For the last 5 years I have been working on a Doctor of Ministry degree in Formational Counseling. While this is a degree that will empower me to position wounded people before an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing, God so that they may begin their healing journey, the path was designed to be completed in 3 years…I’m in year 5! I realize that while finances, or the lack thereof has been a big part of why this program has not been completed, my chasing distractions has caused me to focus on things that have not paid off towards this degree in any way, shape or form. I have finished everything except the dissertation class and the writing of the dissertation. So, what exactly would keep me from just finishing? Great question!!! Distractions would be my honest answer!
I’m now sitting with the wisdom of thought, that God has really high expectations of me and I’m really just starting to accept who God says I am. I had brought and lived into so many lies of who the enemy said I was and couldn’t embrace who the inner-me said I am. I had brought the lies; hook, line and sinker and paid a pretty penny for them. You do know there is a cost whenever we do anything that is outside of the will of God for our lives? Mind you, God has surrounded me with some wonderful people who constantly remind me of what God has deposited in me, how fearfully and wonderfully I’ve been made, and what a tremendous gift I am! How sad I am that there are so many people I encounter who have lived their lives the same way I used to, that brought into the lies of the evil one and don’t realize who they are in Christ!
As I focus on getting this final leg of the this doctoral journey completed, I invite you to consider that the Lord has need of you. This invitation is one that you can only embrace when you are really ready to focus, accept who God has created you to be and get prepared for the execution of your assignment. I pray that you will look at those things that cause you to lose focus, to not believe, or to be so distracted that you think about giving up! I want you to pray and renounce each and every one of them. Don’t chase waterfalls, rabbits or anything else that will cause you to lose sight of all that has been deposited into you. You have been created for greatness!!!
Philippians 1:6 (VOICE) I am confident that the Creator, who has begun such a great work among you, will not stop in mid-design but will keep perfecting you until the day Jesus the Anointed, our Liberating King, returns to redeem the world.
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP) “You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character]; Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Take good care of you,