In past blogs, I’ve mentioned how I’ve sensed God nudging me to get involved in the corporate world for a couple of years. I’ve taken training, tiptoed into blogging for that audience, and developed a website and Facebook page (I’ll be putting more work into those in the coming weeks and months). I’ve joined a local networking chapter of professional business women, and will soon be involved in a networking group of professional men and women that meets regularly. Within a few days, I’ll sign a contract with a lovely venue and pay a deposit for a weekend in early February when I plan to host a retreat for professional business women. Stay posted for more information about that!
These were baby steps. I’ve been content with those baby steps for a long time. Now it’s time to pick up the pace. There’s only one problem: Fear keeps staring me in the face.
You’d think I would know better. After all, I wrote the book, right? Sadly, I confess fear has been a big deal for me in the context of this unknown. Questions such as How do I make necessary changes to spend quality time focusing on the new venture? and What if I fail? have haunted me.
God and I have been doing some serious talking. I’ve confessed my fear to Him. I’ve told Him that I will do what He’s asked me to do. And I’ve told Him that I will trust Him for the results. These are the things He told me today through His Word:
- “He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries” (Isa. 30:19).
- “You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left” (Isa. 30:20,21).
- “Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock” ((Isaiah 30:23).
- “What sorrow awaits those who look to Egypt for help, trusting their horses, chariots, and charioteers and depending on the strength of human armies instead of looking for the LORD, the Holy One of Israel” (Isa. 31:1).
- “In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the LORD will be your treasure” (Isa. 33:6).
I believe He’s reassured me that He’ll guide and direct. He’ll bless this time of planting with a rich harvest down the road. He’ll be my strength and victory. And He’ll provide me with all the wisdom and knowledge I need so long as my focus remains on Him. And so I’m moving forward.
One of the changes I must make is to restructure my time. For two years, I’ve blogged three times weekly on this site. I’m going to cut back to twice a week on this site and commit the third hour to the new venture. I’m also going to add more variety (links to helpful sites, quotes, etc.) to my existing FB Page. I intend to do the same for my corporate FB Page.
Where this road will lead is anyone’s guess. I’m glad God knows. For now, though, I want you to do two things:
- If you’ve hesitated about accepting a new God-given assignment, say yes and begin taking practical steps to obey even if you’re scared silly. Choose to trust Him for the results.
- Visit my corporate FB Page and click on “like it.” You might enjoy some of the content already posted there. Plus, when I get 25 “likes,” I can get a shorter URL!
Thanks for walking this journey with me! Have a great day.
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