Understanding the Call: Intertwining Your Faith with Everyday Life
Updated: Aug 7
Without an understanding of God’s calling, I was baptized around 12 years old. It wasn’t until over 30 years later that I finally made a real commitment to the Lord and decided to pursue kingdom work. I spent those 30 years in and out of the church, but when I became a single mom, my desire to set an example for my daughter drove me to become serious about my relationship with Christ.
At first, I thought of my relationship with God as a checklist. I treated my salvation like I was in school, going to class, and in the end, I would receive an A, and move on. It took a while for me to accept that this was a journey and that I would be growing and changing until my death or the rapture.
At times, I would get discouraged because I felt so far behind everyone else. That was until I learned that I was right where God wanted me to be! We aren't all called at the same time. We each grow according to God’s schedule and we each have our journey.
Some steps I have taken and continue to take are:
Don’t compare yourself to others. Each of us has our own path and journey to take. Some come in early, and some come in late, but the goal is for everyone to come in and endure to the end. “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden.” Galatians 6:4-5
When I felt overwhelmed or discouraged, I had to learn to encourage myself. I selected a few Christians who I could share my struggles and concerns with. They would also encourage me and pray with and for me. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10
Take your time and enjoy your walk in the Lord, it’s going to take longer than a semester. “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalms 118:24
By doing these things…over time, I’ve been learning how to incorporate Christ into every area of my life.
Below are two books that God has inspired me to write. "The Flip Side" which is available now and "Blinded By Sight, The Heart Matters" coming soon.
So… what’s this book about?
“The Flip Side” depicts the possible feelings and emotions of lesser-known Biblical characters as they navigated their lives in the shadows of the more popular characters in the Bible. While the Bible gives us snippets of their stories, we are usually left in the dark about their true motives, desires, and thoughts concerning the situations they are in. However, one certainty is that despite how little we know about these characters, they were often the catalysts to pivotal moments in the main characters’ lives.
So… what’s this book about?
Join me on a journey of self-discovery. “Blinded by Sight - The Heart Matters” is a compilation of short biblical devotions. These stories are not conclusive. They are depictions of how God is revealing my heart to me.
My prayer is, Lord, make it real for me, show me your heart, show me my heart, and give me the wisdom to change what hinders my relationship with you. I am learning that my perception is my biggest obstacle it affects my mind, what I think, and how I process my experiences. What I have experienced in my mind is expressed through my feelings and these experiences dictate my choices either consciously or subconsciously.
This devotional will allow you to explore and evaluate your past and present situations that have hindered you from seeing the heart of the matter. Simply put, look at the heart – it does matter. Your future depends on it!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalms 34:4