Monday, November 5, 2012

Faith For Your Calling

by Levitica "Lee" Watts

Do you remember the day you heard God's calling for your life? That whisper or nudge that confirmed what you were placed here on earth to do? Or perhaps it was a loud and sure voice becknoing you to your purpose, capturing your soul. Realizing and accepting our calling is often magnetic. It is a moment when the pieces of the puzzle all come together and our pain and our path merge together and we know we are where we are supposed to be. His Word and His whisper pierces our soul and we are excited to be alive, to be a part of His plan.

Then..."life" happens. Maybe something big happens in our lives that knocks us to our knees -- a death, a debt, a disappointment. Or perhaps it's those little things that distract us: the busy work schedules, children's activities, church programs, disorganized homes. It seems we no longer have the time, energy, resources or opportunity to do the very thing that we were certain He called us to do. Depression and discouragement sets in. We walk on an inner treadmill and we suddenly, yet slowly become doubtful of the future and God's call on our life. 

Although we talk a lot about faith, we seem to forget about faith when it comes to our own personal internal struggles. Sometimes we have more faith for others, than we have for ourselves - our spouses, our family, church members, friends. We use the faith talk and infamous faith verses for other people or those big problems that we like to bring before the church. Yet those internal questions that we struggle with at night, those... We forget to apply the faith verses to those things. 

When we come to that point of doubt and discouragement in our lives, when we have been brought to our knees, crying out to God and unsure of where we are, why we are here and where we are going, we must believe God's voice, and not our own. We must have faith and remember His character, who He is and not who we are. 

We must believe "... that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." (Philippians 1:6 MSG)  We also must silence the voices - our own opinions and thoughts - and think of the goodness and love of God. Would He call us to something and not equip us to do it? Would our loving God dangle the proverbial carrot before our eyes? 

Yes, we in and of ourselves are unable to do it. The dream, the calling is too big to live out in our own might. That is when our faith kicks in and we believe that greater is He that is within us, than He that is the world. (1 John 4:4) Somehow the dream, the calling will be lived out. In His time, His way, His plan. 

When we are at a point of questioning our calling and not understanding how we will get from point A to point B, we must lean into God's promises and believe it, although we can't see it. It takes faith to shut-up (mentally and physically) and believe our Father. If we don't stop and reflect, the danger is to keep moving and believe the lies and ignorance we feed ourselves. And we've all seen it - those people that have accepted the lies, the belief that "this" is all there is and they can no longer do what God has set out for them to do. Beloved sisters, that is not who we are. We are more than conquerers. We are faith-walkers. We must press on...in faith.


Levitica “Lee” Watts lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Terence and two young boys, Terence Jr. and Trenton. Along with serving beside her husband, she is also the editor of an online magazine breathof God magazine and president of Atlanta Chapter of Ministers’ Wives. She is employed as Business Development/Marketing Manager and enrolled as an MBA student at Georgia State. She is a writer, sunshine-lover, hope-chaser, forever-friend of God, who enjoys working out and laughing with friends.


She can be found on Twitter: @lywatts, and on Facebook: Levitica “Lee” Ashby Watts.




7 comments:

  1. Thank you Levitica for this blog. wow I'm totally crying as I read this because its something I was just praying about this morning. Will and I have been here in Brooklyn for 4 years. Teen Challenge is an incredible ministry to be a part of, but certainly not an easy one. It is constant warfare, constant ups and downs with people coming and leaving the program. The hardship and sacrifice didn't seem like much as young people in ministry, but now in light of the fact that I am pregnant (yay!) The sacrifice seems much greater with no family within 2,000 miles. Part of our responsibility is to take the choir out to churches on Sundays, so we don't have a church family either. not to rattle on, but those are just some of the things that I've been praying about lately. We both feel like we will be here for a while, so I'm encouraged and challenged by the part of your blog that says not to just accept things as "this is the way it is" but to trust God to provide friends and support so I can really enjoy raising a family in such a unique ministry. I don't feel like I could share this with the people I work with here, so Carla I'm glad I can share it here. thanks.

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    1. Mary, wow! So much to bear... but God surely has equipped you and your husband to move forward, in His time, in His way. We will continue to lift you and your family in prayer. Just take it one day at at time, and trust God to provide the resources, physically, emotionally and spiritually. He has a bigger plan than we can ever imagine!

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  2. Lee, what a wonderful and exciting piece. You made my heart smile and encouraged me in fulfilling my assignment

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    1. Thanks Lady Felecia!! I actually thought about you when I was writing this! ;-) Let's talk soon!!!!

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