Ashley’s Devotionals – Career Day in Heaven

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AshleyAs a child, I wanted to be several different things. I remember wanting to be a nurse, teacher, and a marine biologist, let’s not forget a professional dancer, model, or fashion designer. When I got older it changed of course, I wanted to be a news anchor, a wedding planner, and then a realtor.

I also have to mention that I had decided by the time I was 15 that I would not get married until I was 30 and most likely would never have children, but if I did they would be girls. I wanted to focus on my career and travel the world.

And let’s not forget that I was never going to stay in Mississippi. I was defiantly getting out of Mississippi.

It’s safe to say that God had other plans…

 

I was the first one of my friends to get married (at 22) and have babies (by several years, oh and both are boys). I became a teacher (I hated kids, refused to do anything with or near children). I didn’t get to travel the world and I’m still in Mississippi. But I wouldn’t change it for the world.

My early years were very selfish. I never even considered what God had in store for my life. I never thought about how God wanted me to serve him or what gifts he gave me to glorify the Name of God. Never… Not Once…

I was a Christian. I had asked God into my life. My dad even had me take one of those spiritual gifts test. So, technically I knew that God has plans for people.

But I was not at that place in my life where I allowed God to be Lord over my life.

It took me a long time to come to that place.

It took me several mistakes and not so great choices, so that I even came to that realization.

Looking back, I see God’s hand in the whole thing. He was there for every bad choice, every rash decision, every time I neglected to ask God for guidance or what he wanted for me. He was still there, guiding me to where I needed to be.

 

For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death. Psalms. 48:14

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

It took me long enough to come to the place in my life where I asked God to not only be Lord of my life but to also be Lord over my life.

The song “I will follow” by Chris Tomlin says many amazing statements regarding following God! If we really think about it, how many of us will give our lives totally over to God?

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow…

That verse alone is powerful, but it’s not done…

Where you go, I’ll go
Where you stay, I’ll stay
When you move, I’ll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I’ll love
How you serve I’ll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you, yeah
I will follow you, yeah

Can you even imagine that? Who you love, I will love. Who you serve, I will serve.

 

Are you too busy with your own plans, with life, with the little everyday things? Are you too busy to Love? Are you too busy to Serve God? Are you too busy to realize you missed opportunities God gave you to Share him?

 

It’s hard to think about what God wants us to do. It’s now easy.

When you want something to happen so bad, when you have worked so hard to get somewhere, when you have plans that are so thought out. It’s not easy to consider if that is what God has in store for your life.

 

Trust me, I know…

I’ve learned the hard way to allow God to have complete control over my life.

Does that mean that I don’t make plans? Absolutely not, I’m a planner. I have a plan to make a plan. But I pray daily for God to help me now lose sight of his plan. I have to pray daily for him to help me allow him to have control over my life. It’s a daily struggle. Some days are easier than others.

 

If you are struggling with this, just ask God to help you. Ask him to be Lord OVER your life and not just Lord of your life.

Ask God the plans he has for you. You may not get a loud voice from heaven telling you, but God will let you know.

Pray

Read the bible

 And pray more…

 

Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

What will your career day in heaven look like?

Will you have fulfilled your duties and responsibilities?

 

Author: Rick Blakeney