Aug 22, 2014

Work With What You Got 'til God Gives You What You Want

Today I had the pleasure of attending Joyce Meyer's conference here in Toronto, and it was awesome! So for today I thought I'd share my 2 takeaways with you guys. 

The first one was what she referred to as " sitting on the shelf". Those moments in your life when you feel like you're doing nothing. She shared the story of when God called her into ministry and she quit her job, only to spend the following year doing "nothing". 

I've personally been there, actually sort of am there. Feeling like I'm stagnant, not progressing, not really regressing, just am. It's not a pleasant feeling, especially when you feel you can't, or rather are waiting on God to move you to the next step.

What I learned is that is during this time, on the shelf, God is busy working on us, in us. This is when we need to seek God and truly be sensitive to His voice. Don't let your frustration of not going anywhere cause you to act/move prematurely. Because if God's not done working on you, He'll simply have to do it somewhere else. We can't rush God, and if we try, the lesson just might hurt that much more. Patience!

My other takeaway, which is something I'm sure you've heard (but doesn't hurt to be reminded of) is to be faithful in the little while you're believing God for the BIG. It can be your little house, your little business, your little money, etc. Be a good steward of the little you have. Keep your house clean, be diligent in your business, whether you have 2 clients or 200. Tithe! Regardless if your income is $20 or $20,000. The logic that it's easier to tithe when you have more money is false, cause first off if you can't give $2 you won't give $2,000. 10% is still only 10%. Secondly, if you're not a faithful tither of $20, you'll never get the $20,000. Remember The Parable of the Talents? (Matt 25:14-30) The man who got one talent had that one taken from him. Work with what you have and where you are right now. It's the only way to get to the next level. "Whoever can be trusted with very little, can also be trusted with much..." (Luke 16:10).

The reason these 2 messages spoke to me is that for reasons outside of my control, I'm currently not working. I've always been a worker, and being in this position felt like I was handcuffed. I've come to realize though, that for whatever reason, I'm not supposed to be working right now. And whatever it is that God wants and needs to do in me, I'm willing and open to receive. As far as being faithful in the little, that all has to do with my blog. I've been inspired by quite a few bloggers who've successfully turned their blog into a business and I felt that I too could do this. However, you've witnessed my slackness. How can I ask God to turn this into a business if I can't even stick to a simple posting schedule? Today's message has therefore lit a fire in me and I'm going to be faithful with my "little" blog and believe that God will turn it into whatever He has in store. I know it's all working together for my good :)

Hope this encouraged you today.

Bless & Love Y'all!

Stay Pretty & Precious, 


  1. Hi Violette--
    As I was passing by your blog post, it called out to me so I thought I would drop in for a visit. I enjoyed what you had to share and just wanted to share with you that God has had me "in process" for His ultimate plans for me for almost forty years now--and we are oh-so-close to the realization of those plans! I have been in the place that you described so many times and I don't think being there gets any easier with practice. The one thing that always helps me, though, is to remember that God is a good God, and that He has a good plan--even when I don't know what it is. This other thing is something that the Lord impressed upon me many years ago, which is, I need to submit to and embrace the process because, if I don't, I won't be ready for the goal when I get to it.
    Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and about where you are on God's path for you. Because He is such a good God, I know that there will be something good waiting for you at the end of it. As challenging as it may be right now, sometimes the best thing we can do at any given time is to just "be."
    Judy Roberts