Following God

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Today we have a guest post from Jennifer Z. who is using her college degree to teach ESL in South America. Jenn shares how God planted the seed to teach early in her life and used many things to get her ready for her assignment.  She challenges us all to wait on Him and say ‘yes’ when the time is right.  Enjoy!

As I have been reflecting on the last couple of weeks here in Suriname I was reminded of the movie Chariots of Fire. In the movie Eric Liddell says that he feels God’s pleasure when he runs. Not many people get to say they have lived or are living out their dreams. I get that privilege.  Since I was little, all I wanted to be was a teacher, and as the Lord became the most important thing in my life all I wanted to do was teach people about God. In Suriname I get to live out my biggest dreams to tell people about Jesus and teach. Whatever you are doing in life right now…do you feel God’s pleasure?

The journey to be able to live out my dream was not easy and not without challenges. God gives us passions such as teaching and missions. I knew at some point I would be living and working overseas. With this knowledge I became proactive; in college my degrees were going to help me get overseas. I read many books to help me prepare. After college I thought I would go overseas right away but God wasn’t finished preparing me. After a while I realized that it was time to start looking for a job overseas. I prayed and asked God for some very specific things with the school that I would be going to. He fulfilled each request above and beyond what I expected.

Everyone has a gift that the Lord has given you. Do you believe it is meant to be shared? Are you using your gifts for His glory?

Once you surrender to God and allow Him to use you, be prepared. You will have opportunities arise. Are you prepared for the opportunities that God opens for you? Whatever opportunity God opens be prepared to go through it with conviction and belief.

With taking this step of faith you will not regret it. There is no better place to be than in His will. There also is nothing better than knowing that where God has you at this moment is exactly where you are supposed to be. Take a leap of faith!

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