Hi everyone! I am styling a couple of new pieces in my closet along with some pieces I’ve had for years. My brown jeans are new. I bought them at Elder-Beerman. Elder-Beerman always has reasonably priced clothing along with good coupons! My navy shirt is older and came from Cold Water Creek. It has sheer sleeves and I wear it fall, winter, and spring. My brown boots are Born, and I wear them all the time when it is cold.
My Monet statement necklace is new. I found it at JCPenny’s. It is a clear gold which makes it very versatile. I tend not to wear a lot of jewelry, though that may have to change now that I am writing a fashion blog. I see so many colorful pieces I like but end up buying something I think will go with everything. Do you do the same? Also, what brand of jewelry do you like that is reasonably priced and holds up well?
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” Jonah 3:1-2 NIV
The book of Jonah has been on my mind lately. While there are many wonderful lessons to be learned from this Old Testament book, there is one theme of this story that keeps playing over and over in my head. Our God is a God of second chances. Not only is he a God of second chances, he is a God of third, fourth, and fifth chances. As long as we have breath in us, God is mercifully giving us chances to do his will.
I am ashamed to say how long it took me to start doing God’s will in my life by writing about my faith. It is not that I didn’t want to do it. I am very excited and passionate about this new found purpose, but I always found a way to put it last on my list of things to do. I was always too busy. I never saved any energy for it or made time in my day. I was also scared of what other people (especially people I knew personally) would think. Would they like my writing? Would I be rejected or ridiculed? Then, I would get caught up in all the details of how I was going to fulfill this calling. Should I write a book? Should I write a blog? How will I financially support this endeavor? This led to procrastination and never taking any action. In effect, I was running away just as Jonah had done. Yet, God never gave up on me always reminding me of his call on my life.
I am here to say when God calls you to do something he will pursue you to the ends of the earth until you do it just like he did Jonah. As long as you live whether you are young or old, you can always answer his call. I knew I had to just take action and start. I had to trust God with my questions and the details. I know that he will guide and control what happens. He will lead me to make a change if I need to go a different direction. He will use my writing for his purposes. Whether he speaks to one person or many people through me, my obedience to him will have been worth it.
Is there something in your life right now God is asking you to step out in faith and do? Or is there something you are doing that is not pleasing him, and he is asking you to stop? If you are reading this right now and are not a follower of Jesus Christ, is he asking you to get to know him? Whatever the case may be, I want to encourage you to stop running away and just do it.