Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
Progress: an expedition, journey, or march through a region
A little over ten years ago, God spoke in my heart to begin a journey, but not the one I expected. I was so excited, as I left my career, to be able to be home with our daughter and later our son as well as be more involved with the ministry of helps at our church. I knew also that I had come home to work on the writing that God had placed inside of me. I was ecstatic to get started on a book, but that plan was placed on pause when I was given direction to begin a blog - "A Work in Progress" (original logo above). That unexpected request seemed to be a plan changer, at least my plans were going to have to change. I did not understand this new direction, but I seized the expedition.
Progress: a gradual betterment
The work that I did on that blog made me a better person not just a better writer. By working on that blog I developed skills and insights to help me with other projects. Writing for "”A Work in Progress" had not only been an outlet for my own personal development, but helped others - reaching over a dozen countries for over four years.
Progress: a forward or onward movement
It is time. After four years, those three words came into my heart and I knew that it was time to move on. As I stepped away from that blog I did not fully understand why I was leaving something that had become fruitful and something that I enjoyed. However I knew that it was the right time.
The obedience and discipline that I developed through those years has helped me to make harder decisions and stronger commitments in other areas in my life. Since then I have written and published my book FLIGHT which has helped business owners and organizational leaders begin to fulfill their God-given dreams. I have launched bENCOURAGEd Today website and High FIVE Newsletter. I am currently working on another book, You Tube channel, and some tools to help others be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled - bENCOURAGEd! I believe I would not be fulfilling these and other God-given dreams had I not fulfilled and stepped away from that first blog all of those years ago.
I say all of this to encourage you! Life is “A Work in Progress” - we must embrace the progress and not resist it. Right now you might feel that you are taking two steps backward and that you are not working on that dream you had envisioned for your future. BUT bENCOURAGEd! Where you are right now is preparing you to fulfill those God-given dreams in your future. Be obedient, be disciplined, be a work in progress right where you are and bENCOURAGEd Today, so that you can encourage others!
““For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.”
(Jer. 29:11-14 NIV)
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