The Call in My Life

It always amazes me when I see God step into my life to give me answers to my questions.
I want to share the last three answers.

 

1/As I am struggling to clarify what I should now do since Joe has gone home, yesterday I pick up My Utmost for His Highest devotional and turned to March 4th.
It was titled: COULD THIS BE TRUE OF ME?

Acts 20:24
24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it is for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.   
New Living Translation ®,

“It is easier to serve God without a vision, easier to work for God without a call, because then you are not bothered by what God requires; common sense is your guide, veneered over with Christian sentiment. You will be more prosperous and successful, more leisure-hearted, if you never realize the call of God.  But if once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God wants will always come like a goad; you will no longer be able to work for Him on the common-sense basis.\

 

2/  Today’s devotional, March 5th –  IS HE REALLY LORD
Acts 20:24

24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.    New Living Translation ®,

Joy means the perfect fulfilment of that for which I was created and regenerated, not the successful doing of a thing. . .
If you have received a ministry from the Lord Jesus, you will know that the need is never the call: the need is the opportunity,  This does not imply that there is a campaign of service marked out for you, but it does mean that you will have to ignore the demands for service along other lines.

What does this mean for me?
It means the only way I will find happiness and fulfillment is continuing to learn more about God, then share what I learn with others; encouraging them to discover the same joy and peace He has for them.

There is no specific way I am to do this. Rather, in whatever task I work, sharing God’s joy is the central reason I am doing that task.

Writing, Teaching. Working with children. Working to earn money. Music. In all my relationships.
Writing here on Facebook and in my blog VonisView.com – I long to share the hope and joy I have as I serve the Lord.
(A great tool to help you better understand this for yourself is THE ART OF WORK by Jeff Goins)

 

3/ Tonight, God gave me another clue.
We went to the baptism of one of my great-granddaughters; a blessing and privilege!

The pastor taught on the effects that pain can have on our walk with the Lord; using the example of Joseph’s life.  Pain can cause us to question what we believe He has told us; it can create anger and bitterness which takes us totally off the path of obedience, or it can be the cause of us growing closer to God as we learn His principles for handling pain.

As he spoke, I realized the pain and sorrow of missing Joe is causing me to question the path God is laying out for my life.
Those questions He is answering in ways I never anticipated. The three I mention here are only a part of the overall answer.
He tells us to ASK and He WILL answer. To SEEK and we WILL find.  To KNOCK and He WILL open the door~

 

THE NEXT SET OF QUESTIONS I HAVE?
At the burning bush (that never burned up), God asked Moses: “What do you have in your hands?”
That is the question I have for myself which I will share with you.  Impossible situations to resolve? Yes.
But Moses had only a staff, and he led millions of people out of Egypt and in the desert for 40 years.
I know that God will lead me!

Added note:  All the ways God is answering me are usually in “a still small voice”; not a thundering answer from heaven.
I’ve been asking these questions of Him for weeks; only now is my spirit quiet enough to hear His answers.

With love,

Voni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Journey Beginning

March 4, 2017 Saturday Night 8 pm. Portland, Oregon

It has been almost a month since Joe left us to go and celebrate His walk with the Lord and be with Him!

I’m becoming a little more accustomed to him not being here, but it is still strange. I miss him holding my hand, even as I am aware that it is now God holding me.  I know from experience that there is still more “letting go’ for me to do. But I’m not going to dwell on it. I will do it as it comes, day by day.

Right now, this 84 year old faces decisions I must make about where I am going to live, and what are my future goals. These questions I am constantly bringing before the Lord. Some of the answers are slowly filtering into my mind. I have six adult children, four married: so I have a council of 10 adults where I can bring my thoughts and ideas; my children can be encouraging and/or bluntly honest. I also will use a few of my trusted friends.

I will be sharing pieces of this thought process with you: some of you may remember when you’ve had the same questions and, for others, I hope this process may help you in your own future.

This journey is going to be challenging, sometimes exhausting, full of laughter and of tears. For that is life. But I do not think I will soon get to sit in that rocking chair I’ve dreamed of… but I MAY get to use my hammock in Brazil where I can stretch out and study, write and pray. It makes a fantastic temporary office!

Tomorrow I will share some quotes of Oswald Chambers from “My Utmost for His Highest” which show one of the basic foundations for my decisions.

Walk with me? This could get interesting.

 

Voni Pottle