Released from striving

My one word for this year is 'Release' when I chose it, it was very much about my ministry with women. I want to release women to know their full potential in God and release them from what holds them back

It would not be right to apply this word to ministry and not to myself and so I offered myself to God. I asked him to release me from anything that was holding me back and to release me to live fully in his will.

God has been faithful and I have been released in so many ways. It is shaping up to be an exciting year and very different to last year.

I spent a lot of time last year generating leads, contacting churches about the sex and relationships course and speaking events. I travelled a lot attending events and meetings. It was fantastic; I met lots of people and enjoyed some great teaching and conversations.

However, I was left feeling a bit empty - I had done a lot of work and not seen much fruit. I had spent a year striving, I was exhausted and not living the full life Jesus promises.

I took the dream and vision God gave me and worked hard to see how I could make it happen.
God does not call us to strive, the men and women he called throughout the Bible did not make it happen, in fact they quite often ran in the opposite direction, Jonah straight into the belly of a whale! I didn't run, but I didn't submit to God either.

As I headed into 2015 I released my control over making it happen. I told God that I was not going to chase speaking opportunities, women to mentor or churches to connect with. I asked God to use me however he wanted to and not how I thought he should. I submitted my time and ministry back to God, trusting that any opportunities would be from him.

Well, I've discovered God can generate opportunites a lot better and quicker than I can. I've had more speaking and mentoring opportunities. I've written devotions for a mission team and magazine articles. I've made some interesting contacts in places I would not have looked and my biggest suprise - I'm going to college in September to start studying Theology!

Now in the middle of summer I am amazed at how God is using me and the opportunities that have arisen. All because I stopped striving. I am so excited to see where God takes me and Let's Talk About Minsitries this year, and I am so glad you are coming with me.

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5 comments:

  1. Hello sweet friend. I don't believe we have met! I loved your words today. What a great reminder about learning to surrender everything into His hands, and trusting Him with the outcome. This is a lesson I have been learning over the past year as well. I wrote a post about this a while back, maybe you'd like to read it... http://incrementalhealing.com/2015/02/25/surrender-to-the-wave/
    Blessings and hugs,
    Kamea

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  2. I love this! (...probably because I can totally relate.) I often strive to accomplish my ministry goals on my own rather than allowing God to control my steps. Thank you for the reminder to always submit my plans to God.

    PS - Good luck in your endeavors to study theology! I speak from experience when I say it will change your life. :)

    Blessings!

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  3. Exciting news in your post, Tania. God's best! And that striving thing? I think it should be banned from all of Earth! So true...I'm right there with you. Have been a striver as well. But this is so much better --> "I've discovered God can generate opportunites a lot better and quicker than I can." Amen.

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  4. That was my word last year! :-)

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  5. Tania, OH MY...are we on the same page, girlfriend!! It is so comforting to know that I am not the only one with these feelings. I look forward to partnering with you on this topic of rest and release. Blessings and I can't want to see what God has planned for both of us.

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