Saying “Yes” to God

Saying “Yes” to God, for me, was a difficult thing to say!

Successful business owner and Counselor!

I was running a very successful counseling agency.

I had clients that I was doing very good work with.

I was restoring families, teaching clients to be kiddos and their parents to be people of integrity and honor.

I was financially secure, and I was doing God’s work!

Then, I heard Him say; “I need you to build a website so that every child and parent has access to My Integrity and Honor program.”

I, being the obedient child that I am, immediately began making “deals” with God.

Deals that I never kept…

  • “Give me one more year of working with clients” then
  • “I’ll only work with clients three days a week”, then
  • “I’ll work with clients two days a week.”

I was disobeying God and convinced myself He didn’t know I was.

Which was a big old fat lie!

https://biblia.com/bible/esv/luke/6/46 (Can you say BUSTED?)

And…

I kept doing so for five years.

I was too busy making a name for myself, to listen to God.

I was too busy raking in the money, to listen to God.

I was too busy doing God’s work, to listen to God!

I was changing lives, impacting families in God-honoring ways…

All while I was being disobedient to God.

God tolerated my disobedience for five years…

Then He said “Enough!”

He took all my clients away and refused to give me new ones.

This was unheard of!

I accepted Medicaid (few counselors do).

I had a great reputation in my community!

I had a program (God’s program) that had been proven effective, there was no explanation for why I didn’t have clients!

Not one to obey without a fight…

I created brochures, made numerous calls, ensured my name was on every approved provider list I could think of, advertised my availability…

There was no way in the natural, that I shouldn’t have a full client base, and a wait list to boot!

But..

Not only didn’t I have a full client base, I didn’t have one client!

I would get calls, schedule sessions, but God prevented every single potential client from actually stepping foot in my office!

I would get referrals from other counselors in my area, none of which resulted in them becoming my clients.

It was crazy…

It was maddening…

It was God!

Joyce Myer says in her “Promises for your everday life devotional” (day 27):

https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/199-promises-for-your-everyday-life

(Which I highly recommend, I’ve been doing this study for over a year, re-reading the days, and I still get something out of it!)

“God won’t force us to choose His will, but He will do everything He can to encourage us to say yes to His ways.”

I felt that!

I was experiencing that very thing!

And, since His “encouragement” left me with no clients…

I began building this website, the one I had no interest in building and no technical knowledge, training, or skill set to build.

Six months later, the website is coming along, but it is still not done.

I have to remind myself, “It’s in God’s timing, not mine.”

https://biblia.com/bible/esv/1-peter/5/6-7 I didn’t want to be humbled!

And…

I didn’t want to wait!

Even though I was sure that once I was obedient (does forced obedience count? lol)

God would help me to have the website done after three months and get me back to seeing clients where I thrive…

This has not yet happened lol.

I now know that it won’t happen, until my character is strengthen, my pride is controlled, and I’m responsible enough to handle the blessings that will come from listening to my Father.

If God is nudging you to do something, you can fight it like I did, or you can be obedient, respectful, and grateful for the opportunity…

Which I am….now.

During my finally occurring “act of obedience,”

I have grown closer to my Father

I speak to Him all through out my day.

I worship Him with dancing and singing (around my empty group room lol!)

I have a strong relationship with my Father that I wouldn’t trade for anything in this world!

Oh, did I mention that God has provided for me:

  • every bill paid
  • a vacation-paid for and enjoyed immensely
  • Christmas presents bought for every member of my family and
  • Just because He’s God, I have money to loan to others!

I have never been this rich; in terms of strength of character, having humility, joy, peace that my Father gives to me that circumstances cannot take away!

Listen to God, (don’t wait five years) you won’t regret it!

If you want to read another God post, click the link below:

https://personofhonor.com/uncategorized/gratitude-is-a-killer/

Person of Honor

Hi! I'm Raynee. I am a Christian, a licensed professional counselor, a wife to a husband I do not deserve-cause he's so wonderful, a mother of two amazing adult children I couldn't be more proud of, and a grandmother AKA Mimi of seven absolutely adorable grandbabies. I am also an Optivia coach, a writer, a speaker, and most importantly (second to being a Christian that is) I am a woman of integrity and honor.

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