to see that I was holding up my progress. I thank You God for showing me that my time is now and this is my season. God, I pray that You continue to open my eyes to diligently seek You. I pray that You continue to show me Your will and Your way for my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you today to stop holding up your progress. If you think you are waiting on God, He may be waiting on you. Do not let your life pass you by and all the blessings that He has for you because you are unsure if it is your time. It does not matter what your gift is. If God called you, He qualified you. I EMPOWER you to believe that your time is now. I EMPOWER you to believe and have faith that your season is starting right now and your life will never be the same!
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Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.