I invite you to read DeLonda’s very real message that will bring both conviction and strength to us all.
Are you willing to give it all up and obey the Lord no matter how much work you have put into it?
These were the words I heard from the radio station that pierced me. You know those times you hear something profound and you take a swift left turn and think that it is for everyone else besides you?
Yip! That was me! Nevertheless, those words stuck to me like white on rice. I did not realize what the Lord was doing in the background. The ministry that God had birthed was beginning to seem far off in the distance. I even remember telling a ministry partner back in 2011 over the phone while washing dishes, “You know for some reason I cannot see ministry past 3 years.”
We left it like that. Towards the end of last year I wrestled with so many things. I thought I was losing my mind for sure. The things that the Lord was showing me was so much different from what I thought He was showing me before. Fear began to sink in and of course I began to let it take its course and I started to allow my inadequacies and what people thought to flood my mind and heart and soon I begin to speak death to what the Lord was showing me.
When the new year had come I felt an even bigger shift and while I was in my morning prayer in early January the Lord told me clearly to let go of the ministry and do this new thing He was calling me to and help my husband more in the church plant.
But Lord, what if?
But Lord, how can I?
But Lord, there is so much work I have put into this!
Then the Lord being the good Father that He is reminds me that I would always say this is the Lords (you know how we do). But is it really the Lord’s or is it just something you say to make you feel good and seem like a good Christian?
Are you really willing to give it all up and obey the Lord no matter how much work you have put into it?
Those words burned so bad. I was hurt. I was confused. My hands were clutched tight. Wow I really have a problem with letting go. We all have this problem at times. There was no need to feel confused or be hurt. Just go and obey the Lord!
Often the path that we see is a smooth and peaceful ride without a lot of bumps along the way. Or what we see is so much more glorious than what the Lord shows us (smile). Do we want His will? Do we really? Yes many can say YES LORD! YES TO YOUR WILL and YES TO YOUR WAY! But when He shows you something off the radar from what you expected then saying yes is not as easy.
May I just say this? I just have to but Jesus is not playing with us. We are either going to be women that obey the Lord or we will miss our season. Is the Lord telling you to let go of something that you have labored, cried, prayed for and carried like a baby? Is the Father telling you your season is in the next set of things He is given you but you are too busy agonizing over what was?
Please go with Jesus! The Lords plans are better and you need to go where His grace covers you. You do not want to be in a place where He has told you to let go and then it becomes you doing it in your own strength. Go where the grace of the Lord is to your next season. Trust Him He will not leave you nor forsake you woman of God. I leave you with this verse to give you peace about your next step in moving into your new season bearing much fruit for His kingdom…
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”—Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
Only By His Grace
DeLonda Adams. I am a southern girl at heart and I love me some JESUS! The Lord has brought me through so much and the only reasonable thing to do is serve Him with all I have in me. I am not about fancy words and I enjoy reaching women in an authentic way. What exactly is it that I do? I encourage, exhort, and help women to keep moving forward towards their destiny, to stand in their faith, and keep order when chaos disrupts. I am serious about God, advancing His kingdom, and doing it with excellence. Seeing women honor the Lord with their unique gifts brings me great joy. Next to Jesus I love spending time with my husband and 2 busy kids. We have a blast together. I pray that God continues to allow us to be a blessing to the people we serve for His glory alone. You can reach DeLonda at Women Resting in God’s Grace