I have been so encouraged by so many of your comments over the past two weeks. It seems like you could be right on the verge of discovering or re-discovering something big God has for you.
So let me push you a little bit…prod you a smidgen…spur you on, as Paul would say.
The Bible tells us that God will supply what we need, but that doesn’t mean we don’t prepare ourselves, and get ready.[tweetherder] Abraham Lincoln once said, “I will study and prepare myself and then someday my chance will come.”[/tweetherder]
He did get ready. He did prepare. And when his chance came to run for public office, he was ready for the challenge.
Oswald Chambers said, “Be ready for the sudden surprise visits of God. A ready person never needs to get ready. Think of the time we waste trying to get ready when God has called.”
Let me give you an example. For many years I had a desire to write a book to encourage and equip mothers. This was one of my dreams. In the mean time, I prepared material and spoke to mom’s groups and at women’s conferences on how to be a great mom and raise great kids.
Through the years, I added to my research, wrote down personal examples, and clipped relevant magazine articles. I listened to others talk about what they felt their mothers did well and where they fell short.
I collected poems that would encourage and challenge mothers and stories that would spur them on to be the best mother possible. I even read about famous people in history and discovered what their mothers did to encourage them.
In my research, I noticed seven key ingredients that kept coming up time and time again. To help women remember those key ingredients, I ordered them to fit the acrostic BLESSED. She’s a Beacon, Listener, Encourager, Self-esteem Builder, Seed-sower, Example Setter, and Diligent.
Then through the years, as God revealed scripture and situations that illustrated those seven essentials, I placed them in a folder.
In the fall of 1999, I received a call from Moody Publishers. They had seen an article that my ministry partner and I had written in a magazine, knew of our radio program, and wanted to know if we had any book projects we’d like to write in the future.
You guessed it. I didn’t have to scramble to get ready. I was ready! Within weeks I was sitting in an office at Moody Bible Institute sharing my book proposal. Being a Great Mom Raising Great Kids was released in 2000.
My dream came true. It wasn’t by the wave of a wand. I had to prepare. Oswald Chambers also wrote, “Dreaming about a thing in order to do it properly is right; but dreaming about it when we should be doing it is wrong.”
But my preparation wasn’t all it took. God prompted the publisher to call. I could prepare, but I could not make it happen. That part is in God’s hands. My part, and your part, is to get ready—to do the work we feel that God has called us to do right now, today.
Is there something that you feel God has for you to do? What are some ways you can go ahead and prepare today? Leave a comment below. I’d love to pray for you.
This isn’t a resource about “getting ready,” but I thought you might like to see the book that was birthed from the story in today’s blog. Here’s my sweet “baby!” Click on it to read more…