by Amber Weigand-Buckley @barefacedgirl, editor of Leading Hearts Magazine
The funny thing about leadership is that it takes far less faith to TALK about your CALL than it does to WALK OUT your CALL. Why?
Because you have to put feet to your faith before you can allow God to SHOW UP and perform the MIRACULOUS.
Joshua and the Israelite priests leading their people into the Promise Land knew that if they followed God’s direction, they were going to hit the Jordan River (Joshua 1:1-9). It didn’t take a genius to realize that when they hit the water, they didn’t have the necessary provisions — no boats or life jackets.
All they had was the faith that when they got there, God would show up — and He did.
The first act of faith for these leaders was putting their feet into the waters of the Red Sea. As they stepped out, God held the waters back so His people could cross on dry land.
Many of us get caught up in the pray-about-it mentality. We’re waiting for God to show up before we step out to do what we know He has already called us to do.
We are concerned with the details, like where are we going to get the resources to do X, Y or Z.
If God has given YOU a VISION, He’s going to give YOU the PROVISION!
The priests didn’t know what was going to happen when they dipped their toes in the Jordan River. They simply stepped out in faith. As they did, they found out God’s greater game plan.
Six years ago, the publisher of Leading Hearts, Linda Evans Shepherd, approached me about helping her start a magazine to empower women in Christian leadership. Without a budget to fall back on, there was definitely some doubt in the mix. I felt peace, however, knowing that God was going to supply in the most unexpected places.
During this time God has multiplied the workers. He has not only sustained us but has blessed us with accolades. We just celebrated receiving our fifth consecutive Award of Merit from the Evangelical Press Association! How incredible is that?!
I encourage you, in your calling, to embrace not only WORDS of faith, but also the MOVEMENT of faith. God may not show you all the details up front.
If you are caught in waiting-on-God mode, ask yourself if you are the one keeping God waiting.
Faith happens when we move forward in God’s vision, even when we are unsure where the next step will land.
I hope this edition of Leading Hearts will help you not only cling to some WORDS to stir your faith and steer your call in the months to come.
As you STEP OUT in faith and put your feet to work, I guarantee you’ll see the mountains move and oceans part — because God SHOWS UP.
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We must be alert to God’s calling on our lives. Have open heart and mind. Be ready when He taps us on the shoulder.
Thank you! This is exactly what I needed to read today. I now know what I need to do.