Vision is painting a portrait of what does not yet exist, so you can make things happen to give existence to the vision.

Vision, to me, is an unknown piece of myself,  not yet discovered. As I am continuously refined by the Lord from who I was to who He has called me to be,  vision causes my perspectives of myself to change. The combined experiential elements of God who created me, people in my past, present, and future, and finally, the physical world around me affect the vision for where I am going. I can either choose to seek my self-vision of who and where I think I should be in my life right now, or I can choose to seek my God for His vision for me.

The Bible lays it out pretty clearly in James 3:14-16 HCSB,

“But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your heart, don’t brag and deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come from above but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.”

Reject Self-Visions

I can simply take a look at my own heart to see that this scripture is true. At times I unintentionally delayed the plans God had for me, giving excuses for not speaking truth, or serving. I hindered those opportunities, which would have produced spiritual fruit in my life.

In growing with the Lord sometimes I have reflected self-glory, made God unnoticed in my circumstances. It allowed unrecognizable negative influences to detour me in where I invested my time, what I put my energy into, and my preparation. These subtle influences redirected me more and more towards my own selfish vision.

Receive God’s Vision

However, when I put God first (not a To-do checklist with Him on top , but a burning desire to seek Him before anything or anyone else), then He determines the overall direction to where I am heading.

When I’m following God’s vision my energy is appropriately measured for the people and the environments  He wants me to engage with. He will cause everything else to fall away to my left and to my right, whether only for a time or for good. This is where God’s vision takes shape upon my life.

My Vision Word

So, for 2019, I have decided to establish a new vision goal for my life. I analyzed and identified what that would look like. I decided to pray about what vision word God wanted me to focus on this year, and He gave me the word “Re-fire.”

2019 #Re-fire: To re-fire is to reignite a fire within you, to fan the flame back to life!

I love the Lord’s mighty declaration in Jeremiah 23:29–30 HCSB,

“Is not My Word like fire, and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?

My plan this year is to refire my heart for living and speaking God’s truth. During the year, I plan to reach out to other women around the world, empowering them for Living Significantly. Living Significantly means you know who you are in God, you speak boldly and we begin unite as one in sharing God’s story through our own personal testimony. WE are not in it for ourselves, but see how every single women beside us plays a vital role in the Heavenly Realm.

In my blog, I have created categories for women who have gifts in various forms;  photography, poetry, leadership, teaching, travel and so much more. I would like to invite you to join me in Living Significantly in your God giving gifts, so other women can have Hope restored in their lives and our next generations knows to turn to God.

Receive God’s Vision for Your 2019:

We all prepare in different ways. Identify what works best for you to create a plan and who you can trust for accountability to stick with it. The aspect of Christ that you want to reflect to must be a visual of where you are going in your environment, actions and words.

Make note of where you are at in your heart with God, seek Him on it openly, and ask, “What “Vision Word” does God have for my 2019?”. Remember:

  • Tie your vision to your Faith and Holy Spirit
  • Vision comes to the spiritually alert
  • Pay attention to specific words or themes that keep repeating from different areas
  • Stronger and clearer vision requires two-way communication with God
  • You will need patience and flexibility to realize your vision
  • A new aspect of your identity in Christ is birthed from pursuing His vision for you
  • Write the vision down!

Benefits of Pursuing God’s Vision

List

  1. You will have a future commitment to obeying God’s call.
  2. Vision gives purpose to your actions.
  3. You will sacrifice to make it happen, which sharpens you spiritually.
  4. You get energized from knowing God’s dreams for you.
  5. Moving towards a dream goal gives you happiness.

References:The Holy Bible: Holman Christian standard version. (2009). (Je 23:29–30), (Ja 3:14-16). Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers.

Face 2 Face

Face to Face with Ourselves

The moment we come face to face with ourselves, we are brought into a parallel world; between the place of what we were and what we will become. A world filled with the most intimate thoughts of what we tells ourselves. 

In these moments or seasons we are faced with rejection from others; our friends, our spouses, our children, leaders, and even strangers. It is the battle field, and this face to face encounter with ourselves will determine the outcomes of our future. It takes hold of our entire being, forging (or forcing?) our minds to define the whispers we tell ourselves and directing our journey.

Personally, I have encountered and even told myself, “You’re too much for people”, “You over complicate things”, “I’m not sure what you mean (I feel stupid), no-one will understand you”,  “You’re not girlie enough”, and “You do not belong here”.

 

Face to Face with Rejection

I have felt rejected all my life, but honestly this rejection has allowed me to face myself, and to mirror what I see against God’s vision of me. Rejection is what has driven me towards questioning, “why we allow others to tell us who we are”, “how we should be treated”, and “why we exist”. Honestly, if we look to one another for approval, we will all be sorely disappointed.

 

The Bible says in Psalm 94:4-5 NIV,  “They pour out arrogant words; all the evildoers are full of boasting. They crush your people, LORD; they oppress your inheritance”.

 

Basically, we allow others to use their worldly perspective to determine who we are by what they think we should be or look like. This give us a broken, corrupted view of ourselves, especially if they are not viewing us through God’s lens.

If you ask me, this is where we allow limitations to stop us from growing. It only takes agreeing with one person’s personal view of us to shift our thoughts away from the direction God is driving us towards, which is Him and who He says we are.

 

Face to Face with God

Recently, I had a face to face with myself about the many times others rejected me. God met me in that moment and gave me the reassurance I needed. I heard His Words of Truth; it divided the lies of the enemy, and reminded me that we all fall short. As I regathered my thoughts it was clear that His Spirit led me towards a place of peace and encouragement. I allowed the Lord’s comfort to remind me that I belong to Him.

In that face to face moment God did not abandon me. Instead, He directed my thoughts to realign my existence and purpose towards the person He has chosen me to be. It was a moment that forever changed my perspective of rejection; from believing the lies the enemy says of me to the Truth that rejection can lead me straight to God’s Word about what He thinks of me.

 

God’s Word says in Psalm 118:22-23 NIV, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes”.

 

So I asked myself, “Why would I allow these lies from the enemy to be used against me?”, and decided, “I will no longer let rejection from myself and others determine the truth of who I am! Every time rejection tries to define me I am going to let that drive me even more towards my true identity in Christ”.

– I CAN NOT BELIEVE OR SEE WHO YOU ARE, UNTIL I BELIEVE WHO GOD SAY SAYS I AM-

 

We must see ourselves face to face through the lens of God before we can believe and speak into the identity of someone else. When we partner with the Lord rejection from others pushes us to see where we are CLAIMED BY GOD, which in turn allows us to view others from a place of love. We can then see through God’s lens who He says they are. The lie of rejection is defeated!